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Jerry Cupp, 77

Gerald “Jerry” Cupp, age 77 of Mendon, died Thursday, July 2, 2009 at his home following a long illness.  He was born  in Three Rivers on January 8, 1932 the son of Lloyd and Edith (Bussell) Cupp and was a lifetime resident of Mendon.  Jerry graduated from Mendon High School with the Class of 1950.  He was married to Lois …

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Vance Arnett, 79

Vance Richard Arnett, age 79, Constantine left us early July 2nd, 2009 due to complications from a stroke suffered on June 17th. He was born in Battle Creek, MI on October 13, 1929,  a son of the late John and Della (Vance) Arnett. He lived most of his life in Constantine and  graduated from Constantine High School in 1948. He married …

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Bill Mowrey

A memorial service will be held for William “Bill” F. Mowrey on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Ninth Street Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Thomas Reaume officiating.

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Cel Prescott, 91

Cecelia M. Madison (‘Cel’) Prescott, age 91, of Three Rivers, passed away on June 26, 2009 at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo, MI.  Born on June 16, 1918, the first daughter of Edward and Lucretia Madison in New Orleans, LA..  The family soon moved to Chicago, IL. Where she spent her childhood.  Two sisters followed her, baby Evelyn, who died in …

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Gladys Schwenk, 98

Gladys Louisa Schwenk, age 98, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away June 29, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born Jan. 26, 1911, in Kalamazoo,  a daughter to the late Jacob and Elva Esther (Krupp) Schwenk. Miss Schwenk began her education at the District No. 4 Leonidas Township School from 1917-1925. She attended Colon Public Schools for her …

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Lee Brown, 70

Lee W. Brown, 70, of Sturgis,  died Sunday June 28, 2009, at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek.  He was born July 1, 1938, in Coldwater, to William and Charlotte (Sours) Brown. Lee married Joyce Hearld, Nov. 27, 1968, in Sturgis. He served with the U.S. Army from 1962-1964. He enjoyed classic cars and racing cars at Butler Speedway …

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June Hendrix, 89

June R. Hendrix, 89, of White Pigeon, Mich., died Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis after a short illness. She was born June 22, 1920, in Sturgis, a daughter to Ray A. and Della M. (Grimes) Jones. She lived in the White Pigeon area all of her life. She married Joe Kolter, and he preceded her in …

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Roy Hartman, 75

Roy Hartman, 75, of Marcellus, died Wednesday evening.  Visitation will be at the Mater Funeral Home in Marcellus on Sunday from 3 to 6pm.  Services will be on Monday at 11am at Poe’s Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Newberg-Norton Bible Church.

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Vern Thrams, 80

Vern L. Thrams, 80, passed away March 21, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Zephyrhills, Fla. Vern was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Colon, Mich. He was married in June 1952 to Joan Moser and they made their home in Sturgis, Mich., where Vern was a tool and die maker for Sutton Tool Inc., retiring in 1994. Vern enjoyed hunting, …

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Ben Burkett, 20

Benjamin Allen “Ben” Burkett, age 20, of Mendon, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident in Brady Township.  He was born in Kalamazoo on May 14, 1989 the son of Gordon A. and Minnie (Blair) Burkett, Jr.  He attended Vicksburg Schools where he participated in football and wrestling.  Ben graduated from Portage Central High …

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