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02-13-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries

ELIZABETH (BRINK) NORDHOFF Elizabeth Nordhoff, 79, from Watervliet, passed away early Saturday morning, Feb. 8, 2020 after a brief illness. Wife of Laurence B. Nordhoff and devoted mother, she was also a respected member of the local Watervliet business community as proprietor of Trade Winds Antiques and Beads from 1988-2013. She was known for her bright smile, compassion and an ability to find something good in everyone.

She is survived by her husband of more than sixty years, Laurence B. Nordhoff of Watervliet; her children, James Alan Nordhoff of Gobles, Kimberly (Michael) Ballard of Coloma, David Laurence Nordhoff of Corpus Christy, TX and Christopher Lee Nordhoff of Lake Forest, IL; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and nephew, Curtis Brink of Orlando, FL. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willis R. (Clara) Brink and Bernice Cothrell; her sister, Florence Brink Sherrod and her infant son, Mark Jonathan Nordhoff (1970-1971). A memorial service will be held at New Apostolic Church, 7521 Paw Paw Ave. Watervliet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Arrangements are by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremations Services, Coloma. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at

SHERRIE L. SHUMAKER Sherrie L. Shumaker, 71, of Coloma Township died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. A celebration of her life dinner will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, in the Banquet Room at The Friendly Tavern in Coloma. Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of SW Michigan. The Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma is in charge of the arrangements. Please share messages, memories or photos at

Sherrie was born on Feb. 8, 1948 in Benton Harbor to William and Ruby Brant. She married her husband, Harry Shumaker and he preceded her in death in 2012. Sherrie loved to cook and was a lifelong cook at many different local area restaurants, most recently at the Hot Spot in Coloma. She was a simple but determined individual who put everyone else first. She was a great mom and loved her family and her dogs dearly. Her family includes her children, Kimberly (John) Webster of Coloma and Kristia (Scott) Eastman of Hartford; her step-daughters, Amy (John) Sprinkle of Buchanan and Diane (Les) Haff of Buchanan; her brothers, John (Rhonda) Brant, Jim (Bev) Brant and Bill (Sandy) Brant all of Benton Harbor; her grandchildren, Samuel, Eric, Candice, Brandon, Leann, Omar, Fantasia, Kaniya, Tori, and Clinton and her great-grandchildren, Phoenix, Hunter, Houston, Kaiya, Kaliyah, Ariya, Owen, and Colton. She was also preceded in death by her son, Clinton Stockton in 1996, her granddaughter, Sabrina, and her parents.

Death Notices Clarence V. Mott Sr., 88, of Lawrence, died Feb. 4, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw

Genevieve Irene Conklin, 97, of Hartford, died Feb. 10, 2020 at Living Waters Adult Foster Care, Portage MI. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Leanora Mildred Duck, 63, of Hartford, died Feb. 10, 2020 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Barry Lawrence Johnson, 78, of Hartford, died Feb. 10, 2020 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Paul Ralph Wilcoxson Sr., 78, of Hartford, died Feb. 11, 2020 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland, St. Joseph. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford


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