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Sherman,-Anne-Nancy-webAnne “Nancy” Woodberry Sherman
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 83, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at Towsley Village in Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was the daughter of Ronald S. and Elsie (Carney) Woodberry, born Oct. 11, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts. On June 8, 1957 she married George F. Sherman in Waban, Massachusetts, and he survives.

She had lived in Chelsea since 2010, moving from Colorado and the Washington DC area. She was a wonderful, caring wife and mother. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, hiking, reading, teaching and volunteering in the community.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children: Deborah (Sarah Drury) Sherman of Brooklyn, New York, Beth (Karen Hawver) Sherman of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Justin (Junko Onishi) Sherman of Washington DC, and Andrew (Danielle Epstein) Sherman of San Francisco, CA; three grandchildren, Emma, Benjamin, and Solomon; as well as one sister, Marie Roberts of Lexington, Massachusetts, and two brothers, Paul Woodberry of Sea Island, Georgia and Robert Woodberry of Lafayette, California.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Silver Maples of Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Hospice Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Taper,-Grace-webGrace E. Taper
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1920, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Richard and Nannie (Jenkin) Taper.

Grace earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University, majoring in history. She had worked as an accountant and had 35 years in the auditing office of First Federal of Michigan. She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Detroit for over 60 years where she was very active in the United Methodist Women and also as a greeter. She was very generous, volunteering in the church’s financial office following her retirement. She also belonged to Bread for the World and Amnesty International.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Nannie Taper, and her dear sister, Helen A. Taper.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. A Graveside Service will follow at 2 p.m. at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley (at Woodward and Twelve Mile).

Memorial Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Heritage Foundation.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

KelleyRobertRobert James Kelley
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Anaheim, CA

Age 91, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born Sept. 5, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Roy and Flora (Aspacher) Kelley.

Bob moved to Michigan from Anaheim, CA five years and one month ago. He was a US Army Veteran. Bob earned a degree in Applied Physics from Hofstra University and worked on the Saturn rocket for GE at Huntsville, AL.

Late in his career, he became the environmental engineer for the City of Anaheim, CA, retiring on Oct. 17, 1985. He loved to hike and play bridge.  While in Chelsea, he lived in Towsley Village at Chelsea Retirement Community. We appreciate the high quality care the Towsley staff gave him.

Survivors include six nieces and nephews, Nancy (John) Daly, Don (Donna) Kelley, Barbara (Terry) Glenister, Diane Evans, Doug (Barbara) Kelley, and David (Reneé) Kelley.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred and Kenneth Kelley, and a sister, Doris Smith.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m. at Towsley Village Chapel, with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sierra Club or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are being handled by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Morhous_Gwen_2Gwen C. Morhous
Dexter, MI formerly of Atlanta, MI

At the amazing age of  99 (and three quarters), Gwen took his last breath Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at the Arbor Hospice Residence.

He was born Nov. 7, 1914 in Ypsilanti, the son of George Oliver and Mabel (Deist) Morhous. Gwen lived his early life in Ypsilanti, but in the 1980s, he moved to his Northern Michigan cabin on Rush Lake, where he spent 22 years before moving to Dexter.

As the picture shows, Gwen loved his cabin on Rush Lake and his Land Rover. There he taught Marc to love and respect nature as they spent many weekend fishing, duck and bird hunting. In his retirement he taught his grandson, Zac, to love it as well.

An architect and proud graduate of the University of Michigan, some of his early projects include Beyer Hospital in Ypsilanti in 1942 and several dorms at EMU. He was very proud of all that he accomplished as an architect. Gwen spent many years on planning commissions, including the Washtenaw County Planning Commission.

Even in his retirement he never stopped designing and inventing. While knocking on heaven’s door at Arbor Hospice we caught him explaining to the nurse how she could construct a device to help him breath so he wouldn’t need oxygen.

A violin player from a very young age, he loved to play fiddle. His love of music encouraged his grandson, Zac to take up the violin. He has many great stories of paying his way through college by playing jazz in Detroit.  Never one to answer yes or no, as anyone who has ever been in a conversation with Gwen could tell you, he would respond to even the simplest question with an answer of epic proportions.

Survivors include a son, Marc (Kathy) Morhous of Dexter, Marc’s mother, Bonnie Lausted of Chelsea; a grandson, Zachary of Dexter; and a brother-in-law, Rodney Hutchinson of Chelsea. Gwen was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin “Bud” in 2002, and sister, Dorothy Hutchinson in 2013.

No public services will be held.  Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Arrangements were handled by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Langbehn120camerafinalWilliam Lloyd Langbehn
of Pinckney, formerly of Chelsea, MI

Age 68, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at University of Michigan Hospital after a long illness.

He was born Aug. 20, 1945 in Huron, South Dakota, the son of Lloyd and Frances (Grimes) Langbehn.

Bill graduated from Huron High School in South Dakota in 1963.He earned an accounting degree from Cleary College in 1971. He worked at Sweepster Brooms as the Accounting Manager for 36 years, retiring in 2001. Bill owned numerous street rods and enjoyed participating in car shows.

On Aug. 19, 1967, he married Sandra L. Nuttle, his wife of 46 years, in Ann Arbor, and she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Tracy (Gene) Langbehn-Weincouff of Pinckney; his mother, Frances Langbehn of Huron, SD; four grandchildren, Noah and Brooke Langbehn, Garrett and Hannah Weincouff; four sisters, Gloria (Charlie) Roberts of PA, Judy Ulvestad of SD, Thez Langbehn of SD, Mary Ann Langbehn of ID; a brother, Dennis (Val) Langbehn of IA, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, James Robert “Rob” Langbehn, and his father.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Peter Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Washtenong Memorial Park, Ann Arbor.

The family will receive friends Wednesday 2-4 and 6-9 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association of Michigan.

Laurell,-Linda-webLinda Sue (Tackett) Laurell
of Manchester, Michigan

Age 57, passed away at her home on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

She was born on Feb. 19, 1957, in Trenton, MI, the daughter of the late Sol Tackett and Marie Navarre (Dupie).

Linda had worked as a Registered Nurse at Oakwood for many years.  She loved her friends, family, and church very much, spending time in northern Michigan, camping, and going to Shipshewana.  She also enjoyed horses, babies, and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, James R. Laurell; her children: Christina (Nick) Martinez, Robert (Jessica) Laurell, Teresa (Rob) Wallace, and Jacob Laurell; her grandchildren: Steven, Abigail, Julia, Jessalyn, Maria, Aubrey, Madalyn, and Garrett; and her brothers: Larry, Wendell (Sheila), Harold (Sherri), Rick (Kathy), and Mike, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Pastor Tim Richmond officiating. Burial will follow at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Hollenbeck,-Michael-webMichael A. Hollenbeck
of Dexter, Michigan

Age 59, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born on Dec. 25, 1954, in Ann Arbor, MI, to Clifford Hollenbeck and Ellen Hollenbeck Birch.

Michael worked at IGA in Dexter for many years.  He enjoyed playing softball, basketball, golf, and spending time with his family and going to the family cottage on the Au Sable River at Grayling.

Michael is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lori, daughter Jayma (Brad) Whitehead, son Jerid, brothers John (Clara), Tim (Chris), and Leo (Heidi), sister-in-law Jan Hollenbeck, brother-in-law Johnie Meiers, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many friends including Terri and Chris.  He was preceded in death by his father Clifford, mother Ellen, step-father Frank Birch, brothers Tommy and Clifford, and sister Mary Jane.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Faith Baptist Church, 4030 Kalmbach Road, Chelsea, (exit 156 off I-94) with Pastor Adam Summers officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Faith Baptist Church or Heartland Hospice, Ann Arbor.  The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Stuart K. Sinn
of Columbus, Ohio

Age 57, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

He was born on April 28, 1957, in Van Wert, OH, the son of Robert W. and Patricia A. (Kinsey) Sinn.  Stuart had lived in the Columbus area most of his life where he was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He was a 1975 graduate of Plainwell High School.  He was a musician and an artist, enjoying painting and also baseball.

He is survived by his mother Patricia Sinn-Clemens and step-father Ralph Clemens of Chelsea, Michigan, brother Robert C. Sinn (Francine Onofrio) of Lisle, Illinois, sister Holly Sinn-Bailey of Kenton, OH, and two nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his father in 1993 and his grandparents.

Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, MI, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Columbus.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

VanRiperBill3William “Bill”  Woodward Van Riper
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

He was born July 6, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Everett G. and Grace (Woodward) Van Riper.

Bill was part of Chelsea High School class of 1947, and attended grade school “Pumpkin College”. Bill and Dottie met after a basketball game while Bill was stationed at Ft. Monmouth in New Jersey.  Dottie then joined the USO to see more of Bill.

He was in radio communications for the Army Air Force while he was deployed in Okinawa.  During his time in the Army, he dreamed of farming and was a proud farmer his whole life. The Van Riper farm was named “Dottie-O-Dairy Ranch” in Dottie’s honor. He was chosen “Outstanding Farmer of the Year” 1960-61 by the Chelsea Jaycees. Bill was Lima Township Supervisor for several years, and served on the Zoning Board, Planning Commission, and Washtenaw County Conservation Board.  He was a member of the MMPA, Farm Bureau, and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.

He married Dorothy “Dottie” Haider on Nov. 19, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey and she preceded him in death on June 11, 2012. Survivors include 7 children, Linda (Gary) White of Munith, Becky (Steve) Schultz of Ann Arbor, Jeff (Bridgette) Van Riper of Chelsea, Cindy (Dennis) Fischhaber of Chelsea, Billy Van Riper of Chelsea, Gina (Kyle Corser) Van Riper of Unadilla, and Michael (Lisa) Van Riper of Chelsea.

