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Bobby Gene Sparks

March 26, 1933 - April 5, 2013

Bobby Gene Sparks, age 80 of Albion went to be with the Lord on April 5, 2013. He was a son, brother,husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.He was born March 26, 1933 in Wayland, Kentucky son of Tom and Josie (Adams) Sparks. He cameto Michigan with his family in 1952. He was a forklift driver for Hayes-Albion until he retired in 1982.He married the love of his life...
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Peg Winifred M. Fogel

April 19, 1912 - March 29, 2013

Winifred "Peg" Marie Fogel, 100, of Deland, Florida passed away March 29, 2013 in Orange City, Florida under the loving care of Hospice. She was born April 19, 1912 to the late Henry R. and Pearl Gregory Cunningham in Homer, Michigan. She graduated from Homer High School. In 1937, she married Ray E. Fogel and worked with him at the Homer Index. After wintering in Florida for a number...
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Lucile A. Wales

November 21, 1913 - March 5, 2013

Lucile A. Wales, age 99 of Albion passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Albion, Michigan whereshe lived most of her life. She was born November 21, 1913 in Temple, Michigan, the second of ninechildren to Arthur B. and Sybil E. (Brackett) Cole. She married Frank Eugene Wales on November16, 1936 where he preceded her in death May of 1990.Lucile was a member of the Salem United Church of Christ in...
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Edgar Pratt

September 4, 1941 - March 3, 2013

Edgar Pratt, age 71 of Homer, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Carlink of Jackson,Michigan. He was born September 4, 1941 in Hymen, Kentucky to Gervin and Myrtle (Sloan) Pratt.On May 15, 1964 in Albion he married Sammie L. Mulkey who survives.Edgar loved fishing, hunting, going to the casino, going out to eat, watching westerns andboxing. Above all he cherished the time spent with his...
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Clarence Douglas Culpepper

April 7, 1926 - February 27, 2013

Clarence D. "Doug" Culpepper, age 86 of Parma passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013at Allegiance Hospice Home in Jackson, Michigan. He was born April 7, 1926 to Eddie Patrick and Marguarite H.(Smith) Culpepper in Battle Creek, Michigan. On September 1, 1945 in Parma he wasmarried to Phyllis V. Hill for 64 years, she preceded him in death May 4, 2010.Doug lived in Parma since 1936. He served...
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Ruby Pearl Montgomer

April 15, 1928 - February 18, 2013

Ruby Pearl Montgomery, age 84 of Concord passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013. She wasborn March 15, 1928 in Ohio to John and Sylvia Watson.Ruby was a member of Concord Baptist Church where she attended for as long as her health permitted. She did childcare in her home for several years, and worked at Murray & Mahoney nursing homes.Ruby also loved animals and was a very giving, loving...
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Barbara Ellen Carey

June 13, 1926 - February 18, 2013

Private Services will be held for Barbara Ellen Carey.
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Jane Marie Costello

September 13, 1951 - February 9, 2013

Jane M. Costello, age 61 of Lapeer formerly of Albion, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013at Lapeer Regional Medical Center. She was born September 13 1951 to Frank J. and Ida Mae(Wortkoetter) Costello. Jane is survived by: Sister- Barbara (Jack) Reider of Naples, FL Brother- James L. (Meg) Costello of Central Lake According to her wishes, Cremation...
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Raymond D. Estelle

May 1, 1926 - January 16, 2013

Raymond Estelle, age 86 of Battle Creek formerly of Homer passed away Wednesday,January 16, 2013 at his residence. He was born May 1, 1926 to Paul B. and Gula I. Estelle in Homer, Michigan.Raymond attended school in Homer through his junior year, was drafted into the Navy duringWWII, when he returned, he graduated form Marshall High School, he then went toAlighright College in Battle Creek,...
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Judith Kay Otto

