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    Beverly Ward

    Beverly Ward   Beverly Ward, 69, of Grand Haven, formerly of Paw Paw, passed away peacefully August 2, 2018 at her residence.   She was the wife of Larry Ward, they were married April 18, 1986 in Paw Paw.   Beverly was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 16, 1949, the daughter of the late Virginia (Vendelle) and Homer Britten. Beverly is survived by two sons; Michael Sehy, of Kalamazoo and Robert Sehy, of Kalamazoo, seven grandchildren; Tyler Sonnevil, Rachael Sonnevil, Jess…

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    Joanne Stearns

    Joanne Stearns             Joanne Elizabeth Stearns, age 84 passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 30, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Joanne was born December 24, 1933 in Paw Paw, Michigan the daughter of Roswald and Frances (Webb) McKee. Joanne was the “Bingo Queen”. She enjoyed puzzles, crocheting, needle point, knitting and making quilts for her family and friends. But most of all she loved her family and enjoyed……

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    Katie Carlsen

    Katie Carlsen Katie Renee Carlsen, five months of Decatur, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, July 28, 2018. She was born in Elkhart, Indiana, on February 9, 2018 the daughter of Patrick and Marcie Carlsen whom survive. Katie is also survived by her brother, James, Grandparents, Sue Hemenway and Trevor (Chris) Carlsen, great grandparents, Marie Hemenway, Ken (Joan) Carlsen, Pete Montague and Carol Montague, aunts and uncles, Dan (Angie) Hemenway, Doug (Erin) Hemenway, Matt (Erin) Riggs,…

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    Dean Soule

    Dean Soule    Dean Burton Soule, age 82 passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dean was born on July 4, 1936 in Paw Paw, the son of LeRoy and Bertha (Nadwornik) Soule. Dean graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1955. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church; where he volunteered much of his time, including traveling with them. Dean enjoyed spending time with his friends; whether it was breakfast or lunch at the local restau…

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    Clifford Samuels

    Clifford Samuels   Clifford Lee Samuels age 92, of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away peacefully Sunday, July 22, 2018 with family at his side. Clifford was born April 23, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio the son of Clifford and Marjorie (Delanty) Samuels. Clifford proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Navy. He was united in marriage to the former Margaret Hughes.            Clifford was a longtime member of the American Legion…

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    Ivan Canavan

    Ivan Canavan             Ivan James Canavan, age 88 passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 20, 2018 at his residence in Paw Paw, MI. Ivan was born September 29, 1929 in Three Rivers, MI, the son of James and Mildred (Weatherbee) Canavan. Ivan proudly served his country during the Koran War in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to the former Anna Vroegindewey on January 28, 1955 in Indiana; she survives him. Ivan played high schoo…

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    Stella Krause

    Stella Krause   Stella V. Krause, age 94 of Paw Paw, passed away peacefully July 22, 2018 at White Oaks assisted Living, Lawton, Michigan. Stella was born November 29, 1923 in Joliet, Illinois, the daughter of the late Peter and Agnes (Kalamuski) Wrona.           On June 02, 1962 Stella married Alfred Krause and enjoyed over 45 years of marriage. Al preceded her in death on January 24, 2009.         &nbs…

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    Edward “Ed” Pullen

    Edward “Ed” Pullen Edward (Ed) born February 22, 1940 in Harper Woods, Michigan past away at home in Lawton Michigan Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the age of 78 years. He is survived by his wife Deborah J. (Monarch) Pullen. The son of the late Ernest and Ethel (Shaina) Pullen.  He enjoyed family, friends, fishing, and just taking off on a road trip with his wife. He loved not only family and friends but had a big heart for all who he came in contact with. He loved racing,…

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    Artie Mitchell

    Artie Mitchell Artie Ruth Mitchell, age 85, of Mattawan, passed away at home July 16, 2018 with her family at her side. She was born on December 12, 1932 in Evart, Michigan, to the late Arthur H. and Elvie (Zeller) Alexander. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Sidney Mitchell, two daughters, Mary Beth (Larry) Wolthuis, Joni Lynn (Buddy) Bell, six grandchildren, Greg (Ashlee) Wolthuis, Bradley J. Bell, Lindsay (Jacob) Dragicevich, Amanda (Eric) Lanting, Jill (Dyer) Goosen, Amy Ruth Be…

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    Melford West

    Melford West Melford F. West, 88, of Lawton passed away July 17, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo.  Mel was born September 24, 1929 in Wilton, Maine to Everett and Zetta (Hill) West.    He served in the US Army during the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic, learning not only how to fix planes, but to fly them as well.  Later, he moved to Michigan and worked for the Upjohn company.  There he met his wife Ann Hazelton.  They were united in marriage on April 16,…

