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Norma M. Barker
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, died Saturday, May 30, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Grass Lake.

She was born July 20, 1924 in Shepherd, MI, the daughter of Carl and Edna “Irene” (Struthers) Girven.

Norma graduated from Shepherd High School. She was a resident of Chelsea since 1956. Norma was a devoted wife and mother, involved in her kid’s lives and she loved seeing their photos.

She had a green thumb and loved to garden. Norma enjoyed euchre, scrabble, and doing crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed the social activities at The Pines. Norma followed her beloved Detroit Tigers and watched all of the games.

On July 8, 1946, she married Dale Barker in Lansing, Michigan, and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2008.

Survivors include two sons, Douglas (Sheila) Barker of Jackson, Dennis (Melinda) Barker of The Villages, FL; a daughter, Debra (Robert Henderson) Barker of Grass Lake; 4 grandchildren, Dawn, Denise, Robert III, Thomas; 6 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Carl (Paula) Girven; one sister, Marcia (Walt) Lueth; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by 8 siblings.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in the evening of June 4th. Please call the funeral home at 734-475-1551 to schedule a time to pay your respects. Burial will be at Salt River Cemetery, Shepherd, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice.


Earnest Delbert “Frank” Lawson
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 70, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at his home due to natural causes.

He was born May 19, 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Walter William and Julia Irene (Barefield) Lawson.

Earnie attended Wayne Memorial High School, then served in the US Army during the Vietnam war from June 1968 to June 1971. He worked as an independent carpet installer.

Earnie loved fishing and was often seen riding his scooter around Chelsea in the last few years.

Survivors include his brothers, Wendell (Cindy) of Manchester, Wayne (Debbie) of Lima, OH, Ronnie (Debbie) of Marquette, and Donald (Pamela) of Belleville; three daughters, Julia Lawson of Garden City, Jamie Lawson of Westland, and Amy Martin of Ohio; two sons, Jacob and Adam, both of West Bloomfield; and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Duane.

A private visitation was held at Cole Funeral Chapel on Friday, May 29.


William Leslie “Les” Rogers
“No Les, no more”

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor, age 86, died peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Chelsea Retirement Community, of Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born March 27, 1934 in Boston, MA, the son of William Llew and Persis (Worcester) Rogers.

Les graduated from Pleasantville High School, Pleasantville, NY in 1951. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1955, and earned an MS and Ph.D. in nuclear Physics from Case Western Reserve University. In 1968, Les moved his family to Ann Arbor to start his career at Bendix Aerospace, where he worked on a project to design a Life Detector Module for the Mars Lander.

In 1970, he was recruited as a research scientist in the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he not only had a very distinguished career, but also found a home. During his career he held appointments as a Professor and Research Scientist in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. He served as an academic advisor for graduate students and was a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.

Les was an outstanding researcher and scientist, a creative problem solver, a patient teacher and mentor. He held several patents and authored many publications, scientific presentations and several book chapters. In 1998, he was awarded the IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award. He retired in 2000.

Although he made significant contributions to medical imaging technology what he loved most were the human connections. Having colleagues, collaborators and students all over the world gave him immense pleasure and enriched his life greatly. When his Alzheimer’s had progressed to a stage where he could no longer explain the work he did, he was still able to express the joy he received from the relationships he’d made.

Outside of work, Les enjoyed keeping busy with home improvement projects, camping, fishing, canoeing, photography and building sets for Burns Park Players. He loved exploring the Upper Peninsula, searching for the perfect campground, hiking to a secluded waterfall.

One of his proudest achievements was the design of a vacation home in Big Bay, MI. He spent 10 years carefully planning, revising and perfecting every detail of the house. It started as a modest vacation cottage and ended as a 2,400 sq ft., 3-bedroom, 3-bath winterized house on the shore of Lake Superior.

Les was meticulous in every phase of every project that he undertook. He never met a grade 2000 sandpaper that he didn’t like, never left a seam unspackled, a fence rail unlevel, a martini unstirred, or an olive unskewered. He exemplified the phrase “If you’re going to do it, do it right.”

Les was known for his great sense of humor. He loved practical jokes and had an inherent ability to make puns. He was able to retain his skill with words well into his cognitive decline. Once, recently, when asked if he wanted to visit a yarn store he replied, “I am not a knitwit.”

The worse the pun, the louder the groan, the happier he was. When he learned that turkey buzzards returned annually to Hinckley, Ohio on the Ides of March he decided it was a fitting cause for celebration and every year a Buzzards Day Party occurred complete with a buzzards leap contest and a call for scientific papers.

On March 4, 1962, he married Ann Wood in Alliance, OH, and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Virginia (Kevin Curnow), Helen (Ted) Lardner, Katherine (Tim Peitsch), grandchildren, Trevor and Owen Curnow, Isabel and Caleb Lardner, siblings John (Barbara), Persis (Richard) Granger, nieces and nephew Robin and Laurel Granger and Lisa and Richard Wood.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother Virginia Rogers, and his sister, Nancy Bonsal.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

True to his sense of humor and love of puns, Les was known to proclaim that his epitaph should read, “No Les, no more”.


Lauri JoAnne Robertson
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Detroit and Canton

Age 69, died peacefully Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at her home.

She was born April 1, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Richard and Geneva “Monell” (Nix) Moore.

Lauri graduated from Henry Ford High School in Detroit in 1969. Family was everything to Lauri, and she especially loved watching her grandkid’s sporting events. She was crafty, and enjoyed shopping. Lauri enjoyed sporting events, the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings were her favorite teams.

On June 19, 1970, she married Wally Robertson in Hamtramck, and he survives. Other survivors include a son, Scott (Kristi) Robertson of Plymouth; three daughters, Heather (Ryan) Valik of Chelsea, Tracy (Trevor) Brewster of Dexter, Beth Anne (Michael) Stofer of Chelsea; a sister, Vicki (Robert) Rodriguez; 10 grandchildren, and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A private graveside service will be held Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Donald “Bud” L. Davis, Jr.
Milan, MI, formerly of Gregory, MI

Age 73, died Sunday, May 3, 2020 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea. He was born March 11, 1947 in Altoona, PA , the son of Donald L. and Ida Belle (Daughenbaugh) Davis, Sr.

Don attended Wayne High School, then join the US Army during the Vietnam war, serving in Korea.  He was a member of the American Legion #570 in Stockbridge.

Don and his first wife, Marcia, owned “Don’s Snack Shack” in Stockbridge. He also worked for Paramount Coffee for over 20 years. He loved boating and lived on Woodburn Lake in Gregory for many years. He attended Crossroads Community Church in Stockbridge, and after they moved to Milan, attended Calvary Baptist in Ypsilanti.

