Obits

Raymond Michael “Mike” Whittaker, 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church Street, St. Joseph,...
Justin Allen Fortson “Big Red”, 30, of St. Joseph, passed away at home Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Justin was born to Louise and Richard Fortson in St. Joseph on September 7, 1990. Justin loved his family and beloved dog, Chumley. Justin’s hobbies included video games,...
Robert “Bob” Gruss, Sr., 85, of Stevensville, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland after a long battle with cancer. Per Bob’s request, his body was donated to the University of Michigan’s Body Donation Program so he could help find a...
Michael Bruce Braamse, 60, of Coloma, passed away at home in May, 2021. He was born October 22, 1960, son of Robert & Helen Braamse. Michael married Elisabeth Pudell in 1987 and together they raised three children-Jessica and twins Matthew & Michaella. Mike graduated from Lake...
Mary Ann passed away on June 14, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. She was born on May 11, 1942, to Ervin and Bertha Heppeler. After retiring from the Van Buren Courthouse, she enjoyed spending time with her family, crafting, watching cooking shows and reading. She was preceded in death by...
Douglas Gregory Sempert, 71, of St. Joseph, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Spectrum Health – Lakeland, St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Visitation will...
Richard Domke, 65, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service with Pastor Mike Rickers...
Richard Domke, 65, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service with Pastor Mike Rickers...
Duane Van Kniebes, 94, of Boulder passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020, at his home in Boulder, Colorado, after a short battle with cancer. Duane was surrounded by the love of his family. Born May 17, 1926, in Marquette, Michigan to Van C. Kniebes and Doris Leona Kniebes (Reynolds), Duane was...
Ada Adelle Skoda, 84, of Benton Harbor, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her grandchildren on Wednesday, June 9, at Caretel Inns St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, June 17th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 121 Kline St. Benton...
On June 9, 2021, Wilma finished her earthly journey with joy as she ran into the arms of her Savior. Born October 6, 1932 in Huntington WV to Hysel and Edna Wetherholt, Wilma left the hills of WV at 21 and lived the rest of her life in Ohio and Michigan. Wilma began her education at Marshall...
Janice C. McNamara, 85, of St. Joseph, formerly of Sunfield, MI, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, with her family by her side. Janice was born on November 4, 1935, to William and Lillian (Young) Ruh in Detroit. She graduated from Dearborn High School and went on to...
Ann Marie Herrygers, 61, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Monday – June 7, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph, MI. after a long battle with Ovarian Cancer. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Ann was...
Mary Janette Panzica, 69, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at her home in St. Joseph. The family will receive guests from 6:30pm-8pm, Friday, June 11, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Visitation will continue at 9am until time...
Johannes Christiaan Kruger, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully at his home in St. Joseph on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Johannes was born November 10, 1955 in Nigel, South Africa to Stephanus and Aletta (deLange) Kruger. On September 22, 2012 he married the love of his life, Marolien Kriel and...
Peter Allen Wagoner, 41 of St. Joseph, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, June 4, 2021, after a short and sudden illness at Spectrum Lakeland Health Hospital. A Memorial Service will be held for Peter on, Monday, June 14th at 3:00 p.m., at Road to Life Church, 3800 Niles Rd. St....
Edward Donald “Ed” Eberhardt, Sr., passed away, June 7, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, surrounded by many family members. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 14, at 1 PM with Fr. John Fleckenstein officiating at Starks & Menchinger Chapel...
Eleanor Mae (Erwin) Sullivan, 89, of St. Joseph, formerly of Benton Harbor, left this world June 7, 2021 surrounded by family members. Each will remember that her love of family and loyalty to friends were the only two characteristics that exceeded her sharp wit. Perhaps it was the mathematical...
Kathleen Morgan, 78, of St. Joseph, passed away on May 31, 2021 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI. A private family gathering will be held. Burial will take place in Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the...
Patricia “Pat” Ludlam, 91, of Coloma, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away, Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at VNA Hospice in Valparaiso, Indiana. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 P.M. Thursday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev....
Irene E. Cox, 83, of Stevensville, passed away, Friday, June 4, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 11, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. James Dunn officiating....
James John Rybarczyk, 70, of Coloma, better known as Jim, Jimmy, Dad, or Papa, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, June 4, 2021 at his home away from home on Rush Lake in Hartford. Services celebrating his life will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 10 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral...
Miquan Cleotis Davis, 20, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Thursday, June 2, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Home Going Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 14, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev....
Constance Marie Foster, 83, of Stevensville passed away peacefully, Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Hanson Hospice Center, surrounded by her loving family. Connie was born on March 15, 1938 in Cando, North Dakota to Conrad and Marie Jorgenson. Connie excelled at shooting sports in her youth...
Gordon R. “Ricky” Brown, 70, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to leave an...


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