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Jack A. Elsifor Jr.
Chelsea, MI

Age 75, passed away suddenly Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Michigan Medicine.

He was born Dec. 12, 1943 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Jack A. and Katherine E. (Houseman) Elsifor Sr.

Jack graduated from Dexter High School in 1963. He served in the US Army, serving in Vietnam from 1966-1968. Jacked worked for Federal Fluid Power in Plymouth, retiring in 2005. He enjoyed his family and taking care of his yard.

On Sept. 21, 1963, he married Kathaleen Joy Joseph and she survives.

Survivors include his step mother-in-law, Nancy Joseph of Chelsea; a step-sister-in-law, Janet Tice of Houghton Lake, MI. He was preceded in death by a step-brother, Paul Tice.

Per his request, no services are planned. Burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dexter. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea VFW Post 4076.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel


Shirley Ann Bowen
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 82, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born May 14, 1937 in Servia, Indiana, the daughter of Roy Moses and Iva Mae (Flohr) Krichbaum.

Shirley grew up in Servia, IN, attended college in Ft Wayne, IN, and had lived in Chelsea since 1960. Shirley was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ. She loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards, and traveling.

Shirley was an avid Michigan Wolverines fan, as well as Tigers, Pistons and Lions, and for years she loved to bowl. She also did a lot of needlepoint projects, including Christmas stockings for all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and painted hundreds of Tony’s carvings for all of the kids and grandkids.

On December 22, 1956, she married Michael Anthony “Tony” Bowen in Servia, Wabash County, Indiana, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 2015. Survivors include three sons, Steve (Michelle) of Charlevoix, Mike (Sue) and Doug (Risa) of Chelsea; one daughter, Cyndi of Chelsea; a brother, Jim (Barb) Krichbaum of Chelsea; a sister, Karen (Merl) Wilson of Indiana; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and 9 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Alex Kussurelis; a great-granddaughter, Natalie Bush; and her beloved cat, Bailey.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 15, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea, with Reverend Eric Stricklin officiating. Burial will follow at North Lake Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday from 4-7 p.m., and Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or Arbor Hospice.


Jean Elizabeth Lewis
Chelsea, MI

Age 95, died Friday, November 8, 2019 in Jackson, Michigan.

She was born September 19, 1924 in Genesee Twp., Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Jane (Gillie) Sanborn.

Jean grew up in Rankin, a small town near Flint, Michigan and graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 1942. After graduation, she worked at the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint, starting in the business department and working her way up to secretary of the president, Dr. Harley Z. Wooden. During this time, she volunteered to work with a group of teen deaf girls in the Stepping Stone Program for Self-Improvement sponsored by Mott Foundation of Flint.

Jean started her further education at Flint Junior College, working weekends at a restaurant to pay her way. She then transferred to Michigan State Normal College (Eastern) when the first program in Michigan for teaching the deaf and hard-of-hearing was instituted. She received her BS degree while going to school in the daytime and working at Kaiser-Frazer in the accounting office on the afternoon shift. During her training, she was assistant teacher for a first-grade class at MSD.

Jean was the first woman to live off campus at Eastern. She met and married Edward Lewis on September 23, 1952.

She had resided in Chelsea since 1962. Mrs. Lewis was active in community and church affairs. She volunteered at Chelsea Hospital gift shop, Meals on Wheels, and the Methodist Home.

She also worked at Ann Arbor Computer Company when the computer was room-sized. Golf and bowling were her hobbies. In 1979 she entered the antiques business and thoroughly enjoyed this business for 30 years.

She was a member of the Antiquarians Antique Club in Dexter, MI.

Jean is survived by two sons, Jon of Chelsea, and Brian (Anne) of Traverse City 1 brother, Robert Sanborn of Gladwin; five grandchildren, Seth (Ai), Caitlin, Matthew, Patrick, and Cameron; 3 great-grandchildren, Claire, Seryu, Selena and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward E. Lewis on Feb. 19, 1992; a son, Steven on May 1, 1980; and four brothers and two sisters.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, November 12, from 2-4 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. A private burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army or a charity of one’s choice.


Dorothy K. Green
formerly of Chelsea

Age 98, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Bethell Adult Family Home in Kirkland, Washington.

She was born July 16, 1921, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Reginald Emery and Ethel (Hodge) Wright.

Dorothy worked with her husband at Redford Electric Company. Dorothy’s 98 years were filled with many travels and adventures with Bob. They shared their love of travel with their children.

She attended St. Barnabas Church in Chelsea, and enjoyed the fellowships there. Dorothy’s greatest joy was sharing the love of her family; from endless hours of toddler playtimes to college graduations. Dorothy’s endless kindnesses are treasures to us all.

On March 8, 1944, she married Robert Frantz Green in Detroit, Michigan and he preceded her in death on April 6, 1994. Survivors include one son, Robert F. (Kathy) Green, Jr. of Ann Arbor; two daughters, Nancy (Ralph) Green-Crawford of Coupeville, WA, Susan (Peter) Lee of Kirkland, WA; five grandchildren, Stephanie and Jeff Green, Laurel and Sarah Green-Crawford, and Harrison Lee; 2 great-grandchildren, Elena and Lillian Silber; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Harry Wright.

A graveside service will be held at Parkview Cemetery in Livonia, Michigan in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Nevatte Willis
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 67, of Chelsea, passed away on Sunday October 20th, 2019 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Nevatte was born on December 15th of 1951 to Ivan Louis Bare and Bebe Amos Bare.

Nevatte is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Greg J. Willis, who she met in Ann Arbor when he was 16 and she was 17. She is also survived by their children Garth Bare (Amber Nichole) Willis, Grant Wade Willis, Geneva Misko Willis; one grandson Jaydon Fredrick Willis; and their dear friend Myranda Ruthanne Catalano. She is also survived by her sister Cheryl Lou King, and preceded in death by her sister Michelle Faye Bradley, and her parents.

Nevatte was always known as a loving, caring, and fun individual. If she wasn’t looking at the beauty in the natural world around her, she was creating beauty in her own life.

Well known as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she loved children, teaching people about the Bible, and learning about the people and cultures around her. She was a cherished mother to both her physical, and spiritual, children and helped them all to grow however she could.

Nevatte never passed up an opportunity to talk to anyone and everyone that was willing, and loved people immensely. She will always be remembered for the delight she brought to her family, friends, and her community.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 17960 W. Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118. Following that service, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the family is inviting everyone to come to the Chelsea High School Commons (Lunch Room), 740 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea, for a celebration of Nevatte’s life.


Michael Anthony Weiss
Chelsea, MI

Age 69, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at Angela Hospice in Livonia.

He was born October 12, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan. Mike is the son of Anthony O. and Mary Clare (Fuerst) Weiss.

Mike retired from Chrysler Proving Grounds where he was a driver/mechanic and a former Chief Union Steward for UAW Local 1284. He graduated from Centerline High School in 1968. He began his service in the National Guard in 1968, and was a member of the American Legion Post 31. Mike attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea.

He is survived by two brothers, Mark J. Weiss and Matthew A. Weiss; two sisters, Ann M. Bush and Mary E. Weiss; and nine nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 10-11 am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Joan L. Craft (Piatt)

Age 65, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at her home in Jackson, Michigan after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born in Stockbridge, Michigan in 1954 and resided for the majority of her life in Waterloo, Michigan.

She was married to Bobby Craft for over 30 years and he survives.  Joan is also survived by all four of her children; Rick (Christina) Barnes, Bobby (Robin) Craft, Nicole (Jim) Byrnes, and Larry (Natalie) Craft. She is also survived by 12 Grandchildren; Madison, Christopher, Micheal, Victoria, Zachary, Griffin, Liam, Abbey, Aria, LJ, Giovanni, and Jace.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ken and Lucy Piatt, and two nephews Rodney and Steven White.

In the earlier part of her life, Joan was an active member of the Chelsea VFW Post 4076 Women’s Auxiliary and served as its president in 1975. She loved to travel and made two memorable trips to both Alaska and Germany. Most of all she loved just being with her family and friends and could always be found at one of her many grandkids events, volunteering through her church, running the kids craft booth at Nite Lights, or hosting events at Home Depot.

Celebration of life for Joan will be at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ (UCC) on Saturday, 09 November at 11 a.m. Church is located at 120 North Jackson Street, Jackson, Michigan. There will be lunch right after the service at the church.

Visitation hours with the family will be 6-8 p.m. on Friday, 08 November and before the ceremony on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the First Congregational Church UCC Jackson.


Mary Lou Rigg
Chelsea, Michigan

An eternal optimist, generous in life and spirit, and blessed with an uncompromised ability to laugh, Mary Louise (Leeman) Rigg, daughter of Frederic and Mary Jane (Riker) Leeman, passed away October 20, 2019 at the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home in Jackson.

Mary Lou was born July 9, 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She lived with her family in Ann Arbor until 1965 when they moved to Manchester. Mary Lou made many friends in Manchester and maintained a close relationship with her Ann Arbor friends her entire life. After graduating from Manchester High School in 1965, she attended Northwestern Junior College in Traverse City Michigan.

