Obits

Jeffery A. “Jeff” Houseworth, 59, of Baroda, passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2021. A private family service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Jeff was born on March, 8, 1962, in Buchanan, MI to Elwyn...
Frances O. Jenkins of Stevensville, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 13, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones at home. She was born November 23, 1927, in Morgan, Alabama to Romey Jerome and Cynthia Bessie (Singleton) Garrison. Frances was one of 10 siblings and is...
Shirley Anne LoPresti, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday November 9, 2021, at home. Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, November 15, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware St., Benton Harbor, MI with Fr. John Tran officiating. Visitation will be from...
Kyle Anthony Johnson passed away suddenly on November 8, 2021, in St. Joseph, Michigan, he was 35 years old. Kyle was born July 30, 1986, at the Air Force Base in Mountain Home, Idaho. He made an enormous impact on all who knew him. Building friendships came naturally to Kyle. To him, a...
James F. “Jim” Thompson, 76, passed away at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Stevensville, on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, where he had been living for a few years. Jim passed away due to complications from Covid 19. James was born on October 19, 1945, to Hal...
Gary Bohnlein, 70, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, November 15, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at St Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church St., St Joseph, with Fr. Arul officiating. Visitation...
The Lord carried Jerry Lynn Akins, 78, of Benton Harbor, Michigan home to be with Him the afternoon of October 31, 2021 while he was surrounded by his family. Jerry was born in Hayti, Missouri on September 24, 1943 to Blanche and James Akins. His love for our Lord Jesus is what carried him...
Ann G. Ford, 71, of St. Joseph, Michigan, passed away on November 1, 2021. She was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan on June 13, 1950. She touched many young lives teaching third grade at Lake Michigan Catholic School, St. Joseph, Michigan. Ann is survived by her four siblings, nieces and...
Robert Frank “Bob” Quint, 77, of Benton Harbor, MI., passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Heart Association at www.heart.org or Berrien County Animal Control, 1400 S. Euclid, Benton...
Marion R. Peterson, 93, of Stevensville, MI passed away on Thursday – November 4, 2021 at the St. Claire Medical Hospital Morehead, Ky. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Marion was born on May 12, 1928 in...
Edwin Henry Frohbieter, Jr., 89, of St. Joseph, MI passed away after a brief recurrence of cancer on November 3, 2021. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Zion St. Joe United Church of Christ at 3001 Veronica Drive, St. Joseph, MI with Rev...
Ivan L. Nestle, 94, of Watervliet, formerly of Bliss Township, Levering, Mich., passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 at home surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held at 7 P.M.  Friday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Visitation with the family will begin...
Bonnie Y. Gast, 81, of Coloma passed away Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. Services celebrating Bonnie's life will be held 12:30 Wednesday, Nov. 10 at duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home where visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 P.M. and again from 11 A.M....
Oscar Zwar, 96, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. Per Oscar’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. Memorials may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to share a memory of...
Martha M. Tilly, 90, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Sunday – October 31, 2021 at Caretel Assisted Living in St. Joseph. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Martha was born on January 28, 1931 in Baroda, MI to...
Barbara Evelyn Shafer, 71, of Stevensville entered her heavenly home on Saturday, October 30, 2021. What a celebration it must have been when she was once again reunited with family and friends who passed before her! As you read this tribute, she is more than likely chatting and entertaining...
John Lyons “Jack” Porritt, 88, of St. Joseph, MI passed away October 27, 2021 at his home amongst his family. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 1, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 609 Court Street, St. Joseph, with Rev. Michael Roth will...
Coy G. Drane, 74 of Coloma, passed away Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph following a brief illness. A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. Tuesday at the Coloma United Methodist Church with visitation beginning one hour prior at 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers,...
Dennis Wayne Mort, of Covert, MI, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 27th, 2021.  Dennis was born on September 15th, 1964 in Watervliet to Roy Charles Mort and Mary Francis (Berry). He was proud to be a Watervliet Panther and graduated in 1984. Upon graduating, Dennis went to...
Elaine Clark, 89, of Benton Harbor, passed away Wednesday evening, October 20, 2021 at Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet. Elaine was born on April 4, 1932 in Chicago. Several years after her high school graduation, she married Robert Clark on September 5, 1953. They celebrated 65 years of...
Dorothy Ann (Wagner) Boettcher, 92, of East Lansing, MI; formerly of St. Joseph, MI passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650...
Carlton Cook “Hutch” Hutchinson January 1, 1923 - October 18, 2021 Carlton Hutchinson, 98, went home to be with his Lord on October 18, 2021 at Crownpointe Senior Living Community, Stevensville, MI. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 11:00 am Saturday, October 23,...
Shirley Gay, age 87, Monday October 18th, holding the hands of her loved ones, peacefully passed away at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph, Mich.  succumbing to renal failure. Shirley joins her loving husband of 45 years, Wayne, who preceded her in death last November. Shirley was...
Harry Alexander Gossett, 81 of St. Joseph, Michigan passed away on October 15, 2021 in the presence of his best friend of 48 years, Jim LeBlanc and love Janet Shipe. Harry was born on 12/16/39 to Harry and Iva Lois (Sistare) Gossett. Harry graduated from Western Carolina University in...
Betty Lou Lippert, 92, of Benton Harbor, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Saturday, October 16, 2021 following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma with visitation beginning...


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