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Harvey, JoAnne Marie
7/7/54 – 4/14/17
Her journey through this life has come to an end.
JoAnne Marie Harvey passed onto her next assignment with God on Friday, April 14, 2017.
She was born in Roseville, MI on July 7, 1954. She was 62.
In 1961, JoAnne moved with her family to Chelsea, MI. There she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, where she, along with friends, fell hopelessly into character while performing in Skits for the Mother Superior.
Moving on to Chelsea High School, JoAnne continued performing in plays. Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific were two of her favorites. She also played acoustic guitar, and sang, in a Folk Band with her best friends. She particularly enjoyed singing Ventura Highway by the band “America”.
After graduation, she worked for Schumns Restaurant, Braun and Brumfield, Chrysler – at the Chelsea Proving Grounds, and Meijer. Her friends remember her quick wit, shared laughter, and that she always had a warm, kind smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed.
JoAnne leaves behind her beloved son, Burton O Rathburn, III, and treasured Granddaughter, Gabby Rathburn. She is also survived by her mom, Viola Harvey, two brothers; William Harvey, Jr. (Nancy), and Mike Harvey (Sandra), one sister, Carol Harvey, nieces Ashley and Lisa, an Uncle, and many cousins. JoAnne is preceded in death by her dad, William Harvey, Sr.
A private, Graveside service will be held at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea, MI.
In JoAnne’s memory, please make a memorial contribution to your favorite animal charity, spay and neuter your pets, and adopt from local animal shelters.
David William Booth
Age 62, died at home with his family on a brilliant Easter Day, April 16, 2017.
He died healthy in every way but for the early onset dementia that slowly wrested him from us over the last five years. Dave leaves us with an enduring legacy of his gleaming intelligence, dogged commitment to the people and passions of his life, natural and thoughtful leadership skills, and most memorably, his wise counsel when the going got rough.
Surviving his loss are his wife of 40 years, Lynn Harpfer Booth, and his children: Phoebe (Casey) Preuninger of Plainwell, MI, Maxwell Booth formerly of London, UK, now of Chelsea, MI, Abram Booth of Charlottesville, VA and Willa (Chad) McClain of Livonia, MI. Also surviving are his grandsons, Liam and Emmett Preuninger; aunt, Carol Rudell of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Lisa Booth Garner of Flagstaff, AZ; cousin, Bill Grayzar of Rochester Hills, MI and cousin, Sally Prior of Saginaw, MI. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
Born on Nov. 8, 1954, in Big Rapids, MI, to William David and Vera (Hackett) Booth, he grew up in Saginaw, MI, graduating from Douglas MacArthur High School in 1972 and University of Michigan in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics.
After graduation in 1976, Dave began working in Information Systems for Malloy Lithographing, Inc. He always said it was his “great fortune to have landed there.” In 1987, he graduated from University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Masters of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dave eventually became Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Malloy, and after 36 years retired on disability in 2012.
Together since they were 16 and 17, Dave married Lynn on August 28, 1976. They lived in Ann Arbor, then Dexter and settled in Chelsea, MI in 1985 where they raised their four children. Dave had a natural desire to work with children and youth. He lived this out as a school volunteer, Sunday school teacher, confirmation mentor, as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 425, and as the Advisor to Venture Crew 412, a coed teen adventure/service group.
As a community leader and with his family, Dave shared his love of nature by organizing and participating in countless outdoor adventures. He was passionate about helping others and volunteered with many service organizations, especially with his church families at Chelsea First United Methodist Church and Webster United Church of Christ – particularly Alpha House family shelter and Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. He tirelessly served until he was no longer able.
A visitation will take place on Friday, April 28th, from 6-9 pm, and a Memorial Service with Pastor Marcia Meabon officiating on Saturday, April 29th at 11 am, both occurring at Webster Church (5484 Webster Church Rd Dexter, MI).
To support research on dementia, Dave donated his brain to the Michigan Brain Bank. Cremation has taken place and the ashes will be dispersed at a later date by family. Memorial contributions can be made to Cass Community Social Services, Michigan Radio, or Michigan Crossroads Council for camps/outdoor adventures.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Dr. Wallace E. “Wally” Fusilier
Age 78, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Evangelical Home in Saline under the care of Arbor Hospice.
He was born August 17, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Dr. Oozman and Monica F. (Cook) Fusilier.
Wally graduated from Clarkston High School in 1956, then signed up for the Navy where he served from 1956-58. Wally attended Eastern Michigan University, then transferred to the University of Michigan. He graduated from U of M in 1982 with a PhD in water quality from the School of Public Health.
Wally founded Water Quality Investigators. He was a renowned Limnologist, and was known as the Lake Doctor. He studied the water quality of close to 100 lakes in lower Michigan. Wally taught water quality at Wayne County Community College in the Coastal Environmental Studies Program, was a graduate teaching assistant at EMU, and taught classes for the Adult Learners Institute.
In addition, he wrote a water quality newsletter, which was both informative and humorous. He was President of the Dexter Area Historical Society, a member of the Dexter Area Fire Board, Supervisor of Lima Township, a member of SEMCOG, and Grand Marshall of the Dexter parade in 2014. He built his own house with his wife, Bene.
Wally enjoyed woodworking, and loved old cars, hot rods, and car shows. He enjoyed sharing coffee with the car guys from Dexter, and had a gift of humor that was enjoyed by all.
On August 10, 1963, Wally married Bene Waterbury, and she survives. Other survivors include his twin brother, Dr. Charles (Marilyn) Fusilier of Manchester, his brother, Joseph “Pete” (Theresa) Fusilier of Stillwater, MN, his sisters, Mary (Warren) Beers of Sebawang, Dr. Marcelline (Steven MacAulay) Fusilier of Chicago, many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Ronald Fusilier.
The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on Friday, April 21 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., with military honors at 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dexter Area Historical Society, 3443 Inverness Street, Dexter, MI 48130.
Dietrich Erhard Schulze
of Chelsea, Michigan
Age 78, passed away at home on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
He was born on November 2, 1938, to W. Paul and Gertrud (Eisermann) Schulze in Berlin, Germany. He is survived by his wife, Mary J. Schulze, son Brian Schulze, daughter Sandra Schulze, step-son Daniel McGill, grandchildren: Autumn, Beau, Hunter Schulze, Sean McGill, and Devin Wild, special nephew Andreas (Joni) Thiele, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Heidi.
Dietrich and his first wife, Uta, left East Berlin in the summer of 1961, just before the Wall dividing East and West Europe was erected. They went to West Berlin, West Germany, Canada, and finally arrived in the United States in 1968. Dietrich and partner, Martin Karl, operated a successful tool and die business for 30 years.
Dietrich was a life member of the Inverness Country Club. While a member of the ICC Board he was the Greens Committee Chair for many years. As such, he was responsible for the purchase and planting of over a hundred trees at ICC which has enhanced the beauty of the course, but will be the bane of golfers for many years to come.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 12-4 p.m. at the Inverness Country Club, Chelsea.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd. S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Charles Melvin Smith
Age 87, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Saline Evangelical Home.
