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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 Bellville, 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.

van-beylen-dorothyDorothy Brien Van Beylen
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 96, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born Oct. 4, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Clara (Brien) Decker.

On Nov. 27, 1943 she married Charles Van Beylen, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1988. Survivors include a son Robert (the late Bonnie) VanBeylen; a daughter, Sandra (William) Kwolek, two grandchildren, Daniel (Emily) Kwolek, Aaron Kwolek; a great-grandson Oscar; a brother Gerald (Donna) Decker; and many nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. Fr. Bosco Padamattummal as celebrant. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

The family would appreciate Masses said for Dorothy, or contributions to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott St, Detroit, MI 48207.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

david-s-longworthDavid S. Longworth
May 16, 1930 – Nov. 22, 2016
Chelsea, MI

David Sumner Longworth, age 86, passed away on November 22, 2016 with family and friends at his side.

He was born May 16, 1930 in Chelsea, Michigan to Marion and Elizabeth Longworth. Dave is survived by his wife and college sweetheart, Janet Monroe, whom he married on August 30, 1953.

Also surviving are his children, Kim Longworth and Kent Longworth (Zora), his sister Flo Ann Longworth, his grandchildren, Lela Longworth and Alan Longworth, and cat, Minky. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, and his granddaughter Angela Marie Longworth.

Dave attended grade school at Pumpkin College and graduated Chelsea High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Dave then attended the University of Michigan and returned to Chelsea to go into the family business, the Longworth Plating Service, which he operated from 1953 through 2002.

Dave served as a volunteer firefighter for 38 years. He was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the Masonic Lodge. He loved traveling with his wife, Jan, and they especially enjoyed the Caribbean. He loved nature and time at the lake.

Dave was an avid UM fan; he held season tickets for football and basketball for 40 years. Dave was a true gentleman with a kind heart, and anyone who knew him will remember that. 

Memorial services will be held on Dec. 10 at North Lake Methodist Church, 14111 N. Territorial Road, Chelsea. Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. and the service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of the flowers, donations may be made to the North Lake Methodist Church building fund.

lester-jamesJames Walker Lester, Jr.
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 88, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital.

He was born Sept. 18, 1929 in Bristol, VA, the son of James Walker and Estelle (Pippen) Lester, Sr.

Jim was born and raised in Bristol, Virginia, but lived most of his adult life in the Ann Arbor area after coming to the U of M in 1953. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1949, and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1958. Jim worked for a number of engineering/technology firms over the years including General Electric, Bendix, Conductron, KMS Industries, and Kaiser Optical Systems (where he spent the last 17 years of his career, retiring in 1997). All were in the Ann Arbor area except for General Electric.

Jim was an Eagle Scout, and served as a commissioned officer in the Army during the Korean War. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor. He served as trustee, treasurer, committee member, and in other capacities for numerous organizations. Most notably, he served as the Treasurer for the Ann Arbor Rotary for over 30 years.

His hobbies included woodworking, sailing a sunfish sailboat he had built himself, and collecting stamps and coins.

On Aug. 28, 1954 he married Elizabeth “Betty” Bates, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 2, 2015. Survivors include two sons, David (Rebecca) of Springhill, TN, Jamie (Shannan) of Coldwater, MI; two grandchildren, Eric and Drew Lester; a brother Thomas (Brenda) Lester of La Jolla, CA. 

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. A private burial be held at the Ann Arbor First United Methodist Church Memorial Gardens. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Maples Scholarship Fund.  

zielinski-joseph-2Joseph Gerard Zielinski
Chelsea, Michigan

At the young age of 62, Joe passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. He was born June 15, 1954 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of Joseph and Verna (Hudak) Zielinski.

Joe worked at Chelsea Tool for many years. He was a handyman who could fix anything, he always loved a challenge. He enjoyed working on cars and fishing, but Joe’s biggest hobby was being with his family. He had a saying “you only live once” and he lived life to the fullest for as long as he could. He also had an unforgettable sense of humor and could brighten anyone’s day. Joe loved his family, and words cannot describe how much they loved him.

He married Marsha Liebeck in Dearborn in 1989, and she survives. He is also survived by his children, April (Dave) of Lincoln Park, Josh (Tara) of Chesapeake, VA, Marybeth, Amanda, Raymond, and Kendra, all of Chelsea; a daughter-in-law, Lori; a sister, Beverly (Dave) Swanson; 7 grandchildren, Brittney, Emily, Ashley, Addison, Alyssa, Emma, Nathan; one great-grandchild, Mina; a niece, Kristen, a nephew, Eric; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Scott, in 2015.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 23, 3 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Deacon Tom Franklin officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. before the funeral.

sayer-nancy-obit-photoNancy Elizabeth Cox Sayer

Nancy Elizabeth Cox Sayer, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 31, 2016, following a long struggle with vascular dementia.

She was born on June 15, 1922, in Rensselaer, New York, the daughter of Roscoe West Cox and Ina Hevenor Barlow Cox.

Nancy attended Rensselaer High School. On Nov. 8, 1941, she married Robert Nelson “Bob” Sayer. Together they had three daughters: Diane, Karen and Christine.

She and her family enjoyed country living in Virgil, NY, in the 50’s and early 60’s, while Bob was a machine tool sales and engineering representative. They moved to Ghent, NY, in 1965, where for 24 years Bob managed the data processing department for the local telephone company now called Fairpoint Communications in Chatham, NY.

Upon retirement they moved to Michigan to be closer to their daughters and their families and were residents of Chelsea, Michigan, since 1998.

Nancy was devoted to her family and provided care for elderly family members and friends. She was a kind, generous, honest, forthright woman with an inquiring mind. Her interests included philosophy, spirituality, nutrition, and health. She enjoyed reading, gardening, drawing and painting, and sewing. Nancy loved to sing and had a beautiful alto voice. Nancy and Bob enjoyed league bowling with friends and attending rehearsal sessions of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts.

Nancy is survived by daughters Diane Sayer (Donald E. Brooks), Karen Sayer (Robert L. Smith), and Christine Sayer; grandchildren Jennie, Casey, and Nate Brooks, and Max and Charlie Wesley; great-grandson Soren Eugene Thurman; brother Charles W. Cox; nieces Patricia Wehner, Donna Cary, Sandra Potts, Katharine Logan, Carol Pinto, Janora Stone, and Ann Pinto; and nephews Robert and Charlie Fallon, and Richard Cox.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Robert, sister Ethel Cox Fallon, sister-in-law Jean Brown Cox, sister-in-law Mary Sayer Maynard and her husband Kiah Maynard, and niece Bonita Jean Cox-Davis.

A memorial for immediate family is planned for early January.

To view photos and leave condolences, please visit www.mitchellfuneral.com.  Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

gillen-julieJulie Lynnette Gillen
of Manchester, formerly of Ann Arbor and Chelsea

Age 67, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.

She was born Nov. 3, 1949 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Charles and Margret Louise (Harley) Shankland.

Julie graduated from Pioneer High School.  She worked at Michigan Orthopedics as an X-ray tech and medical assistant, and later worked at Chelsea Community Hospital. Julie was a member at Emanuel Church of Christ in Manchester. She enjoyed water aerobics at the Chelsea Wellness Center, walking around Manchester, traveling, and basket making. Julie was a preceptor for Gamma Delta, a chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a great mom, and enjoyed helping her kids with their activities, including Brownies, 4-H, and the Equestrian Team.

Survivors include her mother and step-father, Margret and Francis Heckaman; two daughters, Amy (Mike) Riske of Manchester, Robyn (Jeff Robinson) Gillen of Chelsea; three brothers, Tom (Terri) Shankland of Grass Lake, Christopher Shankland of Saline, Marty Shankand of Mt. Clemens; a step-sister, Bonnie Hertler of Manchester; three grandchildren, Jason Riske, Jordan Riske, Emily Robinson; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Shankland, and brother, Bradley Shankland.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Manchester, with Rev’d Dr. David A. Williams officiating. The family will greet friends from 4-5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Emanuel United Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

jeremy-price-1Jeremy Richard Price
5/8/1982 – 10/17/2016
Plymouth, Michigan

Jeremy Richard Price, 34, a beloved son, brother, nephew and uncle. Jeremy ‘Price’ slipped off this earth silently on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at his home.

Born May 8, 1982, Ann Arbor, MI. The son of Richard Arthur Price and Elizabeth Kilbourn Price. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings, Jessica Alopaeus (Daryl), Sharon Clemons (Ryan), Peter Price, and his nieces Nichole Tracy and Elisa Alopaeus; his uncles Michael Kilbourn (Mauri), Austin Kilbourn (Ursula); His aunts, Helene Thurber, Judy Wright (Daryl), Linda Price-Albers (Steve), Pam Quackenbush (Glen); and numerous cousins and friends.

Growing up, Jeremy played baseball, football and wrestled, and he was an avid Michigan State Spartan fan. Jeremy attended Chelsea High School graduating in 2000. He went on to Western Michigan University, where he became President of Sigma Phi Omega, and he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. Jeremy was a Senior Internal Wholesaler for Ash Brokerage in Novi, Michigan.

Jeremy was a loving son and brother. He adored his nieces, Nikki and Elisa, and his doggie niece and nephew Lola and Harley along with his parent’s dog, Rusty. He was a wonderful friend and somehow he made the time to go to every wedding, bachelor party, baby shower, business opening, etc. Each week, he was always on a countdown until Friday when he could spend time having fun, living life to the fullest and making the craziest personal dares with friends. Jeremy loved to travel, fish, camp and play poker with friends. Friends are the family that you choose, and to Jeremy, friendship was everything, his smile and laugh will never be forgotten …

One of Jeremy’s favorite quotes, “Safety is the greatest risk of all, because safety leaves no room for miracles, and miracles are the only sure thing in life.”

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Chelsea, Michigan with a light lunch to follow. A wake will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. at UAW Hall 2795 South M-52 Chelsea, MI 48118.

Memorial contributions may be made to: http://www.plumfund.com/memorial-fund/jeremy-price-memorial-fund

 

kampas-barbaraBarbara Jean (Dent) Kampas
Chelsea, MI

Age 84, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in her home.

She was born March 1, 1932 in Ionia, Michigan, the daughter of Leo M. and Eva (Bemis) Dent.

Barbara graduated from Lansing High School, and retired from U of M as the “vault keeper”. She enjoyed bowling in several leagues for 32 years, and also playing bingo. Barbara moved from Ann Arbor to Chelsea in 1989.

On June 23, 1950, she married John Kampas in Lansing, and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2006. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Sue Taliaferro of Chelsea; six grandchildren,  David, Kellie, Jodie (Christopher), Michael, Brandie (Nathan), and Caitlyn; and eight  great-grandchildren Trista, Haylie,  Joseph, Jaden, Lily, Violet, Raiden, Coda. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Vickie Hennigan, and a grandson, Michael.

Private funeral services will be held. Burial be at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

Stuart Eliot Bonwit
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor.

He was born March 31, 1920 in New York, New York, the son of Maurice and Katherine (Adler) Bonwit.

Stuart was an electronics engineer at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He lived in Silver Spring, Maryland for 65 years, before moving to Chelsea. Stuart was one-of-a-kind, with an artistic side. He enjoyed creating his own animation, charcoal drawing, and baking his own bread. He was a member of the movie club group and humor club in Maryland. Stuart was the most easy-going person you could meet.

On July 10, 1943, he married Elaine Joseph, and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Judy (Bill) Brown, Karen (Mark) Slutsky; a brother, Kenneth Bonwit; three grandchildren, Simon Slutsky, Deborah (Ben) Sherwin, Dan Blethen; and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Wecksler, and Shirley Krause.

