Obituaries

Ralph Waite, 66

Ralph Lee Waite, age 66, of Three Rivers, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Beacon Health System-Three Rivers. He was born February 29, 1956 in Sturgis, the son of Garnet and Myrtle (Draper) Waite, and graduated from Sturgis High School with the Class of 1975. Ralph married Elizabeth “Betsy” Maher on February 19, 1977. They enjoyed taking motorcycle rides, …

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Nancy Hawn, 82

Nancy June Hawn, age 82, of Constantine, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023 in Mishawaka. Nancy was born in Illinois, on December 2, 1940, a daughter of Virgil and June (Howard) Katt. She married Dean Vantine in 1960; he preceded her in death in 1969.On June 9, 1972, she married Carl Hawn. Nancy previously worked at CTS in Elkhart, …

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Mario Avila, 59

Mario Neives Avila, age 59, of Sturgis, passed away early Sunday morning, January 29, 2023 at his home. He was born August 22, 1963 in Zinapecuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00, Wednesday, February 1st at the Holy Angels Catholic Church, 402 S. Nottawa St. in Sturgis where the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary …

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Betty Hess, 87

Betty Lou Hess died on her 87th birthday, Saturday, January 28th, 2023. She was born in Clinchmore, Tennessee on January 28, 1936 the daughter of Carl and Marie (Maiden) Troutman. On January 30, 1966, in Kalamazoo, she married Raymond LeRoy Hess who preceded her in death. Betty had been residing at “White Oaks Assisted Living” for the past several years. …

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Suzanne Civiletti, 81

Suzanne Civiletti, age 81, formerly of Centreville, died Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Borgess Place Assisted Living in Kalamazoo. She was born in Three Rivers on April 26, 1941 the daughter of Leslie and Hilda (Paull) Rambadt, and was a lifetime resident of St. Joseph County. She was married to Harry Walsh Civiletti on June 6, 1965 at St. Paul …

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Henri’Etta Marie Tolbert, 82

Henri’Etta Marie Tolbert, age 82, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 17852 River Road, Three Rivers. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church. She will be laid to rest in Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park in …

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Allan Malesh, 84

Allan B. Malesh, age 84, of Colon, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Allan was born in Chicago on November 7, 1938, a son to the late Alphonse and Estelle (Bredelis) Malesh. Allan was a graduate of the University of Illinois. Following his graduation, Allan served his country as a member of the United States …

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Delores Kline, 78

Delores E. Kline, age 78, of Colon, passed away at her home on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. Delores was born on March 6, 1944, in Akron, Iowa, a daughter to the late Leo Hambright and Joy (Anderson) Bowen. Delores graduated from Sturgis High School. On January 22, 1972, she married her husband of 51 years, Lyell C. Kline at the …

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Cyndi Huber, 58

Cynthia Marie Huber, age 58, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday morning, January 25, 2023 at her home following a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born April 20, 1964 in Hicksville, Ohio daughter of the late James Paul and Jacklyn (Bice) Krontz. Cyndi resided in Sturgis since 1983 coming from Bronson where she was a graduate of Bronson High …

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Gary Boyd III, 22

Gary Wayne Boyd III, age 22, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday morning, January 25, 2023 in Three Rivers. If love was enough you would still be here. He was born October 2, 2000 in Sturgis, son of Gary “Junior” and Amie (Sparks) Boyd, Jr. Gary resided most of his life in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area. He enjoyed mushroom …

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