Lydia I. Brown

Lydia I. Brown, 99, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at her home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev Terry Schneider officiating. Friends may visit Friday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, MI.  Memorials may be made to Scottdale United Methodist Church, Animal Aid or the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan.  Those wishing to sign Lydia’s Memory Book online may do so at

Lydia was born on December 24, 1915, in Coloma, to Henry & Bertha (Pinkoski) Bahm.  The family moved to Baindridge Center in 1925.  Baindridge was a nice farming area with a nice two room school, a couple of stores and Grange Hall. Lydia was the oldest of five siblings. Lydia was crowned Miss Watervliet and second runner-up to Miss Blossom Time in 1936.  She lived in Bainbridge until September 21, 1946 when she married the love of her life, Robert H. Brown.   Lydia was employed as head cashier & bookkeeper for National Food Company, retiring in 1976 after twenty-nine years.  She was a proud member of Peace Temple United Methodist Church, and an active member of Church Women United, serving as President for four years, and in other offices and activities within the organization.  She joined Scottdale United Methodist Church when Peace Temple closed. 

Lydia was a volunteer at the former Mercy Hospital in Benton Harbor and Memorial Hospital in St. Joseph for thirty years.  She enjoyed playing Pinochle, reading, church activities, ball games, fishing, visiting with family and friends, and caring for her dogs & cats.

Lydia is survived by her son Robert H. Brown, Jr. of Mishawaka; two grandchildren-Michael Brown of Osceola, IN & Chris (Bill Mazei) Brown-Mazei of Columbus, OH; two great grandchildren-Alexandria & Alena Brown; nieces & nephews-Dana (Barbara) Bahm of Mattawan, Walter (Mary) Bahm of Holland, MI, Marianne MaGee of Holland, MI, Jeanne Oisten of Canada, Kandyce Brink & Joanne Cicchetto of Benton Harbor,  Patrick Quinn of Lansing, MI; numerous great & great-great nieces & nephews; cousins-Madeline Pagel Skibbe & family, Rusty Skibbe & family; special friends Wanda Manning, Pat Barthelmey, Sandra Goldstein, David & Judith Berg, Greg & Linda Johnson, & Jan Noonan; and her feline companions Barnie & Annie.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert on March 30, 2000 after fifty-four years of marriage, her father Henry Bahm, her mother & step-father Bertha & Albert Beselt, her sister Dorothy Brink, three brothers-Reynold, Walter & Norman Bahm, her sisters-in-law-Glada Quinn & Gracie Mozell Bahm, three step-brothers-Bert, Edmund & Albert Beselt, and her step-sister Elsie Moritz. 

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