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William Frederick “Bill” Storey
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, died Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Chelsea, Michigan.

He was born December 21, 1922 in Ionia, Michigan, the son of William C. and Lena M. (Knight) Storey. Bill, a retired Marine Corps pilot and WWII veteran, was a devoted husband to Jean, his wife of 71 years. His interest in national and local politics and current events led to many lively discussions with his children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. His wise counsel was respected and appreciated by many.

Bill was also a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proud of his family’s accomplishments and always showed interest in their lives.

Bill graduated from Knox High School in Indiana in 1940. He served as a Naval Aviator in the Marines during WWII, eventually retiring as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve. He graduated from Michigan State College in 1949 using the GI Bill. He began his career as an installer for Michigan Bell Telephone, quickly moving up to their data-communication group. He was a pioneer in early computer development and marketing, with clients including MSU, WSU, U of M, and Consumers Power. He moved, with Jean, to Chelsea in 1950, and retired in 1981.

Bill was a member of Chelsea United Methodist Church since 1950, and was also a member of the Chelsea School Board, the Navy League in Ann Arbor, and the Kiwanis Club of Chelsea. He served as Treasurer for the Village of Chelsea, member of the Village Council, and director of Chelsea’s Civil Defense in the 1950s.

On August 31, 1946, Bill married Jean C. Weisgerber. Other survivors include children, Sarah (Dennis) White of Onsted, James Storey of Fredericksburg, VA, and John (Elizabeth) Storey of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren, Marc (Ann) White, Peter White, Jill (Jeffrey) Blazok, Molly Storey, Camden Storey, Anna Storey; five great-grandchildren, June White, Nolan and Drew White, Abigail and Charlie Blazok. Bill was preceded in death by his older brother, Gerald Storey.

A spring memorial service is being planned.

Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea is handling the arrangements. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society or the United Service Organization (USO).


Michael Kelly Mullens
of Kalamazoo, Michigan, formerly of Southfield, Michigan

Age 49, died unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home.

He was born November 2, 1968 in Livonia, Michigan, the son of Harold L. and Susan C. (Wilson) Mullens.

Michael graduated from Southfield High School in 1986. He served in the US Army. Michael worked at entertainment clubs, doing everything from security to management. He was a body builder, going to Gold Gym in Kalamazoo often. Michael enjoyed his time with friends.

Survivors include his mother and father of Napoleon; his sister, Michele Mullens (Greg DeGraff) of Chelsea; and their 4 children, Douglas Zygner, Maxie, Luke, and Noah DeGraff.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Sunday 1-3 and 4:30-6 p.m. and Monday 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.


Mary Alice Rykert
of Ovid, MI, formerly of Chelsea and Owosso

Age 82, died Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Ovid Healthcare Center in Ovid, Michigan.

She was born August 3, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Fannie (Mawby) Rykert.

Survivors include a nephew, Charles (Judy) Koenn, and a niece, Marsha Rulert.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Louise Koenn; a brother, Glenn Rykert; and a niece, Laura Castle.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Michigan with Fr. Joseph Rinaldo officiating. Burial will be at Garfield Park Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Louis Center, 16195 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Jane B. Korth
of Chelsea

Jane Cornelia Blackman Korth passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in Chelsea, Michigan at the age of 88.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Jane was born on Nov. 16, 1929 in Bridgeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Paul and May (Smith) Blackman. She grew up and attended high school in Alexandria, Virginia. After receiving a B.A. degree from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, she worked as a secretary at the Pentagon.

Jane married Merrill Walter Korth in 1955 and they shared 58 wonderful years together. Before retiring in 1989, she worked at Johnson Controls in Manchester, Michigan for ten years.

Jane was an avid walker, an enthusiastic reader and a lover of puzzles. She was fond of camping and enjoyed being surrounded by nature. Jane was a proud member of Manchester United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Shakespeare Reading Club.

She helped create and maintain the tranquil meditation/memorial garden at Manchester United Methodist Church and her ashes will be placed there beside the ashes of her devoted husband, Merrill.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill. She is survived by her four children: David (Sherie Defranceschi) Korth of Northville, Michigan; Susan (Ian) Macpherson of Richmond, Virginia; Barbara Shepler (Tony Black) of Golden, Colorado and Richard (Leah) Korth of Manchester, Michigan. Also surviving Jane are six grandchildren: Sydney Korth, Vanessa Macpherson, Jeremy Macpherson, Logan Shepler, Nathan Korth and Daniel Korth. In addition, Jane is survived by her brother Robert S. Blackman of Lake City, Florida and her cousin Ethalinda Blackman of Midland, Michigan.

Jane’s life will be celebrated at a private family ceremony in the spring.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Marion Katherine Seel Hackley

Marion Katherine Seel Hackley was born on July 20,1926, in Mineola on Long Island, New York, to Louis Seel and Emma Ida (Schultz) Seel, immigrants from Germany.

Her first language was German. In the public schools, she learned to speak, read, and write English. Her father was a manager of A and P grocery stores, and in the 1930’s he moved the family to Tunbridge, Vermont, to run a small grocery store. Marion walked a mile to a two-room schoolhouse.

She remembered her mother becoming a U. S. citizen, wearing a dress she had sewn of red, white, and blue. The family regarded themselves as Americans with a German background.

They returned to Long Island, and Marion graduated from Glen Cove High School in 1943. She attended Cornell University on a scholarship, graduating in 1946 with a degree in Home Economics. Her mother wanted her to have a practical college education so, she could support herself. She went to work for Doubleday and Company, a publisher just outside New York City, and a co-worker introduced her to George Hackley, an electrical engineer working in radar. They were married at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Westbury, New York, on June 6, 1948.

Soon after, he was offered a job in Redwood City, California to work for Varian Associates, one of the first electronic firms in what has become Silicon Valley.

Marion loved California with its abundance of fruits, vegetables, and sunshine. They soon had three children, Laura, Robert (Bob), and Brian, and settled in 1951 in a new ranch home in Los Altos, California, then a town of orchards and farms. They enjoyed camping in the Sierras and at Lake of the Woods, Oregon.

Marion was a good cook, gardener, enjoyed sewing and reading, especially mysteries and history, and enjoyed theater, opera and Frank Sinatra. They belonged to Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos. In 1966, she went to work for Wells Fargo Bank in Mountain View and credited the women’s movement with encouraging her in the 1970’s to seek more challenging roles in the bank system. With her work, she saw the rise of the computer industry.

She retired in 1988 to take care of her mother and enjoyed traveling and her grandchildren. A great sadness was the passing of her son Robert due to a brain tumor in 1997. In 2013, she moved to Chelsea, Michigan, to be closer to family.

She leaves Laura (Clifford) Craig of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mary Hackley of Edmonds, Washington, Brian (Wendy) Hackley of Seneca, S.C., grandchildren Steve (Jennifer) Hackley, Paul (Cori) Craig, Julie Craig, and granddaughter Lilian Craig. The family is grateful to the staff at Towsley Village at Chelsea Retirement Community for her care.

Marion’s memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, 11:00 am at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Alan Gibson officiating.

Donations in her memory may be made to the UMRC Foundation, 805 West Middle Street or Christ Episcopal Church, 1060 Border Rd., Los Altos, CA, 94024.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Barbara Morrison Springborn
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 93, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at StoryPoint Memory Care in Saline, Michigan.

She was born June 28, 1924 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was the daughter of Thomas and Minnie (Stimson) Morrison. Barbara also lived in both Charlevoix, MI and Miami, FL as a child. She graduated from Miami High School and joined the WAVES in the US Navy during World War II.

Barbara attended the University of Michigan for 1 year and then graduated from Michigan State University in 1949 on the GI Bill. On September 29,1949, she married Frederick Springborn at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, and he preceded her in death on November 7, 2009. They were married for 60 years.

Barbara lived with her family in Washington D.C., Germany, 1954-1959, and then Silver Spring, MD. She moved with her husband Fred, to The Pines Apartments in Chelsea, MI in 2005. While at the Pines, she was blessed by a special friendship with Charlene Taylor, who then became her dear caregiver.

Barbara was a member of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. and then Northwood Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring. She was actively involved in her church as well as volunteering at the Friends Nursing Home. She enjoyed her family, playing golf, games, horses, dogs, puzzles, and summer vacations in Michigan.

Survivors include a son, James (Martha) Springborn of Monroeville, PA; a daughter, Linda (Paul) Jamieson of Saline; four grandchildren, Amanda Jamieson of Boulder, CO, Kelly Jamieson of Edinburgh, Scotland, Kristina (Christopher) Nesensohn of Pottstown, PA, Jennifer Springborn of Monroeville, PA; and 2 great-grandchildren, Arianna and Danica Nesensohn.

Barbara adored her granddaughters and they brought her such joy. She was over the moon to be a great-grandma. Her love for her family was boundless.

Barbara’s memorial service will be held Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor with Rev. Melissa Anna Rogers officiating. Private burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery in Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


John Francis Blaznek
of Jackson, formerly of Ann Arbor and Hanover

Age 85, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in Jackson, Michigan.

He was born August 24, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John Michael and Eleanor Helen (Kozlowski) Blaznek.

John graduated from Chelsea High School in 1951. He worked numerous jobs including Boeing Aircraft of Seattle, Washington, he flew a Piper single engine plane from Washington to Michigan, and was a pilot for Zantop International Airlines and Universal Airlines in Willow Run Airport.

John spent 5 years as a police officer for Ann Arbor Police and 2 years as a Washtenaw County Deputy. His last job was hauling steel for Capital Cartage in Detroit. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostkas in Jackson. John enjoyed camping with his daughter at D.H. Day Campground in Glen Arbor.

Survivors include one daughter, Susan Price of Powder Springs, Georgia; one brother, Leonard Blaznek of Chelsea; one sister, Patricia (Jerry) Piatt of Chelsea; 3 grandchildren, Samantha, Sydney, and Ethan Price; and 1 nephew, John K. (Jenny) Piatt. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, February 6, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10-11 a.m.  Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Kostkas, 608 S Elm Ave, Jackson, MI 49203.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Robert Ralph Merck
Livonia, MI

Age 82, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at University of Michigan Hospital.

He was born December 23, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Rolf Nils and Evelyn Louise (Neibert) Merck.

Robert attended high school at Cass Technical in Detroit and then worked for Chrysler as an electrician for over 45 years.

On September 7, 1967, he married Helen Marozi in Detroit, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 2001. Robert is survived by a daughter, Doreen Herrin, a grandchild, John Edward Gilbert, and 2 great-grandchildren Matthew and Gracie. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Brown.

No funeral services will be held. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the USO.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Geoffrey Moore Savage
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Geoffrey Moore Savage, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died of cancer at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor on January 17, 2018. He was 65.

Geoff was born December 27, 1952, in Pontiac, Michigan, to the late Philip John Savage, Jr., and Justine Angela (Brady) Savage, 95, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Geoff was raised in Bloomfield Hills, where he played elaborate childhood games with his siblings, battled the family goat, and generally caused mischief. He graduated from Brother Rice High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University in 1976.

Geoff’s great passions were people, small businesses, and play. He started his career working with the late James “Pete” Hamilton at Regal Feed and Supply in Drayton Plains, Michigan, in 1975. From there, he worked at Rochester Elevator and Shemin Nurseries before starting Frontier Distributing, Inc., with Mark E. Smith in 1986. Geoff later went on to own and operate Eva Marie’s Harbor Key restaurant in Lapeer, Michigan, and Oxford Home Garden and Pet in Oxford, Michigan, before moving to Ann Arbor in 2006.

In recent years, Geoff split his time working at Ace Barnes Hardware and pitching in at the Annex of Paredown, a vintage and interior decor shop owned and operated by his partner, Brenda Brown, of Ann Arbor.

In addition to his mother Justine and partner Brenda, Geoff is survived by his daughter Mary Savage and her husband Matthew McCarty, of Royal Oak, his daughter Christine Savage and her wife Colleen Anderson, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, their mother and his second wife, Susan Savage of Waterford, as well as his siblings Peter (Sandra) Savage, Laura (J’nise Ramsey) Saylor, Timothy Savage, Brian Savage, Philip John Savage, III, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Geoff is preceded in death by his first wife, Georgia “Gigi” Carlos

A memorial to celebrate Geoff’s life will take place in the coming weeks. Details will be forthcoming.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Marilyn Joyce Mark
Chelsea, MI

Age 81, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at her home.

She was born July 12, 1936 in Cameron, Illinois, the daughter of William Albert and Anna Linnea (Johnson) Hawkins Sr.

Marilyn has resided in Washtenaw County since 1957.  She was the owner and operator of Marilyn Mark’s Hair Stylists in Ann Arbor from 1958 up until her death. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Muskegon.

On March 2, 1957, she married David Lewis Mark in Muskegon, MI, and he preceded her in death on April 4, 2001. Survivors include her son, Damon (Cynthia) Mark of Chelsea; a grandson, David Mark of Chelsea; one sister, Marthea Brewer of Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 1 brother, William A. Hawkins Jr.; and 2 sisters, Patricia Repo and Barbara Underwood.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 22, 11 am at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

The family will receive friends 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Epworth Methodist Church in Brethren, MI.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Richard Kenneth Hartman
Jackson, Michigan

Age 90, took his last breath Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice in Jackson.

He was born January 14, 1927 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of Cornelius Clifton and Marian Emily (Wakefield) Sr.

