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Schiller_Stan_croppedStanley R. “Stan” Schiller
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 68, died suddenly Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Chelsea, Michigan. He was born May 8, 1945 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Oramel “Ozzie” and Ruth Anna (Howard) Schiller.

Stan was a member of  Chelsea High School class of 1964. He worked as a mechanic for Wally Grosseman and Rolly Spaulding. Stan then worked for the Chelsea School District Transportation Department for 17 years. Following those years, he spent his time as a freelance contractor. His specialty was fixing almost anything.

Stan was a member of the Inverness Country Club, Sons of VFW, and a Free Mason. He lived his life a Chelsea advocate and enjoyed his many new and longtime friendships.

Stan married Denise K. Foster, and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Troy (Laurie) Schiller of Chelsea; three sisters, Sandy (Michael) Harvey, Pam (Cathy Ashby) Moore, Trish (Bob) Hanna; three grandsons, Kyle (Stefany), Cody and Chad; and one great-granddaughter, Lily.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Talia “Tia” Schiller some 13 years earlier.

Family will receive friends Saturday, April 19, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel. As per Stan’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. A private burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Rainbow Connection, 621 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307.

RingeBudARichard A. “Bud” Ringe
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 76, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Chelsea, after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 9, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Richard H. and Helen A. (LaRose) Ringe.  Bud graduated from Chelsea High School in 1955. After college, he got into the metal finishing business and formed his own businesses, 3D Sales and Service and Jenex Corp.  Bud sold the businesses and retired in 2004.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Elks, the Moose Lodge, Inverness Country Club, and the Masons.  Bud was President of the Thursday Night Junior House Bowling League for over 30 years. He enjoyed his family, his place up North on the lake, golfing and bowling.  Bud was loved by everybody.

On June 6, 1959, he married Sally Vogel in the First Congregational Church in Chelsea, and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Gregory Ringe of Chelsea; a daughter, Jennifer (John) Elliott of Chelsea; a brother, Gerald H. (De Dee) Ringe of Harsens Island, MI; four grandchildren, Nick (Tabithah) Ringe, Evan, Alex and Hannah Guenther; one great-granddaughter, Audrey Ringe. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No public services will be held. A private burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.  Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Pratt_GailGail Maurine Pratt
Ann Arbor, MI formerly of Chelsea

Age 70, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at her home in Ann Arbor. She was born Aug. 22, 1943 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Richard P. and Alice L. (Jenks) Manning.

Gail earned her nursing license from Mercy School of Nursing of Detroit. She worked for 40 years as a nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Mercywood and Hillside Terrace.

Survivors include her mother, Alice; a son, Byron (Marianne) Pratt of Stockbridge; a daughter, Denise (Christopher) Rednour of Ann Arbor; a sister, Rita (Robert) Yates of Ann Arbor; three grandchildren, Bailey, Isaac and Isabella Pratt; and four nieces and nephews. Gail was preceded in death by her father.

A funeral service will be held Friday, May 2, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Woodland Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice or the Chelsea Hospital Infusion Center. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Frederick Francis Fischbach
of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Age 83, died at his home on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Fred was a noted aeronautical scientist and decorated Navy veteran who served in the Korean War. Born on Jan. 31, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, Fred attended school at South Bend Central where he graduated as valedictorian of his class at age 17. He entered the University of Michigan in the fall of 1948 to study aeronautics and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics.

He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was an exceptional mathematician. While at Michigan, Fred also served in the Navy ROTC and entered the Navy upon graduation. As a navigator aboard the USS Witek, he was a Korean War veteran and held the rank of LTJG. He was a member of the National Society of the Scabbard and Blade, and was very proud of his military service.

Upon his discharge, he worked in a shared capacity between the University of Michigan and the Department of Defense, developing sounding rockets for upper-atmospheric research. In this capacity, Fred headed launch teams at Wallops Island, Virginia, and White Sands, New Mexico. He published peer-reviewed works on subjects ranging from sounding rocketry to microwave occultation. His team’s flights with the Nike Cajon rocket held altitude records for three decades, and the basic rocket design his co-developed was incorporated into the Honest John Missile, which served as the backbone of the US missile arsenal throughout much of the Cold War.

A highly sought-after designer of implements and tools for a variety of industries, Fred founded University Biometrics in the late 1960s and developed equipment that is used in occupational and physical therapy settings to this day. He was also instrumental in the founding of Door Controls International in Dexter, and he worked for and consulted with that firm until his death. He developed a number of patents for door-closure coordination systems, and served on the Door Hard Institute’s standards board for many years.

Fred’s passion for science and engineering was matched by a boundless enthusiasm for adventure. He and his friends followed solar eclipses and other astronomical and atmospheric phenomena around the globe, and Fred traveled to all continents except Antarctica. His life’s major expedition was a solo canoe journey from Great Slave Lake (NWT) to Inuvik, above the Arctic Circle. The trip took more than two months and yielded a journal filled with incredible descriptions of Aurora Borealis, wolf activity, bear encounters, and life away from civilization in an unforgiving wilderness. The family’s vacations reflected his interest in the natural world, and often were centered around areas such as Banff and Yellowstone parks. Most involved long travels through the heart of the American West.

Fred also was an avid fly fisherman and made yearly pilgrimages to Montana to pursue trout on the Madison and Gallatin rivers, as well as fishing all the major trout streams of Michigan. A flawless grammarian and writer, Fred enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an omnivorous reader. While science and mathematics were his principal areas of expertise, he had deep knowledge in a range of topics, particularly geography, history, and sports.

Fred married Marylouise Lindquist in 1952 and she survives. He also is survived by a brother, Curtis Fischbach of Adrian; his children, Cort (Maureen) Fischbach of Pinckney, Kristin (Harold) Holcomb of Chelsea, and Dirk (Kathryn) Fischbach of Saline; and his grandchildren, Skylar Smith of Austin, Texas, and Evan and Colwyn Fischbach of Saline. He was preceded in death by his son, Brett Fischbach.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

Lowry_Sharon_closeSharon (Lancaster) Lowry
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 61, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at her home after an extended battle with cancer.

She was born Aug. 12, 1952 in Howell, MI the daughter of Thomas B. & Shirley A. (Gyde) Lancaster.

Sharon graduated from Saline High School in 1970. She attended Eastern Michigan University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. Sharon worked at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, did research at U of M, and worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Clinical Labs for 29 years, and ended her career as a Quality Assurance Manager at the U of M Blood Bank. She was a member of Michigan Association of Blood Banks. Sharon belonged to Scattered Threads Quilting group, and shared many quilts with her family members. Sharon enjoyed hiking in the Smokies, gardening, and she loved her kitty cats. She loved life and was very active.

On April 24, 1981, she married Bruce Lowry, and he survives. Other survivors include a son, John (Emma) Lowry of Fort Hood, TX; two brothers, Dan (Terri) Lancaster of Chelsea, David (Amy) Lancaster of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister, Margaret (Michael) Lightner of Northville; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Monday 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ann Arbor Food Gatherers, or Chelsea Community Hospital Cancer Center.

Burnett_JamesJames T. Burnett
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Dexter

Age 88, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at his home. He was born Jan. 25, 1926 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of John Eric and Ruth E. (Valentine) Burnett.

Jim graduated from Michigan State University and managed dairy plants for about 10 years, then supervised elevators and farm supply cooperatives for 22 years. After finishing with 10 rewarding years with Michigan Milk Producers Association, he retired with Pat to the family farm near Dexter.

Throughout his life, he has enjoyed hobbies of horses, Christmas trees, golf, and chair caning. Jim has been a life-long Episcopalian, serving on many committees and vestries. He was a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Dexter, as well as Lions and Optimist clubs. Jim also enjoyed serving on the Planning Commission of Webster Township for 17 years.

Jim is lovingly survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia “Pat”, two sons James of Chicago, IL and Michael of Kalamazoo; one daughter, Susan Hudson of Greenville; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, & friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Thomas, and John.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 11, 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, Dexter, with The Reverend Carol Mader officiating. A private burial will be held at Webster Church Cemetery in Dexter, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 3279 Broad St., Dexter, MI 48130 or Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Silvis_MaryMary Elizabeth Silvis
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Chicago, IL, Plymouth, MI and Sun City West, AZ

Age 95, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born Aug. 22, 1918 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of John MacCallum and Mary Elizabeth (Kaiser) Martin, and was a Mayflower descendent.

Mary was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth and the Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, and was active in church circles. During WWII, she supported her soldier husband and parents by working in the downtown Chicago Loop. After raising her family, she worked at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. During her retirement, Mary was an avid bicyclist with the Crestview riders in Sun City West. She played bridge all her life, and enjoyed knitting for her family.

On Nov. 20, 1941, she married William Barton Silvis, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 2012. Survivors include one son, William (Barbara) Silvis of Ann Arbor; two daughters, Janet (Richard) Weaver of Dexter; Marjorie Lynch of Plymouth; six grandchildren, Rebecca (Timothy) Gilbert of Nashville, TN, William Charles (Lauren) Silvis of Bethesda, MD, Benjamin (Kari) Weaver of Rochester Hills, MI, Edward Barton Lynch of Detroit, MI, Richard Weaver of Williamston, MI and Elizabeth Mae Lynch of Wolverine Lake, MI; and six great-grandchildren, Katherine, Abigail and Andrew Gilbert, Samuel and Alexandra Silvis, and Holden Weaver.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 11, 1 p.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community, with her niece Rev. Paula Durrant officiating. The family will receive friends from noon – 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Retirement Community. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Enos,-Loretta-photoLoretta Marie “Mimi” Enos
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 76, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at her home. She was born on Oct. 22, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Luke and Loretta (Sullivan) Guinan.

On Nov. 17, 1962, she married Richard L. “Dick” Enos in Detroit and he preceded her in death on April 30, 1991. She then married Edward Sutliff on Aug. 19, 1994, in Chelsea and he survives.

Mimi had worked as a secretary for South Lyon Community Schools. She loved to make people laugh and play practical jokes, and she was known for her “Mimi-isms.” She was also very proud of her Irish heritage. Mimi enjoyed spending her summers on Sugarloaf Lake and fishing, and she also liked to go to the casino. She will be remembered as a very kind person who loved her family and her children.

In addition to her husband, Ed, she is survived by her children: John (Pamela) Enos, Lynn (Marc) Keezer, and Deborah (Albie) Rasegan; her grandchildren: Jacob Enos, Joseph Enos, Brandon (Kaycee) Keezer, Kara (Dale) Goldsmith, Alec Rasegan, Emma Rasegan, and Owen Rasegan; her sister, Cathy (Dennis) Wagenschutz; her sisters-in-law, Judy Guinan and Marcia Guinan; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Don Guinan and James Guinan.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Vigil at 7:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea District Library or St. Mary Catholic Church.

Wade-Robert-b1Robert Jenkins Wade
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Detroit

Age 97, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Chelsea.

He was born April 27, 1916 in Detroit, the son of Clarence and Mabel (Forler) Wade.

On Feb. 17, 1962, he married Alberta Frances Hosking in Detroit, and she preceded him in death on March 28, 2008. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Williams, sisters- and brothers-in-law, Christine (Thor) Jurgensen of Farmington, Mary Elizabeth (Eugene) Kress of Ft Wayne, IN, Clara Mathie of Waverly, OH, and William D. Hosking of Warren. Survivors include a sister, Gwen Connelly of Wichita , KS; a brother-in-law, Gordon Mathie; a God-son, Thor Sandell; a God-daughter, Kierstin Sandell Drzal; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. preceded by a half-hour visitation at Chelsea Retirement Community’s main chapel, with Rev. Stanley Eckermann officiating. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

Bob retired from Barry Steel in Detroit. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, and a former member of Salem Lutheran Church in Detroit. Bob was also active in the Chelsea Hospital Auxiliary. He was a good and decent man, with a generous heart and a cheerful, optimistic spirit. He was a wonderful husband, brother, uncle, great-uncle and great-great uncle. He will always be loved, remembered and greatly missed.