He was born April 18, 1929 in Chillicothe, Missouri, the son of Elmer Louis and Lucy Ann (Sharp) Smith.
At the age of 16, Charles left school to become a chef for the Coast Guard on the Great Lakes. He was an Auxiliary Police Officer for the City of Wayne. He began his career with Ford Motor Company in 1953 and retired after 36 years as a Mechanical Engineer. After retirement, he and his wife, Julia, moved to Lake Leelanau, enjoying 20 years of boating, fishing and hunting. Charles was a member of the Cedar Chamber of Commerce doing volunteer work, especially helping with the Polka Festival.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years, Mary Lou Sharp. Survivors include 4 children, Debbie Smith, Charles (Linda) Smith, Kathryn (Mike) Muilenburg, Sharon Smith. He married Julia St. Amand/Courtis on Feb. 12, 1977 and she preceded him in death on April 17, 2013. Survivors include 3 stepchildren, John Courtis, Francine (Timothy) Egeler, Marina (Bill) Kaufman. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; one great – great grandchild; a brother, George Smith; a sister, Dixie (Jim) Monroe; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Smith, and two sisters, Luetta Smith Benson and Judy Smith Wynne.
Memorial services will be held Monday, 10:30 a.m. at Silver Maples, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Lining Fund. Envelopes will be available at the service.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Cebert “Cy” W. Hughes
East Lansing, MI, formerly of Chelsea
Age 96, passed away on March 20, 2017.
Cy, as he was well known to all who knew him, was born on September 27, 1920 in Wayne, MI.
Cebert was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Agnes C. Hughes; his mother Alice A. (Nowland) Hughes; step parents, Ivan and Martha Routson; and older brother and best friend, Leroy (Russ) Hughes. Surviving to cherish his memory are his three children, Carol Ann (William) Young of Grass Lake, Michael Stephen (Sheila) Hughes of East Lansing; Jeffery Lee (Lowene) Hughes of Grass Lake; six grandchildren, Andrew (Penny) Hughes Sr., Geoffery (Katharine) Hughes, Sean (Tiffany) Hughes, Chad (Anna) Young, Laurel (Kevin) Mooney, Kent Young; six great-grandchildren, Andrew Jr., Alexander, Olivia, Michael, Christopher, and Christian; and other relatives, friends, and associates.
Cy grew up in the Ann Arbor area with his stepfather, Ivan A. Routson; mother, Alice; and older brother, Russ. He spent his childhood on a farm in Dixboro and graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1939.
He became a five-time, Michigan Golden Glove Boxing Champion in the lightweight division before entering the Army in 1943. As a United States Army Ranger, he served in North Africa and later in Italy, where he was captured prisoner of war by the Germans on September 13, 1943. He was wounded two times in combat.
After arriving in Germany with other captured soldiers, he was interned at Stolog 3B in Leubeck, Germany for two years until his liberation, which was aided by the English, in 1945. He was awarded several service medals, including two Purple Hearts, Prisoner of War Medal, European Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
In 1945, Cy became a Police Officer for the City of Ann Arbor and served for fourteen years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He attended Michigan State University’s Arson School. After leaving the department, he continued working for the City assuming the position of manager of the Parking and Traffic Department including their enforcement personnel.
After his retirement, Cy spent many hours together with his wife, Agnes, enjoying horse racing, bingo, going to the casino, woodworking, short trips and family activities. He enjoyed music of all types, especially country music, and reminisced about playing his guitar in the service and afterwards in small bands around Ann Arbor. His humor and jokes will be missed by many, especially his family.
A memorial service will be held on April 19, 2017, at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Chelsea, MI with the Rev. Stephen Ezop officiating. The family will receive friends at noon with a memorial service following shortly thereafter.
Gifts in Cebert’s name may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, McNamara Federal Bldg., Room 1233, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Heather Ann Shurmur
Age 58, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at in her home after a long fight with cancer.
She was born May 29, 1958 in Dearborn, the daughter of Herbert Edwin and Isabelle Smith (Barnes) Madion.
Heather attended Walled Lake Western High School. She worked at Chelsea Retirement Community in food services for 19 years.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Michael “Mike” Shurmur; a son, Jason (Liz) Shurmur of Oregon; a daughter, Tiffany Shurmur of Chelsea; a grandson, Liam; a sister, Wendy (Don) Miller of Roseville, CA; and a brother-in-law, Ted Durandetto of Grass Lake.
No memorial services are planned.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.
Jacqueline Joyce Richards
Ypsilanti, formerly of Ann Arbor
Age 81, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Birchwood Estates of Ann Arbor.
She was born July 17, 1935 in Burlington, VT, the daughter of Norman and Celine (Snyder) Bleau.
Jacqueline worked at Comfort Inn on Carpenter Road in Ann Arbor, as well as some other hotels in the area. She enjoyed going to Cloverleaf Restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor, where she met Roy. Jacqueline enjoyed watching movies, mainly Lifetime and Shirley Temple movies.
On February 5, 2005, she married Royal L. Richards Jr., and he survives. Other survivors included a daughter, Jacqueline Center (Don Bates) of Ypsilanti. She is preceded in death by two husbands, Johnny Gurk and Randell Center.
Memorial services will held Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, Michigan with Pastor Jeffery Harrold officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until the time of the service.
A private burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Jacqueline Richards to help with funeral costs.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Ronald E. Bollet
Collierville, TN, formerly of Chelsea
Ronald E. Bollet, 88, passed away on March 22, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. in Collierville, TN.
He leaves behind to mourn his death and celebrate his life – his wife of 33 years Eva Bollet, 2 brothers and wives, Charles and Marty Bollet, Robert and Ann Bollet, 6 children and spouses, Lance and Cathy Bollet, Faye and Tim Frederick, Mike and Jean Policht, Mark Policht, Roger and Ingrid Policht and Jeff and Dawn Policht.
Proud of his family he also leaves behind 31 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren and 8 granddogs.
Ronald was also proud of his “Butler Special” Soap Box Derby, becoming an Eagle Scout, his 3 years of service in the U.S. Army, he served as President and lead vocalist for the Miss America Northeast Indiana Preliminary Pageant, Choir member at Sunnycrest United Methodist Church and Auburn Presbyterian Church.
He was retired from DANA Corp after 36 years as Plant Manager in Hillsdale and Chelsea, MI and Olive Branch, MS.
Memorial Services will be held at his home, 1080 Yorktown Rd in Collierville, TN on May 6 at 2p.m. and at Sunnycrest United Methodist Church in Marion, IN on May 20th at 10 a.m. followed by burial in Serenity Estates in Marion, IN. Munford Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Munford Funeral Home Munford Chapel 901-837-0123 www.Brentwoodfuneralservices.com.