Richard served in the Army in Japan during World War II. He retired from the Ann Arbor Fire Department in 1983 after 25 years of service. Richard was an avid square dancer and danced for Disney in Florida. He was a member of the Kissimmee Square Dancing Club, and a field director for the National Camping and Hiking Association. Richard was a member of Brookside Methodist Church in Jackson where he served as a Trustee. He enjoyed woodworking and built his own grandfather clock. Richard loved playing cards and didn’t know how to pass when it came to euchre.

On September 30, 1959, he married Dessie Furman in Indiana and she survives. Other survivors include 2 sons, James Hartman of Arizona, William (Cindy) Hartman of Harrisville; 2 daughters, Janice (Jeff) Mace of Dexter, Sherry (Art) Paul of Jackson; 1 step-son, Robert (Mary Jo) Gurk of Kentucky; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert Hartman, Cornelius Hartman Jr., Mildred Duncan; a step son, Thomas Gurk; and 2 granddaughters, Laura and Lisa.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 22, at 11 a.m., at Brookside Methodist Church, 4000 Francis St, Jackson, MI 49203, with Pastor Ron Brooks officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Wendy Jean Davis
Boise, Idaho

Age 52, died Thursday, January 11, 2018 at home in Boise, Idaho.

She was born March 5, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Donald LeRoy and Marcia Marie (Himmelein) Davis, Jr.

Wendy graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1985. She served in the US Army for 8 years. Wendy enjoyed nature walks, spending time at the lake, and spending time with her niece and nephews.

Survivors include her father, Donald of Gregory; a brother, John (Michelle) Davis of Chelsea; a sister, Jamie Lewis of CA; niece, Madyson Davis; Nephews, Jacob Raymond, Dakota Lewis and John Davis J.  She was preceded in death by her mother in 2008 and nephew, Bradley Birchfield in 2015.

No funeral services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Wendy Davis (checks made out to John Davis).

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Betty Ruth Damren
Chelsea, MI, formerly Ann Arbor, MI

Age 99, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born July 19, 1918 in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Florence (Wilcox) Jessup, and grew up on a farm near Adrian, Michigan. Betty was a retired educator, living at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Her undergraduate degree was from Eastern Michigan University. After Pearl Harbor, she volunteered for the Red Cross and was stationed in London during some of the perilous times of World War II.

She and her husband Samuel N. Damren married after the war and moved to Ann Arbor.  She received graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and worked at the University’s Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and the Ann Arbor Public Schools as a reading specialist during her career. She was a long-time volunteer with Arbor Hospice and Friends in Need.

Survivors include her son, Sam (Jane) Damren of Grosse Pointe; 3 grandchildren, Samantha (Steven Stanton) Damren of Ann Arbor, Nathaniel Damren of New York City, Todd (Caroline) Damren of Washington, DC; two great-grandchildren, Naomi and Alastair Stanton.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 27, 2:00 pm at the Towsley Chapel at Chelsea Retirement Community.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Retirement Community Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Robert Lee Rosentreter
Munith, MI

Age 59, died Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson.

He was born December 9, 1958 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of John and Irla M. (Scripter) Rosentreter.

Bob did property maintenance for the Portage Lake trailer park for many years. He then worked for Dexter Research until he became disabled in 2009. Bob loved hunting, fishing, camping and horseshoes.

Survivors include two brothers, John (Dorothy) of Chelsea, and William of Indiana; good friends, Sue and Mark Gasieski; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Rosentreter.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel, Saturday, January 6, 2-4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel


Charles Edgar “Chuck” Lilly
Chelsea, Michigan

Charles Edgar “Chuck” Lilly of Chelsea, MI, age 86, died January 2, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea, MI.

Charles was born in Macon, IL the son of E. B. Spurgeon Lilly and Beulah Mae Lanter. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving as a Cryptographer in Alaska. Chuck was a Past President and Life Member of the Decatur, IL Jaycees and a JCI Senator for IL.  He was a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in six states and a member of The American College of Nursing Home Administrators.  In retirement Chuck was a Gold Member of SCORE Chapter #296 Decatur, IL and SCORE Chapter # 493 Osage Beach, MO.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon R. Stewart Lilly Chelsea, MI, daughter, Denise J Goss, Saline, MI, and her mother, Dorothy Pride, Granddaughter, Dr. Heather Schuyler, and 2 Great Grands Penne and Tad Schuyler of Tecumseh, MI, sister, Norma J Nichols (Duane), Evansville, IN, sister-in-law, Karen Kay (Mike) Wisdom, Decatur, IL, nieces, Janine Nichols Goodin (Larry), Evansville, IN and their extended families, Kimberly Kay Hofer and extended family, Oakridge, TN , nephew, Kurt Alexander and extended family, Decatur, IL.

