Obits

Doris Wilfred, 86, of Riverside, passed away May 24, 2021, peacefully at her home with her family by her side. She was born to Roy and Vela (Case) Martin, June 22, 1934, in Marcella, Arkansas. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1951, at the age of 16. In high school she met...
Thomas Lavern Ketcham, age 87, of Benton Harbor, Michigan passed on, at home, Tuesday May 18th, with his beloved wife of 67 years, by his side. Tom was a father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved his family and friends. A Marine during the Korean War, Tom had the distinct honor...
Oscar John Whisler, 80 of Coloma passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at White Oaks Assisted Living in Lawton. A memorial service celebrating John's life will be held on his birthday, 12:00 noon , Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma.  The family...
Roberta Johnston, 74, of St. Joseph, formerly of Greenville, MI, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in Stevensville. A celebration of life service will be planned and announced at a later date this summer. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. In lieu of...
Rodney Austin Sartin, II, 33 of St. Joseph, passed away, Monday May 17, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 4:00 P.M Wednesday, May 26 at First Church of God-Benton Heights Campus, 990 N. Euclid Ave., Benton Harbor, with Rev....
Phil was born on October 17, 1928, to Anna (Marsala) and Anthony Lomonaco. Phil lived his whole life in Hagar Township. He graduated from Benton Harbor HS in 1947. From 1954 to 1956 he served in the Army spending one year in So. Korea as a Squad Leader in the Antiaircraft Division. In 1965 he...
Ronald L. Kintup, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 11:30AM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Friends...
B. Gail Hall, 81, of St. Joseph, passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Hanson Hospice Center. A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 11AM, at Fairplain Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, with Rev. David Schell officiating. Friends may...
Linda D. Skale, 73, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Hanson Hospice in Stevensville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks and Menchinger Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 4:00PM at The Chapel, 4250 Washington Ave, St...
David Lee Baumgras, 68, of St. Joseph, formerly of Midland, MI, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at home. A celebration of life gathering will be held from 1-1:30 pm on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph, MI. A time of sharing will begin at...
Peggy McAllister, 92, of Saint Joseph passed away Monday, May 10, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 22nd, at St. Paul’s Episcopal church in St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Sarett Nature Center or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of St. Joseph....
Elaine Campana Golob, 81, of Willoughby, Ohio, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2021. She was born in Collinwood on May 3, 1940 to John and Julia Campana (both deceased). After moving to Richmond Heights as a young girl, she graduated from Euclid High School. Elaine’s family fostered...
Benjamin R. Lentz, 50, of Stevensville, passed away Sunday May 2, 2021, surrounded by his family. Ben was born on February 27th, 1971 in Berrien Springs, where he graduated high school in 1989. Ben attended Ferris State University. He was a lifelong mechanic & machinist. He was employed...
Gilbert Ruttenberg, 75, of Stevensville, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Gil was born August 6, 1945, in Chicago to Nate and Jenny Ruttenberg. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Marshall High School in 1963. He joined the Navy and proudly...
Helen V. Holland, 86, of Hernando, FL, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away, Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Hernando. Helen was born January 21, 1935 in Manila, Arkansas to Doyle and Dolly Louise (Hoffner) Lacefield.  She retired from the Managerial Depart at Heath Zenith Corp. in St. Joseph...
Terri Lynn (Mattner) Perdue, 62, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at Hanson Hospice Center. A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 11:30AM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with...
Maria Contreras Melcher, 83, died peacefully at home on April 20th, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Maria was born in Valle Umbroso, San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1937 and emigrated to Benton Harbor when she was 9 years old. She learned English while attending Morton Hill...
Charlotte Ann (Zindler) Holton, aged 87, passed from death to eternal life at 2:00 a.m., May 1, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. She was born September 15, 1933 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to George and Helen (Tagney) Zindler. She married her high-school sweetheart Arthur Richard...
Stephen S. Sittler, of Sawyer died on Friday, April 30 in the early morning after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born on February 5th, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio to Reverend Joseph Sittler and Jeanne Seitz Sittler. He graduated from The University of Chicago and attended...
Richard Betker, 87, of Stevensville, MI went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday – May 2, 2021 at Lakeland Spectrum Health in St. Joseph, MI. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Richard was born on Dec. 14,...
George Raymond Baptist September 25, 1932- April 18, 2021 (88yrs old) Dad loved his family. His entire family. They were everything to him. His life was devoted to being there for ALL of us. He was completely in love with my mom, who he loved to call “my sweetheart,” for the...
Ronald Sonneman 83, of St. Joseph passed away on Thursday April 29, 2021 at Hanson’s Hospice in Stevensville. Ron as he was known by most was born August 15, 1937 in Sterling, Illinois. The son of Robert and Mary Ruth (Frye) Sonneman both of whom precede him in death. Also preceding...
Lola J. “Jean” Graber, 84, of St. Joseph, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Pastor David Hills...
Paul Richard Contardo, 67, of Massachusetts, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 at his home in St. Joseph, MI. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paul's favorite charities, St. Judes Children’s Hospital or...
Rickey Joe Bonds, Jr., 47, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 A.M. Monday, May 3, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Corey Kugle...


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