Obits

Ellen R. Peterson, 78, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 A.M, on July 1, 2019, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastors Karen & Stephen...
Nancy Jane Eggers, 86, of Stevensville, Michigan passed away on June 25, 2019 at Woodland Terrace of Bridgman. She battled with Alzheimer’s for many years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services...
Jan Anstey, 79, of Stevensville, passed on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Spectrum Lakeland Health after battling Multiple Sclerosis for half her life. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 11:30 AM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd. Burial will...
Ryan Adam Mensinger, 35, of Stevensville, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Tom Bird officiating. Friends may visit with the...
Deborah Lynne Pierce, 57 passed, Friday June 14th, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo unexpectedly but while also battling numerous illnesses for many years. Deborah was born December 30, 1961 in Watervliet Michigan to Gerald and Mary (Trowbridge) Goodrich. She graduated from high...
Deborah Lynne Pierce, 57 passed, Friday June 14th, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo unexpectedly but while also battling numerous illnesses for many years. Deborah was born December 30, 1961 in Watervliet Michigan to Gerald and Mary (Trowbridge) Goodrich. She graduated from high...
Floyd R. “Butch” Pullins, 74, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Spectrum Health- Lakeland. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019, at 3pm, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph...
Brian Gregory Gast, age 63, of Ann Arbor, passed away at home. Brian was born September 17, 1955, in St. Joseph, Michigan, the son of Warren E. and Doris L. Gast. He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School, and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in computer science...
Louise Mae Berndt, age 91, of St. Joseph, MI passed away peacefully on June 14, 2019 at the Hanson Hospice Center with her family at her side. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, June 24, 2019 at Starks and Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd.,...
Thomas D. “Tom” Lavander, 69, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date in July. Memorial donations in Tom’s name may be made to First Church of...
John Nelson loved St. Bernard dogs—more than 60 of them in his lifetime. A retired music educator for Benton Harbor Area public schools for 19 years, Nelson was also a professional musician and dedicated environmentalist. He was known to many in the area as a "dog whisperer" for...
Charlotte Ober, 97, of Stevensville, MI passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 14, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with pastor Jeffrey Hubers officiating....
Terry Lee Wilder, 78, of St. Joseph, passed away on June 6, 2019 at his home. A gathering celebrating Terry’s life will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorial donations may be made to Caring...
Carole S. Meeker, 74, of St. Joseph, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Mishawaka. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Carole was born on...
Emma L. Gaipa, 79 of Watervliet passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Services will be held 11:00 am Thursday, June 13, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.  Burial will...
Patricia P. Bush, 73, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital- St. Joseph. Pat was born on April 16, 1946 in Coldwater, MI to Simon & Mabel (Roby) Meachum. She was a graduate of Eau Claire High School. Pat worked as a press operator for 30...
Jane A. McMurray, 83, of St. Joseph, went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 11AM, at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church, 2950 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph, with Pastor Dan...
Robert L. Nunley, 72, of Coloma, passed away, Monday June 3, 2019 at Pine Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Military Honors will be performed by the Stevensville Military Rites Team on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services,...
David H. Louder, Sr., 56, of Buchanan, passed away on Sunday morning, June 2, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center – Stevensville. Per David’s request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 22 2019 at 12:30 PM at Bertrand Park,...
Joyce L. Curtis-Miller, 90, of Benton Harbor, MI took the hand of Jesus and was led through the heavenly gates on Sat.-June 1, 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Joyce was born on Sept. 9, 1928 in St. Joseph...
Gregory Scott Pullins, 54, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Tuesday – June 4, 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Greg was born on March 26, 1965 in St. Joseph, MI to Robert A. and Barbara (Woods)...
Alan Curtis Jewell, 66, of Eau Claire, passed away on June 4, 2019 at his home. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Those wishing to sign Alan’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Alan was born September 27, 1952 in Benton Harbor, to Lyman...
Janice M. Shafer, age 79, of Flying L Ranch in Bandera, TX and Lakes of the North in Elmira, Michigan departed this world after a series of health issues, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. She was born in St. Joseph, Michigan to Arnold G. and Maria E. (Antonovitsch) Damaske on February 22, 1940....
Terri L. Schlee, 49, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 PM, Monday, June 10, 2019 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware, Benton Harbor with Father Ben Huynh officiating. Burial will take place at...
Norma Jean Watson, 82, of Niles, passed away Friday morning, May 31, 2019 at her residence. The family is planning a Memorial Service at a future date. Cremation has taken place. Norma was born April 9, 1937 in Manila, Arkansas to Norman and Myrtle Watson. She is survived by her son Gregory...


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