Obits

Casandra, born at Mercy Hospital in Benton Harbor on November 28, 1956, passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2019, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. A 1975 graduate of Benton Harbor High School, she attended Hope College, then started her working life at Kaywood...
Clifford Otto Pliml, 77, passed away Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 at his home in Stevensville Michigan, surrounded by his family. Cliff was born on August 14th, 1942 and raised in Berwyn, Illinois by his parents Otto and Grace (Nikodem) Pliml. When he was young he earned the highest Boy...
Eli Burton, 101, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019, at Spectrum Lakeland Health. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020, at 10AM at Greater Community Christian Fellowship, 870 Nate Wells Sr. Dr., Benton Harbor with Pastor Nathaniel...
Corinne Graziano, 100, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, December 30, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville with her grandson, Mikey by her side. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 Church St., St. Joseph,...
Nancy J. Wilson, 83, of Stevensville, MI passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Hanson Hospice surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, December 30, 2019 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Rd. Stevensville with Rev. David...
Nancy J. Wilson, 83, of Stevensville, MI passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Hanson Hospice surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, December 30, 2019 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Rd. Stevensville with Rev. David...
Betty Ann Willis, 77, of Coloma, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville surrounded by her family. She was joined in Heaven by her mother and father. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Betty’s...
John E. Bentley, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away, Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center. Those...
Susan Tokarz, 74, of Sodus, MI formally of Florida, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 at Story Point Assisted Living in Portage, MI. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 P.M., Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd.,...
Joyce Ann Lloyd, 67, of Benton Harbor, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at her home. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am on Monday, December 30, 2019, At New Bethel Baptist Church, 2272 Townline Rd., Benton Harbor with Pastor Maurice McAfee...
Frances L. Amicarelli, 80, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her side, Monday, December 23, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. Saturday, December 28 at Starks & Menchinger...
Elna Anne Grau passed way peacefully on December 20th, 2019, in Longmont, Colorado. Elna began her life in St. Joseph, Michigan, on June 26, 1927, the eldest child of Paul and Anna Kasischke. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she and Herbert Carl Grau were married,...
Barbara E. “Barb” Lingle, 69, of Watervliet, MI passed away Friday, December 20, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital Kalamazoo. A celebration of life gathering will be held privately with Barb’s Family. She will be laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Berrien Springs....
Longtime Bainbridge Township Supervisor Leonard C. (Larry) Smith Jr. died December 10, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center after a brief battle with cancer. He was 86. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at Fairplain Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Napier...
Frank Popp, 89, longtime resident of Decatur, MI passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego, MI. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Newell Chapel, 83313 M51, Decatur with Pastor James Abshagen officiating. Burial...
Gary L. Lockwood,77, of St. Joseph, passed away at his home at the end of November, 2019. Graveside memorial prayers will take place on December 23, 2019 at 2 PM, at Riverview Cemetery, with Pastor Dan Colthrup officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph First United Methodist...
Under the watchful eye of our Lord Albert Mihalik, 98, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the home of his daughter Judy Schmidt. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 Monday, December 16, 2019 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Rd.,...
Michael C. Neumann, 68, of St. Joseph, passed away unexpectedly, November 8, 2019, while vacationing in Spain. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 3:00 P.M. Thursday, December 19 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Rev. Dr. David Moffett-Moore...
Eveline “Lynn” Struble, 91, of Millburg, passed away, Monday, December 9, 2019 at her daughter’s home in Coloma. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Friday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Ron Hayes officiating....
Cleo L. Postelli, 100, of St. Joseph passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at her residence. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at The Whitcomb Senior Living Community, 509 Ship St., St. Joseph. Friends may visit with the family from 3...
Henry “Hank” Bessemer Richmond III, 72, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Friday-December 6, 2019 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph, MI. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Hank was born on...
Onis Marie Banks, 81, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2019, at her home. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 1PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Scott Saylor officiating. Friends...
Elaine Ruth Tiefenbach, 94, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully Friday, December 6, 2019 in Macomb, MI. She was born September 19, 1925 in Buckhorn, MI to Arthur and Elsie (Greening) Jeschke. The family will receive guests from 10am until time of funeral service at 11am, Tuesday,...
Irene N. Melville, 83, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Hallmark Assisted Living in Benton Harbor. Irene was born on May 7, 1936 in Greenock, Scotland to Alexander & Margaret (Nicol) Melville. Irene worked as a Dispatcher for Park Forest Police Department...
Sandra K. “Sandy” Gerlach, 67, of Baroda, passed away, Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:30 A.M. Wednesday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Tom Spitters officiating. Burial will follow at...


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