Mary Lou Ziemke, 81, passed away July 15, 2019

Mary Lou Ziemke, 81, of Stevensville, MI passed away Monday, July 15, 2019 at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, July 19, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 619 Market St. St. Joseph with Pastor Michael Roth officiating. Burial to follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may visit Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph and again Friday, from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at

Mary Lou was born on March 11, 1938 in Ellinton, GA to Fennell & Gladys (Tillman) Brown. She grew up helping her family on the farm. On April 4, 1958 she married Duane Ziemke in Moultrie, GA. Mary Lou worked as a cook at Ponderosa for several years. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. Mary Lou enjoyed cooking and entertaining, doing ceramics and taking on home renovation projects. She was a very supportive mother and grandmother. The love she showed her family has been carried on. Mary Lou will be remembered for her supportiveness and generosity.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years Duane; children Debra (Mike) Miskill of St. Joseph, Linda (Alan) Showerman of Quinton, VA and Michael (Stacey) Ziemke of Benton Harbor; grandchildren Trina Lawrence, Matthew Gilbert, Robert Miskill, Cris Showerman, Tiffany Showerman, Kevin Colbert Jr., Alex Ziemke and Sydney Ziemke; great- grandchildren Hailey, Hayden, Ella, Walker, Camryn, Kevin III and Alexia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Isaac Brown and Wayne Brown.

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