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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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