Susan Elizabeth “Bink” Seaburg, 92, passed away Thursday, September 21

Susan Elizabeth “Bink” Seaburg, 92, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Willows Assisted Living Center.

Susan Elizabeth Behnke was born to James and Ethel Behnke in Rolla, Missouri, and raised in St. Claire and St. Louis with her older brother, Paul. She was known as ‘Betty Sue’ growing up, and ‘Bink’ since college. When she attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, she acquired a nickname, a degree, and a loving husband. Who else could marry someone named ‘Bink’, except someone named ‘Buck’ (Victor Seaburg, Jr.)? They married shortly after graduation in 1947 and moved to Chicago, Buck’s hometown. They lived in the Chicago area for almost thirty years, raising their two girls in Wheaton, Illinois.  

In 1975, they relocated to St. Joseph, Michigan, to live ‘closer to the lake’. Bink enjoyed numerous social activities and made dozens of friends in the St. Joe area. She was active in PEO, Chapter DV, and the First Congregational Church.

Bink turned her love of cooking and entertaining into a business, first as a Pampered Chef sales rep, then opening her own kitchen store in 1985, The Grapevine Gourmet.  Its location on State Street–and the free coffee offered–made it a popular place.  

Buck later joined the business, which they ran for thirteen years. In 1997, Bink closed the store, due to Buck’s ill health.  He passed away in 1998, and Bink reminded everyone she spoke with that they had ‘had a great time for more than fifty years.’

Bink moved to the Willows Assisted Living in 2014. The family is grateful for Bink’s many loving caregivers, especially Cindy Haines.    

Bink is survived by her two daughters, Victoria and Susan (Judy Allen), two grandchildren, Cory Grzyb and Elizabeth Mesberg (Zach), and two great-grandsons, Samuel and Erik Mesberg, and loving nieces and nephews near and far.

Bink was known for her sense of humor, her wit, and her exceptional stubbornness.  No one loved a party more than Bink and Buck, and we are comforted by the thought that they are partying together again.

Services will be held at First Congregational Church of St. Joseph on October 14, 2017; details to be announced later. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice or the Humane Society of SWM Those wishing to sign Bink’s guestbook online may do so at

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