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    Stephen Towle

    Stephen Towle Stephen Warner Towle, age 81, of Paw Paw, passed away July 13, 2018 at his home. He was born in McGregor, Iowa, on February 9, 1937 to the late William Irving and LaVonne (Prouty) Towle. On November 7,1959 he was united in marriage to Virgene (Berns) Towle whom survives. Also surviving are four children, Stella Torres, Russ (Heidi) Towle, Jayne (Mark) VanOeffelen and Bill (Robin) Towle, nine grandchildren, Rachel, Laura, Richard, August, Danielle, Steven, Kaylee, Stephanie …

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    Betty Hendrickson

    Betty Hendrickson           Betty Jean Hendrickson, age 88, passed away early Sunday, July 8, 2018 in Galesburg, Michigan. Betty was born on March 29, 1930 in Otsego, Michigan the daughter of Ray and Myrtle (Trippie) Stratton. She was a member of the Eagles in Paw Paw. Betty enjoyed gardening; especially her flowers, fishing and bird watching.           Betty is survived by her children; Sandra (Clarence…

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    Clara Small

    Clara Small   Clara Jane Small, age 98, of Paw Paw, passed away peacefully July, 3, 2018. She was born in Bangor, MI, on January 22, 1920 to the late Herman and Evangeline (Dukesherar) Schlieter. She is survived by her son, Robert (Ruth) Small, granddaughter, Danielle (Kyle) Simonds, two great grandchildren, Mason and Allie and one sister, Elenore. Clara was a WWII Veteran, serving as a First Lieutenant Army nurse. Following her military service, Clara worked as an RN, retiring in 1974 f…

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    Paul Moore

    Paul Moore In keeping with Paul’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being planned at a later date. In keeping with Paul’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being planned at a later date. View

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    Marla Brinkmoeller

    Marla Brinkmoeller Marla Rae Brinkmoeller, age 64, of Paw Paw, passed away at her home June 28, 2018. She was born on January 16, 1954 in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of the late Steven and Pauline (Cochrane)  Archer. She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Rev. Leonard Brinkmoeller, to whom she was united in marriage on May 1, 1980 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary, Indiana. Also surviving are her two children, Brandy Renee (Martin) Howland and Jason Samuel (Amber) Moore, fou…

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    John Titman

    John Titman   John Alvin Titman age 78, of Paw Paw passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 16, 2018. He was born June 11, 1940 in Columbus Nebraska, the son of Lyle and Frances (Stachura)Titman. He was united in marriage to the former Joyce Fox on June 30, 1990 in Paw Paw; she preceded him death on October 19, 2011.           John retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, lawn maintenance, remodeling,… &nbs…

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    Robert Ritter

    Robert Ritter Robert Forrest Ritter, age 94, of Paw Paw passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2018 at his home with his family at his side.  Bob was born April 13, 1924 in Lawton, MI the son of the late Forrest and Nettie (Beach) Ritter.  He graduated from Lawton High School class of 1943.  Bob was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Water-Hackenberg Post 220, Lawton.  Bob was employed by Welch Foods in Lawton as a mechanic retiring in 19…

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    Harold Hande

    Harold Hande Harold Leland Hande age 91, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 09, 2018 with his family at his side. Harold was born May 8, 1927 in Gardner, N. Dakota the son of Knute and Haranda (Toftosvnd) Hande. He proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Air Force. Harold was united in marriage to the former Dorothy Freer on January 9, 1951 in Paw Paw, Michigan. Harold was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Harold is survived by his loving wife; Dorothy,… …

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    Kenneth Spencer

    Kenneth Spencer   Kenneth Lee Spencer, age 59 passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kenneth was born December 25, 1958 in Paw Paw, Michigan the son of Lawrence and Lois (Mauk) Spencer. He was a lifelong farmer, cattleman and outdoorsman. Kenneth was very creative working with wood. He loved hunting, canoeing and just being outdoors in the woods. Kenneth was a true farmer and was very self-sufficient. He was a very hard-working man. Kenneth loved music. One thing abo…

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    Dennis VerSluis

    Dennis VerSluis Dennis Leo VerSluis, age 61, of Three Rivers, passed away June 2, 2018. He was born in Kalamazoo on June 26, 1956 to the late Marinus VerSluis, Jr and Mary Parkin (Anson) whom survives. Dennis is also survived by his sister, Mary VerSluis and his brother, Stephen VerSluis as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Dennis served in the Army and enjoyed his longtime work in foodservice.  There will be no public services. Dennis will be laid to rest at Fort Custer National…..

