Malachi Dezale

Malachi K. Dezale

Monday, July 22nd, 2002 - Monday, December 21st, 2020
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Malachi K. Dezale, 18, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Pastor Patrick Patterson officiating. Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance, masks and proper social distancing will be required. Burial will be held at Saint Simeon Catholic Cemetery, Aurora, CO. Memorial contributions may be made to Benton Harbor High School Athletics Programs, 870 Colfax Ave., Benton Harbor or The Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Malachi was born on July 22, 2002, in Denver, CO., to Koko Dezale & Catherine Jusu. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School this past year. While in high school, Malachi played football for the Benton Harbor Tigers and basketball for Country Side Academy. He was also very involved with The Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor. Malachi was a graduate of the Club's Passport to Manhood program as well as the Michigan Youth Leadership Academy presented by the Michigan State Police. He also enjoyed shopping and playing video games.

Malachi is survived by his mother Catherine (Ira) Jusu Burton of Benton Harbor; father, Koko (Flora) Dezale of Canada; grandfather, Bernard Jusu; grandmother, Georgette Dezale; brother, Shaquille Jusu; aunts, Irene Koko Stacious Jusu Smith, Sando Jusu and Kumba Jusu; cousins, Maude Smith, Jimmy Tengbeh, Aaliya Smith, Jasmine Tengbeh, Alexis Smith, Martha Jusu, Patience Jusu, Rose Gooding, Petrina Jusu, and Johnathan Tengbeh; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins in Europe, Africa and America. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Martha Jusu & Linda Jusu Shells.
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    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance, masks and proper social distancing will be required.


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Kathy Hollacher

Posted at 04:11pm
I am so very sorry to hear of Malachi's passing. He was a student in my 5th grade classroom. I always loved his smile and positive attitude. I am sure he will be missed by many who loved him. My sympathies to his family and friends. Kathy Hollacher, Countryside Academy.

Sarah Brookshire

Posted at 03:57pm
I recall Malachi when he was in elementary school. I enjoyed his personality. He was always respectful even when he found some mischief. Thinking and praying for the family during this time.

Chris Greer

Posted at 10:38am
Sorry for your loss. May the Lord be your comfort.
The Greer Mays family

Sharon Johnson

Posted at 08:09pm
To Catherine, Ira and the entire family. We send our sincere condolences for the passing of Malachi. We loved him so much and he will be missed. We are praying for you all during this difficult time and we love you.

Pastor Camellia Bogan, daughter Sharon and family.

Joy Burton

Posted at 07:52pm
Cousin. I’m so sorry they took you from us. Your life was just beginning. This is a hard one to swallow. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to see that beautiful smile.
So many people miss you so much. We’re going to do our best to make sure Catherine and the rest of the family is ok.
They just have to answer the phone lol
Gone but never forgotten. I’m glad you were brought into our life.

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