Charles has donated his body to the University of Michigan Anatomical Donation Program, Ann Arbor, MI.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Larry Dale Yates
Albion, MI

Age 71, died Friday, December 29, 2017 at VA Health Care Center in Ann Arbor.

He was born February 19, 1946 in Carmi, Illinois, the son of Guy and Norma Jean (Hughes) Yates.

Larry was an Air Force Veteran. He loved Nascar, video games, feeding the birds, and spending time with his Mrs. Bear. One of his favorite memories was when the Cubs won the World Series. Larry loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed motorcycles.

Survivors include his loving wife, June Yates; 3 sons, David (Rhonda) Yates, Chad (Charlene) Dewitt, and Larry (Veronica) Sharpe; 12 grandchildren, Jacob (Amanda), Amber, Ryan (Wendy), Lorna, Tayt, Cary (Sarah), Justin, Emmalee, Jake, Jordan, Quincie, Sarah; 10 great-grandchildren, Logan, Alexis, Evelyn, A.J., Macee, Aurora, Sadie, Hazel, Theo, Grant; and one sister, Sharon (Ben) Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services are pending.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, or Bone Cancer Research Trust.


Keith Eric Kusterer
of Jackson, MI

Passed away suddenly Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the age of 66.

Keith was the son of Luther Matthew and Anna Louise (McGuire) Kusterer, born November 9, 1951 in Chelsea, MI.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Anna Kusterer; son, Justin Kusterer and his fiancée, Kim Tate; two grandchildren, Collin and Hayden; two step-children, Monica (Dave) White and Jason (Sherilyn) Schmude; five step-grandchildren, Cooper, Quinn, Jocelyn, Peri, and Adalyn; brother, Ken (Mary) Kusterer and many cousins. Keith was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a graduate of Chelsea High School and Michigan State University. He owned Techpoint Corporation. After selling that he became a Paramedic for HVA for 15 years. He then preformed services for SPX where he retired from. He owned and operated Anna’s Home Décor Gifts and  Porch Café.

Keith was a member of the Inverness Golf Club in Chelsea. He enjoyed his poker league, gourmet cooking, golfing, motorcycle riding, traveling and hunting with his grade school friend, Gary Ellenwood. He loved people, and would give the shirt off his back to help those in need. He was loved by many and will be sadly missed.

According to his wishes, cremation will take place. A celebration of his life will be held at the Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 12 p.m. Pastor Richard Foster officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Arrangements by Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Road, locally owned since 1930, www.watson-funeral-chapels.com.


Becky (Elizabeth Ann) Morse

Age 60, passed away on December 29, 2017 at the University of Michigan Hospitals.

She was born March 12, 1957 in Jackson, MI the daughter of Richard H. and Georgia (Heinzman) Collins.

On November 29, 1975 she married Denis G. Morse in Chelsea, MI. She lived in Chelsea most of her life, graduating from Chelsea High School in 1975. She loved reading, traveling, and just sitting on the beach, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and spent many days cheering them on during their sporting events or extracurricular activities. She worked for the Chelsea School District for 31 years, and was the beloved secretary and the first face that someone saw when they walked into North Creek Elementary. She loved the children, and they loved her. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Denis, three children: Chrissy (Jeff) Fitch of Chelsea, Katie (Thomas) Litzinger of Chelsea, and Adam (Jenny) Morse of Dexter; five grandchildren: Ethan, Josiah, Shaelynn, Lily, and Caleb; her mother Georgia Collins of Chelsea, one brother Garry Collins of Chelsea. She was preceded in death by her father and sister-in-law Erin Collins.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, with Pastor Tyson Lemke officiating.  Visitation will be held on Sunday December 31, 2017 at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.; also at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Oak Grove East Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the North Creek Elementary PTO. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

 


Myrna Vondal “Peggy” Salyer
of Saline, Michigan, formerly of Chelsea

Age 79, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Linden Square in Saline.

She was born March 2, 1938 in Garrett, Kentucky, the daughter of Granville and Nannie (Hicks) Stanley. Peggy was a homemaker and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and flowers.

In 1973, she married Harold Salyer and he preceded her in death on September 23, 2008.  Survivors include her children, Pamela (Robert) Ray, David (Sarah) Stephens, Donald Salyer, Judy (John) Hufziger, Vickie (Robert Jr.) Rudd, Connie (Stan) Hall; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Stephens, a grandson, Lance Zeller, and several siblings.