Friends and family will gather Saturday, Nov. 5, 2-4 p.m. at Towsley Chapel, CRC, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Retirement Communities.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

Stanley Ewald Staffeld II
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at his home.

He was born Dec. 11, 1929 in Detroit, the son of Stanley E. and Harriet (Tanner) Staffeld Sr.

Stan served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics. Stan became a Registered Professional Engineer, and spent most of his career at Chrysler, retiring as a Chief Engineer in Charge of all technical computing. He was active in Chelsea’s Friends of the Library, and a charter member of the Chelsea Adult Learners Institute.

On Feb. 16, 1951, he married Dorothea “Dottie” Vermillion in Detroit, and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Karl of Chelsea and Peter (Leslie) of Center Valley, PA; and a sister, Susanna Chase of Olympia, WA.

Following his wishes, no services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Chelsea District Library. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

gietzen-maryMary Rose Gietzen
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 96, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.

She was born Oct. 14, 1920 in Boyers, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Carmen and Edith (McCall) Joseph.

Mary moved to Chelsea in 2002. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, and former member of St. Martin DePorres in Warren. She was also a member of the Chelsea Women’s Club.

On Jan. 28, 1941, she married Alfred “Al” N. Gietzen at St. Clement Catholic Church in Center Line, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 6, 2001. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Gietzen; a son, Kenneth (D’Ann) Gietzen of Chelsea; 5 grandsons, and 8 great-grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will be at St. Clements Catholic Cemetery in Center Line. The family will receive friends at the church Saturday 10-11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Legacy Assisted Living of Jackson, 5025 Ann Arbor Rd, Jackson, MI 49201.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

wenk-dixieDixie Lee Wenk
Chelsea, Michigan

Our beloved Dixie, age 80, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor.

She was born January 19, 1936 in Ada, Ohio, the daughter of Harold and Ada E. (Rudd) Rowe.

Dixie graduated from Chelsea High School in 1953. She worked in the office at Chelsea Milling, and then Heydlauff’s Appliance for 40 years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Dixie liked to travel, especially in Northern Michigan with her family.

On September 4, 1954, she married Jerry Wenk in Chelsea, and he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Sarah (William) Ball of Chelsea; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott), Matthew (Lennie Jo), Christina, and Frank; four great-grandchildren, Kayla, Tyler, Samantha, Willow; and many nieces and nephews.  Dixie was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Callan; her mother, Ada Luckett; father, Harold Rowe; step-father, Clyde Luckett; and siblings, Teddy Rowe, Norris Rowe, and Roma Jean Salyer.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 2, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Ann Salyer and Pastor Anthony Dickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Tuesday 5-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Covenant Church of Chelsea.

kruise-lawrence-webLawrence “Red” A. Kruise, Jr.
Chelsea, Michigan

Lawrence A. “Red” Kruise Jr. passed away on October 21, 2016 at the age of 78 with family at his bedside.

A proud veteran, he served in the Navy from 1955-1959. He retired in 2004 after 40 years at Ford Motor Co., Rouge Plant, then Milan Plastic Plant as an electrician.  Red attended Baker College attaining a degree December 2001, Magna Cum Laude.

He was Past-President of Chelsea area chapter #5410 of the AARP. Red drove the Chelsea Community Hospital Shuttle.  He started a bowling league with fellow workers at the Rouge Plant.  As a member of the Chelsea Senior Center, Red loved playing Bridge and Euchre. He enjoyed several cruises with his wife and friends. Red loved having coached his sons in Little League Baseball and played men’s softball himself.

Red is survived by his wife Karen of 54 years; two daughters, Carol Sue Kruise of Canton, Nicole Antoinette Kruise of Chelsea; two sons, Robert Charles Kruise of Chelsea, David Ryan Kruise of Milan; daughter in-law, Ann Brigitta Culverhouse-Kruise; brothers, James Arthur Kruise of Warren, Charles Eugene Kruise of Richmond; sisters; Shirley Ann Hathaway of Macomb, Karen Jean Loos of Mt. Clemens, Mary Ellen Viall of Florida, Kay Frances Beaulieu of Macomb, Linda Sue Pierce of Ohio; six grandchildren; and 16 nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by a brother, John Allen Kruise in 1948, his father in 1987, and mother in 2004.

A memorial service and luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 1-3:30 p.m. at West Side United Methodist Church on 900 S. Seventh St. in Ann Arbor, MI. A private burial will take place in Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Senior Center or the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

boyer-pixDonley W. And Trillis M. Boyer

A celebration of life is planned to remember Donley W. and Trillis M. (Eaton) Boyer on Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Their grandson, Tim Bristle, is officiating.

Private burial will be at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken, MI. immediately following the service.

Don was born Sept. 20, 1920 to Carl W. and Viola M. (DePew) Boyer. He lived in Mulliken, but graduated from Grand Ledge High School. He attended Western Michigan University for 2 years before World War II interrupted his studies. He spent 4 years in the Air Force during WWII. Don was a Conservation Officer for the State of Michigan in Washtenaw County for most of his career. In 1971, he accepted a promotion as District Law Supervisor of Pontiac Lake, supervising the officers of the 4 metro counties. He retired in 1980. Don passed away on Oct. 15, 2007 at Bear Creek Assisted Living in Hudson, Florida.

Trill was born on Sept. 26, 1925 to Joseph E. and Mildred M. (McCully) Eaton. She lived in Owosso, Grand Ledge and Mulliken, graduating from Grand Ledge High School. She was a homemaker and a Dental Assistant at U of M, retiring in 1972. Trill passed away on Sept. 17, 2016 at Golfside Hospice in Hudson, Florida.

On Nov. 9, 1943, Don and Trill were united in marriage at the Methodist Church of Mulliken. They lived in Colorado Springs during WWII, then moving to Chelsea, where they raised their 4 daughters, before moving to Milford, Michigan and retiring to Bayonet Point, Florida in 1980.

Survivors include four daughters, Doni Doering of Bedford, IN, Penny (Norman) Hannewald of Plymouth, MI, Melody (James) Bristle of Chelsea, MI, and Terry Shoup of Riverview, MI. 8 grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) and Daniel (Brittany) Doering, Marcia, Gregory (Amy), and Mark Hannewald, Timothy (Anna) Bristle and Wendy (Scott) Carlson, Dawn Boyer-Shoup; 11 great-grandchildren, Cailey and Nicholas Doering, Branson Smoot, Natalie and Gabrielle Hannewald, Skylar and Karley Bristle, Trevor, Samantha, Matthew Carlson, Anthony Garbacz (guardian child); 3 step-grandchildren, Logan and Leslie Carlson, Stephanie (Ty) Robinson and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Maree and Justin Robinson.

Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St. Chelsea, MI 48118.

Donna Walz Wilson
Gregory, Michigan

Age 61, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at her home.

She was born Jan. 31, 1955 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of John R. and June (Bailey) Walz.

Donna enjoyed gardening and taking care of her flowers. She loved her dogs and cats. Donna would accompany Dave to go hunting and fishing. She was very generous and would often donate clothes or money to people in need. She often donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

She is survived by her husband, Dave Wilson; her mother, June Walz of Alabama; a son, Robert “Bobby” (Jenny) Walz of New Jersey; a brother, James Rudd of Alabama; a sister, Vickey Foster of Alabama; a grandson, Elliot Walz; and the Wilson family. A special thanks to Martha Notten and Cindy Shelby for their care during Donna’s illness. Donna was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry and Richard Walz; and a sister, Susan “Dee-Dee” Walz.

The family will have private services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association or Faith in Action.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

esch-eugeneEugene “Gene” William Esch
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 83, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at his home in Chelsea.

He was born April 29, 1933 in Salem Township, Michigan, the son of Louis William and Alma L. (Inglehart) Esch.

Gene served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired in 1984 after 30 years with Chrysler. He was a former member of North Sharon Baptist Church. Gene loved gardening and was an avid Tiger’s fan.

On Aug. 9, 1958, he married Norma Jean Bailey, and she survives. He is also survived by three sons, William Eugene (Denise), Edward Floyd (Becky), Fred Louis (Penny); two daughters, Karen Louise White, Sherry Lynn (Tim) Hackworth; a brother, Walter (Mary) Esch of Ann Arbor; a sister, Alice Hadley of Chelsea; a brother-in-law, John Milan of Dexter; a sister-in-law, Carol Esch of Chelsea; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Guinan, Shirley Brassow, Betty Esch, Doris Esch, Dorothy Milan; and brothers, Lester, Ronald, Eberhart, Lewis Jr.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 17, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea with Pastor Tim Butterfield  officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Sylvan Township, Michigan. The family will receive friends 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.16.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grass Lake Baptist Church or Chelsea Senior Citizens.

lawrence-terryTerry Lawrence, “TML BSN”
Grass Lake, MI

Age 64, died Saturday, October 8, 2016 at his home.

He was born August 1, 1952 in Trenton, MI, the son of Delmar A. Lawrence and Marie Therese Van Cooley.

Terry graduated from Chelsea High School in 1970 and Eastern Michigan University in 1992. He worked at U of M as a bone marrow transplant nurse for many years. Terry loved traveling, golfing, working on his property and spending time with his family. The highlight of his year was throwing his large family’s annual Christmas party.

Survivors include his brothers, Anthony (Courtney) Byers, Dale (Jill) Byers; his sisters, Diane (Gary) Bice, Tammi (John) Scott, Cindy (Wally) Alix; his significant other, Debbie Lytle and her daughters, Samantha and Megan Lytle; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Byers and brother, Michael Lawrence.

A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Oct 13, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in  Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Cannon Turner officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waterloo.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Wednesday 2-8 pm, with a time of sharing at 6:30 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alpha House in Ann Arbor or to the family.

 

maleski-doris2Doris R. Maleski
of Gregory, MI, formerly of Belleville, MI

Age 97, died Saturday, October 8, 2016 at home in Gregory, MI.

Doris was born September 1, 1919 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the daughter of George and Helen C. (Fenn) Essex.

She is survived by her loving family, including her daughter, Carol (Arnold) Escher of Unadilla; son-in-law, Thomas Mitchell of Whitmore Lake; grandchildren, Karen (Stephen) Campbell, Kristen Mitchell, Edward Escher, all of Pinckney; great-grandchildren, Jack and Sarah Campbell, Kate and Ellie Ogg. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Maleski, her daughter, Marilyn Mitchell, and her brother, Darrell Essex.

Doris retired from the EMU Police Department in 1985. She was an avid gardener, quilter, and enjoyed cooking Sunday meals for her family. She was a member of the Lincoln Golden Ages Senior Center and the Farm Bureau Association.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 12, 11:00 am, at Cole Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ronald Schubert officiating.  Burial will be at Alban Cemetery, Ypsilanti, MI.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Tuesday 3-9 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Unadilla Presbyterian Church.

 

brown-robertRev. Robert L.S. Brown
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, died Monday, October 3, 2016, at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born August. 15, 1925, in Chicago, IL, the son of Samuel I. and Eva June (Shank) Brown.

He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan and Garrett Theological Seminary. The Rev. Brown was a United Methodist minister, starting his ministry at LaGrange Methodist Church in Chicago in 1947, then serving at Central Park Ave (Chicago), Community Methodist (Chicago), Metropolitan UMC (Detroit), Central and Algonquin UMC (Sault Ste. Marie), Director of Ecumenical Campus Ministry at Lake Superior State College, First UMC (Saginaw), Orchard UMC (Farmington Hills) and ending as Superintendent of the Flint District, retiring in 1990.

He was involved in starting services to help the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Michigan, and Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation, serving under-privileged individuals locally and in third-world countries. Bob was also a volunteer chaplain, Kiwanian, Rotarian and Civitan. He enjoyed traveling to many places, some for pleasure, and some to bring awareness to third-world countries.