In August 1967, she married Richard Rigg and he survives. After starting a family and having two children, Mary Lou attended Eastern Michigan University to attain her bachelor degree in Child Development and Family Living and served as a director for the Manchester Cooperative Day Care Center. After moving to Chelsea, Mary Lou became an active member of the First United Methodist Church and worked as an Activity Director/Volunteer Coordinator at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

Later Mary Lou received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sienna Heights University and worked as the Western Regional Center Coordinator for Washtenaw Community College for many years. She retired as a counselor from WCC in May of 2015.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents in 2012, and her brother Steve Leeman in 2014. Other surviving relatives include a son, John Rigg (Shannon Jackson); a daughter, Mary Oesterle (Jon); a grandson, Sumner Oesterle; a sister-in-law, Betty (Gates) Leeman; a brother-in-law, Ron Rigg; cousins, David (Valerie), Laura, and Barbara Scriven and Connie, Kathleen, and Michael O’Donnell; nieces, Beth Ann (Leeman) Anderson and Sarah (Rigg) LeBlanc; nephews, Scott Leeman and Dan Rigg; and great nephews, Andrew, Brett, Matthew and Nathan Anderson.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 24 at noon at the Chelsea Depot.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jehovah’s Witnesses Chelsea Congregation 17690 W Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Mary Anne Balmer (Nee Sorensen)
March 25, 1943 – October 8, 2019

Mary Jane Balmer entered Eternal Life on October 8th, 2019 at the age of 76.

She was born March 25, 1943 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was the daughter of Hugh and Margaret (nee Marshall) Sorensen.

She was the beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Balmer for 57 years. Survivors include her children Christine (the late Vova) Novak, Rob (Michelle) Balmer and Ted Balmer. Her grandchildren are Austin, Misha, Sasha, and Rachel Novak, Kira, Logan, Allianna, and Ava Balmer. She is further survived by her brother Bill (Sherry) Sorensen and her brother-in-law Tom Hinterman (the late Jan). Further survived and loved by nieces and nephews.

Mary Anne spent her childhood in Chelsea, Michigan. At Chelsea High School, she was a member of the marching band, and she also enjoyed drag racing in her mother’s DeSoto.

As a long-time member of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for many years and sang in the church choir with her many friends. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women’s organization.

During the 1980s, when her children were mostly grown, she pursued a full-time work as the Events Coordinator at the Milwaukee Grain Exchange. She has always loved planning parties whether for family events or for others.

Mary Anne loved people, she could and would talk to everyone she met. She believed that everyone should be happy and should be able to love whomever they wished.

She was proud and thrilled that in her lifetime she was able to vote for a wonderful man of color and a woman for president. She was a strong advocate for equal rights for all, including LGBTQ rights, often traveling to attend meetings and rallies in support.

Mary Anne was a member of PEO and loved all of her sisters. She enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 10280 N. Port Washington Rd, Mequon, WI. Additional visitation continued Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E. Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay, WI until time of funeral service at noon followed by a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.

The family will have a private interment at the Resurrection Cemetery in Mequon, WI.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Kairos CoMotion to support the work of Love Prevails at PO Box 45234, Madison, WI 53744-5234 or the Robert T. Balmer Endowment Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering at [email protected].


 

La Vonne M. Harris
Jackson, MI, formerly of Chelsea, MI

Age 81, died Sunday, October 20, 2019 at her home in Jackson.

She was born March 10, 1938 in Washington DC, the daughter of Russell and Beulah (Schlotman) Maryott.

La Vonne was a member of the Community of Christ in Ann Arbor. She was a piano and organ teacher for many years, and was a member of the Ann Arbor Piano Teachers Guild. La Vonne was also a member of Modern Mothers in Chelsea.

On August 17, 1958, she married Ronald Harris in Walthill Nebraska, and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Randall Harris of Chelsea, Russell (Sharon) Harris of Jackson; two grandchildren, Randy (Brittney) White, E.J. (Melinda) White; 3 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Alex, Ethen; two sisters-in law, Joyce Maryott, and Mildred Maryott; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Gene, John and Harold Maryott.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Seventy John Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends on Thursday from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to her family or the Community of Christ Church, 520 W Jefferson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.


Norman Charles Houk
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 90, died Friday, October 18, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born February 9, 1929 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Fred Herman and Lillie Louise (Krepps) Houk.

Norman worked for the Chrysler Proving Grounds as a heavy equipment operator. He was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, former member of Ann Arbor St. Thomas Lutheran Church, N. Lake Methodist Church, and the Chelsea V.F.W. post.

On January 9, 1954, he married Delores Carol Zahn at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, and she survives. Other survivors include two children, Edith Anne (Thomas) Dehn of Gregory, Douglas (Cheryl) Houk of Chelsea; daughter-in-law Bernice; 9 grandchildren, Heather, Gretchen, William and Fred Dehn, Thomas, David and James Houk, Kelly Houk and Jennifer Annarino; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel in 1990.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Daniel Pezzica officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Monday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church piano/organ fund.


Harvey L. Lentz
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 93, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

He was born April 29, 1926 in Milan, Michigan, the son of Lester and Florence (Gruetzke) Lentz.

Harvey graduated from Milan High School in 1944, and attended U of M. He served in the US Army during WWII. Harvey was a process engineer who worked at GM Hydromatic until his retirement in 1982. He built several houses and drew plans for a subdivision that he lived in.

He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea. Harvey was musical, playing the French Horn when he was young, and singing in the choir. His hobbies included sailing, walking, and woodworking. Most of all, he enjoyed staying home with his family and being at the cottage on Wamplers Lake.

On May 29, 1948, he married Helana Emma Trelenberg at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Boston, and she preceded him in death on November 23, 2015. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia (Charles) Hillebrand of Atlanta, GA; two sons, Paul (Alice) Lentz of Bowie, MD, Dan (Cynde) Lentz of Pinckney; 5 grandchildren, Stephanie (Judson) Farmer, Kristen ( Joe) Rahmanzadeh; Lisa (Ty) Bosnjak, Michelle (Thomas) Weikle; Dan (Terra) Lentz; 8 great-grandchildren; brother David Lentz and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by 3 siblings, Dorcas Westrick, Jean May, and Donald Lentz.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Daniel Pezzica officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and at the church Monday from noon-1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 515 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118.


Dolores Jean Buss
Chelsea, MI

Age 83, died Sunday, October 13, 2019 at her home.

She was born March 19, 1936 in Norvell, Michigan, the daughter of Philip H. and Gladys G. (Pittman) Jones.

Dolores was confirmed at St. John United Church of Christ on Waters Road, and she attended Zion Lutheran Church.  Over the years she was employed at three different banks, Ann Arbor Bank and Trust, First of America in Manchester, and Lake Trust Credit Union in Chelsea.

Dolores was a member of Farm Bureau and Rogers Corner Extension. She volunteered for the Red Cross.  Dolores enjoyed singing karaoke, square dancing, and walking. She also enjoyed spending time with her dog, Chase, as well as her grandkids and great-grandkids.

On April 7, 1956,  she married LeRoy Buss, and he preceded her in death on December 9, 2013. She’s also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, LaDonna; and a brother, Delbert. Survivors include a son, Darrin (Brenda) Buss of Chelsea; a daughter, Jeannie Gilbert of Chelsea and Lewis Gilbert of Brooklyn; a sister, Arlene Wolf; 4 grandchildren, Samantha (Andrew) Early, Steven (Christina) Buss, Mark and Amy Gilbert; 2 great-grandsons, Parker and Connor Early; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 18, 11:00 am, at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea with Pastor Drex Morton officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery on Ellsworth Road. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m., and Friday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lenawee County Parkinson’s Group, 1525 West Maumee, Adrian, MI 49221, or the Chelsea Meals on Wheels (checks made out to Chelsea Senior Center), 512 Washington St, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Norman Charles Olmsted
Chelsea, Michigan

Norman died as he lived – with dignity and grace. Driven by “a fierce commitment to education” and his exceptional curiosity about the world around him, Norman experienced a full life.

He was a lifelong learner and a constant reader, which made him an exceptional educator throughout his life. Norman had a long career that included the positions of Superintendent of Southfield Public Schools, Coldwater Public Schools, and Iosco County Intermediate Schools.

He was the first Dean of General Studies at Washtenaw Community College and was a primary influence on the development of the broad curriculum offered and the selection of the talented faculty. He also served as Deputy Superintendent for Ann Arbor Public Schools.

After his retirement from public education, Norman served as Napoleon Township Supervisor. He could talk with anyone and spent many happy hours in conversation at Vic’s Market in Napoleon.  When he and his wife Nancy moved to North Carolina, Norm became a substitute teacher for Hendersonville Public Schools.

Norm enlisted in the Army Air Corps (United States Air Force) one month after graduation from Jackson High School. He was a navigator in the Pacific Theater. Norman said he had “never seen so much water in my life!” In his high school days, Stormin’ Norman played for “The Collegians”, a professional dance band. He always enjoyed big band music and jazz. Throughout high school, Norm had private lessons in percussion and drummed in the Jackson High School band.

A proud graduate of the University of Michigan, he did not hesitate to wear his maize and blue regalia as he sang the Varsity Song. Go Blue! He treasured the recognition he received from the University of Michigan as a Distinguished Alumni.

Norman’s wife, Nancy Lee Olmsted (nee Russell) predeceased him in 2012. He is survived by: his four children Russell Norman Olmsted (Laura Cornish) of Ann Arbor, MI, Nannette Patrice Kwiatek of Rockford, MI, Marcia Ellen Myers of Jackson, MI and Jennifer Lee Olmsted of Munising, MI; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Margaret Olmsted, Carolyn Leigh Olmsted, Sarah Catherine Olmsted, all of Ann Arbor, MI, Courtney Ellen Myers of Farmington Hills, MI and Meaghann Marie Smith (Anthony) of Grand Rapids, MI; and three great-grandchildren: Nina Marie Smith, Anthony David Smith and Kato Amir Smith all of Grand Rapids, MI. Norman was dearly loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Norman passed away at the Chelsea Retirement Center on Saturday, August 31 and had resided there since 2010. The family is very grateful to the nurses and CNA’s on Kresge 2, dietary aides, maintenance staff, and chefs who provided such a circle of love and compassion to him at the Chelsea Retirement Center.

Norm was also in the care of Arbor Hospice for the past few months. Their support helped ensure a peaceful final chapter for Norm’s remarkable life. In his words, “we all have to leave this mortal coil sometime.”

