Josephine Edinger

Josephine Edinger

Thursday, May 8th, 1924 - Sunday, November 29th, 2020
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Josephine Edinger, 96, of Sodus, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation Center. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11 AM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Jon Bendewald officiating. Out of respect for the family and guests attending, masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sodus. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to PACE of Southwest Michigan,, 2900 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Josephine was born on May 8, 1924, in St. Joseph, to John & Anna (Vigansky) Gard. She grew up on the Gard Family Farm where she helped with the farming. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1942. On June 15, 1946, Josephine married the love of her life, Dale Edinger, at her family farm. The two were happily married for 32 years before his passing in 1978. The two of them enjoyed spending time with their children and polka dancing. Family meant everything to Josephine. She was wonderful, caring and commonly seen serving as a “Gold Star Mother”.

Josephine is survived by her children, Mary (John) Kinney of St. Joseph, Marcia Allen of Eau Claire, John Edinger of Sodus, Jeffery Edinger of Sodus, and Jerry (Pamela) Edinger of South Carolina; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John & Anna; loving husband, Dale; and her son, James who lost his life serving our country in Vietnam in 1967.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Mount Pleasant Cemetery


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greg edinger

Posted at 11:01pm
Our condolences to all of you on the loss of your Mother and we are sorry we were not able to attend her service today. She was one of the last of that great generation that sacrificed so much. During our time at Pine Ridge, it was obvious she was a favorite of many people there, and you all took very good care of her. Although you will miss her, she is finally at rest with your Dad in the best place.
Greg and Marian Edinger


Posted at 09:27pm
I am so sorry for your loss We Met your family when My Mom Cerell Poindexter worked with your father at Benton Township When We Were Little Kids, I Still Miss Those Township Picnics You Guys Had At Your Home, Your Mother Was Such A Lovely Person Last Time I Saw Her Was At Pace, SHE Will Truly, Truly, Be Missed Karol Poindextet

Robin Zollar

Posted at 03:32pm
Josie was a force of life and I always think of her with a smile. Fun, positive, upfront,kind, loyal, great smile, good mom, brave, a person my family was lucky to know. I know how you will miss her and what a hole in your heart it is to lose your mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Just think, she is with your Dad and smiling again. Robin Zollar

Lynda Hardwick

Posted at 10:33am
When I was a child, we used to visit Michigan and Aunt Jo in the summer. I remember her as the "fun" aunt, loving, generous in spirit, and always wanting the best for all of us. When I got older, I visited her again and found her to be honest and direct, qualities I value highly. Even though we have been separated by distance, she has been a constant in my life. My condolences to the entire family; I know she is loved and missed.

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