August 3, 1939 - January 12, 2013

Judith Kay Otto, age 73 of Albion, went to be with her Lord and Creator on January 12, 2013.She went peacefully at home. Judy was born to Mildred (Lighthill) and Harold Shaffer on August3, 1939. She was active with the 4-H, sports and foster children. Judy worked for many years at Albion CollegeAs a cook, she also washed the football uniforms for the Albion College players. Special thanks to...
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Keith L. Wainwright

February 25, 1947 - December 24, 2012

Keith L.Wainwright, 65, of Albion, son of the late Vernon and Garnetta (Mahaney) Wainwright, passed away the evening of December 24, 2012 at Allegiance Hospital of Jackson. He was born February 25, 1947 in Corning, New York.Keith attended school there through grade 5, when the family moved to Michigan in the late 1950's for Corning Glass Works. He graduated from Washington Gardner High School in...
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Claribel E. Thompson

March 14, 1914 - December 12, 2012

Claribel Thompson went to be with the Lord on December 12, 2012, she was 98 years old. Claribel resided in Homer most of her life, she was currently living in Marshall at a wonderful home Whispering Meadows. Claribel was born March 14, 1914 to Daniel and Edna (Arkensinger) Earl. They had seven children together, Ethel, Eva, George, Milo, Duane, Colon and Claribel being the youngest. She spent...
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Josie Hall

October 29, 1921 - November 27, 2012

Josie Hall, age 91 of Albion passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at her residence. She wasBorn in 1921 to George F. and Dolly Johnson in Pike County, Kentucky. She had married Jeff Hall and he preceded her in death in 1994.Josie was a great cook, loved to serve people, especially family for holidays, you alwayshad a good meal. She was an excellent gardener, she canned most of what she grew....
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Robert Dodson Gray

December 29, 1948 - November 25, 2012

Robert Gray-Robert was born to Ernest and Luella Gray on December 29, 1948 in Albion, Michigan. Robert was the fourth child and only son in a family of sisters. Bob attended Albion Public Schools and later Albion College before earning a Master's Degree in Education from Western Michigan University. As a child, Bob spent his summers in Bay View, Michigan. Bay View became a lifelong second home...
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Philip C. Baldwin

June 7, 1924 - November 12, 2012

Attorney Philip Charles Baldwin passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones on November 12, 2012. Mr. Baldwin was 88 years of age and is survived by his wife, Lynne Baldwin, his son Richard Baldwin (Dafna), and daughters Elizabeth Wyble (Xelle), Cecelia Baldwin, Kathleen Baldwin (William Tomlinson), and Nancy Sherman (Lee), and step-children Michael Fitzgerald (Lark), Joseph Fitzgerald ...
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Virginia Sims

July 28, 1920 - October 16, 2012

A. Virginia Sims, age 92 of Springport passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Magnum Health & Rehab of Albion. She was born in 1920 to Charles and Iva Peckham in Parma Township, Michigan. In 1940 she married Wilford W. "Dib" Sims who preceded her in death in 1992. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Albion, enjoyed helping...
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Irene I. Hickerson

January 31, 1925 - September 23, 2012

Irene I. Hickerson, age 89 of Albion passed away Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Ridgecrest Health Campus in Jackson, Michigan. She was born in 1925 to Clarence and Maude Keifer in Albion, Michigan. In 1942 she married Jack T. Hickerson who preceded her in death September 27, 1988.Irene was a lifelong resident of Albion area were she had worked for McGraw-Edison for 14 years whenshe retired in...
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Maggie Lee Womack

May 25, 1910 - August 27, 2012

Longtime Albion resident, Maggie Lee Womack, passed away peacefully at 8:57 A.M., on Monday, August 27, 2012, at Marshall Nursing and Rehabilitation, in Marshall, Michigan, where she had been a resident for just over a year. Maggie lived a long and fruitful life during rich historical times. She was born at the dawn of the age of flight. On the day of her birth, Wilbur and Orville Wright flew...
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Grace Louise VanOrder

