Obits

Tina Jo Lentz, 57, of Coloma, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. An open house Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 16 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the Lentz residence, 5091 Weatherford Drive in Coloma. Memorial donations in Tina's...
Demetria Fedorchak, 85, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away at her home on Wednesday – October 8, 2021. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI. Demetria was born in Gary, IN on October 10, 1935 to the late Harry and...
Elisabeth Martha Schults died peacefully at age 93 on Saturday, October 9. Elisabeth lived a wonderful, full life. Omi, as her children and grandchildren called her, was born in Germany and preceded in death by her loving husband Eric, who was from Latvia. She also was preceded in death by...
James (Jim) Harold Rabbers received his crown of heavenly glory on Monday October 11 2021 at 8:55 AM after several years of health complications due to the leukemia that he had overcome. He was 65 years old. He was a lifelong resident of Michigan being born in Kalamazoo and laying down roots...
In Memory of Audrey Jean Christman-Slabaugh, 91, of Stevensville & St. Joseph, Michigan. Passed October 8, 2021 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Michigan. Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Stevensville, with Rev....
Alfred “Al” Vasta, 97, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Woodland Terrace of Bridgman. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, October 15, 2021, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Ave., Benton Harbor....
James A. Meister, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away, Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 15, 2001 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, with Rev. Jeffrey Hubers...
Betty Jane Grieser passed away on Oct. 8, 2021, at the age of 88, surrounded by her family. Betty was born on Oct. 9, 1932, in Eau Claire, Michigan, to Reinhold and Theresa (Pjesky) Bruder. She was raised in Eau Claire and later in Benton Harbor where her family had a dairy farm, and she helped...
Robert M. “Bob” Totzke, 78, formerly of Dowagiac, MI passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 3PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Friends may...
Cheryl Ann (Agens) Montgomery, 64, of Stevensville, MI passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd...
AKA: Named Bubba by her grandsons, which brings a smile to our faces, because those who knew her saw a tiny lady never weighing 100 lbs. Dolly Jean was the daughter of Chet and Ann Marshall. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1955 where she was proudly known by many for her...
Dixie Roberts Kreiger, 95, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Whitcomb Towers, where she most recently resided. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:30 A.M. Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev....
Victor Vroegop, 51, of Stevensville, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021, doing something he loved, working on his house. Victor John Vroegop was born on April 13, 1970 in Kalamazoo, MI to William (Bill) and Ruth (Triemstra) Vroegop. He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian...
Virginia W. Zielke, 86, of Stevensville, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Hanson Hospice Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Per Virginia's wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements were entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services....
Bonnie Jane Rutledge, 68, of Benton Harbor, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma with visitation beginning at noon.  Those...
Alberta M. Hill, 88, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at her home. A homegoing service will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 11AM, at McCoys Memorial Church of God & Christ, 1840 Union St., Benton Harbor, with Bishop James Hightower officiating....
Verlin Leroy Hunt, 79 of Covert passed away Friday, September 24, 2021 at his residence. Cremation has taken place.  Services celebrating his life will be held by the family at a later date. Verlin was born August 3, 1942 in South Haven to Charles and Ethel (Frazier) Hunt.  He was...
Hal Eugene Burton, 93, of Benton Harbor, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Hanson Hospice Center, with his family at his side. A celebration of homegoing service will be held at 11 am on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Refreshing Fountains Church of God in Christ, 175...
Kathern Marie “Kathy” Piraino, 74, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 7, at 11 AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, 600 Columbus Ave., Benton Harbor with Father James...
Stephen Ray “Steve” Stuckey, Jr., 44, of Eau Claire, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, October 7, at 11 AM at Eau Claire Student Activity Center, 6238 W. Main St., Eau Claire, with Pastor Glen Head...
John Edward Buursma, 70, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:30 P.M., Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI 49085 with Pastor Tom Bird...
Euloy Gabrielle (Gabby) Breanda Hamilton, age 28, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Pioneer Memorial Church (PMC), on the campus of...
As the sun starts a new day so our love begins a new life. Marvin E. Hainer, 97 of Coloma transitioned to final rest on August 19, 2021 at Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac. Marv died as a result of COVID-19 pneumonia, he was fully vaccinated. Cremation has taken place. Interment services...
Robert W. Loomis, 51, of Allegan, passed away on September 27, 2021 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo from complications of Covid. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.  Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by...
Martha Baker, 85, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 at her home. A Graveside Service will be held at 12:30 P.M., Monday October 4, 2021 at Coloma Cemetery with pastor Dan Golladay officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.,...


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