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Catherine Kwasny
Saline, MI, formerly of Brooklyn, Farmington, Detroit, and Sicily

Age 96, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at the Evangelical Home – Saline.

She was born Jan. 7, 1921 in Highland Park, Michigan, the daughter of Vincenzo and Concetta (diGrande) Trigilio.

Catherine grew up in Sicily. She loved gardening and baking. Catherine was a member of St. Joseph Shrine in Brooklyn.

On Jan. 28, 1950, she married Joseph B. Kwasny, and he preceded her in death in 1999. Survivors include a daughter, Christine K. (GarE) Maxton of Ann Arbor; a son, Robert J. Kwasny, two grandchildren, Adriana and Sophia Maxton. She was preceded in death by a son, Eugene D. Kwasny; her siblings, Santo Trigilio and Fiancesca Trigilio.

A private burial has taken place at St. Joseph Shrine Cemetery, Brooklyn.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Charlotte Schauer
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 80, Charlotte was called to heaven by her Lord on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Charlotte was born in Ann Arbor at Doctor Gates’ Private Hospital on Jan. 29, 1937, the only child of Albert and Hilda (Dietzel) Sell.

She spent most of her life on the family farm in Northfield Township where she was raised and where she and her husband, Chuck raised their family. In 1994, she and Chuck moved to Chelsea, where they spent the rest of their lives.

On Oct. 7, 1955, she married Charles Schauer at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield Township. They were married for 62 years. Charlotte was a graduate of Ann Arbor High School, the class of 1955. She worked for the Mariott Corporation before retiring to care for her aged parents. She and a dear friend cleaned an office building in Ann Arbor for many years. She belonged to St. John’s Lutheran Church for 57 years until moving to Chelsea. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Charlotte enjoyed watching the University of Michigan Hockey and Football teams and was a member of the Dekers Blue Line Club. She also loved bowling, euchre, sailing on cruise ships, but her greatest joy was being with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Charles; two daughters, Viola (Doug) Sherman of Chelsea and Linda (Patrick) Engel of Dexter; one son, Leonard (Tiffany) Schauer of Chelsea; eight very much loved grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Smith, a son-in-law, Leon Wheeler, and her parents.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Dale Grimm officiating. A private burial will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Northfield.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Senior Citizens or the Our Savior Lutheran Church Youth Group.


Ronald Mark Grifka
of Brooklyn, formerly Chelsea, Michigan

Age 48, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1968, in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of William A. and Mary L. (Hacker) Grifka.

Ron had lived in the area most of his life and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1987. He worked as an electrician for over 20 years and worked for A.F. Smith in Ypsilanti for over 10 years. Ron’s children were the most important thing in his life. He enjoyed the work he did for A.F. Smith and worked hard to provide for his family. He could make anything and enjoyed fishing, tractor pulls, and listening to classic rock and country music. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #2092 and IBEW #252.

Surviving are his children: Garret Grifka, Milah Grifka, and Aaron Grifka, all of Napoleon, and their mother, Julie Kramer; his parents, William and Mary Grifka of Chelsea; his siblings: Mary (John) Bell of Jackson, Rose M. Hurst of Manchester, Kevin (Shasta) Grifka of Chelsea, and Keith (Heather) Grifka of Chelsea; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by grandparents (Alex and Olive Grifka and Clinton and Mary Hacker), several aunts and uncles, and a nephew (Luke William Grifka).

Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating.

Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Napoleon Twp. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., with Vigil at 7 p.m., and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family discretionary fund.


Dorothea L. “Dot” Diedrich
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 90, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at her home.

She was born Jan. 19, 1927 in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of Henry and Kathryn (Branton) Warblow.

She graduated from Wayne Memorial High School in 1945. After high school, Dot worked at Kroger where she met her future husband, Jim. Dot was a member of Faith Lutheran Church since 1964. She raised five children, and returned to the work force at Xerox, where she worked for many years. She enjoyed sewing.

On March 31, 1946, she married James Louis Diedrich at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wayne and he preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1999. Survivors include four sons, James (Debbie) of Manchester, Stephen (Barbara) of Arlington Heights, IL, David (Grace) of Pinckney, Matthew (Patricia) of Jackson; one daughter, Janine Yeargain of Dexter; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Huffman of MN; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jeff Yeargain, 3 brothers, Al, Bill and Hank Warblow, and a sister, Marge Kolacz.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, with Rev. Mark Porinsky officiating.  Private burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery, Petersburg, MI. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Sunday from 3-7 p.m. and at the church Monday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 9575 N. Territorial Road, Dexter, MI 48130.


Jeff William Miller
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Jackson

Age 58, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Arbor Hospice Residence in Saline with his loving children at his side.

He was born September 4, 1959 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of William H. and Marjorie I. (O’Donnell) Miller. Jeff was a charming and spirited man, and what he most enjoyed was his kids and grandkids. He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1977. Jeff worked for Urban Auto Sales in Jackson, Aardvark Pest Control, and Walmart in Jackson. He spent the majority of his life in Chelsea and Jackson, and also spent time in Florida. Jeff loved all sports, and was an avid U of M sports fan. He loved hunting and fishing.

He was proud of his son, William Jeffrey (Janice) Miller of Royal Oak; and his daughter, Melanie Miller of Jackson. He is also survived by his mother of Chelsea; 3 grandchildren, Jameen William Turner, Jayce Jeffrey Goolsby, Leilani Jane Miller; two sisters, Colleen “Kelly” McCormick of Chelsea, Laurie DeBusk of Chelsea; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father; a special friend, Kelly Terrell; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Debusk.

The family will hold a private service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Mary Schroer
Chelsea, Mich

Mary Schroer, retired democratic state legislator, dies at age 70.

Mary Schroer died October 3, 2017 at Arbor Hospice. A long-time resident of the Ann Arbor area, she has lived in Chelsea in recent years.

The cause of death was cancer.

Mary was born February 11, 1947, the youngest of 12 children. Her birthplace was St. Marys, Ohio. Her parents were Louise (Koch) White and John Crane White.

Mary was married in 1967 to Michael Schroer, who survives. In addition, she is survived by three children, Amy L. Hyde, Jennifer A. Schroer and Rebecca A. Cohen. Mary is also survived by sons-in-law Jay Hyde and Michael Cohen. Mary and Michael were the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren; Jacob Bolt, Jack Bolt, Michael Bolt and Ellie Bolt all of Chelsea. Ben Cohen, Hannah Cohen and Matt Cohen of Satellite Beach, Florida and Piper Schroer of Chelsea.

Mary is survived by five of her brothers and sisters, Doris Reichert, Jim White, Jerry White, William White and Carolyn (Irons) Rhodes plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was a well-informed, passionate and energetic legislator in the Michigan House of Representatives spanning the years 1992 through 1998. Her Washtenaw County District was the 52nd house district composed of the northern portion of Ann Arbor and the six townships comprising northwest Washtenaw County.

Her introduction to community activism occurred when Mary moved to Ann Arbor in 1972 and joined the group Parents for Alternative Learning, advocates for open classroom teaching in the Ann Arbor Schools. It was during this time that Ed Pierce, Ann Arbor’s mayor, recruited Mary to work on his successful campaign for the state senate. It was there that Mary displayed her firm grasp of campaign politics. She went on to play a prime role in the Ed Pierce campaign for governor.

Mary then became active in Lana Pollack’s successful campaign for the state senate. Upon forming her senate staff, Senator Pollack tapped Mary as a legislative assistant. Mary was a trusted and effective legislative assistant for the 10 years preceding her swearing in to the House of Representatives.

Mary attended Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University. She was awarded a degree in political science, Summa Cum Laude, by Eastern Michigan University.

Among her many committees and boards, Mary served as chair of the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees, as a Board member of the Ann Arbor Community Center and as a board member of the Democratic Michigan Women’s Campaign Fund.

Mary was a creative gardener and an avid reader. She took much joy in time spent at Lake Michigan and in particular, Beaver Island. These good times were made all the more memorable because they were invariably shared with her daughters and their families.

Mary’s quick wit, great affection for friends and colleagues, and love of family will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held Thursday October 12th at 2:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts of remembrance be made to Arbor Hospice (www.arborhospice.org) or Faith in Action (www.faithinaction1.org).


