Obits

Thomas “Tom” Hugh O’Neill, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away, Monday, July 29, 2019 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Pastor Steve Hartten...
Mary Ann Gelder, 88, of Benton Harbor passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at Spectrum Heath, Lakeland in St Joseph. A private family burial will take place at North Shore Memory Gardens.  Donations in memory of Mary Ann may be made to Caring Circle Hospice.  Those wishing to leave an...
Kenneth W. Parritt, 75, of Niles, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 pm on Monday, July 29, 2019, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Burial will follow in...
Robert Emmett Hosty, Sr., age 70, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2019 in his beloved lakeside home in Coloma, Michigan surrounded by family. A lifelong resident of River Forest, Illinois, he attended St. Luke Grammar School and Fenwick High School. He is joyfully reunited with his son Robert...
Bruce passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was born on June 16, 1952 in Benton Harbor to his parents Norman and Donna (Boerma) Schramm. Bruce  graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1970. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served his...
Elizabeth Guldan, 89, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Petrona’s Country Home in Baroda. Elizabeth was born on November 29, 1929 in Raab, Austria. She married George Guldan in May 1955, and immigrated to the St. Joseph / Benton Harbor area later that November...
Frank C. Pooch, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Pooch Welding Supply Company, passed away peacefully at age 94 on Saturday, July 13, 2019. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. A private family entombment ceremony has taken place at North Shore Memory Gardens....
Piper Boven, 7 months, of Coloma, passed away unexpectedly on July 18, 2019 at home. Funeral services will be held at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma on Tuesday, July 23 at 1:00 P.M. with visitation beginning at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow in Kniebes Cemetery. ...
John L. Shearer, 69, of Coloma passed away at his residence, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, July 25 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma.  Cremation has taken place.  Donations in memory of John may be...
Charles G. “Charlie” Raas, 74, of Stevensville, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at his home. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 12pm, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Tom Bird officiating....
Brionna A. Capozio, 24, of Coloma, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at her home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St Joseph with Father Arul Lazar officiating. Burial will...
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...
Ellen C. Becker, 97, of Coloma, passed away on July 13, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. A service celebrating Ellen's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Coloma United Methodist Church. Visitation will take place on Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Duffield &...
Louise Scott, 87, of Benton Harbor, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, July 14, 2019. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Rev. Jesse Buie officiating....
Shirley Ann Ochs, 81, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph...
Frederick Trux, 77, of Millburg, MI passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph. Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A private burial will be held at North Shore Memory...
Dorothy L. Borr, 90, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, at Spectrum Health- Lakeland. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Blueroof Church 3084 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma...
Harriet A. Collier, 76, of Stevensville, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Spectrum-Lakeland Health. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 11AM at Anchor Church of God, 5020 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville, with Rev. Cathy Ganus officiating. Friends...
Gary Wayne Southard, 64, of Grand Rapids, passed away, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 17 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Private burial will...
Jacquelyn “Jackie” J. Garlanger, 81, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. Eugene Sears & Ftr. Arul Lazar officiating. Entombment...
Erna Brandt, 87, of St. Joseph passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 and is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A celebration of life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019, at The Chapel – an Evangelical Free Church, 4250 Washington Avenue, St. Joseph with Rev. Philip...
James W. Bokhart, 89, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, July 8, 2019, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday, July 12, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church St., St. Joseph, MI...
Gerhardt O. “Gay” Ross, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019, at his home. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 5:30PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor...
Linda Kathleen Bergan, 75, was welcomed to Heaven after a four year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on June 30, 2019. She was born in Misawaka, IN to John & Rachel Decker. Linda is survived by her husband Paul. Linda & Paul were married for 57 years. They began their journey...
Barbara Allen (75), formally of Coloma, Michigan passed away Sunday June 16th 2019 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Barbara was born on November 24th 1943 to Carlyle and Marie (Aviles) Dahms in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School and went on to become a professional...


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