Mary Anna Tarantino, 86, passed away on June 4

Mary Anna Tarantino, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away on June 4, 2018 at The Willows in St. Joseph with her son and granddaughter by her side.

Mary was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt.  She loved baking and playing bingo.  Most of all, “B-Mom”, loved her grandchildren, never missing an opportunity to attend their school events.

Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim Tarantino Jr. and Lisa McShane; her grandchildren, Ryan (Angie) Tarantino and Cara (Carlos) Guerrero; her great-grandchildren Abbie Tarantino, Jackson Tarantino, and Sofia Guerrero.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Tarantino Sr.; her daughter, Theresa Tarantino; daughter-in-law, Susan (Handley) Tarantino; her siblings, Tony Tragna, John Tragna, and Rose Ciaravino.

Mary was born on November 25, 1931 at the family farm in Riverside, Michigan to Dominic and Tina (Virgo) Tragna and graduated from Benton Harbor High School.

A Graveside Service will be held at North Shore Memory Garden in Coloma on Wednesday, June 6 at 11:00 am, officiated by Father Ben Huynh of SS John & Bernard Parish. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 am until 10:30 am, prior to the service, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Avenue, St Joseph. Those wishing to share a memory of Mary may do so online at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caring Circle (Hospice at Home).

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