April 4, 1919 - July 27, 2012

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Mary Maglena White

November 25, 1924 - July 20, 2012

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Alice Marie Fox

April 2, 1922 - July 2, 2012

Alice Marie Fox, 90, of Jackson, formerly of Albion passed away Monday July 2, 2012 at Allegiance Health in Jackson. She was born April 4, 1922 in Albion, Michigan to Henry and Ella Mary (Marz) Hartwig. On April 27, 1946, she was married to Howard W. Fox in Albion and he preceded her in death November 30, 1998.She has been a resident of the area all of her life, she was a Homemaker. During World...
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Rodney Allen Hicks

March 6, 1950 - June 12, 2012

Rodney Allen Hicks, 62, of Jackson passed away Tuesday June 12, 2012 at the John George Home in Jackson with his Sister Beth and Allegiance Hospice at his side. He was born March 6, 1950 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Robert Reed and Mary LaDonna (Shaner) Hicks.He has lived in the Jackson County area all of his life, he loved to play the guitar and all kinds of music, drawing, puzzles, his mountain...
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Kathryn E. Gosciniak

May 13, 1915 - June 10, 2012

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Jeannette Irene Rowley

July 6, 1921 - June 9, 2012

Jeannette I. Rowley, 90 of Albion passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Oaks at NorthWoods in Battle Creek. She was born July 6, 1921 in Albion to Clement L and Susan I.(Wood) Scribner. She was married to Fred Arthur Rowley in 1955 in Albion and hepreceded her in death April 30, 1973.She has lived in Albion all of her life and she was a Washington Gardner High Schoolgraduate. Along with her...
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Jackie George

January 2, 1944 - May 3, 2012

Jackie George, age 68 of Albion passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Allegiance Health in Jackson. He was born in 1944 to Allen and Mae George in Pikeville, Kentucky. He had worked for Hayes-Albion, Brooks Foundry and K.D.I. Industries. Jackie enjoyedFishing, hunting, bowling and playing cards.Jackie is survived by:Daughter- Sherry Prater of AlbionSon- Michael (Vicki) George of Albion(5)...
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Dorothy Alma Furlong

November 20, 1916 - April 23, 2012

Dorothy A. Furlong, age 95 of Parma passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at her home. She was bornin 1916 to George and Stella Lake in Jackson, Michigan. In 1952 she married Charles Friend who proceeded her in death, she then married Arnold Kenneth Furlong who also preceded her in death in 1989.Dorothy is survived by:Grandson- Brian (Michaela) Furlong of Jackson(5) Great-Grandchildren- Ellery,...
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Wayne Gale Whittum

July 20, 1923 - April 22, 2012

Wayne G. Whittum, age 88, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Albion, passed away April 22, 2012 at his home. He was born July 20, 1923 in Eaton Rapids to Frank Edward and Leva L. (Gale) Whittum. He was to married to Virginia E. (Vitale) Whittman in1946 in Angola, Indiana. He was a resident of Mesa, Arizona since March 2006 living with his daughter. He served in WWII in the US Navy. He retired from...
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Robert L. Macgeorge

May 1, 1952 - April 6, 2012

Robert MacGeorge, 59, of Albion passed away Friday April 6, 2012 at his residence. He was born May 1, 1952 in Adrian, Michigan to James Robert and Virginia MacGeorge. On April 10, 1971, he was married to Sandee Walters in Ridgeway, Michigan and she survives.Robert worked as a service technician in the Gaming Industry, he enjoyed Kayaking, spending time with his family up north; his passion was...
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John Marion Zasucha

September 15, 1920 - April 2, 2012

John M. Zasucha, age 91 of Albion passed away Monday, April 2, 2012 at his home. He was born in 1920 to Thomas Frank and Caterrina Zasucha Sr. John worked at Brooks Foundry for 38 years, before that the Albion Malleable. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, V.F.W. Post#3672 in Albion, Albion Moose Lodge#406, Albion Elk's Lodge #1798, and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing...
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Suzanne L. Knickerbocker

