08-31-2017 Tri-City Obituaries


Jerry Admave, 68, died peacefully on August 24, 2017 at Lakeland Hospital after a very sudden but short illness.

Jerry is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 43 years, Debbie. They were best friends, partners in life, and an amazing example of what true love really is. He is also survived by his loving children; Angela (Brian) Fee of St. Joe; Joe (Tina) Admave of South Bend, Christopher Admave of Coloma, and Julie (Charles) Hartle of Coloma. Jerry had eight grandchildren, Zachary, Kelly, Aaron, Jessica, Macaela, Bella, Max and a grandson due in October. In addition, he was survived by his mother-in-law, Anna Cupani of Stevensville; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Sophie Admave; sisters Carol Frank and Joni White; father-in-law, Robert Cupani; sister-in-law Tina Cupani, brother-in-law Bob Cupani and nephews Bill Frank and Matthew Frank.

Jerry was born on the south-side of Chicago on December 5, 1948. As a child, he moved to Watervliet where he attended Watervliet Schools. Many of his classmates remember him as the drummer and a vocalist of Parker’s Tribe.

He met Debbie in the summer of 1970 at her parent’s pizza place, Cupani’s Casa, and shortly after, he became a police officer for the Covert Township Police Department. Later, he took a job at the Watervliet Paper Mill where he worked for 17 years. After he retired, Jerry started the “World’s Greatest Duo,” Rum Boogie with his wife Debbie. After meeting Chief Randy Pompey,

Randy joined their band and the threesome were rocking and rolling up until Jerry’s untimely death.

Jerry was well known for his extraordinary musical abilities, and the way he touched people with his dynamic voice, but what he would most want to be remembered for would be his passionate devotion to Jesus Christ and his unconditional love for his wife, children and his grandchildren.

A memorial mass is scheduled for 1p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph, Michigan. A Christian burial will follow the service immediately after at Coloma Cemetery followed by a luncheon at Road to Life Church in St. Joseph. All are welcome to celebrate Jerry’s life. Flowers and condolences may be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church by 11 a.m. Thursday, August 31 at 220 Church Street, St. Joseph MI 49085. Online condolences may be made at www.hovenfunerals.com.


Phillip Johnsen of Watervliet died Friday, August 25, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Phillip’s life began August 26, 1953 in Red Bank, New Jersey.  He lived in Watervliet most of his life where he did HVAC and raised his family.

Phillip loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren.  He enjoyed working in his yard and will be remembered for being a neighborly guy with a good heart. Phillip was very active in his church, the Church of Christ in South Haven.

He leaves behind a loving family to cherish his memory which includes his wife of 33 years, Sandy (Groner) Johnsen; three children, Joshua (Ashley) Johnsen, Joseph (Tierney) Johnsen, and Emily (Kyle) Burke; six grandchildren, McKennzie Johnsen, Lilly Johnsen, Magnus Johnsen, Remington Burke, Braxton Burke, and Temperance Johnsen; four siblings, Gordon Johnsen, Scott Johnsen, Arthur Johnsen, and Barbara Johansen; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents Howard and Norma (Olsen) Johnsen precede Phillip in death.

A memorial service will be celebrated Thursday, August 31, at 6:00 p.m. with visitation prior from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. You are invited to leave a message for Phillip’s family