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 12, 12:00, at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. Donations in Norman’s honor can be sent to Doctors Without Borders or the UMRC Foundation.


Lola Elizabeth (Higgs) Campbell
Chelsea, Michigan

Lola Campbell, born May 24, 1942, died peacefully on September 19, surrounded by family and friends.

She will be greatly missed by her family whom she loved unconditionally. Lola enjoyed spending time with family, laughing over a good joke, and watching baseball.

Lola was predeceased by her parents John and Lorraine; husband Jimmie, special friend Frank, brothers Wally and Bob, and sister Midge. Survivors include daughters Laurie and Deb, son-in-laws Bill and Kirk, grandchildren Courtney and Kevin, sister Fran, brother Dick, and many nieces and nephews.

Lola retired from the U of M Family Practice Center in 2004. The family would like to thank the staff at the Family Practice Center – Erin, Robin and Dr. Frank for their help over the past few months. The family would also like to thank Arbor Hospice, Right at Home and Carelinc for their tremendous support and care through this difficult time, especially Fab, Lee, Betty Jean, Brian, and Angie.

Cremation has already taken place.

Donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Lola’s honor.


Gail Ann Lang
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Livonia, Omena

Age 83, died Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born October 1, 1935 in Saginaw, Michigan, the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Crippen) Clark.

Gail earned her Bachelor’s Degree from MSU. She was a member of Northport Covenant Church, and was active in the Livonia Historical Society and the Omena Historical Society.

On April 20, 1957, she married Robert C. Lang in Livonia, Michigan, and he survives. She was an amazing mom to one son and three daughters. Other survivors include 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a sister, and multiple nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 5th, at 3 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community (Towsley Village), with Rev. Tina Zimmerman officiating. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Phyllis Marie Muncer
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 74, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by family and friends.

She was born October 14, 1944 in Virginia, Minnesota, the daughter of Owen Charles Ash and Bernice Marie Vivian (Anderson) Norlander. She and her brother Jeff were raised by their mother until she married John Norlander in 1963 and acquired two more brothers John and Michael Norlander.

She spent her youth in Virginia, Minnesota and summers on Lake Vermilion until graduating high school in 1962. She also attended Virginia Junior College. Later she moved to Minneapolis to become a flight attendant with North Central Airlines in the early 1960’s. She married and had two children, Kristen and Anna. The family moved to Chelsea in 1973. During the time her children were of school age Phyllis was involved in a variety of school and community activities. In 1986 Phyllis went back to the airlines to reclaim her love for travel until her retirement from Delta Airlines in 2006.

Phyllis loved traveling with her mother Bernice (Bunny) and they made many trips together across America and throughout Europe. In 2010, Phyllis began volunteering at the Chelsea Community Hospital gift shop and continued to do so until just a few months before her death. She was on the gift shop committee and served as secretary from 2012-2019 and was also on the Chelsea Hospital Auxiliary Board where she served as secretary from 2013-2016.

She enjoyed reading, spending time with friends and family and most of all her grandchildren (Evelyn, Ryder and Roxy) to whom she was a devoted grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Kristen Brown of Woodstock, CT, Anna Folsom (Tim) of Index, WA; her brothers, Jeff (Moira) Ash of Grand Haven, MI and John (Charmy) Norlander of Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and step-father and her brother Michael and cousin Diane Tonn.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Chelsea Depot on October 24 from 4-7 p.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made to JDRF and Arbor Hospice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Jonathan J. Westcott
passed away at the age of 24 on August 3, 2019.

Jonny entered this world a firecracker on July 4, 1995, the son of Jay Westcott and Theresa Royce.

He is survived by his Mother, his Stepfather Ryan Bergler, his Sisters, Loretta Westcott and Ellen Bergler, his Brothers, Romell Westcott, Luther Westcott and Solomon Bergler, his Grandpa, Rick Westcott, his Nana and Grandpapa, Mary and Mark Royce, and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Jonny was preceded in death by his father and his Grandma, Linda Westcott and Aunt Monica Royce.

As the rowdy oldest brother in a big family, Jonny was the master of the chaos. Many family stories begin with “Remember that time Jonny…”. He broke furniture and bones, lost teeth, had a lot of bad ideas, and made life more fun for everyone he knew.

In high school he brought this to the football field, earning all-conference honors at defensive end with The Manchester Flying Dutchmen, making up for his lack of size in the position with speed, strength, smarts, and intensity. Jonny graduated from Manchester High School, class of 2013, and attended Washtenaw Community College, where he took courses in pursuit of a career in the field of technology.

He was passionate and curious about the world, and spent endless hours as a self-taught student of psychology, politics, and society. If you spent time with him, you would learn something you didn’t know. He loved comedy and music and went to more than 20 concerts with his siblings this year.

Jonny was honest, charming, funny, and brilliant. Our lives will be forever enriched for knowing and loving him.

The family will receive friends Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. Jonny will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Faith in Action.


Orville M. Harris
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, died Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at his home in Chelsea.

He was born September 9, 1932 in Loyall, Kentucky, the son of Delbert and Sudie (Huff) Harris.

Orville graduated from Loyall High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Far East during the Korea era. He worked at Associated Builders, then Central Fiber and Blaess Elevators. Orville retired from Chelsea Milling. He and Joyce enjoyed square dancing. He was a former Mason and a former member of the Church of Christ.

On July 3, 1951, he married Joyce J. Farley, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2019. Survivors include a son, Derrick (Barri Mileo) Harris of Chelsea; 4 grandchildren, Carrin Harris, Katherine Weiseman, Christopher Harris, Michael Harris; 1 great-grandson, Drake Walker; one sister Sally Lightfoot and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by eight siblings.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 9, 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Erik Hansen officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Monday, Sept. 9, 11-1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice or the Washtenaw County Honor Guard.


Tracy Lynn Schlaff
Dexter, MI

Age 46, passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes with her family by her side on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the University of Michigan Hospital.

She was born September 19, 1972 in Dexter, Michigan, the daughter of Gorden F. Mosher and Rhonda Olmsted.

Tracy graduated from Dexter High School in 1991. She was a long-time Girl Scout, into high school. She was a Perry Drugs cosmetics coordinator, and was a wiz with a cash register, training many people on their use. Her most recent job was working at Subway in Dexter for the last three years. Tracy loved her family and her hometown, NASCAR racing and the Detroit Tigers. She enjoyed music, especially country and classic rock. Tracy was an avid dog lover, especially her dog, Winnie.

She is survived by her husband, Doug Schlaff, of Dexter; her son, David, also of Dexter, and his girlfriend, Sam Pary; her mother and step-father, Rhonda (Mark) Olmsted; her father and step-mother, Gorden (Diane) Mosher; 2 sisters, Beth (Brad) Wymer, Melissa Mosher both of Dexter; grandmother, Emily Mosher; brother-in-law, Dan (Allison) Schlaff; step-brothers, Chris (Kaitlee) Chapman, Ben (Tanya) Olmsted, Ray (Bonnie) Olmsted; nieces and nephews, Katie (Josh Hodges) Sennett, Gabe Wymer, Kaytlin Mosher, Chloe Louiselle, Danielle Schlaff, Cayla Schlaff, Paige Ward, Claire Ward, Grace Ward; and a great-niece, Isabella Hodges; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Edith and Bill Meek, Raymond Mosher, and her mother and father-in-law, Marge and Dave Schlaff. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Cheryl LaMore, for her kindness.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, September 7, 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 8225 Dexter-Chelsea Rd, Dexter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Everett “Wayne” Hofmeister Jr.
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor

Age 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Legacy Assisted Living.

He was born March 6, 1933 in Dowagiac, Michigan, the son of Everett Wayne and Rose Cornelia (Talbot) Hofmeister.

Faithful member of Faith Baptist Church, Wayne loved his Lord, his family, and his church family very much and will be sorely missed by so many. Wayne was a construction inspector for the city of Ann Arbor for many years. He served in the US Army in Korea. In recent years, he helped teach chess to many people through the Chelsea Chess Club. Wayne was known for his sense of humor.

On August 31, 1958, he married Martha J. Shanklin, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2015. Survivors include two daughters, Janice Hofmeister, Ann (James) Hess; two grandsons, Mitchell (Carrie) Hofmeister, Roman (Rachel Blanchard) Hofmeister; one great-granddaughter, Aubrey; two great-grandsons, Ryder and Raiden; and two nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Steven Hofmeister.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 31, 11:00 am at Faith Baptist Church, 4030 Kalmbach Rd., Chelsea, with Pastor Adam Summers officiating. The family will receive friends 10-11 am at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Ruth Marie Calkins
Jackson, MI, formerly of Chelsea, MI

Age 78, died Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.

She was born January 5, 1941 in Chelsea, MI, the daughter of Wayne Francis and Mary Agnes (Stapish) Rossbach.

Ruth attended Cushing Elementary (a one-room school), Dexter High School, and then graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1959. She worked at the University of Michigan School of Public Health as a secretary.

Ruth and Bob moved to Chelsea in 1981. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Ruth sang in the choir from 1982 until 2017. She had a great love for music. Ruth enjoyed drawing and was a great artist. She made paper dolls and clothing for them.

On May 15, 1971, Ruth married Robert J. Calkins in Saline, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2018. Survivors include one sister, Rosemary (Joseph) Moody of Jackson, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, David Rossbach.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Aug. 30, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, 5-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Philip ‘Flip’ Colmer

A shining star, a smiling face, a friend to all, and a connoisseur of everything that defines happy life, Philip “Flip” Colmer, age 64, unexpectedly left this earth for his final flight west on 20 August, 2019.