Bill was known as “Bumpa” to his 16 grandchildren; Colt White, Kori Munson, Dusty White, Angie White, Nikki Quillen, Eric Van Riper, Zachary Powers, DJ Fischhaber, Tyler Fischhaber, Jake Fischhaber, Toni Chevrette, Tara Van Riper, Taylor Van Riper, Gage Van Riper, Bria Van Riper, Jada Van Riper. He had 16 great-grandchildren and two more on the way. His surviving siblings include Nancy Kiel, Mary Ellen Pierson-Twitchell, Pat Dubois. He was preceded in death by his brothers Gordon Van Riper, Philip Van Riper, and a sister, Virginia Czarnecki.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 4030 Kalmbach Road, Chelsea, MI 48118 with Pastor Adam Summers officiating. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. A luncheon at the Chelsea Fairgrounds will follow the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church or Arbor Hospice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Foster,-Michael-webMichael Dudley Foster
May 30, 1963 – Aug. 1, 2014

Son of Michael (Mickey) Foster and Ruth Shepherd Foster, passed away at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson, MI.

Michael had been very ill for three years, but never lost his beautiful smile, sense of humor and hope. Michael is survived by this loving mother, Ruth; brother, Jamie; sister, Rabecca (Jeff Ridge) Foster; sister Elizabeth (Ron Cole) ; several nieces and nephews, and five great-nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles, and several cousins and dear friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Michael T. Foster in 2005, and his sister Amy (Foster) Patania in 2011.

Michael attended Chelsea schools his whole life. He also attended Lifeways in Jackson for many years. He loved it and made friends with several people and staff. Michael had to stop attending because of health problems. Michael loved his beautiful Boxer dog “Moses” and the family cat, fat and sassy “Seger”. He also loved music and he played guitar and sang, especially “Elvis”.

We lost his beloved grandmother Georgia Edith (Blair) Shepherd recently on July 18, 2014. He never knew she passed because he was on life support. Grandma Shepherd nicknamed him “Brave Heart” a few years ago for his many surgeries and hospital stays. Michael is feeling no more pain, and is with his father and sister, grandma and the Lord.

Thanks to all who took the time to visit him at the hospital, called, sent him a card and prayed. Cremation has taken place, a memorial and celebration of Michael’s life will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

Cooper,-Frank-webFrank L. Cooper
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 79, passed away on Aug. 5, 2014, at his home.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1934, in Cash, Arkansas, the son of William J. and Verda May (Best) Cooper. On June 5, 1965, he married Judy Lindow and she preceded him in death on Sept. 1, 2010. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1957-59. He had lived in Washtenaw County since the 1950s, coming from Arkansas. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, wood-working, and playing country music.

Surviving are four children: Mark Cooper, Brian Cooper (Connie Cook), Scott Cooper (Joanne Elliott), and Kimberly (James) Williams; four grandchildren: Donnie, Dillon, Luke, and Dakoda; his sisters, Mary Worley, Lucy Gallagher, and Beulah Lamberth, sister-in-law Virginia Cooper, and brother-in-law Ken (Consuela) Lindow, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother William Cooper Jr., and sister Otha Snyder.

Visitation will be held at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, beginning at 2 p.m. followed by a graveside service at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Heritage Foundation.

Harold Eugene “Gene” Reece
Ann Arbor, MI

Age 86, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born Aug. 4, 1927 in Rozel, Kansas, the son of John Dee Reece and Martha (Hancock) Reece.

Gene enjoyed sports, old movies, and westerns. He married Pattie Lea Fritz and she preceded him in death in 2009. Pattie was Gene’s very first girlfriend and they were able to enjoy the twilight of their lives together.

Gene’s extended family includes step-sons, Don (Marie) Campbell of Dexter, MI; David (Shirley) Campbell of La Mirada, CA; Tim Fritz of Troy, IL; Mike Fritz (Karen) of Colorado Springs, CO; a daughter, Vickie (Terry) Benton of Benbrook, TX and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Dee.

A burial will be held at the Mills Township Cemetery in Ogemaw County.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Lucille_LaskiLucille Laski
Dexter, Michigan               

At age 94, Lucille died peacefully at her home on Monday, July 28, 2014.

She was born Oct. 14, 1919 in Thorp, Wisconsin the daughter of Michael and Margaret (Kras) Holda and was a graduate of Reed City Michigan high school.

Lucille was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Altar Society, and the Dexter Community for over 60 years. The many people of all ages who knew her, loved her and valued their time with her have said in so many ways; “…your light and your love make the sun shine so much brighter”,…” you bring happiness and hope to the hearts of many”, ”…you are the treasured comforts of true friendship”, “… you are Peace…you are Light…you are Love”. For all of those whose lives she touched she created everlasting memories.

Lucille is survived by a brother Leon Holda and sister Eleanor DeLisle, her children Edward (Sharon) Laski of Dexter, Patricia (Bernard) Fox of Dexter, Thomas Laski of Pinckney, Diana (Gary) Wesley of Ann Arbor, Susan Laski of Dexter, Mark Laski of Dexter, and grandchildren Yvette (Bruce) Hall, Jaime (Mark) Scappaticci, Max Laski, Jordan Laski, Amy (Harold) Knight and John (Sara) Wesley. Also all of those who came to know this beautiful lady as “Grandma Lu”!

Cremation has taken place. The immediate family will gather for a private memorial service at Cadillac Memorial Gardens in Westland. The family requests that donations in Lucille’s memory be made to the Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary at: 8133 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or here. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Townsend,-Beryl-Allan-webBeryl Allan “Al” Townsend
of Dexter Twp., Michigan

Age 88, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Ann Arbor, MI.

He was born on March 13, 1926, in Hart, MI, the son of Floyd E. and Ila (Andrus) Townsend. Al was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II. On Oct. 6, 1951, he married Amelia Mildred “Millie” Toma in Ann Arbor, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 1, 2009.

Al had worked for the Ypsilanti School District as an administrator, principal, and teacher. He had a cottage at North Lake since 1961 and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Stockbridge. He was a talented musician, being Gene Krupa’s first trombonist in the 1940s and later playing in a 21-piece band, the Ambassadors, and also in the Couriers, a 9-piece band. He had served as President of both the Ann Arbor Flyers Club and the Ann Arbor Federation of Musicians.

Surviving are his children, Lynne (Daniel) Stewart-Raglin of Ypsilanti and Steven (Kathy) Townsend of Pinckney, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and his beloved cat Benny. He was also preceded in death by his brother Charles Townsend and sister Lorissa Gillette.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Pastor Steve Khang officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, July 31, from 6-8 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dexter. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley or the Yankee Air Museum.

Gaken,-Shirley-webShirley L. Gaken
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born on Jan. 3, 1929, in Chelsea, MI, the daughter of August and Katherine (Eder) Dorer. On June 26, 1948, she married James L. Gaken in Chelsea, and preceded her in death in December 1995.

Shirley was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea and was also involved with the (former) Altar Society. Her hobbies included gardening, reading, and keeping track of her family.

Surviving are nine children: Larry (Jan) Gaken of Chelsea, Mike (Judy) Gaken of Kawkawlin, Mary Kay (Kevin) McHaffie of Manchester, Sally (Doug) Nosbisch of Manchester, Linda (Bob) Gray of Chelsea, Annette (Lynn) Houle of Chelsea, Eric Gaken of Jackson, Yvonne (Dar) Cooper of Chelsea, and Cindy (Mark) Lesser of Chelsea; 12 grandchildren: Matt Gaken (Liz Sager-Searl), Lindsay Gaken, Dan (Erin) Gaken, Andy Gaken, Brad Hinderer (Trisha Romanowski), Heather (Sam) Kleber, Robert (Renee) Gray, Catherine (Flo) Kimpel, Andrew (Kelly) Houle, Ryan (Jenny) Houle, Christine Esch, and Justin Esch (Casey Dale); seven great-grandchildren: James Gaken, Jacob Gaken, Fiona Kleber, Regan Gray, Gracie Houle, Elijah Houle, and Lincoln Esch; and two brothers, Vincent Dorer of Jackson and Robert Dorer of Chelsea. She was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Amanda Lesser.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner and Fr. Joseph Rinaldo con-celebrating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Friday from 2-8 p.m., with Rosary at 7:30 p.m., and also at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to The St. Louis Center or St. Mary Catholic Church.

Shepherd,-Georgia-webGeorgia Edith Shepherd
Grass Lake, Michigan

On Friday, July 18, 2014, Georgia Edith Shepherd, an angel on earth, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 94, under the loving care of her family and hospice.

She was born Georgia Edith Blair on May 9, 1920, in Harlan County, Kentucky. On Oct. 1, 1935, she married the love of her life, Oliver Cleveland Shepherd from Goodloe, KY, and within two years they moved to Michigan where they raised their family of 13 children in Chelsea and later in Waterloo.

In 1969, she started a successful business at her home, Waterloo Upholstery, which is still family-owned and operated to this day. She ran the shop for 34 years with the help of her family. She loved to fish and made many trips to Canada. In 2003, at the age of 83, she went to Alaska, camping and fishing for the summer with two of her sons and daughters-in-law. She loved bird-watching, quilting (making many quilts for her grandchildren), crochet, all types of gardening, making homemade toys for her children and grandchildren, word search puzzles, and visiting with family and friends.

She was known for her excellent cooking skills and hospitality, not only to her family but to everyone who showed up at her doorstep. Because of her loving and generous heart, she opened her home to anyone who needed a place to stay for as long as they needed it.

Everyone enjoyed hearing her stories about her life – they will feed our memories forever. She gave her family a place to hang their coat, a place to eat a great meal, and a place to laugh, but most of all a place to love.

