Obits

Barbara L. Wieser, 94 of Watervliet passed away at home on September 21, 2022. Cremation has taken place and her remains will be laid to rest at Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Memorial donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to leave an online message...
Vernon E. “Vern” Shoff, 89, of St. Joseph, passed away on September 20, 2022. Vern was born on July 15, 1933, to Vernon & Carrie (Phillips) Shoff in Benton Harbor. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School and then was drafted into the United States Navy. He proudly served...
William A. (Bill) Stagg,78, of St. Joseph, MI passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Bill was born on February 20, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio. to James V. and Lois (Dennison) Stagg. On July 24, 1964 he married his high school sweetheart and love of...
Juan G. Diaz-Baltierra, Sr., 63, of St. Joseph, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 pm on Friday, September 23, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph....
Craig E. VanDerveer, 83. of Coloma passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 at his residence. Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 24th form 1 to 4 pm at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma; per Craig’s wishes there will be no formal service. Cremation will take place following...
John Dean DeVries passed away peacefully on September 13, 2022, at Caretel Inns in St. Joseph, Michigan. He was born on March 19, 1931, to John and Hattie DeVries, in St. Joseph. His early years were spent on the DeVries fruit farm with his Sister Delores and his two brothers, Bob, and Jim....
Ronald Elmer Wendzel, 82, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St....
Frank Maranto Buesing was born November 19, 1940 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He graduated in 1958 from St. Joseph High School and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1963. He was a member of Theta XI Fraternity. He taught at Benton...
Bonnie L. Miller, age 76, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Friday afternoon, September 9, 2022 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. She was born on December 1, 1945 in Benton Harbor, MI, the daughter of the late Fred and Ruth (Zerbe) Schulz. On June 27, 1964, Bonnie was united in...
E. Arthur “Art” Robertson, 78, of Berrien Springs, passed away, Friday, September 9, 2022 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital after a brief illness. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:30 P.M. Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Pioneer Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church,...
Rolfe B. Jenkins, 77, of St. Joseph, passed away, Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Michigan. Private services and burial with full military honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. Those wishing to sign Rolfe’s...
Fannie Amelia Louise (VanRaepenbusch) Hawkins was born on April 7, 1935 to Marguerite and Ferdinand VanRaepenbusch. She passed away on September 7, 2022 at home. Fannie graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1953. On August 6th of 1955, she married the love of her life Art Hawkins. She...
Antonette “Toni” (Gagliardo) Wood, 75, of Coloma went to be with her Lord on May 3, 2022 in Florida. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Duffield and Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where family will receive friends beginning one...
Walter M. Sewcyck, 85, of Coloma passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet.  Burial will be at North Shore Memory Gardens....
Karen Thumm, 58, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Monday, August 29, 2022 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 3, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 613 Court St., in St. Joseph with Pastor Michael...
Denver L. Nower, 78, of St. Joseph, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022, in Kalamazoo. Denver had lived his adult years in St. Joseph with his wife Renee (Hoffmann) with his family nearby. Denver was born in Peoria, IL, on October 11, 1943, to Denver and Marie McClellan. Shortly...
Donna Belle (Post) Klug, 97, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 18, 2022 in her assisted living room at Provision Living in St. Joseph. Donna was born on March 15, 1925 in Lake Township, MI to Raymond Post and Louise (Shermack) Post of Bridgman, MI. Donna graduated...
Emily E. (Kuyat) Baushke passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022, at Pine Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Stevensville, MI. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 10:30 AM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Ave, St. Joseph, MI. Spiritual leadership...
Gwendolyn L. Shafer, 85, of Hartford passed away August 17 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22 at Hartford Bible Church with burial following at Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 21 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral...
Susan Wieser, 62, of Watervliet, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022 at her residence following her courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 30th at Duffield and Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Visitation with the family will begin one...
Daniel Edward Kunst, “Dancin’ Dan”, 71, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully in the arms of Jesus, on Monday, August 8, 2022 in Stevensville. The family will receive guests from 11am until time of funeral service at 1pm, Friday, August 19, 2022 at Starks & Menchinger...
Daniel Edward Kunst, “Dancin’ Dan”, 71, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully in the arms of Jesus, on Monday, August 8, 2022 in Stevensville. The family will receive guests from 11am until time of funeral service at 1pm, Friday, August 19, 2022 at Starks & Menchinger...
Eleanor (Ellie) Grimm, 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Northwoods Village in Kalamazoo. A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, August 15, 2022, at 11AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church- St. Joseph, with Pastor Michael Roth officiating. Burial will take...
Janet Ann Kuyers, 85, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022. She was born on December 31, 1936, in Jackson, Michigan, to Malcolm and Connie Mackay. Jan is survived by her husband of 64 years, David; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Margaret Mackay; daughter, Susan Ledvina; son, Mark (Rhonda)...
Robert W. Skoda, 63, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Robert was born on February 12, 1959, to Robert & Betty (Street) Skoda in St. Joseph. He attended St. Joseph High School. Robert worked as a fork lift driver for Greg Orchards & Produce and Michigan Fruit...