Reynolds,-William-webWilliam Ronald Reynolds
of Stockbridge, Michigan

Age 78, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

He was born on April 4, 1935, the son of Donald and Bessie (Cosgray) Reynolds. He had lived in the area all of his life, was a veteran of the United States Army, and enjoyed farming, raising goats, and coffee with the guys. He was the barber in Munith for many years and was also a past Worshipful Master for the Stockbridge Masonic Lodge Chapter 130. Bill had worked for the Dana Corporation in Chelsea as a tool and die maker, retiring in 1996.

On June 27, 1997, he married Patricia A. Moore and she survives. Also surviving are two children, April (Bruce) Williamson of Cadillac and James “Rick” Reynolds of Jackson; seven grandchildren: Nicole, Eddie, Dolph, Steven, Kyle, Chloe, and Chase; four great-grandchildren: Aaliyah, Isaac, Harper, and Riley; and his brother Robert Reynolds of Stockbridge and sister Dianne (Terry) Outwater of Stockbridge. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Reynolds.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, with Pastor Jeanne Laimon and Pastor David Trammell co-officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Stockbridge Masonic Lodge Chapter 130. The family will receive friends on Monday at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m., and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Kinsey, Ileen Fay (Loeffler)
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor

Ileen Fay (Loeffler) Kinsey of Chelsea, Michigan and formerly of Ann Arbor, died at home on March 29, 2014 with her loving family surrounding her and in the care of her granddaughter Stacey, a licensed nurse practitioner who was inspired by her mother and grandma Ileen to become a nurse.

Ileen was born in Chelsea in 1927, the daughter of Herbert and Edna (Maroney) Loeffler. She graduated from Chelsea High School in 1945 and shared valedictorian honors that year. Ileen attended Michigan State University (then Michigan State College) and graduated “with honors” in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. She worked as a Medical Technologist at the University of Michigan Hospital before devoting her life to homemaking.

In 1947, she married Richard “Dick” Kinsey of Chelsea, MI and he survives. Dick and Ileen celebrated 66 years of “wedded bliss.” They had their disagreements, but through it all they were fun-loving, hardworking partners in life that were the exemplar for a strong marriage.

Ileen was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Ileen was the beloved mother of Karna (Dennis) Brandt, Kathy Kinsey and Rich (Toni) Kinsey. She was a very insightful, quick witted, inspirational figure to her five grandchildren: Robert Brandt of Dewitt, Chris Chambers of Ann Arbor, Stacey Chambers of Canton, Rick Kinsey of Marquette and Peter Kinsey of Traverse City. Ileen was a great-grandmother to Nicholas, Jacob and Tyler Brandt, all of DeWitt.

Ileen battled lung cancer for 8 years and never lost her wry sense of humor, keen intellect or honest appraisal of life as she encountered it. Ileen was an extraordinary woman and her family agreed that although she was shy in nature to those outside the family, she was a perceptive, sensible and frank matriarch of the family. Ileen enjoyed traveling, reading, summering on North Lake, slot machines on occasion and knitting. Her knitting was incredible and each family has numerous examples of her sweaters and afghans to keep them as warm as their memories of Ileen.

The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful caregivers who assisted Ileen in her final days. The staff at the University of Michigan Hospital, the nurses from Synergy, and Arbor Hospice were kind and compassionate throughout Ileen’s final struggle. This kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.

Cremation and a family memorial have taken place. The family urges well-wishers to enjoy time with their own families and give to the charity of their choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Reincke-Howard-Wesley-2Howard Wesley Reincke
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 87, of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Traverse City, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Wes was born on June 13, 1926 on the family farm at Keswick in Bingham Township, Leelanau County, to Howard W. and Celia B. (Hinshaw) Reincke.

After graduating from Suttons Bay High School, he entered college, graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He was a veteran of the United States Navy (Ensign) serving on a battle cruiser in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a registered professional engineer and a registered land surveyor. He worked for a short time as the assistant county land surveyor for Leelanau County before moving to Lansing for three years to work for the Michigan Department of State Highways and to work on his master’s degree at Michigan State University.

In 1955, he and the family moved back to Traverse City, and he joined the Grand Traverse County Road Commission where he was the engineer-manager from 1960 until his retirement in 1988.In retirement, he and his wife Donna, enjoyed life at their summer home on Lake Leelanau and winters in Florida and Alabama.

Wes will be remembered as a man of true integrity, honesty and patience. He touched the lives of many people. He loved his Wolverines and his Detroit Tigers, but most of all, Wes loved his God, his family, and many relatives and friends. He enjoyed playing games and especially loved playing sports until being sidelined by rheumatoid arthritis.

He always looked forward to family reunions and get-togethers and enjoyed recalling and sharing remembrances of days gone by with clarity and fondness.

Wes is survived by his wife of 67 years, Donna L. (Hubbell) and their children, Jonathan W. (Kathrean) Reincke of Eaton Rapids, Mi., Sarah J. (John) Groesser of Chelsea, Mi., and Philip A. Reincke of Kingsley, Mi.; grandchildren: Erin, Ben, and Katie Reincke; Ben, Kirk, and Leslie Trentham; Jason, Brian (Ali), and Mike (Abby) Groesser; great-grandchildren: Ava, Brayden, and Claire Groesser; sisters: Orpha Drone, Ione (Rex) Shugart, and Ann Reincke; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by older sister, Lorraine F. Weigand and brothers-in-law, William R. Weigand and Edward A. Drone, and nephew, Lynn R. Weigand.
A memorial service and burial will take place later this spring at the Keswick United Methodist Church with interment at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bingham Township.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Keswick United Methodist Church, 3376 S. Center Highway, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Yeutter-Schulze,-Angela-webAngela Leigh Yeutter-Schulze, of Jackson, formerly Grass Lake, Michigan

Age 39, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson.

She was born on Feb. 20, 1975, in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of Robert and Patricia (Sluder) Yeutter. Angela was a member of the Sharon United Methodist Church in Manchester and was a 1993 graduate of Manchester High School. In high school, she played clarinet in the marching band and also played softball and volleyball. She attended Washtenaw Community College to study accounting and made her career in banking, working at the Republic Bank in Ann Arbor and in Chelsea at Flag Star Bank and most recently at Key Bank.

She was active with the Grass Lake P.T.O. and she loved spending time with her kids, going to baseball games and putting together family gatherings. She also enjoyed knitting, gave the best hugs, always had a smile on her face, could make the best out of any situation, and loved to laugh.

Surviving are her children, Brandon Schulze (age 15) and Rachel Schulze (age 12); her fiancé Eric Wenk and daughter Breanna Wenk of Jackson; her former husband Mark Schulze of Vandercook Lake; her father Robert (Marty) Yeutter of Grass Lake; her sisters, Renee Yeutter of Walled Lake and Robyn (Patrick) McNamee of Willis; and her nieces and nephews Jayce, Jesse, Seth, Haylee, and Allyson. She was preceded in death by her mother in 1995, her grandparents, an infant sister Dana Yeutter, and an infant nephew Morgan McNamee.

A Funeral Service will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Roger Harkness officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Lenawee County Memorial Gardens in Tecumseh.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to an educational fund for her children (make checks payable to Mark Schulze). The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

Fetterolf,-Carlos-webCarlos de la Mesa Fetterolf, Jr., B.S., M.S.

Age 87, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 due to complications from a fall.

Carlos was born on Dec. 28, 1926 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife Norma Baughan Fetterolf. Carlos had four children: David (Maureen), Bruce (Judy), Trudy Eby, and Amy Corser (Eric). He leaves five grandchildren: Laura and Sara Fetterolf, Travis Fetterolf, Cory Eby, and Dante Jones. He is also survived by his beloved cousin, Mary Frances Bradley.

After serving in World War II, he graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he enjoyed being on the All American Intercollegiate Soccer Team. He then went on to earn an M.S. from Michigan State University. He was an avid environmentalist; he used his education as an aquatic biologist to make his life work the protection of the Great Lakes.

Carlos was retired from the Canada-United States Great Lakes Fishery Commission where he served as Executive Secretary from 1975 to 1992. Prior to working with the Commission, Carlos was a fishery researcher and manager with the Tennessee Game and Fish Commission, the Chief of Water Quality Appraisal for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Michigan DNR’s Chief Environmental Scientist. On leave to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, he served as science coordinator in development of Water Quality Criteria, 1972, a resource document for the establishment of national water quality standards.

He was a past president of the American Fisheries Society, the North American Benthological Society, the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and the Michigan Association of Conservation Ecologists. Carlos received awards for his career contributions to natural resources from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and both of his alma maters. Carlos was recently inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. After retirement he was appointed to the U.S. National Sea Grant Review Panel, did contract work for the Commission, the World Bank in Kenya, and others.

His greatest pleasure after retirement was spending time with family and friends. He continued to share his vast knowledge and expertise by volunteering with environmental causes, such as Trout Unlimited. Carlos’ enthusiasm for the outdoors was instilled in his family during treasured time together; whether it was snow skiing, water skiing, snorkeling, fishing, camping, canoeing, or hunting. Carlos’ irrepressible zest for life and sense of humor was contagious! He made a difference; personally and professionally!

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with the Rev. Carol A. Mader officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Fisheries Society in Bethesda, MD (fisheries.org), Ann Arbor Area Trout Unlimited (annarbortu.org), or St. James’ Episcopal Church in Dexter (stjamesdexter.org).

 

Gaunt-Donna-2Donna Lou Gaunt
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 82, died Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born Aug. 29, 1931 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Oscar William and Alma Bertha (Kalmbach) Kalmbach.

Donna graduated from Chelsea High School in 1949, and was president of her class. She attended Michigan State University obtaining a Basic College Certificate in Home Economics. Donna was a homemaker but did whatever was needed to be done for the family’s flower business (Southview). She picked up jobs as Jim’s parents slowly cut back on their responsibilities by grading flowers, doing book work, answering phone. Later, she served as Secretary for the corporate board.

A lifelong Methodist at Salem Grove and Chelsea First United Methodist churches, she was altar flower chair for 45 years, a member of the United Methodist Women, chaired the luncheon for the Women’s Bazaar, and other dinners. She also chaired some of the Band Boosters Dinners. Donna played the organ at the Cole Funeral Chapel for over 50 years, and was a substitute organist at several local churches, including First Congregational Church and St. Paul United Church of Christ.

She enjoyed playing cards – especially Bridge. Donna’s life can be described by faith, family, flowers, friends, music, and food.

On July 7, 1951, she married James Frederick Gaunt at the Salem Grove United Methodist Church, and he survives. Other survivors include three sons, Daniel (Antoinette Keim) Gaunt of Chelsea, Richard “Ric” (Debra) Gaunt of Walled Lake, Thomas (Laura) Gaunt of White Lake; seven grandchildren, Steven (Richele), Kristin (Ethan) McLaughlin, Nicole, Michelle, David, Chelsea, Nicholas “Nick”; three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Isla and Oliver; a sister, Carolyn Beal of Saline; and two nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Sanderson, and brothers-in-law, Leon Sanderson and Jim Beal.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, Michigan.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Sunday from noon – 3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., and Monday at the church from 9:30-10:30 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

King,-Thomas-ArmyThomas J. “Tommy” King
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born on June 6, 1922, in Monarch, Wyoming, the only son of Thomas H. King and Rose (Wondra) King.

He graduated from Sheridan High School in Sheridan, WY, and served with the 7th Army, 42nd Rainbow Div. during World War II. He married Margaret F. King of Saline, MI, on Aug. 31, 1946, at the First Presbyterian Church in Saline. They moved to Denver, Colorado, where he completed his B.S. Degree in Business/Accounting at the University of Denver, Class of 1949. After graduation, he worked for a land lease office in Sheridan as an accountant. Tom and Margaret moved back to Saline in 1951 where he worked for the Ford Motor Company, Cost Accounting, until his retirement in 1995.