Her faith in the Lord was very strong and important to her. She read her Bible daily. She counted on the Lord to rejoice with her in the good times and relied on him in the bad times, which both were plentiful while raising her 13 children: Raymond (deceased) (Kate) Shepherd, Orville (Jill) Shepherd, Larry (Irene) Shepherd, Jim (Joyce) Shepherd, Ruth Foster, Leona (Jerry) Creech, Francis Bardavid, Mike (Carla) Shepherd, Cheri Lynne Dubois, Kathy Shepherd, Rosemary Shepherd, Steve (Judy) Shepherd, and Dennis (Carolyn) Shepherd. She was blessed with a multitude of grandchildren (35), great-grandchildren (56), great-great-grandchildren (7), and nieces and nephews, who will all miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband Oliver in 1989, sons Oliver Jr. (at birth) and Raymond (1990), granddaughter Amy Foster (2011), great-grandchildren Thomas Dubois (2001) and Angel Dubois (1991), parents Charlie and Flora (Morris) Blair, three brothers and four sisters.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo Twp.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For those who wish to make a donation in Georgia’s memory, it may be made to help the family cover any final expenses, c/o Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

Hughes,-James-webJames Carson Hughes
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 72, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born on Nov. 7, 1941, in Salyersville, Kentucky, the son of Harlan and Lulabelle (Gillespie) Hughes. On Feb. 7, 1965, he married Diane Marie Walz. Jim loved sports and athletics, especially Tigers baseball. He was good with his hands and enjoyed carpentry and was always helping out.

He is survived his wife, Diane, his siblings Betty J. (Paul) Phillips of Stockbridge, Gary “Pete” (Diana) Hughes of Independence, MO, Rick Hughes of Stockbridge, Tonuah “Cutie” (Fred) Pilon of New Haven, IN, and sister-in-law Tylene (Rickey) Allen of Chelsea, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Virginia Hughes, sister Joann Pickett, brothers Jerry and Larry Hughes, and niece Amy Pilon Clear.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Larrel Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family.

Krick_JamesJames Huyett Krick
Dexter, Michigan

Age 91, of Dexter, passed away on Sunday, July 13 at Towsley Village in Chelsea.

Jim was born in Reading, PA on July 1, 1923, son of Dr. William F. and Gertrude (Huyett) Krick.

After graduating from Reading High School, he attended Swarthmore College getting a degree in Structural Engineering. Upon graduating he took a job with The Austin Engineering Co. Austin did much of the engineering work for Dow Chemical in Midland, MI. While Jim was working in Midland, MI, he met Barbara Ruth Temple at the First United Methodist Church. They were married in that church on June 18, 1954.

After a European honeymoon, he lived in Detroit and Cleveland. In January 1956, he moved to Ann Arbor to work for Cummins and Barnard, Inc. and lived there until February 2012. He became a copartner and retired from C and B in 2006.

Jim was active in the Eastern Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor and later the downtown Club. He served on SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business) for many years. He was active in the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers and served on the Washtenaw County Board of Appeals. He also enjoyed plays and was a member of The Civic Theater. From 1957 to 2012, his family was involved with the teenage exchange program called Youth For Understanding.

Jim is survived by his wife of over 60 years Barbara T. Krick; four daughters: Rebecca Krick, Katharine Krick, Susanna (Mark) Bucholz, Deborah (Charles) Curtis; eleven grandchildren: Adolphus Senior, Tammi (Mike) Cooney, Shaleena (Nick Schalek) Senior, Stacy Gibson, Jevon Pruitt, Kyle (Lauren) Bucholz, Deion Pruitt, Dallas Curtis, Sarah Bucholz, Quinn Curtis, Taryn Curtis; and four great-grandchildren: Aiden Schalek, Kaitlyn Cooney, Madisyn Schalek and Daniel Cooney. He was the American Dad to Hans Stein, Chrischi Barthel, Andreas Jokel, Christoph Brethack, Kai Bartlmae, Theis Klauberg, and Lorenz Bartlmae of Germany, Bengt Anneback and Per Bjerner of Sweden, Hans Nymarsk, Kenneth, Christensen, Lise Nymarsk and Thomas Forsberg-Madsen of Denmark, Hansulrich Baumgartner, Amade Schnyder and Marcel Hugo of Switzerland, Jari Malenin of Finland and Rafael Servan of Spain.

Jim loved to sail, fly and travel. He sailed and raced his 19’ Lightning which he named “Kricket” in Saginaw Bay and he used his airplane to take him from Cleveland to Reading for many years. He owned a plane before he owned a car. Jim’s interest in Kiwanis took him to many national meetings. It was a great opportunity to take the family camping and see the United States. There were many trips overseas to weddings and to show grandchildren Europe. He loved to travel with friends and enjoyed planning mystery trips.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 23, 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 120 S. State St, Ann Arbor. Burial of ashes will be at the church’s memorial garden. In place of flowers donations can be sent to Youth for Understanding at 6400 Goldsboro Road, Suite 100, Bethseda, MD 20817 in Jim’s name to be used for student scholarships.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Adkins,-Morris-photoMorris Junior Adkins
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 87, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Presidential Caregivers assisted living facility in Ypsilanti.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1926, in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Morris had served in the United States Navy during World War II in Guam. He was assigned to the USS Indianapolis which was sunk and had only 300 survivors. He had a fever the day the ship was to sail and was instead kept in the infirmary. All of his fellow shipmates from boot camp died.

He went to school though the eighth grade but had to quit to help his family on the farm. That commitment to family never changed, and he was primary caregiver for his wife Ethel for many years.

Surviving are children Joel Adkins, Marsha Bartley, Sharon (Ron) Martinsky, Carolyn (Joe) Himes, Howard (Dale) Henegar, and son-in-law Dennis Melosh, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 40 years, Ethel; his parents, Ruby Mae Owen and William Adkins; four brothers and two sisters; and his eldest daughters, Jeanie Melosh and Nancy Adkins.

A Funeral Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Faith Baptist Church, Chelsea, with Pastor Adam Summers officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Faith Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Ewald,-Clara-photoClara Marie Ewald
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Chelsea, MI, the daughter of Chester and Cecel (Spooner) Miller. On Nov. 1, 1947, she married Daniel Ewald and they happily celebrated 67 years together. He survives.

As a native of Chelsea, she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, served as a 4-H leader, and extended her support to local causes. A lover of books, cooking, crafts and traveling, she was always eager to learn and open to new experiences.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she never missed a life milestone or school activity. And as a loyal friend, she touched so many with her kind and open heart.

Her final days could have been met with struggle, but true to character, she left this earth with such a positive and gentle grace. The family extends their gratitude to the University of Michigan medical staff, the caretakers of Lloyd Ganton Retirement Home, and all of her friends and neighbors for their support.

In addition to her husband, Dan, she leaves her children: Martha Salyer of Chelsea, Carol Ford of Chelsea, Jane Engel (Jay Wade) of Homer, Joseph (Beth) Ewald of Chelsea, and daughter-in-law Beverly Ewald of Munith; grandchildren: Jennifer Ewald, Rein Ewald, Sarah (Tim) VanSchoick, Gregory (Bethann) McKeighan, Brett (Michael) Salyer, Ryan Ford, Leah Ford, Daniel (Kristy) Engel, Valerie (Scott) Steele, Lisa (Jacob) Eby, Linda (Jonathan) Streeter, Josie Ewald, and Preston Ewald, and great-grandchildren: Reid Ewald, Max VanSchoick, Lucy Steele, Elliott Steele, Owen Eby, Gwen Eby, Parker Streeter and Odin Streeter; and her brother, James (Dinah) Miller of San Jose, CA. She was preceded in death by her son Theodore Ewald, son-in-law Robert Salyer, and sister Helen (James) Heymann.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Macaulay officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 2-4 and 6-7 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea First United Methodist Church or the Alpha House Shelter.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Navin,-Betty-photoBetty Lou Navin
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 81, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born on Aug. 15, 1932, in Centerville, Tennessee, the daughter of Elvis Monroe Campbell and Mary Louise (Sutherland). On Nov. 18, 1950, she married George Edward Navin, and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Betty was a great gourmet cook and had worked in catering. She was a very strong and determined woman, always helping others and putting her family and friends first. She loved traveling in her motor home for many years and spending time in Tennessee, and she especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her mother (age 101); her children, Sherry L. (John) McKenzie of Chelsea and Robbie Renkes of Ann Arbor, grandchildren: Justin (Tina), Emily (Joe), John S. (Christina), Margaret, Ashley (Robert), Tommy (Courtney), and Joshua, and great-grandchildren: Xavier, August, Fiona, and Valen, along with many much loved in-laws and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Jimmie Campbell and Jean Heighchew.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Tom Haddox officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Firecracker Foundation, 934 Clark St., Lansing, MI 48906.

jack poole 3John A. Poole
of Pinckney, MI

Age 78, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Chelsea Community Hospital.

He was born Jan. 12, 1936 in Detroit, MI the son of John H. and Lydia (Krause) Poole. He was a truck driver, working for commercial and Ryder truck carriers. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. He enjoyed deer hunting, sports, and cowboy movies.

On Aug. 15, 1959 he married Coralee Stover in Detroit, MI, and she survives. Also surviving are three children: Sandra (Anthony) Bove of Allen Park, John (Debra) Poole of Gregory, and David (Becky) Poole of Chelsea; five grandchildren, and one brother, Ken Poole of Lincoln Park. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sharlene Frost.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Chaplain Kathy Schell officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of one’s choice. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Glenda Doreen Stinnett
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 89, passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born on March 29, 1925, in Comstock, MI, the daughter of Edward R. and Harriet B. (Hamilton) Ebert.

Glenda had served in the United States Navy Waves during World War II. On April 13, 1956, she married Frederick Stinnett Jr. in Angola, Indiana, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 2013.

