08-10-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Larry McClanahan, 74, of Watervliet passed away Aug. 4, 2017 at his residence.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Cremation took place following the visitation. Donations in memory of Larry may be made to the North Berrien Senior Center. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Larry was born Aug. 5, 1942 in Hayti, Missouri to David and Lorine (Pounders) McClanahan. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Larry founded McClanahan Construction, serving as owner, operator, and contractor from 1967 until his retirement in 2007. He built many outstanding commercial buildings as well as numerous residential homes. Larry was a founding member of Southwest Michigan Home Builders Association and a former member of the Lions Club and Jaycees in Watervliet.

In his free time Larry enjoyed playing golf, watching football, and spending time in Florida with the love of his life, Mary Jo, whom he married Nov. 16, 1963. Spending time with family and friends is what truly made him happy.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughters, Susie (Scott) Burkhardt of Watervliet and Tina (Tom) Lentz of Coloma; grandkids, Derrick and Sydney Burkhardt, Christopher (Ashley) Hauch, Allie (Cole) Andrews, and Eric Hauch; two great-grandsons and an additional great grandchild expected in December. Also surviving are aides Tracy, Erica, Dana, Farrah, and Cheryl that became like family.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard, a beloved son-in-law Tim Hauch, and loving dog Lucy.


Judith Ann Coffeen, 77, a resident of Eau Claire for 46 years, died Thursday night, August 3, 2017, at her home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 8, at Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire. Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sodus. Online messages may be left for the family at www.bowermanfuneral.com, and memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Judith was born April 25, 1940, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Smith) Callaway. In addition to caring for her family, she was an elementary school teacher for Dowagiac Union Schools. She was a member of the Dowagiac Education Association, Michigan Education Association, National Education Association, and St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Elks. Her special likes included teaching (especially the Dowagiac community), camping, gardening, antiquing, and time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, David Coffeen; son, Ted Coffeen; daughters, Kelly (Mark) Gaddie and Karri (Rob Stauffer) Coffeen; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Mary Lou (Michael) Rhowed and Sandy Kay Sech.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Jorja M. Ritter, 65, of Coloma died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Caretel Inns of Lakeland in Royalton Township.

Family services will be held at a later date and cremation has taken place.  Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of SW Michigan.  The Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Benton Township is caring for her arrangements.  Please share memories, messages or photos at www.florin.net.

Jorja was born on Feb. 21, 1952 in Benton Harbor to George and Patricia Ritter.  Jorja lived in Mesa, Arizona for about 10 years before moving back to Coloma about 25 years ago.  She was employed at Lake Michigan College for five years and then was employed by United Federal Credit Union where she recently retired after 20 years.  Her last position was the Administrative Assistant to the Board of Directors.  She was an artist and enjoyed working in her garden.  Most important to her was loving and caring for her cats.

Her family includes her brother, Alan (Kay) Ritter of Ellenton, FL; three nieces, Michelle (Patrick) King of Bensenville, IL, Geri (Lynne) Jackson-Bonney of Syracuse, NY and Angela (Mark) Mellin of Aloha, OR; two great-nieces; a great-great-niece and special friends, Randy and Ann Hauch and Bob and Ursula Larsen.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Michael Ritter.

Death Notices

Allen J. Marquardt, 72, of Benton Harbor died Aug. 2, 2017 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Larry L. Zielke, 76, of Eau Claire died Aug. 2, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire

Carry J. Shumway, 37, of Decatur died July 30, 2017 at home. Newell Funeral Home, Decatur

Edward Birmele, 81, of Watervliet died Aug. 3, 2017 at Orchard Grove Nursing Home, Benton Harbor. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

Kathy Ann Winans, 55, of Coloma died Aug. 2, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Kay Bearty, 75, of Watervliet died Aug. 4, 2017 at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

Tina L. Cheske, 52, of Benton Harbor died Aug. 6, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Keith R. Crowder, 76, of Coloma died Aug. 7, 2017 at home. Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Bridgman

Leta Jean Genovese, 74, of Benton Harbor died Aug. 6, 2017 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes, Benton Harbor

Steven T. Rogers, 45, of Hartford died Aug. 5, 2017. Clark Chapel and Cremation Services, Dowagiac


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