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Tiffany Joy Shurmur
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 34, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at her home.

She was born July 28, 1986, in Commerce Township, the daughter of Donald Michael “Mike” and Heather Ann (Madion) Shurmur.

Tiffany graduated from Chelsea High School in 2004, and attended Washtenaw Community College. She worked as a waitress at Los Tres Amigos.

Tiffany is survived by her father, Mike of Chelsea; her son, Liam Tyler Guthrie also of Chelsea; and her brother, Jason (Liz) Shurmur of Oregon. She was preceded in death by her mother in April of 2017.

No public funeral services will be held.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Doris May (Lee) Sannes
of South Range, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor, Pinckney, and Chelsea

Age 101, died Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Canal View – Houghton County.

She was born August 12, 1919 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the daughter of Herbert G. and Mabel (Fletcher) Lee. Doris moved to Ann Arbor in 1929 with her family. She graduated from Ann Arbor High in 1937.

Her first job in those Depression years was at the Ann Arbor Public Library where she worked until 1941. She moved to a job at the U of M Main Campus where she worked as a Secretary and eventually as office supervisor in the Engineering Research Department Technical Reports office, where they prepared the Top Secret reports on the first research being conducted on atom smashing and nuclear fusion and the very first experimental bombs that were later developed into the atom bombs that were used to end World War II.

Doris married Albert J. Sannes, an Air Force Veteran, on October 9, 1948, at the First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor where Doris had been a member of the choir from 1938 to 1948. They lived in Ann Arbor until 1953 when they moved to a home at Hi-Land Lake near Pinckney, Michigan. Doris was a member of the Pinckney Library Board and member of the Congregational Church in Pinckney. The family later moved to Chelsea, Michigan in 1964 where her husband was working at the Chrysler Proving Grounds from 1950-1980.

When all three of their children were in school, Doris took a part-time job at the McKune Memorial Library. She also took classes in medical transcribing and eventually took a job as a Medical Records Transcriptionist at the Chelsea Medical Center, where she worked until 1976. She moved to a job as Medical Secretary for Dr. Reed O. Dingman, a plastic surgeon in Ann Arbor, and worked there until Albert took his retirement from Chrysler Proving Grounds and they moved to Florida. When Albert passed away in 1984, Doris moved back to Michigan to be closer to her family.

Doris is survived by three children, Laurie (Dale) Edwards of Rockford, IL, Kathryn (William) Rentz of Pinckney, Charles (Miriam) Sannes of South Range; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albert; her brother, Russell Lee; and two sisters, Hazel (Lee) Lounds and Frances (Lee) Holt.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Cole Funeral Chapel. Because attendance will be limited due to COVID restrictions, a video of her service will be posted on the funeral home website as soon as possible.Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Chelsea.


Christopher Lee Misner
of Dexter, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 54, went to be with the Lord after a brief illness on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor.

He was born August 4, 1966 in Garden City, Michigan, the son of David Charles and Joyce Victoria (Tate) Misner.

Chris graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer in 1984, and from Michigan State University (where he studied Political Science) in 1989. He worked for Hope Network in Jackson, Park Center in Ft. Wayne, IN, and then at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Chelsea, Behavioral Heath for the past year.

Chris enjoyed baseball. He had a lively personality, and was loved by family and friends. Chris was very smart, and well educated about history and politics.

Survivors include his mother of Dexter; his father in Shelby Township; a brother, Peter Misner of FL; and two nieces, Emily and Paige. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; a half brother, Matthew, and his cousin, Christopher.

No services are planned. Burial will take place at Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Chelsea.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Cowen
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Age 67, died March 31, 2021 in Ypsilanti, MI.

She was born April 28, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of James H. and Barbara L. (Krem) Cowen.

Beth lived an adventurous life and had wide ranging interests and skills. In high school, she was a standout athlete and became the first woman at Clarkston to have her basketball jersey retired. She continued playing basketball and field hockey at Central Michigan University while earning a teaching degree.

After graduation, Beth embarked upon a variety of careers in Michigan, California, Florida, and North Carolina, including teaching and coaching, residential construction, raising greyhounds, working in health care as a hemodialysis technician, and her favorite passion, as an artist and painter under the name Elisheva Channah. She enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid gardener, always providing amazing produce to friends and family. Beth had a strong faith in God.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers, Mark (Ginny) Cowen of Chelsea, Eric (Tami) Cowen of Holland; eight nieces and nephews, Joshua (Emily Laidlaw) Cowen, Stephen (Jennifer) Cowen, David (Cassandra) Cowen, Caroline (Antonio Riva Palacio) Cowen, Laura (Andy) Imdieke, John (Becky) Cowen, Anne (Jake) Schipper, and Jenny (Mike) Rodgers; and a score of great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her aunt Doris (Jack) McElwain.

Beth and her family were grateful for the love and care that her friends and neighbors gave her during the final weeks of her life.

Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Clinic, 518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Mary Louise Birchmeier
Dexter, Michigan

Age 74, died Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born January 28, 1947 in Stockbridge, Michigan, the daughter of Raymond and Martha (Hollister) Cosgray.

Mary graduated from Pinckney High School in 1965 and then attended a semester at Kalamazoo College. Mary attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Jackson. She worked at the Dexter A & W for a couple of years. Mary loved horses, and had an indoor arena to board them.

On September 2, 1967, she married Joseph Marcellus Birchmeier and he survives. Mary is also survived by two sons, James (Laura) Birchmeier of Saline, Charles Birchmeier of Manchester; three daughters, Marsha (Tom) Holiday of Dexter, Tina (Danny) Birchmeier-Salow of Grass Lake, Crystal (Adam Diehl) Birchmeier of Dexter; two sisters, Carolyn (Glen) Vliet of Dansville, Janet (Bill) Birchmeier of Pinckney; and 10 grandchildren, Brandon, Heather, Ryan, Rachel, Christopher, Catherine, Olivia, Henry, Sierra, and Brogan.

The memorial service, which was held Monday, March 29th at Cole Funeral Chapel, was private due to Covid restrictions, but a video of her service has been posted at www.ColeFuneralChapel.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3600 County Farm Road, Jackson, MI 49201.


Rodney Owen Craig
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 73, died Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea after a long illness.

He was born June 25, 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Gerald and Esther (Gillespie) Craig.

