12-19-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries


The Rev. Raymond Barth went home to God on December 16, 2019. He was born July 17, 1941 and is the son of Raymond Barth Sr. and Ethel (Knuth) Barth. He attended school in Milwaukee, Sacred Heart, Hales Corners, WI; and Loyola University in Chicago. For many years he was a Brother in the Order of St. Augustine (known as Brother Bernard). He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1985 for the Diocese of Kalamazoo.

Fr. Barth served as an associate pastor in several parishes, including St. Joseph (St. Joseph, MI), St. Joseph (Battle Creek), and St. Joseph (Watervliet). He also served as a pastor of St. Ambrose and Our Lady of Great Oak Parishes (Delton), and then for fifteen years as Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Bridgman.

Fr. Barth’s family includes two sisters, Donna and Barbara, and four brothers, Donald, Walter, Richard, and Michael; 21 nieces and nephews, and he is preceded in death by a sister, Judith. Visitation was at Hutchins Funeral Home on December 18, 2019, followed by a Scripture Service with Fr. Arthur Howard presiding. Bishop Paul Bradley will be the Principal Celebrant of the Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. on December 19, 2019, at St. Joseph Church in Watervliet, followed immediately by a committal at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.


Patricia A. Hutchinson, 96-1/2 of Naples, Florida, formerly from St. Joseph and Watervliet, Michigan, Beverly, Palos Park, and Chicago, Illinois, died peacefully at Avow Hospice in Naples on December 14, 2019. She was born in Chicago, IL on August 7, 1923 to parents James and Margaret Dohney.

In November of 1944, Pat married Bob Hutchinson. Together they raised eight children. Pat started her volunteer work at Little Company of Mary Hospital and the Caritas Society. Other leadership work included AAUW, Symphony League, High Cliff Terrace Garden Club, Monday Musical, Krasl Art Center, Town & Country, Project Success, Mecca, Watervliet Garden Club, Paw Paw Lake River Ventures and helped organize the Auxiliary at the Community Hospital in Watervliet. Pat loved watching sailing, football, basketball and golf. She was an avid fan. In 1972 the family moved to Paw Paw Lake in Watervliet. Pat was a founding member of the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club as the “in house” piano player for over 60 years. She entertained at the Old Marco Inn, Erin’s Isles and was asked to play in the many music spots around Naples. Music, family and friends were her life. She wrote, “I need to play to be happy. This is such a priority to me that everything else seems simple. I play for myself. If others like my music, I am happy I can share it. My music is me”.

Her husband Robert A. Hutchinson preceded her death in 1974. She had eight loving children. Preceding her was Robert I. and James D. and her good friend Harold Siler. She is survived by Patricia M. (Susan Kaiser), Margaret, Donald (Sandra), Carolyn, Thomas, (Kristina) and Daniel. She is grandmother of Jeff (Holly), Carl (Shelene), Andrew (Catherine), James, Elizabeth (Andrew) and David and great-grandmother of Silvana.

Pat was a very generous, social and fun-loving person, admired by many. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club in her honor. Please send to PPLYC, P.O. Box 44 Coloma, MI 49038. A Mass will be held August 9, 2020 details to follow. A celebration of life will be held this summer at the PPLYC. To send a condolence to the family please visit www.legacyoptions.com.


Longtime Bainbridge Township Supervisor Leonard C. (Larry) Smith Jr. died December 10, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center after a brief battle with cancer. He was 86. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at Fairplain Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Napier Avenue, in Benton Harbor. Visitation will be at the church where friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Hanson Hospice Center or Area Agency on Aging – Campus for Creative Aging. Friend wishing to send a condolence may do so at the guestbook at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangement entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel.