Obits

Erika Lotte Steffen, 91, of St. Joseph Michigan went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday morning May 14. Her ever present smile, thoughtfulness and love for others will always be remembered. Arrangements have been entrusted with Starks & Menchinger. Due to the current Covid-19...
Gerald “Jerry” T. Catania October 23, 1945 - May 13, 2020 Jerry Catania, influential art educator, glass artist and creative presence in the Southwest Michigan art scene, passed peacefully at home in Fairplain on May 13, with his loving wife Kathy, incredible brother Bob and...
Zan J. Ballard, 79, of Benton Harbor, passed away on May 11, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Zan's memory may be made to the Therapeutic Equestrian Center or Caring Circle Hospice....
Elizabeth B. “Jill” Bowser, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at West Woods of Niles, in Niles, Michigan. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date, due to the Covid-19 precautions. Memorial donations in Jill’s name may be made to...
The world is a little less bright today after the passing of Marlene Schalon at the age of 83 from Alzheimer’s. Marlene was born June 24, 1936 and died May 6, 2020 at Whitcomb Senior Living Center, St. Joseph, with her loving husband Richard by her side. Marlene was born to Ebba and...
Marilyn Lewis, 79, of Watervliet, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Medilodge Nursing Home in Kalamazoo. Private family services will be held at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma followed by burial in Keeler Cemetery. Memorials in Marilyn's honor may be...
Leatrice E. “Leat” Beckman, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, May 06, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Due to the current Covid-19 precautions, private family service and burial have been held at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial donations in Leatrice’...
Tedd R. Morris died on May 2, 2020 at the age of 81. Tedd was born on January 14, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Roy H. and Irene A. Morris. The Morris family moved from Chicago to Battle Creek, MI in the mid-1940s. Tedd had a Ph.D. in Education and throughout his forty-year career...
Martha Holloway, 94, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020, at Hanson Hospice Center. A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020, at 11AM, at North Shore Memory Gardens, 5027 M-63, Coloma, with Bishop LeRoy Lane officiating. In respect for...
Emily Williams, 104, of St. Joseph, formally of Chicago, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at The Whitcomb Senior Living Community, in St. Joseph. A private Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be taking place at a later date. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www....
Mattie Irene Whitright, 79, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Hanson Hospice in St. Joseph. Cremation services have taken place. A graveside service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American...
Wayne Edwin Metcalf, 80, of St. Joseph, went to sleep with Jesus peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. Services and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Marie Yeager Cancer Center or the...
Donald Peter Kemp, 84 of Stevensville, MI passed away, Monday, May 4, 2020 at home with family by his side. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church at...
James Dahlke, 69, of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, May 05, 2020 at his home. Due to the Covid-19 precautions, private family services & burial will be held, with a public Celebration of Life Service to be announced at a later date. Memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made...
Brittany Gerschoffer, 30 of Stevensville, MI passed away May 1, 2020, in Benton Harbor. A Graveside Service will be held 12:00 Thursday, May 7, at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Stevensville with pastor Chris Spitters officiating. Please bring a chair if needed. In lieu of flowers, a Trust...
On May 3, 2020, Dr. Jeffrey S. Schmidt, loving husband, and father of two daughters, passed away peacefully at the age of 77. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Jeff was born...
Wilda Jane Trojan, 85, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Hamilton Grove in New Carlisle. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks and Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph, MI. A Private Celebration of Life Service will be held on May 6th at Starks & Menchinger...
Kevin L. Streu, 58 of Cadillac, passed away on April 29, 2020 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Cremation has taken place. A 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 link on this...
Christania D. Walsh, 75, of St. Joseph, passed away on May 1, 2020 at her home. Cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place in Massachusetts National Cemetery at a later date. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by selecting the...
Mary S. Gardner, 63, of Watervliet, passed away on May 2, 2020 at her home. Cremation has taken place. A 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 link on this page. Mary was born May 25...
Jerold L. “Bubba” Wentland, 81, of Benton Harbor, went to meet his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph. Due to the Covid-19 precautions, private family services & burial will take place. A public Celebration of Life Service...
Frances “Elaine” Domke, 68, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020, at her home. A Private Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service with Pastor Tim Sexton officiating. Burial will...
Carolyn Ruth Ziemer, 95, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Whitcomb Tower where she most recently resided. Private Family Services will be held due to the Covid-19 precautions. Private Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorial donations in...
Betty Jean Davis, 90, of Coloma, went to be with her Lord Jesus on Thursday, April 30,2020 at Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Stevensville. Due to current circumstances private family services will be held at Duffield and Pastrick Funeral Home in Coloma followed by burial in Coloma Cemetery....
Gloria Mae Kane, 89, formerly of Orland Park, IL, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. A private graveside service will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Alsip, IL. Memorial contributions in Gloria’s name may be...


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