08-01-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries

AMELIA F. FAJARDO MD Amelia F. Fajardo, MD, 90, died Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. Visitation was on Tuesday, July 30, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. A mass celebrating her life was held on Wednesday, July 31, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Burial followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Watervliet. A reception was held afterward in the church basement. Memorials in her memory may be made to Amelia Fajardo for the trust fund for her grandchildren’s education. Please share messages, memories or photos at www.florin.net.


Chad William Whittington, 42, of Coloma, MI has entered fully into the presence of his LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday July 28, 2019. A celebration of life will be held Friday, August 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Freshwater Community Church, 274 S. West Street, Coloma. Memorial donations can be made to the family. Chad, the son of Denny and Tillie Whittington, was born on June 28, 1977 in Fort Dodge, IA. He attended Fort Dodge Community Schools. Chad had a passion for people that was larger than life. He lit up any room he walked into. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and he had a zest for life because of his love for the Lord and shared it with everyone he came into contact with. He was an amazing basketball coach and very active in his community. He lived Romans 1:16 every day. He is survived by his wife Faith Whittington, and children Breana, Wesley and Isabella; his mother Tillie Whittington; siblings David (Kim) Whittington, Shelly (Mitch) Kraft and Stevie Whittington all of Fort Dodge, IA; nieces and nephews Michelle, MaKenzie and MaCaella Kraft, Krystal (David) Brown, Kyle (Tatum) Whittington, Kallie Whittington, Dylan (Ashley) WolfTornabane and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Denny Whittington, grandparents Basil and Marty Standberg, Bob and Esther Coleman and Uncle Wesley Joe Standberg. “Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost, but now am found, Twas blind but now I see.”

Death Notices Rickey Strand, 62, of Watervliet died July 26, 2019 at home. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet Marian Strand, 81, of Coloma died July 26, 2019 at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet Mary A. Gelder, 88, of Benton Harbor died July 29, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma Melva L. Saline-Meachum, 71, of Hartford died July 29, 2019 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford Tamara K. Wheeler, 53, of Hartford died July 29, 2019 in Calhoun County, Michigan. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor