04-23-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries

ELNORA Z. HARTMAN Elnora Z. Hartman, 85, of Coloma, passed away on April 17, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Elnora’s memory may be made to the Watervliet Free Methodist Church Building Fund. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

RICHARD “DICK” FRONTCZAK Richard “Dick” Frontczak, 92, of South Haven, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 at his home under hospice care. He was born March 2, 1928 to Joseph and Mary (Sommers) Frontczak in Hartford, Michigan. Dick graduated from Hartford High School with the Class of 1946. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He married Joyce Walma on December 15, 1978. Dick worked at Adams Electronics in Bangor, Lear in Grand Rapids, and the South Haven Rubber Company. After his retirement, Dick spent time on his farm growing peaches and asparagus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, and wine making.

JAMES ARTHUR HAMMOND James Arthur Hammond passed from this life on April 14, 2020 at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph. Jim proudly served in the Navy at the end of the Vietnam War. He was an active member of the Coloma F.O.P. and championed multiple charitable causes. Jim had great respect for police and all first respondents considering it an honor to serve whenever possible. Jim enjoyed driving his patriotically painted one-ton pick-up for community events. He also enjoyed motorcycle rides, bowling, and working on cars with his youngest daughter A.J.

GRETA DeYOUNG Greta DeYoung died on April 14, 2020. Gret’s roots were in Holland, Michigan. She was born on August 31, 1938, to Henry and Elizabeth Masselink, in Holland. Her father was a dentist and her mother was a secretary and professional church organist. Gret was a 1956 graduate of Holland High School and stayed in touch in various ways with many of her classmates over the years. Her school friends will remember her as someone who loved to party! She played the accordion and was a Dutch dancer. In her early adult years, she worked at the soda bar at Model Drug, waited tables at the Wooden Shoe, worked in the payroll department at Holland Furnace, and was a secretary at Bradford Paper Company and Vandenberg Buick in Holland.

Death Notices Donald J. “Smitty” Smith, 88, of Dowagiac died April 21, 2020 at his daughter’s home. Clark Chapel and Cremation Services, Dowagiac Betty L. Whitright, 76, formerly of St. Joseph died April 19, 2020 at Royalton Manor, Royalton Twp. Fairplain Chapel – Florin Funeral Service, Benton Twp. Bobby Barton, 83, of Coloma died April 15, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma Larry R. Puffer, 79, of Ionia MI, died April 14, 2020. Lake Funeral Home, Saranac MI Richard Arthur “Dick” Smith, 85, of Lawrence died April 13, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford Dwayne Allen Boughner, 42, of Hartford died April 13, 2020. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford Helen Conrad, 91, of Benton Harbor died April 13, 2020 at Pine Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Hollie Jean Milius, 41, of Stevensville died April 13, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Melvin L. Will, 67, of Oklahoma City OK, formerly of Watervliet died March 31, 2020. Absolute Economical Funeral Home, Oklahoma City OK


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GWENDOLYN MARIE WINKEL Gwendolyn Marie Winkel, formerly of St. Joseph and Watervliet, passed away from a battle with cancer at Hanson Center for Hospice Care in Stevensville on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

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