King,-Thomas-1Tom was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Saline and American Legion Post 322. The beautiful woods, lakes, and streams of Michigan provided wonderful opportunities to share his love for hunting and fishing with family and friends. He always looked forward to spending his summer vacation at “King’s Kastle,” the cabin he built with his parents in the Big Horn Mountains east of Yellowstone Park. Everyone was welcome at the cabin. Wonderful times were spent reuniting with family and friends, fly fishing, enjoying the abundance of wildlife, cook-outs over campfires, and meals cooked with a wood burning stove. Tom was a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, son David (Cherrie), daughters Kathy, Marjorie, and Roseanne, granddaughter Kacey King Reynolds (Jared), step-grandchildren Amy Cook Barnaby (Tucker) and Andrew Cook (Stacy), and great-grandchildren Alexandria, Marshall, Cody, Cannon, Tucker, and Campbell.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Saline.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. Please visit the guestbook here.

Wagner,-Wendell-webWendell John Wagner
of Gregory, Michigan

Age 67, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at his home. He was born on Nov. 8, 1946, in Adrian, MI, to Norbert and Genevieve Wagner.

Wendell graduated in 1964 from Catholic Central and went on to attend Eastern Michigan University. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, July 5, 1966, served in Vietnam throughout 1967 with the 5th Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant E5.

On Feb. 22, 1969, Wendell married Christine Drake and the two recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.

Wendell retired from Dayton Progress Corporation in February of 2012, where he worked as a Regional Manager. Wendell was an avid reader as well as an author, and he also had a patent for a die press. He treasured his family and dearly loved his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Chris, he is survived by his children: Stefanie (Paul) Hedding of Gregory and Alyssa (Aaron) Babycz of Chelsea; his grandchildren: Faith Hedding, and Lucas and Wesley Babycz; brothers: Tom Wagner of Las Vegas, NV, Steven (Cheryl) Wagner of York, PA, Bert (Christie) Wagner of Pinckney, MI, Richard Wagner (Gary Stallings) of Butte, MT, Mark (Mary) Wagner of Plymouth Meeting, PA, and Kevin (Chris) Wagner of Indianapolis, IN; sisters: Sandra Nikirk of Monroe, Diana Howard of Northville, Kathleen (James) Schuller of Sylvania, OH, and Lisa (Jay) Doan of Monroe; his parents-in-law Leo and Mardelle Drake of Adrian; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Wendell was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Carl Nikirk. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Chaplain Lori Feiler officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arbor Hospice Foundation. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Marble-PatriciaPatricia Loie Marble
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Whitmore Lake and Dexter

Age 66, died Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born April 21, 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Frank W. and Lenore E. (Ackridge) Marble.

Patricia graduated from Dexter High School in 1965. She earned a Bachelors in Art at Michigan State University, and her Masters in Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Patricia was a practicing artist whose favorite medium was pottery. She showed her pottery at the Ann Arbor Art Fair for several years. Patricia worked as a psychologist with the State of Michigan Department of Corrections. She loved gardening her whole life, and earned several ribbons for her dahlias at 4-H Fairs as a girl. Patricia was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, and a volunteer at Faith in Action.

She married George Sproule, and he preceded her in death in 1989.She is survived by her brother, F. David (Laurie) Marble of Gaines, MI; her sister, Nancy M. (Randall) Collins of Harpers Ferry, WV; three nephews, Brian, Brandon and Jason Marble; and a niece, Jodi Marble. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Lynda and Susan Marble, and a brother, Robert Marble.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery, Dexter.

The family will receive friends Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. before the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Faith in Action or The Age of Miracles Animal Rescue.

Paulun-MelvinMelvin O. Paulun
of Dexter, MI, longtime resident of Manchester, MI

Age 82, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 22, 1932 in Beloit, Wisconsin, the son of Karl & Hattie (Gollee) Paulun. On Nov. 12, 1954, he married Lillian Harrison in Garden City, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 2001.

Mel was Fire Chief of Canton Township from 1963 until he retired in 1993.His fire career started in 1954 as a volunteer. Mel enjoyed hunting with his son, son-in-law, and nephew. He also enjoyed being with and watching all of the different sporting and special events his grandchildren were involved in. He was a member of the Chelsea Free Methodist Church and loved his Lord.

Mel is survived by his loving children, Connie (Anthony) Azzopardi of Taylor, Sandra Sherman of Roseville, Paul Paulun of Cadillac, Rick (Dorothey) Paulun of Dexter, Karen (Rob) Cripe of Florida, Jennifer (Gary) Krause of Waterford; seven grandsons, three granddaughters, and a great-grandson.

A funeral service will be held Friday, March 21, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Ford and Rev. Jeff Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 1-5 and 7-9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice or Chelsea Free Methodist Church.

Schroen_Debra2Debra (Paul) Schroen
Jackson, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor and Chelsea

Age 61, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Adrian, Michigan. She was born Jan. 4, 1953 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur C. & Dorothy (Pucak) Paul.

Debbie was a graduate of CHS Class of 1971. With her husband, she ran Russ’s Sewer Service, and later Yankee Environmental. Debbie then worked at Pittsfield Elementary School in Ann Arbor in Food Service.

On Nov. 6, 1982, she married Russell Schroen at Dexter Gospel Church, and he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Susanne M. (Erv Claxton) Kopka of Adrian; three brothers, Arthur Jr. (Sherry) Paul of Lansing, William (Beverly) Paul and Douglas (Kelly) Paul, both of Chelsea; one sister, Laura (Mark) Raymond of Mason; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her son, Lee Kopka on April 25, 1976, her father, Arthur, in 2002, her mother, Dorothy, in 2009; a brother, Edward H. in 1985; and a sister, Mary Lou Sweeny in 1988.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Ann Salyer officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday before the service from 1-2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice, Dexter Gospel or Lenawee County Humane Society.

Kargel,-Andrew-webAndrew Jacob “Andy” Kargel
of Saline, Michigan

Age 34, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

He was born on April 6, 1979, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Kieran “Kerry” and Glenna (Kraai) Kargel. On June 21, 2003, he married Rebekah Anne Knight in Chelsea and she survives.

Andy had a larger than life personality and could light up a room. He loved to have a good time, was great with a joke or prank, and enjoyed cars, sports, and anything fun, fast, and thrilling. Andy was a teacher for the Linden School District. He loved his students and made every one of them feel important. He was a friend to so many, would help anyone, and could fix anything with a motor.

Most of all he loved his wife and kids with all his heart, and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his wife, surviving are his two children, Kalle MaKayla Kargel and Jack Alexander Kargel; parents Kerry and Glenna Kargel, mother-in-law Lexa (John) O’Brien, and father-in-law Phil (Linda) Knight; brother Chris (Kami) Kargel, brother-in-law Matt (Jenny) Knight, and sisters-in-law Shannon (Will) Kuchera and Kelly O’Brien; nephews Ryan and Grant Kargel and Josh Knight; maternal grandparents Glenn and Gertrude Kraai; and grandparents-in-law Dorris and Forrest Swatman and Alden Knight. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Delphine Kargel, and grandmother-in-law Marilyn Knight.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Celebration of Life and Remembrance at 8 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to an education fund for the Kargel children.

Olson,-Donald-1Donald Lee Olson
Chelsea, Michigan formerly of East Jordan, Michigan

Age 83, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at home with his family. He was born March 25, 1930 in East Jordan, Michigan, the son of Ingwald and Mabel (Maddocks) Olson.

On Oct. 13, 1955, he married Margaret Jane Scott in Petoskey, and she survives. Donald was in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict, where he was an airplane mechanic and instructor. He attended Cal. Aero. Tech. Donald installed elevators for 35 years, working for several companies including OTIS and Haughton-Schindler. He was a member of the VFW in Iron River. Donald enjoyed hunting and fishing at his home on the Jordan River.

He was a family man, and the best “Pa” in the world to a daughter, Lynn Olson of Chelsea; a son, Jim (Karen) Wicker of Hamburg; 9 grandchildren, James, Kenneth, Jeffrey, Mindy, Jenna, Sheri, Kimberly, Jon and Krista; 17 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a special son-in-law and daughter-in-law Doug and Phyllis “Jeannie” Sumner. He was preceded in death by a son, Eric Olson, and a daughter, Marjean Laws.

The family will hold a memorial service in the spring at their home on the Jordan River. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ann Arbor Veteran Affairs Office.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Margaret E. Cobb
of Chelsea, formerly Wayne, Michigan

Entered her heavenly rest at age 90 on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Chelsea Community Hospital.

She was born on May 13, 1923, to Ernest and Margaret (Cain) Bergeron, the second youngest of eight children. Margaret loved to tell stories of Irish humor and growing up on the family farm in Sterling, Michigan. Her beloved husband, Lee J. Cobb, preceded her in death in 1982. Margaret loved babies and children, and she and Lee were foster parents for many years; later they enjoyed their grandchildren. Margaret’s hobbies were reading, sewing, and cooking.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Lee (Jack) Clayton; three grandchildren: Marie (Mark) Hempenius, Michelle (Gregg) Hinkle, and Matthew Clayton; seven great-grandchildren: Christina, Jason, Michael, Nicholas, Therese, Alex, and Rose; two precious great-great-granddaughters Cloe and Storm; her sister, Ruth Donnelly; and a large extended family and many religious friends who loved her very much and she loved them in return. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by siblings Esther, Lester, Leo, Gertrude, Madeline, and Leonard.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Private burial will take place at a later date at Glenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Community Hospital, the United Methodist Retirement Communities Heritage Foundation, or St. Mary Catholic Church.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Mock,-Max-webMax O. Mock
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 71, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born on April 7, 1942, in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Orvile and Lorraine (Worden) Mock.

Max retired from Chelsea Milling Company in 2001 after over 40 years. He had lived in the area his entire life and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gathering mushrooms.

He is survived by his daughter Laura (Ernie) Thornsbury of Belleville; his grandchildren Holly Banker, Christina Gregory, and Taylor Mock, and great-grandson William Toda; his mother Lorraine Mock of Chelsea; his brother Robert (Theresa) Mock of Grass Lake; and one nephew and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey S. Mock in 2000, his father, and an infant sister Wanda Mock.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Rev. Jeanne Laimon officiating. Burial will follow at South Jackson Cemetery in Jackson.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Louis Center in Chelsea or the National Rifle Association. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Betty Jane Dahl
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Livingston Co.

Age 92, born into eternal salvation Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Mrs. Dahl has been living in Chelsea. She was born March 17, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan.

Betty loved flower gardening, bird watching, and genealogy. She was a wonderful wife and mother. On June 23, 1951, she married Bernard G. Dahl, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 2005. Survivors include three children, David (Debbie) Dahl of New Boston, MI, Ann L. (William) Breslin of McCordsville, IN, and Michael P. (Robin) Dahl of Chelsea; 6 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Mrs. Dahl donated her body to the University of Michigan Medical School as an anatomical gift. Burial will be at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life Livingston County, P.O. Box 934, Brighton, MI 48116.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Egeler,-Raymond-circledRaymond A. Egeler
Chelsea, MI

Age 91, entered into his heavenly rest through faith in Christ Jesus Friday, March 7, 2014 at Chelsea Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 14, 1922 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Lewis H. and Laura C. (Gutekunst) Egeler. The Holy Spirit claimed him as a child of God through Holy Baptism, Oct. 29, 1922.

Ray lived over 6 decades in Scio Township. He was employed with King -Seely during WWII. He was discovered by Italian master tiler Louie Tramontine while doing fieldstone work at the Doc Davis Farm. After 7 years of hard apprenticeship, he earned his Master Tile Layers card in 1949. Egeler’s Ceramic Tile was established, becoming one of the best tile layers with work widely and well known even at Mission Point on Mackinaw Island and as far away as his daughter’s in Hawaii. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gathering fresh foods, while sharing his skills with his family. Raymond had survived many cancer operations; he was still driving, and taking extended daily walks. His stories and wine making will be greatly missed.

He married devoted loving wife Dorothy K. Zahn on June 23, 1951. In their life together, they were regular and active members of St. Thomas Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2005.

