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Patricia Joan Russell 

Patricia died peacefully at the age of 92.

Born September 26, 1930 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Walter Kranich and Edith White Kranich, Pat was the oldest of three daughters.

Pat attended Fritz Elementary School and Ann Arbor High School. On April 27, 1948 she married the love of her life Guy Patrick Russell. They made their home in Ypsilanti, Michigan until their move to Chelsea, Michigan in 1972.

Pat and Guy bought an 1860’s farm house and she delighted in keeping the farmhouse historically accurate. She inspired those around her with knowledge of period decorating. Pat was passionate about collecting primitives and other antiques that were period to her house. She was very knowledgeable about growing herbs and had beautiful herb gardens.

Pat was an incredibly creative person and was very generous with her time. She was involved with the Waterloo Farm Museum (Waterloo, MI)  for many years. Pat was always kind, charming and elegant. She took delight in her family which she made the center of her life.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband Guy and beloved son Timothy John. She is survived by her adoring children Mary Therese Russell, Sandra Lee Russell, Hugh Patrick Russell (Donna), Michael Joseph Russell (Lois), Sue Ann Stamper (Michael), Rebecca Marie Dawson (Brett), Marilyn Kay Stanley, Elizabeth Irene Hadley (John Jarvis), Christine Brigitt Moore (Steve); grandchildren Joy, Brian, Megan, Laura, Jesse, Benjamin, Teresa, Travis, Rosemary, James, Amber, Jon, Stephen, Michael and William. Her family includes numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

Pat lived life to the fullest with a positive attitude, love for her family and delight in the world around her!

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Feb. 10th 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 10-11 am at the church.  Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waterloo.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Lois Ellena Thurston
of Grass Lake, Michigan

Age 86, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 25, 1936, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Lewis and Rita (Tice) Elsifor.

Lois was a member of Silver Streaks and Silver Threads with the Chelsea Seniors and a member of the Waterloo Historical Society. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and former altar care member. Lois retired from NSK Bearing Company in Ann Arbor, after 40 years of employment.

On January 7, 1995, she married Allyn J. Thurston in Lindsey, Ohio, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 2014.  Survivors include two sisters, Juliann Hatfield of Lakeland, MI, and Ruth (Keith) Hall of Smyrna, TN; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lewis Elsifor, Jr.; and sisters, Shirley Wilkinson, Rita Carter, Coralle Konesko and Nancy Meadows.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Daniel Pezzica officiating. A viewing will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel on Monday, January 30, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Main, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Wanda “Sue” Wood
of Chelsea, MI

Age 82, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

Sue was born on February 28, 1940 in Salyersville, KY to Charles and Arizona (Castle) Patrick. She had lived in the Chelsea area most of her life, and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1959. On October 1, 1960, she married Don D. Wood, and he survives.

Sue loved gardening and was a charter member of the Evening Primrose Garden Club. She also enjoyed traveling as well as cooking and family get togethers, especially during the holidays. She also owned Especially Yours clothing store.

In addition to her husband, Don, she is survived by a daughter, Penny (Dave) Trinkle of Chelsea, a sister, Mary Casterline of Bellaire, and two brothers, Jack Patrick of Chelsea, and Chuck Patrick of Manchester; two grandchildren, Nichole and Kaitlyn, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Wood in 2018, and sister-in-law, Kathy Patrick.

A Graveside Service will be held this spring at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to the UMRC Heritage Foundation-Towsley Village.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.


Peter J. Severn
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, died Sunday, January 22, 2023, at his home.

He was born December 2, 1928, in Elkton, Michigan, the son of Nelson and Mary Ann (Higgs) Severn.

Hailing from Elkton, a tiny town in the “thumb” of Michigan, Pete was first a state park ranger, and then owner-operator of a service station, before arriving at the U-M in 1960.

Pete was one of a handful of master glassblowers maintained on staff by major teaching institutions across the country. During his tenure, Pete created and manufactured glass objects integral to research through the U-M community. His work also provided items used in the world’s first artificial heart transplant as well as in NASA explorations.

