Gertraud Antonowitsch

Gertraud K. Antonowitsch

Sunday, April 22nd, 1934 - Monday, August 17th, 2020
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Gertraud K. Antonowitsch, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020, in South Bend, IN.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 pm on Friday, August 21, 2020, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph, MI. Out of respect to social distancing and keeping the community safe, masks will be required. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from noon – 1 also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Gertraud was born on April 22, 1934, to Ewald and Gretchen Wegner in Stettin, Germany. On July 21, 1951, she married Theodor Antonowitsch in Germany. Following their wedding they immigrated to the United States. Together, they owned Quality Builders, Inc. in Berrien Springs and also owned and operated Scott Lake East Camp Ground in Bloomingdale, MI. Gertraud was a founding member of St. Joe Kicker Sport Club where she was active for many years. She enjoyed dancing, especially polka; singing in the Warblers Choir at the Whitcomb, crocheting various items, bird & wildlife watching in her later years and tending to her flower garden. She also loved to cook German food and desserts.

Gertraud is survived by her children, Christiana (W.G.) Smith, Paul (Krista) Antonowitsch and Angelika (Charles) Colpitts; grandchildren Erik (Brandy) Antonowitsch, David (Cara) Antonowitsch, Ryan Colpitts and Kurt Antonowitsch; great grandchildren Ava and Isla Antonowitsch and special family friends, Janet Loomis and Mona Hughes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodor Antonowitsch; son, Herbert Antonowitsch; sister, Helga Bolz and half-brother, Herbert Antonowitsch.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 1:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Christopher Haack

Posted at 07:13pm
The Haacks and the St. Joe Kickers extend sincere condolences on the passing of this wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed. Thank you to her and the Antonowitsch family for everything they have done for the Kickers over the years. Ruhe in Frieden, liebe Gertraud. Christopher & Victoria Haack.

Robert Bruce

Posted at 12:53pm
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Antonowitsch. I did not know her well, but as one of Angie’s friends from High School, she always welcomed me into her home with a smile and offers of cookies. She was a lovely soul.

My heart goes out to Angie and the Antonowitsch family.

Angelika Colpitts Posted at 02:05pm

Thanks Bob. It really means a lot that you shared a memory. She was a wonderful mom and we will miss her very much.

Paul Antonowitsch

Posted at 10:07pm
A few photos of friends and family for Gertraud Antonowitsch. The Antonowitsch family would like to sincerely thank everyone that attended the funeral service and sent their condolences. During these challenging times we were very grateful for all the fond memories shared and appreciate all the support. We will do our best to catch up with the many freinds that were not able to attend and realize that your thoughts and prayers will be with Gertraud, family & friends. We would also like to reach out to the many members of the St. Joe Kickers Club, St. Matthew's Church, Scott Lake Camp Ground, Church Tackle Co., WMWC along with numerous close family & freinds for their support . Also a special thanks to Cameron Ondresky, Pastor Roth and the rest of the staff at Starks that made Gertraud's celebration of life a very special and honarable service.

Sheryl Paloucek

Posted at 06:34pm
I am so sorry to hear of Gertrude's passing. I met Gertrude 2 years ago at the Whitcomb, where my parents also live. My Dad, Herb Milnikel, enjoyed talking with her in German and sharing stories. She was a very sweet lady and lived a full life. May you and your family feel the peace of our Lord and Savior.
Sheryl Paloucek, Herb & Eleanor Milnikel

Roe Capizzo

Posted at 12:33pm
Fond memories of our days when we were neighbors in Fairplain. My deepest sympathy to her family!
Roe Capizzo
C Posted at 10:46am

Thank you Rose. I hope this finds you and your family well. Chris (Antonowitsch) Smith, Sarasota, FL

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