Survivors include a son, Timothy (Francine) Egeler of Dexter; three daughters, Violet (Larry) DeSmither of Keaau, Hawaii, Rosemary Greenway of Keaau, Hawaii, Iris (Vic) Klotz of Brooklyn; 9 grandchildren, Lance and Liliana DeSmither, Katherine and Matthew Greenway, Jacob, Julia and Madelyn Egeler, Harley and Holly Shelhart; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, Erwin (Ann) Egeler of Dexter; a sister, May Hardy of Ann Arbor; a sister-in-law Barbara Egeler; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Edwin, and Douglas Egeler.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 13, 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, with Rev. Charles Schulz officiating. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. and on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

Merkel-VincentVincent Arthur Merkel
Dexter, MI

Age 89, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at his home. He was born Jan. 10, 1925 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Arthur Merkel and Isabell (Kerbaugh) Merkel – Broderick.

Vincent retired from Interstate Motor Freight. He was a hard worker who enjoyed fishing and winters in Florida.

On July 11, 1945, he married Dorothea Deihl in Ann Arbor, and she preceded him in death on June 7, 2002. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Scott of Chelsea; a son, Donald (Dianna) Merkel of Fredrick, MI; a brother, Robert (Ruth) Broderick of TN; 6 grandchildren, Jeff (Bonnie-Jean) Scott, Zoie (Donald) Wheeler, Bonnie (Tom) Mannor, Donald Merkel, Jr., Douglas Merkel, Daniel (Michelle) Merkel; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Evelyn Gilbee; and an infant son, Scott Arthur Merkel.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 8, 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ann Arbor, with Fr. David Glaser officiating.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

Eisele,-Donald-web

Donald Dale Eisele
of Gregory, Michigan

Age 56, passed away on March 4, 2014.

He was the son of Dale and Barbara (Kappler) Eisele. He was a 1975 graduate of Chelsea High School and was a self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by his father Dale Eisele and step-mother Sharon Eisele, two brothers, Douglas Eisele and David Eisele of Gregory, MI, two step-sisters, Linda (Jerry) Reed of Troy and Cathy (Craig) Beaudoin of Canton, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Barbara Eisele in 1990. Cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the North Lake United Methodist Church, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.  Donations in Donald’s memory may be made to the North Lake United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

 

Noworyta,-Edward-webEdward Stanley Noworyta
of Gregory, Michigan

Age 95, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community Towsley Village.

He was born on July 22, 1918, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Jon and Anna (Pietrusinska) Noworyta.

Edward had lived in the area since 1980, coming from Belleville, and was a member of the American Legion in Pinckney. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1945-46. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and farming.

Surviving are his children: Darlene (Steven) Pifer of Adrian and Duane (Patricia) Noworyta of Novi; his second wife, Florence F. (Tabaczynski), and her children: Mary Jane (Robert) Ferrett of Ann Arbor, Stanley (Eleanor) Michniewicz of West Bloomfield, Mark (Cindy) Michniewicz of Pinckney, and Patrick (Sharon) Michniewicz of Brighton; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Jeannie Stalmack of Belleville. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Marie Martin, and his brother, Alvin.

A Scripture Service and Blessing with be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Heritage Foundation.

Elkins,-Bobby-webBobby Joe Elkins
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 73, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 at his home.

He was born on Jan. 11, 1941, in White Plains, Kentucky, the son of Charles M. and Alene (Whitescarver) Elkins. On Feb. 11, 1962, he married Shirley J. Howard in Wayne, MI, and she survives.

Bobby enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, doing hay, fishing and hunting with his sons, coaching baseball, and going to Stivers for breakfast. He was a loving family man and a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Irene Lynn (Mark) Hanson of Chelsea, Chuck Elkins of Chelsea, and Patty (Vern) Corser of Michigan Center; his grandchildren: Douglas (Casey) Demory, Stephanie (Brandon) Pratto, Tracie Elkins, Shawn Elkins, Chase Elkins, and Bobby Corser; his great-grandchildren: Norah Demory, Braxson Pratto, and Blake Demory; his sister, Brenda Boyd of Westland; his aunt, Mary Dickinson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Dwayne Elkins in 2007.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery (Grass Lake West).

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Harris-HelenHelen M. Harris
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 96, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 1, 2014. She was born Jan. 17, 1918 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Harry T. and Helen (Wood) French.

Helen graduated from Dexter High School in 1935 as Valedictorian of her class. On Sept. 9, 1935, she was married to Thomas H. Harris in New Haven, Indiana. Helen was a very devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and friend.

She had been a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and served on the fellowship committee at First Congregational Church. She was a retired bookkeeper.

Helen is survived by her son, Thomas W. “Bill” (Cynthia) Harris of Chelsea and daughter, Mary Jane Schrader of New Bern, NC;10 grandchildren, Kevin Schrader, Kari (Robert) Cowan, Kris Schrader, Kandis Shark, Kara Schrader, Kenneth (Donna) Harris, Kim (Daniel) White, Molly Harris, Charles Harris, Gerald (Jamie) Harris; 21 great-grandchildren, Kirt McAden, Keith Schrader, Jason (Ashley) Germann, Jonathan Germann, Jordan Schrader, Kelsey (Eric) Rhodes, Kodey Shark, Megan Cowan, Abby Cowan, Hannah Stillwell, Austin Schrader, Nikole Harris, Joe Hatt, Amanda Harris, Kenneth Harris, Dakota Harris, Matthew Harris, Natalie May Harris, Morgan Harris, Isabella Bickley, Maddy-Lynn Bickley; and 3 great-great-grandchildren, Savanah, Klara, and Hailee; and two siblings, Mae Poland and Richard (Vivian) French, both of Chelsea.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son-in-law, Larry Schrader, and siblings, Claire Chopp, Harriet Blaine, Harry French, Leonard French, Jean Grob, Janet Schulze, Joanne Henes.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Chelsea, with Pastor Joe Jeffreys officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church or to the family.

Boyer-Laurance-2Laurance H. Boyer
Chelsea, MI

Age 91, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at his home. He was born April 4, 1922 in Roxanne Township, Michigan, the son of Fremont Lee and Ruby Louise (Huffman) Boyer.

Laurance lived in Chelsea most of his life. He attended Grand Ledge High School, but after retiring, he completed his degree at Chelsea High School in 1981. Laurance served in the US Army from Oct. 1942 to Nov. 1945, including service in the Persian Gulf Command during WWII. He was in the Army Signal Corp. Laurance worked for Rockwell for 36 years. He was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church and was Commander of the Chelsea VFW.

On Feb. 1, 1946, he married Laureta Elaine Williams at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, and she survives. Other survivors include three children, Beverly (Richard) Wright of El Paso, TX, Lauren (Jeanne) of Hudson, FL, Robin (Robin) Boyer of Chelsea; a brother, Winston of Chelsea; four grandchildren, Kevin Wengren, Laurie (Matt) Wolfe, Justin Boyer, Anna Boyer; three great-grandchildren, Elese, Carly and Trent Wolfe; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Floyd, Keith, Fremont, Duane, and a sister, Eulahlee Packard.

Memorial services are pending at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea VFW or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Hite-Helen-KingHelen Wilcox King Hite
Chelsea, Michigan formerly of Carnegie, PA; Acadia, CA; Pittsburgh, PA

Age 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Silver Maples. She was born Nov. 22, 1922 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, the daughter of James & Stella (Styperk) Wilcox.

Helen was a long-time member and the secretary for Northmont United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. She was also a secretary at U.S. Steel.

On April 14, 1955, she married James William King Jr. in Pittsburgh, PA, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1982. She married William Hite on June 9, 1984, and he also preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, James William King III (Nancy) of Ann Arbor, MI, Robert Craig King (Patricia Millett) of Alexandria, VA; a step-daughter, Margie Hite Houy; four grandchildren, Ryan, Trevor, David and Elizabeth King. She was preceded in death by both of her husbands; and step-daughter Catherine King Zernhelt.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 10, 11a.m. at Northmont United Presbyterian Church. Private burial will be held at the Allegheny County Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Department of Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 U.S. Route 19, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Bauer,-William-webWilliam John Bauer
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 82, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

He was born on March 4, 1931, in Chelsea, the son of Edwin and Eva (Hart) Bauer. On Sept. 25, 1965, he married Ima Jean “Jeannie” Bradley in Stockbridge and she preceded him in death on March 6, 2010.

Bill had lived in Chelsea his entire life and retired from Rockwell in 1981. Following his retirement he started a scrap business and also enjoyed going to casinos.

Surviving are his children: Julie (Tom) Young of Ohio, Daniel (Sandy) Bauer of Salyersville, Kentucky, Bart (Nora) Bauer of Salyersville, Todd (Camille) Bauer of Grass Lake, Tammy (David) Weber of Grass Lake, and daughter-in-law Cheryl Scott of Jackson; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Dick (Frances) Bauer of Chelsea, Dorothy Collins of Chelsea, Shirley Jenson of Howell, Sally Butler of Brighton, Norma Colter of Portage, John (Shirley) Bauer of Florida, Margaret Bauer of Ypsilanti, and Margie Holcom of Brighton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, his son Bill Scott, sisters Marianne and Betty, brothers Tommy, James, and Albert, and two infant brothers, Edwin and Edward.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014, at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Pastor Steve Kincer officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea First Assembly of God. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Pickell_GeorgeGeorge Franklin Pickell
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 89, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born Oct. 28, 1924 in Horton, Michigan, the son of Floyd E and Lois (Larkin) Pickell.

George worked for Chelsea Milling, and he retired from Honnegers.

On Oct. 23, 1948 he married Marian Margaret Horning in Manchester, MI, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 4, 2007. He is survived by four sons, David (Sally) of Hudson, WY, Robert (Terisa) of Florida, Douglas (Vickie) of Grass Lake, and Eric of Ann Arbor; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private service will be held. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Community Hospital.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Staebler-Judy-2Judy Kay Staebler
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 76, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in Chelsea. She was born Oct. 20, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Joseph S. & Louise E. (Ehms) Crain.

Judy was a member of the First Congregational Church of Chelsea. She worked for Vogels & Fosters and State Farm.

On Aug. 26, 1960, she married David Staebler in Ann Arbor, and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Adon (Laura) of Chelsea, and Jeffrey (Robyn) of Gregory; a brother, Jack Crain (Barbara); six grandchildren, Britt (Wayne), Kali, Elsa, Andrew, Garrett, Mikayla; two great-grandchildren, Oliver and Elsie Kay; and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and granddaughter, Gabrielle.

The family will receive friends at the First Congregational Church of Chelsea on Sunday, March 2, from 2-3:30 p.m., with a celebration of Judy’s life at 3:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Chelsea, 121 E. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118, or Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Leeman,-Steve-webSteve Leeman
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 70, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

He was born on March 20, 1943, the son of Frederick G. and Mary Jane (Riker) Leeman. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 1961, and served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. While attending Central Michigan University to study music he enjoyed playing basketball.

On April 22, 1967, he married Betty S. Gates in Oklahoma, and she survives. He had lived in the area since 1985, returning from Oklahoma, and was an active member of the Chelsea Lions Club. He enjoyed boating, fishing, waterskiing, and his 1964 Mustang. He had worked for Dairy Queen and then McDonalds, working his way up and eventually becoming Regional Operations Manager. He was instrumental in the development of the first drive-thru system for McDonalds. Also, he had worked for Kilwins as a field consultant and in 2013, at the age of 70, he received a degree in Business Administration from Cleary College.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Beth Ann (Darin) Anderson of Eldridge, Iowa, and Fredric Scott Leeman of Chelsea; four grandchildren: Andrew, Brett, Matthew, and Nathan; his sister, Mary Lou (Richard) Rigg of Chelsea; and many nieces, and nephews, and cousins, including a special cousin, Dave Scriven of Chelsea. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Private burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea District Library or the Veterans Honor Guard of Washtenaw County.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
engel--gilbert2Gilbert John Engels
Dexter, Michigan, formerly of Grosse Pointe Farms

Age 83, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at Heartland Health Care Center in Ann Arbor. He was born April 18, 1930 in Dearborn, Michigan , the son of Hans & Gertrude (Krebsbach) Engels.

