Obituaries

Cathy L. Crowel

Cathy L. Crowel, 67, of Three Oaks, Michigan, died peacefully, Thursday morning, March 5, 2015 at Franciscan Communities Hospice in Michigan City, Indiana after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. Cathy was born November 24, 1947 in Michigan City to Alfred and Marjorie (Flick) Siuda. She married Richard Crowel and together they had six children. Her children were her focus. In addition to caring for her home and preparing meals, she enjoyed playing board games, being a listening ear, welcoming friends into her home, and watching over the neighborhood. Cathy…

Duane E. Smith

Duane E. Smith

Duane E. Smith, 88, of Galien, Michigan died Wednesday night, February 25, 2015 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Duane was born November 4, 1926 in South Bend, Indiana to Leslie and Grace (Truhn) Smith. He graduated from Galien High School in 1945 and served his country in the US Army during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he returned home and on June 29, 1947 he married Nancy McLaren in Galien. Duane worked for the Studebaker Corporation and continued his education through the International Correspondence School, taking courses in Managing…

Raymond Schroeder

Raymond Schroeder

Raymond Schroeder, 64, of Union Pier, Michigan, is at peace with no pain in his heavenly home after a lengthy battle with illness. He passed away on February 19, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ray was born September 15, 1950 in Michigan City, Indiana to Benjamin and Wanda (Sulek) Schroeder. He grew up in Union Pier, and would often go the short distance to Lake Michigan, exploring the water and beaches with his brothers and friends. Ray graduated from River Valley High School in 1968 and continued his education at…

Robert “Bob” Behrle

Robert “Bob” Behrle

Granger – Robert “Bob” Behrle, 80, of Granger, Indiana and formerly of Niles, Michigan died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Monday morning, February 2, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. Bob was born October 16, 1934 in Franklin Park, Illinois to Henry and Margaret Behrle. He was a hard worker even at an early age. His mentor, Mr Knot, took Bob under his wing and put him to work in the stables and around horses. After High School, Bob continued his education at Elmhurst College. He began working at Mars Candy…

George Lozmack

George Lozmack

George Lozmack, 96, of Three Oaks died Friday morning, January 30, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. George was born February 22, 1918 to Paul and Paulina (Cizmesija) Lozmack on the family farm in Galien, Michigan. He graduated from Galien High School in 1937 in the top three of his class of 17. He served his country in the US Army 1st Armored Division, and was stationed at Ft Knox when the announcement came that because of the war with Japan, all leaves were canceled. George’s…

Mary Ann Johnson

Mary Ann Johnson

Mary Ann Johnson, 82, of Lakeside, Michigan died Thursday morning, January 29, 2015 at her home. Mary Ann was born October 26, 1932 in Chicago to George F. and Margaret (Carey) Barry. Her family has owned the Hawthorne Race Course since 1909. After graduating from St. Philip Neri and Faulkner she continued her education at Barat College. She was beautiful in so many ways and on March 12, 1960 was featured in the Chicago Tribune’s article entitled Beautiful Women. On October 26, 1974 she married George “Gene” E. Q. Johnson…

Rex Jones

Rex Jones

Rex Jones, 96, of Sawyer, Michigan died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at I.U. LaPorte Hospital. Rex was born November 20, 1918 in LaPorte, Indiana to Jesse and Carol (McCarty) Jones. He graduated from LaPorte High School in 1938. He served his country in the US Army Air Force during WWII in Alaska. On February 26, 1946 he married Lois Gorden in Michigan City, Indiana. He retired from Joy Manufacturing Company. Rex liked to spend his time fishing, going to Toy Shows and collecting Farm Toys. He loved working in his…

Floyd “Jack” Perham

Floyd “Jack” Perham

Floyd “Jack” Perham, 83, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. Jack was born September 16, 1931 to Floyd and Estella (Rupenthal) Perham in Lakeside, Michigan and graduated from New Buffalo High School. Jack served his country in the US Air Force in the Korean War, serving in Korea and Japan. On March 5, 1966 he married Donnevie Grover in Three Oaks. Jack was employed as an Engineer with the South Shore Railroad at the Caroll Avenue Station in…

Gerald D. Thomas

Gerald D. Thomas

Gerald D. Thomas, 82, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Sunday morning, January 25, 2015 at Pine Ridge in Stevensville, Michigan. Jerry was born May 6, 1932 in South Bend, Indiana to Adolph and Hannah (Kutz) Thomas. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School and on November 4, 1951 he married Esther Martin in Benton Harbor. Jerry was employed as a meat cutter since high school and worked for Hardings Market in Baroda for years, cutting meat and interacting with the customers. He was a member of the Three Oaks United…

Emma L. Fitzgerald

Emma L. Fitzgerald

Emma L. Fitzgerald, 94 of New Buffalo, Michigan passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 18, 2015. Emma was born on October 7, 1920 in New Buffalo to Alvin and Bertha (Stromer) Kruger. She was raised in New Buffalo, and graduated at the age of 15 from New Buffalo High School in 1937 as valedictorian. After graduation, she worked as a telephone operator in New Buffalo, and also a clerk/typist before enlisting in the United States Marine Corp., serving as a telephone operator during WWII. On December 6, 1947 in…