Obits

Donald Pilny, 82, of Coloma, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church St., St. Joseph. Burial will take place privately. Friends may visit with the family on...
Dorothy R. Hanes, 100, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks and Menchinger Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10am, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Crystal Springs Church of...
Portus Weare Webster, II, 71, of Stevensville, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 in Grand Rapids. The family will receive guests from 5-7pm, Friday, April 30, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am, Saturday,...
Sidney “Sid” Hickmott, 64, of Coloma, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021, at home. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 11AM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, with Pastor Steve Hartten...
After an incredible life that began in war-torn East Germany and ended in Southwest Michigan, Annegret “Anne” (Schroeder) Williams passed away unexpectedly on April 23, 2021. Born on December 30, 1942 in Schwerin, Germany, to Fredrich and Emilie Schroeder, early photos of Anne reveal...
Susan Pentridge, 64, of South Haven, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, which she faced with courage and dignity. She will be remembered as a kind and caring person, with a love of animals and people. Susan loved to make new friends, was a member of her nursing...
Sheila S. Smith, 64, of Sodus passed away on April 23, 2021 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 27 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma with visitation beginning at noon. Cremation will follow. Those wishing...
Albert Simaz of Eau Claire passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Albert was born October 10, 1927 in Chicago Illinois to John and Helen (Gosnick) Simaz Al was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather that loved his family deeply....
Erik Lee Parker, 49, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 26, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Benjamin Bowater...
Dorothy Jane (Bittner) Stover, 98, passed away Wednesday, April 21, at the Royalton Township home of her daughter, Karleen E. Stover. A lifetime resident of Sodus Township – living on two farms, five miles apart – she was born on March 20, 1923, at Tabor Sanitarium in Benton...
Harold M. Wilson, III, 56, of Sodus, passed away, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Hamilton Cemetery in Decatur. Memorial donations in Harold’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project...
Robert L. “Bob” Dearing passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville. He was born on March 18, 1937 in Benton Harbor, the only child of Robert E. and Jeannette M. Dearing. Bob graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1955...
Betty J. Wesner, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at The Whitcomb surrounded by her family. A private family celebration will be held with burial in North Shore Memory Gardens. Another celebration of life will take place in July 2021. In lieu of flowers...
Dale Richard Morse of Stevensville, Michigan, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the age of 87. Dale was born January 23, 1934 in Perrinton, Michigan to Harvey & Meretta (Jones) Morse. After graduating from Fulton High School in 1952, Dale enlisted in the Army and served...
Timothy Lee “Tim” Copeland, 47, of Benton Harbor, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital. Tim was born on February, 27, 1974, in St. Joseph, Michigan, to Vernon & Joyce (Runge) Copeland. Although he left this earth...
Marilyn Kay Steele,70, of Saint Joseph passed away April 15th, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, April 23, at 11 AM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may...
Delores Jean (Rupchock) Naumann, 86 of Hartford passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Spectrum Health, Lakeland in St. Joseph. Private family services will be held at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma.  Cremation will take place following the service and Delores...
Doris Marie McKinney, 71, of Benton Harbor, transitioned to her Heavenly Home, Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Home Going Service will be held 12:00 P.M. Friday, April 23, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd...
Carrie Elizabeth Zellers, 46, of Saint Joseph Michigan, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at home with her family by her side. A private family gathering will be held. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date. Carrie was born on March 24, 1975, to Thomas...
Catherine Klug, 94, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Caretel Inns in St. Joseph. A Private Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph with Pastor Michael Roth officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Memorials may be made...
Nancy J. Martin, 69, of Benton Harbor, passed away on April 14, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and a burial of ashes will take place next to her mother in Mt. Ever Rest Cemetery in Kalamazoo. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory...
Erna Kalteis, 90, of St. Joseph, formerly Chicago, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. A celebration of life service will be held at 3PM on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Visitation will take place one hour...
C. Richard “Dick” Wick, 87, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 peacefully at his home in St. Joseph. He was born December 23, 1933 in Smithton, PA to Dr. Clair and Elizabeth (Wilson) Wick. A memorial celebration of life will take place at 2pm, Saturday, June 12,...
Orvid Harju was born on April 21, 1924 in Wakefield, Michigan. He graduated from high school in 1942 and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was trained to be a communications specialist and served in Hawaii and the Pacific. He was wounded on Iwo Jima and awarded the Purple Heart. After the war...
Anthony John Stover, 40, of Munster, IN previously of Coloma, Michigan passed away unexpectedly last week. Our hearts are broken. We will celebrate his life with a visitation on Monday evening April 12 from 5-7 pm, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph and service on...


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