12-27-2018 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Ted was born October 27, 1923 in Kalisz, Poland where he spent his early years. After becoming a soldier in the Polish Army during WWII he escaped a labor camp and made his way through Finland and Sweden to settle in England for several years. He came to America to join his uncle living in Detroit, and worked for Ford for many years as a lineman and chef, cooking for top executives at Ford at that time. He left to open his own restaurant in Detroit for several years before returning to Ford. After retiring, he wanted to own land in beautiful Southwest Michigan and moved with his family to Berrien Springs. He later settled in Bainbridge Township where he and his family operated an apple orchard in Bainbridge Township for 29 years. Outside of work, Ted enjoyed dancing, singing, cooking, bowling. He especially loved reading and discussing history.  He was an active member of the Watervliet Knights of Columbus council, his church, and his children’s school activities.

Above everything, Ted loved his family, including his wife of 37 years, Jadwiga “Heidi” Arendt; three children, Michal Arendt of Chicago, Annette Arendt of San Francisco, and Monica Arendt of Washington D.C.; and his sister, Krystyna Piotrowicz of Poland.

Ted passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018.  His parents, a sister, and two brothers precede Ted in death.  Friends may visit with Ted’s family Thursday, December 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 28, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet.  You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Ted’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


Charlene Vander Wal Streu, 87 of Coloma passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland in St Joseph.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where visitation will begin 11 a.m. also on Friday. Cremation will take place following the service. Donations in memory of Char may be made to the North Berrien Senior Center. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Char was born August 12, 1931 at home in Chicago to Charles and Jennie (Jansen) Vander Wal. She attended Roseland Christian School and Pullman Tech High School, both in the Chicago area. After graduation she worked for the Illinois Central Railroad. At a home wedding on Nov. 4, 1950 she married Charles E. Streu.

She loved to play baseball, playing on several teams, before she was married. Later she did many related jobs for her husband in the Real Estate and Building business. They also were owners of Deer Forest before retiring in 1987. Char enjoyed going to the YWCA, knitting, and yard work but her grandchildren brought her the most joy. You could just tell she devoted most of her whole life to her family and many friends.

Survivors include two sons: Ross (Lisa) Streu of Coloma, Kevin (Betty Mitchell) Streu of