He was the beloved husband of Edith Ruth Brown of Chelsea.  They were married July 16, 1949, in St. Louis, MO, and she preceded him in death on January 5, 2007.  Survivors include a son, Gerald Brown of Clarksville, MD; three daughters, Barbara (Jonathan) Carlisle of Brimley, Roberta (John) Schmidt of St. Paul, MN, and Virginia (Richard) Shepler of Hemet, CA; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, October 23 at the First United Methodist Church of Chelsea, with the Rev. Joy Barrett officiating.  Burial will be at Mission Hill Cemetery, near Brimley, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vellore Christian Medical College and Hospital, Chelsea First United Methodist Church or the UMRC Foundation.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

collins_dorothyDorothy M. Collins
Chelsea, MI

Age 88, passed away Friday, September 30, 2016 at Legacy Assisted Living.

She was born March 21, 1928 in Lyndon Township, Michigan, one of 16 children born to Edwin and Eva M. (Hart) Bauer.

Dorothy resided in the Chelsea area all of her life. She retired from Applied Dynamics in Ann Arbor in January 1991, and was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed laughing and being with others, especially family members. Her hobbies included bowling with her Senior Bowling League, and playing euchre with her family and friends. She loved to exercise at Curves and Anytime Fitness.

On March 13, 1948, she married Nathan H. Collins in Chelsea, who preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2000. Survivors include one daughter, Brenda M. (David) Cangelosi of Spring Lake; three sons, Jerry L. of Oklahoma City, OK; Ronald E. (Arlene) of Shelby Township,  Timothy D. (Susan) of Chelsea; one brother, John Bauer of FL; 5 sisters, Shirley Jensen of Brighton, Sally Butler of Adrian, Norma Bauer of Otsego, Margaret Bauer of Howell, and Marjorie Holcomb of Howell; a sister-in-law, Barb (Dennis) Moffat of Ypsilanti; a daughter-in-law, Helen Collins of Chelsea; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald N. Collins; 7 brothers, Edwin, Edward, Richard, Thomas, William, Albert, and James Bauer; and 2 sisters, MaryAnn Tanner and Betty Hogge.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Chelsea.

weber-paulwebPaul M. Weber
of Chelsea, MI

Age 77, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 near his bird feeder at his home.

He was born Jan. 6, 1939 in Metamora, MI, the son of John A. and Flora M. (Shipp) Weber.

Paul has lived in Chelsea most of his life. He played football for Chelsea High School, and graduated in 1957. Paul enlisted in the Army. He was active in the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, where he served as custodian for many years.

Paul worked at the Ann Arbor Fire Department from 1968 until his retirement. He was an active member and past president of Chelsea Lions Club, where he received the Melvin Jones Award and several “Lion of the Year” awards. Paul worked part-time for Ernst Electric. After retirement, he enjoyed going to coffee with his friends. He did a lot of woodworking and enjoyed farming, especially with his children.

On Nov. 7, 1964 he married Joanne C. Derck at the Central United Methodist Church in Flint, and she survives. Other survivors include three wonderful children, James (Michelle) Weber of MS, Norman Weber of Chelsea, and Martha Weber of Jackson; and six grandchildren, Samantha Weber, Jessica (John) Cook, Alexis (Myles) McCalla, Harley Weber, JP Weber, Becca Friedman; two great-grandchildren, Brennen and Chase.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 15, 11:00 am, at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. The family will receive friends from 10-11 am.  Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Lions Club or St. Joseph Mercy Hospice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

winans-george-webGeorge L. Winans
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

He was born on Aug. 6, 1922, in Chelsea, MI, the son of Elmer E. and Cora A. (Burkhardt) Winans. George was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, serving during World War II as a B-24 Bomber Co-Pilot and was honorably discharged in 1945 as Captain.

He was a co-owner of Winans Jewelry store for decades along with his wife, Jeannette. The store was a family business which was started in 1898 by his great-uncle Lewis Winans. George served as Chelsea Village Clerk for 10 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chelsea, Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchant’s Association, Herbert J. McKune American Legion Post 31, and the Chelsea VFW Post. George’s greatest love was his family.

On Jan. 18, 1947, he married Jeannette May in Chelsea, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Curt Winans of Chelsea and Rob (Lori) Winans, along with her daughter Rachel Grant, all of Chelsea; a daughter-like niece, Brenda Bristle (Gregory Warman) of Manchester; one brother, Jack (Friedelle) Winans of Ann Arbor; two sisters-in-law, Mary Hoelzer of Chelsea and Treva Winans of Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, John in 2006; four brothers: Duane, Robert, Charlie, and David Winans; and two sisters, Alberta Park and Mary Jean Oesterle.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Pastor Larry Lyons officiating. A private family and close personal friends interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea School District, Special Education Department.

foster-phyllis1Phyllis W. Foster
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 95, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born March 12, 1921 in Bronson, Michigan, the daughter of William and Anna Eva (Semmelroth) Foster.

Phyllis graduated from Bronson High School in 1938, then Albion College in 1942, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the University of Michigan where she earned her Masters of Science in Biochemistry. She worked as a Research Associate for the University of Michigan (School of Public Health) and retired in 1986.

Phyllis was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, and helped start the memorial gardens there. She also served on the Ann Arbor District and Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she was the District President of the United Methodist Women, and chaired the Conference Board of Trustees.

Survivors include many cousins, including Conrad Semmelroth of Battle Creek, Marie Semmelroth-Daniels of Coldwater, and Carl and Sara Semmelroth of Kalamazoo; and her special friend, Billie Smith. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Louise Good.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel, with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating.

Her ashes will be interred at the First United Methodist Church Memorial Gardens in Ann Arbor. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Retirement Community.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Reincke-Donna-4Donna Lorraine Reincke

Age 90, of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Traverse City, passed away on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Donna was born on Dec. 2, 1925, in Traverse City, Michigan, to Hollis L. and Bertha Marie (Bisel) Hubbell.

Upon graduating from Traverse City Central High School, where she had been an excellent student, sung in the choir, and performed in school plays, she pursued her goal to become a nurse. Her nursing career started at Wayne State University; however, it ended suddenly due to a serious illness.

An even greater dream was fulfilled in January 1947 when she married her high school sweetheart, Wesley Reincke of Suttons Bay. They spent the next 67 years together making a home, raising a family, moving to Lansing, and returning to Traverse City (where they lived in the same house for 55 years), traveling, building a cottage, and working towards an early retirement. In retirement, they enjoyed life at their summer home on Lake Leelanau and spending winters in Florida and Alabama.

Donna was a kind and generous lady, who was also talented and creative. She loved to do needlework and was an exceptional seamstress. Over the years, she fashioned clothes for herself, her daughter (including Sarah’s wedding dress), and others.  She was known to give new life to an old piece of furniture by refinishing or reupholstering it.

Donna possessed a beautiful alto voice and was a founding member of the Sweet Adelines in Traverse City. She was a community volunteer and loved her Lord, serving Him through her church and as a member of the Co-Workers Sunday School Class for many years. Donna always looked forward to family get-togethers and reunions, often serving as host.

In the summer, she loved going for rides on the pontoon boat and taking along picnic lunches. She also loved having grandchildren visit and taking them to garage sales or hunting for Petoskey stones.

During the winter season, her favorite pastime was walking on the beaches at Gulf Shores and Perdido Key and collecting sea shells. Donna was an avid reader all of her life – reading over 2000 talking books after going blind.

Donna is survived by her children, Jon (Kathrean) Reincke of Eaton Rapids, MI, Sarah (John) Groesser of Chelsea, MI, and Philip Reincke of Kingsley, MI; grandchildren: Erin, Ben, and Katie Reincke;  Ben, Kirk, and Leslie Trentham; Jason, Brian (Ali), and Mike (Abby) Groesser;  great-grandchildren: Ava, Brayden, Claire and Eve Groesser, and Alexander King; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Orpha Drone, Ione and Rex Shugart, and Ann Reincke; and several nieces and nephews; and special lifelong friend, Barb Soapmann.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Wes; a sister, Darlene Warne; and a brother, Wayne Hubbell.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, October 8, 11:00 am at the Keswick United Methodist Church south of Suttons Bay, Michigan, with a dinner immediately following the service.  Final interment will be Oct 8, 1:30 pm at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bingham Township.  Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Keswick United Methodist Church, 3376 S. Center Hwy., Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Lovely-Joyce-NewJoyce A. (Grob) Lovely
Dexter, Michigan  

Age 70, went home to be with her family and Lord on Monday, August 22, 2016 at her home in Dexter.

She was born December 7, 1945 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Roy and Bertie (Fitzpatrick) Whitaker.

Joyce enjoyed working in her flower gardens, reading, going to the casino, playing bingo, and her wonderful rescued cats. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, the Grob and Lovely families, friends and her cats.

On July 25, 1996, she married Oren Lovely, and he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Tracy (Kevin) Harvey of Milford; two sons, Jeffery Lovely of Dexter, Rodney (Debbie) Lovely of Whitmore Lake; 6 grandchildren, Amber Lovely of TX, Michele Landers of Ypsilanti, Steven Landers and  Bryan Holt of Milford, Krissy Lovely of Whitmore Lake, Brian McClure (Kitty Dunn) of Flint; 3 sisters-in law, Marge Smith of AL, Bert Vogt of AL, Gloria (Rich) Navaree of OH; and her best friends, Cindy (George) Kimble and Nella (Mitchell Whitaker) George.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Grob; a son, Bryn Mahan; 3 grandchildren, Edwin, Brittni and Rochelle Landers; four siblings, Paul Whitaker, Charles Whitaker, Earl Whitaker, and Janive Pearson; two brothers-in-law, David Lovely, Bill Smith; sister-in-law, Nancy Smith; her good friend, Richard Gerstler; and Chevy Lovely, the most wonderful cat in the world.

Joyce especially wants to mention her nephew Bill Bates and niece Christy Kalso for the love they have shown her.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26, 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with The Rev. Dr. Michael Brian officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to her family or the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Fugate-Doroty1Dorothy June Fugate
Chelsea, MI

Age 83, died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born November 19, 1932 in Beal City, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Dorothy (Swarthout) Kornexl.

Dorothy was a 1951 graduate of Ann Arbor High School and earned an Associates Degree from Eastern Michigan College in 1959. She has lived in Chelsea since 1987. She started working for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. (AT and T) at 17 years old, and worked there for 32 years, retiring in 1987. She was a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and the American Legion Auxiliary in Dexter.

Survivors include a son, Dale F. Passow of New Bloomfield, PA; one granddaughter, Kelly (John) Kinzer; two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Blake; two brothers, Gerald Kornexl of Harrison, John Kornexl of Texas;  three sisters, Mary Hadley of Grass Lake, Evelyn Myles Kotar of Wolverine, Lillian Shankleton of Jones; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Dale L. Passow and Gerald Fugate; two brothers, Frank Joseph Kornexl, Daniel Lee Kornexl; and two sisters, Bertha Brown Richards, Shirley Barnard Driver.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 17, 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Amy Triebwasser officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home noon to 1 pm.

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

 

Fisher-DorothyDorothy M. Fisher
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 92, died Friday, August 12, 2016 in Chelsea, Michigan.

She was born April 8, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Edward J. and Nora M. (Steffen) Dyar.

Dorothy retired in 1985 from working in the engineering department at the University of Michigan. She also worked as an office manager for Ernst Electric in Ann Arbor. Dorothy has been a resident of Silver Maples for the last 5 years, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. She previously attended St. Paul Student Chapel in Big Rapids.