Gilbert worked for Detroit Edison for 18 years. He was the owner of Eastland Honda stores and Engelswood Power Tools. He loved to go boating on the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair with his wife.

On April 18, 1930, he married Shirley A. St. Arnaud in Detroit, and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Gregory (Carol) Engels of Richmond, Christopher Engels of Grosse Pointe Woods; three daughters, Linda Engels of Houston, TX, Patti (Martin) Redick of Dexter, Sue (Brian) Dooms of Grosse Pointe; 8 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services for Mr. Engels will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or the Animal Rescue of your choice.

Arrangements were handled by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Dollinger-Samantha-2Samantha Jo Dollinger
Chelsea, Michigan (formerly of Indianapolis)

Age 23, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. She was born Sept. 4, 1990 in Indianapolis, IN, the daughter of Steven R. & Deanna Sue (Bow) Dollinger.

Samantha attended Triton High School in Fairland, IN, then graduated from Chelsea High School in 2009. She graduated from Ross Medical College in 2010. Samantha was a medical assistant. She loved her family and her dog, Samson.

Survivors include her parents; a brother, Dylan; a sister, Lauren and Lauren’s son Landon; maternal grandmother Lupe Bow; paternal grandmother, Linda Dollinger; a very special aunt and uncle, Donna and Jerry Bow, and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandfathers, Albert Bow and Bob Dollinger.

All services were private. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

McKernan,-Virginia-webVirginia R. McKernan
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born on June 21, 1919, in Sylvan Township, Michigan, the daughter of John F. and Alice E. (Miller) Liebeck.  On Oct. 9, 1948, she married Mark E. McKernan in Chelsea and he preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 2008, after 60 years of marriage.

Virginia had lived in Chelsea her entire life and was born on her family’s centennial farm which was founded in 1878 by her parents. She graduated from Chelsea High School in 1937 and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Surviving are her children, Dr. Thomas McKernan of Chelsea and Anne (Dr. Chris) Theodoran of Lancaster, PA, and her grandchildren: Matthew, Katherine, Christopher, and Daniel McKernan, and Thomas and Michael Theodoran. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings: brothers Raymond (Wilhelmina), Ambrose, and Herbert Liebeck, and sisters Ruth and Gertrude Liebeck.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or the St. Louis Center in Chelsea.

Martin, ThereseTherese Martha Martin, nee Darga
Passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, the 15th of February, just short of her 88th birthday.

Her last days and weeks were spent with her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Tess was born in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 23, 1926, to Martha and Joseph Darga, the youngest of their four children. She attended St. Mary’s of Redford and in 1946, she married Robert C Martin, who preceded her in death. They bought the home in Royal Oak, where she lived the rest of her days, just before the birth of their first son in 1947.

Tess’s life was full of family and friends. Tess and Bob loved family. They had deep and lifelong closeness with their cousins – Bob’s cousins Ruth Elaine Sherman (Al), her daughter Joanie Dickson, and her brothers Fred ( Jean) Pagel and Stuart Pagel; and Tess’s cousins Betty Wendlowski and Joan Nardi – and lifelong closeness with their brothers and sisters: Barbara Buchanan (Glenn), Millie Warner (Bob), Tony Darga (Viola) and Ray (Lillian, and after her early death, Geraldine).

These extended family members were part of annual summer vacations, camping, playing cards and fishing, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, square dancing and more evenings playing cards and toasting with whiskey sours. Tess also remained close with her nieces and nephews: the Buchanans, Sharon Graves and Shirley Dean (Paul), with whom she traveled to Tahiti and Mexico and visited in Napa Valley; and the Warners, Diane Kurgan, Sue Shuman (Ken), Peggy Fiani (Jules), Gary Warner (Barb), Colette Trevarthen (Tom) and Carl Warner (Debbie). Their monthly birthday lunches brought her great joy and loving connection.

Tess will be missed incredibly by her six children and their spouses: James Martin (Anne) of West Lafayette, Indiana; Robert Martin (Annette Siffin) of Manchester, Michigan; Thomas Martin, MD (Judi) of Bangor, Maine; Bruce Martin, MD (Cathy) of Grand Haven, Michigan; Maureen Martin (Mike Penskar) of Gregory, Michigan; and Julie Martin, of Royal Oak, Michigan. She was predeceased by one child, Joseph, who died shortly after birth.
Her fifteen grandchildren and step-grandchildren will also miss her dearly – Seth Martin (Amber); Aaron Martin; Leah Martin; Zachary Martin; Nicole Martin; Lauren Martin; Bradley Martin; Laraine Martin; David Martin; Sophie Gerhard; Noah Gerhard and Ben Gerhard; Janel Luna; and John (Becky) Luna. Her five great-grandchildren will hold her memory dear (Dakota, Dawson, Levi and Lennox Martin; and Cara Luna).

She volunteered at Shrine of the Little Flower, working funeral luncheons and the widows’ group, she bowled in a league, and she played pinochle with a church group and Tripoli with cousins. She will be missed by her closest friends Geri Voigt, Ronnie Williams, Linda Quade, and Carol Ann Kasa. Tess’s life was incredibly full and joyful – with beloved family, good friends, her house, travel to Europe and Hawaii and Alaska, annual summer trips to Stratford and Ludington, pinochle, Tripoli and bowling.

A funeral Mass is planned for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, with a luncheon immediately following at the Shrine Conference Center on Woodward.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt Elliott, Detroit, Michigan 48207.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Ardyth V. Stralnic-Reed
of Onsted, formerly of Saline, Michigan

Passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2014. Ardyth was born in Adrian, MI, the daughter of the late Wanda (Fisher) and Dwight Haines. In 1941 she married the late Paul A. (“Whitey”) Stralnic. After his death she married James E. Reed in 1977.

After having worked for Central Specialty and the University of Michigan Dental School, she enjoyed her years of retirement at Sand Lake.

Ardyth was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul; a sister, Patricia Haines; and a grandson, Stephen Walters. She is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Paula Haarer and Lezlie Shell (Dan); two step-sons, John Reed and David (Julia) Reed; and grandchildren, Jill Vanderboegh (Scott), Debbie Malinczak (Bruce), Andrew Walters (Marcia), Eric Reed, Evan Reed and Kyle Clegg.

Cremation has taken place and services will be privately held.

Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial contributions may be made in Ardyth’s name to the Lenawee Humane Society or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Arnett, Erma webErma Lee (Joseph) Arnett
of Manchester, Michigan

Age 84, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the Arbor Hospice Residence in Ann Arbor.
She was born on July 10, 1929 in Royalton, Kentucky. On July 11, 1946, she married Bert Arnett and he preceded her in death on March 1, 1995.

Erma was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Chelsea. She put church and faith first in her life. She was a very wise, strong-willed, and generous woman and worked hard for everything she had. Erma was a talented gardener and enjoyed canning and freezing vegetables and cooking. She was also a meticulous seamstress and liked to quilt and crochet. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, including watching her boys’ little league games and baseball.

Surviving are her children: Daniels (Marcia) Arnett of Petersburg, Jessie Neal (Tommy) Whitaker of Salyersville, Annetta Arnett of Manchester, Mark (Joann) Arnett of Brooklyn, Timothy (Julie) Arnett of Manchester, and Brian Arnett of Ann Arbor; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; six sisters; and many special nieces, nephews, extended family members, friends, and neighbors. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her mother Edna Risner and her daughter-in-law Casey Arnett and grandson Benjamin.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Pastor Adam Summers officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manchester at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Faith Baptist Church in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 3-7 p.m.

Patrick,-Kathleen-webKathleen Josie Patrick
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 72, went to be with her Savior on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Palm Springs, California.

She was born on Nov. 25, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Judson and Irene (Young) Goltra. Kathleen lived in Chelsea since 1946, coming from Detroit. She attended Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor.

Her greatest joy was her husband Jack, along with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To every one of us, family and friends alike, Kathy (Mom and Gran) always gave herself fully; she encouraged and nurtured us with such great love and care, always desiring what was best for each one of us. Her legacy of that Love will live on.

She is survived by her beloved High School sweetheart and Husband, Jack Patrick of 52 inseparable years. Theirs is a timeless love story where a day never went by they didn’t express their love and appreciation for one another. They enjoyed their summers in Chelsea but also created a strong bond with their Palm Springs, California friends. Kathy’s generous and kind spirit touched so many people creating memories that will be cherished forever.

We honor her for a life of remarkable achievements as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and adored wife for fifty-two years with Jack.

Kathy is also survived by her proudest accomplishment, her three children: Tamela (Howard) Bush of Chelsea, Kevin (Monica) Patrick of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Julie (Pat) Young of Chelsea; five grandchildren including Brandon (Chrissy) Bush, Lauren (Phil) Kaiser, Shaun Bush, Jonah and Claire Young and four great-grandchildren, Abby, Connor, Evan and Colin; and one sister, Jacqueline Elliott of Swartz Creek, and one sister-in-law, Catherine Goltra of Novi. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother Helen Lake, Arizona and Charles Patrick, her great-grand daughter Natalie Bush, her brother Judson Goltra, her brother Raymond Lake and her brother-in-law Raymond Elliott.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Arbor Hospice on behalf of Kathleen Patrick. A memorial service to be held at a later date. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Broesamle-RoyRoy Kothe Broesamle
Grass Lake, MI

Age 90, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Arbor Hospice. He was born Nov. 8, 1923 at the family home on Kilmer Road, the son of William & Martha (Kothe) Broesamle.

Roy attended Reimenschneider Country School and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1941. For a time he worked for his uncle, Lawrence Boettner. He served in the US Army from March 5, 1945 to Nov. 23, 1946, where he was a personal bodyguard for Judge Parker in the Nuremberg Trials. He returned home to work the farm with his father and brother Allen, which he did until the time of his death.

He was a life-long member of Salem Grove UMC, confirmed Easter 1934, where he served as trustee, sang in the choir, served as a sexton of the cemetery for many years . Roy quietly lived his faith all of his life. He was also a member of the North Sylvan Cavanaugh Lake Grange.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Ruth Broesamle, a nephew, John (Tammy) Broesamle and their daughters Cassidy Chrissy and Katie Polzin, as well as many cousins. He was preceded by his parents and his brother Allen.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. at Salem Grove United Methodist Church, with Pastor Christine M. Beaudoin officiating. Burial will follow at the Salem Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Sunday 1-4 and 6-8, and at the church Monday 10-11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Grove United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Kemmish, James2James V. Kemmish
Dexter, MI

Age 91, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born July 20, 1922 in Persia, Iowa, the son of Harry and Velma (Voge) Kemmish.

Mr. Kemmish earned a BA from Iowa State University in 1943, then served in the US Army from 1943-1946 where he served overseas and earned a silver battle star. He then earned a MBA from U of M in 1948, and worked for Ford Motor Company for 35 years. Mr. Kemmish was a member of the Acacia Fraternity and Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.

On Nov. 27, 1965, he married Rosemary June Ewen, and she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Corrine Kemmish of Ann Arbor; three sons, Kenneth of Southfield, Kyle of Pierson, and Lee (Erin) of Livonia; one sister, Coralys Stamp of Council Bluffs, Iowa; five grandchildren, Kayleigh, Ashton, Briana, Riley, and Bailey; and two nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter-in-law, Katherine.

Burial will be in the memorial garden at Zion Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Larson, Arlene webArlene (Martin) Larson
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 90, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the Arbor Hospice Residence in Ann Arbor.

She was born on March 6, 1923, the daughter of Elsa (Schiller) Martin and Edward Martin. She married Darrell “Swede” Larson in June 1941 and he preceded her in death in 1978.

Arlene was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea and taught Sunday School for many years, which she loved. She worked for 23 years as the director of the County nutrition program in Chelsea, which provides a daily hot meal for seniors in the area of Chelsea, Manchester, and Dexter. Arlene loved reading and one of her favorite things was to take a trip to the bookstore. She also loved gardening, cooking, and spending time with her dogs Rudi and Trea.

