EDITH ARLENE HARTER

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 Sturgis Church of the Nazarene in Sturgis.
She retired from Grumman Olson in Sturgis following many years of dedicated employment. She had also been employed by Ivers Lee in Shipshewana, Ind. and Tony' Sweet Shop in Sturgis.
Edith was a member of the Sturgis Salvation Army and volunteered many hours at the Thrift Store. She was a Life member of Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW Auxiliary. Edith enjoyed gardening, crossword and word search puzzles, crocheting and embroidering and loved time spent with her family.
She is survived by two daughters: Janet (Jerry) Stahl of Sturgis and Jackie (Gordon) Smittendorf of Three Rivers; five grandchildren: Mark Harter, Lance Harter, Douglas (Chris) Krugh, Danielle (Chris) Hartner and Cody (Nikki) Stahl; five great grandchildren; 11 great great grandchildren; four brothers: Bill Poorman, Dale Robison, Raymond Robison and Ronnie Robison; four sisters: Marie Bloom, Nila Robison, Carol and Carolyn and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father: Ertis Poorman; one son: Lester Eugene Harter; five sisters: Nina Howk, Betty Lego, Violet Persing, Judy Gross and Linda Blough and one brother: Robert Poorman.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Friday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, (269) 651-3284 where funeral services celebrating the life of Edith Harter will begin at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Kathy Shuen of the First Congregational Church UCC in Constantine will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Harter' memory consider Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091 or the Sturgis Salvation Army, 105 S. Fourth St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
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MARY L. WARD
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 Three Rivers. Employed in manufacturing and nursing home care.
Member of the Church of Christ in Three Rivers. She enjoyed shopping at Walmart, buying purses, most of all time spent with her family and grandchildren. She was a grandmother to many. She was married to Otho Burnett, Vern Herman, and Edward Ward who all preceded her in death.
She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Ann (Paul) Monsen of White Pigeon, Bonnie Sue (Hank) Hendrick of Sturgis, eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, one great great grandson; Sister, Norma Jean Taylor of Sikeston, Miss. Several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, daughter Wanda Cooper, son Gary Burnett, four brothers.
Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at The Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon where services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017 with the  Rev. Mike King of the Church of Christ officiating. Interment in White Pigeon Township Cemetery. Donations may be directed to the Church of Christ.
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LARRY W. MERRITT
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 Patti (Filbrandt). After reuniting in 2010 on Facebook, Larry and Patti were married on July 2, 2011 in Union. He worked at Armstrong International in Three Rivers for 36 years, retiring in 2015. He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, camping, being on the lake, traveling, and gardening. He was loved by everybody and will be dearly missed.
Larry is survived by his wife Patti of Middlebury, daughter Leann Foreman of Constantine, daughter Traci Sands of Middlebury, grandchildren Laura King, Shane Manges, Tanner Sands, Blake Sands, Darryl Spencer, and Destiny Spencer, three Boston terriers Maggie, Mya, and his fishing buddy Nitro, mother Zelma Merritt of Constantine, and brothers Vander and Marvin Merritt of Constantine. He was preceded in death by his father.
Relatives and friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Eley Funeral Home in Constantine, where religious services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. Pastor Dan Lane will officiate. Memorial contributions may be directed towards St. Joseph County, MI Animal Rescue Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

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