James David Thurber
Ypsilanti, MI, formerly of Lincoln Park
Age 50, died Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home in Ypsilanti.
He was born May 15, 1966 in Dearborn, Michigan, the son of George Michael and Bonnie Jean (Tollefson) Thurber.
Jim attended Calvary Lutheran School until 8th grade, and then Lincoln Park High School, which he left to join the Army. He became a paramedic for two years at Metro Airport, and later Cass Corridor in Detroit. Jim did many odd jobs over the years, including car mechanic, lawn care, and carpentry. He was christened at Hope Lutheran in Dearborn, and confirmed at Mt. Hope Lutheran in Allen Park, and attended church in Ypsilanti before his death. Jim enjoyed martial arts and loved animals, especially dogs.
Survivors include his siblings, Suzanne (Larry) Cunningham of Gregory, George “Mike” (Patty) Thurber of Ocean Springs, MS, Daniel (Theresa) of Ocean Springs, MS; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private burial will take place at Glen Eden Cemetery in Livonia.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Louis “Frank” Rybarsyk
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Age 89, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his home with his family at his side. He was born July 21, 1927 in Sarasota, Florida, the Son of Louis F. & Mary (Klukowski) Rybarsyk. His four sisters, Lois Reis, Marcia Ryskamp, Jane (Sister Thomas More) and Jerry Kosak preceded him in death.
Frank was employed by National Bank & Trust Company of Ann Arbor which merged with National Bank of Detroit from which he retired after holding many management positions specializing in consumer lending. He attended St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Saline and was a WWII Navy Veteran.
He married Helen Siwek on September 3, 1949 in Lansing, MI, and she preceded him in death on August 9, 2011 as well as an infant daughter, Judy Lynn. Survivors include one son, Richard (Becky) Rybarsyk of Ann Arbor; three daughters, Jane Black (Don Rankin) of Brooklyn, Suzanne (Dale) Fiser of Ann Arbor, Linda Rybarsyk, his special child who lived with him until his death; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his weekly cocktail buddies as well as other retired bankers who met once a month. Everyone will miss the his humor and generosity.
No services are planned. A Celebration of his life may be held later in the year. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Winslow Grosvenor Fox
Winslow Grosvenor Fox, M.D. took his last breath on Saturday, March 18, 2017. He practiced family medicine in Ann Arbor for 34 years and served on the staff at St Joseph Mercy Hospital. Many will remember his kind smile, tender demeanor, and eagerness to share the promises of his heavenly father.
Winslow was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the 3rd of 4 children born to Howard Stowell Fox and Dorothy Prentice Fox. Inspired by Albert Schweitzer’s reverence for life and desire to alleviate suffering, he studied medicine at the University of Chicago (M.D. 1948). While singing in the choir he met his future bride, Elizabeth Ferwerda. The two were drawn together by their desire to do missionary work. Married in 1945, they went to Puerto Rico where Winslow served as a doctor in Humacao. Their time as medical missionaries ended abruptly when the Army summoned him to serve as a physician for a Puerto Rican regiment in the Korean Conflict. Winslow quickly moved his wife and 2 daughters to be near his brother in Ann Arbor. On his return, Winslow and Elizabeth raised their family, often filling their home with music and people from other countries. They were very active in both the First United Methodist Church and The Word of God Community. Later they attended St. Luke Lutheran Church and the University Lutheran Chapel (ULC).
In 2002, Winslow and Elizabeth moved to the Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC), a decision they never regretted. In 2011, Winslow’s beloved bride joined the Heavenly Choir. Winslow continued to attend church every Sunday thanks to faithful friends from ULC.
Winslow was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings and is survived by his 4 loving daughters: Laurie Fox, Carolyn (Dave) Inglis, Patsy (John) Bruenger and Marcia Fox; 7 grandchildren: Damien (Lesli Bjork) and Andrew (Caroline Fogarty) Rozendal, Emilyn and Dan (Sage Curtis) Inglis, Peter Bruenger, Beth (Dave) McKenzie, Amy McClung; and 4¾ great grandchildren, as well as many who were considered part of the family.
A celebration of life will be held at St Luke Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor on Saturday, March 25th, 11:00 am with time for visitation with the family at 10:00 am.
There will be a time of remembrance at Chelsea Retirement Community in the chapel on Thursday, March 23, 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Winslow’s memory are requested for Bethania Kids or University Lutheran Chapel or United Methodist Retirement Communities. Also consider sharing a flower, a joke or a word of encouragement with a neighbor or someone who could use a bright spot in their day.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, MI.
Elaine R. Burns
of South Lyon, formerly of Chelsea
Age 87, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the South Lyon Senior Care Center.
She was born December 28, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Archer E. and Dorothy M. (Woodward) Jewell.
Elaine moved to Chelsea in December 2005, coming from Ocala, FL. She has also lived in Detroit, Virginia, and Syracuse, NY. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary where she was President for three years.
On Dec. 28, 1998, she married John R. Burns, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 2010. Survivors include one son, James (Lois) Gibbons of South Lyon; two step-sons, Jon (Jill) Burns of Trevor, WI, Frank (Sam) Burns of Lowell, IN; a brother David A. (Edna) Jewell; 4 grandchildren, Julielyn, Bradley, and Jennifer Gibbons, Robyn Balander. She was preceded in death by a son, John William Balander, and a sister Barbara Lakoski.
A memorial service will be held Friday, March 24, 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Northville, with Rev. Dr. Douglas Vernon officiating. Burial will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Operation injured Soldiers, 10079 Colonial Ind Dr., South Lyon, MI 48178.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Patricia Jeanette Wetherbee
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Frostproof, FL
Age 85, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at the University of Michigan Hospital.
She was born June 24, 1931 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of John and Victoria (Zurek) Zimmer.
Patricia graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer in 1950. She was a clerk for J.H. Cousins Dress Shop. Patricia attended St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. She enjoyed traveling and playing bingo.
On Nov. 8, 1952, she married Patrick Wetherbee, and he preceded her death in 2006. She is survived by one son, Michael (Sherrie) Wetherbee of Norvell; two brothers, Theodore Zimmer of Ann Arbor, Fredrick (Kathy) Zimmer of Whitmore Lake; a sister, Mary Smalley of Inverness, FL; two grandchildren, Brandie (Brian) Bishop, Patrick Wetherbee; and a great-grandchild, Brendan Bishop.
No public services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to her family or the American Lung Association.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Whitley “Scriv” C. Scrivner
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Colorado
Age 94, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.
He was born August 14, 1922 in Tatum, New Mexico, the son of Clarence and Pearl (Rhea) Scrivner.
Scriv was an engineer at Sandia Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. After retirement, he taught mathematics at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He also worked with Habitat for Humanity and with many friends as a carpenter and helper. He had a quick wit, a smart mind, and great love.
On Feb 12, 1943, he married Katherine Batsel, at the First Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Karen Rhea of Ann Arbor and Jenny Scrivner of Scottsdale, AZ, and 4 grandchildren. Scriv was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and a son, Michael.
