10-05-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Joyce Tutton, 79, of Coloma, passed away Friday, Sep. 29, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 6:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home where the family will receive friends beginning at 4 p.m. until time of service. Donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Coloma FOP Lodge 147, the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, or the First Congregational UCC of Coloma. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Joyce was born October 8, 1937 in Portageville, MO to Leo and Ruby (Yarbrough) McQueen. She graduated from Coloma High School in 1956 having served as Miss Coloma and Gladiola Queen of 1955. On March 1, 1958 she married Eugene “Gene” Tutton and continued her commitment to Coloma by providing Coloma Community Schools with over 38 years of service as a teacher, school system administrator and principal of Washington Elementary School. She also served on the Watervliet Hospital Board for approximately 20 years, was active in many queen contests, Clever Clovers 4-H Club, MIHA, Coloma Lions and Lioness, and the First Congregational Church in Coloma. Joyce truly honored veterans and was instrumental in starting the Veterans Day Breakfast at Washington School, now attended by hundreds.

In her free time Joyce loved to paint, take pictures, garden, make flower arrangements, and attend horse shows. She had a special place in her heart for her dogs and all of the wild birds at her feeders.

Survivors include her husband Gene of almost 60 years, a son Bryan (Leigh Ann) Tutton and daughter Lori Romeo both of Coloma; one brother James C. McQueen of Coloma, two sisters Shelby Jean Kelbel of Grand Rapids and Aline Moore of Choctaw, AR. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Mikayla and Micah Romeo, and Brett Tutton of Coloma, along with several nieces and nephews and great- nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents Joyce was preceded in death by a sister Geraldine Rothaar.


Allen’s life began September 11, 1929 in Benton Harbor, born to John Robinson and Elinore Beecher (Allen) Crumb.  Allen grew up in Watervliet, where he graduated high school in 1947. A few years after graduation, Allen was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served his country during the Korean War.

In 1954 Allen married Virginia (Dolly) Landeck.  They remained married in love for 59 years. Allen worked for 30 years for Continental Can Company. In his younger years outside of work Allen would enjoy golfing and fishing.  After retirement his favorite pastimes were gardening and spending time with his grandson John.

Allen was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph as an usher for 45 years. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Catholic, Watervliet.

Allen’s greatest joy was his loving family which includes his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Pam Crumb of Benton Harbor and especially his Grandson John Crumb of Benton Harbor.  He is also survived by sister-in-law Dolores Pepperl and brother-in-law John “Jack” Landeck, both of St. Joseph.

Allen died Saturday, September 30 at his son’s home.  His loving wife of 59 years Virginia “Dolly” (Landeck) Crumb and his parents John and Elinore (Allen) Crumb precede Allen in death.

Friends may visit with Allen’s family Thursday, October 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, October 6, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph.  Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery.


Clara Jean Snyder Hartwig, age 92, died on September 29, 2017 at Hanson Hospice Center.

Services celebrating her life were held on Oct. 3 at the Coloma First United Methodist Church.  Burial followed in North Shore Memory Gardens. The Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born in Benton Harbor to Sherwood and Bernice Strome Snyder on July 25, 1925, on her father’s birthday.  She graduated from Benton Harbor High School with the Class of 1943, and attended Western Michigan University on scholarship for a brief time before returning to Benton Harbor to marry Nylor Hartwig of Eau Claire on March 18, 1944.

She was employed by Remington Rand, The Sears Department Store, and spent many years as the coordinator for three beauty salons of the Lion and the Ram enterprises in St. Joseph, Coloma, and Kalamazoo.  Earlier employment included the Forsterie Sodus Market, the A & P of Benton Harbor, Stanley Home Products, and many will remember her as the office manager for the St. Joseph YWCA.

She was a member of Coloma United Methodist Church for over 40 years with earlier memberships at New Hope United Methodist Church of Bainbridge Township, and Chapel Hill United Methodist Church of Sodus.  She and her husband were awarded the Outstanding Christian Service Award by the Berrien County Association of Churches in 1997.

Mrs. Hartwig was a past PTA (local and state) president, a volunteer with the Blossomtime Queen Committee, the Twin City Safety Council, the Berrien County Action Agency, and the Berrien County Association of Churches.  She was a founding member of the Michigan One Room School Association.  She also served as a 4-H leader for the Chadwick School District.  She was a past president of the Auxiliary for Watervliet Community Hospital, where she and her husband volunteered for many years.  Together, Nylor and Clara Jean served as lay members of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.  They also volunteered with the North Berrien Food Pantry and participated in the Tri-City CROP Walk for several years.  Both served as youth camp counselors.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, and three daughters: Linda Kaye of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tia Marie Moroney (Thomas) of Ada, Michigan, and Cathryn Ashley Snyder Mock (John) of Berrien Springs, Michigan.  Other survivors include several grand and great-grandchildren along with her brother, Sherwood Simon Snyder of Chicago, Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, Elmer LeRoy and Shirley Ann Snyder, and her son Larry Nylor Hartwig, a God and Country Award Boy Scout.  Two sons-in-law also preceded her in death, Roger James Borden and Michael John Heenan.

Memorials may be made to:  Coloma United Methodist Church, Hanson Hospice Center, and the American Cancer Society.


Vera E. Brooks, 96, of Watervliet died Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Lincoln Township.

Vera was born on Nov. 24, 1920 in Cates, IN to Amos and Maude Crowder. She married her husband, Veril Brooks, and together they celebrated over 60 wonderful years of marriage in the Benton Harbor area. He preceded her in death in 1989.

She worked at Potlatch in St. Joseph Michigan for a number of years, and was employed in grocery retail. She also worked for many years as a caregiver. She was also a volunteer at the Red Cross and the Coloma Senior Center. Vera was a past matron of the Benton Harbor Eastern Star. She was an active member of the Twelve Corners Community Church as well as a member of the Ladies Circle.

Vera will be remembered for many amazing things such as her giving personality and her exceptional jams and pickles. Everyone was always invited to sit down for a meal at Vera’s. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafts, and playing cards with her friends. Vera was a very hard working and caring individual, but most of all, a loving mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by the many people who cherished her.

Her family includes her children, Verita Pullins of Federal Way, WA and Vadonna Jackson of Watervliet; her 9 grandchildren, her 16 great-grandchildren and her 23 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her son, Vance, her daughter, Valrea, and her grand-daughter Lisa Forrest. Vera was the last surviving member of the 10 Crowder children.

Services celebrating he