Obituaries

Lathorlyn A. Balk, age 87, passed away June 27, 2017 at Grace Health Care of Three Rivers. She was born in Centreville on June 10, 1930, a daughter of Richard and Virginia (Sloan) Hagelgans. She graduated from Centreville High School in 1948. On Aug. 7, 1948, she married Neubert Balk in...
Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Swartwout, age 85, of Three Rivers, passed away at Three Rivers Health on Monday, June 26, 2017. Jane was born on August 1, 1931 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Michael and Mary (Zellak) Boggio. After earning her Associate’s Degree, Jane worked as a registered nurse for many...
Robert D. Phillips, 86, of Fish Lake, White Pigeon, died on Monday, June 26, 2017 in Pioneer, Ohio. Visitation 10 a.m. to noon at the Farrand Funeral Home on Saturday, July 1, 2017, where services will begin at noon with the Rev. Scott Manning officiating. Interment in White Pigeon Township...
Edith Arlene Harter, age 96, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday morning, June 24, 2017 at her home. She was born Dec. 28, 1920 in Sturgis, daughter of the late Raymond Dewey and Clara Adele (Reading) Robison. Edith was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On June 9, 1940 she married Lester F. Harter at the...
Michael Christopher Whittington, age 45 of Leonidas died Saturday June 24, 2017 at his home. He was born in Portland, Ind. on May 8, 1972, the son of Richard D. and Lisa N. (Spillman) Whittington. Michael graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1990. He later attended Glen Oaks...
Mary E. Granger, age 86, of Goshen, passed away June 24, 2017 at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family. She was born in Hope, Mich. on Sept. 22, 1930, a daughter of Fredrick and Francis (Clark) Braley. She attended Hope public school, later receiving her GED in 1982. On April 8, 1948...
Forrest Wortinger, 88, of Three Rivers, died on June 11, 2017 in his home surrounded by his family. Forrest was born on Sept. 14, 1928 the son of Lillian Hering and Forrest Wortinger. He grew up in Three Rivers and attended school at Three Rivers public school. On Aug. 25, 1957, he married Barb...
Molly Catherine Higgins, age 70, of Three Rivers died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at her home following a long illness. She was born in Sturgis on Aug. 6, 1946, the daughter of William Claude and Gertrude O. (Moll) Hoffman and was a lifetime resident of St. Joseph County. Molly graduated from Mendon...
Kenneth G. Sawyer, age 79, of Constantine died June 17, 2017. He was born May 28, 1938 in Constantine a son of Eugene and Berniece (Lehman) Sawyer. On July 15, 1976 he married Lois (Martin) Lucas in Three Rivers. She preceded him in death Sept. 10, 1998. Ken worked for Drake Casket, Constantine...
Mrs. Nona Jane Kirchner, age 55, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, June 19, 2017. Nona was born on Dec. 11, 1961 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of John and Barbara (Warner) Schabes-Mitchell On April 28, 1979 Nona was united in marriage to Mr. Robert Kirchner. Nona...

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