A Memorial service will be held Thursday, March 16, 10:30 am at the Towsley Village Library of Chelsea Retirement Community, with Chaplain Tina Zimmerman officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea
John C. Allen
Ann Arbor, MI
John Charles Allen, fondly known as Junior, of Ann Arbor passed quietly among his beloved family at the University of Michigan Hospital in the early hours of March 4, 2017.
He was born on August 16, 1934 to John Wesley Allen and Freda Schultz Allen. He met Jean Irene Groeb at a dance in the Pittsfield Union Grange in 1950 and they married on May 6, 1955. They were married almost 62 years and had five children.
He was a hard-working man, who served in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was a welder and a self-taught engineer who fabricated parts and designed machines for shops and factories in the Ann Arbor area for decades, first as a business owner and later with Bennett Installation and Marsh Plating until his retirement in 1996. Even after his official retirement, John returned to Marsh Plating to work on special projects.
Born in Ypsilanti, John graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1952. Then he went to work as a welder for his father’s business, Ypsi-Ann Welding Company, where he stayed and eventually owned until selling the business and going to work at Marsh Plating in 1979.
He enjoyed being with his family more than anything. He spent time each summer with Jean and his three daughters and two sons fishing and relaxing at Muskallonge Lake in the Upper Peninsula. He raised his family in the Old West Side neighborhood of Ann Arbor where his neighbors and friends knew him as keen prankster who laughed easily and often, brightening anyone’s day with his humor.
He valued tradition in life and held a special fondness for children and animals. He enjoyed working in his garage on cars, tractors and lawn mowers. He created items from wood, metal and any other material available. He made hand mirrors, indestructible Christmas tree stands, squirrel-proof bird feeders and just about everything else. If something broke, he fixed it.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jean, and their five children, Cindy (Andy) Dresner, Lori (David) Keck, Tracy (Kathy) Allen, Brian Allen (Clea Davis) and Kelly (Tony) Grubb; grandchildren Aaron (Johanna Horn) Dresner, Rose (Steve) Schulist, Jennifer Allen, Linsey Allen, Addison Grubb, Evelyn Grubb; great-grandchildren Oscar and Opal Dresner, and Eli Schulist. He is also survived by his sister Linda Dawson, sister-in-law Joanne Steiner, brother-in-law Robert Groeb and his wife Barb, and many nieces and nephews. And his dog and best friend, Lizzie.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 122 W Michigan Avenue, Saline, Michigan 48176 on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley or The Yankee Air Museum.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Bernice Marie Vivian “Bunny” Norlander
Jackson, MI, formerly of Virginia, Minnesota
Age 95, passed away on March 2, 2017 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson, Michigan.
Bunny was born on April 3, 1921 in Virginia, Minnesota to M. William Anderson and Hilma Allanen. Bunny moved to Michigan in 2014 to be closer to her children but spent most of her 95 years in Virginia having graduated from Roosevelt High School and Virginia Junior College. She retired as Vice President of Northern State Bank of Virginia after 34 years in banking.
Bunny was a proud supporter of local organizations. She was a member of PEO, Soroptomist International, Study Club, and as a hospital volunteer. She was a Commissioner for the City of Virginia Housing Authority, Class of ’39 treasurer, on the Hall of Fame committee, and the all-class reunion committee. Bunny was on a trophy winning bowling team for many years, in a Virginia golf league and enjoyed playing bridge.
Bunny had a beautiful voice and in her younger years sang at many weddings, funerals and on WHLB radio. She was an avid exerciser (even before it was popular) and would walk for miles. She loved jewelry, loved to shop and was a fashionista. She also loved animals and was always willing to pet a pup. Bunny’s reserved demeanor belied her kind and generous nature and wonderful sense of humor. She even had burping contests with her grandchildren.
Bunny is survived by children Phyllis Muncer of Chelsea, Jeff (Moira) Ash of Grand Haven, as well as John (Charmy) Norlander; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John in 2002, stepson Michael, and sisters Lillian and Mildred.
Special thanks to the staff at Legacy Assisted Living who provided a warm, loving and caring home. There were always lots of smiles and hugs and special attention was given to each resident; to Southern Care Hospice staff who provided care with so much compassion and to Lt. Anderson of the Jackson Salvation Army for his ministry.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a private burial in Virginia, Minnesota at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations be given to the Virginia Foundation, the Mesabi Humane Society or to the organization of your choice.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Larry L. Wright Sr.
Age 80, died suddenly Monday, February 27, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chelsea.
He was born January 4, 1937 in Petersburg, Michigan, the son of Leo Merle and Ida Annabelle (McKeever) Wright.
Larry was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church. He worked at Double A Products of Manchester from 1956 until 1989. Larry then worked for a year at W A Thomas of Chelsea, and worked from 1990 until his retirement in 2004 at Haldex Barnes in Statesville, NC.
Larry enjoyed his Westerns, especially books by Louis L’Amour. He was known as “Dr. Gerotor” in North Carolina due to his understanding of the gerotor hydraulic pump.
On June 28, 1959, he married Anne Seegert and she survives. Other survivors include his children, LeAnna (John) Erskine of Manchester, Larry L. (Karen) Wright Jr. of Jackson, Lynette Wright of Brighton; two sisters, Mary Ellen Freeman of Saline and Joyce Merriman of Clark Lake; 5 grandchildren, Jacob (Kayla) Miller, Schyler (Tiffany) Erskine, Taylor Wright, Anthony Wright, Misty Erskine; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2:00 pm at Sharon United Methodist Church, Manchester, with Pastor Peter Harris officiating. Private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Manchester at a later date. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Family Services. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Sandra “Sandy” Altenberndt
Age 71, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at her home.
She was born July 21, 1945 in Port Huron, Michigan, the daughter of William Ansel and Vivian Marguerite (Cameron) Rankin.
Sandy graduated from Western High School Class of ’63, the first class in the new high school. She went to Medical Assistant School in Detroit and McHenry County College in Illinois. Sandy worked as a Social Services Secretary at Woodstock Children’s Home in Illinois. She then graduated from National Christian Counselors Association with a degree as a Pastoral Counselor. She had an internship at the Church of God in Marshall and in Albion.
Sandy was a volunteer Chaplain at Foote (Allegiance) Hospital and did pastoral care for 12 years with Hospice of Jackson. She worked at craft shows for 30 years. Sandy enjoyed collecting angels and dolls, she has over 1,000 porcelain dolls.
On September 8, 1979, she married William Henry Altenberndt, in Spring Arbor, MI, at Kings Chapel where they were both members, and he survives. Sandy was a mommy to “Tinker Bell” and “Miss Emily”, her two cocker spaniels. She is survived by three siblings, William (Marilyn) Rankin of Mesick, Carol (Jim) Shanyna of Caro, MI, and Don (Bonnie) Rankin of Irons, MI.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 3, 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Pastor Rick Webb and Pastor Ann Salyer officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Thursday 4-8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youth Haven or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.
