Obituaries

Boris Oliynyk, 64, raised in Willimantic, Conn. and of the Michiana area (Three Rivers and Elkhart, Ind.), passed on Monday morning, June 26, 2017 after more than a yearlong battle against cancer, surrounded by loved ones at the hospice house of the Center for Hospice Care. Boris was born in Lyon...
With a smile on his face and the taste of his favorite whiskey on his lips, Dennis A. Newcomer, age 74, of Jones, died peacefully Monday, June 26, 2017 at home in the comfort of his family’s presence. He was born Oct. 14, 1942 in Mishawaka, Ind. to Arthur and Kathleen Newcomer. He married Pat...
Clella J. Payton age 79 of Three Rivers passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Arrangements pending at Hohner Funeral Home.
Larry W. Merritt, 64, of Middlebury, passed away June 26, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind. He was born in Dowagiac on Feb. 19, 1953, a son of Ernie and Zelma (Jackson) Merritt. Larry graduated from Constantine High School in 1971, where he attended school with his wife...
Mary L. Ward, 81, of White Pigeon died on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at her home following an extended illness. She was born on June 23, 1936 in Blodgett, Miss., the daughter of William Brian Jennings and Audrey (Lawson) Cantrell. She was a White Pigeon resident the past three years, coming from...
Diana Lyn Vedmore, age 65, of Three Rivers passed away at Borgess Hospital on Monday, June 26, 2017. She was born on Jan. 6, 1952 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Archie and Connie (Pickard) Capman. Mrs. Vedmore has been a long time resident of Three Rivers.  She was a member of St. John’s...
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...

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