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    Virginia Rushing

    Virginia Rushing   Virginia A. Rushing of Paw Paw, passed away early Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Virginia was born on August 11, 1937 in Benton Harbor, Michigan the daughter of Jacob and Irene (Klann) Stolz. She was united in marriage to Norman Rushing on February 28, 1955 in Cassopolis, Michigan; he preceded her in death on February 26, 2016. Virginia enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, crocheting, gardening, figure skating and playing card games with her grandkids. The… &…

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    Lewis Meyers

    Lewis Meyers Lewis E. Meyers, age 93, of Kalamazoo passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Bronson  Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.  Lew was born May 17, 1925 in Stryker, Ohio the son of the late Guy and Martha (Coy) Meyers.  After completing high school Lew joined the U.S. Navy serving in the South Pacific during World Wars II and served in the Korean War.  He was employed as a machinist at the Eaton Corp until his retirement.    Lew was a caring,……

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    Christopher Ponicki

    Christopher Ponicki Christopher John Ponicki, age 49, passed away May 14, 2018. He was born in Niles Michigan on September 30, 1968 the son of Tim and Georgia (Ponicki) Washburn whom survive. Chris is also survived by his wife, Robin (Berry) Ponicki, two daughters, Shelby and Paige Ponicki, two sisters, Ericka and Amanda Washburn, his nephew Caleb Berry, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Chris was employed with Concrete Works of Michigan, he took pride in his work and had a …

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    Dennis Coy

    Dennis Coy Dennis LaVerne Coy age 69, passed away Thursday evening, May 10, 2018 with his family at his side. Dennis was born October 24, 1948 the son of Martin and Audrey (Cooper) Coy. Dennis was united in marriage to the former Lynn Hubbard on June 21, 1980 in Mattawan, MI.           Dennis enjoyed riding his motorcycle, tinkering in his workshop; but most of all spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren. He was a jack of all……

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    Cornelius Overton

    Cornelius Overton Conelius “O.V.” Overton age 66, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was born on December 20, 1951 the son of Donald and Rita (Mitchell) Overton. Cornelius was a 1970 graduate of Decatur High School. After graduation he attended the Merchant Marine Academy in New York.  Cornelius “O.V.” was united in marriage to the former Jacqueline Russell on May 1, 1971 in Lawton, Michigan. He a proud Union pipefitter/welder out of Local… Conelius “O.V.”…

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    Jack Emmons

    Jack Emmons   Jack Alan Emmons age 78, of Sister Lakes passed away unexpectedly May 11, 2018 at his home. Jack was born on January 13, 1940 the son of Donald and Mary (Carpenter) Emmons. He proudly served in the United States Navy after graduating from high school. Jack was united in marriage to Nancy Elaine Emmons [Egan] 2-24-1944 to 4-4-2011.  They were married for 50 years. He then was united in marriage to Clarice Beers on November 30, 2013 in Paw Paw,…   Jack Alan E…

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    Ronald Tiffany

    Ronald Tiffany Ronald Glenn Tiffany age 76, left this world to join his Heavenly Father early Thursday morning, May 10, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling Hospice House in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ronald was born September 4, 1941 in Kalamazoo, MI the son of Clifford and Laura (Crowder) Tiffany. He was united in marriage to the former Jeanette Markley on November 1, 1975 in Kalamazoo, MI.           Ronald enjoyed fishing and watching NASCAR Racing. He was a quiet…

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    Jessy Lossie

    Jessy Lossie Jessy Lin Lossie, age 37, of Paw Paw, passed away May 7, 2018. She was born in Paw Paw on March 4, 1981, to Chuck and Alice (Johnson) Lossie whom survive. Also surviving is her sister, Amy (Andy Glomski) Lossie, brother, Chris Lossie, grandfather, Rocky Johnson and her aunt, Carleen (Mike) Kyle. Jessy is preceded in death by her grandparents, Marie Johnson, Charlie and Marie Lossie and her uncle Roe Johnson. Jessy was a 1999 graduate of Paw Paw High School and was currently emplo…

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    Ann Bruemmer

    Ann Bruemmer Ann Bruemmer, age 95, of Mattawan was called home to be with the Lord on May 6, 2018. Ann passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. She was born and raised in Aschau am. Inn, Germany on October 16, 1922, daughter to the late Edward and Anna (Maier) Bloechl. Ann immigrated to the United States in 1951. On December 20, 1952 Ann married Gunter Bruemmer in Chicago, Illinois, who preceded her in death May 4, 2016. Together they raised three children, Stewart, Linda….