On October 25, 1969, he married Marcia M. Himmelein in Las Vegas, NV, and she preceded him in death on April 15, 2008. On July 21, 2012, he married Sharon (Wolff) Pritt, and she survives. Other survivors include a son, John (Michelle) Davis of Unadilla; a daughter, Jamie (Mike) Lewis of CA; 4 grandchildren, Jacob, Madyson, Dakota, John Jr.; 4 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Brody, Alex, Brooklyn; his siblings, Judith Stewart, Mary Wilkins, Katherine (Kevin) Stress, James Davis, Donna (Andy) Anastasia, Patrick (Teresa) Davis; his step-children, Stephan (Robin) Pritt, Michelle (Richard) Getchell, Jacqueline (Stephen) Ardrey; step-grandchildren, Paige, Emily, Riley, Madeline, Carson, Elizabeth, Sawyer, Philip; and 3 step-great-grandchildren, Arabella  Eleanor and Rowan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Wendy Davis of Unadilla; a grandson, Bradley; and a brother, Sam Davis.

Bud (Don) had a stroke in June of 2013. Sherry cared for him from that day forward. They moved from the lake in 2018 to a handicap accessible home in Milan so he could be at home. He had many problems, but she was always at his side to fight for him. He wasn’t always able to be home but whenever possible she had him there.

When he wasn’t able to be home, she spent long hours sitting with him. She took him to every family event that she could. He wanted to go to Charlies in Perry for burgers whenever possible. He will be missed by all of us but the biggest heartache is with his wife and family. When the covid virus prevented visits, she called several times a day. He has many friends to mourn his loss, also. Don’s family would like to thank Sherry for the love and care she gave to Don during his last years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Retirement Community, 801 W. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118; or to Huron valley PACE, 2940 Ellsworth Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Helen F. Brainerd
Munith, MI

Age 95, died Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Chelsea Retirement Community due to complications from COVID 19.

She was born October 20, 1924 in Brownville, Minnesota, the daughter of Matt and Francis (Hartel) Mollner. Helen was best known as the “Garage Sale Lady”. Everyone will miss her freezer jam her cakes, and especially her cereal cake.

On Dec. 23, 1945, Helen married Hiram Brainerd in Ecorse, Michigan and he preceded her in death in 1967. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Michael, and ten brothers and sisters.

She leaves behind three daughters, Sherry Orrell, Collette Sprenkel, and Annette Stiers. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

There will be no public services. A private burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waterloo, Michigan.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Katherine Rose Purdy
Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Whitmore Lake and Mancelona

Age 95, died Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Brookdale Senior Living in Ann Arbor.

She was born January 10, 1925 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Frederick and Daisy (Edwards) Altenbernt.

Katherine worked at Dapco in Dexter, Ulrich’s Bookstore in Ann Arbor, the IGA in Dexter, and she also cleaned houses. She was a member of the Dexter Seniors and was part of several card game groups with the Chelsea Seniors. Katherine enjoyed sewing and gardening; and drove a lot as she liked to travel and go camping with her family.

Katherine is survived by two sons, Dale (Wendy) Purdy of Pinckney, Rick Purdy of Mancelona; one daughter, Gayle (Gary) Mosher of Dexter; one sister, Gloria Altenbernt; five grandchildren, Jason (Melisa) Mosher, Daryl (Anne) Mosher, Lisa (Ryan) Fuqua, Justin Dentel and Jacob Dentel; 11 great-grandchildren, Alexandria (Colton) Fodor, Taylor Mosher, Cheyenne Mosher, Makayla Miller, Brody Miller, Gracin Miller, Kara Steinaway, Haile Steinaway, Alex Steinaway, Kevin Rinderknecht, and Chloe Fuqua; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Charles Purdy; 3 brothers, Nelson Altenbernt, Noble Altenbernt, Elmer Altenbernt; and 4 sisters, Beatrice Barth, Delma Dempsey, Daisy Raje, Florence Miller.

Burial will be at Forest Lawn in Dexter, Michigan. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Gerald Joseph Tartoni

Gerald “Jeri/Jerry/Jere” Tartoni was born on September 9, 1941, to Helen (Lazzeri) and Guiseppe “Joe” Tartoni. 

He took his final bow on April 21, 2020.

In his life, Jeri took the road less traveled. After graduating from Bentley High School in Livonia in 1959 he married and started his family at the same time as he pursued his college education. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University majoring in political science and philosophy and earned an accelerated fellowship at Wayne State University.

Jerry had a brilliant mind. He loved to challenge his oldest daughter, Natalie, to logic games at a very early age, which he regretted when she became a teenager.

Jerry was a great teller of stories and cultivated the imagination and creativity of his children and grandchildren. He loved literature, music, and poetry. He was an original foodie, but he would also eat anything his young children made for him, including a beautiful sugarless grape Kool-aid pie his daughter Leah made and saltine pancakes his daughter, Nicci, made when they were young. He ate his children’s creations with a smile on his face (no matter how disgusting it was) to encourage their culinary creativity. 

He loved to write obscure poems with skewed spelling and doodles of cubes. He would share these poems with anyone, but especially his children, who often thought it was a form of punishment or torture.

Jerry enjoyed philosophical conversations. He often did this on long hikes or over a game of chess with his son, Joe, teaching him how to think analytically by looking at any topic from a variety of angles.

Jeri introduced his family to his life partner and best friend, Beth, at his nephew’s wedding in 1994. Her love, support, and guidance made him a better man, father, and grandfather/Nonno. She became the bridge between the past and the present and an integral part of the entire family.

Jere will be remembered and missed by his soulmate, Beth Yaroch, his four children: Natalie (Ed) Masha, Leah (Mark) Hilty, Nicci (Wade) Rosted, Joe (Erin) Tartoni, and his eleven grandchildren: Cody Masha, Dustin Masha, Courtney Hilty, Matthew Hilty, Keelie Rosted, Kacy Rosted, Averi Rosted, Caden Rosted, Max Tartoni, Mia Tartoni, and Evelyn Tartoni. He will also be missed by his former wife and friend, Nancy Tartoni, his siblings, Don (Jan) Tartoni, Sylvia (Larry) Tengel, Linda (Jay) Lindsey, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. And also by his beloved cats, Mylez and Potter. 

A celebration of life will happen at a later date when we can be all together.


Huxol, Ann Scannell

Age 93 of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Edina, MN, Big Rapids, MI and Brookings, SD, passed away on April 18 of COVID 19 and complications from multiple falls.

She was born in Waterloo, IA on July 23, 1926. She attended school in Center Point and Iowa City, Iowa. She married Donald Scannell on Dec. 20, 1946. Ann was preceded in death by husband, Don, daughter Kay Scannell and Sister Ellen Brannaman.

She is survived by daughters Vicki (Andrew) Erdmann, of Minneapolis and Gale (Paul) Marcoux of Munith MI, grandchildren Rebecca and Robert Erdmann, and Brother Robert Holloway.

Ann was a wicked scrabble player. She played to win, and usually did! She also enjoyed bridge, euchre, book club and outings with friends.

She will be forever missed for her big heart, and sassy personality.

Due to COVID 19, services will be scheduled at a later date.

Memories may be directed in Ann’s name to the Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington St., Chelsea MI 48118.


Elaine Hope Joseph Bonwit
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 98, died Monday April 27, 2020, at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born December 23, 1921, in Hempstead, New York, the daughter of Morris and Gertrude (Silberstein) Joseph. Elaine was raised on Long Island, New York.

