08-15-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries

EDWARD E. VOLLRATH Edward Emil Vollrath (Chicken Ed) passed away August 12, 2019 (seven days shy of his 97th birthday) at Friendship Village, his home for the past four years. Ed was born August 19, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN to Albert Edward Vollrath and Mayme Severson Vollrath. In 1925, Ed moved with his parents and older brother Harley to Coloma. His father established Ed’s Cafe at that time and Ed would spend the majority of his life connected to the family restaurant. As a child, he helped out plucking chickens and peeling potatoes and many other restaurant related chores. Free time was spent on Paw Paw Lake, swimming, fishing and skating in the winter.

ELDEN A. JANKE Elden A. Janke, 85, of Bainbridge Twp. passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3713 Naomi Rd., Sodus with Rev. Robert Duehlmeyer officiating. Burial will take place at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Friends may visit from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to Berrien County Youth Fair-Craft Barn or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.

WILMA E. WILLIAMS Wilma E. Williams, 96, of Bainbridge Township, went to see the Lord on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at her home. Services celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Burial will follow in Coloma Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Davidson Chapel. Memorials may be made to the North Berrien Senior Center. Please share messages, memories or photos at www.florin.net.

MELVA LORRAINE SALINE-MEACHUM Melva Lorraine Saline-Meachum was born April 21, 1948 in Benton Harbor. She was born to Harold and Glenna (Reed) Sanders. Melva passed away at her home in Hartford on Monday, July 29, 2019. Melva was united in marriage with Dwight Meachum on May 9, 2006. She was a stay at home wife and mother, who loved raising Bassett Hounds and Yorkshire Terriers, and really loved each and every one of them. Melva is survived by her husband, Dwight; a son, Eric Saline of Nampa, Idaho; a sister, Deborah Bonczkowski of South Haven; and other family members and friends.