Pete retired January 31, 1991. After retirement, Pete established his own business, a consultancy to various research and development concerns. He loved golf and put together a little series of golf outings for his department at U-M every summer. Pete also enjoyed playing the guitar and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

On November 8, 1947, he married Nettie Esther Greenleaf. She preceded him in death on October 11, 2020. Survivors include his daughter,  Sandra (William) Kulenkamp of Chelsea; grandchildren, Kristie Centilli, James Scott Centilli (Becky Raines), Laura (Robert) Hoshaw, and Michael (Tammy) Kulenkamp; great-grandchildren, Gavin Centilli, Isabella Centilli, Dylan Raines, Max Raines, Matthew (Tammi) Miller, Christopher Miller, Evan (Catie) Hoshaw,  Joseph (Misty) Richards, Laura Richards, Ashten (Adam) Metzger, Nicholas Kulenkamp; great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred Severn; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and at the church Friday from noon – 1:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, https://www.cancer.org/.


Francis “Frank” Xavier Colligan MD
of Ann Arbor

Passed away on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 at the age of 82.  

Frank was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana the 7th of 10 children to Joseph and Marie (Hoffman) Colligan. He entered the seminary at age 14, eventually graduating high school and college from the University of Notre Dame and went on to attend medical school at Indiana University.

Frank married Judy (Miller) in 1965. He spent five years as a family practitioner in Topeka, Indiana before completing a psychiatric residency at the University of Michigan in 1978.

He joined Chelsea Community Hospital in Chelsea, Michigan where he practiced psychiatry for 37 years spending much of the time as Chief of Psychiatry. He finished his career at Livingston County Community Mental Health retiring shortly before his death.

When he wasn’t working, his many interests included Notre Dame football, playing tennis at Liberty Racquet Club, spending time with family and sailing his Rebel at the Colligan family cottage at Coldwater Lake in Michigan.

He loved reading the New York Times and drinking Starbucks coffee. He was a devoted follower of US politics and loved drinking a nightly Jim Beam Manhattan with his wife of 57 years.

Frank will always be remembered for his gentle, thoughtful and kind nature. He valued other people’s views and opinions, even when they differed from his own. One of his best qualities was his ability to listen, whether he was speaking with family and friends, or working with patients. He could always be counted on to provide gentle encouragement and advice without judgment or superiority.

He especially valued working as part of a team and often said he learned as much from the nurses he worked with as he had from his schooling or other physicians. He was truly an egalitarian.

He is survived by his beloved wife Judy (Miller) Colligan; loving children Kristin (Sergio) Scarcella, Mark Colligan MD, Molly (Michael) Maci, and Kerry (Merri Lynn) Colligan; siblings, Margaret and Stanley; grandchildren Julia, Joseph, Michael, Matthew, Thomas, Meghan, Madelyn, Mackenzie, Dallas (Nick), and Chase; great-grandchildren Collins and Killian as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Marie, and siblings Joan Robertson, Joseph Colligan MD, Paul Colligan MD, Charles Colligan, Mary Ortbals, Jerome Colligan PhD, Mary Ortbals, and Michael Colligan MD.

Visitation will be held at Nie Funeral Home – 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held at St. Mary’s Student Parish – 331 Thompson St., Ann Arbor on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Visitation at 12:15 pm and mass at 1:00 pm. Cremation will take place privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Dr. Colligan suggests donations to Livingston Community Mental Health Services in his honor. Donations may be made by sending a check to Livingston Community Mental Health Services – 622 East Grand River, Howell, MI 48843. Please make the check payable to Livingston County Mental Health Services and in the memo line please indicate “To be used as needed; honoring Dr. Colligan”.


Rodney Worden

Age 74, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.

He was born December 22, 1948, in Jackson, Michigan, the son of R.V. and Doris K. (Lehman) Worden. Rodney was the older of twin brothers.

