Obits

Peggy McAllister, 92, of Saint Joseph passed away Monday, May 10, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 22nd, at St. Paul’s Episcopal church in St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Sarett Nature Center or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of St. Joseph....
Elaine Campana Golob, 81, of Willoughby, Ohio, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2021. She was born in Collinwood on May 3, 1940 to John and Julia Campana (both deceased). After moving to Richmond Heights as a young girl, she graduated from Euclid High School. Elaine’s family fostered...
Benjamin R. Lentz, 50, of Stevensville, passed away Sunday May 2, 2021, surrounded by his family. Ben was born on February 27th, 1971 in Berrien Springs, where he graduated high school in 1989. Ben attended Ferris State University. He was a lifelong mechanic & machinist. He was employed...
Gilbert Ruttenberg, 75, of Stevensville, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Gil was born August 6, 1945, in Chicago to Nate and Jenny Ruttenberg. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Marshall High School in 1963. He joined the Navy and proudly...
Helen V. Holland, 86, of Hernando, FL, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away, Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Hernando. Helen was born January 21, 1935 in Manila, Arkansas to Doyle and Dolly Louise (Hoffner) Lacefield.  She retired from the Managerial Depart at Heath Zenith Corp. in St. Joseph...
Terri Lynn (Mattner) Perdue, 62, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at Hanson Hospice Center. A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 11:30AM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with...
Maria Contreras Melcher, 83, died peacefully at home on April 20th, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Maria was born in Valle Umbroso, San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1937 and emigrated to Benton Harbor when she was 9 years old. She learned English while attending Morton Hill...
Charlotte Ann (Zindler) Holton, aged 87, passed from death to eternal life at 2:00 a.m., May 1, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. She was born September 15, 1933 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to George and Helen (Tagney) Zindler. She married her high-school sweetheart Arthur Richard...
Stephen S. Sittler, of Sawyer died on Friday, April 30 in the early morning after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born on February 5th, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio to Reverend Joseph Sittler and Jeanne Seitz Sittler. He graduated from The University of Chicago and attended...
Richard Betker, 87, of Stevensville, MI went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday – May 2, 2021 at Lakeland Spectrum Health in St. Joseph, MI. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Richard was born on Dec. 14,...
George Raymond Baptist September 25, 1932- April 18, 2021 (88yrs old) Dad loved his family. His entire family. They were everything to him. His life was devoted to being there for ALL of us. He was completely in love with my mom, who he loved to call “my sweetheart,” for the...
Ronald Sonneman 83, of St. Joseph passed away on Thursday April 29, 2021 at Hanson’s Hospice in Stevensville. Ron as he was known by most was born August 15, 1937 in Sterling, Illinois. The son of Robert and Mary Ruth (Frye) Sonneman both of whom precede him in death. Also preceding...
Lola J. “Jean” Graber, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Pastor David Hills...
Paul Richard Contardo, 67, of Massachusetts, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 at his home in St. Joseph, MI. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paul's favorite charities, St. Judes Children’s Hospital or...
Rickey Joe Bonds, Jr., 47, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 A.M. Monday, May 3, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Corey Kugle...
Donald Pilny, 82, of Coloma, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church St., St. Joseph. Burial will take place privately. Friends may visit with the family on...
Dorothy R. Hanes, 100, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks and Menchinger Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10am, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Crystal Springs Church of...
Portus Weare Webster, II, 71, of Stevensville, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 in Grand Rapids. The family will receive guests from 5-7pm, Friday, April 30, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am, Saturday,...
Sidney “Sid” Hickmott, 64, of Coloma, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021, at home. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 11AM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, with Pastor Steve Hartten...
After an incredible life that began in war-torn East Germany and ended in Southwest Michigan, Annegret “Anne” (Schroeder) Williams passed away unexpectedly on April 23, 2021. Born on December 30, 1942 in Schwerin, Germany, to Fredrich and Emilie Schroeder, early photos of Anne reveal...
Susan Pentridge, 64, of South Haven, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, which she faced with courage and dignity. She will be remembered as a kind and caring person, with a love of animals and people. Susan loved to make new friends, was a member of her nursing...
Sheila S. Smith, 64, of Sodus passed away on April 23, 2021 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 27 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma with visitation beginning at noon. Cremation will follow. Those wishing...
Albert Simaz of Eau Claire passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Albert was born October 10, 1927 in Chicago Illinois to John and Helen (Gosnick) Simaz Al was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather that loved his family deeply....
Erik Lee Parker, 49, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 26, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Benjamin Bowater...
Dorothy Jane (Bittner) Stover, 98, passed away Wednesday, April 21, at the Royalton Township home of her daughter, Karleen E. Stover. A lifetime resident of Sodus Township – living on two farms, five miles apart – she was born on March 20, 1923, at Tabor Sanitarium in Benton...


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