11-24-2016 Tri-City Area Obituaries


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 Joseph Grabowski Jr., 49, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016 in St. Joseph.

A Celebration of Life service was held Wednesday, November 23 at Berrien County Baptist Church, 5940 St. Joseph Ave., Stevensville, with Pastor Jim Whitman officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Those wishing to share a memory of Joseph online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Joseph was born April 16, 1967, in St. Joseph, MI to Joseph & Carolyn (Baker) Grabowski. He graduated from Berrien Springs High School in 1985. He then served his country in the United States Marine Corps for four years. He worked in automotive sales and finance for many years. Joseph was a kid at heart and enjoyed motocross racing, snowmobiling, sports cars and grilling out.

Joseph is survived by his mother Carolyn (Ed) Grabowski-Rath; children, Ashley (Carl) Fritz, Tiffany Grabowski,  Christina Grabowski, and Joey Grabowski III; brother, Scott (Carrie) Grabowski; niece, Olivia Grabowski; former wife, of 25 years Deborah Grabowski-Wolf; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Joseph Jr., was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Sr.

Death Notices

Allen E. Heminger, 95, of Berrien Center died Nov. 15, 2016 at The Timbers of Cass County, Dowagiac. Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire.

Amelia “Amy” Ford, 89, of St. Joseph died Oct. 31, 2016 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph.

Joseph E. Pflaumer, 71, of St. Joseph died Nov. 16, 2016 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph.

John G. Andrews, 78, of St. Joseph died Nov. 15, 2016 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph.

Charles “Bud” Friesen, 79, of Coloma died Nov. 15, 2016. Stegenga Funeral Chapel, Wyoming, MI.

Robert Froehlich, 81, of Berrien Center died Nov. 18, 2016. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph.

Patricia Elizabeth (McAtee) Kelly, 83, of Benton Harbor died Nov. 14, 2016 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph.

Donald G. Hindmon, 64, of Coloma died Nov. 17, 2016 at home. Davidson Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Coloma.