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John “Dave” Scriven

John “Dave” Scriven, age 80, of Chelsea, MI, passed away on January 7, 2020 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Chelsea.

Born on January 20, 1939 in Pontiac, MI. Dave is the son of Clare Albert and Eleanor J. (Riker) Scriven.

He grew up and went to school in Pontiac, MI but spent his summers at his family cottage on Riker Lake in Chelsea. His roots were deep in both areas with buildings, roads, and lakes named after his family. Dave graduated Cum Laude from University of Detroit Mercy with a degree in Marketing and Accounting.

After starting his family, he moved permanently to the Chelsea area and built a home with his wife (Valerie) and children (Laura, Barbara) next door to the cottage where he grew up.

Shortly after moving to Chelsea, he became a charter member in the Chelsea Lions Club where he served as Tail Twister, President, and in other capacities. The Lions were a huge part of his life and the charity work was a passion. He was looking forward to the re-launch, and was formulating ideas to improve and to make it relevant again.

Dave started a local chapter of YMCA-Indian Princesses as Chief Big Bear. He also worked with other local organizations over the years such as the St. Louis School, Masons, the Men’s Golf League at Inverness, CATS bus service, Special Olympics, and he was a Trustee for Dexter Township.

Sports were always a priority to Dave, from lettering in tennis and basketball at Pontiac High, coaching his children’s T-ball and softball teams, serving as assistant coach for freshman and JV basketball at Chelsea High School, to being a season ticket holder for years at U of M men and women’s basketball with his good friends, Bill and Shar Eisenbeiser.

Most of his travel involved sports-related events, championships, and play-offs. Highlights of his later life: being kidnapped by his daughters for his 70th birthday and taken to the sports Halls of Fame around the country; and his 75th-and-a-half birthday celebration at the Classic Game in Cooperstown, NY, where he met most of the living Hall of Famers at a special event.

After retiring as a merchandiser from Ford Motor Company, he continued to be very active in a variety of ways. For 12 years, he ran the pro shop at Inverness Country Club where he got to talk to people all day, exchange sports stories, and do and receive a little harassing. He golfed in many different leagues, enjoyed putzing around the family cottage, took trips with friends, and worked with charities and organizations.  

He is survived by his children, Laura and Barbara Scriven; their mother, Valerie Scriven; sister, Connie O’Donnell; niece, Kathleen, and nephew, Michael; as well as many cousins and other very special friends.

In accordance with his wishes, a memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 25, 2020, 11:00 am, at Inverness Country Club of Chelsea, with an optional round of golf to follow.

He had a huge soft spot for animals and had many rescues (cats, dogs, and even horses) over the years. The family requests expressions of sympathy be made in his name to Mikey & Me, 465 S. Freer Rd. Chelsea, MI 48118, a local dog rescue organization. They take dogs from high kill shelters and give them a place to be loved until they find a home.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI, www.mitchellfuneral.com


David Albert Pressly Frisinger

Passed away on January 7th, 2020 in Eugene, OR at the age of 72.

David was born February 28th, 1947 in Ann Arbor, MI to George and Eloise (Schrier) Frisinger. He had three siblings, Paul, Sherry and Roger.

He loved the performing arts and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors in Theater.

David married Katharine (Kit) Pressley on January 22nd, 1988 in San Francisco, CA, and they moved to their home in Eugene together on August 8th that same year. He worked as a carpenter, realtor, and was the Head of Maintenance for the First Christian Church in Eugene. He played football, sousaphone, coronet and French horn, and was one of the top academic students in his class.

As an adult, David became interested in social justice and active in peace work. He learned to play the piano as a child and developed a lifelong love for classical music. David also enjoyed Blues and Jazz and was an enthusiastic singer.

David is survived by his spouse, Kit (Pressly) Frisinger of Eugene, OR; his children Carolyn Range of Las Vegas, NV, Janet Range of Portland, OR, Chester Hartsough of San Francisco, CA and Andrea Hartsough San Francisco, CA; his brothers Paul Frisinger of Chelsea, MI and Rodger Frisinger of Albany, OR; and eight grandchildren in Las Vegas, Nashville, Portland, San Francisco, and Santiago, Chile.