She is survived by three children: Norma Jeane Larson, Darrell Kenneth Larson (and wife Brenda), and Gary Robert Larson (and wife Mary); three grandchildren: Jeffrey (Wendy) Larson, Scott (Amy) Larson, and Mark (Tammy) Larson; and four great-grandchildren: Zoe, Zak, Ruby, and West Larson. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her daughter Randalyn “Randi” Larson and her two sisters, Murial Chance and Lucille Martin.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chelsea, with Pastor Jim Coyl officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Community Hospital Cancer. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Johnson,-Mary-June-webMary June Johnson

Age 85, passed away surrounded by her loving family at home at the Silver Maples of Chelsea Retirement Community on Jan. 17, 2014.

Our beloved June may be gone from our daily lives, but never from our life-long memories.

June was born June 12, 1928 in Blytheville, Arkansas, the daughter of Joaquin Campoy and Mary Adeline O’Brien. During her childhood June lived in Blytheville, Arkansas, Acorn Ridge, Missouri, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and Bloomfield, Missouri.

After graduating from Bloomfield High School in 1945, June attended Cape Girado State Teachers College, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. The subject of her college studies was the art of interior design.

June married John Roger Eastman in 1948. They had two sons, John and Barry, before Roger passed away in 1952.

In 1954, June married Dr. Bruce Cal Johnson, with whom she lived and loved for the rest of her life. Bruce and June added balance to their family with two daughters, Vickie and Mary. Bruce established a medical practice in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where the couple raised their four children and where June learned to share Bruce’s other love: the game of tennis.

When Bruce retired, he and June moved to Key Biscayne, Florida, where they played tennis nearly every day it didn’t rain. Bruce and June were successful mixed doubles partners and June also enjoyed playing with her frequent women’s doubles partner, Isabelle Wilson.

Playing on the top Key Biscayne Tennis Association’s doubles team, June won the Dade County doubles championship of the South Florida Tennis League, qualifying for and then winning their division in the Florida state competition. Their winning streak unfortunately ended at the nationals in South Carolina. In addition to playing the game, June also served as a volunteer, helping to run the Association of Tennis Professionals’ Lipton International Players Championships on Key Biscayne.

In 2009, June and Bruce braved the cold weather and returned to Michigan to be near their children and grandchildren.

Of course, their family was very grateful to have them back “up north” for selfish reasons.

June is survived by her husband, Bruce, and children John (Mary) Johnson, Barry (Kathy) Johnson, Vickie Chevoor and Mary (Lou) Pomerville. She is also survived by her brother, Joaquin (Dinney) Campoy, of Metarie, Louisiana and grandchildren Ryan Patterson, Kyle Patterson, Erik Johnson, Christine Johnson, Matt Larson, Jennifer Larson, Alex Chevoor, and Katie Chevoor. Granddaughter Amy Larson preceded June in death.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services to celebrate June’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Silver Maples of Chelsea Retirement Community. The Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti will be June’s final resting place.

In lieu of flowers, June’s family would be grateful for donations to the wonderfully caring Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (www.arborhospice.org).

 

Cowen-James-2James H. Cowen
Chelsea, MI formerly of Cleveland, OH, Clarkston, MI, and Bradenton, FL.

Age 87, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born Aug. 12, 1926 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, the son of James and Ethel (McBride) Cowen.

Jim was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Drayton Plains, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, and Palma Sola Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, FL. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church. Jim was a Senior Engineer, Account Manager, and Plant Superintendent while working for General Motors and Rockwell International, and was a lifetime member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Jim was an Aviation Cadet in the US Navy Reserves during WWII.

On July 17, 1948, he married Barbara L. Krem in Waterford, MI, and she survives. Other survivors include two sons,
Dr. Mark (Ginny) Cowen of Chelsea, Eric (Tami) Cowen of Dexter; a daughter, Elizabeth Cowen of Dexter; eight grandchildren, Joshua (Jocelyn) Cowen, Stephen (Jennifer) Cowen, David Cowen, Caroline Cowen, Laura (Andy) Imdieke, John (Becky) Cowen, Anne Cowen, and Jenny (Mike) Rodgers; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris (Jack) McElwain of FL; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Phil in 1984.

Funeral services will be held Friday, 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, with Rev. Stephen Carl officiating. Private burial at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church 1500 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or Palma Sola Presbyterian Church 6510 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209.

LaCosse,-Edith-Jean-webEdith Jean LaCosse
of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Age 90, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at her home.

She was born on May 4, 1923, in Dexter, Michigan, the daughter of Claude and Edna (Beach) Devine.  On Oct. 13, 1956, she married Ellsworth “Al” LaCosse in Breckenridge, MI, and he survives.

Jean loved to have a good time with her family and friends and she enjoyed to travel to the U.P. and throughout the United States. She was a life-long member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter where she was baptized and confirmed.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her step-daughter Sharon Boumis of California, her step-granddaughter Andrea, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sister Phyllis Devine and her brother Robert (Ruth) Devine.

Mass of Christian Burial will be prayed at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the St. Joseph Village Church, 3430 Dover St., Dexter, with Fr. Brendan J. Walsh presiding. Burial will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Dexter. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary service at 7 p.m.

 

OHaver,-Thomas-webThomas William O’Haver
of Dexter, Michigan

Age 75, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born on Feb. 18, 1938, in Adrian, Michigan, the son of William Vern O’Haver and Ertie (Ladd).

In the spring of 1965 he graduated from Adrian College. On June 12, 1965, he married his college sweetheart, Christine “Tinnie” Howlett in Gregory, and she survives.

Tom lived in the Dexter area from 1967 until the present, and was owner/operator of Hackney Hardware in Dexter for twenty-eight years. He absolutely loved spending time with his grandchildren, and he was the greatest grandfather in the world. He also enjoyed photography, painting, taking walks, hiking, recreational basketball, and fast pitch softball.

In addition to his wife, surviving are his children: Timothy (Claire) O’Haver of Ohio, Jennifer (Mike) Black of Grass Lake, Dan (Abby) O’Haver of Dexter, and Andy (Cassie) O’Haver of California; six grandchildren: Katherine “Kiki”, Henry, Will, Annabel, Olivia, and Korwyn; and two brothers-in-law, Gene Smith of Hudson, Ohio, and Joe Howlett of Lansing, and a sister-in-law, Anne (Jack) Potts of Gregory. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Donna Smith.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Pastor Dan Miller officiating. Private interment will take place at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hudson Mills Metropark (make checks payable to HCMA). The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Schiller,-GinnieVirginia “Ginnie” Mae Schiller
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 89, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Ganton Retirement Center, in Jackson. She was born April 5, 1924 in Salyersville, KY, the daughter of Lark & Elizabeth (Risner) Risner.

Ginnie attended Chelsea First United Methodist Church for many years. She worked at Rockwell for 34 years, then cleaned houses for many people in Chelsea. Ginnie loved to work outside, and many people saw her working in her yard at the corner of Mayer Drive and Madison Street. She volunteered at Faith in Action.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Parker of Chelsea; a sister, Wava Whittaker, a half-brother, Roger Collins and a half-sister, Carol.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Tom Macaulay officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church or Faith in Action.

Howard, RichardRichard Howard
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 60, died suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. He was born May 11, 1953 in Stockbridge, the son of Wiley and Betty (Wireman) Howard.

He was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather and friend. He was an avid reader, artist, poet and lover of words. Richard could quote the Bible and find any verse in a second. He was a wonderful man that will be truly missed.

On Dec. 23, 1972, he married Paula Haas, and she survives. Other survivors include his mother, Betty Howard; a son, Bradford (Shannon) Howard; a daughter, Andrea (Jason) Burgher; grandchildren, Shianne, Marqeece, Catara and Wylie Howard, Tricia Somervell, and Sirena and Lorelei Burgher; his siblings, Ron (Linda) Howard, Karolen Howard, Shirley (Wes) Stinehelfer, and Roger Howard; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Nathan Howard, and his father, Wiley Howard.

A private service will be held. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to his family for his grandchildren. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Crawford,-Donald-webDonald M. Crawford II
of Dexter, formerly Chelsea, Michigan

Age 49, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. He was born on Dec. 3, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Donald M. and Maureen L. (Crane) Crawford.

He had resided in the Washtenaw County area most of his life and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1983.He loved nature and being outside, biking, rafting the Huron River, and animals, especially horses and his dogs, Rusty and J.B.

Surviving are one son Donald M. Crawford III of Saline, Linda Aschenbrenner (Donald III’s mother) of Saline, Donald II’s mother, Maureen Crane of Dexter, four sisters Maureen “Muffy” (Keith) Largin of Brighton, Sally (Oliver) Darrow of Dexter, Theresa (Kevin) Meyer of Katy, Texas, and Rosemary (David) Lewis of Ann Arbor; as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, one sister Anna Crawford-Bertram, and one nephew, Justin Crawford-Lucas.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary service at 7:30 p.m.; also at church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Goodge-ShelleyShelley Marie Goodge
of Grass Lake, MI
Sister of Julie & Dennis Deppner, Carrie & Chris Phillips

At age 48, Shelley died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson. She was born Oct. 6, 1965 in Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of Albert Floyd & Gari June (Foster) Monroe.

Shelley graduated from Clarkston High School class of 1983, and attended New Covenant Living Church of Jackson. She was an exceptional digital artist and designer. Shelley was a political commentator on Twitter, an avid online game player, INTJ member, an exceptional cook, gardener, seamstress, an avid science fiction reader, astronomy enthusiast and technology buff. Shelley enjoyed travel and visited Florida frequently. Shelley was a devoted wife and mother, who was an amazing person, loved for 30 years by her first love, and continues to be loved by so many.

On Feb. 2, 1988, she married Kevon Goodge in Pontiac, and he thrives due to her love and devotion. Other survivors include her son, Kendrick Galen Goodge of Grass Lake; her daughter, Taryn Elise Goodge of Chicago; her parents, Albert and Gari Monroe of Chelsea; two sisters, Julie (Dennis) Deppner of Chelsea, Carrie (Chris) Phillips of Battle Creek; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, 1 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Jerry Cox officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 pm. The family will receive friends after the service at the First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Lewis,-Marilyn-webMarilyn Jo Lewis
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 77, passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at her home. She was born on June 22, 1936 in Flint, MI, the daughter of Howard L. and Bertha M. (Tregoning) Reasner.

She graduated from Fenton High School in 1954 and received her certification in Rural Education in 1956 from Western Michigan College. On June 30, 1956, she married Thomas Coggins Lewis in Grand Blanc, MI, and he survives.

Marilyn had lived in the area since 1967, coming from Ann Arbor, and was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church where she was involved with various committees, youth programs, funeral luncheons, and baking for coffee hour. She was a 4-H Leader, volunteered at elementary schools in Chelsea with helping first and second grade students with reading skills, and she also volunteered at Chelsea Retirement Community, running the Variety Shop for 12 years.

In addition to her husband, surviving are five daughters: Tracy (Leon) Taylor of Chelsea, Sue (Jeff) Johnson of Lawrence, Margaret (Kimble) Bear of Grass Lake, Kate (Brian) Bancroft of Chelsea, and Colleen (Larry) Fleeman of Stockbridge, 13 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church with Ms. LeAnn Seto officiating. Interment will take place at the church Memory Garden. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea First United Methodist Church or Arbor Hospice Foundation. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Caldwell,-Mary-webMary Leona Russell Minion Caldwell
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at the Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea. She was born on Dec. 8, 1918 in Tallman, MI, the daughter of Clarence and Iva (Silcox) Russell.

She had lived in the area since 1998, coming from Pittsfield Township, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti since 1945 where she also sang in the choir. She was Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Minion Construction Company. Mary had a pilot’s license since the 1950s and loved to fly. She also enjoyed boating, golf, bicycling, and going to the beach in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Surviving is her son, William (Marsha) Minion of Tallahassee, Florida; step-children: Nancy (Warren) Mead of Ft. Myers Beach, FL, Shirley Charbonneau of Chelsea, and Dennis (Deb) Caldwell of New Hampshire; six grandchildren, Andrea, Greg, Lindsey, Lisa, Melissa and Michael, and eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Kaufman of Washington, and one brother, Frank (Sue) Russell of Fallbrook, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, George Minion and Carroll Caldwell; two sisters, Martha Manning and Sarah Ekin; and one brother, William Russell.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Entombment will follow at 1 p.m. at Washtenong Memorial Park & Mausoleum in Ann Arbor.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Ypsilanti or Silver Maples in Chelsea.

