Obits

Olga Gerdel, 102, of Jackson, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 11AM, at Crystal Springs Church of God, 1465 Pipestone Rd., Benton Harbor, with Pastor Bill Bridgman...
Georgia M. Nelson, 95, formerly of St. Joseph, went to meet her Lord & Savior on Friday, September 13, 2019, at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman where she most recently resided. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 20, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel...
Joseph Wayne “Butch” Klupp, 74, of Berrien Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at his home with his wife and daughter at his side. A celebration of life will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church...
Siegfried “Sig” Herrmann was born on May 2, 1937 and entered eternal rest on September 9, 2019. He was born in Danzig, Germany, the second of four boys. Sig immigrated to the United States in April of 1950 with his mother and three brothers. They settled into the Benton Harbor/Saint...
James H. “Jim” Ashmead Sr., 70, of St. Joseph passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 with his family at his side at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A private gathering will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of...
Stephen John Anzalone, known as “Papa” by all, of St. Joseph, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Spectrum Health-Lakeland. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Monday, September 9, 2019 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 Delaware Benton Harbor,...
Christian “Chris” Ruppel, 97, of St. Joseph, was called home to be with his Lord on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Hanson Hospice Center – Stevensville. A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11 AM at Starks & Menchinger...
Patty Jo McIntosh, 68, of Stevensville, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, IL. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI 49085, with Rev. Shane...
Patrick William McGuire, 74, of Stevensville, passed away, Monday, September 2, 2019 at Spectrum Health Rehab. Center in Grand Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2:00 P.M. Friday, September 6, at St. Joseph Catholic Church 211 Church St., St. Joseph, with Fr. Tom McNally...
Leona M. “Lee” Cutter, 89, of Benton Harbor, passed away on September 1, 2019, at Spectrum Health-Lakeland. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 10:30AM at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Ave., Benton Harbor with Fr. James Adams...
Carol L. (Gonnerman) Jewell, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation in Stevensville. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday August 31, 2019 at First Baptist Church, 902 Broad Street, St. Joseph, with Pastor Marlo...
Helen M. Steinke, 89, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Stevensville. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Burial will...
Andrew L. Thomas, 91 of Coloma passed away August 26, 2019 at his residence. A Memorial Mass with Military Honors will be celebrated 11 am Friday, August 30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet.  In lieu of flowers, please give to Hospice at Home, 05055 Blue Star Hwy, South Haven,...
Edith Stritzinger Ammeson, age 98 died at The Whitcomb Retirement Community in St, Joseph Michigan, on August 22, 2019. Born June 7, 1921 in Erie Pennsylvania, to Frank J. and Rose Degner Stritzinger, she graduated from Erie Business School. On July 13, 1946 she married Carroll Ammeson in...
Ethel Hayhurst, 97, of Coloma, MI passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at her home with her dog Susy by her side. A Celebration of Life will be Celebrated 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph...
Hillard Leslie Friedman passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Caretel Inns of St. Joseph, Michigan. Hillard was born in Benton Harbor to Harold and Bessie (Goldbaum) Friedman. Bessie passed away at a young age and several years later Harold married Helen (Jacobson) Friedman and...
Gitta Muller, 82, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 P.M., Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., Thursday at...
Lila M. Roethel, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Willows Assisted Living. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Saron Lutheran Church, 510 Main St., St. Joseph with Pastor Joan Oleson officiating....
Jeff Wendt, 69, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, St. Joseph. Memorial donations in Jeff’s name may be made to the Humane...
Velma (Bundy) Ripsco, 95, formerly of Coloma, MI now of Stevensville, MI, passed away at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, MI on Wednesday – August 14, 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI....
Delbert Paul Hart, 77, of Benton Harbor, MI, passed away in his residence on Saturday – August 17, 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Delbert was born on Sept. 19, 1941 in Benton Harbor, MI to the late...
Paul Orlando, 84, of Benton Harbor, passed peacefully in his home on August 15th surrounded by his family and loved ones. Paul was the long-time owner of Automotive Electric and a member of the American Legion and Elks Club. He led a full life, travelling extensively, managing a championship...
RANDY DEWITT LANE, 65, passed away August 11, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center after a short illness. Randy was a longtime resident of the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area and had also lived in Arkansas and Indiana. He attended Benton Harbor High School and graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement...
George Frederick Hauch, 88, of Coloma, passed away August 13, 2019, at The Willows in St. Joseph. The service will be held 1 PM Saturday, Aug 17, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma,  where visitation will begin 2 hours prior to the service.  Entombment will...
Mary Lee Cecchi, 69, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:00 A.M. Monday, August 19, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Fr. Arul Lazar officiating...


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