She graduated from her all-girls high school as Valedictorian at age 15 1/2, enrolled briefly at City College of New York, and then moved to Washington, DC, at age 19. There, Elaine attended George Washington University, earning a degree in Accounting. On July 10, 1943, she married fellow GW grad Stuart Bonwit.

In later years, Elaine became a computer analyst, working for the Federal Government for more than 20 years. She and Stuart lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, for 60 years, where they raised their children, before moving to Chelsea in 2010.

Elaine played tennis into her 70’s, and enjoyed her “adopted” shelter dogs into her 80’s. She was very devoted to her family.

Stuart preceded Elaine in death in 2016. She is survived by her two daughters:  Karen (Mark) Slutsky of Natick, MA, and Judy (Bill) Brown of Dexter; three grand-children: Simon (fiancée Mollie) Slutsky, Deborah (Ben) Sherwin, Dan (fiancée Danielle) Blethen; and two great-grandsons: David and Oren. She was preceded in death by her older sister, Marion Schoen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Retirement Community to be used for the staff.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


John William (Jack) Merkel

John William (Jack) Merkel, age 90, died Sunday April 19, 2020 at Silver Maples Retirement Community, in Chelsea, MI with family present.

He was born in Chelsea, MI on December 23, 1929, one of four siblings and son of Mary Estelle Young and Ferdinand W. Merkel.

Following graduation from Chelsea High School (Class of 1947), he studied Business at Ferris State University and then Philosophy and Theology at Assumption College (now University of Windsor).

He met the love of his life, MaryAnn Gabel, on a blind date in Ann Arbor, and they were married on September 13, 1952. Shortly thereafter, he was called to military service in the Korean War, where he saw combat in the 7th Division as a 2nd Lieutenant infantry platoon leader.

Returning from service in 1954, Jack joined his father and uncle in business at Merkel Brothers Hardware Store, and he and MaryAnn built a home in Chelsea where they raised five sons and were active community members for the next 67 years. 

In 1956, Jack’s brother and future business partner, Bob Merkel, joined the business. For 56 years, they grew and evolved the business into the present-day Merkel Furniture and Carpet One, which is now owned and operated by Jack’s son and grandson, along with Bob’s son.

Jack understood the importance of service in the community. He served as Village President and as a member of the Chelsea Planning Commission. His service on boards of directors included the Chelsea Library, Chelsea United Way Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Chelsea Community Hospital, Chelsea State Bank, and Silver Maples. He and MaryAnn were lifelong members of St. Mary Church, where Jack read at Sunday mass for 53 years.

Jack was honored with the “Citizen of the Year” award for his leadership of a Chelsea Village Council committee to upgrade and strengthen Chelsea’s government from village to home rule city, a difficult, complicated, and litigious process that lasted over ten years. Following this, he led the committee that wrote Chelsea’s home rule city charter.

Jack enjoyed reading, travel, theatre, music and loved playing bridge. He could often be found on the tennis courts, golf course, or ski slopes all of which he enjoyed until late in his life. He especially enjoyed the many trips to the family deer camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with his brother, sons, grandchildren and friends.

He is survived by his sons, John, Tim (Anne), Dan (Candace), Matt (Elise), and Richard (Christine); his grandchildren, Brian, George, Charlie, Daniel, Molly, Lauren, Lucy, Helen, and Tomas, and great-grandchildren, Gunnar and Baz. He is also survived by brothers, Robert (Barbara), and Patrick (Sandra), sister in-law, Jane, and many nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his wife, MaryAnn, his sister, Gertrude (Dot), and daughter in-law, Sayra.

Visitation and Memorial Service will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action and Saint Louis Center. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.


William J. Hahn
Ypsilanti, MI, formerly of Chelsea

Age 93, died Saturday, April 18, 2020 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

He was born June 27, 1926 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of William C. and Sophie (Krygowski) Hahn.

Renaissance man. World War II veteran. Beloved Teacher. Loving husband.

Bill graduated from Jackson High School in 1944. He served in the Army Medical Corp stateside during WWII after many failed attempts to enlist due to poor eyesight. He graduated from the University of Detroit (where he met the love of his life) and the University of Michigan with a double Masters.

Bill taught at Cody High School in Detroit (10 years) and Churchill High School in Livonia (22 years) until his retirement in 1990. After retiring, he lived in his dream home in Gregory, MI.

Bill ran the entertainment stage at the Michigan State Fair during the 60s. He was an Apiarist, selling honey at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market. Bill was a former president and glider pilot with the Sandhill Soaring Club in Chelsea. He was a proud member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dexter.

His grandchildren have many fond memories of Grandpa’s delightful hayrides.

Loving husband of Elvira DiCicco for 68 years. Other survivors include a sister, Marianne Hahn of IL; his children, Paul (Jennie) Hahn of Ann Arbor, Mary (Marshall) Bice of IL, Thomas (Sandra) Hahn of Ann Arbor, John (Lori,Rain) Hahn of AZ; his grandchildren, Brian (Sarah) Kuzma, Laura Kuzma, Angelina Bice, Spenser Bice, Jonathan (Amanda) Hahn, Christopher Hahn, Alexandra (Jacob) Kearly, Brianna LaBelle-Hahn and Alana LaBelle-Hahn. Great-grandchildren, Brendan Kuzma, Miles Kuzma, Annie Lynn Alexandra Hahn, Thia Whitler and Emma Cash. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert; daughter, Katherine (Steve Kuzma, Lewis Bantom) and son, William Jr.

A private burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Dexter, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Ann Lucille Crispell
Of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Ann passed away peacefully at age 91 on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at the Evangelical Home in Saline.

She was born October 4, 1928 in Canton, OH, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Contini) Schiavone.

Ann studied fashion design at Pratt School of Design and worked as a fashion illustrator in Canton until she met and married Roger Lloyd Crispell. After a start in Ithaca, New York, they spent most of their married life in Bloomfield Hills.

Throughout her life as an artist, wife, mother and grandmother, she used her creative abilities and outstanding memory in countless generous ways. She was an avid reader, member of the “Red Hats” of Chelsea, as well as a member of a Chelsea book club.

She and Roger were founding members of the Ithaca Art Association and after moving to Michigan brought their experience and ideas with them. Ann and Roger were founding members of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. They were also active members of the Crispell Family Association located on Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY.

After seeing their children established, Ann and Roger moved to Chelsea, MI in 1998 to enjoy condominium life, retirement, and being near family.

Ann was very outgoing, making friends wherever she went. She was always an available “Mom” and “Grandma” to her family including her four children: Kray Crispell of Ann Arbor, MI,  Gar (former wife, Linda Summerfield) Crispell of Chicago, IL, Janice (Paul) Olejniczak of Chelsea, MI, Tracie (William) Christie of Chelsea, MI; and eight grandchildren: Sean, Madeline, Benjamin, Bryce, Kyrt, Drake, Ellen and Katie. Ann was preceded in death by her husband Roger on May 22, 2016; as well as her two brothers, Joseph and Lawrence Schiavone.