Thomas L. Hopp

Dr. Thomas Lee Hopp died on Sept. 23, 2017 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in Detroit to Wallace and Florence Hopp on April Fool’s Day in 1932, Tom was a life-long joker who entertained all who knew him with his mischievous sense of humor.

He attended the University of Detroit High School and graduated from the University of Detroit Dental School. He and RoseMary Petitto were married in 1955. After serving in the Navy, Tom and RoseMary returned to Michigan and eventually settled in Mason, where he had a successful dental practice and they lived for 52 years. They enjoyed traveling and visited many countries with the Friendship Force of Greater Lansing.

Tom served his community in many ways, as a member of the Mason School Board, President of the Mason Kiwanis, a member of the board of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Chairman of the Board for Mason State Bank, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He was also a long-time patroller for the National Ski Patrol.

Tom is survived by his wife, RoseMary, and four of his five children – Wallace (wife Melanie), Susan, Karen, Larry (wife Nancy) – and five of his six grandchildren. (RIP Michael and Nathan.)

A private family memorial will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice, which was very helpful to Tom in his final days, are welcomed.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Agnes Eileen Thomas White
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 102, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born May 14, 1915 in Northport, Michigan, the daughter of Halbert and Ida May (Scott) Thomas. Agnes is one of three children and is the oldest and last surviving child.

She grew up in Suttons Bay and spent many summers in Florida with her parents. Agnes graduated from Ferris College’s secretarial course and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Business Education and her Master’s degree from University of Michigan.

She taught business classes for 30 years in Michigan, and retired from Howell High School. She was a member of Howell United Methodist Church and helped raise funds for their new building. Agnes was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers Association, Livingston County Retired School Employees, Michigan Education Association, and National Education Association. After retirement, she wrote a weekly article for the Howell paper. Agnes loved to listen to talking books and appreciated the people from the Chelsea District Library who brought those to her.

On Dec. 28, 1947, she married Albert E. White Sr. In St. Petersburg, FL, and he preceded her in death in October of 1964. Survivors include a son, Albert (Susan) White of Lexington, KY, and a daughter, Susan Nehring of Ann Arbor; 3 grandsons, Heath Kessler, Chris White, and Eric Nehring.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 28, 2017, 3:30 pm at Chelsea Retirement Community in the Dancey Chapel, with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating. Burial will be at Leelanau Township Cemetery, Northport, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea District Library (Senior Fund).

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Carol Denny Ostrander
Jackson, MI

Age 71, went to be with the Lord Monday, October 2, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born May 26, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence B. and Betty Lea (Thorne) Pietila.

Carol graduated from Pinckney High School in 1964. She worked for Raycon, 3M, Chrysler, and retired from Gelman Sciences/ Pall Corp. Carol attended the Chelsea Free Methodist Church, and more recently Crossroads Church in Stockbridge. She participated in several Bible studies, and loved taking care of the babies at church. Carol loved being at Patterson Lake, and all the water activities. She fed everyone she met.

On September 25, 1992, she married William Ostrander in Howell, MI, and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Wilson (Genoveva) Denny of GA, J.D. Charles of Lansing; two daughters, Rhonda (Daryl) Denny-Mosher of Grass Lake, Kim Charles of Howell; a daughter-in-law, Vicki (Steven) Denny-Pietila of Pinckney; 13 grandchildren, Bobby Denny, Carolyn Denny, Taylor Mosher, Cheyenne Mosher, Alexandria Gray-Lion, Tricia Gary, Drew Gary, Aaron Cornack, Steven Pietila, Matthew Pietila, Angel Gonzalez, Ivan Gonzalez, Noemi Gonzalez; a great-grandson, Anthony; a brother, Jim (Paula) Pietila of Leslie; a sister-in-law, Mary Pietila; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Denny, her first husband, Robert Denny, her sister Kaye (Jack) Charles, and her brother, Wes Pietila.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 6, 2017, at 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with visitation before the funeral from 9-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation.


Mary Rosalee Greer

Mary was born May 6, 1928 to Goldie Conrad Brown and Dewey Brown in Lawrenceville, Illinois, in hardscrabble Southern Illinois prairie and farming country.

By the age of 2, her father had died and the country was plunged into the Great Depression. She was raised by her widowed mother who took in laundry to make a living. Mary made the most of a life that didn’t hand her any breaks. She bore two children at a very young age, and 3 more children after marrying US Army Staff Sergeant Charles Graham in 1948.

She was preceded in death by her son Karl Kierner and is survived by 4 children: Patricia Smith of Arizona, Ted (Ruth) Graham, Vickie (George) Abidin, and Cherrie (Glenn) Dean, all of Michigan, plus 10 grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren.

In 1951, Mary and her husband Charles left rural Illinois and joined the great Northward Migration for the chance of better jobs and a better living for their growing family. They settled in Ypsilanti where Charles worked as a welder in the decommissioned WWII bomber plant at Willow Run, and Mary worked in a dry cleaning shop. The marriage came to an unfortunate end in 1960 and she soon remarried.

Mary was small in stature, barely 5 feet tall but large in spirit, feisty and determined. She labored at many jobs including at the King Seeley factory and the Argus plant to make sure her children had everything they wanted and needed. Despite a lack of education and means, she obtained training as a beautician, saved her money and bought a house on Ann Arbor’s Old West Side with a small beauty salon attached. She worked there as owner-operator till she was well past the age of 75.

Mary enjoyed cooking, gardening, music, and in her later years, shopping and dining out. Mary loved her children more than anything. Against all odds, she achieved her aim of providing them a better life and better opportunities. Despite her many health problems, she lived independently until the last few months of her life.

She died peacefully in hospice with family around her on Sept. 28, 2017 at 89 years of age.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Alan Ross Conklin
Formerly of Chelsea

Alan Ross Conklin, 89, died peacefully on Sept. 15, 2017, with family at his side.

He was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Donald and Mertie Conklin on March 14, 1928. He married Lillian Mae Filsinger on June 27,1951.

Alan received his teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University and his Masters from University of Michigan. He worked at Chelsea High School, teaching biology and coaching football, basketball, baseball and track. He later served as principal at Beach Middle School. Alan enjoyed working with the youth, educators and administrators at Chelsea School District for 32 years.

Alan served in the Army Unit 36AAA at both Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Meade in Maryland. He served as a sergeant working as an anti-aircraft guns trainer.

Alan grew up in Milan, Michigan and enjoyed regaling family and friends with stories of escapades during his youth. He attended Methodist Church in Milan.

Alan and his family resided in Chelsea for many years. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at the family’s cottage on North Lake. Alan also loved to golf and was a member of Inverness Country Club. Alan enjoyed camping and showing his family the USA.

In retirement, Alan and Lillian moved to Florida where he continued to enjoy golfing, fishing, family, travel and his community of Highlands Ridge in Avon Park.

Alan was appreciative of the church, family, friends, fellow educators and communities that made living a joy.

Alan is survived by his children, David (Jane) Conklin of Lilburn, Georgia, Donald (Kathy) of Suwanee, Georgia and Deborah Conklin Pruet of Katy, Texas. Alan was blessed with 9 Grandchildren, Fr. Ronald Conklin, Ryan Conklin, Corina Conklin Montreuil, Ross Conklin, Elisabeth Conklin, Donald Conklin, Timothy Conklin, Christopher Conklin, Michelle Conklin Forrester, Nicholas Pruet, Jonathan Pruet and Allison Pruet, and 10 great grandchildren. Alan was survived by his sister Jean Ann (Hank) Kremer of Florida

Alan was proceeded in death by the love of his life, Lillian Filsinger Conklin on Nov. 15, 2014. They had been married 63 years.

After a recent reunion trip back to Chelsea, Alan expressed amazement that so many people would bother to come and see him. Told it was because he had made a difference, was a role model and a man of integrity, Alan replied, ” All I ever did was the next right thing.”

There will be a small family service to celebrate Alan’s life. A life well lived.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to Alan’s grandson in support of his ministry, Sacred Heart Apostolic School. Fr. Ronald Conklin, 5901 N 500 E, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371


Deborah Eunice Walker
Chelsea, Michigan

Sadly, Our loving wife, mom, grammie passed away at age 69, on Monday, September 11, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti.

She was born October 21,1947 in Belleville, Michigan, the daughter of Lloyd Miller and Aprilla “Rubye” (Ulbick) Bates.

