Obituaries

Cleora Jeffress, 89

Cleora Wigton Jeffress, 89, of Sturgis, passed away Friday morning, March 11, 2011, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 27, 1921, in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of the late James and Ora (Breast) Wigton. Cleora had resided in Sturgis since 1991. She retired following 13 years of dedicated employment as a church secretary in Pennsylvania, …

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Edith Studeman, 89

Edith Marie Studeman, 89, of Sturgis, passed away early Thursday afternoon, March 10, 2011 at the home of her son in Sturgis. She was born Sept. 4, 1921, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late George and Anna (Sweeder) Parker. Mrs. Studeman was a lifelong Sturgis resident and graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1939. On Jan. …

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George Johnson

George Elmer Johnson of Three Rivers, until recently a lifelong resident of Munising, has gone to be with his Lord and Saviour on March 9, 2011. George was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents; brothers, Arvo, Wilho, Carl, Harry, Paul and Emil; sisters, Delia (Hans) Pelto, Lillian (Roland) Gearing, Anne (George) Sanders, Elsie Johnson and Martha (Donald) …

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Roger Vaughn, 58

Roger Duane Vaughn, 58, of Sturgis, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday evening, March 8, 2011, at his home with his family at his side. He was born Oct. 20, 1952, in Angola, Ind., a son of the late Clifford and Veda Irene (Gangwer) Vaughn. Roger had resided in Sturgis since 1971, coming from Angola. On Sept. …

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Cynthia Ream, 69

Cynthia B. Ream, 69, of Burr Oak, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 2, 1941, in Detroit, a daughter of the late Henry and Agness Pendzich. Mrs. Ream had resided in Burr Oak since 1984, coming from Detroit. On Sept. 15, 1968, she married Kenneth Ream in Detroit. She had been employed in …

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Vermadell Thomas, 89

We say goodbye to our dear loved one, Vermadell (Allen) Thomas, age 89, of Leonidas. She left us peacefully and without pain on Saturday, March 5, 2011, to join her beloved husband, Leonard, forever. She leaves behind her family who love her, children Sheilah (E.D.) Mutschler, Rhonda (John) Smit and Shelley (Polyvios) Touloupas; grandchildren Lance (Nancy) Patnoude, Monica Patnoude, Brian …

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Charles Krontz, 7 months

Charles Joseph Krontz, seven-month-old son of Amanda Krontz of Three Rivers, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Three Rivers Health in Three Rivers. He was born July 7, 2010, in LaGrange, Ind. Charles Joseph is survived by his mother, Amanda Krontz, and her companion, Josh Jackson of Three Rivers; one brother, Michael Krontz at home; grandparents William and …

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James McKenzi, 67

James Stephen McKenzi, age 67, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Saturday afternoon, March 5, 2011, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born March 23, 1943, in Jonesboro, Ark., a son of Jim and Willodean (Swindle) McKenzie. Jim had resided in Sturgis since 1972 coming from White Pigeon where he had lived his early life and graduated from White …

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Thomas Hughes, 63

Thomas Lee Hughes, age 63, of Leonidas, died Saturday March 5, 2011, at Thurston Woods in Sturgis. He was born in Battle Creek, Mich., on March 9, 1947, the son of Samuel B. and Eddiess (Thomas) Hughes and was a lifetime resident of Leonidas. He graduated from Colon High School with the class of 1965 and had engaged in general …

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Amos Brigham Jr., 96

Amos L. Brigham Jr., 96, of Centreville, passed away Friday, March 4, 2011 at his home. He was born in Needham, Mass., on July 13, 1914, a son of Amos and Agnes (Graun) Brigham Sr. On April 8, 1961 he married Janice Sewards in Centreville. She preceded him in death Jan. 5, 2009. Amos retired from the Textile Industry in …

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