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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...
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...


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