Private funeral arrangements were made with Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, MI. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial donations can be made to Historic Huguenot Street to benefit Crispell Memorial Church, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561.


Charles M. Stillion
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 80, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020.

He was born March 31, 1940 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Clarence Ira and Dorothy Stillion.

Chuck graduated from Pioneer High School in 1958, and attended Washtenaw Community College to become a machinist. He was the owner of Stillion Industries from 1971 – 2007.

Chuck was the former secretary of the Machining Association. He was a loving husband for 60 years. Chuck was also a loving and caring Dad and Grandpa, who will be sadly missed by his family.

On June 4, 1960, he married his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Mae Hogan, and she survives. Other survivors include his son, Keith (Sharon) Stillion of Chelsea; his daughter, Linda Hudson of Chelsea; 2 brothers, William (Judy) Stillion of Alpena, Robert (Marlene) Alexander of Whitmore Lake; 2 grandsons, Andrew (Bridget) Harwood, Jacob Hudson; a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Rose Harwood; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Stillion, his mother, Dorothy Alexander, and a grandson, Neil Harwood.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Kenneth E. Johnson
of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Bloomington, MN

Age 91, died Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born January 21, 1929 in St. Paul, MN, the son of Edwin B. and Helen (Larkey) Johnson.

Kenneth served in the Army National Guard from 1951 to 1952, during which time he married Vionne E. Formo, also of his hometown of Granite Falls, MN. Kenneth’s 32-year career in sales and marketing management with Northwestern Bell/AT&T entailed transfers to New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota, and Kansas City. Throughout his career, and later in retirement, he and Vi enjoyed extensive travel around the U.S. and Europe.

Ken was a member of Dexter United Methodist Church, and formerly a member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, MN where he was a Deacon and an Elder, as well as an avid choir member.

Ken and Vi moved to Chelsea in 2012 where they have greatly enjoyed being near family and living in a vibrant small town community. Most recently they moved to the Chelsea Retirement Community, expanding their network of friendships.

The family is deeply grateful for the excellent caretaking of Ken at the CRC, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital, and Arbor Hospice.

The well-loved head of a devoted family, Ken leaves behind his wife, Vionne; daughter Wendy (Bill Smith) of New York City; son Scott (Tamra) of Chelsea; daughter-in-law Laurie Clark of Providence, RI; and seven grandchildren: Joseph (Marelly), Daniel (Leslie), Natalie, Matthew (MaryAnn), Andrew, Ben, and Mabel. Ken was preceded in death by his son, Dr. David Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dexter United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice in Kenneth’s name.


John “Fred” Griffith
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Age 92, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Silver Maples Retirement Neighborhood.

He was born January 5, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Edwin Amsden and Alene Margarete (Gerstner) Griffith.

He leaves his wife of 71 years, Bonnie (Bergren) Griffith; his daughter Linda, and son-in-law Terry Hurst of Dexter; granddaughters Julie Hurst of San Diego and Laurie Corcoran (William) of Brunswick, GA; two great-grandchildren; and many friends.

Fred grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1946. He served in the US Merchant Marines, Michigan Air National Guard, and US Air Force. Fred retired from the Detroit Edison in 1990, following a 31-year career in appliance repair and customer service.

Fred designed and built his family’s home on Dexter-Ann Arbor Road in 1960. He and Bonnie lived there happily until moving to Silver Maples in 2015. Over the years, Fred spent many happy hours at home, working in the yard, extensive gardens, and his workshop.

A memorial service will be planned for later this year.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Richard Harold Bandrofchak, Jr.
April 26, 1960 – April 9, 2020
of Munith, MI

Rich died early Friday morning under the loving care of his daughter, Aireal. He lost his short battle with cancer.

He is survived by his precious daughter Aireal and 2 step-daughters Amber and Andrea. He is also survived by a sister, Malissa. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother.

Rich graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. He was a painter at U of M until his retirement. He loved working with wood and was very proud of making Aireal’s first highchair with his own hands.

Rich will be cremated with no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, with checks made out to “Aireal Bandrofchak” and mailed to Cole Funeral Chapel, 214 E. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Patricia Ann Robards
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 83, died Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born March 17, 1937 in Waterloo Township, the daughter of Joseph S. and Geraldine B. (Curry) Siegrist.

Pat graduated from Grass Lake High School in 1955 and remained in contact with many of her childhood friends through the years. Pat was a beloved mother and grandmother.

As a mother, she was always there to help her children in any way possible. As a grandmother, she never missed a grandchild’s special day. She was special to each one of her grandchildren and was affectionately known among the grandkids as “Grandma Grape”, as she always had frozen grapes for a snack in the freezer.

Pat was a life-long volunteer in the Chelsea community. She gave countless hours of service to the schools, to the community and to her church. She volunteered as President of the Chelsea Athletic Boosters and was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church. She was an example of selfless service to all.

Most recently, she was a resident at The Pines Apartments in Chelsea where she had many dear friends. She enjoyed being involved in the on-site activities and playing euchre on Monday evenings.

Patricia was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joan; her parents, Joseph and Geraldine (Curry) Siegrist and her siblings, Richard, Barbara and Bernita. She is survived by her children: Dawn Robards, Tony (Donna) Robards, Becky Clark, Shari Robards and Joyce (Jason) Pierson, along with eight grandchildren: Nathan Clark, Joshua Clark, Zachary Pierson, Jennifer Pierson, Wesley Pierson, Alex Pierson, Adam Robards, and Melissa Robards and seven great grandchildren. Our family thanks all those who have loved our mother through the years. She loved her community and all those who surrounded her. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please check www.ColeFuneralChapel.com for updates.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Dorine Francis Congdon
Mattawan, Michigan

Age 85, passed away suddenly of natural causes Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Sun City West, Arizona.

She was born January 14, 1935 in Wyandotte, Michigan, the daughter of Anthony and Jessie (McMillan) Mendis.

Dorine graduated from River Rouge High School in 1953. She earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Eastern Normal. Dorine was a bookkeeper for Congdon’s Ace Hardware in Ypsilanti until 1980, and worked in real estate in Traverse City from 1981-2000.

She enjoyed winter in her home in Surprise, AZ. Dorine loved the Southwest, and collecting Native American art. She loved reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

In 1956, Dorine went on a blind date with Alfred Congdon, and they were married on September 1, 1957. She is survived by her husband, Alfred R. Congdon Sr., a son, Alfred R. (Lilli) Congdon Jr. of Paw Paw, and  a daughter, Jessie E. Burley of Mattawan; six grandchildren, Philip R. (Jess) Parsons, Erin Congdon, Abby (Cory) Hatcher, Emma (Cameron) Kiesgen, Courtney Congdon, Elizabeth Congdon; one great-grandchild, Sutton Kiesgen; and a niece and nephew, Linda Hertz and Don R. Congdon.

A celebration of her life will be held in the future when possible. She was buried at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea, MI.

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

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Lois Marie Lehtinen
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Midland, TX

Age 77, died Friday, March 27, 2020.

