05-04-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


 Heaven gained a jewel on April 26, 2017.  Sarah Jane Calvert was born in St. Joseph, Michigan to Charlene (Shuburte) Calvert and Eugene Calvert.

Janie leaves behind her daughter, Kaitlynn Elizabeth Ritchie, mother, Charlene Calvert Reinhardt, stepfather George Reinhardt, sisters Terry Calvert, Mary (Calvert) Koretsky, Libby Calvert, and a brother, Charlie Calvert.

Jane was raised and went to school at Watervliet, Michigan. Janie loved baseball and played catcher and pitcher in Jr. High School.  Jane also played JV basketball.  After high school, Jane earned her diploma in cosmetology and eventually went on to become an accomplished master stylist and color specialist. Later on, Jane went back to college at Everest Institute and earned her degree as a certified medical assistant.  But her true passion was being a stylist which she excelled in her entire adult life.  Jane was also a member at New Hope Lutheran Church in Melbourne, Florida.

Janie always had a smile on her face no matter how she felt.  The apple of her eye was her daughter, Katie who inherited Jane’s red hair and infectious smile and laugh.  Jane enjoyed spending time with her family.  To know Jane is to love Jane.   She had the most wonderful sense of humor and loved to sing and dance.  Janie was naturally funny with unbelievable charm and grace.  She never had a bad word to say about anyone and was always there to lend a helping hand when needed.  Jane touched the lives of everyone she met.  Once you met Jane, she was absolutely unforgettable.  Jane made an incredible impression on you.  If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Jane, you’d know what we are talking about.

Waiting with open arms to welcome Janie into heaven was her father Gene Calvert, uncle Sam Shuburte, aunt Essie Shuburte Culver, grandmother and grandfather Shuburte and grandmother and grandfather Calvert.  Jane is also reunited in paradise with her uncle Danny Shuburte, uncle David Brown, uncles Tony and Rueben Calvert, and uncle Richard Driscoll.

Jane also is cherished by her nephews Andrew Diener Jr. and Daniel Norris II, brother-in-law Andrew Diener Sr., her niece Jackie and grand nephew Robert Gene Diener. Until then, may God cradle you Janie, in His loving arms, and we will see you very soon our beloved daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt and scores of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held May 2, 2017 at New Hope Lutheran Church, West Melbourne, Florida. The family was serviced by Davis Seawinds Funeral Home, Melbourne.


 Carlyle John Brown of Watervliet was born September 2, 1943 to Stanley and Irene Brown, both who precede him in passing.  John passed away April 29, at the University of Michigan.

He was the original “Papa John.”  The grandchildren he leaves behind to cherish his memory are Amanda (David) Paine, Darcy Kirby, Tori Brown, Taylor Brown, Ashley Brown, Lauren Brown, Emily Brown, Jordyn Brown, Jasmine Stenske and Crystal Stenske.  For the last nine months of his life John got to enjoy his first great-grandchild Lennox Paine.

Anyone that knew John knew he was a man that was proud of his military service. He was a member of the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He continued to serve his fellow veterans and community as a member of VFW Post 6803 in Watervliet where he served as Chaplin; he was a member of the Coloma Legion, and the North Berrien Military Rites Honor Guard.

John retired from Bosch Braking in St. Joseph. He also worked for several years for the Moore Theatres until he received a kidney transplant in 2017. Even then, he could still be found at theatres visiting or getting his popcorn supply.  John was quiet, yet didn’t know a stranger. He spoke quietly but his laughter would fill a room.  John loved people and enjoyed volunteering. To honor his memory, pay it forward.