04-07-2017 Tri-City Obituaries


 Joseph L. Willmeng II of Berrien Center died Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Joe’s life began August 22, 1944 in Benton Harbor. He attended elementary school locally and then graduated from Howe Military Academy. After high school Joe continued his education at Michigan State University.  Upon earning his bachelor’s degree Joe served his country in the United States Army earning the rank of sergeant.

Joe was a licensed practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Master Practitioner of Subtle Communication Systems (SCS), and a Reiki Master. Joe leaves behind a loving family which includes: his wife Margorie (Harnois) Willmeng; two children, Katherine Willmeng and Jeremy Willmeng; three siblings, Randy (Linda) Willmeng, Randall William (Christine) Holden, and Jane Willmeng; five nieces and nephews, Marc (Christina), Jan (Ted), David, Matthew, and Timmothy.  His parents, Warren and Elinor (Scheer) Willmeng precede Joe in death.

Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting the family with cremation.  His life will be celebrated April 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Benton Harbor.  You may leave a message for Joe’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


 Sean S. McQuillan, 54, of Coloma passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at home surrounded by his children and loved ones.

Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, 249 E. Center St., Coloma. Burial will follow at Coloma Cemetery. You are invited to meet with his family and friends from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at Davidson Chapel.

Sean was born on April 6, 1962 in Pittsburgh. He married Susan Cochran on Dec. 8, 1983, and they spent their life together in Coloma raising six children. While the children were young, Sean enjoyed coaching their little league teams, taking them fishing, and creating family traditions. Sean was an avid drummer throughout life, and loved playing with local bands and at church in recent years. He was proud of his Pittsburgh roots, and couldn’t turn down a friendly bet for a 2-liter over a Steelers game.

Sean spent 20-plus years of his life as a trade machinist. He was a true handyman and enjoyed projects around the house and small engine repair in the garage. He most recently worked at Brandywine Creek.

Sean is survived by his children, Drew (Lindsay) of Coloma, Jared of Coloma, Rebecca (Josh) Butler of Chicago, Amanda (Sean) Dempsey of Coloma, and Jason of Chicago; his seven grandchildren; his dear friend Donetta Crawford; his brothers, Martin and Ward McQuillan; his cousin Will Neff; his parents-in-law Patricia and Creston Hauch and William and Kathy Cochran; by his sister-in-law Sheila (Kevin) Hickmott, and various in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sean was preceded in death by his beloved wife Susan; by son Stephen; by brother Francis McQuillan; and by parents Leon and Roslyn (Calahan) McQuillan.


 Earl “Whitey” Sprague, formerly of Watervliet passed away on December 15, 2016. A memorial service will be held at Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15.

Death Notices

Thomas “Hoppy” L. Cassidy, 80, of Benton Harbor died Mar. 28, 2017 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland, St Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Shirley A. Montey, 86, formerly of St. Joseph died Mar. 28, 2017 at Woodland Terrace Assisted Living, Bridgman. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Betty L. Faultersack, 87, of Coloma died Mar. 30, 2017 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Martin Gilbert “Gil” Migala, 79, of St. Joseph died Mar. 27, 2017. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Clotilde Hernandez died April 1, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Oshtemo Township. Calvin Leonard Funeral Home, Hartford

Lena “Viola” Litaker, 93, of Benton Harbor died April 3, 2017 at West Woods of Niles. Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service

Richard N. Berends, 85, of Benton Harbor died April 3, 2017 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma


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