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Winchell Robert Faucett
of Chelsea, MI, formerly of India and Naperville, Illinois

Age 105, died Nov. 21, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community after moving there several weeks ago from Naperville, Illinois to be close to his loving sister, Evelyn Faucett, his nephew Robert Holmes and his “honorary” niece Sara Holmes. At his 100th birthday party on Nov. 16, 2007 Winchell informed everyone that his next goal was 105, and to everyone’s joy he made it!

Winchell was a citizen of the world and like all members of his family had a deep appreciation for diverse international cultures and peoples. He was born in Bareilly, India to Robert Isaac Faucett and Myrtle (Bare) Faucett. Winchell’s parents and grandparents were Methodist Missionaries in India over a period of many decades. He attended grammar school and high school at Philander Smith College in the hill station of Naini Tal, India.

Winchell was a true son of India. As a boy, he had to shake his shoes before putting them on to dislodge any poisonous scorpions or snakes. Homes where the family lived often had King Cobras in the years and sometimes inside the house. Leopards roamed in the surrounding jungle and sometimes in the yard as well. In his early teenage years, he hunted in the jungle with his younger brother, Leonard, and once swam (unknowingly) across a crocodile infested river. He survived many serious tropical diseases in his early life with the result that he had an amazingly strong immune system. He was fluent throughout his life in Hindustani and various Indian dialects.

Winchell graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa where he met his future wife, Velma Day. After graduation from college, Winchell worked for Firestone in Burma. Velma, who had never been out of Iowa, subsequently traveled 30 days by ship with Winchell’s older sister, Marguerite, to Rangoon where she and Winchell were married by his father. The couple honeymooned on the “Road to Mandalay.” After working and living in Burma and India for a time, Winchell and Velma moved back to the United States where he had a 35-year career as an executive with the Brunswick Corporation.

Winchell was an avid photographer and he loved to cook Indian cuisine and eat in Indian restaurants.

He was President of Mill Crossing Condominium Association in Naperville, Illinois until he was 95 years old and was also an active member of the hunger committee at Community United Methodist Church where he and Velma were members since 1976. He regularly drove his car which was heavily laden with food from Naperville to food pantries in Chicago until his mid-90s.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Velma; their daughter, Susan, his sister Marguerite Faucett Holmes and his brother Leonard Faucett. Winchell is survived by his sister, Evelyn Faucett, who moved in May to Chelsea, Michigan from Madison, Tennessee. He is also survived by nieces Ellen Faucett, Deb Faucett, and Nancy Casey and nephew Ben Feldt. He is also survived by a nephew Robert and Sara Holmes, their daughter, Elizabeth Spaulding and their son, Charles Homes. He was also the great-great-uncle to Abby Spaulding and Sophie, Will, and Ingrid Holmes.

The family expresses its love and appreciation to:
* Rosea and Frank Ortiz of Naperville who saved Winchell’s life a number of years ago after a very serious fall.
* Roumi Petrova and Greta Woods who were excellent care givers and dear friends in Naperville. Since Winchell was a life-long learner and teacher, he taught them a bit of Hindustani and they taught him a few words of Bulgarian.

Cremation has taken place. A brief memorial service will be held in the main chapel of Chelsea Retirement Community on Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Community United Methodist Church 20 N. Center St., Naperville, IL 60540-4611.

 


Rose Kress
Howell, Michigan, formerly of Hamtramck, Detroit, Redford, and Oscoda, MI.

Age 92, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at Towns Commons Assisted Living in Howell. She was born June 1, 1920 in Hamtramck, Michigan, the daughter of Frank & Theresa (Czech) Wojciechowski.

Rose retired to Oscoda, MI with Raymond, where she was a member of Sacred Heart Church, and the Greenbush Seniors. Rose and Raymond were members of the National Doll Collectors Club.

She married Raymond Kress in 1941 at St. Florian Church in Hamtramck. He preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 1989. Survivors include three daughters, Theresa Kress of Chelsea, Susan Taylor of West Bloomfield, Barbara Dietz of Solana Beach, CA; a son, Robert Kress of Commerce Township; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Rose is preceded in death by a brother, Edward Ochal; and two sisters, Genevieve Brylewski and Anna Swietkewicz.

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul of Mikado, MI. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Verglenda Salyer
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 2, 1926 in Royalton, KY, the daughter of Sheridan and Rebecca (Fletcher) Marshall. She moved to Michigan at the age of 12 and called Chelsea home for more than 60 years. On Feb. 26, 1944, she married the love of her life, Alonzo Ford Salyer, and together they celebrated nine beautiful children.

Verglenda touched the lives of many people with her smile, generosity, and warm heart. Her love for the Lord shined in everything she did, singing his praises until the very end. She cherished every moment with her family, loved each one unconditionally, and leaves a legacy of honor and faithfulness.

She was privileged to work at Chelsea Milling Company for 37 years, retiring in 1990. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, sewing, the many vacations to Florida, her “cowboys” and most of all music and praises unto the Lord. She was a founding member of the Trinity Pentecostal House of Prayer.

Verglenda is preceded in death by her parents, Sheridan and Rebecca; her husband, Alonzo; her children: Donald Ray Salyer, Sheila Salyer, Barbara Salyer, Linda Diane Salyer, and Mary Susan Salyer; her brothers, Ronald Marshall and Carl Marshall; and her sisters, Mildred (Marshall) Pinks and Dorothy (Risner) Little. She is survived by her daughters: Kathleen (Chalmer) Dyer of Kalamazoo, MI, Charlotte (Greg) Craft of Chelsea, MI, Karen Salyer of Jackson, MI, and Donna Rowe (Jim Richmond) of Jackson, MI; her sister, best friend, and closest confidante, Kathleen Salyer of Chelsea, MI; and her sister Opal Risner and brother Ellis Marshall, both of Orangeville, MI. She will be missed dearly by her 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Rev. Susan O’Bryan officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

 

Richard Martin Schenk
Of Grass Lake, Michigan

Age 68, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. He was born on Oct. 19, 1944 in Jackson, MI, the son of Winston H. and Betty Jean (Harshberger) Schenk. He loved farming, trucking, and spending time with his family and friends, going out to eat.

Surviving are his siblings: Robert Schenk of Key West, FL, Jon (Gwen) Schenk of Jackson, Janice Schenk of Janesville, WI, and Howard Schenk of Grass Lake; nephew, Michael Henry Schenk; and niece, Danielle Rumbler. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Pastor Mike Pisney officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery (Grass Lake West). The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 


Eileen L. “Mary” Salyer
East Lansing, MI formerly of Chelsea, MI, and Salyersville, KY

Age 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at Timber Ridge Senior Assisted Living Facility in East Lansing. She was born April 8, 1930 in Royalton, KY, the daughter of Henry & Maggie (Elam) Lewis.

Eileen was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church. She was retired from Federal Screw Works in Chelsea. She enjoyed her time in Sarasota, Florida, as well as gardening, flowers, and cooking.

On July 1, 1946, she married Marvin E. Salyer, and he preceded her in death on June 30, 2010. Survivors include a daughter, Denise (Michael) Long of Chelsea, grandchildren, Katy (Derek) Summers of Holland, MI., Cara Long of Kalamazoo, Scott (Amy) Long of Longmont, Co., as well as devoted extended family members, Sheila (Michael) Hughes of East Lansing; grandchildren, Andrew (Penny) Hughes, Geoffrey (Katie) Hughes, Sean (Tiffany) Hughes; great-grandchildren, Sarah & Mitchell Long, Alex & Andrew Jr. Hughes, Olivia & Michael Hughes; two brothers, Joe(Linda) Lewis of NM, John David Lewis of DeLand, FL. and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Keith E. Salyer in 1972, as well as her parents, a brother, Paul Lewis, and a sister, Clara Madge Scott.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the extremely devoted caregivers at Timber Ridge Assisted Living Facility.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Private burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St. Chelsea, MI 48118. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Janice “Jan” Karen Westphal
Chelsea, MI

Age 68, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at her home under Will’s loving care. Jan was born July 6, 1944 in Mankato, Minnesota, the daughter of Richard G. & Edna C. (Fesselt) Schull.

After growing up in Minnesota, Jan traveled with her husband, who was in the Air Force, until 1968. They ended up in Chelsea in 1970, and have lived in the same house since then.

She went to work at Michigan District of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor in 1982, and worked there until her retirement on Dec. 31, 2007. Jan was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and going to auctions.

On Jan. 17, 1965, she married Willis “Will” D. Westphal in St. Clair, MN, and he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Wendy (Allen) Cole of Chelsea; a son, Scott (Melissa) Westphal of San Diego, CA; four sisters, Ida (Conley) Birr of MN, Carol More of MN, Joan (Dean) Lavitschke of MN, and her twin sister, Janelle Imm of TX; 3 grandsons, Brian, Joshua, and Nathan Cole; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dale Grimm officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118.

 


Charles C. “Chuck” Wilsonof Chelsea, MI.

Age 77, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 24, 1935 in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Ralph and Agnes (Bachman) Wilson.

Chuck had lived in the area since 1973, coming from Ann Arbor, and had graduated from University High School in 1952 followed by two years of college.

He was a past Inverness Country Club Men’s Club Champion and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of his poker friends and golfing buddies at Inverness. Chuck was also a Kiwanian of Ann Arbor, a member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors, Wisconsin Board of Architects and Professional Engineers, and was a registered land surveyor in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

In 1977, he established C. Wilson and Associates in Chelsea and in 2002 he sold the business back to his employees.

On July 2, 1960 he married Tanya “Toni” Poe and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, David (Denise) Wilson of Commerce Twp. and Steven Wilson of Delray Beach, FL; his step-brother, Larry Wilson of Florida; two grandchildren, Lauren and Jacob Wilson; and his niece Carlin and two nephews, Mike and Jeff. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Barbara Kuehn.

Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or to the Chelsea Health Center, 14700 E. Old US-12, Chelsea, in care of Dr. James Peggs, who has been an invaluable friend and physician.

 


Lori Lynn Luckhardt
Lifelong resident of Dexter, recently of Pinckney, Michigan

Lori was born in Ann Arbor to Norman and Wilma (Hertler) Luckhardt in 1957 and a life-long resident of Dexter. She graduated with honors from Dexter High School in 1975.

Following graduation she joined Drs. Butler and Fink in Ann Arbor working as a scheduler, transcriptionist and biller while taking classes at Washtenaw Community College. When Drs. Butler and Fink closed their office, Lori moved to the group now known as Michigan Heart in Ann Arbor as a medical biller.

Growing up, Lori played piano and was involved with 4-H in sewing, knitting, and crocheting as well as showing sheep and rabbits. She continued to sew and crochet throughout her life creating afghan’s for family and friends, and took quilting classes. Lori enjoyed learning new skills and making new friends. She became a skilled artisan of stained glass creating many beautiful lamp shades and window panes.

Lori was also an avid reader and could always be found wrapped in an afghan surrounded by books and magazines. She was very caring and giving to everyone she met and this extended to all her pets.

Lori was a member of St. Andrews United Church of Christ in Dexter where she was baptized, confirmed and married in 1989.

She is survived by her son, Kyle Gorny, and Kyle’s father, Patrick Gorny, Jr., of Dexter; a sister, Ruth Luckhardt, of Dexter; and her dog, Rascal; along with aunts, uncles and cousins in the Saline area. She is preceded in death by her parents, and several aunts, uncles and a cousin.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. am at St. Andrews UCC in Dexter with Rev. Larry VanSlambrook officiating. A private burial was held at Arborcrest Memorial Park in Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, 48105 or St. Andrews UCC, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter, 48130. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

Jeffery Allen Breakefield
Brighton, MI

Age 55, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 in his home. He was born Feb. 17, 1957 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Tilson Samuel & Losie E. (Pratt) Breakefield.

Jeff worked at the 360 corporation in Howell.

Survivors include a brother; Steven T. (Jackie) Breakefield of Stockbridge. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Huron Valley Humane Society. Arrangements are being handled by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

Gloria June Foster
of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Youngstown, OH, Alexandria & Stafford, VA

Age 72, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 20, 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Vias & Violet Amelia (Wood) Harris.

On May 28, 1960, she married Bob Foster in Alexandria, VA, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 2012. Survivors include a daughter, Laura (John) Thorhauer of Chelsea; a son, Bob (Diana) of Fredericksburg, VA; 3 grandchildren, Casey Foster, Travis Foster and Kirsten Thorhauer; and many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with her family’s wishes, a local service will not be held. Burial will take place at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to UMRC Heritage Foundation, 805 W. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118 (c/o Howard S. Holmes Endowment to support charitable care at Towsley Village). Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

Ethel Lorraine Perna
Lifelong resident of Hesperia, MI.

Age 92, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at Jackson County Medical Care. She was born Aug. 29, 1920 in Hesperia, Michigan, the daughter of William Lee & Margaret Esther (Johnson) Hunt.

She moved to Chelsea to live with her daughter in 2007, and moved to Jackson in 2010. Ethel was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Hesperia, MI and was part of the ladies group at church. She worked at Howmet-Misco in Whitehall, MI. Ethel and Steve owned a farm, and she was a 4-H leader, teaching cooking, sewing, canning, as well as arts and crafts.

On April 18, 1942, she married Steve John Perna, and he preceded her in death on July 11, 1971. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Perna; son-in-law, Dick Melton of Traverse City; five grandsons, Jeremy, Joshua, Justin, Jared, and Judson Melton; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Kay Melton in 2002, grandson, Jason Brent Melton in 1991; and her brothers, Harold, Elvis “Buck” and Donald Hunt.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring at Hunt Family Chapel, Hesperia, MI. Burial will follow at West Cemetery, Hesperia, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Mary W. England
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 92, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. She was born on March 24, 1920 in Paducah, Kentucky, to Richard Penn and Lena (Toon).

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, H. Wayne England. Surviving are her son, Robert England (Jill Greenstreet); daughter, Beverly (Walter) Schmid; three grandchildren: Rob England, Walter (Jr.) Schmid (Christina Katka), and Sandra Schmid (Joseph Dunny); four great-grandchildren who will miss their “G.G.”: Oliver Katka Schmid, Ihla Katka Schmid, Joseph Walter Dunny, and Michael Walter Dunny; and a sister, Willie Francis Rogers.

G.G. was a wonderful cook and loved get-togethers with family and friends. She always had a positive outlook on life. She was also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, MI.

A private service and interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, 555 Towner St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197, to benefit the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP). Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

 


Clarence Edgar Bass
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Livonia

Age 97, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born Jan. 11, 1915 in Oconee, Illinois, the son of Edgar & Clarissa M. (Neathery) Bass.

Clarence was a mechanic, and a member of the Operating Engineers Union for 65 years. He worked for commercial contractor Darin & Armstong (now known as Walbridge Aldinger Company). Clarence was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hunting for morel mushrooms. He had an innovative mind and enjoyed repurposing items around the house for a new and creative use. He was a wonderful gardener, and took pleasure in supplying his neighbors with vegetables each summer.

On June 25, 1937, he married Esther Chamberlain, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 2008. He was a loving father to Nancy (Donald) Kwasny of Howell and Michael (Kimberly) Bass of Chelsea; proud grandfather of Mark (Lisa), Brian, Taylor and Lauren; and great-grandfather to Matthew and Hannah.

A private memorial service will be held at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Patrice S. Reilly
of Jackson, MI, formerly of Southampton, NY, Hammond, IN

Age 90, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Allegiance Hospice in Jackson, Michigan. She was born Oct. 6, 1922 in Mishawaka, IN, the daughter of Raymond A. & Catherine A. (Guthrie) Schaub.

Pat attended Dunbarton College in Washington DC. She was an elementary school teacher at Our Lady of Grace in Highland, IN.

On May 15, 1948, she married Robert P. Reilly in Washington DC and he preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 1999. Survivors include 2 sons, Michael (Dorothy) Reilly of Southampton, NY, Thomas Reilly of Chelsea; 5 daughters, Cathy (Joe Riener) Reilly of Washington DC, Francey (Jack) Wheeler of Chelsea, Tese (Bruno) Frohlich of Williamstown, VT, Mary(Greg Putalik) Reilly of Harbor Springs, Anne (Arthur) Pomponio of New York, NY; a brother, Thomas (Marilyn) Schaub of Pittsburgh, PA; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pat will be interned with her husband, Bob, at Arlington National Cemetery, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson Friendly Home, 435 W. North St., Jackson, MI 49202. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Randy Joseph Willrich
Grass Lake, Michigan, formerly of Matlacha Island, FL & Ann Arbor, MI

Age 55, died peacefully Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at his home in Grass Lake. He was born March 28, 1957 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Herbert & Donna J. (Weible) Willrich.

Randy was a care-free, happy spirit with a great sense of humor. He was self-employed his entire life, and particularly enjoyed shrimping in the Ft. Myers, Florida area. He was very loving, especially to his nieces and nephews. He never put himself before others. Although he enjoyed being with other people, he was content to be by himself, and enjoyed the serenity of the Gulf of Mexico and the mountains of the West. One of his favorite memories was from when he was young and would escape to go fishing by himself, where he would find “time to think”.

Survivors include his mother of Battle Creek; three sisters, Juanita Cain of LaFayette, Indiana, Julia (Erik) Jensen of Grass Lake, and Karen (Craig) Griffin of Battle Creek; as well as 3 nieces and 3 nephews; and 3 great nieces and 5 great nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and his life-time love, Lucy Hodges.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Huron Valley Humane Society or Arbor Hospice. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

Deborah Burnett
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 58, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at her home in Chelsea. She was born Nov. 16, 1954 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Rodger & Margaret (Umsted) Williams.

Deborah enjoyed spending time with her family, her grandkids, her friend Jackie, and her dog Maggie May.

On Dec. 26, 1972, she married Harry Burnett II in Ann Arbor. He preceded her in death in July of 2005. Survivors include a daughter, Beth (Jason) Hewitt; two grandchildren, Devin and Konner Hewitt; two brothers, Brent Williams and Steve (Sharon) Williams both of Ann Arbor; a sister, Sherry Parks of Ann Arbor; and a nephew Michael Williams. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sons, Jason Burnett and Harry Burnett III. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Margaret Matilda Bauer
of Chelsea, MI

Age 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at Regency at Whitmore Lake just 4 days before her birthday.

She was born Dec. 8, 1919 in Dearborn, Michigan, the daughter of Henry & Flossie (Pelton) Bauer.

She lived on her family farm in Saline. Margaret worked at Kresge and K-Mart for 30 years, retiring in 1987. She enjoyed baking.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda (Craig) Sayers of Chelsea; a grandson, Brian Sayers; and a cousin, Howard Bauer. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ethel Grace Bauer in 2003 and Mable Peters in 2005, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Keith Worrell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday 2-4 & 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea High School Athletic Department.

 


Norma “Gerry” Wilkerson
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at her home after a courageous 23-year battle with cancer. She was born on Feb. 4, 1930 in Escanaba, MI and moved to Chelsea in 1946.

Gerry had worked as a driver-mechanic at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea and retired in 1988. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, playing bingo, and going to the casino.

She is survived by her daughters, Vickie (Dennis) Price of Chelsea and Carrie Kee of Elizabeth, CO; brother, Norman (Bonnie) Hayes; and sister, Faith (John) Stone. She will be dearly missed by her granddaughter, Stacie Eresten, and grandsons, Zac Eresten, Austin Downs, and Joseph Downs. She was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Hayes, and brothers, Glenn “Butch” and Bill Hayes.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Great Lakes Hospice.

 


Donald Thompson
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 76, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born on June 9, 1936 in Inkster, MI, the son of John and Stella (Kostrzewa) Thompson.

He had lived in the area since 1970, coming from Saline, and was the co-owner of Thompson’s Pizzeria in Chelsea, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed farming, red tractors, hunting, fishing, and playing all kinds of card games.

On June 7, 1958 he married Denice C. DesArmo in Munising and she survives. Also surviving are four children: Dean (Colleen) Thompson of Chelsea, Dennis Thompson of Manchester, Diane (Jesse Jr.) Coburn of Chelsea, and David (Jody) Thompson of Tecumseh; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Moore of California; and sister-in-law, Doris Thompson of Ann Arbor. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Thomas, Jack, and Gerald Thompson, and two granddaughters, Delyn and Celora Thompson.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Community Fair.

 

Lyle Henry Lightner
Horton, Michigan

Age 61, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Eaton Community Palliative Care Center in Charlotte, Michigan. He was born Dec. 11, 1950 in Watervliet, Michigan, the son of Keith H. & Florence E. (Heim) Lightner.

Lyle loved farming, and farmed in the Sylvan Center area. He was a Farmall fanatic. Lyle was a member of the Grass Lake Class of 1969. He worked for Federal Screw in Chelsea, Pittsfield Products in Ann Arbor, Taylor Postal Trucking, and also maintained a lawn care service. He attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. Lyle was a good dad.

Survivors include a son, Travis Lightner of Ann Arbor; a sister, Joyce (Paul) Easter of Vandercook Lake; two brothers, Dan (Georgia) of Jackson, James (Debra) of Springport. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Mary.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner and Fr. Harvey officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Elizabeth G. “Betty” Smith
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, died on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at the Chelsea Retirement Community, Towsley Village. She was born on Aug. 6, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Clarence R. and Martha (Milaskowski) Edmonds.

Betty had been a resident of Chelsea since 1952. On Nov. 28, 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, she married Byron E. Smith. Byron preceded her in death on April 17, 1983.

For 22 years, Betty was the Executive Secretary at Dana Corporation in Chelsea. A life-long Catholic, she was a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church, a member and past-president of the Women of St. Mary, a past-president of the VFW Auxiliary Post 4076, and a volunteer at Chelsea Community Hospital and Faith-in-Action.

Surviving is her sister, Lois J. Bauer of Parma, OH; nieces, Bonnie Bauer, Jackie (Don) Austin, and Patricia (Lew) Meggitt; nephews, Mark (Janet) Bauer and George (Donna) Ramsey; grand-nieces, Megan Bauer and Kristen Bauer; and grand-nephews, Ryan Bauer, Matt Ramsey, and Michael Ramsey. Her sister, Helen V. Ramsey, preceded her in death. She is also survived by her adopted family, John and Gloria Mitchell and their children and grandchildren.

Mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating and Senior Deacon Richard Shaneyfelt assisting. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Louis Center. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

 


Linda Susan Brooks
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 57, passed away on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She was born on Nov. 13, 1955 in Pinckney, MI, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Bower) Kaiser.

Linda Susan Brooks was an extremely hard worker as she drove a bus for the Chelsea school system for many years while being a farrier in the Chelsea area. During this time, she went back to school herself, earning a Registered Nursing degree, then going to work at Herrick Memorial Hospital. She loved the outdoors, walking the many trails in the area if not horseback riding them. Some of her other many interests were reading, dancing, music, gardening, cooking, birds, especially crane and hawk watching and many other different kinds of wildlife along with astrology and attending older model car shows. She will be deeply missed and loved by the many people that she touched, especially her family members. Love ya.

Surviving are her husband, Thaddeus Bombrys of Chelsea; three children: Scott (Allison) Brooks of Michigan, Julie Brooks (Darrin Makowski) of California, and Cody Brooks of Grand Rapids; two grandchildren, Ariana Brooks of California and Quinten Smith of Clinton; and her siblings: Mike Kaiser of Louisiana, Chuck (Lorie) Kaiser of Pinckney, Pete (Tami) Kaiser of Cement City, Sherrie, Stevie, Karen, and Holly. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Dave.

A gathering of friends and family will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

 


Joan Marie Schnaidt
Of Chelsea, MI

Mrs. Joan Marie Schnaidt (nee Dunne), a long-time resident of Chelsea, Michigan, died on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 in her home surrounded by her family.

Joan was born on May 4, 1937, the fifth of seven children of James and Helen Dunne in Queens, New York. Joan graduated from Queens Nursing School in 1960 as a Registered Nurse. She was married in June 1960, and had five children: Michael, Michele, and Matthew were born in New York City; Joan and Nancy were born in Ann Arbor, MI, where the family moved in 1967. In 1979, Joan was remarried to Dan Schnaidt and adopted three children: Alonzo, Benita, and Dan.

The family lived in the Jackson and Chelsea areas. Even while busy raising a family, Joan worked as an RN at the University of Michigan Hospital and other healthcare organizations in the Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Jackson areas. Joan loved University of Michigan football, had season tickets for over 30 years, and watched the last two 2012 games at her home while in hospice care.

Although raised in the city, Joan began farming with Dan and her children and was active in 4-H. Joan was a devout Catholic, she volunteered at Faith in Action, and was an active member of the Third Order of St. Francis.

She is survived by her sister, Virginia, and brother, Francis, her eight children, four grandchildren, and her loving husband Dan. She was preceded by her parents, and siblings Cathleen, Joseph, James and Dorothy.

Mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 East Old US-12, Chelsea, MI 48118 with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. Visitation will be held at church from 9-10 a.m. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

 


Edna M. Brown
Of Chelsea, MI

Age 92, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her family on Nov. 17, 2012. She was born Sept. 1, 1920 in Shaftsburg, MI the daughter of Frederick and Ada Maud (Pascoe) Stone. She married her beloved William D. Brown on Nov. 25, 1939.

Edna was a homemaker, raising eight children. She loved canning and baking. She did bake up a storm. Edna is survived by her sister Ruth Guenther of Chelsea, and her sister-in-law Adeline Stone of Chelsea; her children William F. (Helen) Brown of Norvel, Beverly A. (Arthur) Haab of Manchester, Robert L. (Lynn) Brown of Jackson, Mary Jane (Mark) Luckhardt of Manchester, Thomas Brown of Chelsea, Shirley England of Noblesville, IN, John E. (Pamela) Brown of Chelsea, 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband William Brown, her five brothers, her daughter Barbara K. (William) Gaddis, and her granddaughter Devonna L. Belows.

Edna enjoyed reading, puzzle books, her soaps and watching the Tigers “WIN”. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her long-time friend Geraldine Gieske.

A Graveside Service will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice of Ann Arbor, 3840 Packard Rd. Suite 260, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

 


Kenneth C. Runciman
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 in Lac du Flambeau, WI, where his family had gathered to be with him – one month after turning 100 years old.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1912 in Waterloo, MI to Claude and Mary (Gorton) Runciman. After graduating from Michigan State College in 1935, he married the love of his life, Frances M. Kantlehner, whom he met in the fourth grade, on Oct. 21, 1936, in the Kantlehner family home on South Street in Chelsea. She preceded him in death in July, 2009. They had two children, Frances Kay (John) Suffron of Presque Isle, WI and David Frederick Runciman, who also preceded him in death in April, 1971.

Ken was responsible for the grounds at Ypsilanti State Hospital until World War II, when he worked on aircraft instrumentation at the bomber plant at Willow Run Airport. Following the war, he worked for the Michigan Department of Conservation Parks Division until he founded K.C. Runciman Landscape Architects in 1946, becoming the first landscape architect in the Ann Arbor area with a degree in that field. He continued in the profession he loved for 43 years, before retiring in 1989. He greatly appreciated his collaboration with his associate landscape architects, as well as several aspiring ones whom he mentored over the years. He loved his work and enjoyed creating beautiful spaces for residents and businesses in Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter, and Chelsea, including the Chelsea Community Hospital and what was once the “new” high school on Washington Street in Chelsea.

Ken was a unique and gentle person, quick to smile and often with a mischievous sparkle in his eyes. Kind, hard-working, honest, and full of life, he enjoyed traveling and was able to take some wonderful trips, both in the U.S. and abroad. He drew much joy from the many friendships he made during his lifetime and was perhaps best known for his love of his home on South Street, the dogwood he planted in the backyard, church life, the game of Bridge, his golf game, watching college sports, his genuine friendliness, and his full head of white hair! His was truly a long life well lived!

Ken’s family and friends brought him great joy and pride, and he was loved and will be tremendously missed by his surviving relatives: daughter Kay Suffron and son-in-law John, granddaughter Heather Suffron, and brother Robert Brown of Jackson.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. The family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. until the hour of service. Donations may be given in Ken’s memory to the First Congregational Church, Chelsea, the Salvation Army, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to a charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to thank all their loved ones for their support, as well as the staff at Towsley Village (Chelsea Retirement Community) and Our Home K-Care in Lac du Flambeau, WI for their kind care during his last few years with us.

 


Gerald Dennis “Jerry” Steinhauer
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 72, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 after battling Parkinson’s Disease for many years.

He was born on April 21, 1940 in Wayne, MI, the son of Lawrence and Lillian (Avery) Steinhauer. Jerry was raised in Wayne and attended Wayne Memorial High School and Wayne State University.

On Jan. 8, 1960, he married Judith Bogetta and she survives. Jerry began his 50-year career at Steinhauer Insurance Agency and was subsequently a founding partner of Professional Insurance Associates. He was a member of the Wayne Rotary Club for 40 years and served on the board of the Oakwood Foundation.

Jerry and Judi were renowned for great entertaining at their home on Sugarloaf Lake and are remembered for hosting children’s visits with Santa Claus and countless holiday and lake parties. Jerry was an accomplished boat driver for competitive water ski tournaments. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and his four sons and loved attending sporting events of his children and his grandchildren.

Jerry had an ardent interest in Native American culture and artifacts and traveled the western United States extensively with Judi. They took each of the grandchildren on a special trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons where they went on guided tours, river rafting, and were sometimes chased by buffalo. After every trip, GaGa (Grandpa Jerry) hand wrote an album for the grandchild, a memento that is cherished by each.

In addition to his wife, Judi, Jerry is survived by his five children: Philip (Kirstin), Krystn (Robert), Martin (Nancy), David (Kelly), and Matthew (Anne), and his grandchildren: Tyler, Troy, Alexander, Claire, Jacob, Michael, Collin, Eric, and Mia.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main St., Chelsea. Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Rotary International, or Chelsea Athletics.

 

Russel E. Taylor
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 84, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 in his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1928 in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Carl Melvin & Florence Mabel (Erridge) Taylor.

Russel was a Navy veteran who served during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a firefighter with the Ann Arbor Fire Department. Russ enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was active in the Kaleva Snowmobile Club.

On Dec. 11, 1946, he married Patricia Willsher and she preceded him in death on April 5, 2012. Survivors include a son, Stephen A. (Susan) Taylor; 2 grandsons, Christopher (Sarah) Taylor of Grass Lake, Mark (Megan) Taylor of Chelsea; 4 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Kylie, Dominik, Kain; 5 nieces, and 1 nephew. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda S. Taylor.

A private burial will be at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. Arrangements were handled by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 


Anna Marie “Hope” Aaron
Of Clinton, MI

Age 86, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She was born Aug. 17, 1926 in Alger, Ohio, the daughter of Green & Elizabeth (Risner) Cole. Anna spent her childhood in Kentucky. She loved reading and gardening. Hope enjoyed going out to eat and running the roads to shop. Anna worked for Chelsea Milling for almost 30 years.

On March 5, 1954, she married William Aaron in Angola, IN, and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2010. Survivors include a daughter Anita Myers; a sister, Wavalene Cole; a granddaughter, Heather Myers; a great-granddaughter Amanda Sambrowsky; nieces & nephews, Doug (Debbie) Parsons, Karen (Paul) Lehman, Sharon (Erin) Parsons; great nieces & nephews, Brandon (Annie) Miller, Stacy Miller, Sara Parsons, Matthew Parsons; great-great nieces & nephews, Makayla, Brodey, and Gracin Miller. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law Doug Myers., and a sister, Dollberta Parsons.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Family will receive friends from 11:30 until the service. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Huron Valley Humane Society.

 


Glenn William Douglas Hayes
Of Apache Junction, Arizona
Formerly Stockbridge, Michigan

Age 69, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 after a one year battle with lung cancer. Glenn was an employee of Chelsea Milling Company for 21 years before moving to Arizona, where he worked 21 years as a security guard for the INS in Florence, AZ.

Glenn has been a member of the Herbert J. McKune American Legion Post 31 for the past 40 years, where he proudly served his country and the United States Marine Corps at the rank of Lance Corporal from 1960-64.

On April 25, 1976, he married Margaret Ellen Dixon in Las Vegas, NV and she survives. Also surviving are his four children: James (Sharon) Mills of Jackson, Terri (Tom) Mills-Wacker of Grass Lake, Claudia Powers of Stockbridge, and Jeff (Diana) Mills of Henderson, NV; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Norman (Bonnie) Hayes of Channing, MI; sisters, Faith (John) Stone of Gladstone, MI and Gerri Wilkerson of Chelsea; as well as many nieces and nephews. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Norma Hayes, and one brother, William Hayes.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. A wake is planned for Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 31, 1700 Ridge Road, Chelsea, MI 48118. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Arbor Hospice Foundation or donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation in memory of Glenn Hayes, organized by Stacy Corbin of Phoenix, AZ.