Mary Elizabeth Sennett
Pinckney, MI formerly of Long Beach, California
Age 75, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Everett’s St. Joseph Home for Elder Care.
She was born August 9, 1941 in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of Lt. Com. Alvin L. and Gulielma “Betty” Henley (Bentley) Loughin.
Mary was an only child. Mary was born in Pensacola, Florida, however she mostly resided in Michigan. Mary resided in southern California for quite some time in the 1960’s. Mary worked on John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign during this time. Mary deeply admired the Kennedys, especially John F. and Jackie Kennedy.
Mary was also very proficient in piano as a child, winning several awards for her performances. As a child, Mary spent many of her summers on her aunt’s farm, surrounded by nature and many animals including her little long-haired, black-and-white dog named; Boydel. Mary also developed a love for horses and horseback riding as well. Mary would often reminisce and go on of her summer visits on her aunt’s farm.
She resided in Pinckney for roughly 35 years. She worked for Saint Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor for many years as a Nurse Admin and Secretary. Mary was a very humble and kind mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mary had a very deep love and devotion to her family. She also had a deep love and understanding for animals, often rescuing and taking in many animals to live with her that were either abandoned, unwanted, and in some cases, disabled.
Mary also had a deep love for nature, flowers and the warmer seasons of Michigan. Mary’s favorite colors were lavender and purple. She especially enjoyed flowers that exhibited these colors. She spent a lot of time reading outdoors on the back porch in the warmer months.
Mary’s favorite authors were: James Harriot, a British veterinarian and surgeon, who wrote; All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Things Wise and Wonderful to name just a few titles. Mary also enjoyed reading books authored by Richard Bach who wrote such books as: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Bridge Across Forever, and One to name just a few. Mary was also an avid reader of all books written by Rod McKuen, such as: An Outstretched Hand, The Sound of Solitude, Seasons in the Sun, Alone, The Sea Around Me, Loves Been Good To Me, and Looking For a Friend to name just a few. Mary was also an avid reader and writer of poetry. One of her favorite authors for poetry was Robert Frost. Mary also enjoyed reading many books and biographies on John and Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana.
She also loved to cook, preparing home cooked meals from scratch for every holiday and birthday tradition for her children and grandchildren. She was Baptized Catholic and attended mass at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church of Pinckney when her health allowed her to be in attendance. Mary regularly rejoiced and relied heavily on her strong faith and her steadfast belief in our Lord. Mary highly admired Mother Teresa and read extensively about Mother Teresa’s life and life missions.
Mary had a difficult life in many regards due to her chronic poor health and a life caught in the repetitive cycle of poverty for her and her children. However, she kept a very optimistic and positive outlook on life and displayed a sense of hope to those around her despite the obstacles she was faced with on a continual daily basis. Mary was very patient and often gave constructive and useful advice to those who sought her counsel, namely her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by four sons, Lt. Colonel Michael Sennett of Atlanta, GA, Mark A Sennett of Pinckney, Matt C. Sennett of Pinckney, Brian M. Sennett of Ann Arbor; a daughter, Laura Stelcz of Sachse, TX; a half brother of Santa Barbara, CA; grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be held Saturday, February 25, 10:00 am at St Mary Catholic Church in Pinckney, with Rev. Richard Lobert officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family (c/o Brian M. Sennett P.O. Box 167, Pinckney, Michigan 48169).
Laureta Elaine Boyer
Age 95, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the University of Michigan Hospital. She was born Jan. 14, 1922 in Porter Township, Michigan, the daughter of Angus William and Laura Ann (Swinehart) Williams.
At the age of 14, Laureta delivered strawberries in downtown Detroit by herself. During WWII, she moved from Saginaw Valley to Chelsea, to work for Federal Screw in the Clocktower Building. Later, she worked for Applied Dynamics and Allen-Bradley Electronics. The electronics she worked on went to the Moon, with NASA calling her about one of the circuit boards. Laureta was active with the Women’s Auxiliary of the Chelsea VFW. She helped start “Chelsea Days” in Hudson, Florida. Laureta enjoyed making large meals for family and friends in Chelsea and Florida.
Her hobbies were quilting and crafts. In Florida, she enjoyed square dancing and flea markets. Laureta learned to use computers in her 80’s and early 90’s.
On Feb. 1, 1946, she married Laurance Harold Boyer at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, and he preceded her in death Feb. 28, 2014. Survivors include three children, Beverly (Richard) Wright of El Paso, TX, Lauren of Hudson, FL, Robin (Robin) Boyer 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.
Services for Laureta and Lawrence are pending. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzeheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Frederik “Peek” Siewertsz van Reesema III, M.D.
of Chelsea, Michigan
Age 90, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Peek was a longtime resident of Ann Arbor and Chelsea since emigrating from the Netherlands at the age of 28.
He was born May 8, 1926 in Semarang, Java, Indonesia to Frederik Siewertsz van Reesema II and Martine Marie Siewertsz van Reesema-Ris.
Peek is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Carole Ann Reynolds S. van Reesema; his brothers, Henri (Priscilla) S. van Reesema of Cheltenham, Australia and Ernst S. van Reesema of Adelaide, Australia; his children and grandchildren, Frederik and Marelvi S. van Reesema IV, Frederik V. and Peter, of Chelsea, MI; Martine and Craig Blogin, Derek and Nicholas, of Ann Arbor, MI; Bryan and Jamie S. van Reesema, Lauren and Willem, of Virginia Beach, VA; Willem and Kristin S. van Reesema, Noah and Julia, of Chelsea, MI; and Minta and David Hissong, Alexander, Lucas, and Martine, of Medfield, MA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins in the United States, Australia and the Netherlands.
Peek’s life journey was very interesting and fulfilling. He grew up in Java, Dutch East Indies. WWII separated him from his family for many years when he left Java and his parents for Holland with his brother, Henri, for his High School education and their younger brother, Ernst, went to Australia.
Peek supported the Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation and after the liberation of Holland, Peek joined the Dutch military and then attended the University of Leiden where he received his M.D. degree in 1953. His desire to leave a changed Holland and a toss of a dart with a friend led him on a journey via the SS Groote Beer to New York and on to Michigan in September 1954.
He took a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he met Carole, and married in 1956. In 1959, he became a U.S. citizen, started his private practice in Internal Medicine and became a member of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital medical staff.
In 1972, he joined Chelsea Community Hospital and from 1975-1994 he was the Chief and Vice-president for Medical Affairs. During this time he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Chelsea Community Hospital. Peek was also the Medical Director of the Lutheran Retirement Center which later became known as Glacier Hills from 1975-1990.
Peek loved to teach. He was an active teaching member of the Department of Medicine of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and from 1960-1990 he was a clinical assistant professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Peek retired in 1996 and continued to serve and support his family and the community he loved.