Glenda had lived in the area since 1969, coming from Dearborn, and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea. She enjoyed quilting and especially her cats.
Survivors include her niece, Helen Ferguson of Waterford, and nephews, Ronald (Myrna) Matthews of Sandusky, Ohio, and Donald (Cheryl) Matthews of Gladwin. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Madonna Matthews, and her brothers, Melvin and Frank Ebert.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo Twp. with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Lindauer_artArthur L. Lindauer
Chelsea, MI

Age 91, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at his home. He was born April 11, 1923 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of George Alfred and Rose M. (Moeckel) Lindauer.

Arthur graduated from Chelsea High School in 1941 and began at Western Michigan University. At the conclusion of his freshman year, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was a pilot in World War II and again during the Korean War, which fostered a lifelong interest in soaring.

Arthur graduated from the University of Michigan School of Architecture in 1950. He was an architect at leading firms in Detroit and Ann Arbor before starting his own practice in Chelsea. In 1956, he moved to the family farm, “Never Fail Acres” in Lima Township and assumed full-time stewardship in 1960.

Arthur found great reward in animal husbandry, particularly the raising of hogs.

Arthur was respected by his peers in Chelsea’s building craft industry, designing the original Chelsea Medical Clinic (now Chelsea Community Hospital). He also designed the 1966 Chelsea Fire Station, the Garden Apartments and the Crippen Building at Chelsea Retirement Community, the current location of the Chelsea Lumber Company, the Michigan Livestock Exchange, and several prominent residences.

Throughout his life Arthur attended St. Paul Lutheran, St. Barnabas Episcopal, and St. Mary Catholic Churches.

On Feb. 16, 1946, he married Gretchen E. Oas in Manhattan Beach, California and she preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 1952 along with infant son John George Lindauer. Arthur married Mary McLeod Mc Fall in Chelsea on June 7, 1957 and she preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 1997. Their infant child Mary Katherine Lindauer died on Feb. 16, 1962. Arthur married Gancie Lacaria on June 30, 1999 in Chelsea, and she survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Tina M. (Scott) Foster of Grayling, Sarah E. (Wouter Koek) Lindauer of San Antonio, TX,  step-son William R. (Rene) McFall of New Berlin, WI; two sons, Matthew M. Lindauer of Highland, Jason F. (Amy) Lindauer of Chelsea; 9 grandchildren, Nathan, Caroline, Molly, Taylor, Landon, Katherine, Matthew, Margaret, Daniel; 2 great-grandchildren, Ian and Avi; and a sister, Loretta (Don) Eder of Chelsea.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. A reception will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea following the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the church of your choice or the animal rescue agency of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Peltcs-Paul-croppedPaul Haldane Peltcs
of Dexter, MI

Age 95, passed away July 4th, 2014 at his home on Island Lake Road after a brief illness.

He was born at home in Fayette, Ohio on July 23rd 1918, the son of Thomas Martin and Mary Matilda (Crow) Peltcs.

Paul attended school in Pioneer, Ohio and West Unity, Ohio before moving to Jackson, Michigan where he graduated from Jackson High School and attended Jackson Community College. In high school he was active in band and orchestra playing string bass and trombone. He enjoyed being in plays and drama productions.

While in West Unity, Ohio during the Great Depression, he sold corn cobs obtained at the local feed mill, for a nickel per 100-pound feed bag to townsfolk for starting their wood stoves. He trained a goat to pull his wagon as he delivered his bags of cobs. He enjoyed traveling on the Toledo and Western interurban railway where his father was a conductor, going to Toledo to swim at the beach and to Tiedke’s department store for shopping.

After graduating from high school with high honors he worked for Household Finance and was relocated to Muskegon, MI when he was drafted for World War II in 1942. He was inducted at Camp Grant, Illinois and was given a job typing insurance forms. He was assigned to the 595th medical ambulance company where he rose to Captain with the 3rd Army.

During the Battle of the Bulge, he was taken prisoner and held at the German submarine pens at Brest, France for several weeks while the British bombers tried to destroy the pens with bombing runs, until he was part of a prisoner swap. Toward the end of the war, he was assigned by General Gay to find, pick up and transport German scientists to New Jersey by boat before the Russians got them. After arriving back in America he was assigned as Post Commander of the soldiers at Percy Jones Hospital in Battle Creek, Mi.

He went out on a blind date and met Mary Janet Crego who was an Occupational Therapist at the hospital. After a short time dating they wed on February 21, 1948 at her mother’s home in Wheatland Township, Plainfield, Illinois. Paul left the Army and went to the University of Michigan earning a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering with high honors. They resided at Clear Lake near Waterloo, MI where they had 2 sons, William Owen and Thomas Martin Peltcs.

Paul was an avid sailor and enjoyed sailing and fishing with his sons. Paul’s desire to support education led him to be on the Palmer School Board, a one room country school, as chairman. His engineering projects included the high tension towers designed at Niagara Falls and bridge building when the toll road/interstate highway system was being built in South Bend, Indiana.

In 1965, he moved to Dexter where he started home building in the greater Dexter area. He farmed there and the grandchildren enjoyed feeding the calves with him. He was active in Salem Grove Methodist Church serving as treasurer and board member.

Surviving are his sons William Owen (Nancy) Peltcs and Thomas Martin (Dana) Peltcs, both of Tecumseh, grandchildren Andrew, Caroline, and Martin (Ashley). Also surviving is his brother Robert (Peggy) Peltcs of Deland, FL, a sister-in-law, Eleanor Crego, and nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his sisters, Dorothy and Juanita Rose Peltcs, and Yvonne Gulick.

Visitation will be Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea and at the church Thursday 10-11 a.m. Funeral services will be Thursday 11 a.m. at Salem Grove United Methodist Church, 3320 Notten Road, Grass Lake, MI with Pastor Christine Beaudoin officiating. Burial will be at the Wheatland Township Cemetery, Naperville, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Grove United Methodist Church.

Ellenwood,-Sally-webSally Jane Ellenwood
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 61, passed away on June 29, 2014, at her home.

She was born on June 24, 1953, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of George Ernest and Lorine Elizabeth (Brown) Ellenwood. Sally had worked at ProQuest for 15 years as a credit collections specialist and also at the Wolverine for 10 years.  She loved her family and was the rock. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, and especially loved her cats Bella and Reggie.

Surviving are her sisters: Sharon Ellenwood Biggs, Sandra (Mac) Davis, and Paula (Anthony) Clark; her niece and nephews, Jessica and George Clark and Daniel and Michael Ellenwood; along with many cousins and aunts. She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Dan Ellenwood and Susan Kiner.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Tammy Browning-Smith officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Family or the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor.

Long,-Howard-web2Howard David Long

On June 28, 2014, Howard David Long, known to most as “Howie”, left this earth and went to heaven to be with his mother and his father. He was 43.

Howie was born on January 3, 1971 in St. Joseph, Michigan. He was born with a condition know as Hydrocephalus along with Cerebral Palsy with a life expectancy of three days at birth. Howard somehow managed to beat those odds.

He attended High Point and loved to do activities such as bowling, going on family outings to the zoo and attending the Fourth of July Fireworks. Howard’s presence was larger then life. Anyone who walked through the door was his immediate friend.

He loved being “Uncle Howie” to his nieces and nephews and to their children as well. He loved having the little ones around and didn’t let the fact that he was confined to a wheel chair affect his day to day job, which was of course, “giving everybody a hard time”.

Howard is survived by his siblings, Richard Long, William (Bill) Long, John (Jack) Long and his wife Patricia, Gregory Long, Chris Long and his wife Jayne, Mary Visel and her husband Allen, Mary Jane Hall and her husband David, and Robert Long an his wife Valerie, as well as a long list of nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Howard’s niece Bridget Long was actively involved in his daily care for over the past four years. He loved her dearly and they were “Best Buds”. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, George and RaJean Long, and by a nephew, Adam Long.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home with Deacon Tom Franklin officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Contributions in Howard’s memory can be made to the St. Louis Center, Chelsea.

Dye,-Ina-Pearl-webIna Pearl Dye
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Chelsea Community Hospital.

She was born on July 22, 1922, in Owendale, Michigan, the daughter of Henry and Freida (Decker) Wolfe. On Jan. 1, 1947, she married Harold Howard Dye in Owendale and he preceded her in death in 2009.

Ina Pearl was a Registered Nurse and had served during World War II as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, and later worked at Harper Hospital. She had lived in the Chelsea area for the past 12 years, coming from Lakeview where she was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church. Her hobbies included square dancing, sewing, cooking, baking pies, and gardening.

Surviving are her children: David (Carol) Dye of California, Donald Dye of North Branch, Mary (Thomas) Ball of Brighton, and Richard (Janet) Dye of North Branch; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sister, Eileen Sasse of Midland; and her sister-in-law Ruth Wolfe of Tecumseh and brother-in-law Earl Schlabach of Knoxville, TN. She was also preceded in death by her grandson Brian D. Dye, brother Lloyd Wolfe, sister, Nelda Schlabach, brothers-in-law Robert Sasse and Edward Dye, and sister-in-law Loretta Flatley.

A Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Parkview Cemetery in Livonia.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

BuschmannElizabethElizabeth Buschmann
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Indianapolis, Indiana

Age 96, died peacefully Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born June 18, 1917 in Indianapolis, the daughter of Cassius and Myrta (Blinn) Bashore. Elizabeth attended the John Herron School of Art and graduated in 1939 from Butler University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She married A. Donald Buschmann on June 15, 1941. He preceded her in death in 1980.