 


James L. Hirst
Of Unadilla Township, Michigan

Age 75, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at his home. He was born on Dec. 13, 1936 in Saginaw, MI, the son of Harry and Charlotte (Huggins) Hirst.

Jim had lived in the area for the past 12 years, coming from Ypsilanti Township, and was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and spending time with family, friends and his faithful dog Maisy. He worked on the railroad for 42 years and retired as an Amtrak conductor in 1999.

Jim was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman from 1958-60. On May 11, 1963, he married Ruth Martha Knoll in Frankenmuth and she survives. Also surviving are his mother of Saginaw; three children: Amy (Craig) Laidlaw of Dexter, Joel (Janelle) Hirst of Chelsea, and Shannon (Ben) Spence of Tecumseh; seven grandchildren: Sam, Jacob, Joe, Jordan, Danny, Jeret, and Suzie; brother, Edward (Penny) Hirst of Marshall; sister, Onalee Wickman of Hemlock; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Hirst of Burt. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, John “Jack” Hirst.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Pastor Dale Grimm officiating. Burial will take place at Cook Cemetery in Taymouth Twp. on Tuesday. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. and Monday from 1-2 p.m. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Arbor Hospice Foundation, or Our Savior Lutheran Church, Chelsea.

 


William Barton Silvis
formerly of Chicago, IL, Plymouth, MI, Sun City West, AZ and Chelsea, MI

Age 95, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born Sept.24, 1917 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Louie William & Pearl Emoline (Barton) Silvis.

William retired after 42 years from Associated Spring, a division of Barnes Group in Plymouth. He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1975 with a degree in Business Administration. He served as a City Commissioner of Plymouth and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He loved baseball and enjoyed serving as an umpire with the Suburban Umpire Association. William was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth and Desert Palms Presbyterian Church of Sun City West, AZ. Amateur radio was an important hobby, his call signs were K8YNV and N7ERQ.

On Nov. 20, 1941, he married Mary Elizabeth Martin in Chicago, IL, and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Marjorie Lynch of Plymouth, Janet (Richard) Weaver of Dexter; one son, William (Barbara) Silvis of Ann Arbor; 6 grandchildren, Rebecca (Timothy) Gilbert of Nashville, TN, William Charles (Lauren) Silvis of Bethesda, MD, Benjamin (Kari) Weaver of Rochester Hills, MI, Edward Lynch of Detroit, Richard Weaver of East Lansing and Elizabeth Lynch of Wixom; 5 great-grandchildren, Katherine, Abigail and Andrew Gilbert, Samuel Silvis, and Holden Weaver, and two brothers, John Silvis of Foxboro, MA and Ralph (Dorothy) Silvis of Sardinia, OH. William was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother Eulalia Silvis, two sisters, Louisa Carr and Gretchen Hart; and two brothers George and Wirton Silvis.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community with Rev. Cathi King officiating. The family will receive friends from noon- 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Retirement Community or Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Gladys E. Murray
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 96, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at her home in Chelsea. She was born Jan. 26, 1916 in Waterloo, Michigan, the daughter of Homer & Lela (Green) Parks. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chelsea.

She married Jack W. Murray in 1940, and he preceded her in death in 1980. Survivors include a granddaughter, Amanda Clark of Grass Lake; and three sisters, Katherine Brauer, Mary Rettig, and Helen Lake. Gladys was preceded in death by two sons, John & Donald, a baby daughter, Jane; her twin sister, Mildred Lantis, a sister, Dorothy Walbrook; and four brothers, Robert, Donald, John & Richard.

Cremation has already taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice or the American Lung Association. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Helen Dee DeWeese
Chelsea, Michigan

Helen (Sosnoski) DeWeese, 96, died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at the Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC) in Chelsea, Michigan.

Born in Freeland, Pennsylvania in 1916, she was a graduate of the Philadelphia Hospital School of Nursing. Early in her career, practicing as a surgical nurse, Helen met and married Dr. Marion S. (Bill) DeWeese, the love of her life, while they both were working at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

During their journey together they resided in Texas, where Helen pursued additional education, earning a bachelor’s degree. They later lived in California and Missouri but returned to Ann Arbor, which they always considered as their family home.

Helen was active with numerous charitable organizations throughout her life. She always looked forward to spending time with family and friends, sewing, reading, and traveling to special places with her husband Bill. She was a nature lover who enjoyed gardening, nurturing her wildflowers and feeding the raccoons and squirrels that visited her daily. At the family cottage on Traverse Bay, she looked forward to her walks on the shoreline in search of Petoskey stones and each winter, she enthusiastically scoured the beach for special sea shells on Sanibel Island, Florida.

Helen was preceded in death by Bill, her husband of 61 years, in 2002, sister Stella and brothers Anthony, Walter and Alfred. She is survived by her sister Laura of Freeland, Pennsylvania; and three daughters, Diane (Bob) Ryan of Holland, Michigan, Dawn (Dudley) Holmes of Chelsea, Michigan and Pamela (Geoff) Gorse of St. Louis, Missouri. She dearly loved her seven grandchildren, Christopher Ryan, Kelly (Nick) Schetzsle, Heather Holmes, Scott (Meghan) Holmes, Kevin (Maleeda) Holmes, Gwendolyn and Sabrina Gorse and three great-grandchildren, Ryan Hope Schetzsle, Drew Schetzsle and Oliver Holmes.

Helen will always be remembered as a kind hearted, loving and dedicated spouse, mother and grandmother. She loved life and the time she had with family and friends. She will be missed by all those who knew her.

Additionally, Helen’s family wishes to thank Arbor Hospice and the wonderful staff at CRC for the tremendous care and concern shown to their mother. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Cecilia Ann Howe
Of Jackson, formerly Chelsea, Michigan

Age 89, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility. She was born on Nov. 11, 1922 in Arcadia, PA, the daughter of Vincent and Mary (Gavlas) Biroscak.

On Oct. 31, 1943, she married James R. Howe in Detroit and he preceded her in death in 1951. She lived in Jackson for a year and half, coming from Chelsea and also Lake Worth, FL. She enjoyed music, attending parties, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters: Catherine McDaniels of Chelsea, Sylvia Bentley of Lake Worth, FL, and Mary (Paul) Vernier of California; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and her siblings: Theresa Robb of Cleveland, OH, Mary (Abe) Sahm of Pennsylvania, Joseph Biroscak of Stockbridge, Cathy Kolbe of Michigan, and Vincent Biroscak of Florida. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her daughter Alice J. Howe in 1963 and her siblings: William, Ann, Betty, John, George, Marge, Joanne, and Ronnie.

Mass will be on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. Visitation will be at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. with Deacon Tom Franklin officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Jackson County Medical Care Facility.

 

Mary Lou Harmon-Kugler
Grass Lake, Michigan

Age 57, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She was born Sept. 21, 1955 in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of Brymer Sr. and Hildah Rae (Terry) Harmon.

Mary was passionate about animals.

On Feb. 17, 2010, she married Alan Kugler, and he survives. Other survivors include four siblings, Shirley Harmon-Marchand of Whitmore Lake, Susan Harmon of Ann Arbor, Brymer Harmon, Jr. of Eaton Rapids, Robin Harmon of Ann Arbor; and three nieces, Kim, Brittany, and Angela. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lorraine Harmon; and a niece, Corinna Harmon.

Services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ann Arbor. Memorial contributions may be made to Huron Valley Humane Society. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 


Robert Glenn Rentschler
Grass Lake, MI

Age 74, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was born Feb. 19, 1938 in Chelsea, Mich., the son of Glenn Paul and Thelma Maurine (Loveland) Rentschler. He was a lifelong resident of Waterloo Village, Mich.

Bob was a member of Salem Grove United Methodist Church, and also attended Waterloo Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Tri-State Engine and Tractor Association.
He is survived by his cousins; Leah Herrick, Bryan (Kelly) Herrick, Jeryl Herrick, and Kristen and Kara Herrick. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Georgie Dack officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Waterloo. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

 


Vickie Lynn Blacklaw Drummond
Chelsea, Michigan

Vickie Lynn Blacklaw Drummond, 65, died October 18, 2012 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor. She was born August 26, 1947 in Royal Oak, MI, the daughter of Edward “Scotty” and Florence Blacklaw of Chelsea, who predeceased her.

Raised in Chelsea, Vickie graduated from Chelsea High School in 1965, attended Washtenaw Community College and then began her career at University Microfilms in Ann Arbor, where she worked until 1993. Vickie lived in Plano, Texas and then Sharpsburg, Georgia before returning to Michigan to live in Pinckney in 2007.

Vickie loved to entertain and had a remarkable ability to make great friends wherever she went. Her family and friends remember her for her generosity as she always remembered and celebrated the birthdays of those in her life – most especially her beloved grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Vickie was a natural artist and her beautiful and meticulously wrapped packages were always a special treat. She was an avid reader, and got great joy from her Dachshund, Mollie. She was a kind person who loved to laugh, dance and enjoy life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She leaves behind a son, Jeffrey Mercer of Dexter and his wife, Teckla and grandchildren, Amanda, Zackery, Jacob, and Gunnar. She is survived by two sisters Cindy Beauchamp (Ken) of Chelsea and Teri Schillinger (Karl) of Pinckney and two brothers, Edward “Ned” Blacklaw (Lisa) of Pinckney and Stuart Blacklaw (Cindy) of Ypsilanti Township; nephews Kenneth E. Beauchamp (Leigh Anne) and Ward Beauchamp (Jennifer) all of Chelsea, Jeremy Beauchamp (Erika) of Richmond, VA, Adam Beauchamp (Lydia) of Suffolk, VA, Alex Schillinger of Pinckney, and Jason Craddock of Rochester, NY; nieces Rachel Blacklaw (Philip) of San Diego, CA, Hilary Spaulding (Eric) of Tecumseh, Elise Gramza (Tim) of Canadian Lakes, Erin Meyer (Matt) of Wyoming, MI, and Ashley Gardner of Ypsilanti; as well as leaving 15 grand-nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Pastor Joe Jeffreys officiating. Interment will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Contributions in her memory can be made to the American Lung Association, Autism Speaks, or the American Heart Association.

 

Marilyn O. Nagy
Chelsea, Michigan

Passed away at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

Marilyn was born in Highland Park, Mich., the daughter of Harry E. and Opal C. (Scott) Mertens. She graduated from Western High School in Detroit and received her Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics with minors in English and the Natural Sciences from Michigan State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University in 1954. That same year, she married Andrew R. Nagy at Holy Redeemer Church in Detroit and together they shared 29 years of married life until his passing in 1983.

