Cora Louise Arend

Cora Louise Arend


Cora Louise Arend, 94, of Niles, formerly of the Twin Cities area, passed away, Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Woodland Terrace in Niles.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:30 A.M. Thursday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. David Stout officiating. Burial will follow at Ruggles Cemetery in Baroda.  Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home.  Those wishing to sign Cora’s Memory Book online may do so at

Cora was born January 26, 1921 to Daniel A. and Pearl (Mull) Shaff in Dowagiac, MI.  She was an honor graduate of Dowagiac High School Class of 1938.

Upon marriage to Albert (Hill) Hurlbutt she moved to Buchanan and in 1951 moved to the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area.  On September 20, 1980, she was married to Lester R. Arend.  They had nearly 25 years together before his passing on July 20, 2005.  They enjoyed their retirement years with travel, several winters in Arizona and the beautiful flowers that Lester grew.  She worked in insurance and accounting offices until her retirement in 1983 from the accounting office of Michigan Pizza Hut.

She was a member of St. Peter’s UCC Church, choir, Women’s Fellowship and the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Church Women United, holding offices in those organizations.  She also belonged to Southwest Assn. UCC Women’s Fellowship.  She was a 20+ year member of the Twin Cities Business & Professional Women, also holding various offices.  She also enjoyed volunteering at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.

Cora is survived by three daughters: Joyce Cronin of Buchanan; Carol (Tom) Leonard of Berkeley, CA and Kathy L. Anderson of Three Rivers; two sons: Larry (Charlotte) Hurlbutt, Retired CPO USN, Groton, CT and Albert Hurlbutt, Retired Chief Master Sargent USAF, Bowling Green, KY; stepson Douglas (Lee) Arend of Evanston, IL;  14 grandchildren: Jill (Steve) Wright, Susan Simmons, Michael Cronin, James (Peggy) Cronin, Peter Leonard, Anne Leonard, Bill (Lois) Burandt, Rodney (Emily) Burandt, Erin (Matt) Wheadon, Michelle (Michael) Fletcher, Brad Hurlbutt, Greg Hurlbutt, Ruth & Sarah Starr.  She also has many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Arend, infant son Thomas (Hill) Hurlbutt in 1940, the father of her children, Albert Hurlbutt, sisters Edna Gould and Geneva Shaff and brothers Edward, Robert and Ernest Shaff.  She was also preceded in death by daughter-in-law Valerie (Weber) Hurlbutt and sons-in-law James J. Burandt and Allen L. Anderson.

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