Rod graduated from Pioneer High School in 1966, and Washtenaw Community College in 1970. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors in social work. He was the owner of Rod’s Diner in Ann Arbor from 1994-2003.

Rod had been Youth Education Director at Zion Lutheran Church from 1975-1994, and he enjoyed staying in touch with many of the youth throughout their lives. He was an active member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, and served as a confirmation mentor.

Rod was an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and volunteered as a peer counselor for Alcoholics Anonymous and drug recovery at prisons, including Cassidy Lake. He was part of a cancer support group in Ann Arbor.

Rod loved going on road trips, especially to the ocean, Lake Michigan and Route 66. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, antiques, and he loved to cook.

On Aug. 24, 1968, he married Susan M. Hines, and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Christopher Craig of New Orleans; a daughter, Michelle Craig of Chelsea; three brothers, Gerald “Skip”, Gordon (Kathy), and Mark; a sister, Georgeanne Richardson-Craig; nieces and nephews, Jerry and Terry, Anne and Diane, Brian, Brea and Tanner; his honorary grandchildren, Amelia and Ruthie; and great-niece, Scarlett. He was preceded in death by his brother, Mike. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action of Chelsea or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Alicia “Lisa” Marie Foytik
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 64, died unexpectedly due to natural causes on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at her home.

She was born August 26, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Charles A. and Rosemarie “Rosie” (Parker) Young.

Lisa graduated from Chelsea High School in 1974. Lisa was a successful business person. In 1976 she opened her first hair salon in Chelsea called Ricardo’s. She grew the business along with her husband Ric in several locations including Madison WI, and Traverse City. She was a member of the “Happy Camper’s Club” of family and friends that stayed together every other weekend. Lisa was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. She enjoyed boating, especially in Traverse City and Bruin Lake.

On August 31, 1974, she married Ric Foytik, also a Chelsea High School graduate, and he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Corrine (Senate) Tailford of Chelsea; a son, Koby (Nicole) Foytik of Madison, WI; a son, Rick (Christina) Barnes of Chelsea; 3 siblings; Mary Livingston, Michael (Kim) Young, and Chuck Young, all of Chelsea; 6 grandchildren, Collin and Charlese Tailford, Vivian and Carson Foytik, Michael and Christopher Barnes; and  many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A private Funeral Mass will be held March 25, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Rebecca Ann Bader
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Westland and Napoleon

Age 49, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at her home in Chelsea, with her family at her side.

She was born December 22, 1971 in Dearborn, Michigan, the daughter of John Lawrence and Dolores Jean “Dee” (Burwell) Bader.

Becky graduated from Livonia Bentley High School in 1989, and then earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from EMU. She worked for the Jackson County Sheriff’s office teaching MRT classes and was a caseworker for the rehabilitation program.

Later, Becky worked for Mullins Asphalt in Jackson. She helped at the Great Lakes Boxer Rescue, and enjoyed genealogy. Becky had a sharp tongue and gave you her unfiltered opinion.

On Oct. 17, 2003 she married Randy Mullins in Jackson, and he survives. Other survivors include her mother, Dee Bader of Mason; a son, David T. Bader (Jennah) of Napoleon; a daughter, Jessica Mullins-Stone (Daniel) of North Adams; her sister, Laura K. Grace (Rick) of Mason; and one grandson, David Milosh III.  She was preceded in death by her father, John, and a brother, Timothy John.

According to her wishes, no services are planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society; the Great Lakes Boxer Rescue, or the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Katherine Lucille Batsel Scrivner
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 98, died Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born July 1, 1922 in Georgetown, KY, the daughter of Paul Moorman and Alma Florence (Robinson) Batsel.

Katherine has lived in Kentucky, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Colorado. They moved to Michigan in 2012. Katherine taught Sunday School at various Baptist churches. She was an avid reader.

On Feb 12, 1943 she married Whitley “Scriv” C. Scrivner, at the 1st Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he preceded her in death on March 9, 2017. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Rhea of Ann Arbor, and Jenny Scrivner of Scottsdale, AZ; 4 grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Bridges Batsel. In addition to her husband, Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, William Moorman Batsel, and a son, Michael.

No services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Shaun Michael Happy
of Chelsea

Age 18, died Saturday, March 6, 2021.

He was born May 7, 2002, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, the son of Michael John and Shannon Elizabeth (O’Neill) Happy.

Shaun was a senior at Chelsea High School where he was a member of the cross country and track teams. He attended Main Street Church in Chelsea with his family whom he loved. An unwavering goofball, Shaun never failed to bring smiles and laughter to the people he loved. He was full of empathy and persistent in his mission to take care of those around him.

Shaun was a basketball fanatic and could frequently be found shooting hoops with his friends in his driveway or at the high school gym. He enjoyed many hours skateboarding with his friends and fishing for bass with his family up north. He loved watching the Michigan Wolverines play football, basketball, and hockey with his family. He had a passionate love for animals, with a special fondness for his cat Brown, his bunny Rupert, his childhood dog Sam, and horses. He found many stray animals and took the time to find them homes and to offer the care they needed.

Anyone who knew Shaun knows that he was an absolute light. He was one of the biggest hearts ever to have graced this world. He loved harder than anyone you will ever meet. That light needs to live on – in his family, friends, and the community that loved him.

Shaun is survived by his parents; his brother, Lou, and sister, Mandy, both of Chelsea; grandparents, Michael and Marilyn Happy of Roseville; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Carol O’Neill.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a memorial service limited to invited guests will be held Saturday, Mar. 13, 2021, 11:00 am, at Main Street Church in Chelsea, with Pastor Josh Kuck officiating. The public is invited to watch the service on-line using  this link.  A private burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by clicking this link:  Fundraiser: Shaun Happy Memorial. The money raised will be used to support youth mental health locally.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Frances Arlene Lorenz
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 83, died Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born March 22, 1937 in Pittsfield Township, Michigan, the daughter of Ralph Francis and Grace (Earnshaw) Dibble.

Frances was a member of the Saline High School class of 1955. She earned an Associates Degree in accounting from Washtenaw Community College. Frances worked for Wrigleys in Ann Arbor, where she met Jim. Later she worked for Michigan NDT, retiring in 2002. Frances was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and served on various committees. They were former members of Westside United Methodist, and also attended Christian Home Group.

