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07-30-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries; Community Calendar

ELEANOR E. FRAZIER Eleanor E. Frazier, age 94, of Watervliet, MI, passed away peacefully at home on July 29, 2020 surrounded by her three daughters. Eleanor was born in Petoskey, Michigan September 30, 1925, the second of four children to Gladys and George Ford.

Eleanor graduated from Petoskey High School. After graduation she was employed with Kilwin’s bakery, now Kilwin’s Chocolate in Petoskey which gave her a lifelong passion for baking and candy making. It was something continued to the end of her life, always baking goodies and having others over for Sunday dinner. She passed this love of cooking on to her daughters. On June 23, 1956 she married Elmer E. Frazier and they enjoyed thirty-three years of marriage together until his untimely death on August 20, 1989. She is preceded in death by a sister Marjorie Plough, and two brothers, Robert Ford and James Ford. Her loving family includes her three daughters, Barbara (George) Keller, Janet Frazier, and Judy (Tony) Janda. Eleanor leaves behind to cherish her memory grandchildren, Matthew (Jessica) Keller of Brighton MI, Sarah (Hannes) Ludewig of Stuttgart Germany, Anton Janda of Mattawan, and Alex (Britany) Janda of Portage and great-grandchildren, Braydon, Payton, Blake and Bryce Keller, Finley Janda and Elijah and Gabrielle Ludewig. A funeral service will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 at noon with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet.

OLIVE L. JOHNSON Olive L. Johnson, 74, of Watervliet passed away unexpectedly on July 27, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

A service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 5 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Following cremation her ashes will be buried in Ft. Custer National Cemetery next to her husband Johnnie Johnson. Donations in memory of Olive may be made to the Coloma American Legion, American Cancer Society, or the charity of donor’s choice. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at Olive was born March 23, 1946 in Newark, Ohio to Robert and Iva (Bricker) Wiseman. She had been a nurses aid caring for patients at nursing homes and other family members. Olive was a member of the Coloma American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the North Berrien Military Rites Team Color Guard. She is survived by her companion Jerry Oliver and Jerry’s sister, a very close friend, Eilane Oliver. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Olive was preceded in death by her first husband Paul Hess, second husband Johnnie Johnson; five brothers, Lee, Blaine, and Lloyd Nice, and Donald and Ronald Wiseman; and two sisters, Lucille Nice Wiseman, and Charlotte Wiseman Hess.

LEWIS “LEW” MOHLER Lewis “Lew” Mohler, age 83, of Venice, FL, passed away in his sleep after a long and courageous battle with dementia. He had borne the gradual

decline of his considerable abilities with characteristic stoicism and grace. He was able to remain at home for several years with the aid of his wife Bonnie until he required admittance to professional memory care in July 2018. Lew was born in Coloma, MI and grew up in Watervliet, MI, where he distinguished himself as an outstanding athlete in varsity baseball, basketball, and football at Watervliet High School, class of 1955. He was honored for these achievements in 2019, when he was inducted into the Watervliet Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon graduation from high school, Lew served two years in the army as a combat engineer, stationed in Germany. He returned home, where he met and married Bonnie Geisler. He worked in Manufacturing at the Watervliet Paper Company mill before matriculating to the University of Maine, Orono on a scholarship. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a Pulp & Paper Management Certificate while working to support a growing family. S.D. Warren, a subsidiary of Scott Paper, hired Lew out of college in 1966, and his 32-year career with the company spanned sales, marketing, and new venture development. He moved around the country with his wife and two children as he took on different positions. He was instrumental in building Warren’s profitable Pressure Sensitive Adhesive business, retiring in 1998 as Vice President & General Manager of Warren’s Specialty Division. Lew was a thoughtful, soulful man who was curious about spirituality and enjoyed philosophical discussions with his family and close friends. He possessed a resolute inner drive which propelled him throughout his life. He had an innate ability to gauge character, was humble, empathetic, gentle, and non-judgmental. He provided unflagging loyalty and support to his family and friends. Lew loved exploring new places, whether through his passion for sailing or a simple road trip. He enjoyed music, following local high school sports teams, and savoring a cup of coffee while watching political news programs. He was very funny, and in his understated style he relayed anecdotes from his youth and delivered jokes with a quick wit which remained intact throughout his illness. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bonnie (Geisler) Mohler, their son Thomas Mohler (Shelly Berk) of Las Cruces, NM, and their daughter Susan Mohler of Maynard, MA. He is preceded in death by his brother Lester Mohler and their parents, Walter and Marguerite (Hansen) Mohler, all of Holland, MI. Cremation has taken place and there will be a family memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lew’s honor to The Roskamp Institute in Sarasota, ( which specializes in neurological research to find the causes and treatments for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.

