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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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