Frances and Jim traveled quite a bit, going on several trips overseas, including trips to where her family originated from. Frances loved family get-togethers. She was always there for the grandkid’s activities. Frances and Jim were always working on something. They loved to work on their home and their cabin near Traverse City.

On July 6, 1955 she married James Whitcomb Lorenz in Westside Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, and he preceded her in death on November 8, 2013. Survivors include three children, Doug (Kim) Lorenz of Green, OH, Tammy, Matt (Kathy) Lorenz of Jackson; three grandchildren, Courtney Lorenz, Joseph (Holly) Lorenz, and Sarah (Noah) Stump; and her siblings, Florence Booth, Helen (Andrew) Gilbertson, Gordon (Audrey) Dibble. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Beatrice Claininsmith and Geraldine Dibble.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 12 from 10-11 am at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held March 12, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating, but due to Covid restrictions, please call the funeral home at 734-475-1551 to reserve your place at the funeral. Burial will be at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


James A. Berlinski
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Chagrin Falls, OH

Age 81, died Monday, March 1, 2021 at home surrounded by his family, after a long battle with pulmonary arterial hypertension and scleroderma.

He was born August 15, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Theodore Oswald and Ruth (Leverenz) Berlinski.

Jim graduated from Lutheran High School in Detroit, and then Concordia River Forest, IL. He was the principal at St. Matthews in New York City, and then he worked in finance for Ford for 30 years, retiring from the Walton Hills Stamping Plant.

Jim was the former President of “Apollo’s Fire,” the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, where he sang professionally. He was a music director for many churches, including Gloria Dei, Detroit, St. Paul’s Farmington, St. Paul’s Northville, Our Redeemer in Solon, OH, Lord of Life in Bainbridge, OH, and Valley Lutheran in Chagrin Falls, OH. Jim attended Peace Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor most recently. He enjoyed bowling and golfing.

On August 24, 1963, Jim married Carole Marie Schankweiler in New York, NY, and she survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Lynn (William) Cottrell of Chelsea; a son, John (Deanna) Berlinski of Geneva, OH; a brother, Donald (Elaine) Berlinski of CO; three grandchildren, Joshua (Samantha), Katlin (Joe), Chrissy; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary, and sister-in-law, Karen.

No services will be held at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, Elara Caring Hospice, 900 Cooper St, Jackson, MI 49202, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Randal Ponitz
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 61, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at home with his family.

He was born June 12, 1959 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Dr. Robert and Frances (Webster) Ponitz.

Randy earned a Masters degree from U of M, and also earned several IT certificates. He loved planes since he was a boy. Randy earned all pilot certifications, and was a member of the Ann Arbor Fliers.

He was a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church, where he was an usher, and took care of the church IT needs. Randy worked in Church Extension at the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church District Office in Ann Arbor.

On September 14, 1996, he married Catherine Marie Schafer in Ann Arbor, MI and she survives. Other survivors include his siblings, Rob Ponitz and his family; Dawn Belote and her family; and Barb Parrish and her family. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 3rd, from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 3rd, with Rev. Andy Pronsati officiating. Due to Covid restrictions, please call the funeral home at 734-475-1551 to reserve a spot at the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.


Carol A. McLaughlin
of Harbor Springs, MI, formerly of Chelsea, MI

Age 78, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at her home with her family at her side.

She was born November 18, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Howard E. and Pauline A. (Hayes) Olm.

Carol graduated from Redford Union High School in 1960. She then graduated from Virginia Farrell Beauty School. Carol and Jim moved to Harbor Springs in 2000, coming from Chelsea. Carol ran a successful ceramic business for 20 years, and sewed for 15 years for pediatric patients at McLaren Hospital. She enjoyed planting flowers in the yard, mowing the lawn, and NASCAR.

On February 3, 1962, she married James O. McLaughlin, and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Sandy (Jeannie) McLaughlin of Kenosha, WI, Craig (Phillip Smith) McLaughlin of Detroit; a daughter, Beverly (Willis) Kiogima of Harbor Springs; 9 grandchildren, Casey, Kelsey, Arin, Jamie, Julie, Joshua, Ava, Jade, and Chandlar; and 5 great-grandchildren, Waylon, Evin, Tristan, Trenton, and Benjamin. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Ronald Olm.

Services will be at a later date. Burial will take place at Littlefield Township Cemetery in Alanson, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Home Care and Hospice or the Humane Society of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Fredrick Ramsey
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 74, died Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his home in Chelsea.

He was born August 31, 1946 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the son of Paul and Eunice May (Woltz) Ramsey.

Fred graduated from Muncie High School in Indiana, then attended Ball State University. He served in the Army Infantry as a helicopter door gunner from 1964-65 during the Vietnam War. Fred worked for U of M for 15 years, and was a self-employed carpenter. He worked for Chelsea Architectural Millworks, with whom he helped restore the Michigan State Capital building.

Fred was a leader in Chelsea Boy Scouts for many years. He enjoyed restoring their historic home in Chelsea, and he enjoyed traveling locally in his Honda Shadow.

On December 27, 1978, he married Donna Rhea Stone in West Palm Beach, Florida, and she survives. Other survivors include his son, Andrew (Rita) Ramsey of Manchester; his sister, Linda Ramsey of New Mexico; his grandson, Samuel Ramsey; and a niece, Tammi. He was preceded in death by two nephews, his parents, and his brother, Paul Jr.

A memorial service will be held in the summer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action of Chelsea.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Albert F. Anderson
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

He was born April 29, 1934 in Yale, Iowa, the son of Albert Frank and Agnes (Leo) Anderson.

On Feb. 6, 1959, he married Charlotte Ann Houston in Sedalia, MO, and she preceded him in death on October 9, 2015. Survivors include two sons, Albert F. “Andy” (Margaret) Anderson III of Muskego, WI, Paul (Faye) Anderson of Ann Arbor; a son-in-law, Dennis Higgins of Chelsea; and 5 grandchildren, Albert F. “Bert” Anderson IV, Vincent Anderson; Leela Anderson, Frank Anderson; and A.J. Higgins. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Higgins.

Albert’s life took him from small-town Iowa to a career in data analysis at a leading center of population studies. He loved sports, first in basketball and baseball at tiny Boxholm High School, then in baseball at Iowa State University, and later in recreational softball and as a fan of University of Michigan sports and the Detroit Tigers. While at Iowa State, he earned a doctorate in sociology and then went on to teach sociology at Drake University.

