Obituaries

Sam Heminger, 72

 Vernon M. (Sam) Heminger, 72, of White Pigeon, died Friday, March 6, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, following a short illness. He was born Oct. 1, 1936, in Vicksburg, Mich., a son of Ralph L. and Mildred (Crotser) Heminger. He had lived in the White Pigeon and Mottville area since the age of 12 and was a graduate of White Pigeon …

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Gene McCurry, 71

Ewell “Gene” McCurry, age 71, of Sturgis, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born Feb. 3, 1938, in LaMesa, Texas, a son to the late Rochell and Dorthy (Brown) McCurry. Gene has been a resident of Sturgis most of his life except for 20 years he spent serving in the U.S. …

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Howard “Jack” Bush, 87

Howard John “Jack” Bush, 87, of Sturgis, Mich., longtime Sturgis attorney, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, March 7, 2009, at his home with his wife and family at his side. He was born March 24, 1921, in Fennville, Mich., a son to the late Dr. Howard J. and Edith (Phillips) Bush. Mr. Bush had resided nearly his whole life in the …

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Carol Ann Robinson, 61

Carol Ann Robinson, 61, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away early Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born July 1, 1947, in Sturgis, Mich., a daughter to William and Rose (Bonfiglio) Mecklenburg. Carol had resided in the Sturgis and Bronson area her whole life. On Aug. 17, 1996, she married Perry Robinson in …

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Violet Jonker, 93

Violet M. Jonker, 93, of White Pigeon, died March 6, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis following a three-month illness. She was born Oct. 24, 1915, in Kalamazoo, Mich., a daughter of George S. and Lina (Dollenburg) Schouten. She lived in the White Pigeon area since she was 4 years old. She was a graduate of White Pigeon High School …

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Sam Hemminger, 72

Vernon M. (Sam) Hemminger, 72, of White Pigeon, died Friday, March 6, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, following a short illness. He was born Oct. 1, 1936, in Vicksburg, Mich., a son of Ralph L. and Mildred (Crotser) Hemminger. He had lived in the White Pigeon and Mottville area since the age of 12 and was a graduate of White Pigeon …

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Magdalena Yoder, 85

Magdalena (Hochstedler) Yoder, age 85, of Burr Oak, died peacefully on March 5, 2009, at 3:25 p.m. at her home. She was born on Jan. 15, 1924, in White Cloud, Mich., to Edward B. and Amanda (Wagler) Hochstedler. Magdalena lived 85 years, one month and 20 days. On Jan. 12, 1947, she married Virgil D. Yoder; to this union were …

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Charles Edward Hass, 60

Charles Edward Hass, age 60, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at Borgess Medical Center following a brief illness.  He was born on March 7, 1948 in Niles, Michigan the son of Fredrick W. and Evelyn B. (Smith) Hass. Mr. Hass has been a lifetime resident of this area.  He was raised on his family farm …

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Blance Holtz, 95

Blanche P. (Routsong) Holtz, age 95, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village. She was born Sept. 28, 1913, in LaGrange, Ind., a daughter of the late Ira and Cora (Helmer) Routsong. Blanche’s childhood was spent in LaGrange, where she graduated from LaGrange High School with the class of 1932. She moved to Sturgis …

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Eloise Kottenbrock, 82

Eloise D. Kottenbrock, age 82, of Burr Oak, Mich., passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at LTAC, Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center, Mich. She was born March 31, 1926, in Burr Oak, a daughter of the late Alfred and Zella (Disney) Walters and has been a lifelong Burr Oak resident, except for the past two years, when she resided with …

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