DIANA LEE McMASTER Diana Lee (Ferguson) McMaster died July 25, 2020 in Michigan, the state where she was born on Feb. 8, 1936. She met and married her husband, Loran B. McMaster Jr. in the Canal Zone in Panama. After getting married in May of 1954 they moved several times before settling in Romney, Indiana where they lived for almost 60 years. They raised their three children there and made many close friends. Diana loved reading, quilting, nature,

genealogy, and spending time with her family. She loved country music and was a huge Elvis Presley fan, attending several of his concerts, including his very last one. Her father Hubert H. Ferguson died in France while fighting in WWII. She was very proud of his service and expressed great patriotism. She joined the Lutheran Church while in Panama and continued to be an active member at several congregations throughout the rest of her life, most recently at Salem LCMS in Coloma. Diana is survived by her daughter Jessie L. (McMaster) Howell, and sons Jeffry S. and William R. McMaster. She also has a grandson Ryan McMaster, two granddaughters, Stephanie Howell and Kimberly Winn, along with two great-grandchildren, Declan and Norah McMaster. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loran B. McMaster Jr., grandson Gregory S. Howell, sister Suzanne MacAskill, and brothers Kenneth and Robert Ferguson. A private burial will take place in Elmwood Cemetery in Romney, Indiana next to her husband. Arrangements are by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Coloma, Michigan. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at

TIMOTHY KUPCHZYNSKI STURGIS Timothy Kupchyznski Sturgis of Lawrence, age 57, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at Bronson Hospital surrounded by his family. Tim was born May 22, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan the son of the late Frank Sturgis and Enid Sturgis, who survives. Tim attended Lawrence Public Schools. In 2001, Tim was united in marriage to the love of his life Kim (Clark) Sturgis. Tim lived a full and interesting life. He loved helping others and spending time with friends and family. He enjoyed working on cars and was always available to take time to talk or work on cars. He was also always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He was a loving father, son, husband, and brother. He touched the lives of many people in his 57 years and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Including his mother Enid Sturgis, Tim is survived by his wife of 19 years, Kim Sturgis; sons Dustin Sturgis, Cody Ramsey and Tyler Ramsey; brother Rodney (Jennifer) Sturgis; nieces Sydney and Haley Sturgis; and many cousins on his mother’s side of the family. Per Tim’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers for the family, donations can be made to the Lawrence Alumni Association of Lawrence Michigan.

Death Notices Ronald L. Ravitch, 80, of Coloma died July 23, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Dan Pastrick, 68, of St. Joseph died July 22, 2020 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home, Coloma Gayle A. (Cole) Norton, 59, of Jackson MI, formerly of Watervliet died July 21, 2020 at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Jackson. Lauer Family Funeral Home, Jackson MI Mathew Eric Efting, 25, of Hartford died July 20, 2020 in Bangor Township. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford Scott L. Findlay, 70, of Benton Harbor died July 20, 2020. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor Jerry D. Tanner, 74, of Hartford died July 19, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford Marion Caroline Crossman, 102, of Benton Harbor died June 30, 2020 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Sports betting now available at Four Winds Casinos locations in Michigan

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and its Four Winds Casinos are pleased to announce the opening of the Four Winds Sportsbook. Guests can now place wagers on their favorite sports including basketball, football, hockey, baseball, soccer and more at Four Winds Casinos locations in Michigan including New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac. Super Bowl Champion, Chicago Bears legend and ESPN personality, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, appeared at Four Winds New Buffalo on Monday, July 13 to place the ceremonial first bet. “Following the legalization of sports betting in Michigan, our casino operations team completed an extensive evaluation of potential partners to create the Four Winds Sportsbook. Ultimately, Kambi was recommended and the partnership was approved by the Pokagon Gaming Commission and Pokagon Gaming Authority,” said Matthew Wesaw, Tribal Council Chairman and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority. “We are very excited that we now offer sports betting as part of our growing list of amenities at our casino locations in Michigan.” Additionally, guests can place bets on one of 18 kiosks located at Four Winds New Buffalo or one of six kiosks located at both Four Winds Hartford and Four Winds Dowagiac.

Community Calendar

July 1-31 “VIRTUAL FISH BOIL FUNDRAISER” hosted by Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven. $10 suggested donation (all donations welcome); visit Thu, July 30, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Elvis Tribute – Tim Dudley; Free popcorn Sat, Aug 1, 10am-2pm “BE COUNTED” Census event at Coloma Public Library; complete Census form, giveaways & drawings for registering Thu, Aug 6, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Joe Jason (acoustic 70s); Free popcorn Fri, Aug 7, 11am-3pm “COVID-19 MOBILE TESTING” in the Watervliet public parking lot on Main St. next to Jot Liquor. Open to public. For more info, call 1-855-869-6900. Wed, Aug 12, 3-7pm “BERRIEN COUNTY HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING EVENT” at Love Creek County Park, 9292 Huckleberry Rd., Berrien Ctr. Participants must remain in their vehicle. Visit Recycling Services or call Jill Adams 269-983-7111 x8234 with questions. Thu, Aug 13, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Wyatt & Shari Knapp (folk music); Free popcorn Wed, Aug 19, 4-7pm “WELLNESS COUNTS” Census promotional event at Watervliet District Library (rain date Aug 26); complete Census online, Red Cross CPR demonstrations, sign-up for free smoke detectors, drawings & giveaways Thu, Aug 20, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Exit 41 Acoustic Group (4-pc variety band); Free popcorn Fri, Aug 21 “PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE” N.B. Historical Museum Photography Contest open to Michigan residents of northern Berrien County; for more information, rules & entry form visit or call 269-468-3330 Thu, Aug 27, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Blue Shoes Jazz (not your typical jazz band); Free popcorn Tue, Sept 1, 5-7pm “OPEN HOUSE” at Fusion Center for Dance, 6777 Paw Paw Ave., Coloma to introduce 20-21 dance season. Open to public


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