Albert always enjoyed new technology, including hi-fi equipment and radio-controlled model planes. Technology led him to his true career in computer programming and data analysis, first as a computer pioneer at Drake and then with the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center. His favorite projects were establishing a learning center in Nepal, and starting an innovative business focused on advanced social data analysis tools.

Private services will be held. Burial will take place at Oak Grove East Cemetery, in Chelsea.

In lieu of gifts, memorial contributions may be made to Doctors without Borders. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Phyllis Virginia Stepp
Howell, MI, formerly of Chelsea and Jackson

Age 88, died Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Medilodge of Howell.

She was born August 7, 1932 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Kenneth R. and Harriet J. (Stofer) Piatt.

Phyllis graduated from Chelsea High School in 1950. She retired from Chelsea Milling Company after 40 years, and during many of those working years she also served and bar tendered at Stiver’s Restaurant. Phyllis was the rock of her family. Early on as the sole breadwinner of the family in the 60’s and 70’s, she worked long hours to provide for her children. Later in life, she continued to stay in close contact with and continued to support her family in numerous ways until she was no longer able. This loving and generous lady will be missed by all she knew.

Survivors include her three children, Jeff (Laurie) Haas of Brighton, Deborah Torrice of Dallas Texas, Timothy Haas (Theresa Moore) of Pinkney; 10 grandchildren, Alexandria Haas, Jeff Pettipher, Amedio Torrice, Mary Bowdish (Torrice), Jenna Boycott (Haas), Mindy Hommerding (Haas), Chloe Hackett, Denise (Cody) Chen, Michelle Haas, Tracy Scott (Haas).

She was preceded in death by her son David Kirk Haas, daughter Mary Haas-Hackett, a grandson Richard Haas, and her siblings, Jerry Piatt, Kenneth Piatt, Shirley Johnson, Betty Wahl, Mary Lou Brown, and Minnie May Erskine.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from noon – 1 p.m. A private service for her family will follow. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


Gloria Dean Hunt
Of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Plymouth, MI, Loudon, TN and Detroit MI

Age 97, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Chelsea, Michigan.

Gloria was born January 23, 1924 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Edward Clark and Ida Therese (Thernes) Bailey.

She graduated from Cooley High School and received her B.A. with a major in Psychology from Wayne State University where she also received her Teaching Certificate and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling. She devoted her career to teaching, specializing in remedial reading, in the Detroit Public Schools. On July 14, 1951 she married Maxwell Edward Hunt in Detroit, MI, and he preceded her in death on August 27, 2008.

While living in Detroit her community affiliations included Historical Memorial Society of Detroit, Wayne State Alumni Board, Detroit Federation of Women’s Clubs, Beta Sigma Phi Fellowship, and the Michigan Sesquicentennial Committee. She was a Sunday School Teacher at Detroit’s Covenant Baptist Church.

Retiring in 1985, she and Maxwell moved to a mountain side home in Tellico Village in Loudon, TN. Here they enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, traveled extensively, and became an active member of the local community. Gloria was especially involved with the Community Church at Tellico Village. She returned to Michigan in 2010.

Gloria loved family, friends, God and country. Her boundless energy, love of country and willingness to always accept a challenge led to her joining many local and national organizations that focused on preserving our national heritage. She was most active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Gloria joined DAR in 1964 through the Louisa St. Clair Chapter, Detroit, MI, where she was a Chapter Regent (1971-1973) and 27th State Regent (1979-1982). At National level she was Vice President General (1982-1985). The highlight of her year was always attending each spring the National DAR Convention in Washington, DC.

She was also Children of the American Revolution Senior State President (1984-1986). One of Gloria’s longest and most dedicated commitment was with the DAR Schools in Grant, Al. and Tamassee, SC. These schools have provided rural Appalachian communities with exceptional educational opportunities since the 1920s. She has been a Trustee and on number working committees from 1978 to 2007.

Membership in other patriotic organizations included: Colonial Dames of America; charter member, past officer, Elizabeth Patch Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century; National Officer and Chairman, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century; Daughters of American Colonists; Daughters of Colonial Wars; United States Daughters of 1812.; Order of The Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America; Magna Charta Dames and Barons; Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Edward (Debra) Hunt of Durham, NC and Larry Dean Hunt of Chelsea, MI; granddaughters, Lauren Elyse (Frederick) Baylin of San Francisco, CA and Lindsay Erin Hunt of Durham, NC; many nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Lois Rae Hunt of Jackson, MI. She was preceded in death by her brother Edward Clark Bailey, Jr.

A private funeral will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. Burial will be at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation. Gloria was a long-time resident of Chelsea Retirement Community and greatly appreciated the care and love she received from her neighbors and the staff.  Memorial gifts can be sent to: UMRC Foundation, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or online at https://umrc.com/umrc-foundation/.


Samuel Leslie Alguire
of Jackson, Michigan, formerly of Chelsea and Lansing

Age 86, died Monday, February 15, 2021 at Henry Ford Allegiance in Jackson.

He was born July 25, 1934 in Mattawan, MI, the son of Samuel I. and Mildred (Anson) Alguire.

Sam graduated from Plainwell High School in 1952, and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Geology at Michigan State University. He worked for the State of Michigan for 40 years supervising drilling for oil and gas, mostly in Albion, St. Clair, Macomb, and Hillsdale Counties, retiring in 1996.

Sam was an active member of the Mount Hope United Methodist Church in Lansing, and of the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. In his retirement, he volunteered in the church tape ministry, and teaching refugee families how to drive. He was a member of the Michigan Basin Geological Society and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Sam was also part of Alzheimer’s groups in Lansing and in Ann Arbor.

On July 22, 1961, Sam married Nancy Evelyn Sanborn in Hubbardston. MI, and she survives He is also survived by two daughters, Sara Alguire of Haslett, and Linda (Robert) Alguire-Culver of Canton; a grandson, Brogan Samuel Winter; and niece, Martha Turner. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at East Plains Cemetery in Hubbardston, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Lansing.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Phyllis Pearl Wurster
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, died Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.

She was born March 3, 1935 in Chelsea, MI, the daughter of Clarence “Cub” and Beatrice V. (Trolz) Vogel.

