Obituaries

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...
Theresa Marie Hanes, 63, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully at Fairview Nursing Home in Centreville on the evening of Nov. 4, 2016. She was born Theresa Marie Losik, beloved daughter of Stanley, Jr. and Marcia (Schulz) Losik on Oct. 3, 1953 in Three Rivers. She is preceded in death by her...
Carl Fredrick “Sonny” Rockrohr, 79, of Three Rivers, passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. He was born in Midlothian, Ill. on April 24, 1937 the son of Carl Albert and Eleanore (Gerenz) Rockrohr. Carl was employed as a heavy equipment operator for 40 years at Economy Mechanical...
Brian L. Byler, 47, of Constantine, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at his home. He was born in LaGrange, Ind. on June 8, 1969, a son of Ellsworth “Ozzy” and Evelyn (Miller) Byler. Brian graduated from White Pigeon High School in 1987 where he participated in Football. After high school, he...
Juanita Joanne Schmidtendorff, 87, of Constantine, passed away Nov. 11, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. Juanita was born in Peru, Ind., on Feb. 26, 1929, a daughter of Arthur and Mary (Hall) Black. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1947. On Aug. 16, 1947, she married Harold...

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