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2009 Local Obituaries:
Madeline Martin of Chelsea, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep with her daughter by her side on December 24. Services are past. For donation and online condolence information, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s Web site.
gilbert-sylvia-two-725962 Sylvia Jeanne Gilbert of Chelsea, 93, passed away on December 14. There will be no funeral or viewing. A memorial gathering in Sylvia’s honor will take place next summer at North Lake. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Chelsea High School music department or the Chelsea District Library. A special Web site has been set up to share Sylvia stories, photos and contact information. For online condolences and more information, visit the Staffan Mitchell Funeral Home site.
elliot-jack002-788710John A. “Jack” Elliott, III of Chelsea, 73, died on December 12. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.; visitation will be on Wednesday from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. For details, visit the Staffan Mitchell Web page.
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Edith C. Westerman of Chelsea, 93, died on December 11. Memorial information is pending; for information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel site.
evans-catherine-oval-749163Catherine Elizabeth Evans of Chelsea, 89, passed away on December 6. A public service celebrating Catherine’s life will be held at Silver Maples in Chelsea at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 10, with a time for visiting with friends and family from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Maples Room at Silver Maples. Interment of her cremains will take place at a funeral service at the Okemos Community Church on Sunday, December 27 at 2:00 pm with visitation at 1:00 pm. For information, visit the Staffan Mitchell site.
Philip F. McGibney III of Chelsea, 92, passed away Thursday, Dec. 3. A funeral mass will be held Monday, Dec. 7, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. For donation information and online condolences, see the Staffan Mitchell Web site.
meernik1Richard “Dick” Meernik of Chelsea, 93, died Wednesday, Dec. 2. Graveside services will be held in the spring in Grand Rapids. For details, see the Cole Funeral Chapel site.

Kathleen May Egeler of Chelsea, 77, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24. Funeral services are past. For online condolences, see the Staffan Mitchell Web site.
otoole-brian001web-736704Brian E. O’Toole of Chelsea, 68, passed away on Monday, Nov. 16. Services are past. For condolences and donations, see the Staffan Mitchell Web site.

hinderer-norm-oval-700722Norman A. Hinderer of Chelsea, 90, passed away at his home on Thursday, Nov. 12. Services are past. For donation and condolence information, see the Staffan Mitchell Web site.

Robert R. Wendt of Chelsea, 87, died Monday, Nov. 9. Services will be private. For donation and other information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell web site.
Frederick Lewis Springborn of Chelsea, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 7. Memorial services are past. For an online guestbook, see Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.
Norma W. Gubachy of Chelsea, 93, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31. Memorial services are past. For online condolences and donation information, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
pitricelliLoretta Pitricelli of Chelsea, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 29, at Chelsea Retirement Community. No public services were held. For donation information, see Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

Jane Colman Hendron, born Jane Ault LeCompte, died Friday, Oct. 23, at Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea at the age of 93. There will be a memorial service Wed., Oct. 28, 2009, at Silver Maples and a private burial. For more information, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
darwin-brian001-711257 Brian D. Darwin of Chelsea, 47, passed away Monday, October 19. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. Visitation will be at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 p.m. Donations may be made to an educational fund for Brian’s children; for details, see the Staffan-Mitchell site.
pickert_2Helen Adelia Pickert of Chelsea, 96, died Friday, October 16. No public services are being held. For information on donations and an online guestbook, see Cole Funeral Home’s site.

Irmgard Schneider, 90, died on Friday, October 9, at the Chelsea Retirement Community’s Towsley Village. Services are past. For online condolences, visit Staffan-Mitchell’s site.
wood-ann002crop-782975Ann W. Wood of Chelsea, 92, passed away Friday, October 9. Services are past. For contribution and condolence information, visit Staffan-Mitchell’s site.

finkbeiner-lucile001web-721641Lucile E. Finkbeiner of Chelsea, 95, died Friday, October 9. Services are past. For contribution and condolence information, visit Staffan-Mitchell’s site.

Gerane Siemering (Benamou) Weinreich, 79, died peacefully at home October 9th at Silver Maples of Chelsea. A funeral service has been scheduled for Sunday, October 18th, at 12:30 p.m., at Saint Paul United Church of Christ, 14600 Old US-12. For donation and online condolence information, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s site.
servais_mainPearl Servais of Chelsea, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 3. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community. For information on graveside services (out of state) and contributions, please see the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

prather-ruthcurrent001web-756044Ruth P. Prather of Chelsea, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 1. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. in the main chapel at the Chelsea Retirement Community. For contributions and online condolences, please visit the Staffan-Mitchell Web site.

harook_rosemary_2Rosemary L. Harook of Chelsea, 71, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel. For memorial contributions, see the site.

barbernNancy Carol Barber of Chelsea, 67, died Thursday, Oct. 1. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For donations and an online guestbook, see the site.
brown-john-wesley001crop-772848 John Wesley Brown of Chelsea, 70, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. For donations and online condolences, see the site.

