02-21-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries

VERDA RUTH DEROSA Verda Ruth DeRosa, 100, of Coloma passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the home of her son, Timothy DeRosa where she had lived for the last five years.

Service celebrating her life will be held later in the spring at the Coloma Cemetery where her ashes will be buried next to her husband’s. Arrangements are by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home. Please share memories, messages or photos at www.florin.net. Her life began on Jan. 9, 1919 on the family farm on Hill Road. She was the second daughter of Walter and Beulah (Slenker) Koerber. Her early years were spent enjoying life on the farm and attending Cribbs School through 8th grade. Verda graduated from Watervliet High School with the class of 1936. After graduation she spent several years working at Faulkners Dime Store in Watervliet. She married her husband, Tom DeRosa, on Oct. 20, 1940. Verda and Tom were high school sweethearts even though one went to Coloma and the other went to Watervliet. Tom passed away on Jan. 15, 2006 after 65 years of marriage. Verda enjoyed being a homemaker and supporting her husband in his many business endeavors. She enjoyed raising her two sons and cherishing the time spent with their grandchildren. Verda also enjoyed working in her yard and garden and playing card and board games. Verda and Tom lived in the area all their lives and were both family oriented. They loved having company and enjoyed sharing Tom’s good Italian cooking. The door was always open to family and friends. Her family includes her sons, Thomas (Nancy) DeRosa of Bluffton, SC and Timothy (Rene) DeRosa of Coloma; her grandchildren, Lauren (Lynn Raymond) DeRosa of Ft. Collins, CO, Gregory (Michele) DeRosa of Carbondale, CO, Bradley (Amy) DeRosa of Misawauka, WI and Megan DeRosa of Camarillo, CA; her step-granddaughter, Jamie (Mike) Ulch of Rives Junction, MI; her five great-grandchildren, Carley, Abigail, Jolie, Josie and Kenna; her step great-grandchildren, Hannah, Logan, and Nolan; her special nieces and nephews, her sister, Wanda Hembree of Coloma and a dear friend, Genevieve “Jenny” Bruche of Mishawaka, IN. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Genevieve Koerber Hiler.

MICHAEL KREMERS Michael Kremers, 57, of Eau Claire, passed away surrounded by his family on February 16, 2019 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Michael loved fishing and spending time outdoors. He was an avid Notre Dame and Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He dreamt of traveling the country, camping and searching for gold. Michael brought joy, laughter, and love to all who knew him. He loved spending time with his family and insurmountable numbers of friends, whom he considered family as well. Michael was wonderful with children, making him an astounding uncle, father, and grandfather.

Michael is survived by his parents, Jerrold and Patricia Kremers of Eau Claire; children: Kaleb Kremers, Caswell Kremers, Kelseyann (Kyle) Wright; granddaughters: Valerie and Leilani Wright; sisters: Cindy (Gary) Howey, Karen (David) Cochran, Kathy (Jon) Wilcox; and many adoring nieces, nephews, and extended family. He is preceded in death by his sister, Carla Kremers; as well as his nephew, Logan, and cousin, Michael, whom he loved dearly. A memorial and luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 22, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Avenue, Benton Harbor. Memorial donations may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Messages and memories may be shared with the family at www.bowermanfuneral.com.

SEWARD LIGHTNER Jr. Seward “Bubs” Lightner Jr., 91 of Hartford, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at the Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. A visitation was held at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford on Wednesday, February 20, including a brief service officiated by Brian Lightner of the Hartford United Methodist Church.

Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com. “Bubs”, as he was dubbed by his sister Jean when they were just children, and how he was known by most acquaintances and family, was born May 17, 1927 to Seward and Mary Agnes (Finley) Lightner in Benton Harbor. After growing up in Hartford, he graduated from Hartford High School in 1945 before serving two years in the United States Army in Europe. On June 30, 1951, in St. Joseph, he married Virginia Ruth Johnson and they shared 38 years together until her death in 1989. During his working years, “Bubs” was employed at various times by the Pere Marquette Railroad as a section hand, the Whirlpool Corporation, the Gobles Bank, and the Hartford Post Office. “Bubs” favorite past times were reading books on American history, especially World War II, and watching movies from the 1930s & 40s on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Survivors include his son, Mark (Debby) Lightner of Hartford; brothers: David Lightner of Florida and Gary (Susanne) Lightner of North Carolina; step-grandchildren: Christie (Greg) Boxer of Adrian and Jeff (Maggie) Fitzgerald of Redmond, Wash.; four step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents; his stepmother, Mildred Lightner (who was Mom to “Bubs” from the age of 12); wife, Virginia; sister, Veronica “Jean” Sikkenga and nieces: Laura Cunningham and Linda Johnson.

GEORGE “BUD” DARLING George “Bud” Darling, 78, of Coloma died Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. Service celebrating his life was held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Faith Lutheran Church on Paw Paw Ave. in Coloma. Burial followed in Coloma Cemetery. The family received friends and relatives on Monday at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma.

Memorials may be made to the family or to the Humane Society. Please share memories, messages or photos at www.florin.net. Bud was born on Aug. 13, 1940 in Hartford Township to George and Mary Darling Sr. He married his wife, Martha Quigley, in 1963 and together they have celebrated 55 years of marriage. He was employed for 25 years at the Watervliet Paper Mill from 1969 to 1994. He then was employed for nine years at the National Copper Products Co. in Dowagiac before he retired. Bud was a long time member of the Faith Lutheran Church. He loved Detroit sports teams and NASCAR. He also enjoyed classic cars and trucks and working on them. He was a hard worker who was lovable and accepted others. Bud was funny and had a dry sense of humor and loved to talk with other people especially at his favorite restaurant the Hot Spot. His family includes his wife, Martha, his daughters, Katherine Darling of Coloma, Carol Darling of Coloma and Lori (Larry) Jeffers of Massillon, OH; his brothers, Paul (Nikki) Darling of Coloma and Karl Darling of Coloma; his sisters, Linda (Greg) Darling of Niles and Irene Tinkey of Mansfield, OH; his grandchildren, Michael, Rachel, and Erin and his many nieces and nephews including his special nephew, Pauley Darling. He was preceded in death by his son Ricky in 1972, his parents and his sisters, Lorraine and Marylou.

Death Notices Wallace Eugene Heuser, 90, of Lawrence died Feb. 5, 2019 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford Mark D. Townsend, 44, of Coloma died Feb. 13, 2019 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Coloma Anna “Betty” Webb, 94, of Coloma died Feb. 17, 2019. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Kenner F. Buckley, 78, of Coloma died Feb. 19, 2019 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Coloma Richard S. Smith, 52, of Watervliet died Feb. 8, 2019. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

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