09-07-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Kay Diamond Bearty passed on August 4, 2017.  She had been a resident of the South Haven Nursing and Rehab since December 2016. Kay was born in Watervliet on March 25, 1942, and was a lifelong resident of the area. She graduated from Coloma Schools and attended Western Michigan University for two years. She worked at Modern Plastics, the Safe Shelter, and the last 15 years as a greeter at Meijer in Benton Harbor.

Kay is survived by her partner of 40 years, Deanna (Dee) Flagel; her three daughters, Sandra (Jeff) Jester, Stacey (Ben) Adams, and Susan (Doug) Yore; grandchildren Anthony Bearty, Cody (Jordan) Bearty, Amber Hadley, Christopher Bearty, Jeremy Jester, Devynn Yore, and Kayla Yore; great-grandchildren Olivia, Michel, Mikaylah, Savannah, Casandra, Diallow, Jalessia, Naveah, and Amelia.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Audrea (Kennedy) Diamond and her brother Keith Harold Diamond Sr.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial for Kay Bearty on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  The time to join the occasion will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the residence of Ron Flagel, 530 North County Line Road, Watervliet. Please dress casual, blue jeans and bright colored shirts. That’s the way Kay would want it!  Please bring your stories and enjoy Dee, Susie, Stacey, Sandy, and all the grandkids and great-grandkids.


Edward W. Kafka, 85, of Coloma passed away Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St Joseph.

Ed was born February 19, 1932 in Dowagiac to Walter and Francis (Kopacski) Kafka.  He married Ann Handzel on Oct. 24, 1953, together residing in Coloma for over 50 years.  Ed retired from Whirlpool in 1997 at the age of 65 after 32 years of service.  He also was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include two daughters Karen (John) Demis and Roseann (Scott) Clements both of Coloma; three grandchildren, Scott Clements, Nathan (Kelly) Clements, Amanda (Art) Moore, two great-granddaughters Katelynn and Emma, a sister Jeannie (Joe) Schombak, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents Ed was preceded in death by his wife Ann; a daughter Nancy Kafka, and five sisters, Alice, Polly, Helen, Francis, and Ann.


Arthur E. Flagel, 90, of Bainbridge Township died Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Services celebrating his lif