Obituaries

Ruby Estes, 96

Ruby Mildred Estes, age 96, of Three Rivers, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers. She was born June 2, 1923 in Cumberland Gap, TN a daughter to the late Theo and Louise (Greer) Estes. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands: Charles Estes and Rex Willis; son: David Estes; …

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Wanda Stauder, 98

Wanda Ucille Stauder, age 98, of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at Thurston Woods Villa. She was born in Otsego, MI on March 26, 1921, the daughter of Leo Fowler and Anna Fowler. She graduated from Cedar Lake Academy, Glen Oaks Community College and attended Western Michigan University. Wanda was married to George D. Stauder on January 22, …

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Jim Walker Sr., 86

James A. Walker Sr. age 86, of Kalamazoo, and formerly of Centreville, passed away at home Wednesday, Sept., 11, 2019, with his family at his side. Jim was born April 28, 1933, in Kalamazoo, a son of the late George “Chi” and Elizabeth (Ballinger) Walker. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during …

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Robert Schwartz, 57

Robert James “Bobby” Schwartz, age 57, of Leonidas, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Portage. He was born Jan. 25, 1962 in Sturgis, a son of Eli and Clara (Mast) Schwartz. Robert graduated from Colon High School with the class of 1980 and had lived in Fort Wayne, and Florida for a few years before moving back to St. …

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Shirley Lesniak, 80

Shirley A. Lesniak, age 80, of Sturgis, passed away early Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, 2019, at Sturgis Hospital. She was born July 17, 1939, in Detroit, a daughter of the late Anthony and Helen (Mentkowski) Krasniewski. Shirley resided in Sturgis since 1972, coming from Detroit. On June 27, 1959, she married Walter John Lesniak in Detroit. He died Nov. 25, …

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Margaret Shultz, 68

Margaret Helen Shultz, age 68, of Three Rivers, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019 in Kalamazoo. She was born on December 11, 1950 in Lansing, the daughter of Malcolm and Mary Helen (Benson) McNeil. Margaret graduated from Monsignor John Gabriel’s Catholic School, class of 1969 and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1973. On June …

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Sarah Hooker, 96

Edith “Sarah”  Hooker was born on July 6, 1923, to the late Edith Mary and Earl Logan Lambert in Dakota, Illinois. While attending Carthage College she met her future husband, Robert L. Hooker, also a student. Upon Bob’s ordination as a Lutheran pastor, the then married couple moved to San Francisco. It was the beginning of an adult life full …

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George Pratt, 83

George G. Pratt, age 83, of Celina, Tenn., and formerly of the White Pigeon area, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Services will be held at noon at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mottville Township Cemetery, with full military …

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Richard McDaniel Sr., 55

Richard Lee McDaniel Sr., age 55, of Constantine, died on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was born on January 1, 1964 in South Bend, a son of Franklin Richard and Linda Kay (Arnold) McDaniel. Richard graduated from Constantine High School in 1982 and attended Glen Oaks Community College. He received his Journeyman tool & …

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Bree King, 19

Bree Kaitlin King, age 19, of Constantine, passed away after a long battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Bree was born in Coldwater on February 17, 2000, a daughter of Don and Tina (Liles) King.  She attended Constantine Public Schools, graduating in 2019. Bree loved to go camping.  She enjoyed …

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