08-06-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries; Community Calendar

WARREN KRAUSE Warren’s life began December 5, 1940, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Warren was a lifetime area resident making his home in Bainbridge Township for most of his life. He retired from Kaywood Shutter Company in Benton Harbor after 38 years. Warren enjoyed being outdoors, horses, and building, if he was inside you could find him watching wrestling or cowboy movies. His greatest joy was his large loving family which includes: his wife of 58 years, Arvie (Humphreys) Krause; six children, Warren (Barbara) Krause of Ripley, MS, Karen Foster of Dover, AR, Laurie (Donald) Orth of Elkhart, IN, Jennifer (Edward Soltesz) Young of St. Joseph, Vernon Krause of Savannah, GA, and Kerry Krause of Houston, TX; over 30 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Krause and William (Lavone) Krause; a daughter-in-law Genevieve Krause; and many nieces and nephews. Warren died unexpectedly Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. His parents Carl and Olive (Shinn) Krause and siblings Gladys, Violet, Fred, Carl and Lillian precede Warren in death. A graveside service celebrating Warren’s life will be Thursday, Aug. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at North Shore Memory Gardens. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Warren’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

THOMAS VanNIEL Tom’s life began December 10, 1940, in Lorain, Ohio. As a young adult a new job brought him to Southwest Michigan where he made Watervliet his home. Tom worked as a plumber until his retirement from LECO Corporation. He loved his community of Watervliet. Tom was a permanent fixture at Hays Park for many years; he was either coaching or watching his children and grandchildren playing baseball and softball. If he wasn’t at Hays Park you could find him catching a game in Panther Stadium or somewhere on Panther grounds. Tom was a giver; he donated to anyone or any organization he could find to help from the random person on the street to Post Prom, Recreational Sports, or even the Miss Watervliet Organization just to name a few.

ELLA MAE LIDBERG Ella’s life began January 11, 1938, in Manilla, Arkansas. As a child her family moved to Michigan where she enjoyed growing up and graduated from Eau Claire High School. Shortly after graduating she married the love of her life Lenard Lidberg and they enjoyed raising their four daughters. Ella was an active member of Midway Baptist Church, leader for Midway’s Pioneer Girls, she taught knitting for 4-H and was a leader for the 4 Flags group, and Ella enjoyed working and volunteering for Watervliet Community Hospital.

RAPHA JEAN CAMPBELL Rapha Jean Campbell, 87, of Russell Arkansas, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

ROBERT EARL GILBERTSEN Robert (Bob) Earl Gilbertsen, 94, entered eternal rest on August 3, 2020.

Death Notices James Heaton Keech, 87, of Keeler Township died Aug. 4, 2020 at White Oaks in Lawton. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Don Edward Mills, 76, of Hartford died Aug. 1, 2020 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Katherine Anne Elizabeth Hass Postman, 94, of Berrien Springs died July 31, 2020 at home. Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs

Joy Lynn (Boyd) Healy, 60, of Watervliet died July 30, 2020 at home. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor

Chandra D. Gould, 53, of Watervliet died July 29, 2020 at home. Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs

Community Calendar


July 1-31 “VIRTUAL FISH BOIL FUNDRAISER” hosted by Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven. $10 suggested donation (all donations welcome); visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/fishboil 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. To pre-register call 269-308-9296. 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 www.berriencounty.org 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 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 northberrienhistory.org/photographycontest or call 269-468-3330 Sat, Aug 22, 9-4 “YARD SALE” hosted by Coloma American Legion Auxiliary Unit 362 at corner of St. Joseph Ave. & Sassafras in Coloma. Space rental & tables available – call Christine at 269-325-2865. Hot dogs, chips and pop for $3 will be served all day. 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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