April 24, 1945 - March 29, 2012

Suzanne "Sue" L. Knickerbocker, age 66 of Marshall formerly of Albion passed awayThursday, March 29, 2012 at Tendercare of Marshall, Marshall, Michigan. She was born in 1945 to William and Dorothy Knickerbocker in Albion, Michigan. Sue provided childcare for many children in Albion, worked at McClellan's, Weather Wax and K-Mart.She enjoyed bingo, bowling and she was an avid reader and loved...
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Robert Stanley Osborn

September 11, 1922 - February 25, 2012

Robert S. Osborn, 89, of Homer, passed away Saturday February 25, 2012 at Tendercare of Marshall. He was born September 11, 1922 in Homer, Michigan to James H. and Margaret M. (Sharp) Osborn. On November 2, 1946, he was married to Bertha M. Hull and she preceded him in death June 2, 2003.He served in the U.S Army during World War II, He was a foreman at Union Steel for 39 years; He was a member...
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Shirley Ann Anthony

June 17, 1950 - February 11, 2012

Shirley Anthony, age 61 of Albion passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Magnum Healthcare. She was born in 1950 in Albion.She is survived by:Father- Harold Anthony of AlbionBrother- William Anthony of AlbionShe is preceded in death by her mother, BeatriceGraveside Service will be Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Riverside Cemetery, Albion. There will be no visitation.Assistance with...
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Patricia Jean Hose

December 28, 1945 - December 3, 2011

Patricia J. Hose, 65, of Springport passed away Saturday December 3, 2011 at her residence. She was born December 28, 1945 in Albion, Michigan to Wayne and Sabina (Vandersloot) Shultz. On April 24, 1965 she was married to Clarence "Tina" Hose Jr. and he survives. She was a Homemaker and had also worked at several area businesses. She was a member of the Springport Baptist Church. She enjoyed...
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Karl Alan Schmidt

February 4, 1970 - August 11, 2011

Dr. Karl Alan Schmidt Jr., age 41 of Florida passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011 in Plano, Illinois. He was born February 4, 1970 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to Karl A. and Helen I. (Adams) Schmidt. He had lived in Florida for 9 years before moving to Plano, Illinois. He has been an ophthalmologist for dogs, cats, horses, and a wide array of species including Macaws, Eclectus parrots, Geese,...
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Theodore M. Gibbs

October 8, 1932 - August 2, 2011

Theodore M. "Ted" Gibbs, 78, of Albion passed away Tuesday August 2, 2011 at his residence. He was born October 8, 1932 in Concord, Michigan to Patrick and Edna (Greenman) Gibbs. On October 17, 1953 he was married to Suzette B. "Suzie" Marsh in and Albion and she preceded him in death June 7, 2003. He has been a resident of the area all of his life, He was employed as an Insurance Salesman for...
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Tom Bradley

September 22, 1928 - July 30, 2011

Tom Bradley, 82, of Albion passed away Friday July 29, 2011 at Allegiance Health Systems in Jackson. He was born September 22, 1928 in Himyar, Kentucky to Liberty and Artelia (Shephard) Bradley. On July 8, 1950 he was married to Eva May Eaton in Albion, Michigan and she is surviving.He came to Albion in the early 1940's; he worked at Hayes-Albion as a welder and oven operator, retiring in 1986....
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Edith L. Gatlin

December 9, 1946 - July 28, 2011

Edith L .Gatlin, 64, of Albion passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. She was born in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan to Raymond Frances and Helen Ramsey Southern. On March 28, 1970 she was married to Howard Gene Gatlin and he preceded her in death November 2, 2000. She worked as a telemarketer in Warren before moving to Albion where she was employed at the115 Truck...
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Shirley J. Piske

October 29, 1933 - July 16, 2011

Shirley J. Piske, Lifelong resident of Albion, went to be with the Lord Saturday July 16, 2011 at Bronson Methodist Hospital of Kalamazoo after a brief illness. Shirley entered this world in 1933 to John and Francis Passmore. She attended Albion Public Schools and graduated in 1951. On July 27, 1952, she married Richard Piske and he survives. Shirley had many jobs over the years but finished...
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Richard Lee DeForest