The family resided in Detroit until 1978, then moved to Southfield where she lived until 2004. Currently, she has resided in Chelsea.

After her husband’s death, she worked at the Arbor Cafe in Farmington Hills both in food preparation and serving. Her specialties were salads and sandwiches and also Mexican style dishes. She also served as a Girl Scout Leader and a Cub Scout Den Mother and after moving to Chelsea, became active in the local Ladies Red Hat group, the Scarlet Ladies of Chelsea.

She was also a collector, one of her interests were Boyd’s Bears. But more than anything else, she was a devoted wife and mother trying all the time to bring joy and enrichment to her husband and four children.

She is survived her children, Linda (Stephen) Herridge, Robert C. (Frank Butler) Nagy, Carol (David DeHaan and Diana (Jim) Predhomme). She is also survived by two grandchildren, Andrew and Renee Predhomme.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main St., Chelsea, and on Sunday from 5-9 p.m. at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main St., Plymouth.

One hour of visitation will begin on Monday at 10 a.m. and a Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. at St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 Haggerty Road, Plymouth. Contributions are suggested to the Parkinson Foundation or the American Heart Association.

 


Mary Kathryn Omer
Chelsea, Michigan

Mary Kathryn Omer of Chelsea, age 64, died Oct. 13, 2012.

Beloved wife of Harold “Jim”. Loving mom of Jimmy, Debbie (Joe) Shreves, Dennis (Dena) and Charles (Kristine). Dearest grandma of 6. Great granny to Drake. Sister to Michael and James Schlaff. Also survived by other family and many friends who loved her dearly. Preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Evelyn Schlaff and 3 brothers Chuck, John and George.

Mary enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino.

Memorial contributions to honor her life may be made to the family.

Visitation Tuesday 2-9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Mary will lie in state Wednesday 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Village Church, Dexter until funeral liturgy 11 a.m.

Interment St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by the Allen Park Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes.

To share a memory visit www.martenson.com.

 


Betty June Wild
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 83, died Saturday, October 13, 2012 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital following a short illness.

She was born June 8, 1929 in Vandalia, Illinois, the daughter of Daniel LeRoy & Fern Erma Walker.

Betty graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1947. She worked for the Ann Arbor News, and later at Discount Tire in Ann Arbor. She volunteered at Chelsea Community Hospital, and was a Life Member and Past President of the CCH Auxiliary. Betty was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea. She was active with the Senior Fun-Time Bowling League at Chelsea Lanes, and won a Grand Champion ribbon at Chelsea Community Fair for her knitting.

On April 23, 1949, she married Frederick C. Wild at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, and he survives. Other survivors include one son, Bruce D. (Peggy) Wild of Toledo, OH; three daughters, Diane K. (Tom) Edman of Chelsea, Jill A. (Roberto) Herrera of Warsaw, IN, Carol B. (Steven) Bonfiglio of Pinckney; 9 grandchildren, Carrie, Becky, Josh, Aaron, Sarah, Molly, Ryan, Michael, and Gina; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 2:00 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Dale Grimm officiating. A private burial will be at Washtenong Memorial Park, Ann Arbor.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Wednesday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118 or the American Cancer Society, 2010 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

 


Franklin W. Schlachter
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 82, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Frank is lovingly survived by his wife Joan, daughters Linda Pastiak, Diane Schlachter, Carol Bryant, Nancy Larson, Donna Clos, Janet Leppek; and seventeen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Frank Schlachter served in the Coast Guard and was a graduate of the University of Detroit. He was an engineer with Ford Motor Company for 30 years, and worked in various management roles in Detroit and Southfield, Michigan; Florissant, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; and Ramsey, New Jersey. Following an active and rewarding career at Ford, he retired with Joan to Canadian Lakes and enjoyed nineteen years as an active member of that community. Years at Canadian Lakes created memorable times with family and friends, and volunteer opportunities on the Association Board and Lakes Committee. In 2003 Chelsea became home and they now reside at Silver Maples Retirement Community. During this phase of retirement, Frank met new friends, became an avid garage saler and took up caning chairs. As a parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church, he enjoyed volunteering and sharing daily mass with his wife and friends.

Mass will be on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea, MI 48118. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea, and a Gathering of Families and Friends will be held at 100 Silver Maples Drive.

Visitation will be on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main St., Chelsea, with final viewing at the church on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or St. Mary Catholic Church are appreciated.

Frank Schlachter was a kind and generous man and will be greatly missed.

 


Judith Mae Krisniski
Of Lyndon Township, Michigan

Age 63, passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born on April 30, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of John and Edna (Doll) Kasparek.

She had lived in the area since 1994 and retired from the Stockbridge Pharmacy in 2010. She also was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter. She enjoyed golfing, boating, casinos, and eating at Cleary’s. However, her 11 grandchildren truly were her world.

On October 30, 1970 she married Lawrence A. Krisniski, and he survives. Also surviving are four children: Larry (Janice) Krisniski of Dearborn Heights, Amy (Jeff) Brozoski of Dearborn, Patty (Vinnie) St. Louis of Westland, and Tim (Carly) Krisniski of Middletown, Delaware; brothers and sisters, Rev. Fr. John Kasparek of Stuart, FL, William (Lynn) of South Lyon, Janet (John) Bash of Battle Creek, Sharon (John) Bartus of Canton, James (Shirley) Kasparek of Livonia, and Karen (Len) West of Lewiston, MI; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Joseph.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be prayed at the St. Joseph Catholic Village Church, 3430 Dover St., Dexter, on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Brendan Walsh and Rev. Fr. John Kasparek presiding.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Children’s Hospital of Michigan or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. with Vigil at 7:30 p.m.

 


Jean M. Stanley
Of Chelsea, Michigan

85, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at home with her family by her side.

She was born on March 1, 1927 in Ann Arbor, one of 25 children of Frederick and Marguerite (Talcott) Warden. On April 7, 1944 she married Charles Edward Stanley, Jr. and he preceded her in death on April 5, 2011.

Jean had retired from Ann Arbor Bank, was involved at W.J. Maxey Boys Training School, was co-pastor with her husband at Spirit and Life Fellowship in Stockbridge for 30 years, and founded the Dexter Blue Grass Gospel Gathering.

Surviving are three children: Barbara Bolen of Chelsea, Sandra Stanley of Hendersonville, TN, and Alan Stanley of Ann Arbor; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Glenna (Don) Lowell of Ann Arbor and Phyllis Newsom of Madison, TN. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her son-in-law, Howard Bolen.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Pastor Todd Hukill officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m.

Private burial will take place at Washtenong Memorial Park, Ann Arbor. Memorial Contributions may be made to Chelsea Community Hospital.

 


Allan Bell Rosser
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Yardley, PA

Allan B. Rosser, a former long time resident of Yardley, Pennsylvania for more than 35 years, died peacefully at the Chelsea Retirement Community in Chelsea, Michigan on September 19, 2012. He was 94.

Allan was born in Montreal, Quebec. He attended the University of Toronto graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering. In 1944, he married Alma Cliff and they resided in Montreal until 1960 when they moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Subsequently they moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where Allan worked for the Ford Motor Company and then to Yardley in the early 1970’s.

With his wife Alma taking the lead, they were well known in the neighborhood for their kindness to others and the joy they took in entertaining many friends and family at their home on Westover Road. After retirement, Allan derived much satisfaction in woodworking projects and crafting small items that he would give as gifts to friends and family. Allan also took great pride in being a naturalized American citizen. He was fiercely patriotic and served regularly over the years as an election monitor in Morrisville.

Despite the passage of time, he was faithful in carrying out what he felt was an obligation on his part to give something back to his adopted country.

He took immense joy in his two grandchildren, Christopher and Stephanie Rosser, whom he loved dearly. He was also an enthusiastic participant in the Yardley Men’s Book club over many years. He was generous to a fault, charitable to those in need and honest as the day is long. What better legacy could a man leave?

Upon the death of his wife Alma in 2010, Allan moved to Chelsea, Michigan to be closer to family. He resided in his own apartment at the Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC) and was very proud of his ability to live independently. He loved being part of the retirement community and could be found in his special chair every Thursday enjoying the concert. He could not have asked for better, more compassionate care right until the end of his life from the entire staff at CRC.

Mr. Rosser leaves two sons; Peter (and Joan) of Bedford, New Hampshire, and Paul (and Linda) of Manchester, Michigan; one daughter Jane (and Larry) of White Lake, Michigan and two grandchildren. He also leaves three brothers: Don of Mississauga, Ontario, David of Kingston, Ontario and Bruce of Toronto, Ontario and several nieces and nephews in Canada and the USA.

Final arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Allan’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 


Lon Eddy Dickerson
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 96, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born on February 7, 1916 on the family homestead in Ogden Township, Blissfield, MI, to Mary (Eddy) and Ellsworth Dickerson.

Lon married Maxine Merryfield on October 14, 1939. Lon and Maxine moved to Plymouth, MI in 1950 where they owned and operated Dickerson’s Market until 1968. Lon then worked as a butcher for Kroger’s for the next 17 years. They moved from Plymouth to the Chelsea Retirement Community in July 2002. They had 63 years together before Maxine’s passing in 2003.

Throughout Lon’s life he enjoyed sports, fishing, and being with his family and numerous friends. Lon is survived by his partner, Alberta Sabin; his children, Lon (Anne) of Metairie, LA and Karen (Merlyn) Street of Chelsea; his grandchildren: Charna Boquette, Robert (Cara) Dickerson, Sarah Jackson, Martina (Erik) Tjolsen, and Kyung Paik (Peter Dickerson); and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Leota Powers, Harper, Alice Flanagan, Myrtle Schattenheim, Elmer, and Eunice Sherbrook.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel, 801 W. Middle St., Chelsea with Janet Alford officiating. Visitation will be held at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and also at the Chapel on Friday from 9-10 a.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to the UMRC Heritage Foundation, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

 

Barney Gubachy
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 92, died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born June 1, 1920 in Detroit, the son of Barney & Irene (Papp) Gubachy.

Barney worked for the Ford Motor Company and Bendix in Ann Arbor. While at Bendix he worked on the Apollo space program including working on the Lunar landing module. Barney was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor where he took care of the signs outside. Barney was a tinkerer, he enjoyed fixing lawn mowers, and making his own tools. He made unicycles for each of his children.

He was married to Shirley Smith, and later to Norma Neebling, both of whom preceded him in death. Survivors include a son, Daniel (Bronwyn) Gubachy of Ann Arbor; four daughters, Diane (Alan) Knaust of Hudson, FL, Kathy (Al) Bethke of Cary, NC, Barbara (Charles) Mulder of Highland, MI, Sherry (Tim) Moore of Titus, AL; two step-daughters, Angie Showerman, Carol Ann Fleischman; 12 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Van Norman; a brother, Jim Gubachy; and a sister, Claire Maier.