A private burial will take place at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Huron Valley Humane Society or American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Arnold F. Escher
Gregory, MI

Age 75, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at his home.

He was born November 29, 1942 in Hamtramck, Michigan, the son of Arnold E. and Alice L. Escher.

Arnold graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1960. He retired from GM Powertrain in Ypsilanti, where he was a Journeyman in Instrument Repair. Arnold was an avid antique collector, especially in clocks and vintage cars. He was a watchmaker by trade, repairing clocks in his spare time. Arnold attended Ford Model T, Model A, and V-8 clubs, enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts.

On July 20, 1975, he married Carol Lynn Maleski in New Boston, and she survives. Other survivors include his son, Edward Escher of Pinckney; four cousins, Gordon Escher of IL, Nancy Sanderson of CO, Dr. Ron Morris of Grosse Ile, MI, and Dr. Diane Morris of Birmingham, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 3 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. John Qui officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Michigan T’s, 1310 W. Shiawassee, Lansing, MI 48195, or the Early Ford V-8 Club, 3401 Zion Rd., Jackson, MI 49201.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Anne Marie Bradley Comeau
of Chelsea

Died peacefully of congestive heart failure on Sunday, December 17, 2017 surrounded by loving family.

She led a life fully dedicated to her family, public education, and service to her community. Anne was born in Boston, MA on January 5, 1934 to William Robert Bradley and Marguerite Sylvia Dupuis. Anne graduated from Notre Dame Academy and the Forsythe School of Dental Hygiene. During this time, she met the love of her life, Edward J. Comeau, who had her name painted on the nose of a B26 bomber stationed in Korea 1953-54. They married on May 25, 1957 and raised four daughters while living in a variety of places.

In Livonia, MI, Anne became involved in the local PTO and civic association which sparked her passion for community activism. After a three-year adventure in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a seven-year stint in Fort Washington, PA, the family settled Chelsea, MI in 1978.

Anne’s interests included quilting, tennis, theater, and genealogical research as world travel, but her innate talent was the ability to work within organizations for positive community change.

Anne’s principal work was on the Chelsea School Board where she served from 1981-1993, including five years as President. Overlapping those responsibilities, she served on the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Board of Trustees for 18 years. Her work there included two terms as President, and leading a delegation invited to the White House in 1992 to celebrate Thomas Fleming being named National Teacher of the Year. In her work with the Michigan Association of School Boards, Anne served as a consultant to districts in their superintendent searches and self-assessments.

In 1993, the Michigan Senate and House passed a Concurrent Resolution of Tribute in recognition of her contribution to public education at the local, county, and state levels.

Chelsea provided the opportunity for Anne to thrive and apply her special organizational skills across several civic groups – Faith in Action, United Way, and the Chelsea Senior Center by serving on their boards. Each one of these organizations is stronger because of her work. Her style was to stay out of the limelight, and work toward building strong functional foundations. So much so that in 2015 this legacy of service was recognized by Faith in Action, which presented Anne with the Howard S. Holmes Humanitarian of the Year Award. This award highlighted her commitment to education from the youngest to the oldest and to compassion for all.

In addition to husband Edward, Anne is survived by daughters Cynthia Comeau DiVitto and her husband Anthony of Waterville OH, Margaret Comeau Delaney and her husband Brian of Ann Arbor, MI, Sarah Jeanne Comeau-Proegler and her husband David of Chelsea, MI, Laura Anne Brown and her husband Paul of Perrysburg, OH. She was an important influence in the lives of her grandchildren Nathan Brown, Henry Brown, Spencer Brown, Zoe Proegler, Matthew Proegler, Bennett Proegler and was known to them fondly as “Nana.”

Anne was preceded in death by her parents William and Marguerite, and by her siblings Marguerite Gloria Thomas, William Robert Bradley, Jr., and James Llewelyn Bradley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea with V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Thursday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Vigil Services at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be at the church on Friday, from 10-11:00 a.m.

Contributions honoring Anne may be made to Faith in Action, 603 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

Funeral arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.


Elizabeth Ann Becker
Manchester, MI, formerly of Dexter

Age 78, passed away Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Manchester.

She was born Aug. 5, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Michael and Helen (Prybis) Swiecicki.

Elizabeth graduated from Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor in 1957. She worked as a flight attendant for North Central Airlines where she met Forrest Paul Becker II. They were married on Nov. 5, 1965, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, and settled in Dexter to raise their family.

