Obits

Marylou Reed, 89, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away on Friday – May 20, 2022 at Spectrum Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. Private family services will be held at a later date. The family asks that memorial contributions may be made to the SWMI Humane Society or to any animal rescue...
Marylou Reed, 89, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away on Friday – May 20, 2022 at Spectrum Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. Private family services will be held at a later date. The family asks that memorial contributions may be made to the SWMI Humane Society or to any animal rescue...
Richard L. Peters, 82, of Benton Harbor passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Visitation will be held two hours...
Marianne Palma Martorano, 69, passed away on May 21, 2022. She was born in Benton Harbor, MI to Jack and Palma Martorano. She graduated from Lake Michigan Catholic High School in 1971. Marianne furthered her education at Lake Michigan College and Western Michigan University. Marianne, along...
Doyle Clarence Roberts, Jr., 83, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday – May 20, 2022 at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. As per Doyle’s wishes there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel –...
James Herbert “Jim” Flippo, 79, of Stevensville, MI, passed away peacefully in his home on May 20, 2022. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 27, 2022, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph....
Robert Marshall Dilley, “Bob”, 58, of St. Joseph, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at his home in St. Joseph. He was born May 9, 1964, to Dick and Betty (Fisher) Dilley. Bob was a kind, loving, family-centric father who grew up in Midland, Michigan. From there he...
Donald (Don) August Meyer, 81, of Benton Harbor, MI., passed away on May 17, 2022 at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, May 27, 2022, at 1:00 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI...
Bea Kella, 96, of Benton Harbor, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, passed away, Saturday, May 21, 2022 at CrownPointe of Stevensville. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Starks Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd...
Roy F. Farmer, 78, of Coloma, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in...
Richard L. Kiekenapp, 77, of Coloma, passed away at his residence in the presence of his family on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 following a valiant three year battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 27th, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma....
Former Sheriff Forrest “Nick” Jewell, 92, of Benton Harbor entered into eternal rest on Sunday May 15, 2022 at Spectrum Health Lakeland with his family by his side. A celebration of life service will be held be at 10:00 on Saturday May 21 at Napier Parkview Baptist Church, 245 W....
William James “Bill” Miller, 76, of Benton Harbor, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, May 20, 2022, at 1:00 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650...
Timothy Kyle Poe, 53, of Benton Harbor, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 16, 2022 at his home. Kyle was born on November 16, 1968 in Watervliet, Michigan to Francis and Gayle Poe. Kyle was a graduate of Benton Harbor High School. Early in his career he owned his own business Poe’...
In Memory of Janece “Jan” Bowers, 67, formerly of St. Joseph and South Bend, Indiana, passed away May 2, 2021 in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she was residing. Those wishing to sign Jan’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Jan was born July 12, 1953...
Hope Marie Zeigler, 43 of Watervliet passed away unexpectedly May 1, 2022 at her home. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 13 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where the family will receive friends...
Suzanne M. Gast, 59, of Watervliet, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 3, 2022 at her home. A time for friends and family to visit together will take place from 5-7 P.M. Monday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. As per Sue’s wishes, cremation has taken place....
Nancy J. Greco, 84 of Stevensville, formerly of Watervliet passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 29, 2022 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. Visitation for Nancy will be Tuesday, May 3 from 5 to 7 pm at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma.  Private...
Melinda L. Stibal, 83 of Coloma passed away Monday at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 11 am Saturday at the Coloma United Methodist Church, where the family will greet friends beginning one hour prior to the service.  Donations in...
David Wayne Sanders, 53 of Coloma passed away Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St Joseph. Per his wishes cremation has taken place.  A memorial visitation will take place from 2 to 4 pm on Friday, April 29 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma....
Michele J. Charleston, 77, of St. Joseph, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at her residence. A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Tuesday, April 19, at 11 AM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Father James Adams...
Dustin Levell Saffell, 32, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 12:00 PM., at First Church of God – Benton Heights, 990 N Euclid, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, with Pastor Jaime Cervantes...
Gregory Basil Melnyk Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. (Ruth 1:16) Gregory Melnyk, born Wasily Cemenenko in Ukraine in 1926, emigrated...
Wayne Allen Welsher, age 58, was received into the arms of our Lord Monday, April 11, 2022. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, April 16th, 2022, from 12 PM until 3 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI. A private burial will be...
Earl C. Hahn Jr., 89, of St. Joseph, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Earl was born on November 9, 1932, to Dr. Earl and Nola (Smith) Hahn in Kirksville, MO. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in St. Mary’s, WV, and then continued his education earning dual bachelor...