Obits

Phyllis Jean (Fuller) Johnson, 92, of St. Joseph (formerly of Stevensville) passed away peacefully on August 9, 2020, at Caretel Inns of St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Lincoln Township Cemetery, 5055 St. Joseph Ave...
Mr. Vance A. Kimball, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks and Menchinger Chapel. A private memorial event will be held at a later date. Vance suffered from devastating rheumatoid arthritis most of his life. The...
Thelma M. Smith, 91, of Stevensville, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Burial will follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairplain...
April Ann Krajecki, 39, of Watervliet, passed away on July 28, 2020, in St. Joseph. A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 2pm, at Shanghai Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation...
Eleanor M. Bluschke, 94, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. The family will celebrate Eleanor’s life privately due to COVID-19 and respect of social distancing. Burial will take place in Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph....
Marthabelle “Mickey” Bowman, 96 of Benton Harbor, passed away August 2, 2020 at West Woods of Bridgman. A private family burial will be scheduled at a later date at Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor with Pastor Tom Bird officiating. Memorials may be made to Berrien...
Allan A. Havlicek, 72, of Bridgman, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. Friends may visit with his family on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 4PM until 8PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A prayer service and memorial...
Richard F. Wiederwax, 37, of Benton Harbor, passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2020 at his home. Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by selecting the...
Gloria Ann Pecora, 75, of Stevensville, MI, passed away in her home on Thursday – July 30, 2020. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Private services will be held in Niles, IL, with her final resting place being at...
Helen Mary Quardokus, 95, of Stevensville, passed away, Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Pine Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center in Stevensville. Private family services and burial will be held at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Stevensville. Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be made to Caring...
Harold Gene Ferrell, 89, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. A private graveside celebration will be held in North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Those...
Bobby D. Robinson, 85 of Coloma passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Per his wishes cremation has taken place.  A graveside burial of ashes with military honors will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 7 at North Shore Memory Gardens....
Harold David “Hal” Bauschke, 94, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away on July 28, 2020, at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville, where he resided. Hal entered the world on November 19, 1925, in Lowell, MI, the second of three sons born to Harvey and Amanda...
Mary Nell Sloan, age 78, passed away Friday, July 24, 2020 at her residence in Bartow, FL. She was born July 10, 1942 in Hayti, MO to George & Helen Earlene Rule, she was the owner & operator of Huff's Dam Inn restaurant in Berrien Springs, MI, after she sold her restaurant she...
Arlene Dorothy Dinges, 78, of Stevensville, went to be with the Lord, Monday, July 27, 2020 at her home in Stevensville. A memorial gathering will be held at 10am until time of memorial service at 11am, Friday, July 31, 2020 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4333 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville. In...
Olive L. Johnson, 74, of Watervliet passed away unexpectedly on July 27, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. A service will be held 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 5th at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where visitation will begin one hour prior to the service....
Anthony A. “Tony” Wiatrowski, 54, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at his home after a tough battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. A private family burial will take place at Lincoln Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial...
William A. Nichols, prominent local businessman, passed away at home on July 24, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. William was born February 3, 1936 in Benton Harbor to Chester R. Nichols and Madolyn (Byers) Nichols. William graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1954 and...
James M. “Jim” O’ Malley, 87, of Benton Harbor passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Dr., Benton Harbor. A private burial...
Diana Lee (Ferguson) McMaster died July 25, 2020 in Michigan, the state where she was born on February 8, 1936.  She met and married her husband, Loran B. McMaster, Jr. in the Canal Zone in Panama.  After getting married in May of 1954 they moved several times before settling in Romney...
Eugene Ray “Gene” Welch, 92, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Willows in St. Joseph. A celebration of life will be held at noon on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow in...
Claire Weimann, 80, of Berrien Springs, MI passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Claire was born May 9, 1940 in Napoleon, Ohio to Pastor Martin & Elsa (Going) Zschoche. She moved to St. Joseph in 1953, when her father was called to the pulpit of...
Ronald L. “Ron” Ravitch, 80, of Coloma, died on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Spectrum Health-Lakeland in St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will be held at 12PM on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at B...
Beverly “Bea” Rodgers, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date due to the Covid-19 precautions. Memorial donations in Bea’s name may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan or...
Dan L. Pastrick, 68, of St. Joseph passed away suddenly and unexpected on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at his home. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory online may do so by using the...


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