CHARLES “CHARLIE” STAINBROOK Charles “Charlie” Stainbrook, 95, of St. Joseph and formerly of Niles died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the West Woods of Bridgman. A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Davidson Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Heart Association or to the donor’s favorite charity.
Please share memories, messages or photos at www.florin.net. Charlie was born on Dec. 23, 1923 to Floyd and Frances (Runge) Stainbrook. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces during WWII and loved to talk with his buddies about his wartime stories. Charlie was a long time employee of Michigan Bell and later AT&T and enjoyed getting together with his working buddies for breakfast. When he retired he was in charge of the all the toll lines for the phone company. His favorite pastime was traveling up north to look after his properties there. Charlie was a very kind man and was always concerned about others and their needs. He will be sadly missed by his family: his sister, Rose Follman of St. Joseph; his brother, Paul Stainbrook of Amherst, OH; and his numerous nieces and nephews. Each and every one had a special place in his heart. A special thanks to his next door neighbors, Bob and Linda Moore. The family would also like to thank everyone at West Woods for their wonderful care they provided while Charlie was there. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
GARY R. HALL Gary R. Hall of Hartford began life August 15, 1947 in Centralia, Illinois. Gary grew up in South Haven where he graduated high school. After high school Gary proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as maintenance supervisor at Heathkit/Zenith for 30 years. Currently he was working for Harbor Shores and Evergreen Development. Gary also helped maintain the Harbor Shores neighborhoods in addition to helping at the Harbor Shores Golf Clubhouse. Gary had many friends among the homeowners and will be missed by all of them.
Gary enjoyed golfing, deer hunting, taking walks in the woods, and attending grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a supporter of Watervliet Athletics, and a huge Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers fan. Gary’s greatest joy was spending time with his loving family which includes: his wife of 37 years Debbie (Thumm) Hall; children Keri Moore of Coloma, James Rodriguez (Brandi Ellis) of Watervliet, Lori (Rusty) Bender of Mattawan, Amy Jo (Joe) Reed of Watervliet, Deran Hall of Long Beach, CA, and Christal Mahoney of Coloma; grandchildren Corey (Taylor) Rodriguez, Alissa Rodriguez, Joey (Taylor) Reed, Justin Reed, Jacob Hall, Jared Naylor, Billi Naylor, Jayden McMiller, and Nikki Bryant; great-grandchildren Isabella Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez, Kinlee Johnson, McKenna Reed, and Maddi Reed; a brother Dan (Elie) Hall; sisters Betty (Tony) Cook and Gail (Mike) Oshry; and many nieces and nephews. Gary died Saturday, February 9, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. Gary is preceded in death by a daughter Kimmie Hall, grandson Bryan Nail, first wife Frances (Oliver) Hall, father Floyd Hall, his mother Deeina Stamm, and the family pet Tootsie. A memorial service was celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Gary’s family encouraged everyone to wear Detroit Tigers or Detroit Lions attire for his service in honor of Gary. You may leave a message of comfort for Gary’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.
WAYNE L. OTTE Wayne L. Otte, 89, of Coloma passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at Ely Manor in Allegan under the care of Wings of Hope Hospice.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Watervliet with pastor Larry Easton officiating. Donations in memory of Wayne may be made to the church or Wings of Hope Hospice. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com. Wayne was born February 7, 1929 in Benton Harbor to Alfred and Letty (Brightup) Otte. He was formerly employed by Heath Company for 22 years before entering the ministry where he has served the Lord for the past 40 years. Above all else Wayne enjoyed family dinners along with playing billiards, table tennis, and horseshoes. He also enjoyed doing carpentry work and restoring cars. Wayne is survived by three daughters, Sheila Kuball and Rhonda Braybrooks both of Coloma, and Paula Kelley of Paw Paw. Also surviving is a sister Athalie Hansen of Watervliet, two brothers William Otte of Coloma, and Allen “Pat” Otte of Clearwater, FL along with seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Nellie whom he married in 1952, a daughter Carol Bittner, great-granddaughter Shelby Sorel, twin sister Lorayne Dahms, and three brothers, Robert, Richard, and James. Arrangements are by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Coloma.
JOAN MARIE HARRIS Joan Marie Harris, age 77, passed away peacefully February 6, 2019. She was born October 15, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois to Frank and Florence Harris but lived the majority of her life in Watervliet, Michigan.
Well established arm chair psychologist to her family and friends, Joan was a voracious reader and was deeply intellectual. Always thinking and talking, she continued to surprise her family and friends with new stories from her life. Joan was a devout Catholic and went to church religiously every Sunday. A self-proclaimed introvert, Joan still had many, many friends and has been known to talk to a store teller or two for much longer than other customers would enjoy. Joan was preceded in death by her parents and a previous husband George Stainbrook. Joan is survived by: her brother James Harris, sister Barbara Wurn; her seven children James Stainbrook, Deborah Sisson, John Stainbrook, Elizabeth Stainbrook, Joseph Stainbrook, Rebecca Hayes and Daniel Ray Hayes Jr.; her life partner Daniel Ray Hayes Sr.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; as well as two lifelong friends Patricia Holtz and Sharon Russell. All of these she loved very much, and will miss her greatly. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet assisted Joan’s family with cremation and a memorial service will be celebrated in the spring. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Joan’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.
Death Notices Mary Lou Kraft, 71, of Benton Harbor died Feb. 4, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma Leatha Mickel, 92, of Benton Harbor died Feb. 6, 2019. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Jean Ruth Mathieu, 100, of Bridgman died Feb. 3, 2019 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland, St. Joseph. Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, Bridgman Raymond L. Jahnke, 88, of Niles died Feb. 9, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center, Niles. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma Seward Lightiner, 91, of Hartford died Feb. 1, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford