Obits

Elsie “Terry” Koern, 96, of Stevensville, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021 at her home in Stevensville. She was born December 11, 1924 in Chicago to George, Sr. and Olga (Zirk) Schubering. Terry had what her family described as a unique life. During WWII, Terry was a true...
Michelle Joy Trigger, 66, of Coloma, formerly of Flint and Gaylord, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at the Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, Multiple Myeloma and Dementia. Michelle was born May 11, 1955 in Cheboygan, MI...
Troy Lee Oliver, 47, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Monday, June 21, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.” 2 Timothy, 4:7 A Celebration of Life Service will be held 3:00 P.M. Saturday, July 10, 2021 at...
Peggy Ann Diese, 76, of Watervliet passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. Cremation has taken place and family services will be held at a later date.  Donations in memory of Peggy may be made to the Wounded Warrior's Project.  Those wishing...
Gerald L. "Jerry" Biggart, 82 of Coloma passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Bronson Commons in Mattawan in the company of his loving family. Funeral services will on held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at Salem Lutheran Church in Coloma with visitation beginning one hour...
Dustin Carl Daily, 43, of Dowagiac, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to a Go Fund Me account set up by his...
Lois Marie Fohlbrook Lewis, 91, of St. Joseph, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at West Woods of Niles. Lois was born October 2, 1929 in Muskegon, Michigan to Harvey and Gladys Fohlbrook. She graduated from Muskegon High School in 1947. She met her future husband, Ed and they were...
Shirley Ann (Ashley) Kener, 74, of South Haven, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2021 at her home. Memorial services will be held at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 29 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Visitation will begin at 4:00 P.M. until the time of the service.  ...
Sandra L. Lute, 71 of Coloma passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her family. Services will be held 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 30 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Immediately...
Arthur J. “Jim” Seagren, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:30 P.M. Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev....
Richard M. “Rick” Groesser, 63, of Watervliet, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2021. A Graveside Service will be held at a later date at Bluff City Boulevard Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd, Elgin, IL 60120, with Pastor Dave from Zion Lutheran Church officiating. Memorial...
Patricia Jean (Sadler) Kennedy age 78, of Benton Harbor, died unexpectedly at home Sunday June 20, 2021. Pat leaves behind the love of her life and soulmate, Dan Kennedy, whom she married June 21, 1999. He will miss his “baby” every moment. Her children who proudly called her mom...
Donna Jean Mahler, 76, of Niles formerly of Buchanan, passed away at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, MI on Friday-June 18, 2021. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swem Chapel – 301 W. Front St., Buchanan, MI. Donna was born on December 14, 1944 in LaPorte, IN to...
Raymond Michael “Mike” Whittaker, 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church Street, St. Joseph,...
Justin Allen Fortson “Big Red”, 30, of St. Joseph, passed away at home Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Justin was born to Louise and Richard Fortson in St. Joseph on September 7, 1990. Justin loved his family and beloved dog, Chumley. Justin’s hobbies included video games,...
Robert “Bob” Gruss, Sr., 85, of Stevensville, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland after a long battle with cancer. Per Bob’s request, his body was donated to the University of Michigan’s Body Donation Program so he could help find a...
Michael Bruce Braamse, 60, of Coloma, passed away at home in May, 2021. He was born October 22, 1960, son of Robert & Helen Braamse. Michael married Elisabeth Pudell in 1987 and together they raised three children-Jessica and twins Matthew & Michaella. Mike graduated from Lake...
Mary Ann passed away on June 14, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. She was born on May 11, 1942, to Ervin and Bertha Heppeler. After retiring from the Van Buren Courthouse, she enjoyed spending time with her family, crafting, watching cooking shows and reading. She was preceded in death by...
Douglas Gregory Sempert, 71, of St. Joseph, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Spectrum Health – Lakeland, St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Visitation will...
Richard Domke, 65, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service with Pastor Mike Rickers...
Richard Domke, 65, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service with Pastor Mike Rickers...
Duane Van Kniebes, 94, of Boulder passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020, at his home in Boulder, Colorado, after a short battle with cancer. Duane was surrounded by the love of his family. Born May 17, 1926, in Marquette, Michigan to Van C. Kniebes and Doris Leona Kniebes (Reynolds), Duane was...
Ada Adelle Skoda, 84, of Benton Harbor, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her grandchildren on Wednesday, June 9, at Caretel Inns St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, June 17th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 121 Kline St. Benton...
On June 9, 2021, Wilma finished her earthly journey with joy as she ran into the arms of her Savior. Born October 6, 1932 in Huntington WV to Hysel and Edna Wetherholt, Wilma left the hills of WV at 21 and lived the rest of her life in Ohio and Michigan. Wilma began her education at Marshall...
Janice C. McNamara, 85, of St. Joseph, formerly of Sunfield, MI, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, with her family by her side. Janice was born on November 4, 1935, to William and Lillian (Young) Ruh in Detroit. She graduated from Dearborn High School and went on to...


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