A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church, located at 1166 Oak St, Eugene, OR 97401, on January 18th, 2020 at 2PM.

The family asks that contributions be made to First Christian Church or Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND).

Arrangements in the care of Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Eugene, OR.


Cora Johnson Bell
of Ann Arbor

Age 85, died Monday, January 13, 2020, at her home. She was born August 6, 1934, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the daughter of William Arthur and Ida Mae (Word) Brown.

Cora attended the Madonna Parish in Detroit, where she served for many years. She worked for the school district of Highland Park for 34 years. Cora enjoyed bowling and loved spending time with her family and friends. She had a joyful spirit, and everyone loved to be around her. Cora told the truth in a direct, yet loving way.

Cora married Absalom Johnson in 1956, and he preceded her in death in 1966. She later married Eddie Bell, who survives. She is also survived by her sons, Anthony Brown Sr. of Detroit, Andre Johnson of Flint, Miles Johnson of Ann Arbor, Marcus Johnson of Ann Arbor; a daughter, Alice Johnson of Lawrenceville, GA; a sister, Inora Wellington of Chattanooga, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Johnson.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee, at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to her family.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.  


Jeannette Winans
Our community, family, and friends have sadly lost Jeannette Winans, age 94, on January 7, 2020.

She calmly and peacefully slipped away, in the presence of her beloved family, after graciously dealing with dementia for way too long, while staying at Towsley Village, Chelsea Retirement Community of Chelsea, MI.

Jeannette May was born in her Aunt Marie and Uncle Steve’s home in Rockford, OH to Bert and Esther May on May 25, 1925. Jeannette’s early life was spent with a family on the move, following a road-building father, OG May. They lived all over the upper Ohio, Indiana, southern Michigan, and Pennsylvania region (moving too often for Jeannette) to where the jobs were, which were steady during the Depression and WW2.

She was taught to make her own clothes by her mother, Esther, and they raised animals, grew vegetables, canned, swept dirt yards and plank floors in their rented houses, and walked “miles” or rode buses to school. She was always clever about having learned to drive a pickup with the “3-on-the-tree.”

As her family grew older, they ended up in Chelsea, whereupon her mother laid down the law, and there was to be no more moving. Then the girls and brother Leroy could stay in one place and go to high school. That was that.

Jeannette graduated from Chelsea High, proceeded to Chicago for business school, and returned to the area to work in offices at the U of M, Bauser, and Federal Screw Works in Chelsea.

After the war, she met George Winans (her husband, George, of 70 years) in Chelsea, and they enjoyed one another’s company with family and friends alike. Giving the gift of life to three sons, being an integral part of owning and operating the very successful Winans Jewelry Store, assisting with Village of Chelsea clerk’s duties for 10 years, and being a devoted, loving, encouraging, attentive mother of those boys was the stuff that fueled her life. Jeannette was centered and grounded in her values of what makes up a family, and she tirelessly supported all the things that would make her kids well-rounded individuals.

She has been respected for her compassion and love for her oldest son John, who was developmentally disabled and needed an extraordinary amount of guidance, love, and direction. She and George rose to whatever needed to be done so that John could be solid, relatively self-sustaining, kind, and secure. They, as a couple, never, ever let up in their pursuit of all things in his best interest. And he prospered because of them.

Jeannette enjoyed reading, cooking, driving, traveling to 49 states with George, laughing, discussing, and relaxing. She excelled at being an extraordinarily outstanding mother and wife. She loved creating needlepoint projects, cooking, and making all those around her feel joyful and carefree in her companionable presence. Jeannette was respected and very well liked in our small community, and she served it well by helping to set the foundation for the nursery school on Dexter-Chelsea Road and volunteering at Chelsea Community Hospital.

Jeannette is survived by her children, Curt (Menuka) Winans of Chelsea, Rob (Lori) Winans of Chelsea; two grandchildren; and her beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her dear husband, George, son, John, sisters Ruby Strieter and Mary Hoelzer, and her brother, Leroy May.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 18, 3:00 p.m., at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Tina Zimmerman, Chaplain of Chelsea Retirement Community, officiating. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home the day of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.


