02-02-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries

Clara L. Bradford of Benton Harbor died Tuesday, January 24, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Clara’s life began August 3, 1946 in Benton Harbor.  She was a lifetime area resident and graduated from Watervliet High School in 1964.  After high school Clara earned a degree from Benton Harbor Business College. She worked for Benton Harbor Area Schools as the Superintendent’s secretary, Clara also worked at St. Joseph Public Schools and after starting a family she returned to Benton Harbor Area Schools as a substitute secretary. She also helped her husband Virgil on the farm while raising their two sons.

Clara was compassionate and she demonstrated it through being a caregiver for her parents and her friend Cynthia.

For many years Clara was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Bainbridge Township serving as a Deaconess on the church board, and where she was the chairman of the homebound committee for four years. Outside of work and church you could find Clara being a member of the Young Women’s Social League.

She enjoyed projects like painting, staining or refinishing furniture, or doing yard work and tending to her flower wall. Clara enjoyed the water either fishing, swimming in her pool, or as a kid swimming and skiing at her grandparents’ cottage on Pipestone Lake.  Clara also filled her time reading mystery novels, playing cards, attending antique auctions or an antique class, and catching up with her friends.  Above everything she enjoyed spending time with her family and supporting her children and grandchildren at their games and activities.

Clara’s loving family includes her husband Virgil Bradford; two sons, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Bradford of St. Joseph and Mark (Kristie) Bradford of Fishers, IN; four grandchildren, Tyler Moore, Marcus Bradford, Nathan Bradford, and Lisa Bradford; a brother, John (Martha) Smith of Florida; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Her parents Harry and Clara (Gayton) Smith and a brother, William Smith, precede Clara in death.

A funeral service was held January 27, 2017 at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. A private family burial took place at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Clara’s memory to Coloma Public Library.  You are invited to leave a memory of Clara at hutchinsfuneral.com


Harold F. Voorhees, 90, of Coloma died Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the New Life Living Center in Haslett, MI.

Services and burial was held on February 1, at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek.  Arrangements are by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma.  Please share messages, memories, or photos at www.florin.net.

Harold was born on Aug. 2, 1926 in Dodgeville, NY to John and Florentine Voorhees.  He married his wife, Hazel in 1975 and she preceded him in death in 2015.  Together they celebrated 40 years of marriage.  Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII.  He owned Harold’s Electric for 33 years and also worked in construction for 17 years.


James A. “Jim” Rademacher, 73, of Wilson, MI passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sep. 24, 2016, at his home of an apparent heart attack.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1943, in Detroit, the son of Richard and Rosellen “Yen” (Dugal) Rademacher. Jim graduated from Hartford High School in 1961. He attended Marquette University, earning his degree in engineering, and then University of Detroit Law School.

Jim started practicing law in 1975 in Escanaba and continued to do so until his retirement in 2013.

On Aug. 17, 1968, Jim married his beloved wife, the former Glenda Andersen in Mancelona, MI.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling out west and reading. He loved spending time at camp and with his family, especially his grandchildren.