She was a devout Catholic, serving in many capacities and was a long-time member of Old St. Patrick Catholic Church. She loved to pray the Rosary. Elizabeth volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was very active in the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti. She loved the outdoors, especially biking, swimming, walking the dogs, and skiing. She enjoyed traveling up north to her cottage and to Traverse City. Later in life, she took nursing classes at Washtenaw Community College. She was a dedicated wife and mother, and loved to spend time with her grandchildren, laughing, playing, and cooking.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie (James) Gregory of Manchester; three sons, Paul Becker of Cadillac, Mark (Jennifer) of Pinckney, Forrest (Candace) Becker III of Troy; a brother, Rick (Judy) Trenton; two sisters-in-law, Julie Swiecicki, Sally Joe Barth; five grandchildren, Hayden, Gabby, Katie, James, and Samantha; and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Forrest, preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother Michael Swiecicki.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Dec. 22, 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church Village Church on the corner of Dover and Forth Street in Dexter, with Fr. Brendan J. Walsh officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Thursday, 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Friday 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Church of your choice. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Kathryn Ann Jones Roggenbeck
Chelsea, Michigan

Kathryn Ann Jones Roggenbeck passed away peacefully at home December 15, 2017 at the age of 83.

Kathryn was born on June 16, 1934 (her own mom’s birthday) to Oswald and Lucile (Hamel) Jones in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended St. Andrew’s Elementary School and Grand Rapids Catholic Central where she graduated in 1952. She attended Mercy School of Nursing in Detroit, where she received her R.N. degree.

Kathryn met the love of her life, Henry “Bud” Roggenbeck on a blind date in 1956. The two wed on January 12, 1957 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Grand Rapids. Together they raised four children. Kathryn was compassionate, loving, witty, and always put family before herself. She loved the time she spent with her grandchildren. Kathryn was the ultimate grandma, and loved playing games, doing craft projects, and attending their games and orchestra concerts.

The time spent with her grandkids was very precious to her and filled her with joy. Kathryn had a great love of music and was an amazing piano player. There was always music playing in her home. She delighted in seeing many of her favorites perform live in concert, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Cleo Laine. She passed on this passion for music to her children.

Kathryn loved helping others and had a very kind, nurturing heart, which was evident by her work as a pediatric Registered Nurse for over 30 years. In her retirement years, she volunteered with the Literacy Program in Grand Rapids, Catholic Social Services, and sang in the church choir.

She is survived by her devoted loving husband of 60 years, who was her champion in her final days and always, Henry “Bud” Roggenbeck; her children, Paul, Christine (Sean) Skiver, and James; and her grandchildren, Trisha, Kevin, Erik, Justin, Caroline, and Alexandra. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Michael James; her parents; her siblings, Russ, Bob, Helen, Jim, Gordon, and Tom. The family would like to give a special thanks to Arbor Hospice and Bert Phelan for their compassionate care.

A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action.

Arrangements entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Carolyn Elizabeth Strieter
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Age 86, died Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Jackson, Michigan, surrounded by her family and pastor.

She was born March 11, 1931 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Harold and Milda (Nicolai) Whipple.

Carolyn graduated from Ann Arbor High School. She was a member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor for 60+ years. Carolyn was a florist all of her life. She worked at Chelsea Flower Shop in Ann Arbor and Farmer Grants, and later owned Garnetts Flower Shop in Chelsea with her sister Shirley. She was a member of Washtenaw County Farm Bureau. Carolyn liked to put together puzzles, crafts, arts, decorating, and thoroughly enjoyed photography. In retirement she enjoyed walking around downtown Ann Arbor and spending time with her family.

She married Arwin “Bud” Strieter on August 19, 1950, and he preceded her in death in 1995. She is survived by her son, Dennis (Anne) Strieter; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Brandon) VanOss and Nicholas Strieter. She was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Whipple Strieter and her brother Eben Calvin “Bud” Whipple.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 19, 3:00 pm at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Michael Koepke officiating. A private burial will take place at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7474 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


William Henry Lawrence
Ann Arbor, Michigan

William Henry Lawrence passed away November 30, 2017. He was born 6 January, 1926, In Dunmore, Pennsylvania near Scranton. He was raised by his Aunt Cele and his father. He grew up next to Dunmore’s grand Nie Aug Park.

He spent many summer days by its waterfalls, steep cliffs, museum, amusement park, tunnels and woods. The hobbies of his youth included home-made marionette shows.

In his teens, he would purchase used radios for parts and make transmitters and amplifiers and recording gear which he would use with a musical record cutting machine he purchased. In his late teens, he passed his FCC license and was able to work for the local radio station. An unknown benefactor applied to RCA electronics school in New York City, on his behalf (The acceptance letter was a surprise) and he spend an entire fall there until he was drafted.

