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Emily Samson, 73

Emily Ann Samson, age 73 of Mendon, died Saturday May 15, 2010 in Three Rivers. She was born in Battle Creek on Dec. 30, 1936 the daughter of the late Lawrence and Berzetta (Hacker) Chalmers. She was a 1954 graduate of Marshall High School and had been employed at several area factories and restaurants. Emily was married to Franklin Bloss …

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Betty Lester, 79

Betty Jean Lester, age 79, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Three Rivers Health. She was born on July 27, 1930 in Elkhart, IN. the daughter of Wiley and Lena (Lempke)Hawkins. Betty is survived by her loving family, one son, James (Barbara) Lester, of Three Rivers and several cousins. She was preceded in …

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Walter Buscher, 80

Walter Charles Buscher, age 80, of Three Rivers, MI. went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family, in White Pigeon, MI., it was a cloudy day, but when Walt left this earth the clouds separated and the sun came out. Walt was born on April 5, 1930 to William and …

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John Shuman, 98

John Bower Shuman, age 98, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residences in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born in Jersey Shore, PA., on Feb. 26, 1912 one of three children born to George and Emma Shuman. John was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. After graduation …

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Dorothy Perry, 94

Dorothy Helen Perry, age 94, of Colon, passed away, Monday, May 10, 2010, at the Birch Adult Foster Care Home in Leonidas. Helen was born Aug. 9, 1915, in Burr Oak, a daughter to the late Ottis R. and Grace E. (Ultz) Walters. Helen had lived most all of her life in the Colon area, graduating from Colon High School …

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Anna Booko, 86

Anna Burnell Booko, age 86, of Three Rivers, has left this earth and went to heaven on Friday, April 30, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving family. When we said “there she goes” those in heaven said “here she comes.” “Absent from the body,present with the Lord.” “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of …

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Edward Truckenmiller, 89

Edward W. Truckenmiller, age 89, Centreville, passed away Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at his home. He was born in Centreville on December 23, 1920,  a son of Roy C. and Mary (Meyer) Truckenmiller. Ed graduated from Centreville High School in 1938 and served in the US Marines from 1942 until 1945, during which time he obtained the rank of Corporal. Ed saw …

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Lillian Rood, 89

Lillian Anna (Lily) Rood, age 89‚ of Ypsilanti, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2010, at the Arbor Hospice Facility in Ann Arbor, from newly diagnosed acute leukemia. She was born in South Haven on Sept. 27, 1920, a daughter of Edward A. and Glendora (Enlow) Rood. In childhood she was particularly close to her brother Ted, her double cousin Phyllis, …

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Emery Cramer, 81

Emery L. Cramer, age 81, of Sturgis, beloved husband, father, Paw-Paw, grandpa and great-grandpa, passed away Thursday morning, April 22, 2010, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born June 27, 1928, in Columbia City, Ind., a son of the late Emery and Esther (Dexter) Cramer. Mr. Cramer originally came to Sturgis in 1960. They resided there until 2000, when he …

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James Yoder, 82

James E. Yoder, 82, of Sturgis, Mich., and Weslaco, Texas, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, surrounded by his family at the Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. He was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Nottawa, Mich., a son to the late Ernest and Lovina (Eicher) Yoder. Jim resided in the Sturgis area most of his life. In 1950 he married …

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