Her family sang “Blessed Assurance” and prayed her into the presence of Jesus. She was born January 4, 1943 in Antigo, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Lenore (Emerich) Charles.

Lois graduated from Antigo High School in 1961 and she attended teacher’s college after that. Her greatest joy working was as the administrative assistant for St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, TX. She also really enjoyed working with special needs students.

After she retired, Lois moved to Midland, TX to be near her daughter Laura, where she attended the First Christian Church, sang in the choir, volunteered with the SHARE program helping families and children with special needs, folding bulletins and visiting members.

In the summers, she attended the Chelsea Free Methodist Church where her son pastored, and she mentored the “Rest & Refresh” program, modeled on SHARE. She enjoyed knitting, loved sports (she played basketball in college), and was always amazed by God’s creation. She enjoyed time with her family, and had a great love for the Lord and for people. Lois will be remembered for her infectious laugh and smile.

Survivors include three children, Linda (Emmanuel) Rafla of Louiville, KY, Laura (Brian) Sales of Midland, TX, Larry (Dawn) Lyons of Chelsea, MI; 10 grandchildren, Andrew, Rebecca and Matthew Rafla; Joshua Sales, Angela Sales, Kimberly Hartman and Joseph Sales; Lauren, Sean, and Tim Lyons; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother David (Linda) Charles of Milwaukee, WI; a sister, Gale Demlow of Antigo, WI; as well as extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Jeff” Lehtinen in 1985; her parents; a sister, Jean Ann DeBot (who died a month ago), and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Demlow and John DeBot.

Burial will be with her beloved husband Jeff at Forest Hill Cemetery in Aurora, Minnesota.

Memorial contributions may be made to UMRC Foundation, 805 W. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118, where she enjoyed the joy, love and laughter with her CRC family.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Gail Margaret Starr
of Pinckney

We are saddened to announce the death of Gail Margaret Starr of Pinckney, MI, formally of Chelsea, MI of the Hoffman Family.

Gail was 72 years young and died too soon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea following a long battle of illness.
She was born August 26, 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was one of eleven daughters and one brother of Maurice and Lucille Emma (Barnhardt) Hoffman.

In 1952, an article in the Citizens Patriot titled “GIRLS GALORE” was posted about a family in Chelsea MI with eleven girls and a single son. The article stated there was “a man in Chelsea, MI with enough daughters for a baseball team”. Gail’s father, Maurice Hoffman, promptly phoned the newspaper and said “That’s nothing, we’ve got enough girls for a football team, with a son left over to coach”. Gail and all of her siblings attended St. Mary’s grammar school and Chelsea High school.

Gail married in the late 60’s and was a homemaker and loving mother and wife on a horse farm in Gregory, MI. She and her sister Debbie started Clean Sweep, a house cleaning business in the 80’s which she continued to work for almost 40 years until her death.

Gail remarried and loved to line dance with her late husband Art.She had a passion for planting her flower garden every spring. She enjoyed visiting with her friends on early evenings in the summer to watch the boaters on Portage lake, and of course, talk gossip. But most of all, she loved her family and friends wholeheartedly and without pause. She was someone that you could always count on. But she could NEVER cook potatoes all the way through.

Survivors include her two children, daughter, Lorrie Ann Paxton of Michigan Center; son, Chad Paxton of Pinckney, MI; two remaining sisters, Mary Glazier of Kalamazoo, Barbara Glazier of Kansas; her only brother, Fred Hoffman of Chelsea, MI; five grandchildren, Amber Main, Andrew Ewing, Brandon Fox and Mikayla Olson of Michigan Center and Jessica Sweeny of Pinckney, MI; three great grandchildren, Brycen Fox, Briella Fox and Kaydence Fox; four stepchildren, Debbie Starr-Garrett, Mike Starr, Tammy Starr-Boggs, Cindy Starr-Belville; along with hundreds of cousins, nieces and nephews including Alisha Dorow of New York and Tamara Kearney Schieberl of Texas.

She was preceded in death by both her parents, Maurice & Lucille Emma Hoffman of Chelsea, MI; eight sisters, Phylis Dalton, Maurine Kohler, Joanne Hoffman, Yvonne Minick, Rose Ann Osinski, Carol Sutfin, Sally Higgins and Deborah Kearney; her first husband and father of her children, Gary George Paxton, who also passed away just four months prior on December 23rd, 2019, in Jackson, MI; and her second husband, Arthur Starr, who passed away on March 12th, 2013.

Due to the COVID-19 virus issues within our communities and across our country, memorial service will be held at a future date when family and friends can travel and gather together to remember this remarkable woman. Please check www.ColeFuneralChapel.com, along with Facebook for updates. Her family will post updates on Gail’s Facebook home page that can be found by searching “Starr Gail”.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Barbara H. “Babs” Carroll
1940-2020

Age 80, died Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born January 8, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Frydryk Yemans and Jane (Thompson) Henkel.

Babs was a longtime member of the recovery community, known and loved by many of us. She was an artist, and being serious about “giving back”, she returned to college (Wayne State) at the age of 60, getting her Masters in Art Therapy. She came back to Ann Arbor and was a prime mover in founding the Art Therapy program at Dawn Farm.

Babs was a member of the Washtenaw Alano Club. She was a Master Gardener, and an artist (painter).

She went to High School at Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills and got her BFA from Goddard College in Vermont.

Her husband recently deceased, Babs was shocked one day to get a letter from her long-lost teenage sweetheart. He had always wanted her back, and after a long internet search offering many names, he sent a letter to the likeliest one. She replied at once, they talked on the phone for the first time in 48 years, and started visiting by train between his home in Boston and hers in Ann Arbor.

They married in 2009 and lived in Dexter until Babs was moved permanently to Chelsea Retirement Center, where she was treated for vascular dementia. She died of blood deficiencies on March 27th.

Sad as this is, it does fulfill an overriding wish. Pooh says it best to Christopher Robin:  If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.

Babs never lost her game, loving spirit, joking and laughing to the last with all she met, and thanking them just for wiping her nose.

She leaves her husband, David; a son, Sasha Bambas; a grand daughter Chloe DeLoach; and two daughters. We’ll miss you, Babs –– may you enjoy your new life with our Ultimate Sponsor. 

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A viewing will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel, 214 E. Middle St., Chelsea on Saturday, April 4th in the afternoon. Due to Covid 19 situation, please call the funeral home at (734) 475-1551 and we will schedule at time for you to speak with the family and pay your respects. We will follow social distancing protocol at the visitation for everyone’s safety.

Donations in Babs’ name to: Washtenaw Alano Club, 995 N. Maple Rd, Ann Arbor 48103 (734) 668-8138 or Dexter Animal Clinic, 9500 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter 48130 (734) 426-4631 or Towsley Village of Chelsea Retirement Ctr, 805 W Middle St, Chelsea, MI, 48118 (734) 433-1000.


Angelo Alexander Angelocci

Age 93, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

He was born October 16, 1926 in Trenton, MI, the son of Alexander “Angelo” and Agatha (Cima) Angelocci.