Debbie graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1966. On July 1, 1967, she married Aram “David” Walker of Ann Arbor, Michigan. A few years later, after the birth of their twins sons, she started an in home day care to stay home with her children.  She ran her daycare in Chelsea for over 25 years. She loved caring for kids and was a huge part of many children’s lives. Parents always marveled at how she could accomplish so much and had such respect from all the children, and how sandwiches NEEDED to be cut “the Debbie way” and her chocolate chip cookies were to die for. She also worked at Pamida in Chelsea for many years. Debbie loved camping, especially at her favorite location in Ludington during the summer. She was the “fun grammie” to all.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Aram “David” Walker, three sons, David (Shelly Rutledge) Walker of Munith, Duane (Florida) Walker of Jackson, Daniel (Celinda) Walker of Grass Lake and one daughter, Dena (Eric) Sommer of Stockbridge; 7 grandchildren, Brendan, Scott, Kaitelyn, Sydney, Chase, Parker and Brett; three siblings, David Miller of Chelsea, James (Debi) Miller of Ypsilanti, Denise (Bill) Leonard of Ypsilanti; many nieces and nephews and so many day care children she thought of as her own  that were a special part of her life. She was preceded in death by both her parents and a sister, Rosanne Collier.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 2-5 pm, at the Chelsea Fair Grounds, with a service at 2 pm, with Dennis Tabor officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Elmer Stanley Greenwald

Chelsea, Ortonville, and Gregory, MI and Asheville, NC

Age 98, died Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. He was born November 22, 1918 in Luther, Michigan, the son of Emil and Louise (Berndt) Greenwald.

Elmer was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church. He worked for Pontiac GM Truck and Coach. Elmer enjoyed being outdoors, fixing things and singing in a variety of barbershop style groups. He played golf and rode horseback into his 90s.

Elmer served in the submarine Trutta in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

On April 22, 1950, he married Louise Tarlton in Pontiac, Michigan and she preceded him in death on October 25, 1998. Survivors include a daughter, Pamela (Alan) Mansfield of Chelsea; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Barnhart of NV; a brother, Daniel Greenwald of Davisburg, MI; 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Elmer was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Barnhart; a brother, Ronald Greenwald; and a sister, Ilene Thayer.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 1:00 p.m at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge. The family will receive friends Saturday from noon until the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, 8133 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Paul John Simon
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 93, died Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Falls Church, Virginia.

He was born December 14, 1923 in Remus, Michigan, the son of Alonzo and Agnes (Doerr) Simon. Paul served with the Army in WWII, landing at Normandy on D-Day. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea. He taught for 34 years, teaching agriculture in central Michigan and wood shop and science at Beach Middle School in Chelsea for 18 years. Paul traveled extensively in and outside of the U.S. He wrote poetry, and was very proud of his full head of white hair.

On August 13, 1955, he married Loraine Rose Hadd in Linwood, Michigan, and she preceded him in death on March 31, 2012. He is survived by his sons, Edward Rivard, Douglas Simon, Andrew “Randy” Simon, and Joseph Simon; his daughters, Linda Stegmeyer, Karen Wellnitz, and Beverly Gibson; his brother, Raymond Simon; his sisters, Noreen Bradfield and Edna Michaud; 18 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Imelda Smith and Beatrice Rhode; and a brother, Jerome Simon.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating.Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends before the funeral from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Donald Wayne Reed
Friendship, Tennessee

Donald Wayne Reed, 90, died Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Dyer County son of the late Marion Marshall and Bessie Elizabeth Weaver Reed.

Mr. Reed had been a union representative for TRW, lived most of his life in Michigan and had moved back to Dyer County 5 years ago.

Survivors include a daughter, Terese Lehman (Roy Dillon) of Lehigh Acres, FL; sister, Alma Jean Badgett of Barlett, TN; step brother, Charles Crum (Bitsy) of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, Jessica Narsesian (Josh) of Britton, MI, Dustin Clouse (Samantha) of Sylvania, OH, Marcie Decker (Jim) and Rachel Irish (Matt) of Swartz Creek, MI; 15 great grandchildren; a companion, Debra Goodrich of Friendship; faithful dog, Duke, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Friendship Funeral Home with Rev. Mickey Dodd officiating. Burial will follow in Bellevernon Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Friendship Funeral Home, Friendship, Tennessee.


Nancy Lucille Tandy
Gregory, Michigan

Nancy, age 87, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at her home with her husband at her side.

She was born March 30, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of John George and Mary (Cheney) Haas.

On Dec. 27, 1947 she married John M. Tandy. While John was in the United States Army, they spent twenty years living and traveling throughout the U. S. and Europe with their family. Upon their return from Frankfurt, Germany they inherited the Glenn Centennial farm on Hankerd Road, Gregory, Michigan. Here she began her love of gardening which she enjoyed her entire life.

She retired from the Xerox Corporation in 1992.

Nancy was an active member of the North Lake United Methodist Church, where she served on many committees. She was a vital part of the church and its charitable programs. She also did mission work in Costa Rico. She was a member of the Dexter Historical Society, the Chelsea Women’s Club, and a volunteer at Faith in Action. While in Tucson, Arizona where they spent their winters, Nancy collected toys and clothing for a Mexican orphanage for many years.

She was an accomplished seamstress and needle pointer. She enjoyed genealogy and spent many hours researching her family history.

Nancy is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years John M. Tandy. She was a loving mother to her son John M. (Diane) Tandy II, of North Lake, and her four daughters, Karin (Tom) Hall of Bethlehem, Pa., Nannette Tandy of North Lake, Mary (Jeff) Bust of Chicago, Il., and Jennifer (Jim) Szamecki of Clearwater, Fl., and adoring grandmother to nine grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday Sept. 30, 11 a.m. at North Lake United Methodist Church, 14111 North Territorial Road, Chelsea, Michigan with Reverend Todd Jones officiating. Private burial will be at North Lake Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Lake United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Marcella Mae Wojtas
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 92, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Superior Woods in Ypsilanti.

She was born April 11, 1925 in Middletown, Illinois, the daughter of William Thomas and Nellie (Moutardier) McGrew.

Marcella was one of eleven kids. During World War II, she was part of the Rosie the Riveter era, as she helped produce war supplies. She retired from Ford Motor Company as a quality control inspector. Marcella attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, and crocheting.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy (Steven) Hogan of California; two sons, Mark (Dawn) Milanovich of Texas, Ben Wojtas of Ann Arbor; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by all 10 of her siblings.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chelsea, with Rev. Wallace Tatara officiating. Burial will be at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland, Michigan. The family will receive friends at the Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday 5-8 p.m. and at the church Friday 10-11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or St. Paul United Church of Christ, 14600 E. Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Joyce Elaine Hall
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 87, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her home.

She was born February 6, 1930 in Douglass Twp., Berks County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles and Cora (Weller) Flicker.

Joyce grew up in Pennsylvania, and through the years she lived in Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia. In 2008, she moved to Michigan to live out the rest of her life. Her purpose in life was to serve her family. She loved spending time with all her children and grandchildren, and her favorite hobby was to be around and meet new people.

On November 20, 1946, she married Fred Hall in Elkton, Maryland, and he survives. Other survivors include her sons, William Hall of Kimberly, WV, Thomas Hall of Chelsea; her daughters, Gloria (Jack) Stiles, of Swanton, OH, Theresa (Jeff) Barlow of Dexter; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her extended family. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Waugh; her parents; her sisters Sarah Riegel and Helen Wade; and her brother, Charles Flicker Jr.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 15, 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Dominic Aquilino officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Sylvan Township.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 until the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.


Robert Butler
of Chelsea

Passed away at the age of 86 on Sept. 8, 2017 with loving family by his side.

Robert, the son of Ishmael and Mildred (Turnquist) Butler, was born in Detroit, Michigan on Feb. 2, 1931. He grew up in Livonia, graduated from Plymouth High School, and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. On Aug. 20, 1955, he married Doris Gilson and moved to Chelsea. Robert worked for Dana Corporation for 37 years, retiring in 1992. He loved his family and enjoyed traveling, fishing, visiting casinos, and spending time at their cabin in northern Michigan.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Jay (Debbie) Butler, Lois (Keith) Hume; his grandchildren, Brandon (Heather) Butler, Amy Butler, Kyle (Andrea) Butler, Jill (Matt) Smithkey, Joseph Hume, Bobby Vasas, Shaun (Barb) Vasas, Billy (Ashley) Vasas, Brittany Moore; great-grandchildren, Luke, Weston, Cora, Caitlynn, Preston, Jerry, Katlynn, Sophie; nephews, John (Judy) Ayers, David Schroeder, Tom (Rhonda) Schroeder; and sister-in-law Marjorie Ferry. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Alvin Butler and June (Floyd) Schroeder.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Arbor Hospice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Elizabeth Joan Herrst
Chelsea, MI

Age 87, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at her son’s home.