Phyllis graduated from Chelsea High School in 1953. On Oct. 23, 1954, she married Ralph L. Wurster. She worked at Chelsea State Bank for 7 years, after which she stayed home to raise her children. Phyllis was a life-long member of the Chelsea First Congregational Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph; a daughter, Cheryl Wurster of Homer; five grandchildren, Jacob Wurster of Utah, Sarah Wurster of Arizona, Nicole Wurster and Patrick Campbell, both of Homer, and Jocelyn Wurster of California; 2 great-grandsons; 4 great-granddaughters; and a sister, Sally Ringe. She was preceded in death by a son, Todd; two brothers, Robert and Douglas Vogel; a sister, Kay Weinberg; and two brothers-in-law, Richard Ringe and Hugh Weinberg.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Donald Lee Van Gilder
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Age 90 passed away Wednesday, February 3rd at his home.

He was born December 6, 1930, in Marshall County, Indiana to Esta E. and Flossie Marie (Walterhouse) Van Gilder.

On September 6th, 1952, Donald married Margie Jean Connon and she survives. He is also survived by sons, Terry (Thresa) Van Gilder of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Daniel (Brenda) Van Gilder of Leo, Indiana, and daughter, Lori (Brad) Critchfield of Grass Lake, Michigan. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition, his brothers, Richard Van Gilder and Larry Van Gilder survive.

Don worked as an engineer and designer in the Tool and Die Industry his entire career. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed time at their trailer on a lake in northern Indiana fishing. They always had a beautiful yard and flower beds.

Don was often caught with a pair of pruners or a hose in his hand. He especially loved his yellow roses. He also loved feeding his birds and squirrels. He would often laugh about his fat squirrels and deer trying to empty his bird feeders.

In 2017, they moved to Chelsea, Michigan.

A private burial took place in Bremen, Indiana, with arrangements made by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, Michigan.


Nola May Knapp
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Clio, MI

Age 75, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at home under hospice care.

She was born May 2, 1945, in Mount Morris, MI, the daughter of Albert Earl and Beatrice Marie (Lovett) Hammel. Nola graduated from Mt. Morris High School in 1963. She worked for GM, and then choose to stay home to raise her children. Nola attended West Forest United Methodist Church in Otisville. She volunteered and enjoyed being active at Otisville Senior Citizen Center, and most recently at Chelsea Senior Center.

Nola is survived by her son, Timothy Knapp of Clio; her daughter, Cathy (David) Polkinghorne of Millington; her brothers, Jim Hammel of Chelsea and Charles (Lola) Hammel of UT; 3 grandchildren, Leah Knapp, David Polkinghorne III, Matthew Knapp; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Greg Knapp.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the senior citizens center of your choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Wendy J. Wallace
of Chelsea, MI

Age 75, died peacefully on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the University of Michigan Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born February 13, 1945 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Richard and Jean (Dodge) Drew.

Wendy and Rick moved to Chelsea in 1988. She was formerly a member of New Haven Friends Meeting, Immanuel Bible Church in Chelsea, and Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor. Wendy held a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and master’s degrees from both Temple University in Philadelphia and the University of Connecticut.

She was a social worker and teacher at several public and private high schools, as well as Hillsdale College, Berry College, and Spring Arbor University. In 2010, she published a book about her experiences with chronic illness, “Doing Well At Being Sick.” Her professional and academic accomplishments were overshadowed by her compelling care for others, and she touched many lives in profound ways.  

On September 30, 1966, she married Richard Wallace in Dearborn, Michigan, and he survives. Other survivors include her daughter, Carey, of Brooklyn, New York; her son, Mark, of Detroit; a brother, Richard (Michele) Drew, of Oxford Hills; a sister, Sharon (Erik) Smith of Brighton; her uncle, Russell Dodge of Ann Arbor, MI; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Her family believes she was an extraordinary gift from God, and celebrates the life which God gave Wendy on this earth, as well as her certainty of life everlasting in Jesus’ arms, and that she would see her loved ones again with Him.

Her burial was held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.A service to celebrate her life will be held at a future date.

Please consider sharing a memory or sharing words of condolence on Cole Funeral Chapel’s website.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation ArmyHope ClinicHabitat for Humanity or the Spring Arbor University Richard & Wendy Wallace Scholarship Fund, to benefit international and diverse students.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Marjorie Jane Daniels
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at her home, surrounded by love.

She was born December 3, 1929, in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Lee and Sylvia (Williams) Ferguson.

Marjorie owned Uptown Antiques in Chelsea for many years. She and Bob were the majority owners of Chelsea Lumber. Marjorie was proud to be a farm girl who attended a one-room schoolhouse through the 8th grade. She then attended Chelsea High School, graduating in 1947. She could drive a tractor at the age of 13. Marjorie paid for her senior year of college at EMU by raising ducks. She graduated from EMU with a degree in Art History.

Marjorie was a descendant of John Williams who was the founder of Webster Township and Webster Church. She supported many charities, including the Chelsea Historical Society, Chelsea Community Foundation, the Purple Rose, Cancer Society, and the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Marjorie touched a lot of people in quiet ways. She loved the game of golf, and was very good at it. Marjorie played at Inverness and at Hilton Head. She had an uncanny knack of evaluating other people’s golf swing. Marjorie loved to work in the yard and created a beautiful garden. Her Washington Street home was featured on house tours for many years.

On December 21, 1950, she married Robert Daniels in Chelsea, and he preceded her in death on September 01, 2012.

Survivors include three children, Jeffry (Kathleen), John (Donna), both of Chelsea; and Jodi Daniels of Chelsea and Mt. Pleasant, SC; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jay (Bonnie) Ferguson, and Donald (Anita) Ferguson. She was preceeded in death by her sister, Thelma.

A private service has been held. Burial took place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Historical Society.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Margaret Claire (Walborn) Cousins

Margaret passed away at the age of 92 in her home in Chelsea, Michigan on Jan. 18, 2021 surrounded by her family after a battle with cancer.

She was born on July 29, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to Harold Carleton Walborn and Thelma Louise (Poch) Walborn.

Margaret was much loved by her family and known for her great laugh, her sense of humor and her generosity. She was very creative and always encouraged anyone with artistic talents. Margaret loved decorating, oil painting, sewing and travel, but most of all she loved being with her family.

She was proud of her heritage as a direct descendant of Governor Winslow of the original colonies as well as her German ancestry on her mother’s side.