Angelo graduated from Slocum Truax High School, in June of 1944. From there he was inducted into the United States Army infantry in World War II. He served both in the United States and in Japan.

He enrolled at Eastern Michigan University in 1947, where he met Joyce Gladys Hartung. He received his BS degree from Eastern Michigan University, in 1950, his MA from the University of Michigan in 1951 and his PhD from Wayne State University in 1962.

Angelo’s teaching career began at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, MI, 1951-1958. He then continued teaching at Western Washington State University in Bellingham, WA, 1962-1965 and taught at Eastern Michigan University 1965-1988. He was a professor in the Department of Special Education and a member of the Arm of Honor Fraternity at Eastern Michigan University. Professional affiliations included: life membership in the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association; member of the Michigan Speech, Language and Hearing Association; High Scope Educational Foundation; State Career Education Advisory Council; Washtenaw County United Way Board, and the People’s Community Hospital Authority. Other community interests included active participation in the Dexter Community Players and volunteering at the Chelsea Senior Center and ALI in Chelsea.

Pastimes included travel, music, reading, theater, playing bridge, dining out and the company of his many friends. Church affiliations were with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Ypsilanti, St. James Episcopal Church, Dexter and most recently St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Chelsea. First and foremost, Angelo was devoted to his wife and family.

On Feb. 9, 1951, he married Joyce Gladys Hartung at St. Luke Episcopal Church in Ypsilanti, and she preceded him in death on December 26, 2005. Survivors include three sons, Keith (Catherine) of Northville,  Mark (Lily) of San Diego, Bradley (Roxanne) of Chelsea; one daughter, Lisa Argenziano of Burbank, CA; 10 grandchildren, Nicholas (Anna) Angelocci, Timothy Angelocci, Jillian (William) Chaklos, Nicole (Casey) Pope, Marie (Rocky) Wiltsey, Blake Angelocci, Kristin Angelocci, Mia (Addam) Farmer, Joseph Argeniano and Anthony Argenziano; seven great-grandchildren, Theo, Ruby, Olivia, Kenley, Finley, Tatum, and Lyla.  He was preceded in death by three brothers; three sisters; a grandson Mark Angelocci; and son-in-law Carmen Argenziano.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Silver Maples of Chelsea.  Burial will be at St. James Memorial Garden in Dexter.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Chelsea or St. James Episcopal Church in Dexter.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Gene G. Burnett

Age 89. Born November 14,1930, passed away March 3, 2020.

He lived in Grass Lake, but his roots were firmly planted in Nebraska where he was born and raised. He served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was an avid bowler and golfer in Chelsea for many years.

He was a very talented woodworker and could make anything from beautiful dining room tables and chairs to lamps in the barn workshop his son Mark set up for him.

He was loved by his 4 children: Lorena (Keith) Wenger of Ann Arbor, Elaine Steeves of Arkansas, Vicki (Jerry) Craft of Chelsea and Mark (Kitty) Burnett of Grass Lake. He was truly the BEST PA to his 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great great granddaughters. He is survived by 1 brother Wallace (Henrietta) Burnett of Lincoln, Nebraska.

He is proceeded in death by his parents Harry and Nellie Burnett of Florida, 1 sister Loraine Hollenbeck and 2 brothers Harry Burnett and Gordon Burnett.

Per his wishes, there will be no services.

He donated his organs to Science Care for research and his ashes will be scattered at the places he loved to visit.


Gail Ruth Bauer
of Chelsea, MI

Age 80, died Saturday, March 14, 2020.

She was born Gail Ruth Provance on April 25, 1939 in Clarkton, Missouri, the daughter of Elson and Edna (Dunscomb) Provance.

Gail moved to Michigan after graduating from high school, and had several jobs before she joined the Chelsea State Bank in 1968 as a bookkeeper. She was placed in charge of the bookkeeping department in 1975 and was appointed Assistant Vice President and Auditor in 1986. In 1994, she was promoted to Vice President, and she retired in 2000 after a total of 32 years of service.

Gail was an active community member and served on a number of boards and projects, including the Chelsea District Library Capital Campaign Committee.

Gail was a PEO, Daughter of the American Revolution, and a member of the Ann Arbor Women’s City Club. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she served as President of the Church Council.

Gail was an avid supporter of Chelsea athletics and promoted the arts in the area. She was a founding member of Chelsea Area Players and of the Purple Rose Theatre Company, where she held the position of Vice President of the Executive Board for many years. Since retirement, Gail spent as many hours as possible at the bridge table in multiple groups in Chelsea and Ann Arbor.

On May 18, 1957, she married Norman Bauer in Chelsea. He preceded her in death on January 17, 2013.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis (Susan) of Chelsea, Bartley (Alisa) of Chelsea, a daughter, Gayla (Tor) Bauer Blaisdell of Ellensburg, WA; also surviving are sister-in-law, Jayne Bauer, two brothers-in-law, Robert (Mary) Bauer and Donald (Leila) Bauer, a sister-in-law, Barbara (Charley) Fredette, a brother, W.F. “Buck” (Liz) Provance, and two sisters, Barbara “Bobby” (Bob) Tallarico and Margaret (Jerry) McFarland.

Gail was “Grammy” to seven grandchildren: Darl (Carly) Bauer, Cal (Amber) Bauer, Adam Bauer, Devyn Bauer, Nathan Bauer, Tristan Blaisdell, and Lydia Blaisdell; and two great-grandchildren, Gigi Kay Bauer and Boone Cavanaugh Bauer (children of Darl and Carly). She was a special aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Gail was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Ann King, and brothers-in-law, Bob King and Walt Bauer.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul United Church of Christ on a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or the Purple Rose Theatre Company, noting in the memo section: In Honor of Gail R. Bauer. Donations may be mailed to Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118.


Kelly Love

Age 61, died on March 11th, 2020 at the University of Michigan Hospital with her family by her side.

Kelly grew up in Dexter, Michigan on a farm on Scully Road. She always loved animals and they were a huge part of her life for its entirety. Growing up Kelly participated in 4-H activities showing horses. Aside from the horses, Kelly loved and cared for many other animals on the farm.

Throughout her life Kelly rescued many animals, caring for them like she cared for people, deeply. Her most recent dog, Gracie, was her pride, her joy, and her best friend. Gracie came to her from the Humane Society of Huron Valley from a severe abuse case. Only Kelly was able to give enough patience and compassion to be able to nurse her back to health against all odds.

Professionally, Kelly dedicated her life to her nursing career, helping people in need of care as well. She spent many years working at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in both Ann Arbor and Chelsea. A favorite period in her adult life was during the years that she moved to Fairbanks, AK to work as a nurse there and explore the beautiful wilderness. She had so many adventures and treasured memories from her time there.

Kelly’s love for animals and her family was unwavering. For those who were in her life, Kelly was a constant cheerleader and support system. Helping and caring for others, putting them before herself, is what she truly lived for. She thrived as a caretaker and had such a big heart full of love.

Kelly is survived by her parents, Jim and Pat Love, her siblings, Jim and Kammy, and her nieces and nephews James, Rick, Briana and Eden.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Michigan Medicine trauma team, specifically the Neurology ICU for their exceptional care during her last days.

