Obituaries

William Lee “Bill” Steinberger, 93, of Mendon, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at Medi-Lodge of Portage following a long illness. He was born in Kalamazoo on Feb. 16, 1923 the son of Otto Charles and Laura Elizabeth (Vande Venter) Steinberger. While Bill’s father travelled with the US Army, Bill...
Mr. Lawrence “Larry” Russell Matson Jr., 72, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at his home. He was born in Coldwater on March 10, 1944 the son of Lawrence Sr. and Ilene (Carpenter) Matson. Larry and his wife Nancy moved to Three Rivers around 1982. Larry and was a...
Lloyd W. Murray, 95, of Portage, formerly of Marcellus, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. He was born April 6, 1921 in Bloomingdale, the son of Alton Cole and Eunice (Laughlin) Murray. On May 5, 1945 in Detroit, he married Florence L. Bailey who preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 2015. After...
Clinton Charles Carpenter, 35, of Mendon, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at his home following a lifetime of physical challenges. He was born in Sturgis on Sept. 29, 1981 the son of Dale S. and Sheri (True) Carpenter. Amidst his many surgeries he was tutored by the Pathfinder Center in the family home...
Lois Marie “Ma” Bell, 90, formerly of Constantine, died Nov. 24, 2016, at Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka, Ill. She was born on Aug. 6, 1926 in Bristol, Ind., a daughter of Samuel and Sylvia (Rought) Detwiler. On April 22, 1944 she married Richard Bell in Brownwood, Texas. He preceded her in...
Ilah Bird Essex, 99, died peacefully in her sleep Thanksgiving evening, 2016. A near lifetime resident of Marcellus, she was a hair dresser, a bus driver and a farmer. She was preceded in death by Ewart Essex, her husband of 50 years. She is survived by her children, Mary (Bill) Jaglowski, Nancy (...
Wava Jane Chapman, 66, of Jones, died Nov. 22, 2016, at her home. She was born June 25, 1950 in Mishawaka, Ind., a daughter of James and Gloria (Bang) Simpson. Wava attended country schools and Mendon Schools. She was employed at Crocker Limited in Three Rivers for 30 years retiring in 2009. Wava,...
Lilly M. Sweat, 88, of Elkhart, Ind., formerly of Bristol, Ind., died at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 20, at Riverside Village, Elkhart, Ind. She was born on Aug. 31, 1928, in Foraker, Ind. to Samuel and Sylvia (Pentecost) Detwiler. On May 1, 1948 in Albion, Ind. she married James E. Sweat; he died Nov...
Penny Sue Carvey of Kalamazoo passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. at Bronson Hospital. She was born in Three Rivers the daughter of Robert and Marva (Dickens) Grimm. Penny graduated in 1989 from Three Rivers High School. She loved playing softball and going fishing. She went on to...
Wilbur Cecil Ransbottom, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  Wilbur, 88, had been a long time resident of Three Rivers before becoming a resident of Sheridan, Wyo. in 2009. Born Feb. 26, 1928, Wilbur...

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