11-09-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries



 Charlene’s life began December 18, 1936 in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  She grew up on her family’s farm in Twelve Corners, attended Martindale Elementary and graduated from St. John’s Catholic High School.

Charlene loved being a part of the farming community and spent her entire life living on one of two farms.  She worked for the USDA as a fruit and vegetable inspector for many years until retirement.  Charlene enjoyed her job and she was passionate about gardening, she had multiple gardens and grew fields of beautiful sunflowers.  Charlene also had a knack for indoor plants and enjoyed sharing them with everyone.  When she wasn’t working or tending to her plants Charlene took every opportunity to volunteer through the soup kitchen, her church St. Joseph Catholic in Watervliet, 4-H, or any where needed.  Charlene lived a beautiful life.

Charlene’s greatest joy was her loving family which includes her two children, James Joseph Walter and Victorin “Vicki” (John) Hyzny. She was super grandma to six grandchildren Katie, Elizabeth, Jolene, Jennifer, Tom and Mike; five great-grandchildren; a sister Margie (Jack) Herman; many brothers and sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

Charlene died Friday, November 3, at Woodland Terrace of Paw Paw Lake in Coloma.  Her loving husband of 63 years James Walter, a brother Lawrence Schultz, and her parents Lawrence and Alice Schultz precede Charlene in death.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, November 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet.  Burial followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Charlene’s memory to Sarett Nature Center or Carmelite Nuns of Iron Mountain Michigan.  You are invited to leave a message for Charlene’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


 Barbara L. Gale passed away on November 5, 2017 at age 85.

Barbara was predeceased by her brother, Howard and her parents, Hyldred and Irving Gale.  She is survived by a number of cousins.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University, her RN degree from Western Michigan Bronson Hospital School of Nursing and her Masters from University of Iowa, she worked as a Public Health Nurse for Berrien County Health Department.

Barbara was a resident of Coloma all her life.  She kept up with the activities of her extended family and looked forward to the Adams and Gale reunions.  For 30 years Barbara was the Secretary-Treasurer for the Adams-McKain family from Marcellus, MI which just had their 100th anniversary this summer.  Barbara was very pleased to be able to attend. Barbara was an active member of her church choir and also enjoyed volunteering in the church library.  Barbara enjoyed traveling and traveled to many places in the states including a car trip on the Alcan Highway with a friend to Alaska.  She also traveled to England and Costa Rica. The last few years she resided at Woodland Terrace in Coloma and was very appreciative of the excellent care.

Family will receive friends between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet, prior to the 11:00 funeral. Burial will follow at the Coloma Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Midway Baptist Church or Michigan Heart Association would be appreciated. Arrangements have been handled by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, Coloma. Please