Elizabeth was an art teacher at St. Luke’s School and an artist who worked mainly in watercolor and oil paintings. She and Don moved from Indianapolis to Lamb Lake, Trafalgar, Indiana in 1971 and she loved to fish, even into her 90′s.

She is survived by a son, James (Shirley Sampier) of Dexter, MI; a daughter, Ann (John) Jefferson, of Indianapolis; three grandchildren, Kristian (Jackie) Nielsen, Chicago, IL, Inga (James) Sabourin, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Michael Jefferson (Suzanne Lettieri), Brooklyn, NY; and two great-grandchildren, Reid and Veronika Sabourin. She was preceded in death by her brother, James “Win” Bashore.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 27, 2 p.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community, with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UMRC Heritage Foundation, 805 W. Middle Street, Chelsea, MI 48118, which funds the Chelsea Retirement Community.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, MI.

William J. Fagan
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea.

He was born on May 16, 1923, in Oakland, California, the son of William J. and Mabel (Wieland) Fagan. He had lived in the area since 2011, coming from Traverse City.

Bill honorably served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a Second Lieutenant. He was employed with Michigan Bell as a Senior Auditor.

Bill enjoyed fishing, reading, birdwatching, and “would have made a wonderful professor.”
He is survived by his wife, Delight (Knasel) Fagan of Chelsea; his children, Janice (Steven) Hable of Howell and Cheryl (Michael) Harrison of Burbank, CA, and step-children David (Debbie) Johnson of Grand Haven, Brenda (Ronald) Schaub of Grand Rapids, and Melody (Thomas) Werner of Chelsea; and 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Doris A. Spens, and his brother Alan Fagan.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in the Maples Room at Silver Maples Retirement Community, Chelsea. Interment will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Hospice Foundation or St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Coffman,-James-photoJames Edward Coffman
of Stockbridge, Michigan

Age 73, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1940, in Dearborn, MI, the son of Clarence and Rose (Leporowski) Coffman. He was a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit.

On Oct. 5, 1963, he married Janice Berjeski in Detroit and she survives. Jim was a veteran of the Armed Forces, serving in the United States Army from 1966-68 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant First Class in the Military Police. They moved to Chelsea in 1973 and later moved to Stockbridge in 1996. In 2001, after 32 years of service, he retired from the Ford Motor Company as a supervisor in Material Handling.

He was a longstanding member of St. Mary Catholic Church and choir in Chelsea and the Knights of Columbus. He was a frequent lector at the St. Joseph Shrine in Grass Lake, MI. He later became a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Williamston. He enjoyed politics, history, farming and most of all gatherings with family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife of 50 years, surviving are five children: Michael (Monique) Coffman of Stockbridge, Catherine (Duane) Hoeppner of Stockbridge, James Coffman of Stockbridge, Mary (Jared) Kowalewsky of Mason, and Celeste Coffman of Stockbridge; 13 grandchildren: Abigail, Sophie, Isabella, Noah, Ava Mariana, Maximillian, Jonah, Dominic, Finn, Kaya, Pier Giorgio, Henry, and one on the way; and his brother Richard Coffman of Redford. He was preceded in death by his parents and five grandchildren born to God: Mary Bernadette, John Joseph, Edmund, Fatima, and Faith.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Williamston with Rev. Fr. Peter Clark, celebrant, and Rev. Fr. Satheesh Alphonse, con-celebrant. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Louis Center in Chelsea.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m., and also at church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Doyle,-John-webJohn J. Doyle
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 97, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Chelsea Community Hospital.

He was born on June 4, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of William John Doyle and Rose May (Mackisoc) Doyle.

He loved to spend time on the water, especially Lake Huron, and enjoyed boating, crew, and also golf. He was known to all as “the Judge.”

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude; his children: Peter (Kathy) Doyle of Palmer, Alaska, Robin (Al) Griffin of Royal Oak, and Lorna (Thomas) Tackwell of Chelsea; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean (McKinney) Doyle, his daughter Karen Dunn (and husband Hugh), and his six siblings.

A Funeral Service will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel with Fr. Joseph Rinaldo officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and at the Chapel on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family.

French,-Janet-photoJanet French (Parker)
of Tompkins Township, Jackson County, Michigan

Age 73, died Thursday, June 19, 2014. At her bedside to the end was her loving husband, Michael (“Micksie”).

She was surrounded and supported by her family throughout her 18-month ordeal with cancer.

Janet was born Oct. 6, 1940 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England. She has also lived in Bahrain (Persian Gulf), Balsall Common and Coventry (England). She immigrated to Michigan with her husband and sons Roland and Robin in January 1967. In Michigan, she lived in Rockwood, Taylor, Pinckney, Ypsilanti, and retired to Maple Lane in Tompkins in January 2000.

In addition to her husband, she leaves behind her three sons: Roland, Robin, and Richard, and their wives, JoAnne and daughters Jenny and Sarah, Georgia, and Lisa; four grandchildren, Amber, Matthew, Ryan, and Ruby, and two great-grandchildren; Naoki and Zefram.

Janet has a sister, Elizabeth and her husband Terry, in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia, and their children, Peter, Sarah, and Gregory. She also leaves behind her cousin Elaine, her husband Jim, and their two children Christine and Jeanette, of Chester-Le-Street, Northumberland, England. She was preceded in death by her mother Evelyn Makepeace and her father Raymond Parker. She was the beloved in-law of Mary and Brian Madle, Tony and Olive French, and Christine and Terry Morris.

She always said: “Your family is my family.” Her niece, Nicola Scorah, is here from England for the funeral.

She will be cremated and her ashes transported to England and placed on the grave of her only daughter, Suzanne French, who lived but seven days. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

“Since your eyes were closed, mine have never ceased to weep.” Love always, Micksie.

Campau_LucileLucile M. Clarke Campau
Port Charlotte, FL

Age 94, died Monday, June 16, 2014 at Harborview Acres Retirement Residence in Port Charlotte, FL.

She was born Oct. 1, 1919 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of John “Jack” and Hermina (Volz) Stierle.

Lucile graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1937. She worked for Ann Arbor Bank for many years, then worked as an office manager for the U of M Food Services. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Ann Arbor and San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port, FL.

Lucile spent her summers at Portage Lake in Pinckney. She was a member of “Women of the Elks” and was an avid bowler and softball player in her younger years.

She married Charles F. Clarke, and he preceded her in death in 1977. She married Fred Campau, and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Survivors include two sons, Patrick J. (Sandra) Clarke of Pinckney, Timothy Clarke of Ann Arbor; one sister, Joan (Keith) Chambers of Pinckney; 2 grandchildren, Timothy Scott Clarke of Ypsilanti, Christine Marie Clarke of Jacksonville, FL; and 1 great-grandson, Nashton Alexander Clarke. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, John “Jackie” Clarke.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church (Village Church), Dexter, Michigan with Fr. Brendan J. Walsh officiating. Burial will follow at Washtenong Memorial Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The family will receive friends one day at Cole Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 4-7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Gugneheimer_HeleneHelene Elisabeth Gugenheimer
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 89, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Monday, June 16, 2014 at her home. She was born Nov. 29, 1924, the youngest of four daughters, in Schlangendorf, Ukraine, to Johannes and Elfreida (Schmidt) Gerok.

After the death of her parents in the early 1930s she moved to Germany. Helene immigrated to the United States, with her husband and daughter Gabriela, in 1956. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea.

A woman of strong faith, one of the highlights of her life was traveling to the Holy Land, with her husband in 1994, and being baptized in the Jordan River.

On Jan. 6, 1951, she married Nikolaus Gugenheimer in Nurtingen am Neckar, West Germany. He preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 2009. Survivors include her daughter, Gabriela (David) McCubbrey of Ann Arbor; her granddaughters, Alexandra (Erin Dreps) and Elizabeth. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Ralf.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, June 19, at 2:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Chelsea, Michigan with Rev. Dale Grimm officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor Russian Mission for orphans, the American Heart Association, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Wyatt,-Brett-photoBrett Arthur Wyatt
of Cheboygan, MI

Age 54, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 15, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on Dec. 25, 1959, in Highland Park, MI, the son of Warren and Judy (McLean) Wyatt.

Brett owned and operated the Aloha Camp Store on Mullet Lake and was a friend to many, both local and those visiting the area. He loved northern Michigan and spent every Labor Day of the past 44 years walking the Mackinac Bridge in the annual event.

Brett also loved and was an integral part of Little League Baseball in the region, serving as President of the Cheboygan Little League for 11 years and as the District Administrator for Northern Michigan for the past seven years. He had a tireless work ethic along with a sense of humor and smile that will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his mother Judy (Rick) Dalbey of Midland, father Warren V. (Jeanette) Wyatt of Saginaw, brother Warren (Julie) Wyatt of Seattle, WA, sisters Amanda Wyatt of Saginaw, Michele (Bobby) Friss of Chelsea, June (Mike) Rine of Midland, Renee Wyatt of Howell, Mary Kay (Randy) Cox of Loudon TN, and sister at heart Sandy Kitchen of Aloha, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Jack Yancer of Merrill.

A Memorial Service will be held at Homer Methodist Church, 507 S. Homer Rd., Midland, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 with a celebration of life immediately following. A mid-summer celebration of Brett’s life will take place in Aloha, MI (date to be determined).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made out to District 13 Little League Baseball or the American Cancer Society and can be mailed to Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

Online guestbook for condolences here.

HughesAgnesAgnes Clementine Hughes
East Lansing, MI, formerly of Chelsea, MI

Died peacefully with her family at her side on June 12, 2014 at the age of 89.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1925 to Charles Anthony and Theresa Pearl (Mullhall) Pine in Detroit, MI.

Agnes was a former member of All Saints Episcopal Church of East Lansing. She was a mother and homemaker who enjoyed cooking, traveling, gardening, bingo, and spending time with her friends and family.