Dorothy enjoyed golf, bowling, slot machines, and watching the stock market.  She was proud of and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Dorothy married Robert Thomas Fisher, a fellow classmate from High School in Detroit, on September 8, 1945 in San Diego, CA, and he preceded her in death on September 17, 2009. Survivors include two sons, Robert (Pam) of Higginsville, MO and Gary (Brenda) of Ypsilanti; three daughters, Beverly Adams of Springfield, VA, Barbara Fisher of Ann Arbor, and Patrice (Patrick) Pergolski of Weston, WI; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by all six of her siblings, Patricia McClure, Marie Weedon, Joseph Dyar, Francis Dyar, Raymond Dyar, and Edward Dyar.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 4-6 p.m., with the Rosary at 6 p.m., and on Monday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.  A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, August 15, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating.

Burial will be along side her husband of 64 years at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice.

Conner-RichardRichard “Dick” Conner
Grass Lake, MI

Age 76, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the VA Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan following a long battle with heart disease.

He was born July 2, 1940 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Raymond F. and Alyce (Auten) Conner.

Dick graduated from Milan High School in 1959, and later earned degrees in criminal justice and electronic engineering. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving with the Air Force. Dick was a Sergeant Detective for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office. He worked for Chrysler, Chrysler Defense, General Dynamics (working on the Abram tanks), as a test engineer, and was the owner of Perimeter Alarm. He was a member of Chelsea Free Methodist Church. Dick was very active in Veteran recognition. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed golfing, and antique Farmall tractors.

On March 11, 1960, he married Wanda English in Ypsilanti, and she survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Sara (Jeff) Smith of Grass Lake; two sons, Richard John II (Tammy) Conner of Grass Lake, Timothy S. Conner of Jackson; two sisters, Rosemary (Al) Michaels of Willis, Kathy Conner of Milan; 4 grandchildren, Britt (Wayne) Hanson, Kali Staebler (Casey Maloney), Brandon Conner, Joshua Conner; and 3 great-grandchildren, Oliver Hanson, Elsie Hanson, Serenity Conner; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends from 10-11 a.m., with a memorial service at 11a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at the Washington Street Education Center auditorium, 500 Washington St., Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Ford and Rev. Jeff Bradley officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Free Methodist Church building fund, or International Child Care Ministries, 770 N High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

Martin-LucilleWebLucille Martin
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of South Lyon

Age 95, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born April 27, 1921 in Dundee, Michigan, the daughter of Dorsey and Namah (Haines) Armstrong.

Lucille grew up in Lima, OH. Her family moved to Detroit, where she worked as a pharmacy assistant at Hudsons. She typed braille and was a lifetime member of Nardin Park Braille Transcribers and Seedlings Braille Books for Children. Lucille was a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in South Lyon.

Lucille married Donald Kunkleman, Elwood Hinkle, and Gerald Martin, and they all preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Randall (Helen) Kunkleman of Elida, OH, a daughter, Sharon (Kerry) Holmes of Grass Lake; 5 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 28, 2016, 1:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Terry A. Nelson officiating. A private burial will take place at Glenn Eden Lutheran Memorial Park, Livonia. The family will receive friends Thursday noon until 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UMRC Foundation or Arbor Hospice.

Walter-ClarkWalter John (Wally) Clark  
6/4/1963-7/14/2016
Ann Arbor, MI., previously of Chelsea and Addison.

Walter Clark of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away on July 14 after a short battle with cancer.

Walter was born on June 4, 1963 to George and Theresa (Saja) Clark. He spent most of his life in Chelsea and was a member of the class of 1981. Later he lived in Addison before moving to Ann Arbor to be closer to his sons.

Walter enjoyed playing Euchre, hunting, fishing, working with his hands, fixing electronics, country music and classic rock.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Walter is survived by his sons Jared (Sabrina) of Ann Arbor, Brian (Marissa Forche) of Milan, James of Ann Arbor, Grandson Maxwell of Milan,  his mother Theresa of Jackson, sisters Yvonne Mason of Arizona, Lorraine (Steve) Hooton of Michigan, brother Robert of Tennessee and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the First Congregational Church of Chelsea, 121 E. Middle St. Chelsea, at 1 p.m. with visitation starting at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family are requested to help with funeral costs.

Wudyka-Lawrence-webLawrence P. Wudyka
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Livonia

Age 80, died Saturday, July 16, 2016 at his home in Chelsea.

He was born Sept. 3, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Frank and Lottie (Surowiec) Wudyka.

Lawrence attended Chadsey High School. He served in the US Army from 1954-56 in France. Lawrence worked for Chrysler at Sterling Stamping, retiring in May of 1995. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus (3rd degree), Holy Cross Council, and a past Grand Commander of the former Seville Caravan of the International Order of Alhambra. Lawrence attended St. Aidan in Livonia, and St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Virginia, and his family: son Lawrence C. (Diane) Wudyka of Waterford; two daughters, Suzanne (Scott) Gardner of Grand Rapids, Kathy (Jim) Callery of Chelsea, grandchildren, Lindsay, Tiffany, Kailey, Joe, Jeff, Maureen, John, Carolyn; two great grandchildren, Edelynn, Jameson, two more on the way; and brother, Edwin Wudyka of Englewood, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and twin brother, Frank.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Fr. David Stawasz officiating.  Burial will be at St. Hedwig, Dearborn, at a later date. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 before the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Louis Center of Chelsea. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Hall-Duane-webDuane LeRoy Hall
Pinckney, Michigan

Age 84, died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Howell, Michigan.

He was born June 13, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of LeRoy F. and Hilda L. (Mohrlock) Hall.

Duane graduated from Chelsea High School in 1951 while working at Chelsea Drug Store where he worked until he went into the U. S. Army for two years serving in Japan and Korea. After the war, he attended Ferris State College. Duane is a longtime member of Herbert J. McKune Post 31 having served as Adjutant and Post Commander. He also belonged to Korean Veterans of Leesburg, FL and was a life member of the 24th Infantry Division Association. Duane was a charter member of Covenant Church of Chelsea. He was a Life Member in the PEAR Association.

He married Eleanor Schmidt on June 7, 1958 and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Donald L. (Margo) Hall of Pinckney, and David L. (Mary) Hall of Chelsea; two granddaughters, Mollie and Melissa Hall; three step-grandchildren, Joshua, Amanda, and Jacob Kitchens; a step-sister, Priscilla Schram; and two step-brothers, Douglas Hall and David Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 22, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Anthony Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

The family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Church.

 

Betty-OesterleBetty Jane Oesterle
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, died after a brief illness, on Friday, July 15, 2016, in Chelsea, Michigan.

She was born Aug. 29, 1920 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Lewis P. and Elisabeth A. (Schoenith) Vogel.

Betty graduated from Chelsea High School in 1938. She attended Michigan State University and University of Michigan, earning a RN Degree. Betty worked in Georgia during WWII, then for U of M Hospital. She stayed home while Jane was young, then went back to work at U of M and volunteered at the United Methodist Home and Chelsea Community Hospital. Betty was active in Chelsea Women’s Club and attended Chelsea Congregational Church and St. Paul U.C.C.

On Oct 14, 1944, she married Ralph M. Oesterle, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1984. Betty is survived by a daughter, Jane E. Creswell of Chelsea. Betty was the last surviving member of 10 siblings.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 20, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Joe Jeffreys officiating. A private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Area Historical Society.

Schneider-Robert1Robert K. Schneider, Sr.
Chelsea, MI

Age 86, went home to be with the Lord, and his beloved Billie, the love of his life of 54 years, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Jackson, Michigan.

He was born January 2, 1930 in Chelsea, the son of John Christian and Esther Emma (Page) Schneider.

Bob was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He retired from Chrysler Proving Grounds. Bob was active in church works most of his life, and considered passing out tracts his ministry. Now he’s singing in heaven’s choir with his beautiful tenor voice.

On August 7, 1954, he married Billie Mae McAtee at North Sharon Bible Church, Grass Lake and she preceded him in death on January 29, 2009. Survivors include; one son, Robert K.(Melody) Schneider Jr. of Brooklyn; two daughters, Robin Marie Schneider of Jackson, Renee Ann (Larry) Geer of Jackson; one brother, Donald (Shirley) Schneider of Chelsea; 10 grandchildren, Joseph, Joshua, Amanda, Elizabeth, James, Jonathan, Katelyn, Andrew, Timothy, Thomas; and three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Hayden, Grayson. He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Christian John, a sister, Marlene Keezer; and his parents.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 16, 11:00 am at Faith Baptist Church, Chelsea, with Pastor M. Adam Summers officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday 2-4 pm and 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Every Child Ministries, P.O. BOX 810 Hebron, IN  46341-0810.

Zale-DonaldDonald J. Zale
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 85, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 at his home with his wife and children at his bedside.

He was born September 22, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Joseph and Helen (Janus) Zalewski.

Donald graduated from Lane Technical High School in Chicago in 1948. He attended Northwestern University and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1953. Shortly thereafter he met Mary “Gretchen” Goeppel while she was still a student at Northwestern. They were married on May 7, 1955 while Donald was stationed in Pine Bluff, AK during his service with the US Army in the Korean conflict. After discharge he earned an MBA from Northwestern University in 1956.

Donald worked for over 30 years with Ford Motor Company in locations including Dearborn, Detroit and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He enjoyed sailing for many years and was active in the United States Power Squadron earning the grade of Navigator.  Summer sailing trips included Lake Huron to Canada’s North Channel on larger sailboats, with occasional Higgins Lake family cottage weekends and dear friends’ family gatherings in Upper Peninsula Lake Michigan cottages.

Donald enjoyed scuba diving and had many opportunities to dive and spear fish in Brazil and in the Bahamas after 1987 when he and Gretchen retired to live on their sailboat, “Teal.”

Prior to returning to Michigan in 2010, Donald and Gretchen also lived in Ponce Inlet, FL and North Palm Beach, FL while taking many tours to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the western United States with their Ann Arbor friends.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, John Henry Zale of Dallas, TX; William Joseph (Lisa Helderop) Zale of Portland, OR; a daughter, Susan Elizabeth Zale of Chelsea; five grandchildren, Henry and Elena Zale, Austin, Benjamin, and Catlin Yeasting; two nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Zale, and one niece.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20, 10:30 am at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel, with Rev. Jeff Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Rural Hills Cemetery, Northville, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or a charity of choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Gillman,-Samantha--webSamantha J. “Sam” Gillman

of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 17, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

She was born on April 14, 1999, in Ann  Arbor, MI, the daughter of Gregory B. and Sheila (Turner) Gillman.  Sam had lived in the area since 2003, coming from Ypsilanti. She was a student at Chelsea High School, having just completed her junior year.

Sam enjoyed creative arts, such as painting and drawing, and she had a great imagination. She also enjoyed video games, fixing electronics, and she was mechanically inclined. She was very easy-going and a jokester who made everyone smile. Sam loved her cats and enjoyed spending time with them.

Surviving are her parents, Gregory Gillman of Ann Arbor and Sheila Gillman of Gregory; her sister, Sabrina Gillman of Gregory; maternal grandmother, Rose Swick Turner of Gregory, and paternal grandmother, Joan Gillman of Louisville, Kentucky; aunts and uncles: Deborah (Steven) Mato of Livonia, Denise Gillman of Louisville, KY, Michelle (James) Cox of California, Anthony (Vanessa) Gillman of Louisville, KY, and Steve Shelton of Gregory; cousins: Kirstan, Logan, Melissa, Michael, Audrey, Abbigail, Avery, Ava, and Eden; and her close friend, Shayla Chebbi of Chelsea. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert Turner, and paternal grandfather, Robert Gillman; aunts, Kimberly Turner-Shelton and Kimberly Gillman, and uncle, Fredrick Gillman; and cousin, Kristina Mato.

Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Friday from 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 8:00 p.m., and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Samantha Gillman Scholarship Fund in care of Chelsea High School.

