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Thomas McNamara, 70

Thomas G. McNamara, 70, of Blue School Road, White Pigeon, died Dec. 20, 2009, at his home following a short illness. He was born Dec. 7, 1939, in Detroit, a son of Glenn and Alberta G. (Beadle) McNamara. Thomas lived his early life in Kalamazoo and Klinger Lake and was a graduate of Howe Military School. He attended college and spent …

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Mary Bir, 79

Mary K. Bir, 79, of Kalamazoo, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at her home following a short illness. She was born Feb. 17, 1929, in Detroit, a daughter to Furm and Loretta (Nartker) Bolin. She has resided in the Kalamazoo area for the past 10 years, coming from Constantine and Sturgis. On Jan. 24, 1948, she married Henry S. Bir in …

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Mary Lou Perrin, 79

Mary Lou Perrin, 79, of Nottawa, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at her home. The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, (269) 651-3284. Funeral services celebrating the life of Mary Lou Perrin will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at …

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Viola Rowe, 76

Viola Mae Rowe, age 76, of Colon, Michigan passed away early Sunday morning, December 20, 2009 at the Laurels of Coldwater in Coldwater, Michigan. She was born July 14, 1933 in Hamilton County, Indiana a daughter to the late Chester and Minnie (Salisbury) Inman. Viola had resided in Colon since 2000. Prior to that she had lived in Sturgis for many …

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Arlene Woods, 87

Arlene Woods, age 87, of Osceola, Indiana and a former resident of Sturgis passed away Thursday evening December 17, 2009 at Riverside Village in Elkhart, Indiana. She was born March 17, 1922 in LaGrange County, Indiana a daughter to the late Robert and Letta (Carper) Leer. Mrs. Woods had resided in South Bend, Indiana, White Pigeon, Chesapeake, Virginia, Sturgis and her …

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Dorothy Reinoehl, 99

Dorothy M. Reinoehl, age 99, of Leonidas, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. Dorothy was born Dec. 14, 1910, in Leonidas, a daughter to the late Ernest and Hannah (Lyster) Bennett. She had lived all of her life in Leonidas, graduating from Colon High School with the Class of 1928. She had spent her …

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Ronald Towner, 77

Ronald Coleman Towner,  age 77, of Three Rivers, passed away Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at home. He was born on July 17, 1932 in South Bend, IN, a son of Leslie R. Towner of Homer, IL and Myrtle James Harvey of Dowagiac, MI. Ron was originally from Indianapolis, IN where he worked for Hoosier Bearing as a salesman and for …

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Randy Buscher, 54

Randy W. Buscher, 54, of Grass Lake Lane, White Pigeon, died Dec. 15, 2009, at his home. He had been in failing health since October. He was born July 16, 1955, in Three Rivers, to Warren J. (Tubby) and Joanna L. (Gross) Buscher. He was a resident of Grass Lake since 1976, coming from Centreville where he was a graduate of …

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Phillip Seybert, 85

Phillip Ross Seybert, age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan and a former long time resident of Burr Oak passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning December 12, 2009 at his home. He was born February 11, 1924 in Scott, Indiana a son to the late Fred and Blanche (Bowerman) Seybert, Sr. On September 4, 1946 he married June Phyllis Orr in Adrian. She …

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Robert Gunrups, 98

Roberts Peteris Gudrups, 98, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 13, 2009, at his home. He was born Aug.3, 1911, in Latvia, a son to the late Ernest and Latte Gudrups. Mr. Gudrups had had resided in Sturgis for the past 51 years coming from Germany where he lived for 15 years. His early life was spent in …

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