Flip, born 3 May, 1955, grew up to find joy in the pursuit of high adventure. He enjoyed travel, skydiving, and flying the most. An aviator by profession, he was commissioned an Officer in the U.S. Navy in 1978 and earned his Gold Navy Pilot Wings a few years later. He served in the Active ranks and Reserves as a carrier pilot, flying the A-7E Corsair and FA-18C Hornet jets before retiring from the Reserves in 1998 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1989, after leaving active duty, he joined Northwest Airlines, which became part of Delta in 2008. Over his 30-year airline career, he rose to the rank of Captain on the Boeing 767. 

On 26 August, 1994, he married Rebecca Sharp, his best friend, fellow skydiver, and beloved travel companion for the remainder of his life.

When not exploring the larger world with his wife, he enjoyed brewing his own beer and even dabbled with competitive aerobatic flying. Outside of flying, he was involved in many charitable projects, his favorite as a key team member of Project Recover expeditions to the Pacific to find and repatriate the remains of missing American servicemen from World War II.

Philip “Flip” Colmer is preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Marjorie (Fleiss) Colmer. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Sharp, his two sisters, Barbara Colmer (Kooper, NY) and Amy Ream (Portland, OR), his sister-in-law, Samara Anjelae (Berea, KY), and his two brothers-in-law, Michael and Lew Sharp (Lexington and Paris, KY).

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI, with visitation from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Project Recover (www.projectrecover.org) or Ann Arbor Fisher House Michigan (www.fisherhousemichigan.org).

Rene Albert Papo
Rene Albert Papo passed away on Sunday, August 11th, 2019 in Houston, Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital, at age 60 after a long battle with leukemia.

His death was preceded by his parents Dr. Michael Papo (wife Judith Ann Papo) and Madeleine Vallier in 2012. He is survived by his wife Dr. Hina Papo; son Alex Papo, wife Ursula Jessee, and grandchild Mateo Papo; daughter Dr. Gisele Papo; sister Dr. Michele Papo and nephew Ian Tanguy.

From a young age, Rene’s life was filled with adventure—from sailing the Virgin Islands, scuba diving in the Galapagos to skiing the Rocky Mountains, and exploring Europe. As an avid naturalist and adventurer, he guided his family and friends on numerous trips, which always took them to the sea or mountains.

He cherished every moment with his family and friends and taught them in difficult times to persevere since “life can be short” and to experience life to its fullest with a sense of humor.

Rene completed High School at Chelsea High School and college education at Kalamazoo College. Following his undergraduate degree, he completed a Masters Degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Michigan.

After traveling in Europe and marrying the love his life, he returned to Ann Arbor, MI in the 1980’s to work with his father and pursue a career in commercial real estate development. He left a large footprint on the communities of Chelsea and Ann Arbor, MI during his 30+ year career as a commercial real estate developer, contributing to economic growth, and supporting local art projects.

His legacy will carry on via his family, friends and colleagues who knew him to be a kind-hearted, honest man who always wanted to do the right thing.

In celebration of Rene’s life, his family will be hosting an open house at Knights Restaurant Downtown at 600 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor MI on September 5th, 2019 from 3-7 p.m. (short remarks will be held at 5 p.m.). Those who knew Rene are welcome to drop in to share positive memories of Rene’s life and pay their respects to his family.

We kindly ask that all donations made on his behalf are sent to either Coral Reef Alliance (https://coral.org/donate/), in honor of Rene’s love for the natural beauty of the Caribbean and ocean, or to Moon Shots program at MD Anderson (shorturl.at/abTVW) to aid in the fight against leukemia.


John Ochs
Ann Arbor, MI

John David Ochs, age 68, passed away on August 6, 2019 at his home near Ann Arbor, MI.

He was born on December 27, 1950 in Olney, Illinois. John is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Susie Ochs, brother Sylvan, and sister Esther. He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Susan Leben Ochs, brothers Kenneth and Samuel (Debbie) Ochs, daughter Katharine (Kyle) Bracken, granddaughter Ella, and another granddaughter on the way.

He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1973 and soon went to work for the Bloomington Daily Pantagraph as a News Reporter, worked as a Farm Editor for Illinois Farm Bureau, and then as Press Secretary for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

In 1981, John and Susan moved to Washington D.C., where he worked for John Block, Secretary of Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan. He worked under the administration for 8 years.

During his time with the Federal government, he traveled all over the world with the Department of Agriculture. Stories he told of his experiences in various (and sometimes dangerous) areas of the world were fascinating. He was a gifted story teller and writer.

Following his time in Washington D.C. he joined Ford Motor Company, eventually becoming Director of Public Relations, moving to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and finally to Ann Arbor, Michigan. He retired in 2003.

He was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Police, NRA, and the Michigan Farm Bureau. In 1985, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, and in 1986 received the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Department of Agriculture for his years of excellent service to our nation’s agriculture industry.

Of all his major accomplishments, he was most proud of his family. He loved spending time with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. He especially cherished Sunday dinner with his family, and thoroughly enjoyed cooking for others in his retirement.

He had a personality that was larger than life, and may be best known for his quick wit and impeccable sense of humor.

His funeral will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish in Stringtown, IL on October 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Marian Louise Havens
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 97, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born May 26, 1922 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Milo and Vera (King) Wiley.

She was a 1939 graduate of Western State High School, and attended Western Michigan University. After her future husband, Howard H. Havens, returned from service in WWII, they were married in Kalamazoo in 1946. They had known each other since kindergarten, and were lifelong friends. The couple moved to Battle Creek, where they resided for nearly 40 years. They moved to Lyon Lake in 1985, and lived there until moving to Marshall in 2000.

Marian was employed for many years at Auto Club Services in Battle Creek, from which she retired in 1985. She and Howard traveled with her sister Fran and husband Gerry for a number of years, visiting coastal states of the eastern U.S. She was an avid reader, and volunteered at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

She married Howard H. Havens, who preceded her in death Marian was preceded in death by her father and mother, her husband, and two of her four sisters, Joyce Prince and Marjorie Anselmo. Surviving are her son, John (Marilyn) Havens of Caledonia; daughter, Jane Havens of Ann Arbor; granddaughter Heather Havens (Simon Hough) of Kentwood; and two sisters, Fran LaMunion of Morrisville, NC, and Sharon Hightower of Pomona, CA.

Private graveside services and burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Memorial tributes may be made to Chelsea Retirement Community or Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, MI.


Barbara Jean Fisher
of Ann Arbor/Novi, MI

Age 70, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Barbara was born August 3, 1949 in Harper Woods, MI, the daughter of Robert T. and Dorothy M. (Dyar) Fisher.

Barbara received her B.S. and M.A degrees in Education from Eastern Michigan University. A lifelong educator, state certified since 1971, Barbara taught at Whitmore Lake Public Schools and Chelsea School District including elementary, middle school and alternative high school focusing on special education programs.

After retiring from Chelsea School District, Barbara returned to her love of teaching at COPE Alternative School.

Barbara has been a resident of the greater Ann Arbor area for 60 years and recently moved to Fox Run in Novi, MI. Barbara enjoyed traveling with friends and family, Parkwood Financial Club and most importantly entertaining and socializing with those dearest to her.

Outside of teaching, Barbara’s most proud achievement was her son Ryan; she was an entirely devoted mother spreading love at every turn.

Survivors include her son, Ryan K. Fisher and his wife Barbara M. and granddog Arbor of Seattle, WA; two sisters, Patrice (Patrick) Pergolski of St. Germain, WI and Beverly Adams of Springfield, VA; two brothers, Robert (Pam) of Higginsville, MO and Gary (Brenda) of Estero, FL; dear friends William Sverdlik and Karen Schulte of Ann Arbor, MI; goddaughter Sarah Chew Stawowy (Nicholas) of Ypsilanti, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

According to Barbara’s wishes she was cremated and in honor of her love for a great social event, the family will be having a Celebration of Life at Zingerman’s Greyline, 100 N Ashley St. in Ann Arbor, MI on Sunday, October 20th from 1-4 p.m. All are welcome to attend this event including family, friends, former colleagues and former students with a close bond to Mrs. Fisher.

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

Arrangements by Shelters Funeral Home Pinckney, Michigan.


Evelyn (Haddad) Freiman, loving mother of nine, beloved grandmother and great-grandmother, dear aunt and sister, left this earth at the age of 89 years peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by love and family on August 5, 2019 at Silver Maples Senior Living Center in Chelsea, Michigan.

She was the widow of Joseph Robert Freiman, to whom she was married for 49 years until his death in 2001. She joins her husband, her parents, her sister, Catherine, and her brother, Joseph, who preceded her in death.

Born in Detroit on August 4, 1930, Evelyn was the eldest daughter of Fred J. and Nellie (Hunkus) Haddad. She was a 1948 graduate of St. Benedict High School in Highland Park, and, after serving an internship in Brooklyn NY, earned a Registered Nurse diploma in 1951 from Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit. Her training made it possible for her to help in the care of her parents and her husband during their terminal illnesses.

She was a pediatric nurse at Mt. Carmel intermittently over the course of 20 years, while she raised her growing family, and following that in the early 1970s, at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia. She briefly cared for elderly patients at a nursing home in Plymouth before returning to pediatric nursing at the Hawthorne Center for Children in Northville until she retired in 1987. She volunteered in taking manual blood pressure readings at St. William parish in Walled Lake and actively maintained her license to practice until 2014. She was a proud participant in the Harvard Nurses Health Study, a longitudinal survey to identify risk factors for major chronic diseases in women.

She spent her childhood summers at her cousin’s farm near Youngstown, Ohio, and many summers with her husband and children on camping trips in Michigan.