A visitation will take place on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel at 214 E Middle St. Chelsea, Michigan 48118 followed by a Celebration of Life at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make charitable donations in Kelly’s name to Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

The Light Remains

There are some who bring

A light so great to the World

That even after they have gone

The Light Remains


Roy George Sanderson
Of Chelsea

Age 77, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Novi.

He was born September 1, 1942, in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of George Edward and Lucille May (Hoover) Sanderson. Roy graduated from Chelsea High School in 1962.

He married Roberta (Gerlach) in Aurora, IL in 1967. Roy retired from Ann Arbor Public School System in 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta; son, Joel (Allison) Sanderson of San Tan Valley, AZ; daughter, Johanna Sanderson of Gold Canyon AZ; son-in-law, Charles Vogt; 5 grandchildren, Jacob (Chelsea) Vogt, Joshua (Kylie) Vogt, Molly (Corey) Gorecki, Max and Meghan Sanderson; 2 great-grandchildren, Kasey and Ellie Vogt; his siblings, Lola (Troy) Lewis, Carol Sanderson, Gary (Gayl) Sanderson, Tom Sanderson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Amy Vogt.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chelsea, MI. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Roy’s life at the Grass Lake Depot after the service from 3-5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Sandra Shapiro

Sandra Shapiro eldest daughter of Archimede and Alma “Pat” (Logan) Marni, sister of Andrea L. Marni (deceased), and dear wife of Stanley Shapiro, died February 21 at Towsley Village in the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was 84 years old; cause of death was complications of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

She was a devoted friend of all animals, especially dogs, cats and birds. And she was a lover of the natural world as well, flowers and trees in particular.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Cincinnati, she went on to collect M.A.s at Indiana University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Eastern Michigan. For some half dozen years she was a historic preservationist at the Ohio Historical Society.

She will be sorely missed by her husband.

Donations may be made to any of the following: Humane Society of Huron Valley, Planned Parenthood, Environmental Defense Fund or Doctors Without Borders.

A gathering in her honor will be held at her home in the near future.


James “Jim” Dean Tallman
of Chelsea

Was born on December 14, 1945. He left our world and his illness behind on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Jim was a loving, caring, likeable guy who knew no enemies.

He made lasting impressions wherever he went, whether it was out on the water fishing, enjoying 18 holes on the golf course, or spending time at the beach with his family. After graduating from MSU in 1969, Jim spent 34 years teaching and coaching at Chelsea High School, then retired to spend winters at Quail Run Resort, in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

He traveled the US with his wife and family taking memorable camping and fishing trips throughout his life.

Remembering him with love are his wife, Geraldine Tallman (Eddy); his brothers Delbert Tallman of Arlington, Texas, his twin Robert (Patricia) Tallman of Interlochen, and brother-in-law Tom (Brenda) Eddy of Climax. He will be especially missed by his children Christine (Rick) Morton of Garden City and Jimmy (Jill) Tallman of Ada. Also surviving are his grandchildren Kylie Morton, Katelyn Morton, Ryan Tallman, Allison Tallman, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Delbert and Laveta Tallman, his sister Lorraine Handy and in-laws John and Alice Eddy. His family will miss his good nature, love and laughter.

A memorial service will be held on March 6, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, with visitation at noon prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, Jim would prefer to have donations made to the family, for a memorial at the Ludington State Park, where his family enjoyed annual trips for more than 40 years.


Elaine Jeanette Boyce
of Ann Arbor

Age 93, died Monday, February 17, 2020, at her daughter’s home.

She was born December 18, 1926, in Chelsea, the daughter of Norman Harold and Lenore Eva Margarita (Kalmbach) Schmidt.

She was a graduate of Chelsea High School, class of 1944. She earned her RN from Deaconess Hospital. She was a nurse for both Dr. Joseph Fisher and Dr. Charles Krausse for many years. Elaine was a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Elaine married Ellis Boyce on March 11, 1961. At that time, she had a son, Charles Fredette. Ellis had two sons, Alan and Floyd Boyce. After Ellis and Elaine joined the families, they were blessed with two daughters, Kimberly Ann Boyce and Carol Lisa Boyce. Kim and Carol lovingly cared for both parents for many years. For that gift our families are eternally thankful. Thanks also to Ronen Sherman, Kim’s husband, for his assistance with Ellis and Elaine.

Ellis and Elaine loved spending time at their Betsie River Cottage and mushrooming. They also enjoyed traveling together. They made two trips together to Omaha Beach for D-Day anniversary events. They also attended events at the D-Day Museum in New Orleans (Ellis was a D-Day survivor). Elaine was a diehard Michigan fan (that’s an understatement!)

Elaine is survived by five children, Charles (Barbara) Fredette of Chelsea, Alan Boyce of Dexter, Floyd (Mary) Boyce of Gregory, Kimberly (Ronen) Sherman of Ann Arbor, and Carol Boyce of Ann Arbor; sister, Eleanor Hall of Pinckney; 8 grandchildren, Shannon Fredette, Aaron Fredette, Lindsay Boyce, Jordan Boyce, Rachel Boyce, Samuel Boyce, Joel Boyce and Elizabeth Boyce; 4 great-grandchildren, Marissa Fredette, Brer Boyce, Cecelia Boyce, Theoan Boyce; and many nieces and nephews. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Boyce; brother, Richard Schmidt, who died 10 days before Elaine; and brother-in-law, Duane Hall.

Sincere thanks to her first caregiver Dayna Clayborn, the staff at Arbor Hospice and a special thank you to Jill Whyte who lovingly cared for her in her final years.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020, 11:00 am. at Cole Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Anthony Dickerson officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Church, 50 N Freer Road, Chelsea, MI 48118 or the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.


Leonard Michael Blaznek
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, died Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Chelsea Retirement Community, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born April 28, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John Michael and Eleanor Helen (Kozlowski) Blaznek.

The family moved to Chelsea in 1949 and Leonard graduated from Chelsea High School in 1952. Leonard enlisted in the United States Army upon graduation from high school, serving for two years. He was deployed to Japan and honorably discharged.

Leonard served as a City of Ann Arbor firefighter for five years, and then worked for the Dana Corporation for 31 years as a machinist. During his 36 years of employment, he remained on the family farm and assisted his father in farming.

Survivors include a sister, Patricia Ann Piatt of Chelsea; one nephew John (Jenny) Piatt, great nephew and niece, John and Avery Piatt of Chelsea; one niece, Susan Price of Powder Springs, great nieces and nephews, Samantha, Cydney and Ethan, of Powder Springs Georgia, and a special friend, Loretta Douglass of Chelsea. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John F. Blaznek; and his brother-in-law, Jerry Piatt.

Leonard enjoyed many trips to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and especially the Straights area and crossing the Mackinac Bridge. Leonard was always known for his generosity, and always willing to help.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, February 21, 2020, 11:00 am 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. The family will receive friends at the church Friday 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Church, of Chelsea.


Elizabeth “Beth” Ann (Harris) Ledwidge
Dexter, MI

Age 73, died Friday, February 7, 2020 at her home.