He lived his first year at his grandparent’s home in Munith, before moving to Chelsea with his family in the 1950’s.

At the age of 14, he was injured in a sledding accident, leaving him disabled in his right shoulder and arm. Rodney graduated from Chelsea High School in 1967. His disability did not keep him from working over 30 years in janitorial maintenance at Beach Middle School in Chelsea.

Rodney spent the last four years at an assisted living facility. He overcame several health issues, but could not overcome a severe infection.

Rodney is survived by his brother, Ronald Worden of Chelsea; an uncle, Richard Worden; an aunt, Betty Cowan; and several cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 24, 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel.


Marion Rose Lesniewicz
of Jackson, Michigan, formerly of Hamburg and Grass Lake

Age 96, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 13, 2023, at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.

She was born June 23, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Sophia (Murski) Stabile. Marion belonged to St. Francis in Ann Arbor, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ypsilanti, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Brighton, and St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea.

Marion worked for Bell-Howell/UMI until she retired about 30 years ago. Marion was a great cook and loved her grandkids.

On June 22, 1946, she married Edward J. Lesniewicz at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ypsilanti. He preceded her in death on September 26, 1987. Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann (Stanley) Gilbert of Manchester, Diane Kampmann of Grass Lake, Patricia (George) Karam of Rockford; a sister, Theresa Hoopengarner of Florida; 7 grandchildren Michelle (Jim) Weber, Chris (Maryl Randel) Gilbert, Kirsten (Kenyon Adams) Kampmann, Erin (Dell) Willis, Jeff (Charlotte) Kampmann, George Edward Karam, Robert (Jamie Risdon) Karam, and 10 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, William Kampmann, and a sister, Margie Zielinski.

The Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 20, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. A private burial will follow at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends at the church from 10-11 am.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Patrick Joseph O’Dowd
of Saline, Michigan

Age 86, died Monday, January 9, 2023. He was born November 15, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John Michael and Katherine (Maloney) O’Dowd.

Patrick graduated from St. Theresa High School and went to the University of Detroit. He was a Social Worker employed by the State of Michigan. Patrick was very involved in the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Survivors include his sisters, Margaret King of Westland, Eileen (Bill) Schott of Jackson; nephews, Michael (Carrie) King, Billy (Amy) Schott; great-nephews, Greyson, Joseph, John, Michael; a great-niece, Avery; and a good friend, Jody Croskey.

Burial will be at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Johan Stohl
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Albion

Age 89, died Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

He was born September 19, 1933, in Warren, Pennsylvania, the son of Harold and Louise (Cogswell) Stohl.

Johan was an Albion College professor, an ordained minister, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Ann Arbor. Johan had an active social life at Silver Maples being a part of the choir, Silver Linings campaign, and promotional activities for Silver Maples. He was a published poet and a deeply admired professor; a beloved husband and family man.

His legacy includes the family cottage he built and the lives he influenced. Johan was known for his sense of humor and delight in life until the very end. Musician and carpenter, minister and teacher, he drank deeply from the well of life. Wherever he lived, he engaged in the community and left it a better place.

On June 13, 1959, he married Donna Lee Anderson in Stromsburg, Nebraska. Other family includes three children: Erik Stalhandske of Chelsea, Nathan Stohl of Ann Arbor, and Ingrid McIntyre of Beverly Hills; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; along with 3 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Karin Shipley.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, January 12, 2023, 2:30 p.m. at Silver Maples of Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Albion College-Religion Department, https://www.albion.edu/giving/.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Ronald Edwin Austin 
Age 91, died Wednesday, December 28, 2022, in Chelsea, Michigan, where he was a resident of the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born November 30, 1931, in Oil City, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas Clare and Mary Fern (Turk) Austin.

He was a graduate of Oil City High School, the College of Wooster, Ohio, and the University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies. He was most recently employed as a Reference and Collection Development Librarian at the University of Michigan Graduate Library. He retired from that position in 1994.