Margaret attended college at the University of Michigan and graduated from Ross School of Business. She went on to work at U of M as an administrator in the College of Engineering and the Literature, Science and Arts College in the Political Science Department for many years. She had formerly been an accountant for the Ann Arbor Y as well as being a co-owner of several businesses in Ypsilanti, Wayne, and Detroit.

Margaret was a member and former vice-president of Zonta International Ypsilanti Chapter. She volunteered at the Chelsea Community Hospital for over 10 years and served on the board for the hospital Gift Shop.

Margaret is survived by her son, Bruce W. Cousins (Deborah Aquilina) of Chelsea, and her daughter, Sheree D. Roberts (Thomas) of Whitmore Lake. She is also survived by her 3 granddaughters, Emily Louise Shafer Tull (Jon) of Pasadena, Elizabeth Ashley Shafer (Joseph May) of Whitmore Lake, Megan Ann Turriff and great-grandson, Landen of Grand Rapids; and her brother, Brian W. Walborn (Ruth) of Alpena. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Bruce C. Walborn of Hart.

She was very close to her family and will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Eleanor Ann Hiner
of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Farmington Hills

Age 86, died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born August 27, 1934 in Warsaw, Indiana, the daughter of Edward and Ella (Dye) Hanley. Ann was a member of the Orchard United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills where she actively volunteered in many capacities.

Ann had been married to Dewarld Dewaine “Bill” Hiner for 61 years, when he preceded her in death less than a month ago on Dec. 29. 2020. She is survived by one son, James Hiner (Melissa) of Ann Arbor; two grandchildren, Margaret Hunt and Robert Hiner; one brother, Bill Hanley (Helen) of Birmingham, Alabama; and one sister, Peggy Hodak (Jerry) of East Lansing. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Hiner of Atlanta, Georgia.

Ann graduated from Wayne State University where she was also a member of Delta Zeta. She was a passionate gardener at home as well as for the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary. She was very talented at growing beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables. Ann loved to cook, and was always looking for new recipes. She loved to entertain friends and family, especially on Christmas Eve.

A private graveside service was held at the North Farmington Cemetery in Farmington Hills, Michigan. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation. Ann was a long-time resident of Chelsea Retirement Community and greatly appreciated the care and love she received from her neighbors and the staff.

Memorial gifts can be sent to: UMRC Foundation, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or online at https://umrc.com/umrc-foundation/.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Laura Sue Denton
Dexter, MI

Laura, age 62, passed away peacefully and calm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at her home in Dexter after several fun-filled days with family and friends.

She had struggled with diabetes since age nine and throughout it all she was always a trooper and never complained.

Laura was born April 29, 1958, in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Paul Gene and Betty Mae Denton. She graduated from Dexter High in 1976. She worked at Lyndon Color Labs on Huron River Dr. in Dexter.

Laura loved shopping anywhere and everywhere. She loved dancing at Suds Factory, City Limits, Weber’s, and the Jackson Road Logging Company, just to name a few. Laura genuinely enjoyed talking and interacting with whomever she encountered. She was the social butterfly at Dialysis for the past 12 years where she lifted spirits, lit up the room and got everyone chatting- they loved her deeply.

Survivors include her father, Paul G. Denton of Ann Arbor; a son, Kyler Denton-McHardy of Dexter; three siblings, Charlie, Paula, and Tom Denton; one niece, Meg Krull; two nephews, Jeremy Webber and Paul Denton; and her precious little dog, Gizzy. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Parmer; stepfathers, Bob McLeod and Bob Parmer; and stepmother, Eleanor Denton.

A private service was held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Dewarld D. “Bill” Hiner
of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor and Farmington Hills

Age 96, died Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born in 1924 in Wymore, Nebraska, the son of Arthur and Althea (Beldon) Hiner. Bill was a member of the Orchard United Methodist Church, Farmington Hills.

Bill has been married to Eleanor Ann Hanley for 61 years, and she survives. He is also survived by one son, James Hiner (Melissa) of Ann Arbor; and two grandchildren, Margaret Hunt and Robert Hiner. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret “Peggy” Hiner of Atlanta, Georgia, and his brother, Clyde Jr. Hiner of Wymore, Nebraska.

Bill was a graduate of The University of Nebraska, and Detroit School of Law. He served in the Army during WWII. He enjoyed a successful career with Ford Motor Company, and later with American Natural Resources. Bill enjoyed golf, bowling, and traveling with his family. He always had a great sense of humor, and witty comments at the ready.

A private graveside service was held at the North Farmington Cemetery in Farmington Hills, Michigan. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation. Bill was a long-time resident of Chelsea Retirement Community and greatly appreciated the care and love he received from his neighbors and the staff.

Memorial gifts can be sent to: UMRC Foundation, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or online at https://umrc.com/umrc-foundation/

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Mary Louise Rettig
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Dexter

Age 88, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 9, 2021 at her home in the Pines.

She was born June 2, 1932 in Waterloo Township, the daughter of Homer Edward and Lela May (Green) Parks.

Mary graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1950. She was a bookkeeper at Ann Arbor Bank, Argus Camera, Ann Arbor Circuits and Bookcrafters in Chelsea. Mary was a member at St. Andrews United Church of Christ in Dexter since 1966, where she taught Sunday School. Mary and Alvin enjoyed bowling at Dexter Bowling Alley and Belmark, and also enjoyed square dancing. She was an avid card player.

On November 3, 1951, she married Alvin Albert Rettig in Waterloo Methodist Church, and he preceded her in death in 2006. Survivors include her son, Tony (Karin) Rettig of Dexter; a daughter, Linda (Eric) Prinzing of Grass Lake; a sister, Helen Lake of Melborne, FL; 5 grandchildren, Melanie Young, Jessica Nichol, Lindsay Rettig, Erica Rettig, Lela Prinzing; 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mildred Lantis, Gladys “Sal” Murray, Robert Parks, Don Parks, Catherine Brauer, John Parks, Dorothy Walbrook, and Richard Parks. 

Burial has taken place at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Dexter. A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2021.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews United Church of Christ, 7610 Ann Arbor St, Dexter, MI 48130 or Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Betty Sue Leeman
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 76, died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at her home with her family at her side, after a decade-long battle with myelodysplastic syndrome.

She was born December 18, 1944 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, the daughter of Wilbert and Grace Viola (Johnston) Gates.

