Obituaries

Howard E. Hay, age 97, of Three Rivers, passed away at Grace Health Care Center on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Howard was born April 12, 1920 to Clarence and Alice (Pierce) Hay in Three Rivers. He worked as a Paper Mill Supervisor for Weyerhaeuser Corporation for over 40 years. He enjoyed golfing at...
Elsie Jane (Short) Mallo, age 76, of Constantine, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at her home. She was born in West Virginia on Nov. 5, 1941, a daughter of Bandy and Fredia Rose. On Dec. 28, 1988, she married Mahlon Mallo in Constantine. She was a member of the Porter Baptist Church. Elsie enjoyed...
Charles L. Oxender, age 73 of Three Rivers died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.  He was born in Three Rivers on May 23, 1944 the son of the late Ira T. and Ann (Penn) Oxender and for most of his life resided in St. Joseph County.   Charles graduated from Mendon High...
Barry W. Cheeks, 64, of Constantine, died at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, Centreville. He was born on May 14, 1953 in Welch, W.V., to Charlie M. and Ethel Mae (Robinson) Cheeks. Survivors include his son, Earl Cheeks of Constantine; two...
Gary Thomas Berger, age 69, of Three Rivers passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. He was born in July 11, 1948 in Three Rivers the son of James E. and Marjorie (Selby) Berger. Gary was a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. He graduated from Three Rivers High School class of 1966...
Roger “Rocky” Matheson Rathburn, age 55, passed away tragically on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. He was born to Roger and Sally Rathburn on Aug. 29, 1962 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Roger graduated from Hackett High School in 1981 where he met his high school sweetheart and lifelong love, Susan Reisterer. He...
Joseph “Joe” R. Kuratko passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 surrounded by his family at Heartland Health Care Center after lengthy health issues. Joe was born Aug. 5, 1928 in Chicago, Ill. to Joseph and Anna (Blaha) Kuratko. They moved to Three Rivers when he was four years old. He graduated from...
Donna J. Austin Schuldt, age 73, of San Antonio, Fla., died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by loving husband, Donald; sons, Jeffrey (Julie) Austin, Steven Austin; grandchildren, Janey Austin, Ocean Austin; sister, Betsy Benesch, and...
Dannie Nathan Hall, age 62, of Three Rivers died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born in Anderson, Ind. on Sep. 4, 1955 the son of Nathan E. and Norma (Nutt) Hall. His mother, Norma was later married to Dannie’s stepfather, Richard Leighton....
Bill Laverne Newman, age 88, of Three Rivers passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 at Grace Healthcare. He was born in Three Rivers on July 22, 1929 the son of Frank and Gladys (Holmes) Newman. Bill was a lifelong resident of Three Rivers. Bill graduated from...

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