Obituaries

Regina D. Koziel

Regina D. Koziel

Regina Dolores Koziel, died Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield Illinois. Her most recent residency was in Wheaton Illinois. Regina was born July 17, 1940 in Chicago Illinois to Casimir and Irene Suberlak (Smoczynski). She lived there until 1951, and then moved to Three Oaks, Michigan. Regina attended Three Oaks High School, and graduated in 1958. On May 9, 1959 she married Richard Koziel of Galien, Michigan, with the ceremony held in Three Oaks at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. The couple began their life…

Jordan and Mary (Kelley) Graham

Jordan Morgan Graham of Bradenton Florida passed away at Blake Medical Center on Saturday January 1, 2011. He was 82. Mary Louise (Kelley) Graham of Bradenton Florida passed away at Heritage Park Assisted Living Center on Thursday January 29, 2015. She was 87. Jordan was born May 7, 1928 in Milford Connecticut to Jordan Milton and Violet Graham.  Mary was born July 17, 1927 in Galien Michigan to Frank and Ida Kelley.  Jordan and Mary  were married March 24, 1948 in Galien. Their surviving children are: Michael Graham of Fairbanks, AK., Julie (Nick) Plaskon of…

Jerry L. Strauss

Jerry L. Strauss, 53, of Galien, Michigan died peacefully at his home. Jerry was born November 7, 1961 to Russell C. and Mildred (Marsh) Strauss in Niles, Michigan and graduated from River Valley High School in 1980. He married Cindy Tebo on September 15, 1990 in Niles, Michigan. He was employed at Kruger Plastic Products in Galien and Bridgman. Jerry liked watching John Wayne movies or sports on T.V. He also enjoyed fishing and reading. Survivors include his sister Trudy (Terry) Cornwell of Union Pier, Michigan and brother Richard (Sylvia)…

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…