Betty graduated from Wynnewood High School in 1962. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Nursing in 1965. Betty then went on to graduate from the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in Texas as a flight nurse, and she served in the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Betty married Steve Leeman in Oklahoma City in 1967, and they moved to Manchester, MI where they owned a Dairy Queen. She served as an emergency room nurse in Oklahoma, at Chelsea Community Hospital, and at the University of Michigan for over 40 years. Betty earned her BSN from U of M in 1995 and became trauma certified.

She participated in the Chelsea Area Players and the Chelsea Lioness Club. Betty was a former member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church and North Lake United Methodist Church. She enjoyed watching sports with her cousin, Dave Scriven. Betty loved to travel and spend time with her grandkids, especially up North on the Platte River and in Oklahoma.

On April 22, 1967, she married Fredric “Steve” Leeman in Oklahoma, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2014. Betty is survived by two children, Beth Ann (Darin) Anderson of Eldridge, Iowa, and Fredric “Scott” Leeman of Chelsea; four grandchildren: Andrew, Brett, Matthew, and Nathan; her sisters, Patsy Dobbins, Connie Dotson, Vickie Eastwood; a brother-in-law, Richard Rigg; and several nieces and nephews, including Mary (Jon) Oesterle, who helped care for her in her final days. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Gates; her mother and her step-father, Grace and Ralph Nelms; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Rigg.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 12. Due to Covid restrictions, please call 734-475-1551 to schedule a time to greet the family. A private funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 13, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to University of Michigan Hematology Research or the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation.


Michael H. Rybka
of Chelsea, MI

Age 61, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was born on November 18, 1959 in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Henry and Helen (Sedoreak) Rybka.

He was a life-long resident of Chelsea. He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1977, and Eastern Michigan University in 1997 with a journalism degree. Then he worked as a reporter for The Chelsea Standard. Mike was a talented chess player, and he enjoyed reading, music, and cooking for friends.

Michael is survived by his sister, Kathryn Rybka (Darrell Hoemann) of Champaign, IL.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Wednesday, January 13, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., with a brief service at 2:30 p.m. Funeral directors are following current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for COVID-19; those attending will be instructed accordingly, and masks must be worn. Burial will be private at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea.

Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to St. Louis Center, 16195 West Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Marion Burpo
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 74, died Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at her son’s home.

She was born December 27, 1946 in Troy, Tennessee, the daughter of Clifford Anderson and Marion Verue (Morris) Burpo.

Marion graduated from Plymouth High School in 1965. She was a member of Chelsea Assembly of God, and she worked at Target. Marion enjoyed crocheting. She loved Hallmark movies, Christian and country music, and she especially loved her family.

Survivors include her four children, James (Norma) Freeman of Chelsea, Star (Wes) Kableman of Carp Lake, MI, Michelle (Andy) Koziel of Westchester, OH, Dawn (Jason) Wynn of Oxford, MI; her brother, Clifford (Sandy) Burpo Jr. of Terra Haute, IN; her sisters, Rose Douglas of New Port Richie, FL, Jeannette (Joe) Gauthier of New Port Richie, FL; 9 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Katie Magee.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 91891 Washington D.C. 20090-1891.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Roger Edsel Sheren

Age 77, passed away on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 in Chelsea, Michigan.

Roger was born in August 1943 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Keith and Josephine Sheren and was blessed to have three older sisters. He graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn and Detroit’s Wayne State University. He was a lifelong fan of the University of Michigan football and their marching band.

Roger married his soulmate, Kathy Herron, in 1994. He is also survived by his sons, Zachary (Keri) and Nicholas (Ashley), his grandchildren, Seth, Davis, Elena, and Emery, and Zach and Nick’s mother Patricia McIsaac.

Roger led a full and busy life surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. He worked as an educator, an accountant, and a small business owner. His true life’s labor, though, was that of a builder and a restorer.

Roger recrafted houses in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan leaving each as a unique work of art, beauty, and hard work. Although his timeliness at restoring his vintage Mustang might have been slightly less accomplished, as it wasn’t quite ready for either of his adult sons, or grandsons, to drive to their high school proms, he was able to drive it this past summer.

Above all else, Roger was a very kind, giving person and he was never too busy to help his friends and family with any task, large or small.

Roger never liked being the center of attention and per his wish, there will be no service.

Donations honoring Roger can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or by mail, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516; to Spratt United Methodist Church, 7440 M-65 South, Lachine, MI 49753; or to the U of M Department of Neurosurgery, Neurovascular Research Fund – 323781 https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/give/basket/fund/323781. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Richard Place
of Chelsea, formerly of Ann Arbor and Bloomfield Hills

Age 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his home in Chelsea, MI with his family at his side.

He was born June 29, 1934 in Howard City, MI, the son of Floyd M. and Phoebe E. (Harmer) Place.

Richard grew up in Flint and graduated from Northern High School in 1952. After high school, he studied at Flint Junior College before transferring to MIT where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. Following graduation, he served as an officer in the US Navy. During this time, he also received a Masters in Engineering Administration degree from George Washington University and married the love of his life Meryl D. Johnson in 1959.

After government service, Richard worked as an Engineering and Product Planning Executive at Ford Motor Company for over 30 years. He also served as Senior Managing Director of the Mazda Motor Corporation in Hiroshima, Japan for 4 years in the mid-1980s.

Richard was an avid traveler, outdoorsman, and private pilot. He and his wife took many adventures to Alaska, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond. He was a member of the Westside United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor.

He is survived by Meryl, his wife of 62 years. Other survivors include his two sons, Mark (Michelle) Place of Brighton, MI, John (Emi) Place of Tokyo, Japan; grandchildren Tomoru and Sara, and brother Dudley (Lorna) of Grand Blanc, MI.

Due to Covid, memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Joe Griffin Eisley
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 92, died Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Silver Maples of Chelsea Retirement Neighborhood.

He was born on April 7, 1928, in Auglaize County, Ohio, the son of Harold Samuel and Velma Ruth (Griffin) Eisley.

After graduating from Spencerville (Ohio) High School in 1946, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Daegu, South Korea. In 1948, he entered Parks College, St. Louis University, going on to receive his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology.

