Obituaries

Vern Thrams, 80

Vern L. Thrams, age 80, passed away on Saturday, 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, where Vern was a tool and die maker for Sutton Tool Inc., retiring in 1994. Vern …

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Todd Lung, 34

Todd Anthony Lung, 34, of Burr Oak, Mich., passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning, April 20, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 3, 1974, in Sturgis, a son to Jack A. and Joan (Krontz) Lung. Todd was a lifelong resident of Burr Oak and graduated from Burr Oak High School with the class of 1992. He was a …

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Eleanor Winrotte, 81

Eleanor L. (Zartman) Winrotte, age 81, of Three Rivers, and formerly of Plymouth, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. Cremation was conducted. A memorial service will held Saturday April 25, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers, with Pastor Don Fry officiating. Memorial donations may be sent to UMCOR in care of the United Methodist …

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Ronald Droke, 70

Ronald R. Droke, 70, of Three Rivers, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Three Rivers Health. He was born in Syracuse, Ind. on April 23, 1938, one of nine children born to Chester and Carrie (Knight) Droke. On Nov. 13, 1998 Ron married Carol (Barfell) Smith in Centreville. He worked at Peterson Springs in Three Rivers for 39 years, …

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Margaret Cronin, 74

Margaret Therese Cronin, age 74, of Colon, passed away Friday, April 17, 2009, after several months of failing health. Therese was born March 4, 1935, in Chicago, a daughter to the late James W. and Catherene (Schultz) O’Connor. Therese graduated from St. Gabriel High School with the Class of 1951. On June 17, 1955 she married her husband of 59 …

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Ronald Baker, 58

Ronald Roscoe Baker, 58, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at his home. He was born on Oct. 18, 1950 in Three Rivers, the son of LaVern Wilbur and Geraldine Virginia (Robinson) Baker. Mr. Baker served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. He has spent most of his life in the Three …

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Robert “Brownie” Brown, 66

Robert Lee “Brownie” Brown, age 66, of LaGrange, Ind., passed away early Wednesday morning, April 15, 2009, at his home. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or services. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel of Sturgis is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to the …

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Wesley Saxman, 91

Wesley H. Saxman, age 91, of Leonidas passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at his home, after a short illness. Wesley was born April 8, 1918, in Leonidas Township, a son to the late W. Ivan and Mabel E. (Troy) Saxman. On April 9, 1938, he married Gertrude C. Cooley. She preceded him in death on Aug. 7, 1987. Later …

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Judith (Bradford) Spade, 56

Judith K. (Bradford) Spade, 56, of Three Rivers, born Oct. 8, 1952, passed away on April 13, 2009. Judith graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1970. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Norman Spade, daughter, Kari Spade, son, Corey Spade, all of Three Rivers; mother, Beulah Bradford; three brothers and three sisters. A memorial service will be held …

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Robert Keller, 52

Robert L. Keller, 52, of Three Rivers, passed away Friday, April 10, 2009 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born August 31, 1956 in Beach Grove, IN to William and Wanda (Johnson) Keller. Robert worked as an electrician at a Trailer Manufacturing Co. Surviving are his daughter; Bonita (Drew) Riley; 2 sons Kyle (Kyndra) Keller and Robert Keller …

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