He was a founding member of the Chelsea Rotary club from 1987-present and received the Paul Harris Award for his “Service above Self”. He was an active member at St. Paul Church UCC in Chelsea for 40 years where he served on many councils.
He loved to read, attend music events and travel the world to see his extended family but his true love was spending time with his family at his cottage on Burt Lake – sailing, swimming, golfing, skiing, fixing things and enjoying the sunsets.
The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI on Wednesday, February 15, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m, and on Thursday, February 16 from 1-1:45 p.m. at St. Paul UCC prior to the service. A Memorial Service with his family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chelsea, MI, with the Rev. Wallace J. Tatara.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Chelsea Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 426, Chelsea, MI, 48118 for local and international Rotary service projects.
Harriet Elizabeth Wahr
Carol Stream, IL, formerly of Chelsea, MI
Age 93, died peacefully Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Belmont Village in Carol Stream, Illinois.
She was born August 23rd, 1923 in Lima Township, near Chelsea, MI, the daughter of Ezra E. Heininger and Dorothy Notten.
On November 17, 1956, she married Alvin A. Wahr in Chelsea, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2011. Survivors include three children, Larry (Pamela) Wahr of Bailey, CO, Linda Wahr of Carol Stream, IL, and Kevin (Mari Anna) Wahr of Gaylord, MI; 8 grandchildren, Braden, Alyssa, Landen, Jasmine (Dr. John) Castor, Karina (Andre) Wishon, Noah, Nathan, Nicholas; 5 great-grandchildren, Lillian, Isabella, Elliana, Phoenix, Logan.
Alvin and Harriet Wahr lived on Heim Road in Chelsea from their wedding until 2005, when they moved to the Pines Senior Apartments. They were active members of the Chelsea Free Methodist Church for many years, and later attended the Chelsea Church of the Nazarene.
Harriet was involved in the Christian Film Ministries and ministered to prisoners through Bible lessons and letters. They enjoyed travel, visiting all 48 contiguous states. Family time, meals and fellowship were very important to her. Harriet loved her farmhouse and gardening – especially her flower beds.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 11th at the Church of the Nazarene in Chelsea MI. Visitation begins at 11:00 am, service at 12:00 pm with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating.
A memorial luncheon to celebrate Harriet’s life will follow at the Village Conference Center, Comfort Inn, Chelsea.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201.
Ryan Allen McQuarrie
Age 35, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born September 9, 1981 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Ryan grew up in Chelsea, and was a member of the CHS Class of 2000. Ryan always said his daughter Kaylee was his life’s most precious blessing. He worked for SGS Towers in Ann Arbor, a job that allowed him to travel and fed his sense of adventure. Ryan was creative and innovative, able to fix anything, enjoyed building, and working with his hands. He was a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Service and unity were a central part of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Amanda, and his daughter, Kaylee. Other survivors include his mother, Kimberly Timm-McQuarrie of Chelsea; his grandfather, Norman Timm of Alpena; 2 sisters, Stacey (Eric) Frisinger of Brighton, Stephanie (Scott) Buczek of Ann Arbor; two brothers, Sean McQuarrie and Christopher McQuarrie, both of Chelsea; niece, Avery Buczek; nephews, Jackson and Luke Frisinger and Dorian Buczek; many aunts, uncles, cousins, as well as a large recovery family.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at Dawn Farms Community Barn, 6633 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti, 48197. A luncheon will take place at 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for Kaylee McQuarrie.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Howard William Baker
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Age 90, died Friday, January 27, 2017 at his home.
He was born March 25, 1926 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Harold C. and Emma (Ash) Baker.
Howard spent his childhood in Ann Arbor, playing sports at Allmendinger Park. He was a graduate from Ann Arbor High School, and took college classes at the University of Michigan.
He was in the Army Air Force from 1944-1948 during World War II. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Chelsea. Howard owned Ulrich’s Book Inc. for 41 years. He is a 50-year ticket holder for Michigan football and basketball. Howard played semi-pro baseball at U of M. He enjoyed traveling, especially through Europe and South East Asia. Howard picked grapes in Bordeaux, France.
On January 13, 1951, Howard married Donna Lee Chapman, and she preceded him in death in July 1985. He is survived by two sons, Steven (Tena) Baker, Brent (Melane) Baker; 3 grandchildren, Megan (Peter) Kolasinski, Erin (Milo) Jones, Michael Baker; 5 great-grandchildren, Leah, Logan, Anthony, Alyssa, and Trace. A special thanks to Howard’s best friends Robert, Jim, Ron, Milt, Paul and Phil for the support through the years. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held Friday, February 3, 11:00 am at the First Congregational Church in Chelsea, with Pastor Joe Jeffreys and Rev. Dr. Barbara Edema officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10-11 am.
A private burial will be at Vermont Cemetery in Chelsea.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118 or St. Joseph Hospice, 3075 Clark Road, Suite 200, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Bernadette “Bernie” Frances Ratza
Ann Arbor, MI
Age 80, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at U of M Hospital.
She was born May 25, 1936 in Hamtramck, MI, the daughter of Chester and Lucille (Sczieski) Kolodzjieski.
Bernadette graduated from Berkley High School, class of 1954. She was a homemaker most of her married life. Bernadette joined the Chelsea Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2010. She was a member of Our Savior of Lasalette Catholic Church in Berkley. All of her children were born on a holiday. Bernadette liked to crochet and made all of her children afghans.
On November 22, 1958, she married Robert L. Ratza Sr., and he preceded her in death in 1993. Survivors include a son, Robert Lee (Lori) Ratza of Stockbridge; a daughter, Alexandra Annette “Sissy” Collins of Taylor; a sister, Phyllis Smith of Muskegon; an aunt, Marge Wino; four grandchildren, Kristine, Alexis, Kyle, Chad; and 2 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Chelsea, with visitation from 10-11 a.m. A private burial will be at Oak View Cemetery in Royal Oak, MI.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints – Chelsea Ward in care of “Bernie Ratza Funeral”. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Christopher Lawrence Duncan
Age 20, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017.
He was born January 4, 1997 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Jessica Lee (Duncan) Coleman.
Chris attended Dexter High School, where he enjoyed wrestling. He worked at Diggit Contracting, and La Fontaine, both in Dexter. Chris enjoyed participating in motocross, BMX, and skateboarding. He loved nature and fishing.
He is survived by his step-father, Robert R. Coleman Jr. of Howell; his grandparents, Vernon Duncan Sr., of Dexter, Nancy Duncan and Larry Wagner of Dexter, and Bob and Linda Coleman of Howell; his brother, Travis Coleman; his sisters, Breanna Coleman, Alyssa Warner, Sophia Coleman; his aunts and uncles, Vernon R. Duncan Jr., Jeremy and Melissa Duncan, Rhonda Coleman, Kim and Chris McCormick, Gena Duncan, LeAnn and George Lowe; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jessica Lee Coleman.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Charlie Monroe officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:00 am until the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to his family.
