04-30-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Ralph C. “Chuck” Dewey, 79, of Coloma, passed away on April 28, 2020 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland in St. Joseph.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Chuck’s memory may be made to Coloma American Legion and Coloma Rod and Gun Club. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Chuck was born June 22, 1940 in Benton Harbor to Ralph and Agnes (Mikowski) Dewey.   He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1959 and served two years in the Army at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Following the service, he attended Green’s Barber College and went on to own Chucks Barber Shop in Coloma until he retired in 2002 after 39 years. Following retirement, he continued to cut hair from home for his older customers, making sure to always take care of those that were sick or in the hospital.  Outside of work, Chuck loved collecting gum ball and slot machines, picking up anything old from garage sales, and building bird houses in the garage.

Chuck and his wife Sharon (Zielke) were married on Sept. 14, 1963 and raised four children together. He was very much a family man. He loved spending time and playing with the kids as they were growing up and with the grandkids when they came along. Together, he and Sharon would travel in their R.V., visiting all of the states except two. For many years they would travel to Florida for the winter and when they were on the road, he would love to stop at flea markets and antique shows. Chuck has such a big heart, was always ready to help or do anything for anyone and will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife Sharon, his children Dina (George) Molter, Greg Dewey, Gavin (Nikkole) Dewey and Jason (Elisabeth) Dewey; five grandchildren Ashtynn (Sean) DeYoung, Jacob Molter, Paige and Quinn Dewey and Charlotte Dewey and his brother James (Sharon) Dewey.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his younger sister Margaret Ann and his great-granddaughter Lucille DeYoung.


Constance Eileen Saurbier went to be with her family in heaven on April 27, 2020.  She was 77.  She was born in Watervliet on March 28, 1943.  She graduated from Coloma High School in 1961.  She and William “Wild Bill” Saurbier, a well-known Watervliet police officer, were married on June 24, 1988.  She lived in Millburg for 32 years.

Connie enjoyed interior decorating and caring for her cats.  She loved jungle cats, Elvis Presley music, and staying in touch with friends and family on Facebook.  She worked at South Elementary School in the mid 1980s.  She was good at the technical aspects of computers and excelled at game play.

Connie is survived by her mother, Mary Lawson of Coopersville; sisters, Pat (Al) Leverton of Coopersville, Kay Lawson of Coopersville, Marilyn “Sue” (David) Nestell of Spring Lake, MI; her son, Christopher (Susan) Brown of TN, and many cousins.

Connie is preceded in death by her husband Bill Saurbier and her father Kenneth Lawson.

Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Connie’s family with cremation. No service will be held. Donations would be appreciated to Animal Aid, 717 St. Joseph Drive, St. Joseph, MI 49085. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Connie’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


Vanessa’s life began August 29, 1957 in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  She was a lifetime area resident. Vanessa worked for Memorial Hospital both as an x-ray technician and housekeeping; she also owned her own cleaning business for many years.  When she wasn’t working you could find Vanessa playing bingo, trying her luck at the casinos, baking or gathered around a table playing Farkle with family.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family which includes: five children, John Yakel, Everette (Suzy) Gaston, Rashonda (Jason) Fuller, Melody (Elvis) Christopher, and James (Karen) Gaston; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her significant other Tony Edge; three sisters, April Christopher-Lucker, Spring Johnson, and Summer Smith; and many nieces and nephews.