She was born March 9, 1930 at her parents’ home on Jerusalem Road, the daughter of Rudolph and Euna A. (Fiegel) Zahn.

Mrs. Herrst was a lifetime resident of the Chelsea/Ann Arbor area. She attended St. Thomas Lutheran Church for many years and was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Chelsea. Mrs. Herrst was a member of the Chelsea High School class of 1948. She worked at the United Methodist Retirement Home, then Mercywood, and finally retired from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after 18 years.  Elizabeth also worked on the farm most of her life.  She made many cakes (including wedding cakes for her children and grandchildren), volunteered 100’s of hours for Chelsea Community Hospital, and donated her time and over 100 gallons of blood to the Red Cross.

On Feb. 19, 1949, she married Bernard R. Herrst, Sr., and he preceded her in death on June 27, 1993. Survivors include 4 sons and daughters-in-law, B. Ronald and Kathy, Robert Donald and Sandi, Kenneth John and Annette, all of Chelsea and Erwin Alan and Deb of Manchester; 1 daughter, Susan Marie Cervera of Chelsea; 2 sisters, Delores Houk, Arlene March; 2 brothers, Paul and Raymond Zahn; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; several cousins and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Elizabeth Emma Herrst and Rose Ann Daniels; a grandson, Scott Koscielniak; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Dorothy Egeler, and a brother, Rudolph Zahn.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 15, 3:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Chelsea, with Pastor Dale Grimm officiating. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Lutheran Cemetery, Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends Thursday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1515 S Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Margaret Doris (Merkel) Mynning
of Chelsea

Age 92 passed away on Sept. 3, 2017 at the Arbor Hospice Residence in Saline.

She was born July 20, 1925 in Pinckney, MI, the daughter of Edward and Doris (Hawkins) Merkel. She married Donald Martin Mynning, Jr. on February 4, 1946 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor.

She served as treasurer of Webster Twp. from 1955 to 1979 and was the last surviving member on the board. She was Balancing Clerk at Ann Arbor Bank and Trust (later known as First of America) from 1979 to 1986. When Don retired from MichCon, they sold their home in Webster Twp. and bought a new home in Zephyrhills, FL. Don passed away in 1991, and she moved to Chelsea the following year.

She was a member of Ladies of St. Mary, worked on family genealogy, made quilts for her entire family, enjoyed playing euchre and pinochle, served as The Pines Historian and had written 14 books of “My Life at The Pines” which were donated to The Pines Library.

Margaret is survived by four children: Mary Ellen Mynning, Beverly (Dennis) Schumann, Gloria (Steve) Feldkamp, and Edward Mynning; five grandchildren: Matthew Harwood, Nick (Jennifer) Schumann, Melissa Bowles, Brian (fiancé Emily) and Dana Feldkamp (Steve Strobel); four great-grandchildren: Alexa and Allison Schumann, Gabrielle and Andrew Bowles; two sisters-in-law: YeVonne Clisham, and Jacqueline McGinn, two brothers-in-law: Russell (Wilma) Mynning, and James Mynning, several nieces, nephews, and her extended family, Marge Shackett,  Laine (Jeannie) Lu and daughters Emmalina, Karolena and Angelena. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, grandson John Harwood, brother James Merkel and sister Barbara McCalla.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Dexter. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary Catholic Church Youth Group or The Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary Catholic Church.


Richard Frederick Irwin

Age 75, died Friday, August 25, 2017 at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born May 26, 1942 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Donald M. and Hedwig M. (Schmid) Irwin.

Richard graduated from Chelsea High School in 1960 and was on the championship football teams in 1958 and 1959. He served in the US Army 18th Airborne Corps. Richard earned his associates degree from Jackson Junior College and attended Michigan State. He was a lifelong farmer and worked as a salesman for Rockwell International. Richard attended Grace Church in Jackson. He was a member of Chelsea Jaycees and the Chelsea American Legion.

Survivors include two sons, James Irwin of Grass Lake, Thomas (Amanda) Irwin of Bloomington, IL; two daughters, Jane (Paul Sizer) Irwin of Kalamazoo, Jill (John) Olasz of Swartz Creek; three sisters, Elizabeth Ann Perry of CA, Nancy Decoster of Manchester, Barbara Rich of CA; and 2 grandchildren, Anna and Ellie Irwin

Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 2, 11:00 am at Grace Church, Jackson, Michigan, with Rev. James Walling officiating. A private burial at Irwin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Jane Irwin, to be divided among Richard’s caregivers, who gave exceptional care beyond that which was required.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Mary Cichon
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Detroit

Age 93, died Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born July 5, 1924 in Poland, the daughter of Walter and Frances (Ryl) Wawrzyniak.

Mary was a volunteer at Our Lady Queen of Apostles in Hamtramck, St Hyacinth in Detroit, and St. Mary Orchard Lake. She enjoyed cooking, gardening vegetables, flowers and herbs, canning, music and dancing.

She married Walter Cichon on July 16, 1946 in Germany, and he preceded her in death on October 1, 2001. Survivors include two daughters, Christine (Jerry) Wilczynski of Chelsea, Wanda (Bob) Redys of Sterling Heights; 5 grandchildren, Amy Cichon, Christopher Cichon, Mathew (Arelis) Wilczynski, Jerome (Rollen Cooper) Wilczynski, Renee (Sean) Redys-Lynch; 4 great-grandchildren, Jakob and Leah Wilczynski, Madison Lynch, Mazie Lake; and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, Walter, Mary was preceded in death by a son, John.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 29, 10:30 am  at the Chelsea Retirement Community main chapel, with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, with a prayer service at 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Silver Maples or the CRC Kresge Employee Christmas Fund.


Bertha Louise Hibbard
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Gaylord, MI

Age 94, died Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

She was born August 19, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Fred C. and Ida (Vilter) Trubshaw.

Bertha earned her Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1944. As part of the World War II effort, she moved to Washington D.C. to work as a cryptographer in the Army Security Agency. After the war Bertha moved back to Milwaukee and married her brother’s best friend, Clark Hibbard, on September 4 1928.

She and Clark moved from Milwaukee to Beloit and then to Cincinnati where they lived for over 20 years. Relocating to Ann Arbor for Clark’s career, they retired to Gaylord in 1987. They were married for 56 years, until Clark’s death February 18, 2006.

Bertha was a well-known employee of the Ann Arbor Trust Company, serving customers and Vice Presidents with charisma and efficiency. She maintained this position as the bank merged, eventually retiring from Key Bank and moving to Gaylord. Ber moved to Silver Maples of Chelsea in May 2010.

Survivors include a son, Richard “Rick” Hibbard of South Lyon; a daughter, Mary Hibbard Ramirez of Evanston, IL; 4 grandchildren, Anthony, Melanie, Megan, Maximillian; 4 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Annabel, Willow and Jonathan. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ida Webster and brother, Fred A Trubshaw.

A memorial service will be held for the residents of Silver Maples in September. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Margaret Ann Young
of Ann Arbor, MI, formerly of Lansing, MI, Benton Harbor, MI, Martinsburg, WV and Quincy, PA

Age 90, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at her home.

She was born May 25, 1927 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Seth Macrobius and Lura (Smith) Leutzinger. On July 18, 1948, she married Roger S. Young, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 2006. She was also preceded in death by a son, LeRoy Young in 2002.

Survivors include three children, Susan (David) Horvath of Ann Arbor, Seth (Brenda) Young of Acworth, GA, Anne (Elmer) Collns of Albuquerque, NM; a daughter-in-law, Lesley Young of St. Marys, GA; 5 grandchildren, Wendy (Matt) McCullough, Adam, Amanda, and Laura Roxanne Young, Crystal (Tiny Perea) Collins; 2 great-grandchildren, Connor and Brian McCullough.

A private burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan.  Memorial contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or Quincy Village, 6596 Orphanage Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268 (for their Benevolent Care Fund).