Eva Louise Jones
Whitmore Lake, MI
Age 86, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at American House in Holland.
She was born September 23, 1930 in Owensboro, KY, the daughter of Dee and Vida (Bean) Hall.
Eva is formerly of Redford, where she lived for 30 years. She was a member of Dexter Gospel Church, and worked for Kroger’s in Westgate for 12 years. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
On Aug. 7, 1949, she married Donald Earl Jones in Lincoln, Nebraska, and he preceded her in death on May 10, 2013. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah (Carey) Strykowski of Zeeland, Carol (Timothy) Carr of Mooresville, NC; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, on Friday, January 27, 2 p.m., with Pastor Steve Swayze officiating.
Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The family will receive friends and family at Cole Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dexter Gospel Church.
Rebecca “Becky” Akcasu
Stockbridge, MI, formerly of Dowagiac, Ann Arbor, and Burbank, CA
Age 58, died Saturday, January 21, 2017 at her home with her family at her side.
She was born February 2, 1958 in Dowagiac, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Rosemary (Trowbridge) Sprague.
Becky went to school in Dowagiac and spent her senior year at Interlochen. She earned her undergraduate degree in art at the University of Michigan. Becky worked in the Advertising Art Department at the Ann Arbor News. She then went to Washtenaw Community College and became an RN. Eventually, she worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit in Ann Arbor.
In 1998, she moved with her family to Burbank, CA, where she worked in the NICU at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. In 2015, they returned to Michigan, moving to Stockbridge so they could keep their horses, Festus and Belle, at their home.
Becky returned to St. Joe until she was stricken with cancer. A life-long horse lover, she belonged to a horse camping group in California called “The Hoof Pack.” She loved to cook and bake, and enjoyed making homemade pizza for her family. She will be missed, especially at family Pizza Night.
She married Feza Akcasu. He survives, along with a son, Bryan Scott and Laura Akcasu of Berkley, MI; and a daughter, Audrey Lynn Akcasu of Brighton, MI.
A private service will be held at their home on Saturday, January 28.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Cancer Center.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Richard Allen Seyfried
Jackson, Michigan, formerly of Chelsea
Age 85, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.
He was born February 2, 1931 in South Lyon, Michigan, the son of John and Diana (Budreau) Seyfried.
Richard enjoyed the outdoors: fishing, hunting, camping, cutting wood, and going up North to “Fletcher’s Floodwater”. He was a US Army Veteran. Richard was a plumber with Local 190.
On June 8, 1957, he married Norma Ann Sell at St. Thomas in Ann Arbor, and she survives. Other survivors include four sons, Mark (Alice), Mike (Cher), David (Kim), John (Connie); a daughter, Peggy (Steve) Fullerton; 22 grandchildren, Andy, Justin, Lindsey, Shannon, Bill, Sara, Mike K, Mike C, Kim, Richie, Chrissy, Adam, Tiffany, Audriana, Amanda, Charlie, Natasha, Jason, Courtney, Brent, Dustey, Stephanie; 12 great-grandchildren, Natalie, Irelynn, Brook, Chase, Luke, Jessica, Caleb, Grace, Emily, Joe, Collin, Heather, Cooper, Levi; and a sister, Mildred Pohl.
No services are planned.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Louis Center, 16195 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea,MI 48118 in Chelsea.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Bertha Mae Booker
Age 84, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Arbor Hospice Residence in Ann Arbor.
She was born June 10, 1932 in Fort Loramie, Ohio, the daughter of Kora G. and Lula (Baucher) Harrod.
Mrs. Booker graduated from Ft. Loramie High School, Defiance College, and Eastern Michigan University. She taught elementary school 25 years in Ohio, Maine, and Michigan. Since 1977, she was involved in women’s work of the United Church of Christ, and honored as Woman of the Year in 1987.
She belonged to Washtenaw Area Retired School Personal and served with her husband, Rev. Booker, in many churches. Bertha was very active with the Evangelical Homes Boards.
On May 12, 1956, she married Leland Eugene Booker in Oran, Ohio, and he preceded her in death on April 18, 2006. Survivors include her daughters Belinda Marie Booker of Saline and Louise Ellen St. John of Alma; and one sister, Luella Roeth of Sidney, OH. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Harold Harrod.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14 , 11:00 am at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Saline, with Revs. Pam and Keith Koebel officiating.
A private burial will be in the Houston Cemetery in Houston, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Saline or Michigan Conference of United Church of Christ.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
Georgette (Marie) Evelyn Petsch
Age 75, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor after a long illness.
She was born February 5, 1941 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Costas and Betty (Liskay) Cavadas.
Marie was a stay-at-home mom. She was a founding member and past president of Chelsea Historical Society. Marie attended Chelsea Assembly of God. She loved being artistic, drawing many Christmas and greeting cards. Marie enjoyed dancing, and cooking in the Greek tradition. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On February 16, 1957, she married Frederick Petsch, and he survives. Other survivors include her children, Denise Jordane of Tecumseh, Dennis (Linda) Petsch of Stockbridge, Deanna Petsch of Jackson, Dale Petsch of Ann Arbor, Dede (Richard) Wampler of Tecumseh; a brother, Butch Cavadas of Pinckney; two sisters, Tassy Dewitt of Spring Lake, Angie (Tom) Smith of Chelsea; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Age 96, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Chelsea Retirement Community.
She was born March 11, 1920 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of George and Amanda (Schweikert) Scripter.
Adaline worked at Federal Screw. On Oct. 14, 1950, she married Edward “Earl” Stone, and he preceded her in death on July 27, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Levi, and her sisters, Ethel and Minnie.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 3, 1:30 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Joe Jeffreys officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea United Way or the charity of your choice.
Lorena A. Wenk
of Chelsea, Michigan
Age 96, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at the Chelsea Retirement Community.
Lorena was born on November 13, 1920, in Freedom Township, MI, to Ottillie Meyer Hieber and Robert Hieber. She had two brothers, Elton and Erwin Hieber. On August 29, 1942, Lorena was married to Norman O. Wenk at Bethel Church in Manchester, MI. Living in the Chelsea area they had five children: Barbara (David) Pruess of Venice, Florida, Marilyn (Donald) Hinderer of Caro, MI, Anita (Jack) Himes of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Daniel (Barbara) Wenk of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, and Robert (Kimberly) Wenk of McLean, Virginia, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Norm, her brothers, and son-in-law Donald.
Lorena was a talented homemaker, cooking from the garden, freezing and canning for the winter. She took extreme pleasure in making pretzels and other German specialties. The gardens were also filled with flowers which she loved. She sewed all her life, even making her daughters’ wedding dresses. She made counted cross stitch samplers for important events in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Until recently she still sewed and did alterations for fellow CRC residents.
