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Ronnie Grace, 55

Ronnie Grace, age 55, of Sturgis,  went home to be with his Lord Friday, July 31, 2009, at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was born Sept. 9, 1953, in Cornettsville, Ky., a son to the late Clay and Nancy (Spurlock) Grace. He had been a resident of Sturgis since 2000, moving here from the Mottville area. He …

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Carrie Webster, 79

Caroline “Carrie” Webster, 79, of White Pigeon, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at Three Rivers Health Hospice after an extended illness. She was born on June 21, 1930, in Chicago, a daughter of Peter and Mary (Matulica) Krizan. She was a resident of Mottville and Union, Mich., coming from Chicago. She married Max Webster on April 18, 1953, in Wolcottville, Ind. …

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David Crissman, 46

David M. Crissman, 46, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Aug. 1, 2009, at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich., following a long, hard-fought battle with diabetes. He was born Oct. 2, 1962, in Sturgis, Mich., a son to Richard and Beverly (Smith) Crissman. David was a lifelong Sturgis resident and graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of …

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Tony Jones, 46

Tony Edward Jones, 46, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening Aug. 1, 2009, at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born April 8, 1963, in Sturgis, a son to Fred N. “John” and Judy (Lung) Jones. Tony had resided in the Sturgis and Colon area his whole life. For the past five years he had been employed …

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June Klopfenstein, 86

June E. Klopfenstein, age 86, of Burr Oak, Mich., peacefully went home to her Lord Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at the Sturgis Hospital after a short illness. She was born Feb. 27, 1923, in Centreville, Mich., a daughter to the late Marcus and Ethel Marie (Bowersox) Lewis. On May 15, 1943, in Three Rivers, Mich., she married Clayton R. Klopfenstein, …

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Mary Riley, 53

Mary D. Riley, age 53, of Constantine, Mich., passed away Monday evening, July 27, 2009, at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born Feb. 6, 1956, in Niles, Mich., a daughter to the late Donald J. and Elvira Mae (Cutler) Riley Sr. Mary had resided in the Constantine area for more than 15 years. Her early life was …

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Dareld Thurston, 78

Dareld E. Thurston, age 78, of Colon, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the Bronson Select Specialty Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Dareld was born Oct. 27, 1930, in Sherwood, a son to the late Melvin and Belva (Youngs) Thurston.  Dareld had lived most all of his life in the Sherwood and Colon area.  On July 18, 1953, he married Dorothy …

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Dean Hull, 95

Dean D. Hull, age 95, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 9, 1913, in Cement City, a son of the late Cary and Dollie (Ringer) Hull. Dean had resided in Sturgis since 1997, coming from Capac. He had lived in Muskegon from 1952-1967 and Bronson from 1967-1971, when he moved to …

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Mary Riley, 53

Mary D. Riley, 53, of Constantine,  passed away July 27, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes  Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis,.

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Betty Messner, 81

Betty Messner, 81, died at her home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on July 6, 2009. She was born Aug. 23, 1927 in Jones, Mich., a daughter of Roy and Ila Milliser. A graduate of Constantine in 1945, she married Ramon Messner on June 29, 1946. In 1981, they moved to Port St. Lucie, Fla. Known for her wonderful baking …

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