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Doris Jean Hammel
of Chelsea

Passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her husband and children on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

She was born March 4, 1939 in Flint, Michigan. She was the daughter of Roy and Blanche Cora (Lockwood) McKellar, who have preceded her in death. Doris was the eldest of 8 children. Her siblings, who loved her dearly, are Ronald, Raymond (Shirley), Stanley, Lawrence (MaryAnne), Elizabeth, Dorothea and Norma.

On August 18, 1962, Doris was married to James Walter Hammel. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and very giving to others. She graduated in 1980 from Chelsea Adult High. Doris was also an active member in the Modern Mothers Club, Twin Club and a Den Mother to Cub Scout Den Pack #455.

In 1988, Doris started The Chelsea Garden Club at her home. She had a great passion for gardening and wanted a place where other gardeners could come and share ideas and projects. She also utilized her gardening abilities and talents at several local Chelsea businesses. She loved to read and spend time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Doris is survived by her loving and devoted husband Jim, of 54 years, her children, Deidre Marie (Stephen) Emmert, David James (Karen) Hammel, Daniel Lawrence (Debra) Hammel and Karin Sue Carlson; her grandchildren Cody, Daryn, Alyssa, Katherine, Russell and Amanda; great grandchildren Dallas and Colten; and several nieces and nephews.

The Hammel family would like to give special thanks for the loving care and friendship to our family to Elizabeth, Zach and Anna Adams, Joy Fried, Theresa Gallas and Arbor Hospice.

The Hammel Family will hold a Memorial service followed by a Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. at 833 Barrett Road, Jackson, Michigan 49202.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Alice May Hadley
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 78, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at her home.

She was born December 31, 1938 in Salem Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan, the daughter of Louis William and Alma L. (Inglehart) Esch.

Alice graduated from Dexter High School in 1957. She worked for Chelsea Milling for 9 years, Ann Arbor Seed Co. for 16 years, and then Dapco for 30 years. She was a hard worker all her life, working full time until the beginning of this year. Alice also worked on the farm, and enjoyed doing yardwork. She liked gardening, going to garage sales, and playing euchre at card parties. She also loved to listen to talk radio, especially WJR. Alice was a loving mother, and loved spending time with her family.

On March 19, 1960, she married Richard Harry Hadley, and he preceded her in death on July 29, 1986. Survivors include two sons, David Hadley of Stockbridge, Dale Hadley of Chelsea; two daughters, Susan Hadley of Whitmore Lake, Pamela (James “Scott”) Knudsen of Kaleva, MI; 9 grandchildren, Matt, Chasidy, Kenny, Richie, Sara, Ashley, Ricky, Tabitha, Jarrett; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, John Milan; sisters-in-law Carol, Norma, and Mary Esch. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Nancy Harris; her brothers, Walter, Lester, Eugene, Ronald; her sisters, Margaret Guinan, Shirley Brassow, Betty Esch, Doris Esch, Dorothy Milan.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 12, 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with David Esch officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waterloo, Michigan. The family will receive friends Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Elsie M. Satterthwaite Hochrein
Gregory, MI

Age 107, died peacefully Friday, August 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chelsea.

She was born March 12, 1910 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Ernest John and Addie (Ortbring) Pfitzenmaier.

Mrs. Hochrein lived in the Chelsea area all of her life. She was a member of the Covenant Church and the Chelsea High School Class of 1929. Elsie loved animals, especially her dog Shady.She traveled extensively, in the U.S. and abroad. Elsie enjoyed doing needlework, which she called her “fancywork.” She loved to play card games, especially euchre.

On March 31, 1932, Elsie married Leroy G. Satterthwaite, and he preceded her in death on June 21, 1980. On May 5, 1983, she married Robert Hochrein, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2002. Survivors include two sons, Duane (Judy) Satterthwaite of Rochester and Lee Satterthwaite of Chelsea; one granddaughter, Sheryl (Scott) Heyniger; one grandson, Scott (Toni Wong) Satterthwaite; and one great-grandson, Paul-Franklin Heyniger. She was preceded in death by one brother, Edgar in 1913, and a daughter-in-law, Diane Satterthwaite.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 9, 11:00 am, at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Anthony Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea.The family will receive friends before the funeral from 10-11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Church, 50 N Freer Road, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Josephine “Jo” H. Bennett
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. She was born August 21, 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Edward H. and Marie Caroline (Schrempf) Merkel.

Jo was a faithful and active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, and was also a member of the Ladies of St. Mary. She worked at Rockwell in Chelsea for 37½ years, retiring in 1980. Jo was a loving mother and caring person who worked hard all her life to support her family. She was known for her infectious smile.

Survivors include three children, John (Mary Hammond) Bennett of Grass Lake, Jody (Dan) Elliott of Gregory, William “Bill” Bennett Jr. of Grass Lake; three grandsons Austin (Lacy Pyrzynski) Bennett, Jeff (Amanda) Elliott and Todd Elliott; a brother; Edward Merkel; and two sisters, CeCelia Houle, and Marie Tiffin; one great-granddaughter, Mabel Bennett Elliott; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jo was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 8, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., with a Vigil Service with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. and at the church Tuesday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or St. Louis Center, 16195 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Barry William Hagen

12/6/1958 – 7/22/2017, age 58, passed away Saturday, 07/22/2017, with his loving family surrounding him.

Barry had Multiple Myeloma for eleven years and miraculously survived many painful flare-ups because of his physical fitness, true grit determination and wife Margie’s watchful care.

Barry was born 12/06/1958 in Detroit MI to Winifred Parker and James Hagen (deceased, 1966). Barry graduated from Chelsea High School in 1977. He joined the Army and married Margie (Margaret Wells) September 29th, 1979. They were stationed in Germany and traveled all through Europe and to the Canary Islands where they explored and went scuba diving.

Barry had two daughters, Leslie and Julie, that he loved and adored. He had a strong work ethic and never missed a day of work, even when he was sick with cancer. Eventually, his illness forced him to retire early from Ford. Barry ran numerous races and marathons in Berlin and Detroit. He enjoyed working on cars and was a huge NASCAR fan. He and Margie camped in the infield during the MIS races each summer. He watched and appreciated all sports but Redwings Hockey was his favorite. He also enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, motorcycle-riding, watching Star-Trek and was a masterful Euchre and Pinochle player.

Barry was preceded in death by his father James Hagen, special, paternal Grandmother Janice Rudduck, and infant nephew Jeffrey Hagen. Barry is survived by parents Winifred and Joseph Parker of Chelsea, spouse Margie Hagen of Dearborn Heights, daughters Leslie Kay Hagen of Hayward, Ca and Juliane Marie Hagen of Ypsilanti. Siblings: Dan Hagen (Pam Greenleaf), Michael Hagen (Daniela), and Dianna Kause (Jeff), all of Chelsea. Nephew Vince Kause of Okemos, and nieces Kelly Hagen of Pensacola Fl, Julia Kause, Isabella and Ava-Reese Hagen all of Chelsea. Many other well-loved family and friends.

The family is not having a service but are planning a small, memorial party at a later date.

Any donation may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, tribute.themmrf.org on the Barry Hagen tribute page.

Barry was a role model for health and cancer patients. He donated blood annually, which is how his cancer was discovered. He was always ready to lend a hand to those in need.


Marilyn Sue (Stolz) Gartside
Formerly of Chelsea

Age 73, of Naples, Fla., died July 23 after a short illness.

She was born April 27, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio to Roland and Mary (Smith) Stolz. Marilyn attended St. Mary of the Springs Academy, married and had four children. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSN and spent most of her 25-plus year career as an RN at the University of Michigan Hospitals.

On June 7, 1980, Marilyn married the love of her life, Frank Gartside. They made their home in Chelsea, Mich. After moving to Florida, she continued in the healthcare field teaching CNA classes at local colleges.

Marilyn was known for her infectious laugh and feisty nature. She was a natural redhead, afterall. She loved animals of all kinds, from goats to hamsters, but had a special affection for dogs. As a trained nurse and as part of her true nature, Marilyn possessed that elusive ability to remain calm during crises and was relied on many times when family and friends (or even friends of) were ill. Her caregiver talents were unsurpassed.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Gartside, whose devotion to her was unfailing; her children, Rick (Julie) Zerkel, Steve Zerkel, Cris (Don) Shankleton, David (Vonetta Griffith) Zerkel; her grandchildren, Sarah (Eric Francisco) Zerkel, Austin Zerkel, Madi Zerkel, Cassidy Shankleton, Rece Shankleton, and Simon Shankleton. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Tyler Shankleton, her brother, Ronald Stolz, and her parents.

