Barbara Jo Trail, 67, passed away Oct 8, 2020

Barbara Jo Trail, 67, of Benton Harbor, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Hanson Hospice in Stevensville. Barb’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the care team at Caring Circle and Hanson Hospice for their attention given to Barb during her final stages. They’d also like to thank the transition team and central ward nurses at Royalton Manor, as well as the ER, 2nd floor staff, and those working behind the scenes at Lakeland Hospital.



The family will receive guests from 10am until the time of celebration of life service beginning at 11am, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions can be made to Caring Circle Hospice, www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/caring-circle, Hanson Hospice, www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/hanson-hospice-center, or to a charity of your choice.



Barb was born May 8, 1953 in Benton Harbor to Dale and Alice (West) Shaffer. She was a graduate of Benton Harbor high school, class of 1971. After high school, she worked part time at the snack counter at Woolworth’s in the plaza. She went on to spend many years in the food industry, first at the Holiday Inns in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor and then later at Capozio’s Pizza. She spent several years in secretarial work before attending beauty college in 1994 to become a nail technician, which she eventually retired from. Barb was also a member of Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph.



Barb will be missed by her husband of 28 years, Dennis Trail; her step-children, Melissa (Michael) August, and Anthony Trail; her grandchildren, Myles August and Austin E. Hampton; her sister, Maxine (Tim) Smith; and her nephews, Matt (Kate) Podjan, and Andy Podjan. She is preceded in death by her parents. 




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