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.

ALPHONSE JOSEPH CALABRESE Alphonse Joseph Calabrese was born on June 2, 1943 in South Haven, the son of Ralph and Irma (Simoni) Calabrese. Alphonse passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at his sister Irma’s home in Hartford. He was also preceded in passing by a sister, Geraldine Calabrese. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at The Bible Church in Hartford, where at 2 p.m. a memorial celebration of life service will be held to honor Alphonse’s memory. As to Alphonse’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Pastor Benjamin Williamson will officiate. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is helping the family with arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com. Alphonse was a self employed carpenter, who did construction work in California for over 40 years. His passion for woodworking was his calling, especially for making cabinets and he was very good at what he did. Alphonse leaves behind to cherish his memory, a son, Andrew Calabrese of California; three sisters, Irma Gregory of Hartford, Carmela Harris of North Carolina, Jeanette Newell of South Haven; a brother, Genaro Calabrese of California; several nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

WILBERT “BILL” SMITH Wilbert “Bill” Smith, 88, of Benton Harbor died Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Hanson Hospice Center in Lincoln Township. Services celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at Noon on Thursday at the Davidson Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society. Please share messages, memories or photos at www.florin.net.

ROSIE PEARL HENDERSON Rosie Pearl “Rose” Henderson, 78, of Lawrence, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Rose was born November 8, 1940 in Braggadocio, MO, the daughter of Ernest and Lorene (James) Robbins, both of whom precede her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husband, Loyd; two brothers: Cletis Robbins and Clifton Robbins, a sister, Dollie Jackson and several nieces.

Death Notices Burleen E. Sexton, 95, of St. Joseph died Aug. 6, 2019 at Royalton Manor, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Margaret A. “Peg” Williamson, 82, of Benton Harbor died Aug. 7, 2019 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph William “Bill” Kintup, 86, of Benton Harbor died Aug. 7, 2019 at home. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet Richard L. Kimball, 84, of Sister Lakes died Aug. 13, 2019 at The Willows Assisted Living, Royalton Township. Fairplain Chapel – Florin Funeral Service, Benton Harbor