January 22, 2018

Tri-City Area Obituaries

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Shirley A. Boone

 Shirley’s life began May 29, 1946 in Watervliet, Michigan.  She grew up in Watervliet where she graduated high school in 1964. After high school she earned a bachelor’s degree from Andrews University.  Shirley worked for many years as an executive secretary for MPH in Riverside. However, the favorite job she held was babysitting her grandchildren.  In her spare time you could fine Shirley knitting, sewing, doing cross stitch, or reading.  Shirley enjoyed being active in her community which brought her to being treasurer of both the North Berrien Historical Society and Hartford Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Shirley’s greatest joy came in spending time with her loving family which includes: her husband Charles Boone; two sons Todd (Jodi) Hammond and Chad Hammond; three grandchildren Maya Hammond, Jacob Hammond, and Jackson Hammond; a sister Jeannine Kerbs; and many nieces and nephews.  Shirley died Saturday, July 2, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Her parents Ward and Elsie (Kietzer) Danneffel precede Shirley in death.  Friends may visit with Shirley’s family Thursday, July 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral services will be celebrated Friday, July 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Hartford Seventh-day Adventist Church. Cremation will follow her funeral services.  You are invited to share a memory with Shirley’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


obit Emmons PictureMARJORIE  LYNN  EMMONS

 Marjorie Lynn Emmons was born February 2, 1953 in Benton Harbor. She passed away at the age of 63, on June 24, 2016 at her home in Lawrence Township. She was the daughter of Wallace and Ervadeen (Swoap) Harmon, both of whom precede her in passing. Marjorie was also preceded by her husband; Jack Emmons, and a brother; James Harmon.   Lynn as she was called by everyone who knew her was a very loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She retired from DuWells after many years of employment. She enjoyed watching and feeding the deer that would come in her back yard, but the most precious times were spent with her family.  Marjorie is survived by three sons; Kevin Birkhead of South Haven, Gary (Nicole) Birkhead and Tony (Mandi) Birkhead both of Lawrence, four stepchildren; Judith (Kelly) Blackston, Sherry (Lindell) Emmons, Jacky Emmons, and Jack (Heather) Emmons Jr. all of Bangor, 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters; Joyce (Chuck) Ball of Lawrence and Diane (Lonnie) Johnson of Hartford, two brothers; Larry Harmon of Hartford and Steve (Colleen) Harmon of Lawrence and numerous other family members and friends.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the New Day Church in Watervliet, immediately followed by a memorial celebration of life service. Pastor Scott Saylor will officiate. Following the service a luncheon will be held at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Death Notices

Leopold “Fritz” Hassel, 82, of Coloma, died Monday, July 4, 2016. Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services. Wilma E. Mollett, 74, of Watervliet, died Sunday, July 3, 2016. Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan