Obits

Raymond C. “Ray” Cerny, 89, of Bainbridge Township, went home to be with his Lord & Savior on Monday, December 20, 2021, after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, December 27, at 11 AM at St. Paul’s United...
Wanda S. Hembree, 91 of Coloma passed away peacefully at The Timbers of Cass County on December 23, 2021. Cremation has taken place.  Graveside burial of Wanda's ashes will take place 11:00 am Thursday, December 30th in Coloma Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made...
Ruth Gatchell, 95, of Sodus, passed away, Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Pine Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation in Stevensville. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Napier Parkview Baptist Church, 245 Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, with Rev. Dan...
George David Rice, 69, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at his home in St. Joseph. The family will receive guests from 5:30pm until time of Elks ceremony at 7pm, Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph....
Caroline L. Jahnke, 91, formerly of Niles, passed away in the early morning hours on Saturday,  Dec. 18, 2021 at Cass County Medical Care Facility in Cassopolis. Funeral service times are incomplete at this moment. Memorials in Caroline’s honor may be made to Zion Evangelical...
Eugene Bohannon, 58, of Watervliet, passed away on Monday, December 13, 2021 at his home following an extended illness. Cremation has taken place and no local services are planned at this time. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family may do so by selecting the...
Joseph R. Gervais, 70, of Marcellus, MI., passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd. St Joseph, MI. Visitation will be Thursday, December 16,...
Elisabeth Ruth Schultz, 92, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at her home. Elisabeth was born in Lodz, Poland to Artur and Gertrud (Frencel) Gampe. Elisabeth was, above all, a devoted wife, mother and follower of Jesus Christ. She was married to her late husband...
Alois “Al” “Opa” Weisser, 88, of Stevensville, MI passed away peacefully on Friday, December 10, 2021 at his home in the presence of his family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 17, at 11:30 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, 4333 Cleveland Ave.,...
Sherman “Jack” Keller, 84, of St. Joseph, Michigan passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021. He was born in 1937 in South Bend, Indiana. The son of a renowned trial lawyer and a loving mother, he followed his father’s footsteps and became a leader in the local legal community and...
Ruth Lockwitz, 94, formerly of St. Joseph, went to meet her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday, December 10, 2021 at her home in Deltona, Florida. A Celebration of Life Eternal will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, December 17, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph...
Susan Kay Munjoy, 80, of Hartford, MI., passed away unexpectedly on December 8, 2021 at Holland  Hospital.  Susan was born on April 22, 1941 in Coloma, MI to Otto & Marilyn Yirchott. She worked over 20 years as  a Social Worker for the State of Michigan when she retired in...
It is with profound sadness that the family of Jill Anna Grabowski Case, 43, of Homer, announce that Jill went to be with our Lord, December 10, 2021. Jill was born June 23, 1978, in St. Joseph, Michigan. She grew up in Coloma and graduated from Coloma High School in 1997. She married Jeffrey...
Justin Trinidad, 41, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Gathering will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., Thursday December 16, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A...
Frederick Marlin “Fred” Wesner, 90, of Benton Harbor, passed away in the early morning hours on the Thursday, December 9, 2021 in the waiting arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Fred was born on August 10, 1931, in Milwaukee, WI, to the late Gustav & Dorothy (Stefan) Wesner. In...
Stephen R. Sexton, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at the Whitcomb in St. Joseph. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 13, 2021, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 51841 Leach Rd., Dowagiac, MI. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart...
Donna Broderick, 61, formerly of Fort Washington, Maryland, passed away, Saturday, December 4, 2021 at her home in Stevensville. Private family services will be held. Memorial donations in Donna’s name may be made to First Church of God-Benton Heights Campus. Those wishing to sign Donna...
Helen A. Bellavia, 101, of Stevensville, passed away. Friday, December 4, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:30 P.M. Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 Church St., St. Joseph with Fr. Arul Lazar...
Helen M. Classen, 93, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away on Wednesday December 1st, 2021, at her home in Hartford. She was able to live at home thanks to the help of many amazing friends and neighbors - and we will respect her wish to scatter her ashes in a private service later this summer...
William F. “B.Z.” Zitta, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away on December 5, 2021 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 10, at 1 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Phil Bubar officiating. Burial will follow at...
Derek Prather, 34, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Monday, November 29, 2021 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd. Friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A....
Donna Broderick, 61, formerly of Fort Washington, Maryland, passed away, Saturday, December 4, 2021 at her home in Stevensville. Private family services will be held. Memorial donations in Donna’s name may be made to First Church of God-Benton Heights Campus. Those wishing to sign Donna...
Noka J. Adair, 80, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at the family’s lake house in Baldwin, Michigan. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Duffield & Pastrick Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial will follow at Coloma Cemetery. Visitation will take place...
Herbert Norman Milnikel, 90, went home to be with his Lord and Savior November 24, 2021 with his family around him. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:30 PM, Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at The Chapel, 4250 Washington Ave, officiated by Rev. Philip Bubar. Friends may visit from 1...
Rita J. Marks, 83, of New Lenox, IL, formerly of Benton Harbor, MI passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, surrounded by her family. A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, December 6, 2021, at 12PM, at Blue Roof Church, 3084 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Dan Miller...