Obituaries

Margaret Jeanne Paruch

Margaret Jeanne Paruch

Margaret Jeanne Paruch, 85, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Caretel Inn, in St. Joseph, Michigan. Jeanne was born March 25, 1930 in Niles, Michigan to Louis C and Mary Lucille (Bachman) Peters. She grew up in Niles and graduated from Niles High School in 1948. On August 27, 1949 she married Edward Paruch in Niles. Jeanne and Ed lived in Paw Paw, Michigan before settling in Three Oaks in 1960. Throughout her life, Jeanne was dedicated to caring for her family and home. She was…

Eugene A. Barker

Eugene A. Barker

Eugene A. “Gene” Barker, 65, died peacefully on Monday morning, May 18, 2015 at his home with his wife by his side. Gene was born December 7, 1949 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He grew up in Bridgman and graduated from Bridgman High School in 1968. He married Jane Skorupa on July 5, 1985 in Bridgman. Gene enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a fan of NASCAR. He was fortunate to have the “Experience of a Lifetime” when he won the chance to drive one of Richard Petty’s race cars at…

Marilyn Klann

Marilyn Klann

Marilyn Klann, 86, of New Buffalo, Michigan died peacefully Sunday morning, May 17, 2015 at her home. Marilyn was born May 13, 1929 in Mishawaka, Indiana to Damen and Ruby (Swartzal) Patterson. She graduated from Bourbon High School in 1947. On June 28, 1952 she married Harold R. Klann in Bourbon, Indiana. Marilyn and Harold lived in Three Oaks while they raised their family and built their retirement home in New Buffalo. God and family where important to Marilyn. She cared for her home and family and was a member…

Robert W. Shoemaker

Robert W. Shoemaker

Robert W. Shoemaker, 68, of Millersburg, Indiana died Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Richard L. Roydebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born January 2, 1947 in Michigan City to Robert M and Vivian (Targgart) Shoemaker and grew up in Lakeside. He joined the military during his high school years and served his country in the US Navy. Bob received his training at Great Lakes Naval Academy and was in the top 10 of his class. He was active duty for 4 years,…

Roger L. Kettler

Roger L. Kettler

Roger L. Kettler, 29, of Bridgman, Michigan died suddenly at his home on April 29, 2015 for reasons we will never understand. Roger was born February 28, 1986 to Connie Joice and Roger D. Kettler in Kalamazoo. He was a student at Three Oaks Elementary School when his mother died November 7, 1996. He attended River Valley High School and was also enrolled in the Building Trades program at New Buffalo High School. His father preceded him in death on March 11, 2008. Roger had a gentle spirit. He enjoyed…

Edward A. Granke

Edward A. Granke

Edward A. Granke, 63, of Three Oaks, Michigan died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Ed was born May 27, 1951 in Benton Harbor to Ernie and Patricia (Reese) Granke. He attended New Troy School and graduated from River Valley High School. He was called to serve his country in the US Navy as a Boiler Technician during the Vietnam War, earning 2 Bronze Stars. On February 14, 1975 he married Dennise Benhart in Bridgman, Michigan. They made their home in Three Oaks. Ed…

Ronald D. Altman

Ronald D. Altman

Ronald D. Altman, 55, of Three Oaks, Michigan died peacefully with his daughters by his side Wednesday night, April 22, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of South Bend after battling cancer. Ron was born June 17, 1959 in Michigan City, Indiana to LeRoy and Bonnie (Oliver) Altman. He graduated from New Buffalo High School in 1978. Ron was a social butterfly and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Ron liked to build things and after marrying Terry Lynn Cline on July 3, 1995 he built a home for his…

Patricia McKie

Patricia McKie

Patricia McKie, 81, of Three Oaks, Michigan passed away peacefully at Hanson Hospice Center. She was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday April 20th 2015. Pat was born September 20, 1933 in Three Oaks to John and Inez (Aurelius) DeBoer. She graduated from Three Oaks High School in 1952. On October 1, 1955 Pat married Joseph McKie at the First Reformed Church in Three Oaks. Pat was a member of the Rebekah Lodge # 309 and the Sweet Adeline’s, but her main focus was…

Dennis Granke

Dennis Granke

Dennis Granke, 68, of Three Oaks, Michigan died peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Denny was born March 26, 1947 in Benton Harbor to Ernie and Patricia (Reese) Granke. After graduating from New Troy High School in 1965, he worked at Warren Dunes State Park until he was called to serve his country in the US Army, with the Three 1/11 Armored Calvary Regiment, “the Black Horse Regiment”, stationed outside Xwan Lan,Vietnam. He married Sue Ann on October 15, 1982 in Bridgman, Michigan.…

Rebecah Moyer

Rebecah Moyer

Rebecah Moyer, 55, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Tuesday morning, March 31, 2015. Becky was born July 29, 1959 in St. Joseph, Michigan to Richard and Diane (Krone) Bender. She graduated in 1977 from River Valley High School and continued her education in California, passing her Nurses Assistant courses. She worked in California for a short while before returning home to Michigan. Becky married David Moyer on August 22, 1992 in Sawyer, Michigan. She had worked as an aid at Jordan’s Nursing Home in Bridgman and enjoyed caring for the…