Obituaries

John J. Radziminski

John J. Radziminski

John J. Radziminski, 68, of Union Pier, Michigan died Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home. John was born in Lippstadt, Germany in 1947. His family emigrated to the United States, settling in Chicago, where John grew up. John married Pearl in 1968 and later moved to California where they raised their two children, Rachel and Jordan. John later made his home in Union Pier where his parents, Joseph and Marianna, had retired several decades earlier, and enjoyed frequent visits from his aunt Paula Reszke and her sons, Ted, Stanley…

Irene Loretta Miller

Irene Loretta Miller

Irene Loretta (Pfauth) Miller, 85, of New Troy, Michigan passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, March 20, 2015 at Hanson Hospice Center surrounded by her family. Irene was born at home in Sawyer on August 19, 1929 to Henry and Barbara (Shafer) Pfauth. She married Zane Miller on November 28, 1959 in Sawyer. Irene was an LPN at Buchanan Hospital and later retired from Jordon’s Nursing Home were she spent many years caring for others. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Sawyer. Family was very important to…

Gary E. Schmaltz

Gary E. Schmaltz

Gary E. Schmaltz, 74, formerly of Three Oaks, Michigan died Monday morning, March 2015 at his home in Portage, Michigan. Gary was born January 3, 1941 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to Ernest and and Beatrice (Heyn) Schmaltz. He graduated from Bridgman High School in 1959 and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Tri State College. Gary married Mary Lou Reid on June 23, 1962 in Three Oaks. He holds a patent for a press that was the fastest in the world when he designed it. He had served in…

Gail Jackson

Gail Jackson

Gail F. Jackson, age 76 of Buchanan, died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at her home. Gail was born on Dec. 29, 1938 in New Troy, Michigan to Forrest and Agnes (Martin) Briggs. She attended school in New Troy, and graduated in 1957. On Dec. 31, 1956 in Cassopolis, Michigan, she married Howard Lee Jackson. Gail was a very kind, loving and giving person. She was an avid reader, and had volunteered for many local organizations. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years Howard Sr., sons Howard Jr.(Sandra)…

George C. Koebel Jr.

George C. Koebel  Jr.

George C. Koebel Jr., age 81 of Three Oaks, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. George was born March 21, 1933 to George C. Koebel Sr. and Elizabeth (Johnson) Koebel. He graduated from Three Oaks High School in 1951. George grew up on a farm, hauled milk for Producer’s Creamery, worked at Watkin’s IGA (which was a fun job for him), and was a State Farm Agent for more than 35 years. He married the love of his life, Vivian Geminder on…

Vera F. Potter

Vera F. Potter

Vera F. Potter, age 93 of Galien, died Sunday night, March 8, 2015 At Brentwood of Niles. Vera was born on May 26, 1921 in Galien, Michigan to Milo and Nina (Schaber) James. She grew up in Galien, and was a lifetime resident. She attended Galien High School, graduating in 1939, and then furthered her education at Western Michigan University where she received her BS degree in Education. On June 2, 1945, she married Richard R. Potter at the Olive Branch Church in Galien. Vera was employed with the Galien…

Cathy L. Crowel

Cathy L. Crowel

Cathy L. Crowel, 67, of Three Oaks, Michigan, died peacefully, Thursday morning, March 5, 2015 at Franciscan Communities Hospice in Michigan City, Indiana after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. Cathy was born November 24, 1947 in Michigan City to Alfred and Marjorie (Flick) Siuda. She married Richard Crowel and together they had six children. Her children were her focus. In addition to caring for her home and preparing meals, she enjoyed playing board games, being a listening ear, welcoming friends into her home, and watching over the neighborhood. Cathy…

Duane E. Smith

Duane E. Smith

Duane E. Smith, 88, of Galien, Michigan died Wednesday night, February 25, 2015 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Duane was born November 4, 1926 in South Bend, Indiana to Leslie and Grace (Truhn) Smith. He graduated from Galien High School in 1945 and served his country in the US Army during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he returned home and on June 29, 1947 he married Nancy McLaren in Galien. Duane worked for the Studebaker Corporation and continued his education through the International Correspondence School, taking courses in Managing…

Raymond Schroeder

Raymond Schroeder

Raymond Schroeder, 64, of Union Pier, Michigan, is at peace with no pain in his heavenly home after a lengthy battle with illness. He passed away on February 19, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ray was born September 15, 1950 in Michigan City, Indiana to Benjamin and Wanda (Sulek) Schroeder. He grew up in Union Pier, and would often go the short distance to Lake Michigan, exploring the water and beaches with his brothers and friends. Ray graduated from River Valley High School in 1968 and continued his education at…

Robert “Bob” Behrle

Robert “Bob” Behrle

Granger – Robert “Bob” Behrle, 80, of Granger, Indiana and formerly of Niles, Michigan died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Monday morning, February 2, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. Bob was born October 16, 1934 in Franklin Park, Illinois to Henry and Margaret Behrle. He was a hard worker even at an early age. His mentor, Mr Knot, took Bob under his wing and put him to work in the stables and around horses. After High School, Bob continued his education at Elmhurst College. He began working at Mars Candy…