In 1956, he married Marilyn Fleck in Pasadena, California, and they moved to Ann Arbor where he began a 42-year career as a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. In addition to his teaching duties, he spent 14 years as an Associate Dean in the College of Engineering. During this time, he was involved in revising the engineering curriculum and in developing programs to encourage women and minorities to study engineering.

His proudest accomplishment at the university, however, was to see so many of his former students succeed in their engineering careers. Joe was a beloved teacher to his many students from all over the world.

Joe was a prolific traveler, visiting all seven continents and documenting his adventures through his excellent photography skills. He was also an avid woodworker, building beautiful furniture and creating beautiful boxes and bowls.

He was a great husband and father, rarely missing any activity in which his children were involved and always taking time to play catch after school no matter how tired he was after work. He was a good and modest man who never ceased to be amazed that his life took him from driving horses on a farm without electricity to seeing his former students orbit the earth and walk on the moon.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn. Survivors include his son Paul Eisley and Paul’s wife Ineke Rawie of Seal Rock, OR, and his daughter Susan Eisley and her husband Shengzhang Tang of Pittsfield, MA. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews and their children, all of whom he loved dearly, and his many friends and former students, whose lives he made brighter.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. His ashes will be interred in the memorial gardens of the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joe Eisley Employee Scholarship Fund at Silver Maples.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Donna June Holiday
Dexter, MI

Age 63, passed away to be with the Lord on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Arbor Hospice in Saline due to complications of kidney disease.

She was born June 15, 1957 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Coyne and Betty June (Tanner) Holiday.

Donna graduated from Dexter High School in 1975. She was Group Leader at Gelman Science for 30 years, where she made many life-long friends. Donna was a life-long member of Dexter Gospel Church, where she taught Sunday school and was an AWANA leader for almost 40 years.

Donna is survived by her father; five brothers, David (Bonnie) of Michigan Center, Daniel (Unson) of Honolulu, Donald (Barbara) of Dexter, Thomas (Marsha) of Dexter, and Timothy of Dexter; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Dawn and Dan Gilbert and family. She was preceded in death by her mother.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 11:00 am online via Zoom. Call (734-475-1551) or email Cole Funeral Chapel for details ([email protected]).

A private burial will be at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arbor Hospice or Dexter Gospel Church.


Tina Louise Moore
of Ypsilanti, MI, formerly of Auburn Hills, MI

Age 62, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 25, 2020, due to natural causes.

She was born September 12, 1958, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Dennis and Evelyn (McGriff) Case.

Tina was a Teacher in the Detroit School District, and also worked for Kroger in the Ypsilanti area for 10 years. She attended the Ypsilanti Baptist Temple. She loved singing and traveling. She graduated from Calvary Christian Academy in 1976, earned her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple University, and later earned a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. She was the family’s encyclopedia and knew all about her family’s genealogy.

On September 12, 2009, she married Bob Moore, and he preceded her in death on April 21, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister-in-law, Cindy Case; a brother-in-law, Ron Moore; her niece, Angi Dowdle; and a bonus brother, Robbie Rousseau. Survivors include her brother, Richard Case of Chelsea; two sisters, Dana (Bob) Davis of Stockbridge, Lisa (Bob) Greca of Ypsilanti; a bonus sister, Lisa Rousseau; her second mom, Fran Rousseau; three step-sons, Bobby (Michelle) Moore, Bryan (Melissa) Moore, Ken (Sherri) Moore; six step-grandchildren, Marcus, Jessica, Joe, Brody, Brayden, and Shane; three brothers- and sisters-in-law, Pat (Dan, Kelly) Kniffen, Don (Cindy, Kirsten, Shawn) Moore, Karen (Eric, Veronica) Moore; and several nieces and nephews, Daniel (Marie) Case, David (Cassidy, Grayson, Parker) Case, Stephanie (Ryan, Wyatt) Jacobs, Taylor and Trevor Greca; and her Arkansas family.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Ypsilanti Baptist Temple. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or a cause/charity of your choosing.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Marilyn R. Chandler
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 90, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born January 9, 1930 at home in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Earl A. and Carrie L. (Durham) Rice.

Marilyn graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit and attended Michigan State University and worked as a secretary in the Alumni Office. It was there that she met her future husband William “Bill” Chandler.

On March 14, 1953, she and Bill were married in the Alumni Chapel at MSU. They moved to Chelsea in 1954 where Bill went to work for Marilyn’s father at the Detroit Abrasives Company.

Marilyn was a charter member of the original Chelsea Co-op Nursery School that eventually converted the old Beach one room school into a co-op nursery school complete with a blue front door with white polka dots. She was a member of the Chelsea Child Study Club, Nomads Travel Group and volunteered in the Chelsea Hospital gift shop for many years.

Marilyn was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, beading and made beautiful quilts.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years Bill, and their three daughters Cindy (Richard) Westfall of Rochester, NY, Mary Beth Chandler of Littleton, CO, Carolyn (Nick) Roopas of Ann Arbor, five grandchildren, Alyssa, Emily, Alex and Evan Roopas, Kathryn (Patrick) Westgrove and one great-grandchild Adelaide Rose Westgrove.

Due to Covid, a private graveside service will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. An in-person memorial will be held in the Summer of 2021.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Barn Sanctuary, 20179 McKernan Dr., Chelsea, MI  48118.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Jeffrey V. Weber
of Chelsea, MI

Age 75, died Saturday, December 19, 2020 at his home.

He was born April 2, 1945 in Ann Arbor, MI , the son of John “Jack” W. and Gertrude M. (Weinberg) Weber.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack B. Weber.

Jeff graduated from Jackson High School in 1963, and then earned a BA degree from MSU. He was a sales representative for Dan Waitz Associates in Dexter. Born and raised in Michigan, Jeff lived in California from 1971 – 1992, before returning to family land outside of Chelsea. 

Jeff was a devoted father and a coach of his kids’ sports teams. He loved to visit his kids and grandkids in CA and CO. He was fond of natural landscapes and enjoyed traveling to beautiful locations. He was a Civil War buff and landscaping aficionado. Jeff was proudly sober for 38 years and was a dedicated member of the AA fellowship. 

Survivors include: son, Matt (Connie) Weber of San Jose, CA: granddaughters Caitlin and Samantha: a daughter Jennifer (John) Cautrell of Granby, CO: grandson Camden: nephews Brooks, Steve, and John Weber.

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Yosemite Conservancy, 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

 

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