Her vacation travels took her from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to the White House in Washington D.C. and across the Atlantic to the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland; from Cooperstown to BeanTown, and Small Point to Big Sur; she camped at Tahquamenon Falls and the Great Smoky Mountains; she admired the wind sculpted dragon trees at Scripps Park in La Jolla and the dusty vineyards of Paso Robles; she toured the Houston Space Center and the Alamo; and hiked at the Crater of the Sun in Maui and the sacred vortexes in Sedona. She made homes in Michigan in Oak Park, in Detroit’s Rosedale Park, in Plymouth, in West Bloomfield, on Doc & Tom Lake in the city of Lake near Clare, in Walled Lake, and finally in Chelsea.

She lived her life filled with laughter and dignity. She loved babies and animals. She was a passionate learner and had a constant intellectual curiosity. She was a deft Scrabble player. She was independent and amazingly resourceful—never underestimating the utility of a sturdy cardboard box or a humble safety pin. She was a note-taker and a list-maker. She dressed meticulously. In her eighties, when she came to resemble Queen Elizabeth II in appearance, she would bring out a bedazzled tiara to wear on her birthday.

She was a consummate hostess and took great pleasure in bringing people together. She read music and could play the piano, aspired to play the accordion, and also, on occasion, played the derbake Lebanese drum. She enjoyed cooking and baking; and leaves a legacy of culinary tradition. Her vast collection of recipes included favorites that she recalibrated in the margins, doubled and tripled, to serve large numbers. She savored chocolate with a twinkle in her eye. She was a skilled seamstress and quilter and created several original works of stained-glass art.

She was an avid reader on topics of nutrition and spirituality and was in the Ann Arbor audience when the Dali Lama spoke at Crisler Arena and when Deepak Chopra lectured at the Power Center. She took charge of her home and large family with unbounded energy and the precision of a drill sergeant. She taught her children the virtues of order, education, and family unity, and modeled her life with strength, optimism and faith. She will be profoundly missed.

She leaves her nine children: Joseph F. (Frances) Freiman of Traverse City, Mary Lou Freiman of Ann Arbor, Thomas K. (Diane) Freiman of Plymouth, Therese M. (Stanley) Peyton of Chelsea, Kathleen A. (John) Hartel of Grand Rapids, Judith E. (Marc) Front of Oak Park, Gerard M. (Claudia) Freiman of Saginaw, Patricia L. (Allan) Blascak of Lake Orion, and David J. (Catherine) Freiman of Ann Arbor; 16 grandchildren: Jonathan L. (Beth) Freiman of Ann Arbor, Matthew L. (Jessica) Freiman of Stafford NH, Shaun K. Freiman of Washington D.C., Colin W. Hartel of Long Beach CA, Phillip J. (Brittney) Front of Pinole CA, Kaitlyn K. Hartel of Denver CO, Catullus D. Freiman of Saginaw, Adam C. Blascak of Hamtramck, Michele N. (Ryan) Pozzo of Waterford, Adonis T. Freiman of Saginaw, Alexander E. Hartel of Grand Rapids, Stefanie M. Peyton of Ypsilanti, Daniel C. Blascak of E. Lansing, Rebecca N. Blascak of Boston MA, Lance A. Freiman and Meryl E. Freiman of Ann Arbor; and 1 great-grandchild: Elijah L. Freiman of Ann Arbor.

She is survived by her brothers, Gerard A. Haddad of Dearborn, and Henry J. (Nicole) Haddad of Hilliard OH; her sisters-in-law, Patricia A., R.S.M., and Agnes T. Freiman of Pittsburgh PA; nieces and nephews: Hope J. Haddad of Hilliard OH, Christina M. (Robert) Burnham of Sterling Heights, Lynda C. (Gerald) Paczkowski of Rochester Hills, Martin T. (Lynn) Freiman of Warren, Joseph T. Baker of Chelsea, and Francis X. (Pamela) Baker of Berkley; and six grand-nieces and grand-nephew: Rachael L. Burnham, Stephanie D. Burnham, Samantha M. Burnham, of Sterling Heights; Megen T. Paczkowski of E. Lansing, Jodie L. Paczkowski, of Rochester Hills, Adam T. Freiman and Katie R. Freiman of Warren.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Noon at St. Mary of Chelsea Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old U.S. Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118, followed by cremation and interment at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI, where her remains will rest in peace alongside her husband’s.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main, Chelsea, MI 48118, and from 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at St. Mary of Chelsea Church on August 13, 2019.

A memorial luncheon will be held in the Maples Room at Silver Maples, 100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea, MI 48118, immediately following church services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Evelyn Freiman to the Nurses Health Study; the St. Louis Center in Chelsea, Michigan; the Society of the Little Flower; or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.


Timothy James Klever
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 70, died Thursday, July 18, 2019 at University of Michigan Hospital.

He was born November 27, 1948 in Toledo, OH, the son of James Warren and Marjorie Mae (Miller) Klever.

Tim graduated from St. Thomas High School in Ann Arbor and then attended Eastern Michigan University. He worked at the University of Michigan L.S.A. Deans office. Tim loved ballroom dancing, listening to live music, and U of M football. He also enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and fishing.

More than anything, Tim loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. He was a man of remarkable spirit and love.

In 1980, Tim married Karen Seidman, and she survives. Other survivors include his 2 daughters, Kimberly Sullivan and Kelly (Chad) Essenmacher; 2 grandchildren, Grady Sullivan and Evelyn Essenmacher; 7 siblings, Marianne (Ross) Frank, Greg (Mercy) Gordon, Anita Gordon, Teresa Brigham, Julie (Tom) Wyman, Laura Gordon, John (Vickey) Gordon; his step mother, Katherine Gordon; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Paul Gordon.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 2, from 5-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, MI. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 11 a.m., in the main chapel of Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ASPCA and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Deann Louise Rosentreter

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Deann Louise Rosentreter announces her sudden passing on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the age of 49.

Deann will be remembered by her children Natasha Plumley, Patrick Rosentreter and Mariah Rosentreter along with six grandchildren, Jaycee, Tripp and Rosalie Plumley, Aubrey Rosentreter, Kaylyn Rosentreter and Aliyah Elwood.

Deann will be deeply missed by her mother Norine Collins. She will be forever remembered by her brothers John Collins, Chris Collins, Mark (Debbie) Collins, Tommy (Charice) Collins, her sisters Colleen (Dean) Thompson, and Beth (Jim) Fink, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Deann is predeceased by her father John Richard Collins and brothers, John Alan Collins and Ronald Lee Collins.

A family service in memory of Deann and celebration of her life will be Monday July 29, 2019. For those who wish to pay their respects, please join the family at 3:30 p.m. for a meal and time of remembrance and fellowship, at the Chelsea United Methodist Church.

Memorial gifts, to help with funeral cost, can be made to Norine Collins.


Doris Elaine Kope
Ann Arbor, MI

Age 82, died Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. Joe Ann Arbor.

She was born March 15, 1937 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of William H. and Sophia (Oesterle) Winter.

Doris was a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor. She was a paralegal and secretary-receptionist at several law firms and for Alpha Solutions.

She married Paul E. Kope on Nov. 3, 1956 in Grass Lake and he preceded her in death on March 10, 2009. Survivors include a son, David Bryan Nickerson and his wife, Lori; a daughter, Dawn Marie Gray (Kope); three grandchildren; two great grandsons; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five siblings, Victor Winter, Herman Edwin Winter, Irene Harrison, Betty Moon, and Marie Riplow.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24, 11 am, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, Michigan at 2:30 p.m.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 23 at Cole Funeral Chapel from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Paul Lutheran Church or Huron Valley Humane Society.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


James “Andy” Andrew Sanders

Died Friday morning, July 19, 2019 at Arbor Hospice Residence in Saline.

He was born and named James Andrew Sanders on March 29, 1971 at the old St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. His mother Linda Sanders Allen of Grand Haven, Mi and father Gordon L Sanders of Pentwater, MI both survive him.

He leaves his two sisters; Tina Sanders Tilton of Grand Haven and Charity Allen Beeman of Chelsea; two brother-in-laws, Matt Tilton of Spring Lake, MI and Eric Beeman of Chelsea; and twin nieces, Sophia and Eva Tilton of Grand Haven.

He also leaves his Aunt, Linda Gentle; Uncle, Gary Anderegg; and cousins, Jennifer Anderegg and Kimberley Wright. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Allen; Uncle, Jesse Sanders; cousin, Gordy Wright; and all of his grandparents.

Andy had two hometowns: Holland, MI, where he spent his childhood, and Chelsea, where he lived for over 25 years. He made lifelong friends in both communities and in the restaurants where he worked. He was a long-time employee at the Common Grill in Chelsea.

Family and friends are invited to visitation and celebration of Andy’s life at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on Monday, July 22, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Mary Woodruff
of Brevort Township, MI, formerly of Monroe County

Age 73, died peacefully at the cabin she loved in the U.P. with her family surrounding her on July 15, 2019.

She was born in Havana, Cuba on December 24, 1945 to Evaristo and Maria Teresa (Garcia) Rodriguez.

She and her family moved to Detroit, MI in 1951 where she graduated from Holy Redeemer High School in 1963 and then from the University of Michigan in 1967. She taught Biology at Airport High School for more than 30 years. She was a life-long learner and loved everything about nature especially plants, frogs, and birds. She loved the cabin that she built with her husband and was grateful to spend her last month there surrounded by many family and friends, hummingbirds and loons.

She is preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Anderson “Jumbo” Woodruff, her parents, and her brother, Evaristo Rodriguez. She is survived by her 5 children and their spouses, Debra (Francis) Gregory, James (Carol) Woodruff, Katie (Ryan) Beekman, Thomas (Kate) Woodruff, and Glenn (Lori) Woodruff; eight grandchildren, Paul, Thomas and Maria Gregory, Hannah Woodruff, Zoe, Oliver and Henry Beekman and Anderson Woodruff; her sister Giselle Rodriguez; sister-in-law Margaret Rodriguez and nieces and nephews Ben Vasquez, Russell and Penny Woodruff, Evy and Matthew Rodriquez, Mary Rodriguez Rivera and Chris and Nick Hertler and Megan Carrier.

