08-30-2018 Tri-City Area Obituaries

MICHAEL A. BIRMELE Michael “Mike” Aaron Birmele was born July 30, 1962, in Watervliet, Michigan. He has lived in Eau Claire over the past twenty years. Mike passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet. Cremation took place at Redmond Funeral Home in Kalamazoo, MI. A Celebration of Life took place on Wednesday, August 22 at Arclight Brewery in Watervliet where family and friends gathered to remember Mike. Mike was a certified diesel mechanic and former employee of Ryder and Atlas Truck Rental prior to retiring in 1999.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE JENNIFER RUDELL Jennifer was born May 29, 1952 in Watervliet to William and Betty (Wilson) Mack. She was a lifetime area resident and graduated from Watervliet High School. Jennifer died Monday, April 23 surrounded by her family, at University of Chicago Medical Center. The families of Greg & Joe Rudell and Lynn Summers invite you to join them for a Celebration of Life Picnic for Jennifer Rudell at the home of Scott and Lynn Summers (120 N. County Line Rd, Watervliet) on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. You are invited to share a message of comfort with Jennifer’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com

Death Notices John “Jack” R. Bush, 89, of St. Joseph, formerly of Watervliet, died Aug. 23, 2018 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

Stephen Gregory Shafer, 80, of Hartford died Aug. 24, 2018 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Barbara Darrolene (Matlock) Green, 77, of South Haven died Aug. 18, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Home, Benton Harbor