Obituaries

 Leola Marjorie Johnson, age 99, formerly of Three Rivers died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at Birches Adult Foster Care in Leonidas. She was born in her parents’ home, in Rockford on Aug. 31, 1918, the daughter of Adam and Ada (Zimmerman) Hammer. Leola was married to James Paul Johnson on the lawn of...
Wesley “Wes” A. Oliver, 88, passed away Jan. 8, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center. He was born in Chicago, Ill. on Aug. 3, 1929, a son of Zeffa Oliver. Wes attended Mendon Public Schools and went on to serve in the United States Army. On June 1, 1956, he married Norma Kimball in Cass County. Wes...
Beverly A. Minger, age 85, of Centreville died Jan. 9, 2018 at Bowman House in Three Rivers. She was born Aug. 11, 1932 in Los Angeles, Calif., a daughter of Arthur and Violet (Parham) Cotter. Beverly graduated from Centreville High School in 1950. On Dec. 1, 1951 she married Frederick Minger in...
Rachel Dorothy Murray Celmer, 100, of Prescott Valley, Ariz. died Jan. 1, 2018. She was born July 22, 1917, the daughter of Willard Edmund and Ocie Davis Murray on her Grandmother Davis’ farm in LaGrange County, Ind. She graduated from Scott High School on April 20, 1934. On July 14, 1934, she...
Elton Powell, 92, Three Rivers, passed away Jan. 7, 2018 at his home. Elton was born in Constantine on Jan. 29, 1925, son of Delbert and Edna (Nusbaum) Powell.   He attended Maple Street Schools. Elton served in the U.S. Army. On Sept. 1, 1956, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Kirkbride at Constantine...
Myrtle F. Heslet, 96, of Centreville, and formerly Sarasota, Fla., passed away on Jan. 4, 2018 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born in Grand Rapids on Dec. 1, 1921, a daughter of Earl and Hazel (Geibe) Dudley. On Oct. 12, 1940, she married Raymond Heslet in Three Rivers. He preceded...
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...

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