To her many friends and family she would say: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun warm upon your face; the rains fall upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

The Funeral Mass will be held Monday, July 22, 10:00 am at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, with visitation from 9-10 am. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea on Sunday from 3-7 pm, with a Vigil Service at 6:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of the Straits, Cheboygan, MI that supports families in the Upper Peninsula.


John Alden Cook
Gregory, Michigan

Age 84, passed to his heavenly home on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at his North Lake home.

He was born on February 21, 1935 to Ruth and Alden Cook in Traverse City and moved to Ann Arbor at 3 years, calling it home until 1956.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn; daughter, Susan (John) Schnitzel; sons, Robert (Peggy), David (Jacque), and Steven (Julie); as well as 10 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. He is predeceased by his oldest son, Kenneth; parents, Ruth and Alden Cook; sister, Mary Cook Geddes; and brothers, Richard and Daniel.

During his life, he served as a Marine, Real Estate Agent, Lumberman, and for many years as owner of Parent’s Pride Diaper & Laundry Service.

Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, July 28th, from 1-3 pm at the Inverness Clubhouse. Private burial was held at Union Cemetery in Ypsilanti.

Performing a random act of kindness would be a wonderful way to remember and honor him. Many thanks to the Arbor Hospice Team.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Kathy Anne Freyre
Chelsea, MI

Age 71, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice in Jackson.

She was born July 14, 1947 in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of Harry and Virginia (Taylor) Smith.

Kathy was an Estimator for Edwards Brothers for 37 years. She was baptized in the First Congregational Church in Dundee. Kathy loved watching NHRA drag racing. She enjoyed collecting recipes. Kathy did a lot of reading. She was a big fan of Jeopardy, and could have competed. Kathy liked to participate in lake adventures, especially water skiing. When younger, she enjoyed snowmobiling in the winter.

On Oct 29, 1966, she married Elliezer Freyre, and he survives. Other survivors include a son, Chad (Kristie) Freyre of Chelsea; 2 grandchildren, Taylor and Gabriel; a sister, Wendy Gerstler of Chelsea; a brother-in-law, Bill Redfern of Dundee; nieces and nephews, Nicole (Kevin) Hirzel, Adam (Cara) Gerstler, Scott Redfern, and Steve (Laurie) Redfern; and many great-nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters, Sharon Redfern and Dianne Smith.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Joe Jeffreys officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Alice Grace Rossettie
Manchester, MI

Age 80, died Sunday, June 16, 2019 with her husband of 60 years at her side at Country Meadows Care Home in Grass Lake.

She was born September 23, 1938 in Garden City, Michigan, the daughter of Elias and Norma (Adams) Dennis.

Alice was the owner and manager of Rossettie Airport for many years. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. She was former member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, where she sang in the choir.

Alice was a homemaker and farmer, but worked for Bell Telephone before their marriage and while Mike was in the service.

On May 30, 1959, Alice married August Michael “Mike” (Mary) Rossettie at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, and he survives. Other survivors include 3 sons, August “Micky” (Mary) Rossettie Jr. of Ann Arbor, Tom Rossettie of Manchester, Greg Rossettie of Ann Arbor; 2 grandchildren; 1 sister, Lela of Manchester; 2 brothers, Lee of Manchester, Jim of Florida.  She was preceded in death by a stillborn daughter, and 2 sisters, Selma and Silvia.

A Mass will be held on Saturday, July 6, 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Barbara L. Cowen
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Clarkston, MI and Bradenton, FL

Age 90, died Friday, June 28, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born September 3, 1928 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Frances (DeGroot) Krem.

Barb spent most of her life in the Clarkston, Michigan area and later lived in Chelsea, MI and Bradenton, FL. She was a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Drayton Plains, Westminister Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, and Palma Sola Presbyterian Church in Bradenton,FL.

She enjoyed singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School.  She retired from Clarkston Community Schools where she was the assistant to the superintendent. Previously she had leadership positions with the Pontiac Area United Fund. Her life was enriched as a member of the PEO Sisterhood.

On July 17, 1948, she married James H. Cowen in Waterford, MI and he preceded her in death five years ago. Survivors include three children, Mark (Ginny) Cowen of Chelsea, Elizabeth Cowen of Hendersonville, NC; Eric (Tami) Cowen of Holland, MI; grandchildren Josh, Stephen (Jennifer), David (Cassandra), John (Becky), Caroline (Antonio Riva Palacio) Cowen, Laura (Andy) Imdieke, Anne (Jake) Schipper, Jenny (Mike) Rodgers; as well as nineteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris (Jack) McElwain; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Bernadette Westover.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in the main chapel of Chelsea Retirement Community, with visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westminister Presbyterian Church or Palma Sola Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Charles “Bo” Arthur Skelton
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 72, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born October 4, 1946 in Oberlin, Ohio, the son of Charles Leroy and Mary Margaret (Kanagy) Skelton.

A multi-sport athlete in Wellington, Ohio, Bo went on to play football at Muskingum College where he graduated with a degree in economics in 1968. While at Muskingum, Bo was president of the Mace club. He was a Mace for life and still of great joy to him was an annual Mace golf outing in West Virginia.

Although born and raised in Ohio, Bo moved his family to Michigan and became an avid U of M football fan, attending games as a season ticket holder for 40 years. Bo was a longstanding member of the Chelsea Athletic Boosters and organized the annual golf outing fundraiser, which was renamed in his honor several years ago and had its 28th annual outing this year.

Chuck, as he was known professionally, was Senior Principal in charge of Leisure Time and Real Estate Advisory Services consulting practices in Laventhol & Horwath’s Michigan office. He headed this group from 1983 to 1990. He then started Hospitality Advisors Consulting Group and U.S. Realty Consultants which he was President of from 1991-2019.

Chuck served as Chairman of the Board of the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau on five different occasions and has served on its board of directors for 20 of the past 35 years. Additionally, he served on the board of directors of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce for seven years in the 1980’s. Continuing his public service, Chuck served for six years on the board of directors of Chelsea Community Hospital serving two of those years as Chairman in the 1990’s.

He was particularly involved in numerous hotel and conference center development projects and has conducted seminars on the topic. Chuck developed the Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center in Chelsea, Michigan and continues to be an owner. He published “The Lodging Commentary”- a bi-annual publication on the health of the Michigan lodging industry regarded as the resource for the industry in Michigan.

Chuck was a member of Michigan Travel and Tourism Association, Vice Chair of the Washtenaw County Accommodations Ordinance Commission, and Board of Directors of Chelsea First.

He is survived by his 3 sons, Bryndon (Holly) Skelton, Colby (Charlotte) Skelton, Rourke Skelton; his partner, Kathy Gunderson, and her sons, Gavin and Ben Gunderson; 6 grandchildren, Schuler, Brier, Sommer, Bo, Mia, and Caden; sister Sandy (Stuart Wills) Piepho; nephews, Matt and Ted; as well as numerous extended family members.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 9, at 4:30 p.m., at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Chelsea. There will be light refreshments and gathering after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Athletic Boosters. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Ruth Elizabeth Wescott
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ypsilanti

Age 97, died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born April 18, 1921 in Estherville, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer C. and Mae (Eisenhower) Jackson.

Ruth lived in Ypsilanti for about 50 years until she moved to the Garden Apartments of Chelsea Retirement Community in the 1990s. Ruth was an active member of First United Methodist Churches in Ypsilanti and Chelsea, where she participated in the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday School for many years. She was a former President and active member of POE. Most importantly, she was a devoted wife and mother.

On Oct. 10, 1944, she married John Thomas Wescott in Estherville, Iowa, and he preceded her in death in 1987. Survivors include two sons, Jack (Linda) Wescott of Nashville, IN, Bill (Susie) Wescott of Chelsea; a daughter, Ruth Ann (Charles) Fifield of Somerset Center; 7 grandchildren, Lucas Wescott and Kyle Wescott, Tim Wescott, Casey Wescott, & Betty Wescott Brown, and Amiee Stropich and Scott Fifield; and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Robert Jackson.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 4, at 10:30 a.m., at the Chelsea Retirement Community Main Chapel, with Rev. Tina Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church or the UMRC Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


ImaJean “Jean” Walton Minnick
of Chelsea, Michigan (formerly South Carolina)

Passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Arbor Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Jean was born October 26, 1934 in Sumter, South Carolina, the daughter of Johnny and Ruby Walton and was one of six children.

She married Lawrence Garrett “Gary” Minnick on July 28, 1950 and they raised three sons, Michael of Myrtle Beach, SC, Patrick (Lori) of Chelsea, MI, and Daniel (Miki) of Aliso Viejo, CA.

For many years Jean and Gary were owners of Columbus Inn, a hotel on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Prior to settling in Myrtle Beach, they lived in Philadelphia (PA), Charlotte (NC), Wilmington (DE), Camden (NJ), Honolulu (HI), Baltimore (MD), and Sumter (SC). Over the years Jean supported the family income by waitressing, working as a beautician, owning a wig shop (GiGi’s Wig City) and into her retirement years enjoyed working (and shopping) at Cracker Barrel in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

Jean was a talented seamstress and hairdresser, and loved reading and traveling. She enjoyed recounting stories about their good times with friends like Roy Hamilton, Johnny Unitas, The Righteous Brothers, Bill Pellington and Bobby Boyd and they were very fortunate to have some very dear friends over the years.

Chelsea was a second home to Jean and driving through the city would say “I just love this beautiful town”.

