10-18-18 Tri-City Area Obituaries



Carole Jane Scharnweber, age 72, passed away October 15, 2018.

Carole loved gardening and had the best flower garden in the neighborhood. She was very active with her church groups at First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Clemens and was a committed Girl Scouts volunteer for over 25 years. Carole was a teacher, administrator, and had a lifelong passion for educating children.

Beloved wife of David for 47 years. Loving mother of Lisa (Scott) Sorbie and Diane (John) Koch. Proud grandmother of Katherine, Lauren, Hudson and Ashlyn. Dearest sister of Robert (Judy) Baiers.

Carole is predeceased by her brother, John Baiers and her parents, Arnold and Virginia Baiers.

Visitation was Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township. A memorial service is being held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 168 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens with visitation one hour prior. Please share a memory with the family at www.kaulfuneralhome.com.


Richard C. “Dick” Melvin, 88, of Hartford, went to meet his Lord and Savior on October 14, 2018 at home surrounded by loving family. He was born August 27, 1930 to Clare J. and Anna (Nielsen) Melvin in Bloomingdale, Michigan.

Dick is survived by his wife, Maxine (Gourdie); two sons: Richard G. (Janet) Melvin of Lawrence and Timothy W. (Lynne) Melvin of Vicksburg; a daughter, Lisa R. Buddemeier of Hartford; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Melvin of Grand Rapids; a brother, Raymond Melvin of Bloomingdale and two “adopted” daughters: Nancy Spoula and Marsha Kelly. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Douglas and William; a brother, Robert; a grandson, Steffen; two granddaughters: Karrie and Lorri; two nieces: Susan and Kathryn and a sister-in-law, Margaret.

Dick worked for 20 years at Watervliet Paper Company and Newton Falls Paper Company in upstate New York as a coated paper consultant. He traveled the entire United States and parts of Canada. He has been an active member in the Methodist Church for 73 years.

A memorial service to honor Dick’s memory will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hartford United Methodist Church with Pastor Ryan Wenburg serving as officiant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation, P.O. Box 1092, West Seneca, New York 14224 or to the church.

The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Glenn Melbourne Thurman, 81, of Hartford, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at his home.

Glenn was born on February 17, 1937 in Gas City, Indiana, the son of Glenn and Helen (Crosby) Thurman. He was united in marriage with Marla Sheick on December 24, 1968. Glenn grew up in Upland, IN and attended Mississinewa High School in Gas City, IN until 1954. His family moved his senior year to Newaygo, Michigan, where he graduated from Newaygo High School in 1955.

After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy for four years as an aviation mechanic on the USS WASP. After the Navy, he entered the electrical field working as an electrician for multiple companies. He retired from Newkirk Electric in 1999. Just recently, he was honored as a fifth year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. After retirement, he owned and operated M&C Auto Sales for approximately 12 years. He had a willingness to help others and was passionate about and above all, enjoying time with his family and friends, of which there were many. Friends could always count on him to bring laughter and levity into their lives. His hobbies included automobiles, hunting and fishing.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the New Life Harvest Ministries where at 11 a.m. a celebration of life service to honor Glenn’s life will commence. Glenn will be laid to rest at City of Newaygo Cemetery on Friday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the church or to Heartland Hospice. The Calvin Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


George Paul Reinhardt was taken to heaven on October 4, 2018.

George was born on March 17, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to Amelia (Paul) Reinhardt. He was raised in Berrien Springs, Michigan. After graduating from Andrews University High School, George went into the Navy for four years and was station on the battleship Oriskany as a gunner. George was so proud to show family his part as an extra on the film “The Bridges of Toko Ri,” as it was filmed on his ship. Upon returning home from the Korean War, George studied at the University of Michigan where he played football and earned his bachelor’s degrees in both human resources and psychology.

George’s stellar career included City Commissioner of Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he was instrumental in the implementation of the first WIC program in Berrien County. As a human resource director, George enjoyed working for Stanley Miller and Benton Harbor Engineering, where he retired.

George married the former Charlene Shuberte Calvert. After retiring, George enjoyed spending time with his family and his dogs. He was also a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge 437 in St. Joseph, Michigan. George was a past Grand Master and reached the level of 32nd degree Mason.

Leaving behind to love and cherished memories is his wife, Charlene; one sister, Elsie Hoffman; four step-children, Terry, Charlie, Mary, and Libby Calvert; his grandchildren, Ricky and Dawn Reinhardt, Andrew and Megan Diener, Jackie Norris and his beloved Katie Ritchie; great-grandchildren, Robert Diener, Sarah Hebert, Dalton Pearce and Autumn Diener; a nephew, Charles Calvert along with many nieces and nephews waiting to meet him. Family received friends on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 10-11. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. at Davis Seawinds Funeral Home, Melbourne FL. Burial was in Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.

Death Notices

Debra Arny, 65, of Coloma died Oct. 11, 2018 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Pauline M. Juroff, 95, of Berrien Springs, formerly of Coloma, died Oct. 9, 2018 at Old Farm Living Center, Berrien Springs. Davidson Chapel – Florin Funeral Services, Coloma

Clifford Miller, 58, of North Judson IN, formerly of Watervliet, died Oct. 11, 2018 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Lowell Vernon Hicks, 88, of Stevensville died Oct. 15, 2018 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Anna Witek Stein, 95, of St. Joseph died Oct. 15, 2018 at Serenity Shores Assisted Living, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph


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