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Joanne Sadewasser, 83

Joanne Mae Brown Sadewasser, 83, of Indian Head, MD and formerly of Centreville, MI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16 at the Civista Medical Center in LaPlata, MD.Born July 3, 1927, in the family home in Centreville, delivered by her Grandmother Brown, she was the daughter of John “Jake” Brown and Lenore Marion Schrader Brown. Mrs. Sadewasser graduated from …

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Fred Shank Sr., 79

Fred E. Shank Sr., age 79, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Thursday morning, March 17, 2011, at Sturgis Hospital. He was born Dec. 2, 1931, in Coldwater, Mich., a son of the late Stanley S. and Esther (Carver) Shank. Fred was a longtime Sturgis resident and had attended schools in Coldwater, Freemont, Ind., and Muskegon. On Dec. 6, 1952, he …

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Jerry Decker, 78

Geraldine May “Jerry” Decker, age 78, of Vicksburg, died Wednesday March 16, 2011, at her home following a three-month illness. She was born in Fulton on May 13, 1932, the daughter of Gerald and Fay (Waits) Spealman and has been a lifetime resident of this area. She graduated from Athens High School with the Class of 1949. Jerry was married …

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Bill Franz, 70

Helmut N. ‘Bill’ Franz, age 70, of Burr Oak, Mich., passed away unexpectedly early Thursday evening, March 17, 2011, at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1941, in Montau, West Prussia, a son of the late Walter and Kate (Kliewer) Franz. Bill had resided in Burr Oak for the past 44 ½ years coming from Sturgis. On Oct. 1, …

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Norma Gold, 83

Norma Ann Gold, 83, of Elkhart, Ind., died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind. She was born in Elkhart, the oldest daughter of William and Clara (Dunafin) Berry, on Jan. 26, 1928. On Nov. 3, 1959, she married John W. Gold. He preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1986. She is survived by …

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Polly Melchi

Pauline Fay “Polly” Melchi of Sturgis passed away early Wednesday morning, March 16, 2011, at her home. She was born in Burr Oak,, a daughter of the late Charles Ray and Viola Waive (Reading) Scupholm. Pauline had resided in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area her whole life. She married Eugene Howard Melchi in Hopkinsville, Ky. He died April 25, …

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Marilyn Kelso, 86

Marilyn M. (Mecklenburg) Kelso, age 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 3, 2011. She was born on Aug. 7, 1924, in Sturgis, Mich., and has lived in the Madison area for more than 72 years. Marilyn is survived by her three loving sons, Tim (Lisa), Thomas (Rose) and Robert (Linda); and six grandchildren, Ann, Thomas Jr., Kelly (Brad), Shaun …

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Diane Stringfellow, 66

Diane Kay Stringfellow, 66, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born Sept. 1, 1944, in Goshen, Ind., to the late Robert H. and Dorothy (Raymer) Stringfellow. She is survived by a daughter, Erin (Bill) Clewell, Constantine, Mich.; four grandchildren, Billy, Jenny, Shanon, and Brandi Clewell; a great-granddaughter, Camilla Clewell; and a nephew, Randall …

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Carol Karp, 55

Carol Ann Karp, 55, of Sturgis, died at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011, at her home. She was born May 15, 1955, in Alma to Darwin and Nannie (Hale) Bordine. On Aug. 15, 2009, she married Randy A. Karp. He survives, along with two daughters, Delta Haley of Arizona and Misty Rogers of Sturgis; a stepdaughter, April Long of …

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Karen Hines, 50

Karen K. Hines, 50, of Marcellus, passed away Friday afternoon, March 11, 2011 in Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, following several months illness. She was born Jan. 27, 1961 in Vicksburg the daughter of Edward L. and Phyllis M. (Hanes) Hines. She was formerly employed at Command Electronics Inc. near Schoolcraft. She enjoyed horses and ceramics. Surviving are her mother, Phyllis …

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