Jean is survived by one brother, Johnny Mac Walton and a very special Brother-in-Law Tom Norris, her three sons, ten grandchildren, Matthew (Kim) Minnick, Cody Minnick, Lauren (Mark) Shanks, Jennifer (Jason) Collins, Katie Minnick (Luke Trembath), Meghan (Donovan) Sneath, Michaela (Jason) Chappel, Logan Minnick, Mackenzie Minnick, Donovan Minnick, ten great grandchildren (Presley Minnick, Braden Minnick, McKayla Minnick, Landen Collins, Aiden Collins, Ethan Collins, Addelyn Collins, Veda Jean Sneath, Cooper Chappel and Kayla Chappel, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held with family in Sumter, South Carolina.


Mildred Krausse
Holland, MI

Mildred T. Krausse, age 88, of Holland formerly of Chelsea, MI and Ann Arbor, MI passed peacefully Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Appledorn Assisted Living Center North with her daughter at her side.

Millie was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. She worked at Detroit Edison for 31 years and was active in the Detroit Edison Retirement Organization. Millie assisted with voting at the polls, traveled to Russia, South and Central America, enjoyed gardening, and was a nurturing, caring mother, grandmother and aunt. Millie was from a family of 10 children.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Gerald A. Dorow and second husband Dr. Charles Krausse.

She is survived by her daughter: JeriLynn Tucker; step children: Mary Krausse of Ann Arbor and Charles Krausse of Jeffersonville, IN; grandchildren: Elliot Tucker of Holland and Dylan Tucker of Winter Park, FL; sister: Alice Martin of Lansing; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 1, 2019 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 171 West 13th Street in Holland. Father Kyle Kilpatrick will be officiating. Burial will be in Clemons cemetery in Washtenaw County, MI.

Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 pm prior to the service at the church. A visitation will be held Tuesday, July 2 at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea from 2-4 p.m. with burial immediately following.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004, St. Louis Center, 19195 Old US-12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or Scleroderman Foundation, 23999 Telegraph Road., Southfield, MI 48033.


LaVerne “Jake” Chester Leonard

Age 96, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born August 8, 1922 in Saline, Michigan, the son of Chester and Marie (Vedder) Leonard. LaVerne was a farmer most of his life. He loved fishing, playing horseshoes, and making stained glass.

On March 21, 1945, he married Mary J. Zurlinden, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 2000. Survivors include three children, Gary (Linda) Leonard of Grass Lake, Judy (Dennis) Chambers of Grand Coulee, WA, Terry (Belinda) Leonard of Gladwyne, PA; 6 grandchildren, Craig (Lisa) Leonard, Kevin (Jen) Chambers, Kristi (Jolene Smyth) Chambers, Brianne (Michael) Grubbs, Neal Leonard, Chelsea Leonard; 8 great-grandchildren, Olivia Leonard, Mikaila Leonard, Emma Leonard, Jasmine Smitko, Landon Smitko, Maximus Smitko, Nolan Leonard, Tyson Smyth-Chambers. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, and special friend, Dorothy Gray.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 1:00 pm at Main Street Church, 320 N. Main Street in Chelsea, with Pastor Mark Murphy officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Senior Center or Chelsea Meals on Wheels.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Lambert “Bert” Dexter Davenport
of Dexter, Michigan

Passed away at Birchwood Retreat in Chelsea, Michigan on June 23, 2019. He was 87 years old.

Bert was born on March 1, 1932 to Dexter and Eleanor (Lambert) Davenport in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bert graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1949. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Korean Conflict Era from 1950 to 1954. Bert served on the U.S.S. Coates (DE-685), and U.S.S Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847) as a Boiler Technician working in the boiler room, firing the engines. Bert was very proud of his service in the Navy and remained in contact with his former shipmates for many years.

After he was honorably discharged in the spring of 1954, Bert began working at the University of Michigan Power Plant as a boiler, fireman and crane operator. While on the roof of the plant, he saw a lovely red-headed woman walking down the street. He was determined to meet this woman and with the help of a waitress at a neighboring coffee shop, he did.

Bert and Betty Mae Elliot were married on July 14, 1956 at Bethlehem U.C.C. Church in Ann Arbor and moved to Dexter. In 1956, he was hired as a service repairman for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company. He retired from there in 1994 after 37½ years of employment.

Bert had many interests. He was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ, serving on the Consistory, the Building Committee and singing in the choir. He had an amazing collection of piano rolls and a player piano, which he enjoyed sharing with friends and family. He loved collecting antiques, especially cast-iron toys, train sets and farm implements. At one time he owned an antique straw binder and a grain threshing machine which he loved to operate in the fields.

Bert and Betty were members of the Dexter Vintage Car Club and participated in many rallies and events in their 1929 Chevrolet. He enjoyed both snowmobiling up north and vacations at the beach. Bert had a great sense of humor and passed on many of his Navy and ‘Gas Man’ stories and sayings to his children and grandchildren.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, Dexter and Eleanor Davenport. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Mae Davenport, of Dexter; his children, Jennifer (Chuck) Heidel of Longmont, Colorado, Ross (Susan) Davenport of Canton, Pamela (Steven) Pollard of Canton; grandchildren, Patrick and Megan Heidel, Rebecca, Sarah, and Zachary Davenport, and Rachael, Jacob, and Hannah Pollard.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 3 at 11:00 am at St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ, Dexter, the Rev. Charles Bigelow officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Dexter. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 am at the church prior to the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s U.C.C. or the music therapy program at Arbor Hospice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel of Chelsea.


Donald E. Schleede
Ann Arbor, MI

Age 88, died Friday, June 21, 2019 at home with his family at his side.

He was born January 19, 1931 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Ernest and Marie (Redies) Schleede. On August 16, 1958, he married Marjorie Stolp and she preceded him in death November 3, 1970. On August 7, 1971 he married Jeannette Lamb, and she survives.

Don attended Ann Arbor High School. Don and his identical twin brother, Doug, were top notch athletes, playing four years of American Legion Junior baseball. He was captain of the cross-country team in 1947, and he played baseball, track and basketball. Don was affiliated with the Michigami Womens Track team.

Don and his brother joined the US Air Force in 1948 and spent 4 years at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas during the Korean conflict. He was a 67-year Life Member of the American Legion Post 46. He was also a Life Member of the Michigan Bow Hunters. Don was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper, golfer, bowler, and University of Michigan basketball and football fan.

Don retired from the American Broach Tool of Ann Arbor as a machinist broach maker. He spent many summers and falls at Black River, Michigan, a special place on Lake Huron.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Jeannette; his children, Robert (Sheila) Schleede, Jackie (Jerry) Barth, William (Mary) Lamb; his grandchildren, Jessie (Jared) Moyer, Josie (Adam) Crane, Jacob (Kimberly) Wright, Amanda (Curtis) Harris, Brian (Jamie) Schleede, Kendra Schleede, Jonathon Lamb, Sara Lamb, James Dagostino; two great-grandchildren, Aubrie Harris, Jameson Wright; a special niece, Patricia Schleede; several nieces and a nephew; and sister-in-law, Nancy Schleede. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Douglas and Robert; and a sister, Frances Gahan.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 24, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel with Rev. Eric Stricklin officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and Monday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 46 or the Michigan Bow Hunters Association.


Thomas Nash Coy

Age 80, died Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Chelsea, Michigan.

He was born January 24, 1939 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Ashley Chauncey and Josephine (Nash) Coy.

Tom graduated from Dexter High School in 1957. He was an MP in the Army from 1962-64. Tom worked at Ann Arbor Implement in the 1960’s, and on the Dexter Fire Department. He owned “Coy Landscaping,” and did small engine repair. Tom was a former member of the American Legion. He enjoyed Karaoke at the Wolverine and Inverness Inn. Tom loved NASCAR racing, and camping in the infield.

Survivors include his significant other, Patricia Sober of Chelsea; two sons, Brad Coy and Michael Coy, both of Dexter; a daughter, Katherine (Darrell) Wood of Grass Lake; and their mother, Marie Coy; three grandchildren, Dylan, Shannon, Kristen; his siblings, Richard (Carol) Coy of Stockbridge, Mary Jo (Richard) Ulrich of Ann Arbor, and Charles (Charlotte) Coy of Elk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Dawn Coy, and his parents.

A celebration of his life will be held June 23, from 2-6 p.m. at the Dexter American Legion Hall. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Dexter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or the Dexter American Legion, 8225 Dexter-Chelsea Rd, Dexter, MI 48130. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Mark E. MacPherson
Dexter, MI, formerly of Bad Axe, MI

Age 61, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born November 26, 1957 in Port Huron, Michigan, the son of Kenneth and Helen MacPherson.

Mark was a licensed electrician, and was a member of IBEW Local 252. He was self-employed as a Systems Integrator since 2000. Mark was a member of the Ann Arbor Moose Lodge, the Dexter American Legion, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

On May 12, 1990, he married Linda Marie Tremblay in Hawaii, and she survives. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Anne Marie Tremblay of Chelsea; a step-son, Robert Tremblay of Saline; 4 grandchildren, Lisa, Chase, Leila, Anisa; 4 sisters, Barbara MacPherson, Janie (Bob) Rutkofske, Sandie (Gary) Adcock, Kay Willard; his foster-mother, Bonnie Goretski of Bad Axe; 4 sisters-in-law, Lynne MacPherson, Judy Gray, Joan White, Patti Bland; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, David MacPherson, and a nephew, Adam MacPherson.

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 29, 2019, 3-7 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. A celebration of Mark’s life to follow at the Dexter American Legion, 8225 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter, MI 48130.

The family would like to thank the staff of Arbor Hospice, and any donations in his memory may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.


William Clark Lounsbery
Jackson, MI, formerly of Chelsea, Michigan Center, and Napoleon

Age 68, passed away after a 3½ year battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at his home in Jackson.