A memorial service will be held at Chelsea Retirement Community Main Chapel, Thursday, September 27, 1:00 pm with Pastor Barry Ludwig officiating. Private burial will be at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ann Arbor. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

 

Russell A. McLaughlin
Chelsea, Michigan

Russell Albert McLaughlin, 98, of Chelsea, Michigan passed away Monday, September 3, 2012. He was born January 16, 1914, in Paxton, Nebraska, son of Otis Burns and Luella (Sayer) McLaughlin.

Russ was an active entrepreneur, having started businesses in Chelsea, Dexter, Jackson, Houghton Lake and Roscommon, Michigan.

He was active in Kiwanis, being a Past President, a life member of Olive Lodge #156 Free and Accepted Masons, President of the Chelsea School Board during the period of consolidation of the rural school districts to form what is presently the Chelsea School District, a founding member of the Board of Directors of Chelsea Products, which later became part of Dana Corporation.

Russ enjoyed his many friends over coffee each morning wherever he resided. He was a great jokester, hunter, and an avid investor.

Proceeding him in death were his wife, Elaine M. (Streeter) McLaughlin; sister, LaReine E. Heald; brother-in-law, Maxwell P. Heald; brother, Clenard O. McLaughlin; sister-in-law, Barbara (Reeves) McLaughlin; and the mother of his children, Jean F. (Dancer) McLaughlin. Survivors include his three children, James O. (Carol) McLaughlin of Harbor Springs, MI, Jane K. (Gordon) Starr of Columbus, IN, David C. (Jane) McLaughlin of Ann Arbor, MI; nine grandchildren, Sandy J. McLaughlin, his fiancée, Jeannie Magiera, Craig S. McLaughlin and friend, Phillip Smith, Beverly J. (Willis) Kiogima, Michael M. (Judy) Starr, Mark D. Starr, Maureen A. (David) Moore, Christine J. (Drew) Hazelton, Elizabeth J. McLaughlin, Damon C. (Kimberly) McLaughlin; and eleven great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will take place at a later date. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

Patricia A. Maroney
Columbia City, Indiana, formerly of Chelsea, MI

Age 75, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Grace Village Healthcare, Winona Lake, IN.

She was born January 8, 1937 in Highland Park, Michigan, a daughter of the late Henry H. and Margaret C. (Kendall) Bowman. Her formative years were spent in the Detroit area. She graduated from Redford High School in 1955. She began college at Michigan State University and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Wayne State University in Business with a minor in Psychology.

On September 7, 1957 she was united in marriage to Daniel R. Maroney. They made their home in Ferndale, Michigan then moved to Chelsea, then Perrysburg, Ohio before moving to Columbia City in 1968.

She was employed by Lincoln National Life Insurance, Fort Wayne until her retirement in 1995. Her memberships included Tri Kappa, Michigan State Alumni and the Michigan Jaycees.

Surviving relatives include her husband of 55 years, Dan; four children, Kathleen Patricia Vessey of Fairfax Virginia; Michael Daniel Maroney of Warsaw; Carrie Ann (Michael) Yocum of Winona Lake; Mari Lynne (Brian) Wineland of Columbia City; 6 grandchildren, Lauren and Amanda Vessey, Richard and Brandon Maroney, Katherine Yocum and Savannah Wineland; a great granddaughter Alyssa Maroney and sister Margaret “Peg” Currie of Palm Bay, Florida. She was preceded in death by a brother Robert Bowman.

The funeral service will be held at 7:00 pm Friday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, IN with visitation from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the funeral home. Additional visitation will be at Cole Funeral Chapel, 214 E. Middle St, Chelsea, MI on Sunday, Sept. 23, from11:30 am until 1:00 pm. Burial will be immediately following at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, MI. Preferred memorials are to Whitley County Literary Council, 115 S. Line Street, Columbia City, IN 46725 or the Whitley County Giving Circle, 400 North Whitley Street, Columbia, IN 46725.

 

Moore, LoisLois P. “Sis” (Palmer) Moore
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 88, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born November 8, 1923 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Dr. Algernon A. & Winifred (Bacon) Palmer. She is the great-granddaughter of James M. Congdon, founder of Chelsea.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, Eta Chapter, Lois was a dental hygienist for 22 years. She then went back to college and got her teaching certificate and Masters from Eastern Michigan University. Mrs. Moore taught in the Chelsea School District at South School and Beach Middle School for 22 years, retiring in 1989. Lois was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church. She was the President of the Chelsea Women’s Club (92-94) and Past-President of the Chelsea Historical Society.

On November 25, 1945, she married John Barton Moore Jr. in the Martha Mary Chapel in Greenfield Village, and he preceded her in death on May 22, 1986. Survivors include 2 daughters, Martha (Craig Indyke) Moore of Chelsea, Sally Howard of Ypsilanti; 3 sons, John Moore III of Ann Arbor, William Moore of Jackson, Charles Moore of Chelsea; 6 grandchildren, Craig Indyke, Jr., Andrew, John, Matthew and Charles Howard and Elizabeth Funk; 1 great-grandson Duane Charles Funk. Lois was preceded in death by her daughter Colleen Moore; and sister, Winifred “Pap” Gies.

A private family service will be held. Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea First United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

Leonard F. Motsinger

Of Dexter, Michigan

Age 86, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2012. He was born on May 18, 1926 in Corning, Arkansas to Freman and Bertha (Samons) Motsinger, both of whom preceded him in death.

He moved with his family to the Ann Arbor area in the early 1940’s, and had been a lifelong resident of the area since that time. He joined the Marines in 1943 in order to serve in WWII. Since he was only sixteen years old, he needed the written consent of his parents to serve. He served in the Pacific where he received his first Purple Heart and returned to service. He received a second Purple Heart when he was severely wounded on March 1, 1945, in the battle of Iwo Jima.

Upon discharge from the service, Leonard returned to Ann Arbor, MI. It is there where he married Connie (Rocco) Motsinger on June 8, 1946. Leonard was a founding partner of Cooperative Roofing, and he served as President of the Roofers Union for fifteen years. He was a member of the Ann Arbor Moose Lodge. He loved working outdoors and was a lifelong bowler.

In addition to his parents, Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Connie, brother Phillip Motsinger, sister Judith (Leslie) Schooley. He is survived by three sons, David (Vicki) Motsinger of Grass Lake, MI, Ronald (Loretta) Motsinger of Dexter, MI, James (Theresa) Motsinger of Dexter, MI, a daughter Karen Nys of Grass Lake, MI, six grandchildren, Mark (Christy) Motsinger, Emily (Mike) Andrews, Erica Whiting, Alana Motsinger, Joel Nys, and Zack Gascoyne, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. He is also survived by a beloved cousin, Val Knowlton of Union City, CA and many nieces and nephews, including longtime bowling partner and friend Don (Bridget) Schooley.

Funeral services will be Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery, Ann Arbor. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Arbor Hospice. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

 

Phoebe Ann Turner
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 84, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born on November 16, 1927 in Royalton, Kentucky, the daughter of Shelby and Maggie (Manuel) Shouse.

She had come to Michigan when she was 12 years old and enjoyed making quilts, sewing, and her flower garden. She was a member of the Chelsea First Assembly of God for many years and worked for Associated Springs in Saline for 23 and a half years.

She is survived by her two sons, Robert Phillips of Chelsea and Jeffrey (Dawn) Phillips of Chelsea; four grandchildren: Travis, Jenny, Aaron, and Chelsea Phillips; her sister, Frances (Dick) Bauer of Chelsea; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her daughter, Pamela Shouse, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Clarence West, Leo West, Susie West, Adaline Carpenter, Molly Fletcher, and Harold Shouse.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Rev. Steven Kincer officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family.

 

Merle Standish Barr, Jr.
Of Chelsea

Age 89, passed away very peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Arbor Hospice Residence, Ann Arbor. He was born on October 28, 1922 in Chelsea, MI to Merle Standish Barr, Sr. and Lucile McDaid Barr.

He was the great-great-grandson of Elisha Congdon, one of Chelsea’s founders. He was a lifelong resident of the city and graduated from Chelsea High School with the class of 1940. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Chelsea. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA where he graduated from Officer Candidate School with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Corp of Engineers and later was elevated to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

He was deployed overseas and participated in the D-day invasion of Normandy, landing on Omaha Beach. He was recently featured in a documentary titled “Detroit, Our Greatest Generation”, a story about Michigan’s contribution to WWII. The Executive Director, Keith Famie, took Merle and his son Bradley on a trip back to Omaha Beach to film the documentary.

After being responsible for building many bridges and roads for the troops and being caught in the Battle of the Bulge, he was assigned to military government in Garnishch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He returned home to Chelsea, and was employed by the Village of Chelsea for a short time and then took the position of Purchasing Agent for Federal Screw Works. He was called back into active service and was stationed in Alaska where he received the promotion to Captain.

Upon his return, he went back to his position as Purchasing Agent at Federal Screw Works, from where he retired in 1987. On June 21, 1946 he married Norma Tatters who is deceased. On April 22, 1961 he married Arline Honeycutt.

Survivors in addition to Arline are sisters: Virginia (Edward) Visel of Chelsea, Diana (Dick) Lubic of Plainwell, MI; children: Carol (Dennis) Nurkiewicz of Uniontown, PA, Randall (Ann) Barr of Huntington Beach, CA, Tracy (David) Carroll of Maiden, NC, and Bradley (Dori) Barr of Munith, MI; his grandchildren: Dennis, Jr. (Sherry) Nurkiewicz of West Virginia, Timothy (Janet) Nurkiewicz of West Virginia, Daniel (Megan) Blough of Chelsea, David Blough of Chelsea, Mathew (Mercedes) Barr of Hampton, VA, Michelle Barr of Munith, MI, and Kali Garbry and Douglas Tripp of Jackson; his great-grandchildren: Gwendolyn Nurkiewicz, Maegyn Nurkiewicz, Stacey Horner, Schyler House, McKenzie Blough, Bailey Blough, Madison Blough, and baby Elisha Congdon Barr due November 4.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial will follow at Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5-8 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Arbor Hospice Foundation.

 

Richard J. “Dick” Schulze
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 82, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1929 in Oaktown, Indiana, the son of Lester and Leone (Porter) Schulze. Dick graduated from Chelsea High School in 1947. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He also delivered Standard Oil part-time to the local area residences for his father.

On Nov. 8, 1952, he married Janet French in Ann Arbor. She preceded him in death May 1, 2002. He retired from Chrysler Corporation, Scio plant. He loved to play in the dirt; however Massey Harris was the only tractor in Dick’s mind.

Surviving are three children: Mark (Marilyn) Schulze of Manchester, Dan Schulze (Dawn Borders) of Waterloo, and Susan (Dan) Heinz of Grand Rapids; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Robert Schulze, and his brother, Timothy Schulze.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Rev. Peter S. Harris officiating. Burial will follow Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Chelsea Community Fair or Sharon United Methodist Church. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

 

Deborah Anne Heathfield Wedegartner

formerly of Chelsea

Deborah Anne Heathfield Wedegartner, adored mother & cherished grandmother, devoted sister, loyal friend & respected mentor joined Jesus Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 with family by her side at her Inverness, Florida home after complications of lung disease. She was 62 years old.