Abbott-Joey-2Joseph Thomas Abbott
Dexter, MI

Age 19, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at his home. He was born Dec. 13, 1994 in Ann Arbor, the son of John Tobias and Lisa (Hall) Abbott.

Joey was a 2013 graduate of Dexter High School. He loved all sports, especially soccer, skateboarding, basketball and a love for fishing.

Survivors include his parents, John Tobias and Lisa Abbott; three sisters, Brittney (Ben) Wheeler, Cecelia Abbott, and Nicole Hermann; two nephews, Nolan Wheeler and Trenten Maxwell; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tobe Tobias, Maurice Hall and Helen Hall, and an aunt, Karen Hall.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Larry VanSlambrook from St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ in Dexter officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Lisa Abbott or John Tobias to help with funeral expenses.

Gullett,-Woodrow-webWoodrow Gullett
Age 101, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at Legacy Assisted Living & Legends Alzheimers Center in Jackson, Michigan.

He was born in Magoffin County, Kentucky, on Oct. 1, 1912, to the late Daniel Boone and Ida (Arnett) Gullett. He married Dollie Hoskins on June 4, 1935, in Magoffin County, KY, and she preceded him in death in 1982.

Woodrow was a believer in Jesus Christ and accepted Him as his Lord and Savior. He worshipped at the Faith Baptist Church in Chelsea, MI. He loved his church and his fellow Christians and attended services regularly until he had to go to the facility in Jackson. He was blessed by God with a long life and good health, but he was looking forward to reuniting with his beloved wife in Heaven.

Woody was loved by many friends and others that he came in contact with. He will be missed by many. During his early years, he attended high school in Royalton, KY, he and his sister walking almost two miles to school each morning. He played basketball at Royalton High School. His last year, he was transferred to Salyersville High. He rode a mule with his sister Audie behind him, five miles each way in all kinds of weather to finish high school.

After his marriage, he and his wife moved to Ohio where he worked on a farm for a few years, then moved to Chelsea, MI, in the late 1930s where he resided the rest of his life. He worked at Federal Screw Works for a few years then went to work at Central Fiber Products, retiring after 30 years. He enjoyed bingo, fishing, family get-togethers, and his Church family. He loved to hear country gospel music and the old hymns.

Left behind to mourn his passing is his daughter, Willadean (David) Miles of Dexter, MI; two grandchildren, Rex Miles (Stacy) of Jonesville, MI, and Lori Hollenbeck (Michael) of Dexter, MI; three great-grandchildren, Jayma Whitehead (Brad), Jerid Hollenbeck, and Trent Flanders; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceeded in death by two brothers, Lloyd Gullett and Jolly Gullett, and three sisters, Maude Crase, Doll Barnett, and Audie Minix.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church, 4030 Kalmbach Road, Chelsea, with Pastor Adams Summers officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea beside his beloved wife Dollie. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main St., Chelsea, on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and also on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

Musolf,-KarlKarl August Musolf
Munith, MI

Age 72, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. He was born March 5, 1941 in Stockbridge, Michigan, the son of Harold “Hank” & Jeanette “Jenny” M. (Cornelius) Musolf.

Karl graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1959. He worked at Chelsea Milling for many years. Karl loved to hunt and fish.

On May 7, 1972, he married Freda (Riddle) Parks, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 2013. Survivors include a son, Daniel (Cindy) Musolf of New Hudson; a sister, Maryann Myers of Chelsea. Karl was preceded in death by his parents.

A private service was held at Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

 

 

NORM-PARKERNorm Parker
Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Winston-Salem, NC and East Lansing, MI

Norm Parker, of Iowa City, IA, died on Jan. 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital. He was 72. Norm was born on Oct. 9, 1941 in Detroit to George E. and Margery F. (Stone) Parker.

Norm coached college football for 48 years, retiring after the 2011 season. Norm served as the University of Iowa’s Defensive Coordinator from 1999 through 2011. The Hawkeyes won Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004, being bowl eligible in 11 straight seasons.

Norm coached at Michigan State University from 1983 through 1994, winning Big Ten titles in 1987 and 1990 as well as the 1988 Rose Bowl. He also coached as Vanderbilt, East Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Eastern Michigan. Norm played football at graduated from Eastern Michigan where he is a member of the University’s Sports Hall of Fame. Following the 2011 season, Parker was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Coach Parker was fortunate to spend 48 years doing something he truly loved. His memory will be cherished by the many coaches, players and support staff he worked with.

When not coaching, Norm enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his children and grandchildren (Tyler, Alyssa, Colton, Roxie, Bridgette and Jasmine) at his cottage in northern Michigan. He will be greatly missed.

In 1966, Norm married Ginger Hunter. She preceded him in death in 1980. In 1981, Norm married Linda Hunter. Norm is survived by Linda as well as his son, Jim (Denise) of Bloomfield, MI; daughter Suzy Parker of Nashville, TN; daughter Michelle Hoey of Pickford, MI; daughter Joyce (Rob) Anderson of Drummond Island, MI and his brother, Bill Parker of Hamburg Twp., MI. Norm was preceded in death by his very special and dear son, Jeff Parker and his brother Richard Parker.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, Michigan, with Rev. Dr. William Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on Thursday 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Iowa City at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics or may be directed to The Norm Parker Athletic Scholarship Fund c/o The University of Iowa Foundation, PO Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550.

Steele,-Sarah-webSarah Jean (Taylor) Steele
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 63, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at home. She was born on Nov. 29, 1950 in Romulus, Michigan, the daughter of Jack and Priscilla (Paulsen) Taylor.

She lived in the Chelsea area since she was a little girl, and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1968. She worked for Chelsea Lumber Company in Saline as a receptionist for five years, was secretary at Steele Heating and Cooling Inc., and was a licensed child care provider, caring for children as if they were her own. She was trained as a cosmetologist and worked as a beautician before staying at home to raise her children. She was a cheerleading coach for Chelsea middle and high schools. She enjoyed bowling, cleaning, and deeply loved and admired her grandchildren.

Surviving are three children: Thomas M. Jr. “Tucker” (Gretchen) Steele of Chelsea, Patrick T. (Jennifer) Steele of Chelsea, and Kate R. Steele (Mark Merriman) of Adrian, along with her former husband and lifelong friend, Thomas M. Steele, Sr.; eight grandchildren: Olivia, Savannah, Thomas III, Braden, Garrett, Corbin, Caden, and Sloane; her siblings: Patricia Wirth of Chatham, Jacquilyn (David) Otis of Marquette, Alonzo (Donna) Taylor of Chelsea, Robert (Janice) Taylor of Chelsea, and Rebecca Allen of Chelsea; her brothers- and sisters-in-law: Linda (Bob) Smith of Kalamazoo, John Jr. (Joyce) Steele of Manchester, Mary Ellen (C. Jerry) Picklesimer of Brooklyn, Dee (Bob) Koengeter of Chelsea, and Christopher Steele (Elaine Sayers) of Houston, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Jack Wirth, and nephew Patrick “Tracy” Taylor.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Mary S. Royce officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at the Taylor Family Cemetery in Trenary. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alger County Historical Society or to Chelsea Athletics for football and cheerleading.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Tanner,-Margaret-webMargaret I. (Stedman) Tanner

Died Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Towsley Village in Chelsea, Michigan, two days before her 92nd birthday.

She was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Ronald Township, Ionia County, to Bessie Lenore (Hillabrandt) and Bert Emory Stedman, and sister to Frances, half-sister Dorothy and half-brother, Millard. Margaret grew up on various Ionia county farms with her siblings, attended Palo schools through the eighth grade and then Ionia High School where she met Glen Keith Tanner. They both graduated from Ionia High School in 1939. While courting Margaret, Keith made many trips to Mt. Pleasant where Margaret attended Central Michigan in the County Normal teacher education program.

She subsequently was a schoolteacher in Ionia County schools—most were one-room schools (Shiloh, Riker, Palo and North LeValley country schools). On June 5, 1942, these high school sweethearts married and shortly after, Keith was drafted and he served in the 565th Army-Air Force band during WWII in Reno, NV. Margaret did not take a teaching job there due to not knowing when Keith might be shipped out for combat assignment. Instead she worked as a clerk in a dress shop until their first child Linda was born.

After the War, Keith and Margaret returned to Ionia, they built their first home at 419 Rice Street and their son David was born. Glen, a tool and die maker joined the Greenville Tool and Die Company in the early 50s and Margaret taught school at Palo. Her specialty was teaching beginning reading to kindergarteners and first graders.

In the 1950s Margaret and Keith were avid square dancers. In 1956, they moved and built their second house in Greenville, Michigan and they had a second daughter, Holly Sue. After moving to Greenville they enjoyed playing golf as members of the Greenville Country Club and they won the King and Queen golf tournament several times.

Margaret had a remarkable active life in spite of having a hemipelvectomy for bone cancer in 1962. Besides playing golf with her husband she enjoyed swimming at the Greenville Country Club, their retirement residence at Palmetto, Florida and then later at Henry Ford Retirement Community in Dearborn, MI. She also was an avid bridge player and in Greenville played in many foursomes over the years. After Glen’s retirement in 1984, they spent winters in Palmetto, Florida.

In 1992, they celebrated fifty years of marriage. After Glen’s death in December 1994, Margaret continued to maintain residences in Greenville and Palmetto. In 1999, she moved to the Henry Ford Retirement Village in Dearborn and in 2009 she moved to Towsley Village.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Bert and Bessie Stedman and siblings, Frances (George) Humphreys, Millard (Ruth) Stedman, Dorothy (Leslie) Maxwell, her husband Glen Keith (1994), her son David (2008) and grandchildren Steven and Melissa Strodtman (1982). She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Scott) Strodtman, Ypsilanti, MI and Holly (Daniel) Welch, Westford, MA and grandchildren Andrew (Rachel) Strodtman, Whitestown, IN, Susan Strodtman, Ypsilanti, MI and Johnathon Welch, Westford, MA and her great-grand daughter Cassandra Dutch of Ypsilanti, MI.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with the Rev. Lindsay Conrad of First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Private interment will take place at Rest Haven Memory Gardens in Belding, MI, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband and son.

Memorial contributions would be welcomed to the UMRC Heritage Foundation, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118 (phone 475-1444). Leave condolences for the family here.

Beaumont,-Marjorie-webMarjorie Doris Beaumont
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1928, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Charles Hesman and Sarah (Shelley). On June 2, 1951, she married the Rev. Dr. Jerrold F. Beaumont in Windsor, and he survives.

She had many musical accomplishments including singing in the youth choir at All Saints Church in Windsor and the Grosse Pointe Festival Choir as well as at Cranbrook, and she directed the choir at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Chelsea where she was also the organist for 25 years. She even sang at her wedding to Jerry.

Marjorie moved to Chelsea in 1961, was a charter volunteer for Chelsea Community Hospital Auxiliary, and worked for UNICEF for several years. She also had worked for the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office in the Vital Records division for 11 years. She and Jerry moved to Cape Canaveral and then came back to Chelsea in 2011.

Also surviving are two children, Susan (Eric) Radgowski of Plymouth and Doug (Wendy) Beaumont of Chelsea; two grandchildren, Julie Elizabeth Beaumont and Alexander Gordon Beaumont; and her siblings and their families; Sarah Wrigley of Washington, Charles Hesman, Ronald Hesman, Priscilla Falkner, Kenneth Hesman, and Deanna Horvath, all of Ontario, Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Gordon Foster Beaumont.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Fr. William Stech, celebrant, and Rev. Kathy Schell, homilist. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Faith in Action in Chelsea, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, or St. Joseph Mercy Hospice. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Sunday from 12-2 p.m.

