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Marcia Bechtloff, 69

Marcia C. Bechtloff, age 69, of Colon, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  Marcia was born June 3, 1939, in Schoolcraft, a daughter of the late Harry & Helen (Smith) Stuart. Marcia had lived most all of her life in the Colon and Leonidas area. She graduated from Colon High School with the …

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Gayle Balyeat, 74

Gayle A. Balyeat, 74, of 703 Michigan Ave., Sturgis, Mich., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at her home, following an extended illness. She was born July 25, 1934, in Chenoa, Ill., a daughter of Russell and Vernice (Harkrider) Dunham. She had been a Sturgis resident since 1998, coming from Kalkaska, where she lived for 21 years. Prior to that, she lived in Constantine. …

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George Allen McClain, 47

George Allen McClain, age 47, formerly of Mendon, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, in Sturgis. He was born in Three Rivers on Sept. 29, 1961, the son of Robert and Nancy (Sand) McClain. George was a 1980 graduate of Mendon High School, and a lifetime resident of St. Joseph County. George was a certified auto mechanic and welder. …

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Ronald Eugene Spiegelberg, 88

Ronald Eugene Spiegelberg, age 88, of Vicksburg, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2009 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Lima Twp., Washtenaw Co. on March 26, 1920 the son of Ervin and Edith (Feldkamp) Spielgelberg.  Mr. Spiegelberg has been a resident of the Vicksburg area since 1972, moving from the Manchester and Ann …

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William “Yoder” Isaac, 53

William D. “Yoder” Isaac, age 53, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born Dec. 15, 1955, in Sturgis, a son to Patricia Eberhard. William was adopted and raised by his grandparents Harold and Thelma Isaac and has been a resident of Sturgis most of his life. On Nov. …

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Hank Wickey, 89

Henry C. (Hank) Wickey, age 89, of Three Rivers, and formerly of Centreville, passed away Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 at the Fairview Living Centre in Centreville. He was born in Nappanee, IN on February 8, 1920, a son of the late Chris and Susan (Helmuth) Wickey. On June 23, 1942 he married Suzanne Hostetler in Burr Oak. She preceded him …

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David Michael Furlong Jr., 45

David Michael Furlong Jr., 45, of Middlebury and formerly of Three Rivers, died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 17.  Services were held at the Hohner Funeral Home.

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Lois Heykoop

Mrs. Lois M. Heykoop died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2009. Lois was born April 21, 1917 in Muskegon Heights, Mich., a daughter of Jack and Alice (Lapham) Cassidy. She had been a Sturgis resident since 1955, coming from Muskegon. She was employed with Ross Laboratories for 25 years, retiring in 1981. She was preceded in death by her parents; her …

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Wanda Peck, 96

Wanda V. Peck, 96, of Sturgis died Wednesday, Feb. 18. Relatives and friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Rosenberg Chapel, in Sturgis, where the family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home . A funeral mass will be …

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Florence Tibbott, 100

Florence A. Tibbott, 100, formerly of Sturgis, Mich, died on Sunday, Feb. 15, at her home at Greentree Senior Living, in Indianapolis. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and graveside services, with interment of cremains, will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

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