Debbie was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI April 30, 1950. She was a twin daughter to Paul & Jeanne Heathfield. She resided in Detroit and attended St. David School in Detroit, MI. She finished her diploma in Manistique, MI, where she moved to after marrying William Wedegartner on August 31, 1972 and raised their two beautiful children Julie & Guy.

Debbie touched many lives in Manistique as she was a key volunteer in the AA program. She mentored teenagers, giving them hope & direction while cherishing each and every one of them. She was so important to so many people’s sobriety. She celebrated 30 years of sobriety last May.

Debbie moved to Chelsea, MI in 1992 and worked at the Perky Pantry as the manager. She cherished her time there because she was able to spend time with her sisters, nieces, nephews & friends. She moved to Myrtle Beach in 1994 and worked as a front desk clerk at a ocean front resort; the beach was her favorite place to spend time; which she was able to do on her last birthday.

Debbie moved to Big Rapids, MI in 1998 again to be with her grandchildren and met many amazing friends from Michigan Rehab Services, where she retired from. She lived in Big Rapids Housing where she served as the treasurer of the housing council. She was a key volunteer for Toys for Tots for many years & was always looking for ways to be a blessing to others. She moved to Inverness, FL with her daughter and family for the last five months of her life to help her lungs and be close to the ocean again. She was suffering with COPD, MVP & artery disease. She was always courageous, strong & never complained about her ailments, instead tried to help others as much as possible.

Debbie was an amazing loving and nurturing person; having a positive, unforgettable effect on each and every person she came into contact with, no matter how short of a time she was in their lives. She loved spending time at the beach, nurturing her plants, & spending time with family & friends. She will be greatly missed by so very many.

She is survived by her daughter & son-in-law Julie & Eric Siewert, son, Guy Wedegartner, grandchildren, Eric Jr. & Jean-Marie Siewert, three sisters Lynda Collins, Paula Madar & her identical twin Pamela Lesser, plus four nephews, nine nieces & many great-nieces & great-nephews who cherished her. She was preceded in death by her mother & father, Paul & Jeanne Heathfield, her brother-in-law, Stephan Madar, and her special friend Wally VanSyckle.

Memorial Services will be held at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea, MI on Sept. 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Any expressions of sympathy through donations should be made to the family to be distributed to Deborah’s many favorite charities and causes. A luncheon will follow at the Inverness Country Club.

 

Bobbie “Bob” Dean Foster
Chelsea, formerly of Danville, Alexandria & Stafford, VA

Age 75, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Chelsea, Mich. He was born Dec. 2, 1936 in Danville, Virginia, the son of John & Gaynell (Powell) Foster.
Bob served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was in the wholesale plumbing business for 35 years and more recently was known for his writing and love of opera.

On May 28, 1960, he married Gloria Harris in Alexandria, VA, and she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Laura (John) Thorhauer of Chelsea; a son, Bob D. (Diana) Foster of Fredericksburg, VA; a sister, Gay Frances Myers of Kansas; 3 grandchildren, Casey Foster, Travis Foster and Kirsten Thorhauer; and many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Bob’s wishes, a local service will not be held. Bob’s ashes will be interred in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to UMRC Heritage Foundation, 805 W. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118 (c/o Howard S. Holmes Endowment to support charitable care at Towsley Village). Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

Marian Fullenwider
Chelsea, formerly of South Lyon

Age 96, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born Oct. 24, 1915 in Pontiac, MI, the daughter of Harry & Ora (Honey) Randall.

She was a graduate of Pontiac High School and Kalamazoo College. She received a Masters degree in Secondary English Education from Wayne State University in 1969.

Marian taught in Hazel Park, in Detroit at the James Vernor School, and at Trenton High School in Trenton, MI. After retirement she and her husband traveled widely before relocating to South Lyon.

Mrs. Fullenwider was a member of Central Methodist Church in Detroit for many years, where she helped in the Resale shop and was a “Friendly Visitor.” She was chair of the Worship Work Area Committee and member and Secretary of the Administrative Council. More recently she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in South Lyon, where she was a member of the Caring Committee.

Because of her love of books, Mrs. Fullenwider was always interested in public libraries. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the South Lyon Library and of the Salem-South Lyon District Library, and served as secretary.

Marian was very active over the years in the adopt a grandparent program through Chelsea Public Schools, she had at least eight new “grandchildren.”

In 1939, she married Allan Fullenwider, and he preceded her in death. She is survived by three sons, Malcolm (Susan) of Whitehall, PA, Donald (Klotylda) of Plymouth, and Peter (Mary) of Midland; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 10,10:30 am at Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel, with Cathy Rafferty officiating. Burial will be at Central United Methodist Church Memorial Gardens in Detroit. Memorial contributions may be made to the N.O.A.H. Project at Central Methodist Church. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

 

Robert Lee Daniels
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 83, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 due to natural causes.

He was born March 10, 1929 in Ann Arbor, Mich., the son of Warren R. & Gertrude E. (Storms) Daniels.

Bob was a 1947 graduate of Chelsea High School. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Business from University of Michigan in 1951 and served as Business Manager for the Michigan Daily for two years. In 1952, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy for three years during the Korean War, serving on the destroyer “James C. Owens” for twenty-six months in the Bay of Inchon. Upon his return, he began working at Chelsea Lumber in April, 1955, and worked there full time until his death.

Bob was mayor of Chelsea in 1961 at the age of thirty-one. He served on the Chelsea School Board for five years where he was president for two years. Bob was treasurer for the Detroit-based Spaulding For Children for thirty-five years and helped acquire the Warren and Bertha Spaulding Farm in Chelsea as the organization’s first headquarters.

He was president of Chelsea Lumber Company from 1970 to the present, an active member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, instrumental in fundraising for the Chelsea District Library, and was a founding member of the Chelsea Community Foundation. Bob was a visionary who saw how to get things done. He helped to keep downtown Chelsea vibrant, working countless hours with organizations and individuals who sought out his advice and counsel.

On Dec. 21, 1950, he married Marjorie J. Ferguson in Chelsea, and she survives. Other survivors include three children, Jeffry (Kathleen) Daniels of Chelsea, Jodi Kay Daniels of Mt. Pleasant, SC, John (Jami) Daniels of Chelsea; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Daniels.

A public memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m. at Chelsea High School auditorium.

A private burial was held at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church or the Chelsea Area Historical Society. Arrangements were handled by Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

Catherine “Cathee” Mary Parker
of Fenton/Lapeer, formerly of Chelsea, MI

peacefully returned into the loving arms of her Eternal Father and loving husband on Aug. 19, 2012 in Lapeer, MI. She was born Aug.14, 1935 in Detroit, MI the daughter of John & Mae (McElroy) Livingstone.

Cathee lived in Chelsea from 1980 to 1998, when she moved to Fenton to be close to her daughters. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Fenton, where she participated passionately in both church choirs. She also worked at the Methodist Home as a nurse for a short time. Cathee was a dedicated animal lover and could quiet any fussy infant, and loved nothing more than being with and doing for her family.

On Nov. 26, 1955, she married her true love, Richard G. Parker in Berkley, MI, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1997. She was the mother of Terri (Jim) VanderLaan and Margie (Kevin) Jenema, both of Linden, Robert Parker of Jackson, Tonia Lawson of Manchester, and Mike (Sallie) Parker of Roff, OK; grandmother of Christie LaHaie, Chad, Jeremy, and Jodi VanderLaan, Haley Wood, Jamie, Ryan, & Brendan Jenema, Gregory & Beth Parker; proud great-grandmother of 13.

She also leaves behind a fiancé and dedicated care giver Lowell “Red” Bashore of Lapeer. Sister of James and William Livingstone, and Dosh Milliron, who all preceded her in death. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A special thanks to her caregiver Sandy and special friends Tim & Kay Bashore, including the whole Bashore family.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday noon – 4 & 6-9, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Terri VanderLaan or Margie Jenema for funeral expenses.

 

Rose Mary Jolet
Chelsea
Age 95, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born Jan. 15, 1917 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the daughter of Dennis and Amelia (Japor) Ferris.

Rose moved to Detroit at age 8. She was the Detroit spelling champ in 1931. She attended St. Maron’s Catholic Church in Detroit. Rose worked in a factory during World War II, at the Kresege deli, and co-owned a restaurant in Irish Hills, MI. She loved cooking Lebanese food for family and friends.

She married her childhood sweetheart Peter Jolet on Aug. 19, 1939 and he preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 1994. Survivors include a son, Joseph (Sandra) Jolet of Clinton; two granddaughters, Rose Marie (Michael) Sedlecky of Brooklyn, and Tammy (John) Hartman of Dexter; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Nicole, Lindsey, Jamison, Nathan, and Morgan. She was a beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Ferris, Nassif Ferris; and a sister, Rachel McGrath. Special thanks to her niece JoAnn, who was always there, and her caregivers at Towsley Village.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Village Church in Dexter, with Fr. Brendan J. Walsh officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. and at the church Thursday 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Retirement Community, Arbor Hospice, or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

 

Joy Maryanna Davis
Dexter, MI

Age 67, died peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at her daughter’s home in Dexter, MI. She was born March 11, 1945 in Sharpsburg, PA, the daughter of Herbert & Isabelle (Holland) Hazard.

On Aug. 25, 1961, she married Richard L. Davis in Ypsilanti, MI, and he survives. They moved to Dexter May 1, 1966, where they raised their family. Joy retired from Gelman/Pall Sciences in Ann Arbor in 2007. She was a loving & devoted wife, mother, grandmother, & friends to many. She enjoyed music, singing & dancing, & loved animals of all kinds, especially hummingbirds & her dog, Tori.

Other survivors include two daughters, Rhonda (Phillip) Miller and Helen Hergott; two grandchildren, Mitchell Granet and Jillian (Bill) Poteracki. Joy was preceded in death by both parents, and her son Richard “Rick” Davis Jr. in 2008.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Deacon Tom Franklin officiating.

 

Layher, Cynthia
Cynthia M. Layher
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Grass Lake and Ann Arbor

Age 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born Aug. 28, 1921 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joseph W. and Martha (Beaton) Gibbs.
On Aug. 24, 1946, she married Richard L. Layher in Toledo, Ohio and he preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1989. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Sue of Dexter, Richard and Mary of Dexter, Randy and Eileen of Chelsea; one daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Dale Frey of Ann Arbor; 10 grandchildren Daniel, Scott, Brian, Brad, Gina, Richard, Noel, Shannon, Olivia, Jacob; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Evelyn Jannel; 2 sisters Eleanor Gibbs and Marie Anderson; 2 brothers, Nick Connors and Joe Gibbs.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Stephen Bringardner officiating. Burial will follow at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends Friday, 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice or Chelsea Retirement Community.

 

 

The obituaries below are from past years.

For extended obituaries of selected citizens, visit the Extended Obituaries page.