McEachern-Lee-WebLee Robyn McEachern

Grass Lake, MI, formerly of Dearborn and Chelsea

Age 68, died suddenly Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at his home.

He was born September 29, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John M. and Amelia (Bates) McEachern.

Lee graduated from Dearborn High School in 1965, and attended Ferris State for one year. He served in US Army with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After his service, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Cleary College.

Lee worked for the Ford Motor Company for 32 years. He spent most of his career at the Sheldon Road plant in Plymouth, retiring as Production Control Manager. Lee was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Michigan Center. He loved his cabin up north, and working on building projects. Lee always had a good sense of humor. He will be most remembered for his modesty and kindness.

On April 3, 1970, he married Gayle Loftus and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Michael (Nona) McEachern of Ft. Wayne, IN; a daughter, Jennifer (Arun Ramasamy) McEachern of Chelsea; a brother, John (Diane) McEachern of Brighton; a sister, Jill (“Butch”) Wilhoit of Ellettsville, IN; four grandchildren, Autumn, Morgan, Ajay, Joey; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 2, 11:00 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Michigan Center, with Fr. Timothy MacDonald officiating.  Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Grass Lake, Michigan. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on Friday 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

Zettelmaier-Michael-Michael  John Zettelmaier
Eustis, Florida

Age 51, died Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Tavares, FL.

He was born July 7, 1964 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of John L. Zettlemaier and Marie C. Warner.

Mike graduated from Gobles High School in 1983, where he was a trombone player in the Gobles Marching Band. He enjoyed boating, fishing and motorcycles. His death was attributed to the long-term complications of previous injuries and surgeries.

Mike is survived by his son, John, of Leesburg, Florida; his mother, Marie Warner of Parchment, Michigan; his father and step-mother, Dr. John L. and Mary Ann Zettelmaier of Chelsea; his sister, Martha of Ypsilanti; his brother, Joseph of Milan; and his brother and sister-in-law, Jacob and Heather, as well as their two sons of Ypsilanti. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Michigan and Florida.  Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hank and Sue Warner and John C. and Eleanor Zettelmaier.

A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, June 30, 11:00 am at St Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, MI.  The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Wednesday 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gobles Public School Foundation, 409 N. State St., Gobles, Michigan.

Bendon-Rosemary-WebRosemary Bendon
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Sterling, IL

Age 88, died peacefully with her daughter at her side on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born December 2, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of William and Delpha (Russell) Gerhart.

Rosemary moved to Chelsea in 2003, coming from Sterling, IL. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Rosemary worked as a realtor, and volunteered at Community General Hospital in Sterling, IL. She resided at CRC since 2003 where she worked in the gift shop for a few years. Rosemary was an avid reader. Thanks to Chelsea Library volunteers!

On August 22, 1945, she married Malvin Bendon in Norfolk, Nebraska, and he preceded her in death on January 2, 2005. Survivors include a daughter, Paulette (H.P.) Bendon Grotrian of Ann Arbor; one grandson, Jonathan P. Grotrian; and a niece and nephew of Wrangell, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Kevin Lee Bendon, and her sister, Glendoris Privett.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 11, 10 a.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel, with Rev. Lois McCullen Parr officiating. Burial of ashes will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to UMRC Foundation.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Whitaker-WavaWava Whitaker
of Jackson, MI, formerly of Grass Lake, MI

Age 85, died Monday, June 27, 2016 at Senior Moments Assisted Living in Jackson.

She was born November 17, 1930 in Magoffin County, KY, the daughter of Tony and Elizabeth (Risner) Risner.

Wava had lived in the Chelsea area since 1945, coming from KY. She worked at Jiffy Mix (retiring in 1974), and Lloyd Bridges Traveland. Wava attended the Baptist Church in Grass Lake. She earned blue ribbons in the Chelsea Fair for her food and canning. She was an awesome cook.

On April 9, 1945, she married Alvin Whitaker in Salyersville, KY, and he preceded her in death in 1990. Survivors include two sons, James A. (Rita) Whitaker of Grass Lake, and Jerry (Patty) Whitaker of Brooklyn, MI; a son-in-law, Jesse Bonnet of Mtn. Home, AR; a brother, Roger Collins;  a sister, Carol McDougall; four grandchildren, Christine, Cindie, Barb, and Marci; five great-grandchildren, Evan, Sophia, Cole, Kyle, Casey; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joan Bonnet; eight sisters, Mornie Brown, Jean van Vliet, Virginia Schiller,  Jackie Sanders, Pat McGough, Betty Lillo, Christine Hale; and three brothers, Marvin Collins. Lawrence Risner and Ed Risner.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30, 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.  Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Sylvan Township.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 am until the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Obit-photoDavid Leon Marable
of Shelby Township, MI

Died June 21, 2016 from injuries suffered in an automobile crash. David was born October 17, 1946 in Detroit, MI to Leon and Dorothy (Klonowski) Marable.

Above all else, David loved and cared for his family and helped create some of their fondest memories.

Growing up, David and his brother Robert (Denise) were the “Marable Boys” often causing headaches for their mother, Dorothy. Despite this, they always remained a loving and close family who laughed and teased about the trouble they caused even decades later.

David graduated from Wayne Memorial High School in 1964, where he pursued his lifelong enjoyment of golf on the varsity team. Then in his freshman year at Michigan State University, David met the love of his life, Janet (Harris). They were married August 6, 1968.

From 1969-1970, David served in the Army’s 25th Infantry in Cu Chi, Vietnam.

David and Janet have three children and five grandchildren – Michael (Alison) Marable, parents of Madison and Logan; Ken (Diana) Marable, parents of Samantha, Owen, and Ella; and Christine (Michael) Mennel.

David was ever a source of joy and laughter in their lives with his “knee-slapper” bad jokes, comical stern-looks, and infectious Grinch-like grin.

He provided for his family by working in the automotive supply industry, advancing up to being Chief Financial Officer at L.E. Borden, from which he retired in 2009.

David is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brother and his family, sister-in-law, and the many whose lives he touched with his overflowing love and joyful outlook on life. They will continue to remember him through stories of his fun times and his limitless caring for us. The world lost one of the most loving men ever, but it is better for his time in it.

David will be interred at Great Lakes National Cemetery, and memorial plans are pending for later this year.

Arrangements from Gramer Funeral Home, Clawson, MI

Steere-JanetJanet S. Steere
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Birmingham/Bloomfield Hills

Age 95, died Monday, June 6, at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born Jan. 22, 1921 in Mayfield, Michigan, the daughter of Harry R. and Marion (Gibbs) Sargent.

Janet graduated from Traverse City High School in 1937 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from U of M in 1942. She lived at Martha Cook dorm for 3 years while at U of M, and was an active alumna, attending their 100-year anniversary last October, where she was the oldest alumna present.

After graduating, Janet worked for the Michigan Children’s Aid Society in Marquette. She raised her family while staying on the Board of the Children’s Aid Society. She was active in the United Methodist Church in Birmingham, and spent the last 15 years at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, and very active in choirs throughout the years.

Janet was a bird lover, and enjoyed family vacations at Arbutus Lake. She was an avid reader, and ran the CRC Book Club.

On Oct. 13, 1945, she married Robert W. Steere, Jr. at the Highland Park Congregational Church, and he preceded her in death on July 15, 2001. Survivors include three daughters, Judith (Emil) Sunley of Bethesda, MD, Mary (David) Budzinski of Chelsea, and Beverly Aird of Waterford; one son, Robert (Carol) Steere of Springfield, IL; 8 grandchildren, Rachel (Jeremy) Tyson, Gillian (Michael) Erdmann, Neil Sunley, Jamie Aird, Jason (Liza) Aird, Rebecca (John) Pazdziora, Emily (Daniel) Mosher, and Samuel (Elizabeth) Steere; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Edna Sargent of Traverse City, and many nieces and nephews. She was loved by her children, and a caring friend to all she met.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 13, 1:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Main Chapel. A private burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery in Ann Arbor. Memorial contributions may be made to UMRC Foundation.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Crispell-RogerRoger L. Crispell  
Chelsea, Michigan

Roger died on Sunday, May 22, 2016 with his family at his side, the day after celebrating his 90th birthday. He was born May 21, 1926 in Slaterville Springs, NY, the son of Leslie Ivan and (Lora) Pauline (Winchell) Crispell.

Ann, his wife of 67 years, survives him with two sons, Kray and his son Sean, Gar and his children Madeline and Benjamin; two daughters, Janice and her husband Paul Olejniczak, their sons, Bryce, Kyrt, and Drake, Tracie and her husband Bill Christie, their daughters Ellen and Katie. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth Crispell MD and Leslie Crispell Jr; and a sister Jean Ballard.

Roger served in the US Army Air Corp during WWII. Following a design education at Pratt Institute and five years in Ithaca, NY with his own design business, he spent 40 years with the General Motors Design Center and retired as an Executive Designer in charge of the Industrial Design Studios. He was an accomplished artist, and remained active in retirement.

Roger was an active member of the Crispell Family Association, founded to maintain the family genealogy and a historic church (Crispell Memorial) on Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY. He served in various capacities including President. He was also a founding member and Board Member of “BBAA” Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center.

After living in Bloomfield Hills for many years, they moved to Chelsea in 1998 to enjoy condominium living, making new friends, and be near family.

Private funeral arrangements were made with Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.  Memorial donations can be made to Historic Huguenot Street to benefit Crispell Memorial Church, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561.

Mallas-tWilma1Wilma Jean Mallast
Canton, Michigan

Age 66, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born May 9, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of William and Mary (Crouch) Carriveau.

Wilma graduated from Cherry Hill High School in Inkster in 1968. She worked in the office of American Wallpaper and Blind Headquarters, Morgan Auto Paint, and Manufacturers Bank. Wilma raised her family attending St. Suzanne Catholic Church in Detroit. She loved her grandbabies, country music, oldies, her soap operas, and actively kept track of the weather.

Survivors include her mother, Mary; a son Chuck (Janine) Mallast of Jackson; three brothers, William (Ann) Carriveau Jr., Wayne (JoAnn) Carriveau, Walt Carriveau; two sisters, Waneta Colton, Wendy (Gary) Penk; two grandchildren, Isabeau “Beau” and Charlie. She was preceded in death by her father, William.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 27, 1 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Deacon Tom Franklin officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-8 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to her family.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Gary-for-obitGary D. Ferry
of Chelsea, Michigan

Gary D. Ferry “Pepa”, 70, of Chelsea, passed away peacefully at home, loved and surrounded by family on May 18, 2016.

Born on June 19, 1945 in Ann Arbor, MI to Russell F. and Clara B. Ferry, Gary was the youngest of 4 children. Gary spent his childhood working on his family’s farm on Waterloo Road in Chelsea. He was a 1963 Graduate of Chelsea High School. After High School, while serving in the National Guard for six years, he worked as the day shift foreman at Central Fibre in Chelsea, for 20 years, until its closing.

Gary was also employed in the Skilled Maintenance department of Washtenaw Community College for 20 years, where he retired in 2007.

Gary loved to hunt, farm, and work on old vehicles and tractors with his son.

On August 20, 1966 he married Judy Kay Hadley of Chelsea in Hell, MI. Both Gary and Judy were looking forward to celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this year.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; a sister, Elaine Hafner of Chelsea; a brother, Ronald of Jackson; daughter, Kimberly (Mike) Monica; son, Todd (Pamela Kemp); his grandchildren, Nick Scripter, Carly Ferry, Holden Monica, Maddie Kemp, Chase Kemp, Hunter Ferry, Zoey Monica and Delanie Monica, all from Chelsea. Gary also has several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Willard, and his daughter, Tammy Kay.

Cremation has taken place, per his wishes. A private memorial will be held by the family at a later date.