Agnes married Cebert (Cy) Hughes on May 29, 1942 in Toledo, Ohio and recently celebrated 72 years of marriage. Along with Cebert, she is survived by two sons, Michael Stephen (Sheila) Hughes of East Lansing; Jeffery Lee (Lowene) Hughes of Grass Lake; a daughter, Carol Ann (William) Young of Grass Lake; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Van Buren of East Lansing, Lillian (Donald) Weber of Saline, Shirley (William) Matt of Germfask, MI and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, James Pine, Edward Pine; and two sisters, Margaret King and Mary Elizabeth Pine.

The family would like to thank the management and staff at the Timber Ridge Senior Assisted Living Facility in East Lansing, MI for the compassionate services they provided Agnes while a resident there over the past three years. In addition, they would like to thank Dr. Harold Roth and also the Hartland Hospice Agency for their generous time and wonderful care, especially over the past few months.

A memorial service will be held on June 16, at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Chelsea, MI with the Rev. Stephen Ezop officiating. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. with a memorial service following shortly thereafter.

A memorial garden named in honor of Agnes C. Hughes will be constructed at Timber Ridge. In lieu of flowers, donations to that cause may be made to the Timber Ridge Senior Assisted Living Facility, 16260 Park Lake Drive, E. Lansing, MI  48823.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Ewald,-Roland-webRoland Ewald
of Ooltewah, Tennessee

Age 88, fell asleep in Jesus on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at home with his wife Mae by his side.

Rol was born on June 25, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised in Chelsea, MI. He was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army near the end of World War II and was sent to the China/Burma/India Theater, starting as a cook and then being transferred into the subsistence warehouse, of which he became the head at his base in Calcutta.

He was a carpenter by trade, building homes through the years, and he also was an x-ray technician, but his heart was in carpentry and his hobby of singing. He will be missed and remembered for his singing, great love of family, campmeeting, his wonderful stories of growing up and time spent in India, learning to enjoy horseback riding and more advanced car repair with his son Don, and all the ways he entertained his grandkids.

Rol was always ready to listen and encourage and make sure that the young people or “young at heart” in his community had wholesome activities to attend.

In January, 1950, he married Jeane Burgess whom he had met at a yearly church campmeeting. Part of their courtship was by letter-writing while she was attending nurses training in California, until she came back to Onaway, MI, and they married. Rol and Jeane welcomed two children, Kathie and Don, and worked in several states, but Michigan and family always pulled him home.

Jeane preceded him in death in December, 2002, and he came to Tennessee to be near his daughter Kathie and her family. While in Tennessee he met Mae Guess and was blessed when she agreed to marry him in 2005.Together they spent nine wonderful years and were a blessing to the community as they reached out to others including worship and singing programs for the retirement and nursing home folks.

He also leaves to mourn his passing his daughter Kathie (Fred) Christiansen (and their children Liesl, Monique, Andrew, and Bonnie); his son Don (Caron) Ewald of Napa, California (and their daughter Angela with her three boys Travis, Ryan, and Kyle); his wife Mae and step-children: son Dennis Guess (and friend Debbie), daughter Donna (Tracie) Knauss, and step-grandchildren Megan and Travis Knauss; and his older brother Dan (Clara) Ewald of Chelsea, with their extended family along with many more wonderful cousins. In addition to his first wife, Jeane, he was preceded in death by his parents, Martha and Fred Ewald, older sister Gene, youngest brother Jim (Jasper), and younger brother Vern.

A Funeral Service will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s choice.

Adkins,-Ethel-webEthel Adkins
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community Towsley Village.

She was born on July 1, 1927, in Middlesboro, Kentucky, the daughter of Shelby and Della (Williams) Wilson.

Ethel had worked as a quality control coordinator at General Motors for 32 years and she had been involved with the Romulus Post of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She loved to cook, worked in catering for 15 years, and made award-winning pound cake. She was also a social activities coordinator for her church and enjoyed visiting with people. She was a gardener and her yard was like a museum. Her hobbies also included playing bingo and dominos, but faith and family were most important to her, and she adored her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Morris J. Adkins; her children: Carolyn (Joe) Himes, Howard (Dale) Henegar, Sharon (Ron) Martinsky, Joel Adkins, and Marsha Bartley, and son-in-law Dennis Melosh; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; and her siblings: Marge Stevens, Herman Wilson, and Betty DeBenedet. She was preceded in death Morris’ two daughters Nancy Adkins and Jeanie Melosh, her parents, and her siblings Hobert, Jack, Vernon, and George Wilson, and Onalee Russell.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel with Pastor Adam Summers officiating. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and on Friday from noon until the time of service. Interment will take place at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Moore,-Richard-web
Richard Allen Moore
of Ann Arbor, formerly of Detroit, Michigan

Passed away at the age of 85 on May 28, 2014, at Brookdale Place of Ann Arbor, with his daughters at his side.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Geneva Monell (Mona) in 2008, and his four sisters: Colleen, Billie Sue, Ruth, and Joann. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Oak Park for 50 years and was an avid Tiger fan.

He is survived by his daughters, Vicki (Robert) Rodriguez and Lauri (Wally) Robertson; four grandchildren: Scott (Kristi) Robertson, Heather (Ryan) Valik, Tracy (Trevor) Brewster, and Bethanne Robertson (Mike Stofer); and six great-grandchildren: Tyler, Maya, Kyle, Max, Benjamin, and Lily.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday, June 27, from 5-8 p.m.

Hindelang,-M.-Gertrude-webMary Gertrude Hindelang
Age 98

Passed away on May 18, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona.

She was born on June 28, 1915, in Chelsea, MI, and is the last of five siblings. She is survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Hindelang, niece Patricia Woods, nephew George Staffan, many grand- and great-grand-nieces and -nephews, and many dear friends from ages 10 to 90.

A woman of purpose, independent, focused, and goal-oriented, Gertrude graduated from the University of Detroit in Business and Finance where she was president of her class and also the first woman to receive a CPA. She was a student in Who’s Who in American Universities and was Detroit President then National President of AWSCPA (American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants).

Gertrude moved to Arizona sight unseen where she lived for more than 55 years, practicing her profession with private clients and as controller for Arizona Air Tool. Already a golf enthusiast and league bowler, Gertrude developed a passion for hockey and basketball, bringing her special attention and accolades from the Arizona teams she so ardently supported. World-traveler Gertrude took adventure and intellectual curiosity seriously, be it the Olympics in Austria, a team “mascot” to Hawaii, or a solo freighter cargo ship trip to Australia, New Zealand, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

What a life – what a woman – so much that so many have learned and received from Gertrude.She will be forever loved and admired by those who continue to celebrate her life.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley-Sherman Home (5801 E. Mayo Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054, www.hov.org), Duet Partners in Health & Aging Inc. (www.duetaz.org), or the University of Detroit Mercy for Professional Staff Development (www.udmercy.edu).

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Davis,-Stella-photoStella Alice Davis lived gently and died peacefully at Chelsea Retirement Community on May 30, 2014.

On Dec. 7, 1914, almost one hundred years ago, she was born on the family farm in Lake Park, Minnesota, to Simon and Alice (Severson) Johnson. As the youngest of five children, she grew up loved by her parents as well as her brothers and sisters, Orville, Evelyn, Leonard, and Doris.

After graduating from Lake Park High School, Stella moved to Chicago, where she met Merle Davis. Their loving marriage began on July 20, 1940, and lasted for sixty-six years. Merle and Stella made their home in Blue Island, Illinois, where they raised their children Barbara, John, Joan, and Robert. Stella and Merle were active members of Grace United Methodist Church.

Stella taught first grade Sunday school, served as secretary for United Methodist Women, and, along with Merle, served as church treasurer. In addition, she was active in the PTA and the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary.

In 1983, when they retired, Stella and Merle moved to Chelsea, Michigan to be closer to their family. They became active members of Chelsea First United Methodist Church and volunteers at South School and Chelsea Community Hospital Auxiliary. Thirteen years later, they moved to the Chelsea Retirement Community. There, they made many friends, and they continued to play a central role in four generations of their family.

Preceding her in death were her beloved husband Merle, (2006), her parents, two sisters, two brothers, her daughter, Joan, and her son, Robert. She will be missed greatly by her family, which includes her daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Ed Brown of Chelsea, MI; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Cheryl Davis of Seattle, WA; her daughter-in-law Alison Davis of Laguna Beach, CA, and grandchildren Allison Vanderspool of Chelsea, MI; Erik Brown of Glenview, IL; Heidi Pearson of Seattle, WA; Christy Frederick of Seattle, WA; Tracy Davis of Helena MT; Cameron Davis of Laguna Beach CA; and Conor Davis of Laguna Beach, CA. Stella had eleven great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson.

Stella Davis lived a life of love and service to others. Anyone who knew her was truly “touched by an angel.”

The family will receive friends at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Saturday, June 14, from 6:00-8:00 PM. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 15, at 2:30 PM in the Chapel at Chelsea Retirement Community.

Memorial gifts can be given in Stella’s name to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Heritage Foundation, 805 West Middle Street, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Westcott,-Linda-webLinda Kay Westcott
of Munith, Michigan

Age 61, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014.

She was born on March 23, 1953, in Stockbridge, MI, the daughter of AJ and Priscilla (Popovich) Hale Sr. Linda had lived in Munith for the past six years, coming from the Chelsea area.

She graduated from Chelsea High School in 1971, was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, and worked for Federal Screw for 17 years, retiring in 2006. She enjoyed Bingo, casinos, scrapbooking, photographs, and her dogs, and her family and grandkids were her true love.