2010 Local Obituaries:

jeff-obituary-photoJeffrey Howard Flintoft of Grass Lake, 64, died August 14. See the extended obituary. Visitation will be held 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main Street, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Chelsea Community Hospital Cancer Center. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 19, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. For more information, see the extended obituary.
Norma Jean Huff of Chelsea, 73, died August 8. A private burial will be at Pinckney Cemetery. For details, see Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.
Rosemary Lutovsky of Chelsea, 83, passed away August 7. Services are past. For details, see Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.
Barbara Marie Gallup of Concord and Chelsea, 70, died August 6. Services are past. For details, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
Marilyn Lee (Clark) Knight of Chelsea, 81, died August 2. Services are past. For details, see Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.
Larry Neil Hawker of Chelsea, 74, died July 27. Services are past. For details, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
Esther Abate of Chelsea, 91, passed away July 23. A memorial service for Esther will be held on Saturday, August 21, 3 p.m., at the Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill St., Ann Arbor. A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, August 22, 3 p.m., at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. For details, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
Jillian Lea Drow of Chelsea, 21, died July 20. Services are past. For details, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
Thomas Bust of Chelsea, 93, died July 17. Services are past. For details, see Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.
Arthur M. “Russ” Armstrong of Chelsea, 60, passed away July 16. Services are past. For details, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
Margaret Dixon Emswiler of Chelsea, 90, died July 11. Services are past. For details, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
Edward A. Moon of Chelsea, 86, passed away July 8. No services were held. For details, see Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.
slane-bud001webIrvin Lee “Bud” Slane of Chelsea, 86, passed away on July 5. He was a Chelsea native, a semi-pro baseball pitcher, and World War II veteran. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 9, at 11 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Waterloo Township. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

warner_patriciaPatricia Ruth Warner of Chelsea and Elkhart, Ind., 83, died July 2 at Chelsea Retirement Community. Memorial services will be out of state. For more information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

salyer_marvin1Marvin E. Salyer of Chelsea, 83, passed away June 30. He was a World War II veteran. Funeral services are past. For more information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

turner_donDon Edward Turner of Chelsea, 94, died June 28. Funeral services are past. For more information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

moe_dorothy0001Dorothy Jean Moe of Chelsea, 90, died June 25. Private memorial services will be held at a future date. For more information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

Ella M. Quigley of Chelsea, 93, died June 19. Arrangements are pending; check the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home site for details.
gentzLt. Joel Christopher Gentz, of Chelsea, 25, was killed in action in Afghanistan June 9. An extended obituary has been posted. Click here to read the extended obituary.

mccammon_janelleJanelle Lay Gunn McCammon of Chelsea, 90, died June 3. Memorial services are past. For donation and condolence information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

Vivian Marie Jurosek of Chelsea, 76, passed away June 3. Contribution information and comments can be found at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home site.

varner_catherineCatherine Susan Varner of Chelsea, 55, passed away June 2. Services are past. For donation and condolence information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

hanson_abbieAbbie S. Hanson of Chelsea, 94, died May 27. A Mass of Christian burial will be held June 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea. Visitation at the church will be 10-11 a.m. before the funeral. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. For donation information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.
howell-marjorie001webMarjorie M. Howell of Chelsea and Ann Arbor, 91, passed away May 24. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 28, at 11:00 a.m. in the Main Chapel at the Chelsea Retirement Community. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. For donation information, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s Web site.
kopinski-theodore001Theodore Kopinski of Chelsea, 91, a World War II veteran, died May 23. Visitation will be at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, on Wednesday, May 26, 2-4 p.m., with military honors at 4 p.m., and 6-8 p.m., with vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Graveside services will be at Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Rd., Clinton Township, on Thursday, May 27, at 11 a.m. For donation information, visit Staffan’s Web site.
miller_closeup_1Marjorie E. (GreenLeaf) Miller of Chelsea, 77, passed away May 21. Funeral services are past. For donation and online condolence information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

Leonard Matthew “Spike” McCalla of Lima Township, 77, passed away May 17. Services are past. The family requests that friends do a good deed for someone who needs it, in lieu of flowers. For more information, see Staffan-Mitchell’s Web site.
nichol__violaViola “Vi” Lorene Nichol of Chelsea, 91, passed away May 14. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community. For more details, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.

fitzsimmons-ovalPearl Marie Fitzsimmons of Chelsea, 85, died May 12. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at North Lake Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Robert James Squiers Sr. of Chelsea, 71, died May 11. A memorial service will be held at a later date. For contribution information, visit Cole Funeral Chapel’s Web site.
Lucille B. Kinney of Chelsea, 96, passed away on May 9. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. For more information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.
kleeb_ethel1Ethel M. Kleeb of Chelsea, 101, died May 6. Funeral services are past. For donation and online condolence information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

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William F. Heimerdinger of Chelsea, 58, died May 1. Funeral services are past. For details and online condolence information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

bauer_jill001cropJill Arlene (Harvey) Bauer of Chelsea, 64, died April 24. Visitation will be held Monday, May 3, 2010 at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home from 1-5 p.m. A private memorial service and burial will take place at a later date. For donation and online condolence information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.
steffeylucilleLucille Steffey of Chelsea, 95, died on April 19. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m., at the Chelsea Retirement Community. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

brown_almaAlma M. Brown of Chelsea, 93, passed away April 17. Funeral services are past. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

Robert L. Heydlauff of Chelsea died April 17. Details and service information are still pending at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

lane-ruth-ovalRuth Melissa Lane of Chelsea, 89, passed away on April 15. Funeral services are past. For donation information, see the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

Jean L. Aronson of Chelsea, 89, died April 14. Visitation was private. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

eisenbeiser_carolineCaroline “Carrie” Eisenbeiser of Chelsea, 94, died April 14. Funeral services are past. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

Janice Elaine (Bovay) Dorer of Chelsea, 76, passed away April 6. Visitation is past. For memorial suggestions, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

hill-george055webGeorge Franklin “Frank” Hill of Chelsea, 80, died on April 4. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 9, at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

schilling_marian_portrait_closeMarian A. Schilling of Chelsea, 99, passed away on March 30. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Centralia, IL. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

hansen1Michael Carl Hansen of Chelsea, 28, died on March 26 of injuries sustained from a car crash. Funeral services are past. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

holmes_paulinePauline J. Holmes of Chelsea, 93, died on March 23. Funeral services are past. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

kanten-stephanie001webStephanie Ann “Sis” (Wagner) Kanten of Chelsea, 67, passed away Thursday, March 18. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
krausse-charles001webCharles F. Krausse, M.D., 89, passed away Wednesday, March 17. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. See an extended obituary.
whitesall-daniel001webDaniel S. Whitesall of Chelsea, 57, passed away Tuesday, March 16. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. Private burial will take place at a later date. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the hour of service. See an extended obituary.
pool-jean001webJeannette D. “Jean” Pool of Chelsea, 65, passed away on Tuesday, March 16. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. A private burial will take place at Oak Grove East Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
hale-aj-2A J Hale Sr. of Chelsea, 90, passed away Sunday, March 14. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Manchester. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Vigil service at 7:30 P.M. For details, visit Staffan-Mitchell’s new Web site.
smith_charles2Charles T. Smith, Jr. of Chelsea, 82, died Thursday, March 11. Funeral services are past (arranged by Cole Funeral Chapel). Burial was to be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

kouba_kenKenneth G. Kouba of Chelsea, 97, died Sunday, March 7. A private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manchester. For donation and online condolence information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

porath-rosetta001crop-766407Rosetta Porath of Chelsea, 84, died Saturday, March 6. Funeral services are past. For online condolences and donation information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

bauer-jeanie2-721041Ima Jean Bauer of Chelsea, 75, passed away on Saturday, March 6. Funeral services are past. For online condolences and donation information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

darlington1Marian E. Darlington of Chelsea, 89, died Sunday, February 28. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community. For donation and online condolence information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.
hinderer_christine_3Christine Louise May (Root) Hinderer of Chelsea, 36, died Monday, February 22, of natural causes. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 1, at 1 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 27, from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28, from 1-5 p.m. For donation and online condolence information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.
dorothy-koengeteroval-750689Dorothy G. Koengeter of Chelsea, 83, died on February 20. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 23, from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesday, February 24, at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. For online condolences and donation information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.
jorensenSigrid Jorgensen of Chelsea, 103, pased away on February 18. Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Chelsea Retirement Community Towsley Chapel. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.
sockow-lauretta001web-773361-767518Lauretta E. Sockow of Chelsea, 96, died on February 14. Services are past. For online condolences and donation information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

merkel_nancyNancy Merkel of Chelsea, 77, passed away on February 13. Services are past. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

white_howard_2Howard Payton White of Chelsea, 90, died February 12. Services are past. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

stevens_charles0002Charles “Charlie” R. Stevens Sr. of Chelsea, 81, died February 12. Services are past. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

fouty-alva001crop-734728Alva O. Fouty of Chelsea, 76, passed away on February 12. Services are past. For online condolences and donation information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

Donald R. Stoll of Chelsea, 75, died February 10. Services are past. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.
Jeraldine “Gigi” Young of Chelsea, 78, passed away February 7. Arrangements are past. For online condolences, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.
keller_marcellam_2Marcella A. Keller of Chelsea, 96, died February 5. A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 6, 10:30 a.m. at the Towsley Village Chapel of Chelsea Retirement Community. For details and donation information, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEthel LaNue “Gaa-Gaa” Kelly-Gragg of Chelsea, 91, passed away February 4. Funeral services are past. For donation and online condolence information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

Isabel L. Collin of Chelsea, 83, died February 4. Services will be private. For donation information and online condolences, visit the Cole Funeral Chapel Web site.
hopkins-silas001web-752686Silas G. Hopkins, Jr., of Chelsea, 83, passed away February 2. Funeral services will be Friday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from noon until the hour of service. For contribution and online condolence information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.
gentner-ron-web-766584Ronald F. Gentner of Chelsea, 83, passed away January 31. A memorial service will be held Fri., Feb. 12, at 11:00 a.m. from the Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. For contribution and online condolence information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.
ottoman-blanche001-776357Blanche L. Ottoman of Chelsea, 91, passed away January 29. Services are past. For contribution and online condolence information, visit the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

mann-doris001web-789970Doris Marie Mann of Chelsea, 84, passed away January 27. Memorial services are past. For online condolences, see the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home Web site.

Jacqueline Mariepaule (Gelinas) Kupisz of Chelsea, 87, passed away January 20. For online condolence information, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s Web site.
larson-randalyn001-706068Randalyn Kaye “Randi” Larson of Chelsea, 45, passed away on January 13 after a long battle with cancer. Services are past. For donation and online condolence information, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s Web site.

John G. “Jack” McClear of Chelsea, 56, died January 9. Services are past. For donation and online condolence information, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s Web site.
fulks-janet001-757583Janet Nancy Fulks of Chelsea, 92, passed away January 5 at her home surrounded by her family. Services are past. For donation and online condolence information, visit Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home’s Web site.
2009 Local Obituaries

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