Obits

Judith Jeffery Whittier, 84, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2021 in Valparaiso, IN. A devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, “Judy” was born July 13, 1937, in Toledo, OH, to parents Albert and Margaretta (Hamilton) Jeffery. She attended Thomas A. DeVilbiss High School...
Leonard R. Willming, 70, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Visitation will take...
Mark E. Spletzer, 69, of Stevensville, passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021, at his home. A time of gathering will be held on Friday, August 6, from 4 PM until 7 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to...
Vicki L. Mings, 60 of Coloma passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 26 at Spectrum Health, Lakeland in St Joseph. Graveside services will be held 3 P.M. Friday, August 6 at Harris Cemetery in Hagar Township.  Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so by using the...
Bonnie Ellen Steele was born April 19, 1966 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Paul and Zella (McIntrye) Steele. At the age of 9 the family relocated to Little York, Illinois. Bonnie graduated from Broadview Academy, LaFox Il., in 1984. She attended Andrews University graduating in 1989. Bonnie...
Delores J. Steinhaus, 69, of Coloma passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Per her wishes cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.  Donations in memory of Delores may be made to Caring Circle of Lakeland.  Those wishing...
Arlene Stover, 82, of Berrien Springs, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, Thursday, July 29, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Arlene was born June 25, 1939 in Zeeland, Michigan to Russell and Janet Cranmer. She graduated from Zeeland High School, and received her...
Gertrud Elfriede Puppel, 96, of St. Joseph, Michigan passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021 at The Willows Assisted Living Home in St. Joseph. Gertrud was born on June 11, 1925, in Dalwin Kreis Dirschau Danzing West Prussia to Albert and Frieda (Burau) Schultz. Gertrud was above all a devoted wife...
Gerald “Jerry” Fricke, 92, of St. Joseph went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday July 25, 2021, at his home. A celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 30, 2021 at Grace Lutheran Church, 404 Glenlord Rd., St. Joseph with Pastor Josh...
Elizabeth Kurbis, 77, of Coloma, MI passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in Niles. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, July 30, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Pastor Tom Bird officiating. Friends...
Dorothy L. Mendenhall, 84, of Coloma, passed away on July 23, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Memorial donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to UNICEF or Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary. Those...
Thomas Ralph Palmer, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at his residence in The Whitcomb. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Visitation will take place one...
Maria Reyes, 70, of Baroda, MI passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Methodist Hospital in Gary, IN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at St. John’s Catholic Church 580 Columbus Ave., Benton Harbor with Fr. James Adams officiating. Burial...
Mary Jane Ezell, 81, of Benton Harbor passed away Sunday, July 18, 2021 at her residence. Per her wishes cremation has taken place.  Donations in memory of Mary may be made to either of the Coloma or Benton Harbor Food Pantries, American Cancer Society, or the Humane Society of Southwest...
Ricky Alan Hysell, Sr., 66 of Coloma passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 21, 2021, while on his truck route in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, July 30 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where the family will receive friends beginning one...
Helmut H. “Helm” Stachowske, 77, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, July 19 at 11 AM at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 121 Kline St., Benton Harbor, with Pastor Nathan Buch officiating. Friends may...
Sue Ann Zelvis, 68, of St. Joseph, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021, at 11AM, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Rd., Stevensville. Burial will follow at Hickory Bluff...
Paul Edward Barry, 76, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at his home in St. Joseph. A prayer service will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 11AM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., Burial to follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit...
Mitzi S. Raymond, 63, of Hartford, passed away on July 14, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma with burial following at Coloma Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday...
John Thomas “Tom” Butler, 88, of St. Joseph, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at his home. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 12 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 613 Court St., St. Joseph, with Pastor Michael Roth officiating....
Dorothy J. Powers, 94, formerly of St. Joseph, Michigan passed away, Sunday, July 11, 2021 at A Place Called Home in Stevensville, Michigan. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 15 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, Michigan with...
Pastor James “Jim” S. Bartz, 59, of Eau Claire, passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Spectrum Health Butterworth, Grand Rapids, with his family by his side. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Grace Lutheran Church, 404 Glenlord...
Ronald E. Ostrowski, 86 of Coloma, formerly of Chicago and Western Springs, IL, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021 at his residence. Cremation has taken place.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday, July 16 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home...
Cynthia Marie “Cyndi” Stimson, 58, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas. A Celebration of Life Gathering will take place on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 6 PM until 8 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd.,...
Charles Nelson Bisbo Passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 28,2021 at the age of 83. A celebration of life will be held on July 11,2021 at Riverview Park St. Joseph, Michigan at 2:00pm. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, St....


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