Services will be private. Donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to Avow Hospice, Inc. of Naples at www.avowcares.org or a humane society of your choosing.

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Gladys Steffens
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 93, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Marycrest Manor in Livonia.

She was born August 28, 1923 in Redford Township, the daughter of Fred and Annie (Hamblett) Watson.

Gladys was a dedicated homemaker, farm wife and mother. She was an avid reader and decorating extraordinaire. Gladys enjoyed sewing and made her own clothes. She also enjoyed solving puzzles.

She married Irvin William Steffens, and he preceded her in death on October 4, 1987. She was also preceded in death by a son, Roger Steffens, and 8 siblings. Survivors include 14 loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 26, 1:30 pm at Chelsea Retirement Community, with Rev. Tina Zimmerman officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from noon – 1:30 pm at Chelsea Retirement Community. Burial will be at Vermont Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to UMRC Foundation (805 West Middle Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118) or charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Eunice B.  White
Chelsea, Michigan

Died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at her home at the age of 95.

She was born May 7, 1922 in Dexter, Michigan, the daughter of Watson and Erma (Thomas) Hart.

Eunice graduated from Chelsea High School and was named Valedictorian of the class of 1940. Upon graduation from Cleary Business College in 1941, she embarked on a varied career, including working as the secretary to the Director of the YMCA, Ann Arbor, accounting at the University Hospital, Ann Arbor, executive secretary to five doctors at the Chelsea Medical Clinic, to office manager, executive secretary, and assistant Treasurer for Fortune Industries, Chelsea. In 1969, she was named to the roster of “Who’s Who of American Business Women”.

On December 12, 1942, she married Roland A. White in Chelsea and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2008. Survivors include her children, a daughter Sandra McClear of Chelsea, and a son John (Leone) White of Okemos; three grandchildren, Audra (Daniel) Lungo of Chelsea, Andrew (Susan) White of Columbia, Illinois, and Laura White of Chicago, Illinois; three great-grandchildren, Sean Lungo, Cassandra Lungo, and Carson White. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son-in-law, Michael McClear, and a brother, Olen Hart Sr.

A private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chelsea, or Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Arthur N. “Art” Stoll
Chelsea, MI

Age 87, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea.

He was born May 23, 1930 in Ann Arbor, the son of Arthur D. and Erma M. (Haarer) Stoll. 

Art graduated from Dexter High School in 1948, and in 1949 he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia A. Pingston. Art retired from Chrysler Proving Grounds in 1989 after 37 years of service. He was a valued member of the community; his professional affiliations included active roles in the Lions Club, Chelsea Jaycees, a volunteer at Waterloo Farm Museum, the Masonic Lodge and Royal Arch Masons, UAW local #1252, and a founding leader of Boy Scout Troop 420.

In retirement, his interests were as varied as his collection of quirky sayings. He spent many years boating on Cavanaugh Lake, enjoyed antiquing, and he made sure his yard remained pristine at all times. His greatest enjoyment came from the many relationships he cultivated and maintained throughout the Chelsea and Dexter communities.

Survivors include two sons, Howard (Becky) Stoll of Pleasant Lake, David (Jeanene) Stoll of Gregory; two daughters, Kathlene (Carl) Chmielewski of Durham, NC, Mary (Doug) Degange of Temecula, CA; a brother, Norman L. (Deborah) Stoll of Ann Arbor; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren with two on the way, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved companion Maryann Myers. In addition to his wife Pat, who passed in 2009, Art was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Stoll.

The family will hold a visitation on Thursday, July 20th, 6-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. A celebration of Art’s life will be held Friday, July 21st, 11 a.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. A private burial will be at Webster Cemetery in Dexter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church, Shriners Hospitals for Children, or the Chelsea Senior Center.


John Anthony Klink
of Waterloo, Michigan

Age 75, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

He was born on February 17, 1942, in Chelsea, MI, the son of Frederick and Geraldine A. (Krusinski) Klink Sr. John owned and operated Klink Excavating since the mid-1960s. He dug the footings for Chelsea Community Hospital when it was built and was also the one to move the Rock to its location at Pierce Park. He was the Waterloo Sheriff for the Sesquicentennial and was a member of the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club, the North Lake Ski Club, and the Chelsea Fair Board where he helped start the Demolition Derby in the 1970s.

In 1962, he married Lynn Slusser in Chelsea, and she survives. Also surviving are his children, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Klink and Jody (Andrew) Nichol; his grandchildren: Daniel and Matthew Klink and Tony and Annie Nichol; his siblings: Maryann (Duane) Walz, Frederick (Susie) Klink Jr., Donna Payne, Alice (Eugene) Wahl, Esther (Gordon) Whitaker, Gary (Nola) Klink, Phil Klink, and David (Gena) Klink; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Klink.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 5-10 p.m. at the Herbert J. McKune American Legion Post 31, 1700 Ridge Road, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club Pineview or the Herbert J. McKune American Legion Post 31, Chelsea.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.


Mary J. (Thurow) Eschelbach
formerly of Ann Arbor, Dexter and Chelsea

Age 93, died Monday, May 8, 2017 at Saline Evangelical Home.

She was born March 27, 1924 in Springport, MI the daughter of George H. and Vera (Gregory).

Mary graduated from Springport High School in 1943. On June 10, 1945, she married Neil Alfred Eschelbach in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to raising her four children, she was a seamstress, a bookkeeper at Everhardus, and later was the Office Manager for Dr. T.J. Spencer for 12 years. Mary was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, where she taught the children’s choir and Sunday School, and was a member of the adult choir. She was also a member of Ladies Aid and Charity Circle. Mary was an organist, pianist and loved playing music.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; five siblings, Robert Miller, George Thurow, Fred Thurow, Gertrude Wagner and Joann Churchill; and son-in-law Jeff Bolgos.

She is survived by her children James (Linda) Eschelbach, Julie Bolgos, Patricia (Michael) Staebler, Dr. Michael (Emily) Eschelbach; grandchildren Julie (Mike) Wolber, James (Stephanie) Eschelbach, Scott Eschelbach, Jessica Pantano, Johanna (Aaron) Andersen, Ashley (Chris) Whitt, Leigha Staebler, Elizabeth (Alec) Wollensak, David Eschelbach, Abigail (Derek) Lorenzen, Susan Eschelbach and five great-grandchildren. Additionally, Mary is survived by her brothers-in-law Duane Churchill and Claire Eschelbach and her sister-in-law Luella Thurow.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. A private burial was held at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice (2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) or St. Paul Lutheran School (495 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). 

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, Michigan.


Nancy Jane Harris (Elder)
of Chelsea, Michigan

Passed peacefully in her sleep on July 5, 2017.

Nancy spent most of her 87 years in Petersburg, Michigan. She claimed to be a tomboy in her youth and loved climbing trees and bicycling. Her parents, Stanley Alfred Elder and Florence Mabel Elder (Huston) had five children, Nancy being the eldest. Predeceased by her parents and three brothers, Blair and Paul in 1940 and Dennis in 2016, Nancy was incredibly close to her sister Rosemary with whom she shared a lifelong friendship.

She graduated from Petersburg High School in 1947 as Valedictorian. She attended the University of Toledo 1948-1949 and was an aspiring journalist.

Nancy married Richard Lynn Harris (deceased) after Dick returned from serving in the Navy during  WWII. They were married 49 years, just a few months shy of their 50th anniversary. They were devoted parents to three children: Diane Lee Lirette (Thomas), Steven Alfred Harris, and Lynne Alison Crandall: (David).

Nancy was an involved parent, serving for many years as Campfire Girl leader for Lee and Lynne and as den mother for Steve’s Cub Scout troop. She doted on her 8 grandchildren: Christie, Keira, Shannon, Heather, Miles, Erin, Jeffrey, and Scott. Nancy was ready to play, read, walk in the woods and cook over a campfire with them, and she always fed them heart-shaped waffles when they slept over. She often exclaimed in pleasure over her good fortune in living long enough to see her 2 great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Teddy.

She served as the Senior Auditor for the University of Michigan College of Engineering and retired in 1991 after 14 years of service.

A Methodist for more than 50 years, Nancy used her creative talents and deep faith in Jesus to teach Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed many an outing or visiting speaker with the United Methodist Women’s group. Her particular joy was to lead the Missions committee to help spread Jesus’ teaching around the world.