Betty M. (Mast) Denton Parmer
of Jackson, MI, formerly of Dexter

Was born April 25, 1929, in the second house ever built on Buena Vista St. in the Old West Side of Ann Arbor, daughter of Walter and May Anne (Kleinschmidt) Mast.

She attended Bach Elementary School until she, her mom, dad and big brother Glen moved out to Webster (Cottonwood Farm) when she was about 12. She then went to a one-room schoolhouse on the corner of Webster Church Rd. and Farrell Rd. and attended Webster Church, as has four generations of her family.

As she grew older, she headed into town to attend Dexter High School, where she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen.

She married Paul Denton and they had four children: Charlie, Paula, Laura and Tommy and raised them in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. She was the quintessential homemaker. She sewed beautiful dresses (for the girls as well as their Barbies), made great Sunday dinners, baked delicious pies, cookies, and cakes (she was an expert cake decorator), threw wonderful birthday parties, and sometimes she even made homemade noodles.

She sang in the church choir and gave the neighbor ladies perms.The Denton home was the go-to spot for all the neighborhood kids.

She married Bob Parmer in 1978, and helped to raise his three daughters Deborah, Michele, and Wanda.They relocated to Upstate New York for a while, moved back to Michigan to live in Napoleon and eventually settled back home in Dexter.

Her last days were spent at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson. She stayed very active socializing and joining in on all the available activities (bingo!) and she loved attending the weekly church services and singing along to all the good old hymns. Everyone who met her loved her and agrees that she always lit up the room with her smile and cheery disposition. She was a giver and not a taker … and a great mom and grandma.

Along with her four children and three stepchildren, she is survived by four grandchildren, Jeremy Paul Denton, Megan Mae Denton Krull, Kyler Thomas Denton-McHardy, and Paul Andrew Denton; and four step-grandchildren, Alexandra (Alex) Cosimeno, Randall (RJ) Cosimeno Jr, Jonah Ussery and Robert (Robbie) Allman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Parmer on March 31, 2018.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Lynn Finkbeiner officiating.The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. A private burial will be at Webster Church Cemetery in Dexter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or National Kidney Foundation.


Albert Floyd Monroe
of Battle Creek, formerly of Chelsea

In the early morning hours of January 4,2020, Albert Floyd Monroe, loving husband, father, grandpa and brother, passed away at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital at the age of 76.

Al was born on June 24, 1943, in Pontiac, MI to Floyd and Marion Monroe. He was employed at General Motors for 30 years, working in skilled trades as a pipe-fitter, and finished his career traveling internationally, serving on a Quality Control team. He loved listening to and singing Barbershop music. Al was a member of the Big Chief Barbershop Chorus of Waterford, MI, and sang for many years as a tenor with the Four Wheel Drive Barbershop Quartet.

He found great joy watching his daughters and grandchildren perform in musical and athletic events over the years. He was an avid sports fan. He loved watching all sports, but especially Red Wings hockey and U of M football.

On August 22, 1964, Al married his first love, Gari Foster of Lake Orion, MI. Along with his loving wife, Al will be greatly missed by his daughters Julie (Dennis) Deppner, Carrie (Chris) Phillips, grandchildren Kendrick Goodge, Taryn (Matthew) Giniat, Nicholas Deppner, Drew Deppner, Chloe Phillips, and sister Sharron Santala-Greenwald. He was preceded in death by daughter Shelley Goodge, grandson Evan Deppner and his siblings Suzanne Monroe and David Monroe.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 13, 11:00 am at Ottawa Park Cemetery in Clarkston, Michigan, with Rev. Rick Dake officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery from 10-11 am.

Expressions of sympathy may be provided to Lakeview Middle School in Battle Creek to assist with theater and musical productions or to the family. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


GLENDORA NEFF GRAHAM

‘Glen’ – as she was known to her friends and family – slipped away quietly at the age of 94 on December 26, 2019 in her residence at Silver Maples.

Although she had diminished greatly over the preceding several months, she retained her humor, wit, and attachment to people up until the final 24 hours when she embarked on her own ‘Victory Lap,’ within the recesses of her own mind and soul.