On May 7, 1960, he married Anna Marie Breyfogle in Chicago, Illinois. She preceded him in death on November 13, 2014. Ronald is survived by a daughter, Mary Austin (Carl Smith) of Gaithersburg, Maryland; a son, Stephen Austin (Anna Parise) of Ridgeway, Wisconsin; and a daughter-in-law, Laura Dresser of Madison, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by a son, David Austin; and a sister, Sara Hudgens (Alan). Also surviving are a niece and nephew; and four grandchildren, Galen Austin, Lucy Smith, Alyssa Austin, and Nelson Dresser.

A memorial service is pending at this time. Please check back for updates.

Memorial contributions may be made to UMRC & Porter Hills Foundation- Team Member Support Services East.


Delanie Claire Maute

On December 31, 2022 our sweet angel, Delanie Claire Maute, age 13, lost her courageous 10-month battle with cancer.

Through our grief, we can rest with the knowledge that she is no longer suffering and is now able to rest peacefully with our Heavenly Father.

Delanie was born on October 15, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Chelsea, Michigan. Delanie loved all animals, she had many throughout her short life.  She had two dogs that she adored named Malibu and Murphy and a guinea pig named Capy. She shared many stories about her 3 furry friends with the doctors and nurses that cared for her throughout these last 10 months.  She spent a lot of time on TikTok and her feed was filled with dog, capaybara, Roblox and Marvel related videos.

We spent many hours when she wasn’t feeling well due to the chemotherapy watching Marvel movies one of her favorite characters was the Scarlet Witch. She also played many, many hours of her favorite video game Roblox. She recently started collecting Marvel memorabilia and fostered a video editing skill that she became really good at and even had a video or 2 go viral. 

She enjoyed many sports throughout her youth, starting with gymnastics at the early age of 4.  She switched to team sports as she entered middle school, preferring the comradery that they provided. She played softball, basketball and volleyball. Delanie was competitive and didn’t like to lose. This fighting spirit of hers helped her tremendously in her fight against cancer.

For Delanie, family and friends meant everything.  Whether it was everyone gathering for large family dinners or just hanging out with a group of her friends, that was when she was in her element. Her infectious smile could light up the room and her spunk and sass would keep everyone entertained. What really made us proud though was her kind, giving spirit.

As Christmas approached and her cancer progressed, all Delanie was concerned about was making sure she could give presents to her friends and family.  Receiving gifts was not important.  She spent multiple nights in the hospital ordering last minute gifts to ensure everyone was taken care of.  We were blessed to be able to have Delanie home for 5 days over Christmas and the memories of that time will live on forever with us.

Delanie is survived by her loving parents Darrel (Rebecca) Maute and Carrie Childs-Thor (Jamie); sister Elleri; stepsister Kali (Luke) Coppernoll, Jerica (Jesus) Thor-Arriaga; stepbrothers Hunter and Carson Presson, Jake and Dylan Thor; grandparents Ralph and Glenda Childs, Robert Maute and Sally Sherwood; step grandparents Gregg and Sharon Baxter, Fred and Lyn Thorand, Ronald Fargo and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-8 P.M. at the Faholo Tabernacle, 3000 Mt. Hope Road, Grass Lake, Michigan. Funeral services to celebrate Delanie’s life will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday January 7, 2023 at the Faholo Tabernacle.

To honor Delanie’s memory and continue Delanie’s legacy, a memorial scholarship fund has been set up so Delanie can continue to give back. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her memory. Donations can be made through gofundme https://gofund.me/39ae7fda or mailing payments to: The Delanie Claire Maute Scholarship Fund c/o Sherwood Funeral Home, 1109 Norvell Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240.

Special thanks to Delanie’s medical teams at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Beaumont Children’s Hospital for all of their efforts. Also, a tremendous thank you to Aunt Missie Gatza for all of your kind, compassionate and caring love for Delanie.

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