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    Lucille Sherburn

    Lucille Sherburn Lucille Dawn (Heiler) Sherburn, age 85 passed away Thursday, May 3rd on her late husband’s birthday surrounded by her family. Lucille was born in Jackson, Michigan to the late Ronald and Dorothy (Karn) Heiler.   On September 18, 1950 Lucille (Heiler) was united in marriage to William Sherburn. Lucille was the worthy high priestess of Kalamazoo White Shrine for two years and an active member until it closed. Lucille was everyone’s Avon lady for fifty years and she wa…

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    Daniel Tyler

    Daniel Tyler Daniel Michael Tyler, age 42, of Paw Paw, passed away April 30, 2018. He was born in Dowagiac on May 12, 1975, to Robert Michael Tyler and the late Shari (Staggs) Tyler. He is survived by his wife Kimberly (Kok) Tyler whom he was united in marriage to on September 8, 2001. Also surviving is his daughter Allison, father Michael (Charlotte) Tyler, one brother Stephen (Tara) and Ashton Tyler along with his grandparents, Thomas G. (Donna) Staggs. Dan was preceded in death b…

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    Alan Shaw

    Alan Shaw Alan Dale Shaw, age 70, of Lawton, passed away April 26, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia (Downey) Shaw, three sons, Joseph (Lulzime) Shaw, Joshua Shaw and Jonathon (Carol) Shaw, five grandchildren, Calob, Ashley, Anna, Alexander and Austin Shaw, two brothers, Ernest O. (Billie) Shaw and Wayne Shaw along with one sister, Sharon Shaw and many nieces and nephews. Alan was born March 10, 1948 in Muskegon to the late Ernest C. and Esther (Ortquist) Shaw. Alan enjoy…

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    George Butkovich

    George Butkovich   George Joseph Butkovich, Jr. age 91, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Bronson Lakeview Hospital, Paw Paw, Michigan. George was born April 9, 1927 in Brookfield, IL the son of George and Rose (Ratkovich) Butkovich Sr. George proudly served his country during WWII. He was united in marriage to the former Dorothy M. Belasich on June 24, 1950 in Lyons, IL.           George enjoyed fishing, ice cream, watching tv and… &nbs…

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    Grace Potter

    Grace Potter Grace A. Potter, age 91, of Paw Paw passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and close friends, Monday, April 23, 2018, at Maple Lake Assisted Living in Paw Paw.  Grace was born July 19, 1927, in Oak Park, Illinois the middle daughter of the late William J. and Edna (Nickel) Blaesing.  After moving to Paw Paw in 1943 she studied music at Western Michigan University.  Grace was employed by the Van Buren Intermediate School District… Gr…

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    Mearl Hunt

    Mearl Hunt Mearl Frederick Hunt age 86, of Paw Paw passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mearl was born March 9, 1932 in Watervliet, Michigan the son of Donald and Margaret (Wood) Hunt. Mearl proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to the former Pauline Weaver on February 25, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mearl was a member of the American Legion, McGowen Johnson and VFW. Post 68. He enjoyed… Mea…

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    Darrell Rogers

    Darrell Rogers Darrell Wayne Rogers, 66 passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at his home in Lawton with his family by his side. Darrell was born January 16, 1952 in Manila, Arkansas the son of Robert and Sada (Mason) Rogers. Darrell loved to treasure hunt all over, between yard sales and estate sales. Anytime he could find a good deal or haggle someone for a great price it made his day. Darrell also loved spending time with his family; he will be missed… Darrell Wayne Rogers, 66…

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    Willard Hahnenberg

    Willard Hahnenberg Willard Joseph Hahnenberg, 95, of Paw Paw, MI passed away on April 18, 2018 at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Will, as he liked to be called, was born on October 08, 1922 in Lake Leelanau, MI, son of Simon and Isabelle (Plamondon) Hahnenberg.  Will graduated valedictorian from Leelanua St. Mary’s in the spring of 1940.  That fall he enrolled in St. Joseph’s Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.  While enrolled as a seminarian, the United States entered WWII…. Wil…

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    Margaret Rhode

    Margaret Rhode           Margaret (Aunt Toots) Leona Rhode, age 91 passed away early Sunday morning April 15, 2018 at West Woods Nursing Home in Bridgman, MI. Margaret was born November 29, 1926 in South Bend, IN; the daughter of Cecil and Elsie (Schultz) Shank. She was united in marriage to Elmer Rhode in 1948 at St. Matthew’s Church in Benton Harbor, MI; he preceded her in death in 1981. Margaret was a long-time member of the Trinity Lutheran Chu…

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    Arturo Granados Sr.

    Arturo Granados Sr. Arturo Granados Sr. Passed away suddenly April 1, 2018 at The Springs in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Art was born the son of Junan and Isabel (Sauceda) Granados. Visitation will take place Friday, April 6, 2018 from 5:00-8:00PM and again Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00-12:00 PM from Adams Funeral Home. Arturo Granados Sr. Passed away suddenly April 1, 2018 at The Springs in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Art was born the son of Junan and Isabel (Sauceda) Granados. Visitation will take pl…