He was trained further in electronics by the Army Air Corps. He was on a ship in the Pacific Ocean when Japan surrendered. Instead of hitting the beach as part of the invasion, he drove his radio truck onto the beach as part of the peaceful occupation.

When he returned to Scranton, he met and married Elizabeth Jones. Soon he has enrolled in the Electrical Engineering undergraduate program at Syracuse University through the G.I. Bill. While at Syracuse, they lived in married student housing, while he studied and worked on the television assembly line at General Electric.

After graduation, he applied for a research position at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor where he eventually received a patent for RADAR design as well as being the core of the U of M School of Engineering Continuing Education Summer Conferences program. He was a past Chapter President of the American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers (ASTME)/Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Ann Arbor Area Chapter 79.

After his retirement, He traveled North America, with his wife at his side, for many years.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth. Survivors include a son, William H. Lawrence Jr. (Kip) of San Angelo, TX; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth (David) Leach of Ann Arbor; two grandchildren, Tyler and Marisa Leach.

A private burial of ashes will be held at the First United Methodist Church Memorial Garden in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ann Arbor First United Methodist Church, 120 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Thomas William Zemke
Pinckney, MI, originally from Ann Arbor, formerly of Las Vegas, NV and Santa Monica, CA.

Age 61, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at his home.

He was born May 22, 1956 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Frederick A. and Winifred E. (Gasser) Zemke.

Tom graduated from Pioneer High School in 1974, and attended Lawrence Institute of Technology and Central Michigan University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering. He worked for Dapco Industries in Dexter, and later worked for U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. Tom lived out west for a few years to pursue his dreams, and enjoyment of singing, dancing, and music. He appeared on “America’s Got Talent” twice.

He is survived by his brother, Fred (Lori) Zemke of Munith. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No memorial services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Heart, 200 Arnet St, Suite 110, Ypsilanti, MI  48198.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Barbara Stoll
of Dexter formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 85, died Friday, December 1st, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea.

She was born September 9th, 1932 in Southfield Township, the daughter of Matthew Lynn and Esther Lavena (Willis) Everett. On May 29th, 1950 she married Neil Raymond Stoll and he preceded her in death on September 8th, 2011.  Barbara and Neil were well known and respected breeders and exhibitors of West Highland White Terriers under their Glenbrier Kennel prefix. Barbara was recognized for her commitment to breeding healthy dogs and was known for her efforts in identifying and assisting with the research of various genetic disorders found in the Westie breed.

Barbara was as fiercely independent as the terriers she loved and continued to live independently in her own home until the day of her death.

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Lynn Stoll of Brooklyn, MI., Cynthia (Robert) Curtis of Presque Isle, MI., and Vicky (Brit) Edwards of Ann Arbor, MI.; five grandchildren, Kristen, Lauren, Neil, Megan and Steven and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Neil Stoll.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Huron Valley Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Thomas Riley “Dooley” Collinsworth
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born April 24, 1922, in Salyersville, Kentucky, the son of Rollie and Addie (Cooper) Collinsworth. He was one of 12 children.

He worked on the family farm before joining the Army to serve in WWII in December of 1942. In WWII, he served overseas with the 729 Military Police Battalion. In September of 1949, he moved to Chelsea, Michigan. He retired from Rockwell after more than 30 years in 1983. For decades, he marched in the Chelsea Memorial Day Parade and the Fair Parade and was a Life Member of the VFW Post 4076.

Dooley loved to laugh and tell stories of his life’s adventures. He had a smile for everybody. He loved watching sports, especially the Detroit Tigers.

He is survived by his siblings Luke (Sue) Collinsworth of Chelsea, Mary (Arnold) Higgins of Tennessee, and Jean (Bob) Castle of Indiana; three nieces and nephews: Jimmy Collinsworth of Chelsea, Debbie (Randy) Ellis of Chelsea, Carrie (John) Garrison of Pennsylvania, four grand nieces and nephews: Jamie Westcott Collinsworth (Nik Lulgjuraj), Jimmy Lee Collinsworth, Melissa (Derek) Eaton, and Travis Garrison. He was preceded in death by his siblings Clifford Collinsworth, Sr., Harold Collinsworth, Katherine Eisele, Guy Roark, Anna Borders, Ben Roark, Wannie Allen, an infant sister Betty Lou, his nephew Donald Ray Collinsworth, and his grandnephew Clifford R. Collinsworth.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 6, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Stephen Hohl officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Sylvan Township.

The family will receive friends Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Chelsea Post 31. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


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