07-13-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


John D. Latsch, 68, of Hagar Shores died Saturday, July 2, 2017 at his residence.

Graveside services celebrating his life were held on Friday, July 7, at the Lakeshore Hagar Cemetery on Eaman Road in Hagar Township.  Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements are by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma.  Please share messages, memories or photos at www.florin.net.

John was born on June 10, 1949 in Muskegon to John and Olive Latsch.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  John was a lieutenant in the Watervliet Police Department and more recently had worked at Gast Manufacturing before retiring.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting.  John was quite humorous and loved to laugh and tell jokes.

His family includes his children, Christine (Grant) Nash of Coloma, Kirk (Sabrina) Latsch of Riverside, and Kelly Latsch of Coloma; his sisters, Patsy (John) Briggs of Coloma and Terri (Bob) Knight of South Haven; his four grandchildren, Kelsey, Miranda, Nicholas, and Jacqueline; his close friends, Dave and Diane Morrow of Coloma and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Craig.


 Dennis M. Harris, 55, of Coloma passed away Friday, July 7, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph surrounded by family.

Services celebrating his life were held Monday, July 10 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Cremation took place following the service. Memorial donations in Dennis’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Dennis was born November 16, 1961 in Benton Harbor to Richard and Viola (Wheeler) Harris. He was a mechanic for 32 years at Harris Trucking until their closing in 2006. Following that he was employed for eight years by Kalin Construction. In his free time Dennis customized his Big Blue Truck. He also enjoyed spending time up north hunting, fishing, riding 4-wheelers, camping, and spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Dennis is survived by his wife Brenda whom he married October 11, 1980; four daughters, Arica (Bryan) Angelo of Watervliet, Christin (George) Smith of Coloma, Kayla (Randy) Wells of Watervliet, and Monica (Dorian Eskridge) Harris of Buchanan. Also surviving is his father Richard Harris; two brothers, Richard (Madeleine) Harris and Donald (Karen) Harris; five grandchildren, Jordyn, Alysse, and Kaitlyn Angelo, Addison Wells, and James Smith, along with several nieces, great nieces and nephews and many close friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother Viola and step-mother Sheila.


 In the year 2017 on the 9th day of July the beautiful and courageous Annette Mary Kucharski left her earthly body and walked fearlessly and joyfully through the gates of heaven into the loving arms of her Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 500 W. St. Mary Street, Decatur with Father Michael Rejent officiating. Burial will follow at Harrison Cemetery in Decatur. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Frank Kucharski. Those wishing to sign Annette’s guestbook may do so online at www.newellchapel.com.

Annette was born May 3, 1944, in C