On Nov. 26, 1971, she married Richard Dennis Westcott in Chelsea and he survives. Also surviving are her mother of Chelsea; four children: Shasey Ball of Munith, Richard Jr. (Meagan) Westcott of Chelsea, Jay Westcott of Munith, and Terry (Molly) Reynolds of Grass Lake; ten grandchildren; her siblings: Dianna (David) Roberts of Manchester, AJ Jr. (Belinda) Hale of Marshall, Alan Hale (fiancée Linda) of Chelsea, and Anita (Mike) Spears of Chelsea; three aunts; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and two nephews, Andrew Roberts and Michael Spears.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Fr. David Harvey officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Chelsea Youth Hockey (checks made payable to Chelsea Hockey Association).

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.

Ron-Parker-obitRalph E. Parker Jr.
93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Saline Evangelical Home in Saline, MI under the care of Arbor Hospice after a short illness.

He was born on Sept. 26, 1920 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Ralph and Julia (Lyons) Parker. He graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1940 where he was a standout football star. On June 30, 1945 he married Reatha (Zeck) Parker and she preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 1995 after 50 years of marriage.

Ralph was a WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1945. He was then employed as a police officer for the City of Ypsilanti for 33 years retiring in 1978. He also worked part time for the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department as the Dexter Township constable for several years.

After retirement, he devoted the next 30 plus years to his passion for golf at Inverness Country Club in which he achieved life time member status. He also enjoyed many travel destinations with his wife. His greatest pleasure was his time spent at home on North Lake with his extended family and friends for boating, cookouts, garage parties, and card games.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy (Ron) Montange of Chelsea. Additional survivors are his grandchildren Matthew (Laura) Montange of Kalamazoo, MI; Jeffrey (Amber) Montange of Pinckney, MI; Michael Montange of Chelsea, MI; Malia (Paul) Lindner of Dexter, MI and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his special friend, Helen Curry of Manchester, MI.

Funeral service and internment will take place alongside his wife and parents at Washtenong Memorial Gardens in Ann Arbor, MI on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. followed by a “Celebration of Life” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter, MI.

Memorial contributions can be made to the: woundedwarriorproject.org or Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor, MI.

Clark,-Madeline-webMadeline T. Clark
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Green Valley, Arizona

Age 92, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014, at the Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1922, in Watervliet, New York, the daughter of Anthony and Philomena (Clemente) Valente. On Aug. 18, 1945, she married Marine Major Frank Clark in Watervliet, New York, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2008.

Madeline had lived in the area since April 2012, coming from Green Valley. She graduated from high school in Watervliet, NY, the first of her family to do so. She met her future husband, Frank Clark, while he was attending college in Troy, NY. It was a random call to his dormitory that blossomed into a love story. They were engaged in 1942, just before he left for the South Pacific as a Marine Officer. The next time she saw him was in the hospital in Long Island, NY, in 1944, where he was recuperating from combat wounds suffered at Tinian. He showed up at the wedding on crutches in August, 1945.

She traveled the country with her husband and family to various job sites he was assigned to, including Oklahoma, California, Canada, Ohio, and in between to their residence in New Jersey. They later moved to Colorado and then retired to Arizona.

Although she never attended college and was always a little self-conscious about it, she received an honorary Ph.D. from MY THREE SONS UNIVERSITY. Her specialty was dealing with people. She loved everyone and they loved her, too. She was an accomplished artist, cook, and homemaker. She loved to entertain and was active in politics in Colorado.

She is survived by her children: Jon Clark of Seattle, Washington, Mark Clark of Houston, Texas, and Chip Clark (Laura) of Pinckney, MI. Additional survivors are her grandchildren: Stephen M. Clark, Daniel J. Clark, Caitlin Clark, Christina Clark Kelly, Lisa Clark Tidbury, and Steven F. Clark. In addition she has four great-grandchildren: Grayson Tidbury, Owen Tidbury, Ian Kelly and Angelina Clark. She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings.

Interment will take place alongside her husband at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI, at a small ceremony with family and friends. Memorial contributions can be made to the Arbor Hospice Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell, Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Perlongo,-Rose-webRose Perlongo
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1927 in Gaastra, Michigan, the daughter of Louis and Stella (Severo) Perlongo. Rose graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1946 and soon after moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked for a telephone company.

She had lived in the Chelsea area since 1960 and was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She worked for King Sealy/Chrysler for nearly 30 years.

Surviving are three nieces, Linda (Mike) Bauby, Betty (Donald Pietila) Perlongo, and Elaine (Vern) Pohl all of Whitmore Lake; several cousins including Linda (Mike) (Ongaro) Janicki of Wisconsin, and Robert (Sharon) Ongaro of Ann Arbor; two great-nieces, one great-nephew, one great-great-nephew, and a dear, special friend, Jo Bennett. She was preceded in death by her sister Angeline and brother Herman.

Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, St. Louis Center, or Arbor Hospice.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 8 p.m. Burial will take place at Stambaugh Cemetery in Iron River, Mich, on Saturday, May 31, 2014, with a graveside service at 11 a.m.

Bieske,-Daniel-webDaniel Carl Bieske
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 70, passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 10, 1944, in Elyria, Ohio, the son of Carl and Jean (Reddington) Bieske. Dan had lived in the area since the mid-1970s, coming from Ohio.

He worked for Malloys for 24 years and then McNaughten and Gunn for five years before retiring. He enjoyed antiques, fairs, youth horse shows, rabbits, his morning coffee at the Wolverine, and was an avid Ohio State fan. Dan was Jaycee of the year in 1978 and also fulfilled his life-long dream of being an auctioneer by attending auctioneer school in Iowa.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Paula (Sadowski) Bieske; his children: Carl (Sandy) Bieske of Tecumseh, Carrie (Keith) Neibauer of Grass Lake, and Susie (Andy) Steele of Ohio; twelve grandchildren: Michael (Christina) Grow, Erin Bieske, Elle Bieske, Kourtney (Ryan) Noll, K.J. Neibauer, Nathan (Crystal) Hallauer, Jessica Wilson, Breann Steele, Dan (Justine) Wilson, Hollie Bieske, Hunter Bieske, and Amanda Bieske; eleven great-grandchildren: Kayleigh, Hadley, Harper, Kaylyn, Timmy, Mackenzie, Makaylah, Ava, Zoe, Slater, and Raiden; his sister, Sara (Randy) Brlas of Ohio; and his brother-in-law, Bob Stasick of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carol Stasick, son Chris Bieske, granddaughter Jennifer Bieske, and great-grandson Tyler Hallauer.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Chaplain Dave Goldsmith officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from noon until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Community Fair.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Southern Care Hospice for the wonderful care that Dan received.

Lois Elaine Fredrickson
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, died Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born May 28, 1918 in McClusky, North Dakota, the daughter of Rudolph George and Dagne Viola (Kjelstrup) Glarum.

Elaine was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota, and earned her Master’s degree from Garrett Biblical Institute in Chicago. She had lived in McClusky, ND; Sitka, AK; Chicago, IL; Saginaw, Iron Mountain, Garden City, Fenton, Bay City, Flint, Lathrup Village, Southfield, Chelsea, MI; and had a summer home in Bay View, MI.

Elaine was a Director of Christian Education, a kindergarten teacher in Flint, MI, and a member of United Methodist Women and PEO. Together Eskil and Elaine traveled extensively throughout the United States and to many places around the world.

On Aug. 22, 1948, she married Rev. Eskil Henry Fredrickson, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2003.She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Dennis) Ostyn, Lois (Mark) Leiper; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Strandell, Melva (Glarum) Wittala; five grandchildren, Daniel (Whitney), Jonathan (Tiffany), Kyle (Tereasa), Nichole (Brooke), Sarah ; six great-grandchildren, Domonic, Cooper, Paisley, Jrue and two babies due in 2014.; and seven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Norman, and brothers-in-law Stanley Fredrickson and Robert Strandell, and Eskil’s parents Victor and Lydia Fredrickson.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 1, 2 p.m. at the Main Chapel of Chelsea Retirement Community, with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Methodist Children’s Home Society (26645 W. 6 Mile Rd, Redford Charter Township, MI 48240).

Elaine’s family would like to thank the staff at Chelsea Retirement Community and Arbor Hospice. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Moldovan,-Dennis-Paul-webDennis Paul Moldovan
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 66, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

He was born on Jan. 11, 1948, in Detroit, MI, the son of George and Diana Moldovan.

Dennis was a pipefitter working for Local 735 for many years and just retired. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was stationed in Korea.

He was a member of Inverness Country Club and enjoyed fishing.

On Feb. 11, 1972, he married Donna M. Felice and she survives. He is also survived by his mother of Chelsea; two children, Paul (Gail) Moldovan of OR and Felicia Yax of Chelsea; seven grandchildren; and one brother, George (Dee) Moldovan of Canton. He was preceded in death by his father.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Davis,-James-webJames Edward Davis
of Chelsea, formerly Wolverine Lake, Michigan

Age 68, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

He was born on July 8, 1945, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Jim grew up in Ann Arbor and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during Vietnam. He was a firefighter for the City of Westland for many years and retired in 2000.

He had lived in the Chelsea area for the past 10 years, coming from Wolverine Lake. He was a member of the VFW in Westland and he looked forward to the monthly breakfasts with the retirees from Westland. He also enjoyed spending time on his tractor cutting the grass and boating, most recently on the lake in Michigan Center.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Chastain) Davis, and her son Mike Berzsenyi, his daughter Lori Davis, and his sister-in-law Denise Balinski (Mike Buhagier). He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary (Ackerman) and Stewart Davis.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Bauer,-Richard-webRichard Harold “Dick” Bauer
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 87, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at his home.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1926, in Grover Hill, Ohio, the son of Edwin and Eva (Hart) Bauer. Dick was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. On Feb. 27, 1947, he married Frances E. Shouse in Chelsea and she survives.