 

Nancy J.  Skoving
Chelsea, Michigan

Nancy Skoving, nee Bloom age 86, died on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Chelsea Retirement Community in Chelsea, MI.

Nancy was born on Dec. 19, 1929 in South Bend, IN to Dorothy and Cecil Bloom. She graduated from Central High School in South Bend and attended Indiana University. For many years, Nancy worked as a pantograph operator for South Bend Metal Products. She retired to Venice, FL with her husband Jim in 1986.

In addition to her daughters Jill Skoving of South Bend, IN, and Beth (Matt) Seeger of Dexter, MI, Nancy is survived by her grandchildren Nick (Delia) Robertson, Danny Robertson, Maggie (John) Swift, Henry Seeger, and her great granddaughter Seneca Swift. Her brother-in-law Ken (Claudia) T’Kindt, nephews, Casey T’Kindt, Ryan (Beth) T’Kindt, and niece Kelly (Dario) Primo also survive. She was predeceased by her husband, James, her son, Scott Skoving, her parents, Dorothy and Cecil Bloom and her sister, Karen T’Kindt.

Nancy will be remembered for her great loves. Those include her family, her music, her books, journals, Cirque du Soleil, many “projects,” and her simple tastes in foods.

Services and burial for Nancy Skoving will be private and held at a later date.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Jankuski-MikeMichael William Jankuski
Lyndon Township, MI

Age 51, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Saint Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana.

Mike was born September 7, 1964 in Oak Lawn, Illinois, the son of Richard Adam and Betty Lee (Kern) Jankuski. Michael was a 1982 graduate of Chelsea High School. Michael was a huge fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers sports teams. Mike was also a huge cat lover.

Mike had just relocated to Montana, near his sister and brother to begin a new chapter in his life after the loss of his father in February. He was extremely excited to spend time with his nieces and nephews and was looking forward to the upcoming July 4th holiday family gathering. A life gone too quickly, he was greatly loved and will be missed terribly.

He is survived by his brother, Doug (Beth) Jankuski of Colorado; his sister, Tammy Lake of Montana, his nephews Corey Graen, Adam Lake, Dillon Thomas; and his nieces Kira Pewonka, Kayla Rushing, and Nadine Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, an aunt and uncle.

A graveside service, for both he and his father, Richard, will be held at St. Casimir Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois on September 16, 2016.

Obituary arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

Alber,-DorisDoris L. Alber
Grass Lake Township

Doris L. Alber of Grass Lake Township, age 88, passed away May 8, 2016.

She was born on the family farm in Chelsea, Michigan on May 3, 1928, the daughter of Clarence and Laura (Feldkamp) Buss.

Doris is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Ray; daughters, Elaine Alber, Sharon (Dennis) Ruede, Barbara (Jimmy) Mathis and Beverly (Steven) Burgett; grandchildren, Heather, Dane, Amy, Bethany and Adam; 8 great grandchildren; sister, Marian (Raymond) Stockinger and brother, Richard (Brenda) Buss. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael; sister, Gladys Hines and brother, Leroy Buss.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Sherwood Funeral Home, Grass Lake.

Per Doris’s wishes, cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.  Please sign Doris’s guest book at www.sherwoodfh.com.

 

Sayers-Debra-WebDebra Dawn Sayers
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 57, died Sunday, May 8, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after a short and valiant fight with lung cancer.

She was born May 10, 1958 in Traverse City, MI, the daughter of John Junior and Maudie Samantha (Stafford) Scarbrough.

Debra was a graduate of Pioneer High School class of 1976. She worked 37 years at various companies in Ann Arbor in the printing industry. Debra had spent the last few years as a realtor with Reinhart Real Estate in Chelsea. Debra bowled many years at Belmark and Chelsea Lanes. She loved being outdoors and camping. She enjoyed her family, her kids, her grandkids, and her little dogs, Izzy and Floyd.

On Oct. 3, 1981 she married Edward “Mick” L. Sayers, Jr. in Ann Arbor, and he survives. Other survivors include her children, Mike (Laura) Sayers of Chelsea, Allison (Clint) Morvant of Chelsea; three brothers, John (Rita) Scarbrough of Ann Arbor, Tim (Georgianna) Scarbrough of Grass Lake, Kevin (Beth) Scarbrough of  Mason; 2 grandchildren, JJ, Zack; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Janette “Nettie” Scarbrough.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, May 21, from 2-4 p.m., at Cole Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Spade-Patricia2WebPatricia S. Spade
Chelsea, Michigan

Patricia Spade, age 72, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 7, 2016 with her family by her side at her home in Chelsea, Michigan.

She was born January 26, 1944 in New York City to Peter and Kathryn Andrews.

Pat grew up in Albion, New York where she met her high school sweetheart Vincent. They both attended Alfred University in New York where Pat earned her BSRN. After graduating in 1966, Pat married her love of eight years, Vince, on June 11, 1966.

Shortly after they were married, Pat and Vince moved to Dearborn, Michigan to pursue careers and begin what became a lifetime of happiness. Pat worked as a Public Health Nurse for the City of Detroit. In 1977, they chose Chelsea to build their home and raise their family, and Pat became a fulltime wife and mother of two children.

Pat was active in her community and served on the Lima Township Board of Review. She loved Michigan and delighted in visiting its many lighthouses. An avid gardener, bird watcher, and cook, Pat’s real and abiding passions were her family and friends. Pat sought to instill in her children a commitment to family, faith, and the power of optimism.

Pat is survived by her husband of 50 years, Vincent Spade. Other survivors include two children, Dawn (Dan) Burnham of Suffield, CT and Mike Spade of New Hudson, MI; a sister, Sally (Stan) Achey of Middletown Springs, VT; one grandchild, Anna Burnham; and several nieces and nephews. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday afternoon May 13, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, Michigan. Her family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Thursday 5-8 p.m. and on Friday 2-4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Pat’s name to the American Cancer Society by visiting https://donate.cancer.org/index or calling 800-227-2345.

Wyche-Don-WebDonald W.  Wyche
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 77, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, while holding Charlotte’s hand. He was born June 1, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Harry and Ruth (Binney) Wyche.

Don graduated from Lapeer High School in 1956. He attended the University of Michigan and also Bemidji State University in Minnesota during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, where he played tuba in the marching band and studied math. Don was a computer consultant working for the Astronomy Department at the University of Michigan, for Interface Systems, Inc., for GM, and mainly for ADP.

Don was a sailor, bridge player and wine aficionado, with a wine cellar that was both envied by and shared with friends. He was a fine host and a very social man. In the 1970’s and 80’s Don sang in the U of M Choral Union and, more recently, in the Silver Maples Choir. Don loved to travel; he and Charlotte traveled the world and especially enjoyed Italy.

To the astonishment of friends and family Don and Charlotte were married on April 14, 1991. Other survivors include Charlotte’s sons, Christopher (Michelle) Lawrence of Howell, Adam (Tracy) Lawrence of Riverside, CA; two sisters, Lois deLeon of Chelsea, Marge (Galen) Gockel of Oak Park, IL; a brother, Jim (Barbara) Wyche of Kitchener, ON; four grandchildren he thought of as his own, Adian, Christopher Jr., Nicholas, and Abbie Jean; and many beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Please join his family and friends on Saturday, June 18 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Maple Room at Silver Maples Senior Neighborhood in Chelsea to joyfully celebrate the life of Don Wyche. 

Please plan to share your favorite “minute memory” of Don during the gathering.  If you will write your memory down, Charlotte plans to make a book to save them in.  If you cannot be with us that day, please send your memory to be included in the book.  If you have photographs you are willing to share, please contact Charlotte prior to the celebration so they can be scanned to be included in an electronic photo album being compiled by Don’s niece.

Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s honor to Food Gathers of Ann Arbor.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Margaret “Maggie” McCrossin
Saline, Michigan

Age 92, died peacefully Friday, April 22, 2016 at Linden Square Assisted Living in Saline.

She was born Oct. 24, 1923 in Peterhead, Scotland, the daughter of Robert and Ann (Henderson) Anderson.

Maggie immigrated to Highland Park, MI in 1929. She graduated from Highland Park High in 1941 and served the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal throughout WWII. Maggie was passionate about her work at Henry Ford Middle School and Graebner Elementary. She also loved her time and friends at her cottage in Stoney Point, Canada.

In 1949, she married Paul McCrossin in Detroit, Michigan, and he preceded her in death in October of 1996. Survivors include a son, Paul McCrossin of Harrison Twp, MI; two daughters, Ann (Robert) Valle of Chelsea, MI, and Kathleen McCrossin of Sitka, AK; four grandchildren, Samantha, Alexander, Maggie, and Zachary; special nieces, Marilyn, Maggie, and Judy; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at VFW Post 1146, 28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. Luncheon will follow at Andiamo, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Barbara J. Stepp
Clarklake, MI, formerly of Chelsea

Age 77, died Monday, April 25, 2016 at her home in Clarklake, Michigan.

She was born Jan. 19, 1939 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Ray A. and Beatrice L. (Welch) Oesterle.

Mrs. Stepp was a resident of Chelsea most of her life. She was a housewife and mother. She loved to play bingo and feed her birds.

She married LeRoy Stepp in Whitmore Lake on Nov. 10, 1956, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1963. She then married Thomas Stepp in Dexter on Dec. 24, 1965, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1990. Survivors include her four daughters, Tammy Nelson of TN, Kathy (Edward) Gallagher of DE, Jackie (David) Grzybowski of Clarklake, Vickie (Robert) Crider of Munith; one brother, Paul Oesterle of TX; four sisters, Ruth of Somerset, JoAnn of TX, Pat of MO, and Billie of TX; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, and a sister, Mary.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Schaible-Paul-WebPaul G. Schaible, Jr.
Chelsea, MI

Age 86, died Monday, April 25, 2016 at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

He was born December 23, 1929 in Ann Arbor, the son of Paul G., Sr. and Martha (Groggel) Schaible.

Paul graduated from Chelsea High School in 1947. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Business School with a BBA in 1951, and from Northwestern University with a MBA in 1952. Paul taught at the Finance School at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis from 1952-54.

In 1956, he and his wife, Shirley, moved back to Chelsea, where Paul went to work at Chelsea State Bank. Paul served on the bank board for many years, and served as bank president from 1985-93. He retired in 1994, but continued as Chairman of the Board until 2005.

Paul was very active in the Chelsea community, serving on the Village Council in the 1960’s, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Recreation Council, long-time member of Kiwanis, United Way member, and the Chelsea Community Foundation Board from 1995-2010. He was an active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ his entire life. He was involved in building the church on Old US 12, and served as president of the church council.

Paul enjoyed playing bridge, and was a member of various bridge clubs over the years. Paul was an avid University of Michigan fan. He also enjoyed golfing, traveling, and spending summers at Cavanaugh Lake.

On June 20, 1954, he married Shirley Anne Ehlers in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she preceded him in death on February 17, 2006. Survivors include a son, David M. (Deborah) Schaible of Chelsea; a daughter, Anne M. (Timothy) Tatum of Coppell, Texas. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Emily Schaible, and Mark and Neal Tatum; a sister, Peg Sutton; several nieces and nephews, and special friend and companion, Helen Lancaster. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Paul in 1965.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 30, 11:00 am at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chelsea, with Pastor Jim Coyl officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ Memorial Fund or Silver Maples of Chelsea.

Moretti-EliseElise Adele Moretti
Chelsea, Michigan

Elise Adele Moretti, 105, formerly of Lexington, KY and Detroit, MI went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 20th, 2016 in Chelsea, MI after living a long, happy and fulfilling life.

