Barbara Trail

Barbara Jo Trail

Friday, May 8th, 1953 - Thursday, October 8th, 2020
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Barbara Jo Trail, 67, of Benton Harbor, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Hanson Hospice in Stevensville. Barb’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the care team at Caring Circle and Hanson Hospice for their attention given to Barb during her final stages. They’d also like to thank the transition team and central ward nurses at Royalton Manor, as well as the ER, 2nd floor staff, and those working behind the scenes at Lakeland Hospital.

The family will receive guests from 10am until the time of celebration of life service beginning at 11am, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions can be made to Caring Circle Hospice,, Hanson Hospice,, or to a charity of your choice.

Barb was born May 8, 1953 in Benton Harbor to Dale and Alice (West) Shaffer. She was a graduate of Benton Harbor high school, class of 1971. After high school, she worked part time at the snack counter at Woolworth’s in the plaza. She went on to spend many years in the food industry, first at the Holiday Inns in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor and then later at Capozio’s Pizza. She spent several years in secretarial work before attending beauty college in 1994 to become a nail technician, which she eventually retired from. Barb was also a member of Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph.

Barb will be missed by her husband of 28 years, Dennis Trail; her step-children, Melissa (Michael) August, and Anthony Trail; her grandchildren, Myles August and Austin E. Hampton; her sister, Maxine (Tim) Smith; and her nephews, Matt (Kate) Podjan, and Andy Podjan. She is preceded in death by her parents.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 12:39pm
Rest In Peace Dear Barb! I will always remember you with a smile. We had alot of fun together and I will always remember your fun spirit and infectious laugh. My deepest condolenscences to the family. Mary McDonald McAllister

Kathy Blanchard

Posted at 07:59am
I have known Barb for many years. She was such a nice person. The last time I saw Barb was at J C Penney. We talked whenever I saw her there. My condolences and prayers to Barbs family. Rest in peace, Barb.

Danethel Whitfield

Posted at 11:06pm
My deepest sympathy to Barb's family. Barb was an integral part of the class of 1971 and worked very hard on several reunions.
Rest In Peace my friend always a Tiger.
Danethel Echols Whitfield
BHHS Class of 1971

Stacey Peterson

Posted at 09:59pm
Very sorry to hear. Barb was a very good friend of my Mom and I have lots of childhood memories that involve her. Rest In Peace and please give my Mom a hug.

Bobbie Roloff

Posted at 03:04pm
I always loved Barb for her compassionate ways. She will be joining Carol Peterson who passed not long ago and was another part of our gang. I send loving thoughts to the family. She will be dearly missed. ❤️ Bobbie Roloff

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