She was born November 3, 1946 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Walter S. and June May (Young) Harris.

Beth graduated from Chelsea High School in 1965. She worked at the Chrysler Proving Grounds and then retired from Malloy Lithographing on Jackson Rd. in Ann Arbor. Beth was a member of the Ann Arbor Litho Club. She enjoyed sewing and making quilts.

She attended the Christian House of Prayer with her son and daughter. She was a wonderful and very caring mother and grandmother.

In 1973, she married Paul Henry Ledwidge in Webster United Church of Christ, and he survives. Other survivors include her son, David (Monica) Ledwidge of Unadilla; three daughters, Angela (David) Readmond of Tennessee, Jennifer (Tom) Carlson of Chelsea, Sarah (Cory) Beardsley of Indian River; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Virgil (Sally) Harris of Grand Blanc. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ernestine “Norma” Penix of Dansville.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. at the Christian House of Prayer in Pinckney, with George and Carolyn White officiating. A private burial will be at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christian House of Prayer, 9949 McGregor Road, Pinckney, MI 48169.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Richard “Dick” D. Schmidt
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, died Friday, February 7, 2020 in Chelsea.

He was born March 6, 1925 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Norman Harold and Lenore Eva Margarita (Kalmbach) Schmidt.

Dick lived at North Lake for many years, then lived in Manchester for 17 years, returning to Chelsea in ‘95. Dick graduated from Chelsea High School in the class of 1942. Following graduation, Dick enlisted and served with the US Navy in the Pacific during WWII. Upon discharge he was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone for 36 Years.

Dick was a member of St. Paul UCC, where he was a Council Member. He was also a life-long member of the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club and the VFW. Dick had a love for the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed gardening for many years.

On Jun 23, 1951, he married Jean Eisenbeiser in Jackson, and she survives. Other survivors include his children, Joan Schmidt of Ann Arbor and Jeff Schmidt of Chelsea; two sisters, Eleanor Hall and Elaine Boyce; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea, with Rev. Eric Stricklin officiating.The family will greet friends from 10-11 am prior to the service. Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery will be held at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 14600 E Old US Highway 12, Chelsea, MI 48118. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Robert “Bob” G. Shepherd
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of West Farmington, Ohio and Detroit

Age 78, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 1, 2020 at his home.

He was born August 24, 1941 in Warren, Ohio, the son of Robert “Leonard” and Velma (Rathburn) Shepherd.

Bob graduated from W. Farmington High School in 1961, and did his lineman apprenticeship right out of school. Bob started in 1965 in Southfield, MI working for Harlan Electrical Construction. He left there in 1969 and worked for Detroit from 1969-1992.

Bob was the Superintendent of Chelsea Electric from August 9, 1992 until his retirement on January 1, 2003. He had a substation named in his honor.

Bob was a member of the Chelsea Car Club, and the Packard Club. He was proud of his Packard, and his Edsel that he recently restored. Bob was a former member of Redford Free Methodist Church. He loved fishing Muskie with his grandson in Lake St. Clair, and fly-in fishing in Canada. Bob played French horn, acoustic guitar, and recently bought a bass guitar. Bob was a patient person and an avid animal lover.

In 1961, he married Karen Rose McIntosh in West Farmington, OH, and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Kelly (Jack) Carvalho of Clarkston, Kayla Shepherd of Chelsea; 2 grandchildren, Ashtyn and Camryn Carvalho; a sister, Lesta Shepherd-Lynch of TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his half-brother, Ken Love.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 7, 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Jack Carvalho officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, West Farmington, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sasha Farm Animal Rescue, PO Box 222, Manchester, MI USA 48158.


Virginia “Ginny” Sayers
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, died Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

She was born August 19, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Lyle and Beulah (Baker) Utsler.

She graduated from Dexter High School, then went to St. Joseph nursing school. Ginny worked as an RN at King-Seeley, then Ann Arbor Family Practice. She retired from the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. Ginny liked playing scrabble and “words with friends” on the internet. She also enjoyed euchre.

She married Edward L. Sayers, Sr., and he preceded her in death on February 23, 1996. Survivors include three sons, Craig (Linda) Sayers of Chelsea, Mark (Liz) Sayers of Richardson, TX, Edward “Mickey” Sayers, Jr. of Chelsea; a daughter, Susan Sayers of Plano, TX; grandchildren, Brian Sayers, Mike (Laura) Sayers, Allison Morvant, Tony (Melissa) Sayers, Richard Parker, Ashlee (Nick) Zboch, Mark Jr. (Jordan) Sayers; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim (Janet) Utsler of Chelsea. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Debra Sayers; brothers, William and Gerald Utsler; and a sister, Nancy Aiken.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 20, 11:00 am at Silver Maples of Chelsea, with Jeff Crowder officiating. A private burial will be held at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Maples Endowment Fund or Arbor Hospice. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Donna Esther (Noah) Lane
of Chelsea

Donna Esther (Noah) Lane, 86, of Chelsea, MI, died peacefully in Chelsea on January 29, 2020.

Donna was born on October 29, 1933 at home near North Lake, the daughter of tenant farmers Laurence Eugene and Esther Mabel (Widmayer) Noah. Donna was baptized at North Lake United Methodist Church. She attended a one-room school, Pumpkin College, through the eighth grade. She then matriculated and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1951 and Henry Ford School of Nursing in 1954. Donna was head nurse at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor.

On April 8, 1961, she married the love of her life, Wilfred Chandler Lane DVM, at St. Paul United Church of Christ. “Doc“ preceded her in death in 1996. For 35 years, they worked side-by-side seven days a week at Lane Animal Hospital while raising their four children.

Donna was born, raised, married, lived, and died in her beloved hometown of Chelsea. Donna and “Doc” were active in the Chelsea Area Historical Society. Donna became a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include their four children, Caroline E. (Mark MD) Saunders of Williamsburg, W. Chandler (Jamie) Lane II of Chelsea, Rev. David L. (Ana) Lane of Cutler Bay, FL, and Jonathan DVM (Margaret DVM) Lane of Chelsea; 10 grandchildren: Chelsea Caroline Saunders, Benjamin Chandler Saunders, Margaret Mary Lane, Caroline Anne Lane, Isabel Esther Lane, Eric Ellis Saunders, Elizabeth Daisy Lane Saunders, Grace Laurence Lane, Elizabeth Mabel Lane, and Richard David (Christina) Seyfried; one great-grandson, Cody Richard Seyfried; sisters-in-law, Frances Lane of Tampa, FL, Camila Noah of Gregory, Mary Ann Noah; as well as five nieces and a nephew. Donna was preceded in death by brothers, Lloyd Noah, Lynwood Noah, and L. Duane Noah; brother-in-law, Charles H. Lane; and one niece.

A Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 8, 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Graveside service immediately following with Rev. David Laurence Lane officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, February 7, 2020, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. (Rosary at 7:30 p.m.) at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, as well as Saturday at the church, 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Area Historical Society, St. Mary Catholic Church, or St. Paul United Church of Christ.


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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