Obits

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...
Jacqlyn D. Parrigin, 82, of Coloma, passed away at her home on Saturday, October 16, 2021. A private memorial service will be held at a later date followed by the burial of ashes at Coloma Cemetery. Memorial donations in Jackie’s honor may be made to Home Sweet Home, an in home care...
Mary C. “Mickey” Grish, 84, passed away on October 14, 2021, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, after a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 1:00PM at Starks and Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St....
Tina Jo Lentz, 57, of Coloma, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. An open house Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 16 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the Lentz residence, 5091 Weatherford Drive in Coloma. Memorial donations in Tina's...
Demetria Fedorchak, 85, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away at her home on Wednesday – October 8, 2021. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI. Demetria was born in Gary, IN on October 10, 1935 to the late Harry and...
Elisabeth Martha Schults died peacefully at age 93 on Saturday, October 9. Elisabeth lived a wonderful, full life. Omi, as her children and grandchildren called her, was born in Germany and preceded in death by her loving husband Eric, who was from Latvia. She also was preceded in death by...
James (Jim) Harold Rabbers received his crown of heavenly glory on Monday October 11 2021 at 8:55 AM after several years of health complications due to the leukemia that he had overcome. He was 65 years old. He was a lifelong resident of Michigan being born in Kalamazoo and laying down roots...
In Memory of Audrey Jean Christman-Slabaugh, 91, of Stevensville & St. Joseph, Michigan. Passed October 8, 2021 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Michigan. Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Stevensville, with Rev....
Alfred “Al” Vasta, 97, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Woodland Terrace of Bridgman. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, October 15, 2021, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Ave., Benton Harbor....
James A. Meister, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away, Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 15, 2001 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, with Rev. Jeffrey Hubers...
Betty Jane Grieser passed away on Oct. 8, 2021, at the age of 88, surrounded by her family. Betty was born on Oct. 9, 1932, in Eau Claire, Michigan, to Reinhold and Theresa (Pjesky) Bruder. She was raised in Eau Claire and later in Benton Harbor where her family had a dairy farm, and she helped...
Robert M. “Bob” Totzke, 78, formerly of Dowagiac, MI passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 3PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Friends may...
Cheryl Ann (Agens) Montgomery, 64, of Stevensville, MI passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd...
AKA: Named Bubba by her grandsons, which brings a smile to our faces, because those who knew her saw a tiny lady never weighing 100 lbs. Dolly Jean was the daughter of Chet and Ann Marshall. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1955 where she was proudly known by many for her...
Dixie Roberts Kreiger, 95, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Whitcomb Towers, where she most recently resided. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:30 A.M. Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev....
Victor Vroegop, 51, of Stevensville, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021, doing something he loved, working on his house. Victor John Vroegop was born on April 13, 1970 in Kalamazoo, MI to William (Bill) and Ruth (Triemstra) Vroegop. He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian...


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