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Joan Milliman, 71

Joan L. “Nana” Milliman, 71, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday morning July 31, 2010, at Fairview Living Centre in Centreville. She was born March 20, 1939, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Harrison and Viva (Waldron) Rippey. Nana had resided in the Sturgis area her whole life, and graduated from Burr Oak High School with the class of 1958. …

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Judy Gianino, 65

Judy Colleen (Boughton) Gianino passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City, Mont. Judy was born Oct. 10, 1944, in Sturgis, a daughter of Charles E. and Violet A. (Robbins) Boughton. Judy graduated from Sturgis High School and worked five years at Sturgis Hospital before moving to Ekalaka, Mon., in May 1969. In 1977, she moved …

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Cassie Ludwick-Spry, 64

Cassandra “Cassie” Ludwick-Spry, age 64 of Nottawa, died Sunday August 1, 2010 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Bronson, MI on March 23, 1946 the daughter of Harry and Theresa (Sikorski) Ludwick. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, graduated from Bronson High School, and later received her Associates Degree at Glen Oaks Community College. She …

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Rebecca Pappas, 82

Rebecca Pappas, age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday evening July 30, 2010 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 16, 1928 in Goshen, Indiana a daughter of the late Willis J. and Minnie (Weirich) Stahl. Rebecca had resided in Sturgis since the age of 15 coming from Goshen, Indiana and she graduated from Sturgis High …

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Harry Grubka, 90

Harry Grubka, age 90 of Mendon, died Friday July 30, 2010 at his home. He was the husband of Norma (Olson) Grubka, and the father of Jon Grubka and his wife, Hope all of Mendon. Military interment of his ashes will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday Aug. 5, 2010 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. An online …

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Lillian Garver, 82

Lillian M. Garver, 82, of White Pigeon, died July 30, 2010, at her home following an extended illness. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon, where services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Terry Powell of the Bristol Missionary Church officiating. Burial will be in White Pigeon Township Cemetery. Memorial …

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Russell Fox, 75

Russell L. Fox, age 75 of Mendon, died Thursday July 29, 2010 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo following a 5 day illness. He was born in Homer, MI on June 11, 1935 the son of Elmer and Mabel (Rapson) Fox, and attended Homer Schools. Russell was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was an independent iron-worker …

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Billy Hicks, 77

Billy E. Hicks, age 77, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Sturgis Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Feb. 25, 1933, in Garrett, Ky., a son of the late Adam and Clara (Combs) Hicks. On Dec. 15, 1956, he married Alma Morrison in Cynthiana, Ky. Billy had been a resident of Sturgis since August …

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Victor Knoff, 68

Victor C. Knoff, age 68 of Three Rivers, died Wednesday July 28, 2010 at Kairo’s Dwelling Hospice Home in Kalamazoo. He was born in Chicago, IL on Nov. 4, 1941 the son of Sigfried and Lena (Notaro) Knoff. Victor has lived in Three Rivers for most of his adult life. He was a tool & die maker and had worked …

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Roberta Walter, 81

Roberta Donabelle Walter, 81, of Three Rivers, MI., passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at Borgess Medical Center of Kalamazoo following a brief illness. She was born on July 29, 1928 in Centreville, MI. the daughter of William Willis and Eleanore (Schumm) Walter. Ms. Walter was a graduate of Three Rivers High School with the class of 1947. She employed …

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