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Aunt, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Friend. Glendora was an ‘Alpha Woman’ like her mother before her. She graduated from Wayne State University at the age of 20 and taught school for 4 years before she met a strong, gentle man who was comfortable being married to a strong ‘Alpha Woman.’ She and George Graham married in 1949.

Glen and George had 2 children, and she continued to teach in various settings, on and off, both full- and part-time throughout her entire life. While continuing to work, she also advanced her professional training to earn both a Masters and an Education Specialist Degree in Education. To that end, Glendora was a committed, vibrant, energetic, and creative teacher. She moved through her professional life assembling life-long friendships with other teachers, administrators, parents, and children of all ages until her retirement in 1983.

But it was her children – Kathy (m. to David Falkner) and David – and their families to whom she was most devoted. Her grandchildren – Nathan (Julia), Adam, Perrin (Kevin and great-granddaughter Aryo), and Caili – remained the center of her and George’s life until the day she died.

Captivated by her enthusiasm for life, they each drew her into their sports, music, drama, travel, reading, and friendships. To that end, THEIR friends also became her friends. Everyone…knew Glen.

Over the years of her professional career and well into her retirement she traveled, camped, and toured the world – with her children, her husband, and grandchildren. They all traveled with her throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States, Central Europe, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South America. She was particularly proud of George’s Scottish heritage and made several sojourns to ‘the Old Country’ with kids, grandkids, and with George. Glen and George celebrated 67 years of marriage at the time of George’s death in 2016.

Glendora had a passion like no other for clothes, jewelry, and ‘color.’ Her homes were filled with the art work of her children and other (decidedly more talented!) family members. She collected, stored, mounted, wore, and exchanged art as she traveled through life. She also was an avid, indiscriminate reader: fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry; classics, magazines, children’s works, professional work, amateur work. She was not a writer; nor was she a musician. She was a ‘communicator’ and a listener.

She was inquisitive; a ‘learner’ and a problem solver. She was a fluid thinker; flexible and resilient. She enjoyed spontaneity, laughter, and intelligent exchange. She infused those around her with laughter and good humor.She particularly enjoyed social exchange through games of all sorts with friends and family and, more or less, ‘quietly challenged’ everyone to keep pace with her – with her humor, her wit, her charm, and her passion for life.

Glendora’s single disappointment and sadness in her life was that she – rather than George – had to be the partner who soldiered on alone. To that end, Glen soldiered forward following multiple strokes, continuing to make new friends in the context of her diminished health, but still valuing the ‘old.’ She thrived on ‘air,’ humor, laughter, and hugs every day of her life. Were she here in this moment…she would graciously thank each of you for being her friend, for making her laugh, and for nourishing her Spirit.


Larry Sivrais (1954 – 2019)
of Chelsea, Michigan

In the early hours of Saturday, December 21st, 2019, Larry Paul Sivrais, loving father, brother, and grandfather, passed away peacefully after a prolonged illness at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor at the age of 65.

Larry was born on February 15th, 1954, in Cheboygan to Joseph Edward and Annie Mae (Elder) Sivrais. He was a merchant marine sailor for over 30 years. He had a love for the Great Lakes and a passion stronger than its raging waters. Larry had many grand adventures with his buddy Chris and plenty of great sailor stories to tell. He graduated from Mackinaw City High School, lived in Cheboygan until 1997 when he moved to Chelsea.

He is survived by his daughter Carolyn; son-in-law Russ; grandchildren Alexis, Savannah, Maggie, Olivia, Declan, and Jacqueline; his brother Jim and sisters Dolores, Mary, Tammy, Joyce, and Sally Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry had a passion for hunting and fishing, Boy Scouts, vacation travel, as well as making birdhouses and collecting rocks along the beaches of the Great Lakes.

“As I lay my head down to rest,

I come to the Lord with one request;

May the mighty lighthouse always choose

To be the friend of boats and crews;

But if one day it may decide

To lead us to rocks and make us collide,

I’ll accept my fate and live with the fish,

Because it’s the mighty, mighty lighthouse’s wish.”

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held “Up North” later in 2020.


Carol Anderson Schauer
Ann Arbor, MI

Age 78, died Saturday, December 28, 2019 in her home surrounded by her family.

She was the daughter of Archie and Irene (LaRoe) Anderson.

