A Tribute To Our Deceased Classmates

Joanne Atkinson Joan Baird (Johnson) Richard Bunting
Alvin "Keith" Davis Alan Dreves Anthony Evans
Linda Finch Robert Hope Helena Johnson
Linda Johnson Thomas Jones George Keller
Judy Kramer Gary Kuball Steve Kucmyda
John Matheson Bob Miller Diana Moore
Gary Northrup Sandy Palmer Phillip Parrot
Kathy Peeples Wade Peters Warren Polasky
Phyliss Reed Russell Sayles Elizabeth Stevens
Stephanie Stock Richard Thain Greg Walders
Curtis Whatley Robert Ziemke Kathy Beilman Zelko
Steve Keller Rita Strebs Leo Dean Magee
Hardie Bell Kim Bailey Dave Tober
Larry Dickson Patricia Diane Peek George Swerbinsky
Willard Hankins Dawn Dewitt Fowler Marsha Wycoff
Patricia Diane Peek Keith Lloyd Griffin Gary Northrup
Kathy Bishop Jon Swingle Jesse Alexander
David Shuemake Jonina Swingle Edward Burnside
Bruce Morgan Debra Tanke Maurice Glen Bishop


Bernie Kuschel
Herb Quade


Alvin "Keith" Davis - Passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011. Alvin was born to Murray Davis Jr. and Esther Jewell Davis on April 13, 1952 in Benton Harbor Michigan. Alvin graduated from Benton Harbor High School and attended Lake Michigan College Alvin (Keith) was a caring and giving individual. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help his family and friend.
Dawn1Dawn2DAWN DEWITT FOWLER - Mrs. Dawn Elen Fowler, age 56, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2008 in Madison, WI. Dawn was preceded in life by her father, James DeWitt; her sister, Gail Ades and mother-in-law, Marge Fowler. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 34 years, Wayne Fowler; daughters, Tera and Nanda Fowler; mother, Doris Dewitt; sister, Dian DeWitt; father-in-law, Roland Fowler; sister-in-law, Linda (Tim) Telder; brother-in-law, Rich Fowler; and great uncle, Alfred Lick. She will also be missed by many cousin's and close friends. Dawn struggled with Auto-Immune Hepatitis and it's complications for the last 10 years. She lived a very full life. She loved and was loved. She laughed and made people laugh. We also cried with her at times. It has been the richest of experiences. Dawn would want us to celebrate her life, not to mourn it.











Coloma-Willard Hankins, 58, died September 23, 2008. Willard is a 1970 BHHS Grad.


I'm sure a lot of you got your driver's training from Mr. Koetsier in high school. I know I did.
Rexford Koetsier passed away at his home in St. Joseph at the age of 85.



I got an email from Marcia Toms who said that Virginia Archer was taken to the hospital with kidney failure.  Visits or cards might help her during these last days and please keep her in your prayers. Thank you.

Gisela Krajewski Holtz

Here's an update from Marcia on Miss Archer’s condition:

She is alert pretty much. 

Today they are moving her back home and Hospice will be taking over. 

 For anyone who would like to visit, she is very able to receive and her address is:

Woodland Terrace,

8550 Red Arrow Highway.  

She is in the Lilac Court Building #3.  It’s right near Lemon Creek Road. 

 Her mailing address for cards, etc. is: 

            Virginia Archer

            Lilac Bldg Room 3

            PO Box 370

            Bridgman, MI  49106

Mil (DeHorn) is doing fine but becoming exhausted although she has tons of friends who are giving her excellent support. 

She is recovering from back surgery and is in therapy daily.

Miss Archer’s students are her family and I know she would be touched to hear from as many of us as possible.


George P. Swerbinsky

BENTON HARBOR — George P. Swerbinsky, age 56, died suddenly April 14, 2008. George was born Dec. 7, 1951, in Benton Harbor the son of Michael and Eugenia.

BAILEY, Mr. Kim F.
        Kalamazoo MI
Died Saturday morning August 12, 2006. Kim was born March 29, 1952 in Benton Harbor, Michigan a son of Frederick and Blossom (Stock) Bailey. He had been a Kalamazoo  area resident since 1972 and  was employed with the Portage Public School System for  l5 years. He was also a self employed artist for many years.  He was preceded in death by  his mother, Blossom Bailey;  and a sister, Vicky Ballard. On July 1, 1972, he was united in marriage to Linda K. (Hutchinson) Bailey who survives. Also surviving, his father, Frederick Bailey of Benton  Harbor, MI; and two nieces. A memorial service will be held 1 o'clock Monday (August 21) from the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service. Private burial will take place ! at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Kairos Dwelling or Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program.


Just want to let you know that our classmate, Hardie Bell, passed away on Thursday 1/4/06. Dorothy Parker



Classmate Leo Dean Magee passed away 4/28/05

Gary Northrup Passed March 8th, gary had cancer.

Another one of our classmates went home to be with the Lord. Joan Baird Johnson passed on Tuesday 1/21/03. Loretta

May 17, 2002 Bernhardt M. Kuschel ST. JOSEPH - Bernhardt Max Kuschel, 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Golden Pines Care Center, Stevensville

May 21, 2002 Editor Herald Palladium

Kind words for the leader of the band , The world lost a great man last week with the passing of Bernie Kuschel, former director of Benton Harbor bands for many years. Bernie, loved by all, will be sadly missed, but never forgotten. He touched the lives of countless people. Bernie groomed aspirations and encouraged young music students to excel. He was generous with his time, compassionate with his advice, and always shared his special gift of encouragement.

Benton Harbor's Herb Quade dead at 74


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