Dick had lived in the area since 1950, and worked at Rockwell Standard for 36 years, retiring in 1980. He worked for the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home for many years, beginning in 1981. He loved Allis-Chalmers tractors, hunting, fishing, and his family.

In addition to his wife, surviving are his children: Sandra (Ray) Riddle of Chelsea, Susan Ojeda of Jackson, Michael (Brenda) Bauer of Chelsea, and Cynthia (Chuck) Walz of Munith; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; and his siblings: Dorothy Collins of Chelsea, Shirley Jensen of Brighton, Sally Butler of Adrian, Norma Coulter of Otsego, Johnny (Shirley) Bauer of Florida, Margaret Bauer of Ann Arbor, and Margie Holcomb of Howell. He was preceded in death by his son Richard in 1991, his parents, and his siblings: brothers Edwin, Edward, Thomas, Albert, James, and William Bauer, and sisters Mary Ann Tanner and Betty Hogue.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Pastor Steve Kincer officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First Assembly of God in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Atkins_GraceGrace Shaeffer Atkins
October 3, 1914 – April 29, 2014

Grace Shaeffer Atkins, in her 100th year, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her home in Chelsea, Michigan on April 29, 2014.

She was born at her family home on the banks on the Manatee River in Ellenton, Florida on Oct. 3, 1914. Her parents, Charlie and Hattie Shaeffer, were pioneers in that region. Her father discovered and managed a fullers earth clay mine, then used in the refinement of gasoline.

Gracie, as her family called her, was the youngest of five siblings: Lenore, Elizabeth, Francis, and Charlie. The family later moved to Bainbridge, Georgia where she completed high school and then earned a degree in studio art from Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama.

On Nov. 15, 1941, she married Lieutenant Daniel Ewell Atkins, Jr. in Milledgeville, Georgia. Within the year, Ewell was called to active duty in WW II in the South Pacific for almost four years. Shortly after he left, their first son Daniel Ewell Atkins, III was born. While waiting for her husband’s return she was a mother, supported the war effort, and lived with family members in various parts of the South. United with Ewell on Christmas 1945, they moved to Marietta, Georgia where her second son, Edwin Charles Atkins was born. In 1950, the family moved to Wheaton, Maryland where Ewell had a career with the Veterans Administration in Washington, DC.

Grace nurtured her family and friends, taught kindergarten, and was active in her church. She was a role model for dignity, love and honesty. Every Christmas she painted a seasonal mural on the glass storm door of their home that was widely admired. After retirement, Grace and Ewell moved south; first to Greenwood, South Carolina and then to Holmes Beach, Florida. In 2005, she moved to the United Methodist Chelsea Retirement Community for a decade of inspiring living among friends and four generations of family in nearby Ann Arbor and New York City. She continued a passion for baseball, moving her allegiance from the Atlanta Braves to the Detroit Tigers.

Grace is survived by sons Daniel (Monica, Ann Arbor), Edwin (New York City); grandson Thomas Atkins (Leticia Valdez, Ann Arbor) and granddaughter Susan Atkins (Michael Fainter, Ann Arbor). Grams, as she is affectionately known, has five great- grandchildren: Owen, Lucas, and Tessa Grace Fainter, and Felix and Maximo Atkins.

She leaves many devoted friends. Her life spanned a century – from the dawn of the automotive age through the modern digital age in which she used the internet, cellphone, and HDTV.

A memorial service, with a reception following, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Chapel at the Chelsea Retirement Community, 801 West Middle St., Chelsea, Michigan. She will be buried next to her husband of 58 years at the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the United Methodist Retirement Center (UMRC) Foundation, Development Office, 805 West Middle Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118.

Weir_Glenn2Glenn G. Weir
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 76, died peacefully Monday, April 28, 2014 at his home with his family.

He was born Sept. 16, 1937 in Grindstone City, Michigan, the son of Clive and Leila (Phair) Weir.

Glenn graduated from Chelsea High School in 1956, then attended Central Michigan University. He served in the US Army from 1960-1962. Glenn worked for the Dana Corporation for 32 years. Later, he worked at Hillside Terrace and Polly’s and delivered the Ann Arbor News. Glenn was a member of the JC’s, bowled for many years, and was a baseball/softball umpire for many years. Glenn taught Sunday School at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, then attended Immanuel Bible Church.

On Oct. 23, 1965, he married Joyce E. Andress in Ann Arbor, MI, and she survives. Other survivors include four children, Tim (Marie) Weir of Michigan Center, Daniel Weir of Chelsea, Jennifer (Ryan) Hudson of Jackson, Amy (Matt) Majeske of Chelsea; a sister, Janice Roach of St. Charles, MS; 7 grandchildren, Geoffrey, Rileigh, Ayden, Will, Gauge, Morgan and Madison; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and Jack Weir; a sister, Shirley Liebeck; and an infant grandson, Caleb Weir.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 2, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Dominic Aquilino officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Bible Church, 145 E Summit St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or Cascades Humane Society, 1515 Carmen Dr., Jackson, MI 49202.

Obit-photoMary Elizabeth Montange

Mom and Dad they are dancing to their favorite song “Yellow Bird” in Heaven…Dad waited for her a long time…

Mary Elizabeth (Bubsie, Nickie) Montange was born Dec. 8, 1919 and died peacefully April 17, 2014 in Allen, Texas. She was 94 years old and dear to all family and friends. Mary was the 2nd daughter born to Clair Nicholson and Marie Nicholson in Denison, Iowa.

She always said that when she met and married Stanley Montange, Dec. 26, 1941, her life really began. She was the mother of 7 children. She had a wonderful working and playing life on a farm in Chelsea, Michigan from 1957 on. While working the farm and raising children, she found time for a nursing career at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. However, the majority of her nursing career was at Chelsea Community Hospital, with the very last as a hospice nurse while Stan worked and retired from Chrysler Proving Grounds. The farm was a family career for both Stan and Nick and a great place to raise their family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, of 56 years, daughters Patricia Anne, Barbara Jean and Mary Anne.
She leaves behind her sons’ Ron (Nancy) Montange of Chelsea, Gary Montange of Chelsea, Mark (Kim) Montange of Allen, Texas and a daughter Kathy Montange of Chelsea; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She enjoyed church life at St. Mary of Chelsea, reading, travel, family and oh how she loved her kitchen and her little dog Spunky. Family and friends miss her so much…

Memorial contributions to St. Louis School. A memorial service is planned for later this summer.

GauntJimJames F. Gaunt
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Chelsea. He was born May 25, 1927 in Detroit, the son of Edwin I. and M. Louise (Ives) Gaunt.

Jim was vice-president of his senior class, graduating from Chelsea High School in 1945, he served one year in the Navy right after high school, then earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1950.

He worked with his father in the family floral business (Southview) starting as a young boy, and the floral business became his life’s work. After a partnership for several years, the business became Jim’s in 1960 when his dad retired. In the 1970′s and 80′s he was an active member and President of several floral associations (Detroit Allied Florists, Michigan State Floral Association and Wholesale Florists and Floral Suppliers of America). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of American Florists. He served as a member of the National PromoFlor Council 1995-1997.

Jim sold his business to his three boys when he turned 65, but continued to participate for many years. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Michigan Floral Association. He was an active member of the Chelsea United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing Hearts and Bridge with friends.

On July 7, 1951, Jim married Donna L. Kalmbach at the Salem Grove United Methodist Church, and she preceded him in death on March 20, 2014. 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; four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin Ives Gaunt in 1937.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 11 a.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Tuesday 3-8 p.m. and at the church Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Braunstein,-Glenn-webGlenn Edward Braunstein Jr.
of Chelsea, Michigan

Passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 in Virginia.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1983, in Akron, Ohio, the son of Glenn and Cynthia (Ferguson) Braunstein. Glenn was a very independent and intelligent person. He was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA, receiving his degree in hospitality management. He loved to cook and work hard, and he also enjoyed music and was close to his brothers.

Surviving are his parents, Glenn Braunstein of Danville, VA, and Cindy Braunstein of Chelsea; his brothers, Matthew J. Braunstein and Benjamin R. Braunstein, both of Chelsea; his maternal grandmother, Virginia Ferguson, and paternal grandmother, Barbara P. Braunstein; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow 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.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Glenn’s alma mater, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Smith_MichelleMichelle Suzanne Smith
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Age 55, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor.

She was born June 3, 1958 in Tecumseh, MI the daughter of Edwin F. & Shirley J. (King) Smith.

Michelle retired from the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, where she worked in medical records. She was a member of the Bonsai Society in Ann Arbor. Michelle had a green thumb and really loved to grow tropical plants.

Survivors include her mother, Shirley, a brother, Gregory Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; two sisters, Leslie J. Gallop of Chelsea, Kathy A. (Brian) Conley of Ft. Meyers, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Michelle was preceded in death by her father, Edwin.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Monday, April 28, from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Huron Valley Humane Society.

Markgraff,-Christina-webChristina Markgraff
of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 75, died April 20, 2014.

She was raised in Chelsea and lived for the past 16 years in Sarasota.

She retired from Associated Springs, Barnes Group in Ann Arbor, MI, and later became a caregiver in Sarasota. She enjoyed being an active member of the Moose and Eagles as well as holding positions with the Auxiliary of the Eagles and Women of the Moose.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; three children: Robert Markgraff, Jr. of Stockbridge, MI, Cyndi Clark of Ann Arbor, MI, and Craig Markgraff of Sarasota, FL; a sister, Geri Harmon of Brighton, MI, and a half-brother, Bobby Joe Collins of Salyersville, KY; and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 12 noon until the time of service. Interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Cancer Society. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

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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