On July 11, 1987, she married Bruce Schauer in Chelsea, and he survives. Other survivors include her children, Darlene (Pat) Marzec of Grass Lake, Michael Payne of Addison, Paula Payne Adkins of Ann Arbor, Bobby (Barb) Marr of Tecumseh; one sister, Janice (Jim) Fullerton of Ann Arbor; one sister-in-law, Marilyn Anderson of Saline; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Lee Payne; brothers George (Gert) and Ralph Anderson; two grandchildren, Michael and Kyle Payne, and her parents.

Carol graduated from Washtenaw Community College receiving an Associate’s Degree in social work. She attended Turner Writing Group, where she had poems published in many books. She was also on the Ann Arbor City Council for handicapped citizens.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4, 11:00 am at Faith Baptist Church, 4030 Kalmbach Road, Chelsea, MI, with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to her family.


Dale Arthur Schumann
of Chelsea

Age 82, died Monday, December 23, 2019, at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI.

He was born May 8, 1937, in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of Arthur and Helen (Heindel) Schumann.

In 1958, Dale graduated from Ferris Institute (present-day Ferris State University) with a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy. In 1975, Dale moved his family from Ann Arbor to Chelsea, where he was a partner in Chelsea Pharmacy for many years.

Dale served the community on the Chelsea School Board from 1978-1986, and as a Chelsea Village Council Trustee from 2000-2004. He was an avid bridge player, belonging to a bridge club that met for over 30 years. Dale also enjoyed making model planes, and was a huge fan of baseball. He loved running and being in the mountains.

On June 3, 1989, he married Nancy Seligmann in Sherman, CT, and she survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Theresa “Tracy” (Daniel) Kohler of Ann Arbor, Patricia (Peter) Feeney of Chelsea; his son, Thomas (Carol Sartorius) Schumann of Lakewood CO; their mother, Wyn Wendelken; his step-daughter, Andrea (Daniel Neri) Linkevich; 9 grandchildren, Olivia, Evan and Trevor Kohler, Austin (Audrey Huggett), Riley (Carrie), and Tate (Lisa) Feeney, Margo and Maximus Schumann, and Kason Neri; his brother, Robert (Margaret) Schumann; his sister, Susan (Bill) Keller; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul Schumann in 1982.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28, 12:30 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. The family will receive friends before the funeral from 11:00-12:30. A private burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea United Way.


Nola Patrick
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 82, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 22, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born December 3, 1937, in Foraker, Kentucky, the daughter of George and Katie (Dunn) Lovely.

Nola retired from Federal Screw Works after working for over 20 years. She was a very active member of Chelsea First Assembly of God. Nola loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, David B. Patrick of Ypsilanti, Billy R. Patrick of Chelsea, Carolyn S. (David) Wolfe of Chelsea, Connie (Hassan) Bieber of Jackson, Michael T. Patrick of Grass Lake; her sisters, Jean Wisecup of Chelsea, Phyllis Stutzman of Grass Lake, Joy Fults of Gruetli, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, Jesse Cunningham, Derek Bennett, Billy Patrick II, Lindsey Bennett, Brannon Wolfe, Nathan Wolfe, Nichole Patrick, Tracie Bieber, Walter Bieber IV, Katie Bieber-Rooney, Logan Rooney; 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Elwood Lovely, Mitchell Picklesimer, Ishmael Picklesimer and sisters Tressie Minix, Hazel Minix, Jewel Goff, Wanda Cole, and Reva Montgomery.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 27, 1:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. Burial will follow at Vermont Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Thursday 6-8 pm. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or Chelsea First Assembly of God.


Robert Charles Lang
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Detroit, Livonia

Age 92, died Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born April 27, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Samuel and Louise (Nagel) Lang.

Robert served in the US Army during WWII. He worked for Chrysler Corporation until his retirement. Following his retirement, he drove school bus for Livonia Public Schools and Suttons Bay Public Schools.

On April 20, 1957, he married Gail Clark in Livonia, Michigan, and she preceded him in death on September 12, 2019. Survivors include three daughters, a son, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 6 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald, and a sister, Betty Bowers.

No services are planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UMRC Heritage Foundation.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


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