06-18-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Mary was born February 8, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Frank and Lena (Shaffer) Young. As a child her family moved to the Coloma area where she enjoyed growing up and graduated from Coloma High School. Mary worked for many years as the non-foods manager for Watervliet Harding’s. Outside of work you could find her trying her luck at the casino, playing bingo and cards, crocheting, reading, doing word puzzles, gardening and camping. Mary enjoyed actives at the North Berrien Senior Center where she made numerous friends. Above everything Mary’s greatest joy was gathering her family and spending time together.

Her loving family includes: four children, Pat Jannings of Coloma, Connie (Mike) Burke of Norman, OK, Roxann Matson of Grand Haven, and Scott (Missy) Becht of Hartford; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her brother Don (Fran) Young of Watervliet; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary died Friday, June 12, 2020 at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. Her loving husband Ingar Becht and parents precede Mary in death.

Friends visited with Mary’s family Wednesday, June 17, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. A service celebrating Mary’s life followed visitation. Memorials may be made in Mary’s memory to North Berrien Senior Center. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Mary’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

Death Notices

Eugene Arthur O’Riley, 80, of Hartford died June 13, 2020 at home. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor

Brenda Wilson, 76, of Hartford died June 12, 2020 at home. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor

Shirlene L. Carmichael, 80, of Watervliet died June 7, 2020 in Portage MI. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Mary J. (Thompson) Yow Huebner, 88, of Angier, NC, died May 23, 2020 at Oakhill Living Center, Angier. R.M. Ferguson Funeral Service, Raleigh, NC


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