Lorena was a founding member of the Rodgers Corners Extension group. As a member of Zion Lutheran Church, she served on numerous committees within the church. She also worked for Chelsea Schools in the cafeteria. She was a collector of coins, stamps, and antiques. She was an avid card player who especially enjoyed playing euchre. She really enjoyed traveling with Norm throughout the USA and Europe, visiting friends and family.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Friday, January 6, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Arbor Hospice Foundation.
Lynn Patrick Houle
of Manchester, Michigan
Age 63, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
He was born on October 16, 1953, in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Robert and Colleen (Rappette) Houle. Lynn had lived in the area his entire life and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. He was a 1972 graduate of Chelsea High School. He was the former owner of the A&W and enjoyed cooking, woodcarving, painting, and hobby farming.
On September 8, 1978, he married Annette K. Gaken at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, and she survives. Also surviving are his children, Andrew (Kelly) Houle of Chelsea and Ryan (Jennifer) Houle of Chelsea; three grandchildren: Gracie, Dylan, and Elijah; his parents, Robert and Colleen Houle of Ann Arbor; and his siblings: Gary (Liz) Houle of Ann Arbor, Rodney (Kathy) Houle of Alabama, Anthony (Cathy) Houle of South Lyon, Kevin (Mary) Houle of Midland, and Rachel Houle of Texas. He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel Houle.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea.
The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Louis Center.
Doris “Joan” Bright
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Ypsilanti
Age 87, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 at Arbor Hospice Residence in Ann Arbor.
She was born Sept. 18, 1929 in Springfield, MO, the daughter of Oscar P.M. and Esther L. (Gane) Ohlson.
Joan worked for Judge Shea at the 14A District Court, Washtenaw County from 1974 until her retirement. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, and attended the First Congregational Church of Chelsea. Joan volunteered at the Lutheran Church’s “Clothes Closet”. She had a lot of friends at The Pines in Chelsea, where she lived for the past year. Joan was a good cook. She enjoyed square dancing and crocheting baby blankets for gifts.
On Nov. 19, 1949, she married Ralph C. Bright in Salina, Kansas, and he preceded her in death on June 24, 2013. Survivors include two daughters, Carol (Tom) Voigt of Pataskala, OH, Kathy (Steve) Piatt of Pinckney; two grandchildren, Katie, Nick; 3 great-grandchildren, Dylan, Madison, and Adrianna. She was preceded in death by a brother, Derald Ohlson.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11a.m.-2 p.m. A private burial will take place at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
Robert Harold Shears
Of Chelsea, MI and Vero Beach, FL
Age 95, passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 in Vero Beach, Florida.
He was born June 4, 1921 in Belmont, Michigan, the son of Otis and Elenor (Overly) Shears.
Mr. Shears was a WWII Navy Veteran. He was a member of Moose Lodge #1253 and the American Legion Post 31 in Chelsea, and was a Master Plumber by profession. He owned Hilltop Plumbing, the first plumbing company in Chelsea. Bob lived in Chelsea since 1941, and spent winters in Florida.
He married Dorothy James in Florida on Jan. 1, 1984, and she survives. Other survivors include 5 sons, Gail (Linda) Shears of Chelsea, Robert W. (Mary) Shears of Chelsea, Norman “Doug” (Sheri) Hillman of Chelsea, Randy (Linda) Hillman of Gregory, Tom (Denise) James of Grass Lake; 3 daughters, Sandra Lee Shears of Ann Arbor, Holly (Jeff) Miller of Belleville, Martha (David) Gorman of Vero Beach, FL; a brother, Albert Shears of Grant; a sister, Carolyn Anderson, of Muskegon; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Roxanne Blaess; three brothers, Otis Jr., Frank, and Alfred Shears, a sister, Virginia Kruithoff, a grandson, Ryan Shears, and a granddaughter, Icy James.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 23, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Pastor Bobby Toler officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East, Chelsea.
The family will receive friends Thursday, from 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 425.
Christopher P. Hays
Christopher P. Hays of the Grass Lake/Chelsea area passed away Dec. 14, 2016 at home surrounded by family.
Chris is survived by his loving wife, Joan Shoaf; son, Evan (Angela) Hays; step son, Daniel Shoaf; grandchildren, Logan and Chloe; sisters, Susanna (Scott) McGlaughlin and Jean (Jay) Hays; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert P. and Betty Hays.
Chris proudly served his country as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot. One of his most proud moments was receiving an air medal after participating in a rescue mission during a storm/flood, saving stranded people from their rooftops. Being a man drawn to serving others, Chris followed a career as a social worker at Chelsea Hospital. He possessed personality traits which particularly enhanced his career, including a drive to lift people up, listen, and guide to success. He was very open minded; never judgmental, and felt there was a successful future for everyone.
He was a skilled watercolor artist, and wood worker. He enjoyed bird watching, playing tennis, and water skiing. Chris will be remembered for his never-ending smile, inner happiness, positive nature, and joyful, humorous personality.
A celebration of Chris’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.18, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US 12, Chelsea, MI.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Sherwood Funeral Home.
Frances M. Manzel
Age 95, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor.
She was born May 18, 1921 in Redford, Michigan, the daughter of John F. and Elizabeth (Scheunemann) Bakhaus.
Frances worked 20 years full-time as a bookkeeper and was a Secretary to the Superintendent at Chelsea School District. She was a member of Rogers’ Corners Study Group since 1953, and a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chelsea since 1954.
On Oct. 4, 1946, she married Raymond E. Manzel in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Northfield Township, (Ann Arbor), and he preceded her in death on June 14, 2012. Survivors include one son, Jerry (Ruth McCord) Manzel of Lodi, CA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Donovan on Oct. 18, 1991; one sister, Margarete Wiseman; and three brothers, Edward Bakhaus, John Bakhaus, and Roy Bakhaus.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 9, 11:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kathy Tulman officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m., and at church Friday 10-11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 3050 South Fletcher Road, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Patricia Lynne Fox
Patti passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at the Kresge K1 Unit of the Chelsea Retirement Community.
She was born Sept. 22, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Lucille (Holda) Laski.
She graduated from Saint Thomas High School Ann Arbor in 1963 and worked as an office manager/receptionist for various private medical and dental practices in the area, as well as Saint Joseph Hospital. Patti attended Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, and the Cathedral Basilica in Saint Augustine, Florida, where she served proudly as a Eucharistic Minister.
She loved to travel and walk the beaches of Northeast Florida
On Sept. 4, 1969, she married Bernard “Bern” Fox in Woodbridge, England. Other surviving close family members include a daughter, Yvette (Bruce) Hall of Falmouth, KY; two sisters, Diana (Gary) Wesley of South Haven, Susan Laski of Dexter; three brothers, Edward (Sharon) Laski of Dexter, a niece, Jaime (Mark) Scappaticci of Howell, Thomas Laski of Pinckney, and Mark Laski of Dexter; and nephews Max and Jordan Laski.
A private burial is planned at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or Huron Valley Humane Society.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.