Daughter of Ernest and Isabel Bureau, she was born on May 29th, 1910 under the tail of Halley’s comet. She was a University of Kentucky graduate with degrees in Engineering and Mathematics. Loving wife and mother, Elise was known for her sunny smile, servant heart and desire to give back to her community.

Elise volunteered for FISH, Meals On Wheels, her local church and was an active member of the Chelsea Retirement Community for 16 years. She was the beloved wife of Garni Moretti whom she traveled with to New Zealand, Sweden, France, and Italy to visit family and friends.

She is survived by son, Haldan Moretti and his wife Barbara, Livonia, MI; daughter, Maura King and her husband, Ben, Glassboro, NJ; four grandchildren, Tony, Scott, Benjamin and Emily; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter; cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Garni and sister Jeanne Bureau.

Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23rd at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel.

Contributions may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 or the UMRC Foundation, 805 West Middle Street, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Power-Debra-WebDebra Flynn Power
Chelsea, Michigan

Debbie, age 62, passed into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ Monday, April 18, 2016 at her home in Chelsea, after a long battle with brain cancer.

She was born May 23, 1953 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the daughter of Kenneth John and Dorothy (Tomko) Flynn.

Debbie graduated from Ypsilanti High School in the class of 1971. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1980. She worked at Beyer Hospital in Ypsilanti, Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, and then for more than twenty years at Chelsea Pediatric Center in Chelsea, Michigan. She was a member of Scio Community Alliance Church.

On April 26, 1980, she married Thomas James Power, and he survives. Other survivors include three children, Thomas Martin (Julie) Power of Chelsea, Caitlin Flynn (Jarrett Hale) Power of Elk Rapids, Michigan, and Kira Suhaam Power of Decorah, Iowa; a brother, Kenneth(Pam) Flynn of Belleville; two grandchildren, Kylie Power Sullivan and Lelia Power Thomason. She is also survived by her nephew Ryan (Heather) Flynn and their children Jeffery and Alyssa of Lake Tahoe, California.

Debbie was a truly loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and prayer warrior. She always said she didn’t want a long-winded obituary. But how can we keep silent about a life lived out so much exemplifying love, patience, endurance, humor, and unwavering hope? Throughout her illness, she refused to yield to negativity, but held that God was using this challenge to enable us to grow in our relationship with Him.

“… we also glory in tribulations knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance character, and character hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5.

Our hearts just ache with missing her. But what a quiet, precious gift she has been to us. Love given for so long with no conditions; filled with good will and hope. Over many years, her prayer was that our children and their many friends would come to or grow in their relationship with the Lord. She loved this Scripture, which she felt described her hope for them: “That they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3.

We would like to thank the many, many kind and gracious people who have given us so much prayer, love, hope, humor, and support in every way imaginable throughout all the days of this most difficult and challenging illness. Her struggle and suffering is done. The following reveals her present reality, alive in the Lord.

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my
sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” Psalm 30: 11-12

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Kirk Schneeman officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Clinic, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Mida-recrop-2Betty Mida, formerly of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 90, died peacefully on April 14,2016 at Angela Hospice Care Center, surrounded by her family.

She was the daughter of David and Viola (Hausrath) Cooper and was born on Feb. 12, 1926 in Lincoln Park, Mich. Betty married her loving husband, Herbert, in 1946, and he preceded her in death following 61 years of marriage.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Esken, and her brother, David (Shirley) Cooper. Also surviving are her four loving children, Robert (Nancy) Mida, Sandra (Roger) Fry, William (Karen) Mida, and Lynn Mida. She adored her eight grandchildren, Rodney (Theresa) Fry, Todd Fry, Jason (Kimberly) Mida, Robert Mida Jr., Julia (Nate) Hinderer, Tamara (Joseph) Kennedy, Amber Mida, and Erik Mida. She was blessed with three great-grandchildren, Kaylin, Ella, and Samuel, and a fourth great-grandchild is expected.

Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Belleville, and was active in the Astral #250 Rebekah Lodge of Belleville. She also did volunteer work at U of M Hospital while raising her children.

She was a member of the Greatest Generation and helped the World War II effort by working at Stinson Aircraft prior to marrying Herbert.

Betty and Herbert raised their children in Belleville, then moved to Chelsea for 25 years before her return to Belleville in 2010. She loved spending time caring for her children and attending every possible event her children and grandchildren participated in. She also quilted and enjoyed cooking and baking for the hunters in the family every fall.

Betty and Herbert also traveled widely throughout the USA and the Amazon Basin, Peru, Germany and Greece.

Betty was loved by many friends, nieces and nephews, and enjoyed receiving more than 200 cards for her 90th birthday.

A funeral service will be held at Brown’s Funeral Home in Belleville on Monday, April 18 at 11 a.m. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 2-8 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dystonia Medical Research Foundation or the First United Methodist Church of Belleville.

Please sign her online guest book at www.davidcbrownfh.com and share a fond memory.

Philip Charles Miller
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Sanford, NC

Age 92, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born Aug. 16, 1923 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Vernon and Helen (McVeigh) Miller.

Philip served in the US Navy during WWII and flew air/sea rescues. He went to Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana. Philip loved being a traveling salesman until his retirement in 1977. He and Freda lived in Sanford, NC, where he loved to golf and loved being in the Country Club. He attended the United Methodist Church. Philip enjoyed fishing, traveling, and football, especially U of M. He was a talented photographer, and took pictures at many weddings.

On April 29, 1945, he married Freda Lenore Butcher and she preceded him in death on Dec. 11, 2010. He is survived by a son, Terry (Justine) Miller of Chelsea, three daughters, Marilyn Miller of Hammond, IN, Cheryl Miller of Lawrence, KS, Diane (Chris) Cartheuser of Loveland, OH; 5 grandchildren: Michele, Christine, Janet, Quinn, and Clare; 2 step-grandchildren: Dalisa and Danae; 7 great-grandchildren: Denice, Derrick, Christopher, Jade, Justina, David, and Dylan; and his beloved nieces and nephews, Robert (Sue), Carol (Mark) and Duane (Becky) Butcher and Laura Rodriguez, Nancy, Danny and Don Miller, Colleen (Mike) Collins. He was preceded in death by a brother Donald; and a sister, Carol.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community, with Rev. Cathy Rafferty officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Ford-VeraV. Jean Ford
Chelsea, Michigan

V. Jean Ford, of Chelsea, died March 30, 2016 at the age of 79.

She was born in Detroit on June 30, 1936 to Eugenia and Henry Neff. Jean graduated from Western High School in Detroit in 1953. She attended Wayne State University and Washtenaw Community College.

On Aug. 20, 1983, she wed Andrew Ford, a teacher and school administrator and later owner of an engineering consulting firm. She and her husband kept horses for many years on their property in Sylvan Township. The couple also served for years as co-superintendents of the horse division of the Chelsea Community Fair. Jean’s love of animals included an assortment of farm animals and especially her canine friends, Midgie, Howie, Newfie, and Gigi as well as one extraordinary cat, Lumpy.

Music was important in Jean’s life. She loved to sing, and she performed for a time with the Sweet Adelines. She also played guitar and was an accomplished pianist. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, reading, hiking and horseback riding. A special interest was cycling, having biked most of North America and Europe. Camping from the bicycles was a favorite. In later years, Jean worked out regularly at the Chelsea Wellness Center.

Jean’s family and friends will especially remember her kindness and support throughout their lives. Jean was preceded in death by her parents and by one brother, Kenneth. She is survived by a son, James H. (Melissa) Botsford of Brighton; a daughter, Julie (James) Botsford Reznich of Traverse City; and stepchildren Christopher (Michele) Ford of Brighton, Nancy (Dan) Ford of Brighton, Susan (Philip) Lerner of Avon, CT, and Steven (Sarah) Ford of Grosse Ile. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. The family will receive friends 9-10 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Last Chance Rescue dog rescue in care of Woodland Animal Hospital, 7980 Grand River, Brighton, MI, 48114 or at www.lastchancerescue.org.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Emma Lee Farmer
daughter of Gary and Courtney Farmer, age 6 months, went to be with Lord March 24, 2016 after complications from CDH.

Also surviving Emma are her brother, Roman Durham; grandparents, Gary and Sandy Farmer, Daniel and Joan Durham and Tony and Vicki Oaks.

Gary and Courtney will be receiving family and friends for the celebration of their Princess Emma’s life at 12 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016 at Sherwood Funeral Home, 1109 Norvell Road, Grass Lake with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Please sign Emma’s guest book here.

Chubb-ArthurArthur “Art” Bryant Chubb
Dexter, MI

Age 58, died Thursday, March 17, 2016.

He was born Jan. 29, 1958 in Garden City, Michigan, the son of Paul Eugene and Vera Maxine (Smith) Chubb.

Art was very intelligent, and invented several things for the company he worked for. He liked the country life, riding his Harley Davidsons, and driving his classic cars. Art was a very generous person and a friend to everyone. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren.

On May 17, 1980, he married Bonita Ann McClure at St. Alfred’s in Taylor, Michigan, and she survives. He is also survived by two sons, Arthur II “Artie” (Amanda) Chubb of Dexter, Bryan Chubb (fiancee Katie Eggers) of Romulus; a daughter, Dana Rae (Jefrey) Barnhardt of Dexter; three brothers, Richard (Gladyth), Ronald (Linda), William (Reeta); a sister, Judy Ward; sister-in-law Rozanne Chubb; many nieces and nephews; and he was Papa to Haylee, Ashlee, Arthur III, Kenneth, Brielle, Bryan II, and Jaxton. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Norman.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, March 22 at noon, at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Ford officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.

Sloan-AugustaAugusta Mary Sloan
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Dexter

Age 101, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Chelsea.

She was born October 2, 1914 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Anton & Winifred (Hart) Schabas.

“Gussie” was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter. She helped her husband run Sloan Nursery in Detroit and Dexter. Augusta was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, known for her gentle soul. She was an optimist, and was very kind to everyone.

On June 19, 1937, she married Louis Sloan in Mt. Clemens, MI and he preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2002. She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen (Don) Lowe of Owosso, Alice Sloan of Wixom; two sons, Richard (Maureen) Sloan of Dexter, Michael (Janet) Sloan of Ann Arbor; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Patrick, Mary, Matthew, Heather, Veronica and Laura; and seven great-grandchildren, Jordan, Dylan, Lillian, Lydia, Gwendolyn, Malcolm and Maya. She was preceded in death by 3 children, Patricia (Arthur) Laventure, Joseph A. Sloan, Thomas J. Sloan; and 3 grandchildren, Phillip, Jeannette, and Carrie.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 15, 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Village Church, 3040 Dover St., Dexter, with Fr. Terry Dumas presiding. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.

The family will receive friends at St. Joseph Catholic Village Church from 9-10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to UMRC Foundation or St. Joseph Catholic Church. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Snay-LelandLeland Dwaine Snay
Alapaha, Georgia

Passed away at age 80 in Alapaha, GA on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.

He was born July 4, 1935, the son of Robert and Bertha (Hanselman) Snay.

Surviving is one son Michael (Shannon) Snay of Dawagiac; three daughters: Cheryl (Jamie) Batdorff of Munith, Barbara (Terry) Baldwin of Pleasant Lake, and Becky Duncan of Jackson; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, sisters Evelyn DuPree of Ann Arbor and Louise (Walter) Page of Dexter. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leroy Snay of Arkansas and Dwaine Snay of Dexter.

Leland served in the Korean War, Sargent, 1st Batallion, 26th Infantry. He was a brick and stone mason by trade in the Ann Arbor area.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 8, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ann Salyer officiating. A private military burial will take place and Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dexter, MI. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Bunton-Inez-pixInez Fouty Bunton
Willis, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor and Chelsea

Age 71, died Friday, March 4, 2016 at her home.

