09-26-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries

PATRICK J. SUTTER Patrick Joseph Sutter, age 54, passed away unexpectantly Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California as a result of complications from a recent surgery. Patrick was born on January 13, 1965 in Watervliet, Michigan to Fred J. Sutter and Mary June (McDonough) Sutter. Patrick was an avid sports fan, growing up he played on various teams. He was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Civil Air Cadet where he won the prestigious Bill Mitchell Award. Patrick was a 1983 graduate of Coloma High School. In 1988, Patrick moved to southern California where he obtained certification as a field inspector/applicator in pest control. Patrick was very intelligent and well-read and his thirst for knowledge never ended, he continually took classes at Long Beach City College throughout his adult life. Patrick was passionate about music (he loved attending concerts), religion and his many friends and family. Patrick will be remembered for his contagious sense of humor, unconditional love and compassion towards others. Patrick is preceded in death by his father Fred Joseph Sutter Jr., his grandparents Fred Sr. and Helen (Becker) Sutter and Martin W. and Agnes (Simboske) McDonough. He also is preceded in death by many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. At the time of his death Patrick was engaged to Lisa (Harris) Baum of Chesapeake, VA. Her heart broke that day and he will be dearly missed. Patrick is survived by his mother Mary June Sutter, brother Martin (Lisa) Sutter of Houston, TX, sister Rebecca (Sutter) Roberts of Coloma, nephews Blake Sutter and Logan Roberts, nieces Mandy and Katie Sonner, his beloved great-niece Emma June, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Michigan and California. Visitation will take place Friday, September 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. In honor of his great love of music you are welcome and encouraged to wear your favorite concert t-shirt. Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, September 28, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet followed by burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Watervliet. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Patrick’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

CHARLES N. SCHERER Charles’ life began June 13, 1955 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He was a lifetime area resident and worked for the Watervliet Paper Mill then Chardon Rubber until they closed. After Chardon closed he worked as a self-employed carpenter. Charles will be remembered as The King of Yard Sales and for his love of the outdoors be it boating, swimming, camping, driving his corvette, or hosting bonfires, cookouts and fish fries.

MARVIS ROWLEY Marvis’ life began December 26, 1936 in Hartford, Michigan. She was one of five children born to Arthur and Lillian (Tetlock) Rowley. Marvis spent her lifetime in Southwest Michigan and making her home in Watervliet for most. She loved to work; she worked for many years in the office at Watervliet Harding’s and then at Wal-Mart. Outside of work Marvis enjoyed playing bingo and being the best mom ever. She leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory including: two children Terri Dempsey of Missouri and Richard Austin of Watervliet; six grandchildren Danyel Williams, Stephanie Wallace, Ray Winkle, Bobby Drake, Michael Drake, and Deanna Austin; four great-grandchildren Owen Williams, Lynlea Williams, Chelse Wallace, and Austin Wallace; three siblings Erma White of Watervliet, Shelia Price of Florida, Dorris Stembaugh of Paw Paw; and several nieces and nephews. Marvis died Tuesday, September 17, at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph. She is preceded in death by two daughters Renee Drake and Connie Forester, a husband Bob Whitney, a brother Ardin Rowley, and her parents Arthur and Lillian Rowley. Hutchins Funeral Home is assisting Marvis’ family with cremation arrangements and they will celebrate her life with a get together on September 28 at 4:00 p.m. at Roger and Lori Prince’s house. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Marvis’ family at hutchinsfuneral.c

JOANNE H. DUNCOMBE Joanne H. Duncombe, 87, of Hartford, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019. Joanne was born March 17, 1932 in Hartford, to Charles and Weltha (Smith) Goodrich. She was one of eight children: brother Robert Goodrich, and sisters Joyce Kime, Nellie Moses, Jeanne Knapp, Cecile Ackerman, Helen Hones and Mildred Boynton.

Death Notices Thomas P. Driscoll, 61, of Mishawaka IN died Sept. 19, 2019 at home. Hahn Funeral Home, Mishawaka IN Douglas A. DeVincent, 73, of Watervliet died Sept. 22, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor Eunice M. Spilger-Ott, formerly of Bridgman, died Aug. 29, 2019. Generations Funeral and Cremation Services, Farmington Hills MI

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