Elaine McDowell, 75, passed away August 7, 2019

Elaine McDowell, 75, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.

A private family celebration will be held. Burial will take place in North Shore Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Elaine was born on December 22, 1943, to Rudolph and Mildred Schauer in Benton Harbor. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1962. On December 22, 1979, she married Donald McDowell. In the 1970’s and 80’s Elaine worked at Whirlpool, Netedu and Whirlpool Credit Union where she eventually retired in 1991. She loved shopping, her family and enjoyed being a homemaker.

Elaine is survived by her husband of nearly forty years, Donald; brothers, Kenneth, Ronald, Duane, James (Judy) Schauer and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Mildred Schauer.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Gina, Nancy, Tracy and Linda at Caring Circle Hospice for their compassionate care and support. 

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