She was born May 15, 1944 in Chelsea, the daughter of Verl and Pearl Flossie (Skinner) Fouty.

Inez worked at the Chelsea Methodist Home for several years, then worked for Chelsea Milling (Jiffy Mix), retiring in 2007. She attended Chelsea High School. Inez loved all sports, especially NASCAR and Michigan Football. She enjoyed bingo, slot machines, bowling, and fishing trips up North.

Survivors include her husband, Rickey P. Bunton; a son, Jeff Fouty; step-daughters Angelia (Rob) Gregory, Laurie (Donald) Van Buren; and a sister, Gloria (Ralph) Logan; a sister-in-law, Delores Fouty; 3 grandchildren, Kristin Fouty, Autsin Fouty, Ashley Bunton; 2 great-grandchildren, Braylen and Peyton Bunton; and her favorite companion, Ginger. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Bonnie, a grandson, Logan, brothers, Alva, Wallace, Gordon, Richard, Norman; and her parents, Verl and Pearl.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 9, 10 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial will follow at Griffith Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends Tuesday 3-7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Huron Valley Humane Society.

Bareis-RichardRichard George Bareis
Dexter, MI

Age 80, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti.

He was born Aug. 16, 1935 the son of Oscar and Wilda (McVay) Bareis.

He was born in Chelsea and raised on the family farm in Lima Township. Richard taught wood and metal shop and drafting for 35 years at Dexter High School from 1959 to 1966, and at Beach Middle School in Chelsea from 1966 to 1994.

He coached high school wrestling, football, and intramural sports. Richard was a member and lay leader of Zion Lutheran Church, Chelsea. He was a 4-H leader for Rogers Corners Herdsmen. Richard farmed and raised sheep for 40 years. He was an avid carpenter and wood carver.

He was married to Arlene for 57 years, and she survives. Other survivors include his children, Cheryl (Tom) Quinn of Chelsea, Diane (Ken) Greble of Fowlerville, David Bareis of Dexter, Judy (Fernando) Hermosillo of Dexter; six grandchildren, Alex Quinn, Patrick Quinn, Anna Hermosillo, Fernando G. Hermosillo, Sara Thacker, Kaitlyn Greble; his siblings, Oscar Bareis, Philip (Helen) Bareis, Carolyn (Dale) Schuster; his brother-in-law, Norman (Pam) Loeffler. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Wilda Bareis, sister-in-law, Mary Bareis and brother-in-law, Carl Loeffler.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 1, 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Chelsea, with Pastor Kathy Tulman officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chelsea.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Monday, Feb.29, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and at the church Tuesday from 9:30-11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

Jankusk-RichardRichard Adam Jankuski
Lyndon Twp, Michigan

Age 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Glacier Hills in Ann Arbor.

He was born Oct. 3, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Adam Joseph and Julia Loretta (Strokis) Jankuski.

Richard served in the US Marie Corps from 1957-1959, and in the reserves until 1963. He and Betty moved to Chelsea in 1975, coming from Oak Forest, IL. He was in sales most of his life, working for Garcia, Tandy/Radio Shack, Outers Laboratories, Snelling and Snelling, and he distributed newspapers for the Ann Arbor News and Chelsea Standard.

Richard was the publisher for a wildly accepted fishing newspaper the Illiana News. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and had a passion for fishing.

On Aug. 17, 1963, he married Betty Kern, and she preceded him in death, on April 30, 2013, just a few months short of their 50th anniversary. Survivors include her children, Michael Jankuski of Chelsea, Tammy Lake of MT, and Doug (Beth) Jankuski of CO; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Loretta Golaszewski.

A graveside service will be held at St. Casimir Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were handled by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Yousey-Flora-obitFlora Madeline Yousey
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Age 91, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

She was born Oct. 28, 1924 in Bridgeport, AL, the daughter of Horace Hamilton and Wiley Estelle (Mobbs) Bramlett.

Flora graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. She enjoyed golf, gardening and bowling.

She married Donald Yousey and he preceded her in death on May 5, 2009.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (Mariemma) Yousey of Gregory, John Charles (Janet) Yousey of Eugene, OR; 3 grandchildren, Robert Munker, Samuel (Holly) Munker, Ernest (Shawntay) Munker; 6 great grandchildren, Brittany, Madison, Daniel, Olivia, Elizabeth and Delany; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Horace Hamilton Bramlett Jr.; and a sister, Minnie Ruth Smith.

There are no services planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

John “Randy” Young
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 60, passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

He was born Aug. 12, 1955 in Bowling Green, OH, the son of Donald Raymond and Betty E. (Foust) Young.

Randy graduated from Chelsea High School class of 1973, and University of Michigan in 1977 with degrees in Metallurgy and Nuclear Science. After graduation he worked for Sargent and Lundy in Chicago. Randy moved back to Chelsea and worked in Ann Arbor. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chelsea. Randy liked fishing and sports.

Survivors include his mother of Chelsea; a brother, Thomas (Joan) Young of Bettendorf, IA; a sister, Pat Parr of Manchester; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother-in-law Stanley Parr.

A private service was held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Ellen Jean (Cuff) Johnson
Passed away peacefully at the Chelsea Retirement Community. All of her children were able to bring comfort and peace to her passing. She was also remembered in the prayers of many, for which we are very thankful.

Ellen was born in Neenah, WI to Arthur and Ethel Cuff. They also lived in Texas, St. Petersburg, FL, and Detroit, MI. It was in Detroit that Ellen got her Nursing Degree from Ford Hospital. She met her future husband, Clarence, there. They were married in Saline, MI and it became their home as they raised four children.

Ellen has been a member of the Saline First Presbyterian Church since moving to Saline. She was instrumental in the building of Saline Hospital and was very respected as a nurse, church leader, and neighbor. She attended the University of Michigan at 45 and earned a Public Health Nursing Degree with honors. This culminated in a job with the Ann Arbor School System as a school nurse.

After semi-retirement, she and Clarence bought land near Traverse City, and built a cottage which has been a source of joy for family and friends.

Ellen is survived by her sister, Isabel (Hank) Boomer; her children, Richard (Polly) Johnson, Arthur Johnson, Doris (Ernst) Siegmann, and David (Millie) Johnson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous other dear relatives.

Donations are being accepted for Arbor Hospice, the Chelsea Retirement Community Employees Fund, or the charity of your choice.

Her memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m. at the Main Chapel of the Chelsea Retirement Community.

Hanna-obit-photoRev. King W. Hanna
Manchester, Michigan

Age 76, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the University of Michigan Hospital.

He was born Oct. 6, 1939 in Detroit, the son of John G. and Dorothea May (Flood) Hanna.

King graduated from Chelsea High School in 1957, and Eastern Michigan University in 1966. He graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1970, and was ordained a United Methodist minister. King served as pastor at many churches, starting as a student pastor at Wellsville UMC, then as an ordained pastor at Westside UMC in Ann Arbor, Grace and Skandia UMC in Marquette, Mitchell UMC in Negaumee, and Marble Memorial UMC in Milan. He retired in 2003, and served as interim pastor at several churches.

King served on the Institutional Review Board for Marquette General Hospital and Trinity Health System. King was a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 40 years. He spent his life helping people and could talk to anyone.

On June 7, 1963, he married Anne Marie Buss in Manchester, and she survives. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Janice Steinhauer; brother-in-law, Paul Buss; niece, Michelle (Patrick) Cameron; nephew, Matthew (Kellie) Buss. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Josephine (Fisk) Hanna, and his sister-in-law, Lucille Buss.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the church Friday, Jan. 29, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A graveside service will take place at Park Cemetery in Marquette, Michigan at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Theological School in Ohio for scholarships for seminary students.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Strong-RobertRobert Wesley Strong
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 79, left his home and family to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.

He was born Feb. 4, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of George E. and Louise H. (Nagle) Strong.

Bob graduated from Proviso High School in Maywood, IL, graduated from Northwestern University, and spent two years at Dallas Theological Seminary. His faith was the most important thing in his life, and he served the Lord as an Elder at Immanuel Bible Church in Chelsea and as a volunteer for Gideons International. Bob was an engineer who worked for King Seeley, Chrysler (28 years), GT Products (10 years), and Eaton Corporation, all at the same location in Ann Arbor. He delighted in being involved in all his children’s activities as they grew up, and continued the tradition with his grandchildren. He was a loving husband and father who used his time to serve His Lord and his family.

On May 25, 1963, he married Eleanor O. Spicer in Farmington, Michigan, and she survives. Other survivors include six children: Phoebe (Jeff) Harris of Chelsea, Luman (Tanya) of Chelsea, Charity (Jeff) Vander Laan of Holland, MI, Tobin (Kara) of South Lyon, Justin (Erin) of Cortland, OH, Burrill of Chelsea; 18 grandchildren, Gideon and Ottilia Harris, Selah, Boaz, Simeon, and Shadrach Strong, Clayton, Chloe, Lydia, and Garrett Vander Laan, Ezekiel, Solomon, Levi, and Ezra Strong, Malachi, Marina, Elisha, and Cora Strong. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Elinor Fitzpatrick.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m. at the George Prinzing Auditorium in the Washington Street Education Center, Chelsea, with Pastors Dominic Aquilino and Ron Clark officiating.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Wednesday from 12-3 and 5-8 p.m. Burial will take place at Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.

Les-2Leslie Moore Armiak

Leslie Moore Armiak, a beloved mother, sister and wife, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 after a valiant 5-year battle with myelofibrosis, a rare form of leukemia. She was 58.

Leslie’s loving spirit, humor and warmth affected everyone who knew her. She was an inspiration to her family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

Leslie Ann Bury was born on June 11, 1957, to Walter and Madelyn Rowe Bury, of North Lake. She graduated from Chelsea High School in 1975.

Known as Les, she had an irrepressible smile and a tremendous kindness. She was non-judgmental and cherished her relationships.

Leslie married Tim Moore of Stratford, Texas in 1976. Their daughter, Melissa Dawn, was born in 1978. Tim passed away in a tragic car accident shortly thereafter.

Leslie married Joseph Armiak years later. He lovingly cared for Les during her battle with cancer and was her main cheerleader when the going got tough. She passed away at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she received her treatment.

Preceded in death by her parents, Leslie is survived by her husband, Joe of Spring, Texas; her daughter, Melissa Moore of Ann Arbor; and her siblings, Barbara Foxhall and husband Lewis of Houston; William “Billy” Bury and wife Jeanette of Dexter; Anne Bury of Concord, California; Ellen Wilson of Spring, Texas; and Jeanne Rabke and husband Stephen of Houston.

M-D-wyo-picLarry Edwin Kranick
Chelsea, Michigan

Larry Edwin Kranick, 77, of Chelsea, MI passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.

Born July 21, 1938 in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Roy E. and Harriet Kranick and was the husband of Irene H. Kranick for fifty-four years.

Mr. Kranick was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He had a long career as a civil/structural engineer. He loved fishing, golfing, traveling and spending time with his family and many friends. Mr. Kranick was a long time member of St. Mary Church as well as a 30-year member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a former Grand Knight; a member of the Fourth Degree and a Guanellian Cooperative.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kranick is survived by his children Debbie Johnson (AJ) of Belleville, MI, Michele Hughes (Greg) of Maybee, MI, and Mark Kranick (Melinda) of Belleville, MI; his siblings, Donald Kranick (Gloria) of Lapeer, MI and Darlene Krieg (Ron) of Indian River, MI; his grandchildren Shawn Kranick (Emily), Ashley Doletzky, Leigh-Anne Russell, Nicole Curry (Zac), Brandy Flaws (Bryan) as well as several “very special” grandchildren and 3 ½ great- grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea with the V. Rev. William J. Canon Turner officiating. There will be a 1-hour viewing at the church prior to service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI.


 

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