July 11, 1924 - July 7, 2011

Richard L. DeForest, age 86 of Homer passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Allegiance Hospice Home in Jackson, Michigan. He was born in 1924 in Albion, Michigan to William and Nina Belle DeForest. In 1944 he married Vivian I. Burns who survives.He was a life resident of the Homer-Albion area where he farmed most of his life. He worked for Michigan Milk Producers for 16 years, then at Mac...
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Albert George Troop

September 15, 1923 - July 6, 2011

Albert G. Troop, age 87 of Albion passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at Magnum Rehab of Albion. He was born September 15, 1923 in Pulaski, Michigan to Dick and Clara. (Laker) Troop. On July 4, 1947 he married Alice J. Leightner who survives.He was a resident of Albion since 1948. He was an Army veteran during WWII. Formerly employed at McGraw Edison as a tool & die maker, then was a...
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John Junior Shimkus

October 12, 1934 - June 20, 2011

John Junior "Johnny" Shimkus, 76, formerly of Albion, died June 20, 2011. John was born October 12, 1934 in Albion the youngest of six children of John and Maude (Harris) Shimkus. He was a resident of Arbor Manor Care Center in Spring Arbor, MI where he was lovingly cared for the past few years.He is survived by a brother Karl J. Shimkus of Albion, and Sister Ann (Jason) Closson of Spring Arbor....
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Carlen Jane Nickles

June 20, 1941 - June 18, 2011

Carlen Jane Nickles "Granny Mulkey" age 69 of Litchfield went to be with her lord at her home on June 18, 2011. Carlen was born June 20, 1941 to Orviel and Stella (Smith) Jeffrey in Dartmont, West Virginia. On December 31, 1958 she married Norman Mulkey Sr. and he preceded her in death on October 9, 1991. Carlen started her working life as a nurse's aid and later worked at Manchester Plastics...
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Olive A. Livingston

April 4, 1910 - June 1, 2011

Olive A. Livingston, 101, of Albion passed away Wednesday June 1, 2011 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born April 4, 1910 in Forrestville, Michigan to Albert and Laura (Barres) Mastin. She was married to Fred Wintermute and Daniel Fay Livingston who both preceded her in death.She has been a resident of the area since 1948; she worked as a waitress at the Parker Inn for about 10 years...
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Esther Madelene Hahn

December 25, 1917 - June 1, 2011

Esther (Watson) Hahn, age 93 of Chippewa Lake (Mecosta County) Michigan and formerly of Albion passed away June 1, 2011.Esther was born December 25, 1917 in Hilltop, West Virginia to Ray and Mary (Frisk) Shifkey. In 1920 her family moved to Albion. In 1934, she married Roger Watson, who preceded her in death in June, 1975. In July, 1977 she married Thomas Hahn of Chippewa Lake. He preceded...
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Thelma Jean Hart

June 3, 1924 - May 25, 2011

.Thelma Jean Hart, 86, of Marshall formerly of Albion passed away Wednesday May 25, 2011 at Verona Adult Foster Care in Marshall. She was born June 3, 1924 in Sheridan Township to Clarence and Alice Marian (Phelps) Nolan. She was married to James Henry Hart December 11, 1970 and he preceded her in death March 5, 1979.She has been a resident of the area all of her life, She was a 1941 Graduate of...
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Mary S. Topa

May 31, 1918 - May 15, 2011

Mary S. Topa, age 92 of Albion passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan. She was born May 31, 1918 in Albion, Michigan to Lucyan and Josephine (Mruk) Zielinski. On January 2, 1937 in Angola, Indiana she married Vincent J. Topa who preceded her in death on November 15, 2010.Mary was a 1937 Graduate of Washington Gardner High School, worked at Lonnergans during...
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