Tonsor,-Stephen-webStephen J. Tonsor III
of Chelsea, formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Age 90, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community, Towsley Village. He was born on Nov. 26, 1923, in English Township, Illinois, the son of Stephen J. Tonsor II, and Rose Mary (Schmidt). He was a professor of history at the University of Michigan for 30 years, retiring in 1984, and a veteran of the United States Army. He served in the Signal Corps in the Pacific in World War II, and was honorably discharged in January 1946 as a Staff Sergeant.

Stephen started his college education at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, a Presbyterian work-study college. After his second year, he was drafted into the United States Army. He completed his undergraduate degree on the GI Bill at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1948, and received his PhD in history from the University of Illinois in 1955.

He studied abroad at the University of Zurich and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Munich, and received his position at the University of Michigan as a Professor of History, by letter, while in Germany. While a graduate student at the University of Illinois, he and his wife worked for three summers as fire look-outs on Ruffneck Peak in the Sawtooth Mountains. He loved traveling and spending time outdoors, especially hiking and mountain-climbing, and he was passionate about gardening. A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit, he enjoyed attending their German-language mass.

In addition to his work as a scholar, he was well known in the broader community outside the University. In scores of articles and reviews, he addressed both academic and nonacademic audiences. The numerous themes he treated – youth and education, the meaning of equality, religion, historiography, culture, and others – resonated widely and brought Professor Tonsor broad recognition. The Distinguished Teacher Award he received in 1962 attests to his devotion to teaching at all levels, from undergraduate introductory surveys to upper-level and graduate courses.

Professor Tonsor guided many graduate students in their pursuit of graduate degrees in European intellectual and cultural history of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His generous hospitality was warmly remembered by many former students. In 1972-73, he was the senior visiting research fellow at the Hoover Institution, in 1969-72 he was consultant to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and for many years he had been closely associated with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Since 1970, he had been associate editor of Modern Age. From 1969-71, he was Secretary to the Relm and Earhart Foundations. His distinguished service to the University of Michigan was recognized in 1996 when he was named professor emeritus of history.

On Sept. 6, 1949, he married Caroline Maddox, and she survives. Also surviving are four children: Ann (Timothy) Zeddies of Grand Rapids, Stephen J. Tonsor IV (Susan Kalisz) of Pittsburgh, Claire (Kent) Pruss of Saline, and Margaret (Scott) Rayburn of Florida; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; three brothers: Edward (Maxine) Tonsor of Medora, IL, Bernard (Bernadine) Tonsor of Jerseyville, IL, and Gerald (Pauline) Tonsor of Peoria, IL; two sisters, Mary Jean (Jerry) Jarvis of Jacksonville, IL, and Kathryn Warden of Pittsfield, IL; a sister-in-law, Betty Tonsor of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Patrick.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in the family plot in St. Mary Cemetery in Fieldon, IL. Donations in his honor may be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Heritage Foundation or to the Stephen J. Tonsor Best Oral Presentation of Thesis Award at the Department of History, University of Michigan.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Hadley,-Michelle-1Michelle Ann Hadley
Grass Lake, MI

Age 50, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at her home. She was born July 11, 1963 in Saginaw, Michigan, the daughter of William & Charlotte (Plaskwicz) Ryder.

Michelle loved horses and horseback riding, especially with her daughter and friends. She often rode in the Waterloo area. She was a graduate of Harrison High School, worked for Firekeepers Casino for the last 3 years, and enjoyed bingo.

Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte and Charlotte’s father, Joe Hadley; 11 siblings, Herb Ryder of Saginaw, Jewell Marriot of Clio, Pam Moran of GA, Sandra Ford of CA, Mark Ryder of CA, Julie Hudson of TX, William Ryder of Hart, David Ryder of Hart, Charlotte Nelson of Ludington, Daniel Ryder of Ludington, and Lisa Preston of CA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Frank Ryder.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with her brother, William Ryder officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waterloo. The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 10 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to her daughter.

Morgan,-Audrey-webAudrey (Dalby) Morgan
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 82, passed away quietly at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

Dearly loved, Audrey was the wife of Royston P. Morgan for 60 years, mother of Karen (Morgan) Otto and Richard P. Morgan, mother-in-law to Scott Otto, and grandmother to Matthew Otto and Christopher Morgan.

Born in the U.K. in 1931, she grew up in Moriston near Swansea, Wales, and spent her childhood facing the perils of war in a port city. When she became a young woman, Audrey married Royston P. Morgan and left Britain on the RMS Queen Elizabeth as a new bride for a life in the United States. Audrey made her home in Ohio and Chelsea, Michigan, but her heart never left Wales. Having the opportunity, she spent a great deal of time with family and friends in her native land and was always at peace on the Pembroke coast.

A Scripture Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Audrey’s name to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105, or to Faith in Action, 603 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Arnold,-David-webDavid George Arnold

To the surprise and sorrow of his family and friends, David George Arnold, age 61, died suddenly on Dec. 30, 2013 in Paris, France.

David was a lifelong resident of Washtenaw County. David was born on April 14, 1952, in Detroit, Michigan. The fourth child of the late Willard and Elizabeth Arnold, David went to work as a carpenter’s apprentice at Coburn Construction after graduating from Huron High School. He became a master builder and started his own construction company in the late 1970’s; he renovated and built custom homes in this area for over 30 years. His attention to detail and timeliness were qualities he was well known for. Many of those he built for became his lifelong friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife Colleen (nee McDonnell), his children Anthony (Vola), Mora, Julia (Michael) and Terence and three grandsons Antonio Tantely, Aden George and Michael David. David was the epitome of a family man. He adored his wife and admired his children. He was the brother of William Arnold (Ann), Nancy Paola (Mark), Mary Varvatos, and the late Judy Sharpe as well as uncle of many nieces and nephews.

David was an avid outdoorsman, lover of nature and autos. He especially liked to share experiences like hunting, fishing and four-wheeling with family and friends. He also liked any activity that involved speed. Always in motion, he was a motorcyclist, snowmobiler and boat lover. David strived to be the best he could daily, personally and professionally. David had an irrepressible spirit of adventure and enjoyment. Everyone he knew whether briefly or for years was enriched by having him in their lives. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends who would agree that now a great oak has fallen.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Coval,-Elizabeth-webElizabeth Jane “Betty” Coval
of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Age 85, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at the Saline Evangelical Home.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Dexter, MI, the daughter of Gerald and Jeanette (Howard) Hepburn, and was the beloved wife of Victor J. Coval for 56 years.

Betty graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1946 and worked as a secretary and accountant throughout her life, retiring from Federal Mogul Corporation in 1992. She enjoyed square dancing, gardening, bowling, and playing cards, especially Aggravation.

She is survived by her husband Victor; her children: Daniel Coval of Manchester, Debra Coval Ecarius of Chelsea, Dale Woodard of Ypsilanti, Gary Woodard of Michigan Center, Gail Holleran of Ann Arbor, Thomas (Judy) Woodard of Saline, David (Linda) Woodard of Ypsilanti; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and her sisters Margaret Ehnert of Mesa, Arizona, and Carol (Gordon) Wild of Tipton. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother William, daughter-in-law Coleen Coval, uncles Dale Hepburn and Max Hepburn, aunt Marge Hepburn, and cousin Bob Ball.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, especially Lexie, and Evangelical Home and Hospice in Saline for their wonderful care. Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Fr. Joseph Rinaldo officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, Humane Society of Huron Valley, National Kidney Foundation, or American Diabetes Association.

Nancy A. Richards
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 78, passed away at her home on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. She was born Sept. 28, 1935 in Plymouth, MI, the daughter of Edward and Donna (Finnegan) Richards.

Nancy had lived in the area for the past 23 years, moving from Texas. She had worked for American Airlines in Customer Service for over 35 years. Nancy was an energetic, compassionate and empathetic person who would assist any traveler on their journey. She had a verve, a style, a panache. Adversity was no match for her.

Nancy’s motto was “Do it and don’t complain or don’t do it”. She always had a laugh ready for the humorous moments in life, loved her family and living on the farm with Kathryn, Susan, Tom and Kimberly.

She is survived by one sister, Susan (Tom) Fisher of Chelsea, and one brother, Dr. Jeffrey (Nancy) Richards of St. Joseph; two nieces, Kimberly Fisher and Anna Burch and three nephews, Max and Ross Burch and Mark Richards. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Dr. Kathryn Richards and Barbara Brown.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Community Hospital Cancer Center, Michigan Heart Association, or the Humane Society of one’s choice.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Morrison,-Joel-webJoel P. Morrison
of Addison, Michigan

Age 58, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was born on March 12, 1955 in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Harold and Gloria (Phillips) Morrison.

He had lived on Silver Lake in the Addison area for the past 16 years, moving from Ann Arbor. Joel worked as a High Voltage electrician for the University of Michigan for the past 27 years. He was a member of the Local 252 IBEW for 34 years. He loved to fish, play guitar, golf, travel, and spend time with his family and friends. He was also involved with Silver Lake acting as a trustee for the Silver Lake Association where he was in charge of stocking the fish for the lake.

On June 7, 1997, he married Kathy J. Grannis in Pinckney, MI, and she survives. Also surviving are two children: Susan Pastorino of Unadilla and Tony (Nicole) Pastorino of Dundee, one granddaughter Harper Rose Pastorino, one brother, Timothy D. Morrison of Grass Lake, as well as his mother, Gloria, of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his father in 1977.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter with Pastor Steve Bringardner officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Following the services, all are invited to a luncheon at the IBEW Local 252 Hall at 7920 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association or to Silver Lake Association to be used towards activities enjoyed by friends and family.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Peltcs,-Mary-croppedMary Janet Crego Peltcs
Dexter, MI

Age 91, of Dexter, Michigan passed away Dec. 30, 2013 after a brief illness. She was born May 19, 1922, the daughter of Owen C and Helen Rosanna (Clow) Crego in Aurora, Illinois.

Mary attended White School, a one room country school in Wheatland Township, C M Bardwell in Aurora and graduated with honors from East Aurora High School. She was active in debate, theater, and played violin in orchestra. As a young child, she enjoyed her time at the Crego farm on Lake Street in North Aurora and with her grandparents on their farm in Wheatland Township.

She was also active in 4-H and won numerous awards for her needlepoint and sewing projects, some of which went on to competition at the Illinois State Fair. After high school, Mary attended the University of Illinois majoring in Fine Arts and English. After graduation, she enrolled at William and Mary earning a degree in occupational therapy and the joined the Women’s Army Training Corps.

While working with returning WWII soldiers at Percy Jones Hospital in Battle Creek MI, she met Paul Haldane Peltcs and they were wed on Feb 21, 1948 at her mother’s home in Plainfield, Illinois. They enjoyed more than 65 years together.

Mary worked for the Jackson County Crippled Children’s Society and as an English and Art teacher in Jackson, MI public schools. Living at Clear Lake near Waterloo, MI for many years, she enjoyed water activities, swimming and fishing with her sons. Mary was a 60-year member of Salem Grove Methodist Church, and was active as a Sunday and Bible School teacher. She served in different capacities of church leadership over the years. When her children were in elementary school, she was a room mother in their classrooms and was a supporter of their 4-H and Chelsea Fair activities.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who always took care of her family. She enjoyed spending special time with her grandchildren who she cherished always. Mary worked as Director of Occupational Therapy at Mercywood Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI for more than 20 years. She was interested in family history and was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter in Jackson, MI.

Surviving is her husband, Paul H Peltcs, sons William Owen [Nancy] Peltcs of Tecumseh, MI, and Thomas Martin [Dana] Peltcs of Tecumseh MI; three grandchildren, Andrew and Caroline Peltcs of Tecumseh, MI and Martin [Ashley] Peltcs of Livonia, MI; a niece and nephew; and sister in-law Eleanor Crego of Colfax, IL. She was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Floyd Crego.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m. at Salem Grove United Methodist Church, Grass Lake, with Pastor Christine M. Beaudoin officiating. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. and at the church Saturday 10-11 a.m. Burial will be at Wheatland Cemetery on 104th St. near Naperville, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Grove United Methodist Church, 3320 Notten Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240.
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  1. drinda west says:

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