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Susan G. Esseltine

Susan G. Esseltine

Susan passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Bronson Hospital. She was born August 1, 1956 in Port Huron the daughter of Albert and Beulah (Bressette) Gonzales. Susan enjoyed flowers, gardening, painting crafts, babysitting and cooking. On March 26, 1976 in Port Huron she married Kevin Esseltine who survives. Also surviving are her children, Kathy (Bill) ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Valerie I. Davis

Valerie I. Davis

Val passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family Friday, April 29, 2016 following a courageous battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). She was born July 24, 1968 in Grand Rapids the daughter of John and Marcia (Fancher) Manke. Val attended St. Stan’s Catholic School until the 8th grade and was a 1986 Hopkins High School ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Floyd L. “Red” Patrick

Floyd L. “Red” Patrick

Red passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 at his home in Plainwell. He was born February 23, 1935 in Gapsville, KY the son of Homer and Zelma (Kennard) Patrick. Red had been an owner and operator of Floyd Construction for many years. He loved being outdoors and his hound dogs. In his spare time Red enjoyed hunting for coon, squirrels and deer, gardening, ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Thomas E. Benedict

Thomas E. Benedict

Tom passed away peacefully Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo. He was born November 5, 1940 in Allegan the son of Peter and Dorothy (Wolters) Benedict. Tom received his Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education and his Master’s Degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. For many years he had been a teacher ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Ashley M. Pallett

Ashley M. Pallett

Ashley passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Watson Township due to an accident. She was born December 4, 1993 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Michael and Ann (Cole) Pallett. Ashley had worked at Subway in Martin, Blimpies in Allegan and at Walmart. She loved the water and enjoyed swimming, horses and her dogs. Ashley was a people person and liked spending ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Susan M. Smith

Susan M. Smith

Susan passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in Kalamazoo. Susan was born July 16, 1937 in Kentucky the daughter of Joe and Lindie (Smith) Conley. She enjoyed going to church, sewing and watching soaps. Surviving are her husband, John; children, Jeff (Sherri) Smith of Holland, Lori (Randy) Smith of TN and Julie (Marty) Smith of Allegan; 4 grandchildren, ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Garrit H. Vander Veen

Garrit H. Vander Veen

Garrit passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Kalamazoo. He was born September 20, 1928 at home in Alamo Township to Fred and Katrina (Nightingale) Vander Veen. Garrit was a graduate of Central High School in 1946. On June 25, 1948 at Twin Lakes Reformed Church he married Winona Smith. With Winona by his side Garrit had owned and operated Vander Veen ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Judy L. Leonard

Judy L. Leonard

Judy Lylene Leonard, 70, of Plainwell passed away peacefully at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo on April 16, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. Judy was born in Allegan on February 15, 1946 to Marion and Mabel (Huffman) Harris. Judy enjoyed shopping, finding bargains at garage sales, attending the annual family fish fry, visiting with family and riding on ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Beverly J. Patterson

Beverly J. Patterson

Beverly J. (Baldwin) Patterson, wife of the Reverend Paul E. Patterson, died April 19, 2016 in Grand Rapids. She was born in Lawton on April 11, 1934 the daughter of Roy and Marian (Rodgers) Baldwin. In 1942, the Baldwin family moved to Albion, where Bev graduated from high school and then attended Central Michigan University. On August 27, 1955 at ...   Read complete obituary here  

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Richard E. Kling

Richard E. Kling

Richard passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Friday, April 15, 2016 in Kalamazoo. He was born December 19, 1935 in Otsego the son of Charles and Ida (Herbst) Kling. Richard was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Otsego. He enjoyed spending time with, Justin and Karrie and his family most of all. In his spare time Richard ...   Read complete obituary here  

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