Nancy was involved in her community and loved reading, baking, birding and gardening. She loved to camp, fish and hunt for morel mushrooms up north in the spring. Nancy had a great curiosity about history and archaeology and if she wasn’t reading the Bible or a birding book, she would be exploring times past. She was a great mom, a loving wife, a hard worker and a good friend. The world was a better place because Nancy Harris was in it.

A memorial service will be held at the Petersburg United Methodist Church (152 Saline St., Petersburg, MI 49270) on Monday, July 10. Visiting with family starts at 10 a.m., service at 11, followed immediately by a luncheon in the church hall.

If you are interested in making a donation in Nancy’s honor, mission work was very important to her. If you’d like to honor her this way, make a check out to the Petersburg United Methodist Church and write Mission Work – Nancy Harris in the memo section and send it to the Church address above.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


June Ramsey Burghardt
of Lacey, WA, formerly of Chelsea, MI and Gainesville, FL

Age 100, died peacefully Monday, May 15, 2017 in Olympia, Washington.

She was born April 8, 1917 in Wyandotte, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Alma (Jeffers) Ramsay.

Mrs. Burghardt studied art at Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, (now the Center for Creative Studies) and worked as a fashion illustrator for a time. On May 17, 1942, she married Louis Burghardt and he preceded her in death in 1992. She and Lou owned and operated the Burghardt Funeral Home in Chelsea for 26 years prior to their retirement in 1977. They traveled extensively in the U.S and abroad and finally settled in Gainesville, FL in 1986.  June moved back to Chelsea in 2004, living at the Pines until she moved to Washington in 2011 to live with her daughter. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea.

Survivors include two daughters Linda (Richard) Korver of Lacey,  WA, and Valerie Burghardt of Silver Spring, MD; a son Lance Burghardt of Ann Arbor; four grandchildren, Lance (Jacqui) Ramsay of Bellevue, WA, Nikoll (Kirk) Noe of Rocklin, CA, Langdon Burghardt of Atlanta, GA, and Cara Burghardt of Ann Arbor; and five great-grandchildren. She has several nieces and nephews with 2 nephews living in Chelsea, Langdon Ramsay and Scott Ramsay. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Langdon Ramsay and Frank Clare Ramsay.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel (the former Burghardt Funeral Home) in Chelsea, Michigan with Rev. Wallace Tatara officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Gerald “Jerry” Richard Kisner
of Carleton, Michigan

Age 78, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 30, 2017 in Carleton, Michigan with his family by his side.

He was born February 4, 1939 in Weston, Michigan, the son of Estel and Katherine (Riesz) Kisner.

Jerry graduated from Hudson (MI) High School-1957 and Tri-State University (Angola IN)-1964. He was a member of Monroe Church of the Nazarene. Jerry worked 28 years as a Mechanical Engineer before retiring in 1992 with Chevrolet Powertrain. He was a jack of all trades and could repair or build anything with precision and perfection. Jerry was a strong family man and Christian. He taught his family to live and walk in the faith.

On December 23, 1961, he married Mary Elizabeth Cole in Carleton, and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Rev. Paul (Dawn) Kisner of Cape Coral, FL; two daughters, Vicki Weis of South Bend, IN, Julie (Rev. John) Rister of Holland, OH; a brother-in-law, Donald (Linda) Cole of Chelsea; a sister-in-law, Marsha Cole of Chelsea; a brother, Dale (Freda) Kisner of Hudson; a sister, Kathy (Richard) Cole of Hillsdale; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Kisner.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 6, 11 a.m. at Monroe Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. John Rister officiating. Burial will be at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery in Flat Rock.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, 1-8 p.m. at Bobcean Funeral Home in Carleton. Viewing will also be held Thursday, 10-11 a.m. at the church in Monroe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monroe Church of the Nazarene or North Fort Myers Church of the Nazarene.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Roger Howard
of Jackson, Michigan

Age 60, died Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Jackson, Michigan.

He was born February 26, 1957, the son of Wiley and Betty (Wireman) Howard.

Roger graduated from Chelsea High School in 1975. He worked at Federal Screw Works in Chelsea. Roger enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting guns, and being outside. He loved his grandchildren and would do anything for them. They called him “Papa French Fry” because he always took them to get French fries. Roger always made sure everyone was happy.

Survivors include two sons, Luthren Howard of Jackson, James Howard of Jackson; 1 brother, Ron Howard of Arkansas; 2 sisters, Karolen Howard of New Hampshire, Shirley (Wes) Stinehelfer of Florida; 2 grandchildren, Connor and Alera Howard; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Howard.

Arrangements are pending. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Hager ‘Jack’ Sizemore
Dexter, Michigan

On June 29, 2017, Hager “Jack” Sizemore, Jr. of Dexter, MI passed away at home, following an extended illness.

Jack was born January 29, 1956 to Alma Bailey and Hager Jack Sizemore, Sr., both of whom preceded him in death along with his brother Jeffrey Sizemore. He is survived by his wife Merlene of 34 years; three daughters, Martha (Brent) Fordyce, Angela (Stacey) Reynolds, Teresa (Donald) Oesterle; four sisters, Lisa (Craig) Carr, Kathy (Damien) Lucas, Teresa (Donal) Howard, Jill Sizemore; his step-father Harold Arnett; and step-mother Lorraine Sizemore. Jack is also survived by four grandchildren, Sherri Reynolds, Cory Reynolds, Krystle (Roland) Campbell, Joshua (Jenny) Fordyce; and several other extended family members.

Jack worked at Madison Electric Company of Ann Arbor for more than 30 years. He loved to joke, was an animal lover and over the years enjoyed biking, camping, woodwork and taking pictures with his drone.

Jack spent his final days surrounded with the love and support of his family.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 3, 11 am at Cole Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Fred Slagle officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manchester. The family will receive friends Sunday, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society, https://www.cancer.org or the Humane Society of Huron Valley,http://www.hshv.org.


Jean Madonna Freysinger

Age 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Chelsea, Michigan.

Born in Chelsea on October 2, 1927 to Earl and Cora (Hoover) Bauer, one of 11 children.

She retired from Holiday Inn – Westbank in Ann Arbor in 1992. Jean resided in Adrian, Michigan for 23 years before moving back to Chelsea.

Her unyielding love touched many. It was the simple things around her in life that she never took for granted, commenting daily how fortunate and thankful she was. Above all, Jean was absolutely devoted to her family. She was a woman of strong faith, believing in the strength of Jesus Christ’s grace and the beauty and peace that would await her.

Survived by her children, Madonna (David) Freysinger-Lubs of Austin, TX, Ella Mae (Al) Ruthenberg of Chelsea, Guy Freysinger of Brooklyn, Terry (Jim) Rogers of Tecumseh, Alena (Brad) Henry of Lansing; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, Casey, Monica, and Tatum Ruthenberg; Jason, Amber, and Tucker Rogers; Joshua, Heather, Gabrielle, and Violet Freysinger; Andrew, Kristen, and Ruby Rogers; Jessica and Chad Bailey; Solomon, Jessica, and Palmer Lubs; Kayla Henry and Isaac Henry; Don, Jennifer, Ellie, and Mitchell Beck.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Arley Bessie Lake
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Warren, MI

Age 98, died Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born July 21, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Harry Dorr and Louise Georgia (Nieding) Critchett.

Arley worked at Detroit Bank and Trust as a bookkeeper and teller. She was a church musician at age 16, being an organist most of those years (53 years at East Detroit Evangelical United Brethren). She lived in Warren for 32 years, coming to Chelsea in1991. In retirement, Arley continued her playing at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. She taught Sunday School for many years. Arley held many local and district offices as a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

On May 23, 1942, she married Edward Charles Lake in East Detroit, and he preceded her in death on December 9, 2011. Survivors include a son, Donald Lake of Ypsilanti; a son-in-law Michael Rivard; two grandchildren, Andrew (Carla) Rivard and Matthew Rivard; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Edith Rivard and Carol Lake; a brother John; and a sister Dorothy Bradt.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 21, 1:30 pm at Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel, with Rev. Cathy Rafferty and Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Tuesday 5-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UMRC Foundation.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

William Henry Altenberndt
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 69, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born August 26, 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Junior Raymond and Louise Matilda (Klink) Altenberndt.

