02-07-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries

MARK A. THOMAS Mark A. Thomas, 57, of Benton Harbor, passed away on January 16, 2019 at his residence.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Mark’s memory may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com. Mark was born September 26, 1961 in Watervliet, Michigan to Lewis and Georgia (Spruell) Thomas. He was proudly employed as a Union Carpenter for over 30 years. He was a talented craftsman who could make treasures out of scrap materials. Mark had a generous heart and was always willing to help if he could. He was known to have good time and always left an impression. He has a special bond with his granddaughter Makenzie and she was truly the light of his life. Mark is survived by his daughters Rachel Thomas of Benton Harbor, Monica (Kendall) Allen of Watervliet and Sheri Scheffler of Benton Harbor; his mother Georgia Thomas; brother Don (Tia) Thomas; four grandchildren Makenzie, Jordyn, Evelyn and Brody; and nephews Scott, Adam and Austin Thomas. He was preceded in death by his father Lewis.

DANIEL “DANNY” WINANS Daniel “Danny” Winans, 60, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph.

A Celebration on Life Service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Friends may visit from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Wayne Winans. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com. Danny was born on January 14, 1959 in Watervliet, MI to Eugene & Mary Jo (Dienes) Winans. He was a graduate of Hartford High School class of 1977. Danny worked at Watervliet Paper Mill from 1978 until 1994. Most recently he worked at Amhawk in Coloma. He enjoyed following Watervliet sports and University of Michigan football. Danny loved spending time with his family and friends and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his daughter Analyse Winans of Chicago, IL; son Jordan (Maggie) Winans of Guyton, GA; grandchildren, Jaylen, Jackson and Mayzie; siblings, Wayne Winans of Hartford, Julie Zucker of Boulder, CO, Greg (Linda) Winans of Benton Harbor and Patrick (Amy) Winans of St. Joseph; numerous nieces and nephews and best friend Kurt Birmele. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Death Notices Margie A. Alsup, 81, of Watervliet died Jan. 24, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes, Benton Harbor Stephen J. White, 48, of Grand Junction died Jan. 25, 2019 at home. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven Terri Jeanne (Bender) Palma, 81, of Coloma died Jan. 30, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Charles Sherman Sanders, 74, of Hartford died Feb. 2, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford