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Silvia Hinrichs

September 19, 1960 ~ December 2, 2019 (age 59)


It is with extreme anguish that the family of Silvia Hinrichs, announce her sudden passing on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo at the age of 59. 

Friends may meet with the family from 11 AM - 1 PM Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Friends are also invited to a lunch beginning at 2 PM Saturday at the Mars Community Center within the Mars Elementary, 430 Mars Street, Berrien Springs. Memorial contributions in Silvia’s honor may be made to Berrien County Cancer Service or Berrien Springs Middle School to be used on unmet student needs. Online condolences accepted at

Silvia was born September 19, 1960 in Germany the daughter of  Steve and Karin (Mutz) Katai. On June 25, 1983 she married Benno Hinrichs, and he preceded her in death on March 3, 2017. Silvia was also preceded in death by her first born daughter, Sarah Hinrichs-Tyler on October 11, 2018. Silvia was a faithful employee at the Berrien Springs Middle School and worked for the Berrien Springs Public Schools for 41 years. 

Survivors include a daughter: Sabrina Hinrichs; son-in-law: Bryan Tyler; her parents: Steve and Karin Katai; sister: Rita Katai; niece: Elisabeth (Jacob) Turner, nephew: John Fedor and many other dear cousins, family members and cherished friends. 

Silvia most significantly will be remembered for her ability to light up the lives of all who crossed her path be it students of Berrien Springs Middle School, family, friends, or complete strangers. Her welcoming demeanor, quick whit, infectious laughter and contagious smile always left those in her company uplifted. She left us early but she taught us well- to love big.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Silvia Hinrichs, please visit our floral store.


Gathering of Family and Friends
December 7, 2019

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
9191 Red Arrow HIghway
Bridgman, MI 49106


Berrien County Cancer Service
3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph MI 49085

Berrien Springs Middle School
502 Middle School Drive, Berrien Springs MI 49103

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