Edward Darlington of Chelsea, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 28, at 10:30 am at Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. Burial will be in Lansing. The family will receive friends Sunday, Sept. 29, from 4-7 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel.
Clifford G. Collinsworth of Chelsea, 77, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. Burial will follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
weber-mary001crop-758232Mary K. Weber of Chelsea, 83, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 25, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30.
mary-baize-790367Mary H. Baize of Chelsea, 84, passed away Saturday, September 19. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, with burial to follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For details on donations and online condolences, visit the funeral home’s Web site.
navarre_photoNelson W. Navarre, 85, died September 18 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Funeral arrangements will be set later this week. For details and an online guestbook, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

cobb_arthurArthur R. Cobb of Chelsea, 73, passed away at home with his family on Thursday, September 10. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ of Dexter (7610 Ann Arbor Street). The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For details on donations and online condolences, visit the Mitchell Funeral Home site.
rosentreterdan1Daniel James Rosentreter of Chelsea, 53, died unexpectedly Wednesday, September 9. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Waterloo United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends Sunday 2-4 & 6-9 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel. For an online guestbook and more information, visit the Cole site.
beeman-karen-retouch-crop-706765Karen S. Beeman of Chelsea, Michigan, 47, died Wednesday, August 26. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. Visitation with the family will be Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. For donation information and online condolences, visit Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
hepburn-rudella001crop-743702Rudella “Dell” Hepburn of Chelsea, 86, passed away Wednesday, August 26. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. For more information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home page.

wisecup_alAlbert Wisecup of Chelsea, 80, passed away on Tuesday, August 25. Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m.; funeral services will be Saturday at 3 p.m. For more information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

rowe_katrina_cloaseKatrina Carol Rowe-Arnett of Chelsea, 51, died on Monday, August 24. Services are pending. For more information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

deyoe_barb_copyBarbara J. DeYoe-Knott of Chelsea, 85, died Saturday, August 22. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. For details, information about Tuesday’s visitation hours and donation information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

wolcott-jean1Jean Matilda Wolcott of Chelsea, 93, passed away Thursday, August 20. For contribution information and an online guestbook, visit the Cole Web site.

Harold Polzin IV of Chelsea, 41, died on Saturday, August 15. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. For details, visitation information and online condolences, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.
Buddy Lee Johnson of Chelsea, 75, died Thursday, August 13. Services have been held. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel site.
Mildred M. Fields of Chelsea, 83, passed away on Wednesday, August 12. Services have been held. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel site.
Veltajean Olson of Chelsea, 87, died on Wednesday, August 12. Arrangements are pending; for details, see Cole Funeral Home’s site.
Harold Dye of Chelsea, 88, died at the Chelsea Retirement Community on August 11. A memorial service will be held at the CRC Saturday, August 15, at 11 a.m. For details and online condolences, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home pages.
dick-blotterArthur Richard “Dick” Blotter of Chelsea, 94, passed away Wednesday, August 12. Private funeral arrangements are pending. For information about donations or online condolences, visit the Mitchell Funeral Home site.

John “Jack” Phillip Redpath of Chelsea, 83, died on Sunday, August 9. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Aug. 13, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12. For information on the visitation, donations and online condolences, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home site.
Doris A. James of Chelsea, 88, passed away Friday, August 7. Services are pending; for details and online condolences, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s site.
Joan KruseJoan Kruse of Chelsea, 81, died Saturday, August 1. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 6, at Cole Funeral Chapel from 3-8 pm. For information about services and donations in lieu of flowers, visit the Cole Web site.

Audrey SnyderAudrey Snyder of Chelsea, 90, passed away on Wednesday, July 29. Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea. For online condolences and details on when the family will receive friends, visit the funeral home’s Web site.
Doris Douglas of Chelsea and Ann Arbor, 92, died Wednesday, July 8, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. A service at the CRC is planned for August 3. For online condolences and more information, visit Michell Funeral Homes.
Louise Ritsema of Chelsea and Ann Arbor, 90, passed away on Sunday, July 19. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 23, 11:00 a.m. at the main chapel at the Chelsea Retirement Community, with the family receiving friends an hour earlier. For online condolences and donation information, visit the Mitchell Funeral Home site.
oleszkiewicz-lois001-743396Lois W. Oleszkiewicz of Chelsea, age 86, died on Saturday, July 18, at Chelsea Community Hospital. A gathering will be held at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Tuesday, July 21, from 5-8 p.m.; the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more details and an online guestbook, visit the Mitchell site.
Joseph OttomanJoseph B. Ottoman of Chelsea, age 84, passed away on Monday, July 13. Receptions and services will be held Wednesday and Thursday. For more details, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s site.
Richard Sober of Chelsea, age 69, died Wednesday, July 8. There will be an open house in his honor July 18; there is also an online guestbook. For more details, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s site.
Ruth JohnsonRuth Elizabeth Johnson of Chelsea, age 87, died Wednesday, July 8. Funeral services were Monday. There is an online guest book. For more details, visit Cole.

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