11-30-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


 Maxine Willmeng, 94, of Coloma, died on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at The Whitcomb Tower in St. Joseph.

Services celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Coloma United Methodist Church.  Her ashes will be entombed at the Coloma Cemetery Columbarium.  Memorials may be made to the Coloma United Methodist Church or the North Berrien Senior Center.  Arrangements are by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma.  Please share memories, messages, or photos at www.florin.net.

Maxine was born on Sept. 23, 1923 in South Bend, IN to Van R. and Loretta E. (Cutler) Burke. Maxine has lived in this area since she was 5 years old. She married Jack J. Willmeng on January 2, 1944 and he preceded her in death in 2003 after almost 60 years of marriage. For 35 years, Maxine worked at JC Penney as a sales clerk. She was a member of the Coloma United Methodist Church. Of all the things that Maxine enjoyed, she cherished most the time she spent with her family.  Maxine and her husband never missed a school activity of the grandchildren. Maxine always liked to talk and socialize wherever she went.  She was a kind and gracious lady who was friendly to everyone she met.

Her family includes her daughters, Margo L. Humes of St. Joseph, Judith (Ranse) McKinney of Three Rivers, and Janice (David) Vollrath of Coloma; her grandchildren, Scott and Dana, Tami, Brian and Michelle, Marc, Troy, Travis and Nicole, Matthew and Kelsey and Daniel, her 16 great-grandchildren and her 2 great-great-grandchildren.  Besides her husband and parents, Maxine was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara, her grandson, Trent, her son-in-law, Russell Humes, and her brother, Vernon Burke.


 Jimmy Lee Vermilyer, 67, of Niles, died very early Monday morning, Nov. 27, 2017 at home under Hospice care.

Services celebrating his life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at the Living Word Church of God, 6993 Red Arrow Hwy., Coloma. Burial will follow at Mission Hills Cemetery, Niles. Memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Association or the Humane Society of SW Michigan. Please share memories, messages or photos at www.florin.net.

Jimmy was born in LaPorte, Indiana on May 29, 1950 to Charles and Edna (Grimes) Vermilyer. He married Sandra Dunton on January 6, 1970, and they have celebrated almost 48 years of marriage. Jimmy proudly served his country in the Army National Guard. A member of the Living Word Church of God, Jimmy enjoyed spending time with his church family. He worked with several different contractors in the area, mainly in roofing. Of all the things Jimmy enjoyed, he cherished time spent with his family.

His family includes his wife Sandy; his children, Stacy (Robert) Camp of St. Joseph and Tracy (Gail) Vermilyer of Pontiac, Michigan; 1 grandchild, D.J. Vermilyer; and his sister, Iona Shriver of Lawrence, Michigan.

Besides his parents, Jimmy was preceded by two brothers, Arnold and Raymond Vermilyer.