William graduated from Chelsea High School Class of 1965 and Jackson Community College in 1967. He worked at Chelsea Lumber Company for 40 years and retired in 2009. William was a founding member of the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club in 1971. He worked for the City of Chelsea as a Severe Weather Coordinator starting in 2009. William also worked as a hockey scorekeeper from 2003 until the time of his death. He was a member of First Church of God in Jackson, and had been attending First Nazarene in Ann Arbor. Bill and Sandy enjoyed miniature golf and played in tournaments, and volunteered for Hospice of Jackson. 

On September 8, 1979, he married Sandra Kay Rankin at Kings Chapel in Spring Arbor, MI, where they were both members, and she preceded him in death on February 25, 2017.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 20, 1:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Pastor Rick Webb officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Monday, 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youth Haven or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

LeRoy D. Loveland

Born November 21, 1923, passed peacefully to be with the Lord at his home surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, June 4, 2017. 

He was the youngest child born to Leonard and Edna (Notten) Loveland. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Ralph, Thelma, Ardea, Harley, and Dale. On March 30, 1946, LeRoy married the love of his life, H. Marilyn Myers, and they celebrated 71 years of marriage together. Together they raised three children, Clifton (Kathleen) of Muskegon, Mary Hainley (Gary) of Pinehurst, NC, and Thomas (Carmelyn) of Grass Lake, and were blessed with 14 Grandchildren: Scott Loveland, Tim Loveland, Jonathan Loveland, Tim Hainley, Lisa Wolff, Angela Garner, Brian Hainley, Brad Hainley, Becky Loveland, Anna Loveland, Monica Capilla, Greg Loveland, Samantha Friedel, and Charles Loveland; and 26 Great-Grandchildren (plus one on the way) and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

LeRoy grew up on the family farm on Notten Road and graduated from Chelsea High School. He supported the family farm until 1951 when he started a career at Dana Corp. where he retired after 30 years of service. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, the Jackson Commandery No. 9 Knights Templar, the Royal Arch Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Moslem Shriners, and was a member of the Grass Lake United Methodist Church. 

After retirement, he spent time fishing, traveling the country to visit family and sightsee with friends, enjoying his many grandchildren, and tending his always bountiful garden. He passed his love of the farm and garden to his family, and was an instrumental part of his son Tom’s farm operations, and was helping in granddaughter Anna’s garden earlier this spring. His gentle and generous ways will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM with a Masonic Service at 7:30 P.M. at Sherwood Funeral Home, Grass Lake.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Grass Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. Den Slattery officiating.  Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Grass Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grass Lake United Methodist Church of the charity of your choice.

Please sign LeRoy’s guest book at www.sherwoodfh.com.  


Gerald R. “Jerry” Wenk
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.

He was born August 25, 1931 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Roland F. and Elnora (Eiseman) Wenk.

Jerry lived in Chelsea his entire life. He attended Chelsea High School. Jerry served in the US Army in Korea from 1948-1951, and was a member of the “Chosen Reservoir”. He has been a member of American Legion Post 31 since 1952, the Covenant Church of Chelsea, and was a lifetime member and Past Master of Masonic Lodge #156. From 1955 until 1988. Jerry worked at the Chrysler Proving Grounds. He was a Past President of Oak Grove Cemetery and was a member of the board until his death.

On Sept. 4, 1954, he married Dixie Lee Rowe in Chelsea, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 2016. Survivors include a daughter, Sarah (William) Ball; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott), Matthew (Lennie Jo), Christina, and Frank; four great-grandchildren, Kailah, Tyler, Samantha, Willow; sister-in-law, Marjorie Rowe; and many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Wenk-Callan; a brother, Lyle Wenk; and a brother-in-law, Norris Rowe.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastors Anthony Dickerson and Ann Salyer officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5-8 pm. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Church of Chelsea or Chelsea American Legion Post 31.


Paul Louis Bollinger
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 87, passed away at home on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the same house where he was born.

He was born on April 17, 1930, in Sylvan Twp., Michigan, the son of Gottlieb J. and Elesa L. (Kopp) Bollinger. Paul graduated from Chelsea High School in 1948 and was the former owner of Bollinger’s Sanitation and Excavating which he began in 1951. He was a former board member of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association and began digging graves for cemeteries in the area in 1950. Paul was a local expert on genealogy and cemetery plotting. He served as a volunteer fireman for 17 years and had served as Trustee for the Village of Chelsea.

Paul was the Antique Tractor Pull Superintendent for both the Chelsea and Dexter Community Fairs for 20 years. He had the largest collection of Waterloo Boy tractors and stationary engines in the world and also collected Griswold. He was a wine maker and enjoyed making sauerkraut. On a seven-week vacation he traveled 8,000 miles in a 1967 Fan trailer and only ate out three times.  Paul was an exceptionally kind and generous man and will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving are his children: Sharon (Ben) Capaldi of Florida, Donald Bollinger (Michelle Grambau) of Chelsea, Richard (Marcy) Bollinger of Chelsea, and James (Terri) Bollinger of Chelsea; his grandchildren: Jef Capaldi, Joanna Capaldi, Grant Bollinger, Donnie Bollinger, Derik Bollinger, and Jacob Bollinger; and ten great-grandchildren with one on the way. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly J. “Betty” (Fielder) Bollinger in 1997; his grandson, Kevin Bollinger in 2001; and his loving companion, Christine Ledbetter Rentschler in 2014.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Rev. Ann Salyer officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kevin Bollinger Memorial Scholarship Fund for Wrestling and Conservation at Chelsea State Bank (checks made payable to “Bollinger Memorial Scholarship”).


David Richard Watson
Grass Lake, Michigan

Age 65, died Monday, May 29, 2017 in Jackson County.

He was born Aug. 22, 1951 in Coldwater, Michigan, the son of Richard Lloyd and Myrtle (Wakeham) Watson.

David lived on his family farm for many years. David graduated from Chelsea High School in 1969. He then attended Michigan Technological University and graduated from Lake Superior State with an Engineering Degree. David worked at Chrysler Proving Grounds, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed cutting wood and gardening. David made maple syrup, tapping trees on his own land.

Survivors include three sons, David “Todd” (Liv Kari) Watson of Norway, Daniel T. (Marissa) Watson of Grass Lake, Dennis T.(Jenny) Watson of Seattle, WA, and their mother, Virginia E. (White) Watson of Chelsea; 5 grandchildren, Alexander, Benjamin; Madalynn, Matthew; and William Watson; three sisters, Diana Diver of Deerfield, Barb (Rick) Hayford of AZ, Carol Watson of FL; one brother, Don (Cathy) Watson of FL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In respect of David’s wishes, no funeral will be held. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Samuel “Sam” Picklesimer
Chelsea, MI

Age 56, died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his home.

He was born Nov. 27, 1960 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Ishmael and Mae (Bailey) Picklesimer.

Sam attended Chelsea High School, worked for Chelsea Milling, and went on to become a Journeyman plumber. He worked for Chelsea Plumbing for close to 20 years. Sam loved fishing and hunting, and he enjoyed watching football and the horse tracks. Most of all, he liked spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his son, Jeffrey Picklesimer; step-daughter, Jennifer (Jason) Grim; step-son, Michael (Emily) Toth; 6 grandchildren, Landyn Picklesimer, Conor, Morgan, and Madelyn Grim, Ava and Jack Toth; 5 siblings, Castle Jerry (Mary Ellen) Picklesimer, Linda (Gail) Shears, Rita (Jim) Perry, Ishmael (Debra) Picklesimer Jr., James Picklesimer; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Sam is also survived by special friends, Connie White and Maria Andraya Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ted.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and Friday 10-11 a.m. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 26, 11 a.m. A private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.


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
Chelsea, MI

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
Dexter, MI

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
Chelsea, Michigan

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
Chelsea, Michigan

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
Chelsea, Michigan

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.
Manchester, MI

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
Chelsea, Michigan

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
Chelsea, MI

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.

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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
Chelsea, Michigan

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
Dexter, MI

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
Saline, MI

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
Chelsea, Michigan

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.


Adaline Stone
Chelsea, MI

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.


houle-lynn-photoLynn 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.


bright-joanDoris “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.


shears-robert-useRobert 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
Grass Lake/Chelsea

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.


manzel-frances-use-this-oneFrances M. Manzel
Chelsea, MI

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.


fox-patricia-5Patricia Lynne Fox          
Dexter, Michigan

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.

 


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