He was born October 6, 1950 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Elliot Joseph and Alice C. (Lee) Lounsbery.

Bill lived on Waters Road in Chelsea, then he moved to Michigan Center in ’77 and Napoleon in ‘89. He spent 12 years as a painter for Delf Painting in Ann Arbor and 4 years with B & C Painting in Ypsilanti.

On June 28, 1980, he married Kathy Hart in Jackson, MI and she preceded him in death on May 19, 2009. Survivors include two sons, Eric of Michigan Center and Ryan of Napoleon; two daughters, Laura (Jesse) Tedder of Jackson, and Amber Lounsbery of Ann Arbor; one sister, Susan Hale of Lansing; two grandchildren, Heavan and Patience Tedder; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, James and Thomas Lounsbery.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 21, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.


Marie A. (Magin) Dault
Grass Lake, MI

Age 95, went to be with her Lord Monday, June 3, 2019 at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice.

Marie Agnes Magin was born November 25, 1923 to Richard Henry and Francis Claire (Kwiatkowski) Magin in Alpena, Michigan. She attended St. Mary Catholic School, and graduated from Alpena High School. She was employed by Alpena Power Company.

On October 18, 1945 Marie married Christopher Edward Dault at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alpena. They moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in 1946 where they had six sons. They moved back to the Greenbush, Michigan area where they had their final son.

Marie assisted Ed’s carpentry business by keeping books and doing administrative tasks. In 1976, they returned to the Alpena and Grand Lake area. After Ed’s death in 2005, Marie moved to the Chelsea, Michigan area.

Marie was active in the St. Mary, Alpena Rosary Society until she moved to Chelsea. She was prolific with her hands, crocheting hundreds of baby blankets, hot pads, afghans, and lap blankets for family, church benefits, and later to support the Chelsea Senior Center where her quiet but loving presence made her a beloved member. She also sewed many things, but made jean quilts that were treasured by lots of her kids and grandkids.

She visited elders in the local homes with Ed who played piano while she visited and blessed the residents with her kindness. She always was ready to serve whatever food she had to meet the needs of many who visited her. Not a woman of many words, she let her sweet spirit speak for her as she interacted with those God placed in her path.

She is survived by six sons: Michael E (Mirna) of Knox IN, Phillip H of Oscoda MI, Charles L (Susan) of Plymouth, IN, Patrick T of Troy, MI, Lawrence J (Patti) of Grass Lake, MI, and Raymond B (Cheryl) of Ray Township, MI; grandchildren: MaryJo Peltier, Catherine (Wes) Pruden, Jessica (Jeffrey) Wisniewski, Nathan (Jill) Dault, Eric (Mary) Dault, Alison Dault (Van), Emily Dault, Daniel (Nicole) Dault, Amy (Corey) Patterson, David (Lisa) Dault, Sharon Dault, Tamra (Jacob) Roth, and Paige Dault; great-grandchildren: Emily and Sara Peltier, Beckett and Parker Pruden, Jonathan and Jenna Wisniewski, Christopher and Ryan Dault; Chloe, Clayton and Chase Dault, Maya and James Dault, Della and Henry Patterson, and Alethia, Eliana, Carolyn and Katherine Dault.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Christopher Edward Dault; her son, Richard Paul Dault; brother, Richard Francis Magin; and sister, Patricia Thompson.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 8, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 10-11 am.

Donations may be made to the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home in Jackson, MI, your local hospice agency, St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, MI or St. Mary Catholic Church in Alpena, MI. Or, donate a piece of your heart to whomever God places in your path, and let her sweet spirit live on through you!

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Patricia Jane Burnett
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 93, died Sunday, May 19, 2019 at her home.

She was born March 18, 1926 in Massillon, Ohio, the daughter of Howard and Kathryn (Glosser) Hollinger.

Pat was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church in Dexter, where she was a member of the Altar Guild and Vestry. She was an elementary teacher in Hillsdale and Portage. Pat volunteered at the Red Cross blood drives, Faith in Action, and was the hospital lay chaplain for many years. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading, rug hooking, and Spartan sports and The Tigers.

Pat was preceded by her loving husband of 65 years, Jim Burnett on April 5, 2014 and her oldest son, James of Chicago, IL on December 22, 2018. Pat is lovingly survived by son Michael of Kalamazoo, MI; daughter, Susan Hudson of Greenville, MI; 8 grandchildren and their spouses, 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Hal Hollinger and sister, Judith Thibaudeau.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 31, 1:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Dexter, with Rev. Nikki Seger officiating.  A private burial will be held at the Webster Church Cemetery in Dexter.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 3279 Broad St, Dexter, MI 48130.

Arrangements were handled by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Brenda Lee Williams
Dexter, MI

Age 47, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Chelsea, Michigan.

She was born April 5, 1972 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the daughter of Maurice Ray and Helen (Adams) Hall.

Brenda was the manager at Arby’s in Dexter for many years. She loved animals, especially her dog. Brenda loved to spend quality time with her kids and grandkids. She was a wonderful mother.

She is survived by four children, Briana (Ryan Kuhns) Pullen of Ann Arbor, Justin (Sarah Rhoads) Williams of Ann Arbor, Carleto (Caitlin Kahrl) Collazo of Dexter, Aja Collazo of Dexter; a brother, Phillip (Bethany) Hall of Belleville; two sisters, Lisa (John Tobias) Abbott of Dexter, and her twin, Michelle (Eric Dillion) Hall of Ann Arbor; two grandchildren, Savannah Williams and Kayden Collazo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Helen Hall, her sister, Karen Hall, her brother, Beauford Sullivan, and her nephew, Joey Abbott.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 23, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with burial following at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends from Thursday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for her kids.


Evelyn Gertrude Posegay
Jackson, MI, formerly of Chelsea

Age 88, died Monday, May 20, 2019 at Legacy Assisted Living.

She was born April 29, 1931 in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of Alfred “Boots” David and Gertrude Evelyn (Meixner) Berger.

Evelyn graduated from Wayne Memorial High School in 1949, where she was a member of Troupe No. 670 of the National Thespian Society. She then attended tailoring school. Evelyn enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, and crafting. She was active in the 4H Service Club in Belleville, where she met her future husband, John.

She attended the Chelsea Nazarene Church, Faith Lutheran in Saline, and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Wayne. She was very active in the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.Evelyn made and donated many lap quilts as well as knitting and donating many hats and mittens to Safe House and Faith in Action.

On May 14, 1955, she married John Stephen Posegay at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Wayne, and he preceded her in death on January 3, 1989. Survivors include four children,Diane (Thomas) Hovatter of Willis,John (Valerie) Posegay of Chelsea, Gayle Posegay of Jackson, Denise (Timothy) Lehman of Newton, NC; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Aprill and two brothers, Roy and Gerald Berger.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 28, 10:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating.Burial will be at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, Michigan. The family will receive friends Monday, May 27, from 2-9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor, Faith in Action, or Chelsea Church of the Nazarene.


Betty Marie Bust
Chelsea, MI

Age 96, died Monday, May 20, 2019 at Silver Maples of Chelsea.

She was born June 13, 1922 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of George M. and Freda (Hartman) Seitz.

Betty was a graduate of the University of Michigan, a member of the AEO Sorority, a volunteer at the Chelsea Methodist Home, where she was known as “the cream puff lady”, and a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she was a choir member for 60 years. She was an avid sports fan, especially college sports and the Tigers. Baking was her passion, and she gave away Danish pastry Christmas tree coffee cakes.

On May 10, 1947, she married Thomas Bust in Chelsea and he preceded her in death on July 17, 2010. Together they owned and operated the Chelsea Hardware for close to 30 years.

Survivors include two sons, David C. (Jean) Bust of Chelsea, and Jeffry D. (Mary) Bust of Frankfort, IL; 3 grandchildren, Grayson, Lauren, and Alex Bust; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Raymond Seitz; and sister, Oleta M. Mayer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea, with Rev. Wallace Tatara officiating. The family will receive friends at St. Paul on Friday, May 24, from 4-7 p.m. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or the Silver Maples Silver Lining Fund. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Marilyn Riley Watt
Las Vegas, NV

Age 84, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

She was born May 6, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Harold H. and Marjorie (Morris) Moons.

Marilyn graduated from high school in Detroit in 1953, then earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Michigan State University. She was an elementary teacher in the Detroit Public schools. She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Detroit.

Marilyn and Howard enjoyed sailing and were very active in the racing program at the Detroit Yacht Club and the swim team activities with her kids. Marilyn and Bruce retired to the golf course Sun City Summerlin in Las Vegas – both enjoyed golfing and had three beloved dogs while living there.

She married Howard E. Riley Jr. on Jan. 11, 1958, and they were married for 20 years.  She married Bruce Watt on March 14, 1996, and he survives. Other survivors include a son, Howard “Skip” Riley III of Durango, CO; two daughters, Shannon Riley Perry (Carl Perry) of Grass Lake, MI; Maureen “Molly” Riley of Alexandria, VA; 3 grandchildren, Veronica Riley, Jasmine (Spencer) Dohm, Howard Riley IV; and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerome and Thomas Moons.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday, May 16, from 4 – 8:30 pm, with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Fatima, Michigan Center, on Friday, May 17, noon, with Fr. Sateesh Alphonse officiating. The family will greet friends from 11:30-noon at the church. Burial will be Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan.


Nancee Sanville

On Friday, April 26, 2019 Nancee Sanville’s body could no longer contain all of the light she had to give and so with strength and Grace our Loving Wife, Mother and Friend passed away at the age of 57.

Nancee was born on November 10, 1961 in Lansing Michigan to Patrick and Patricia Devlin.

On January 10, 1987 she married the love of her life Guy Sanville and on July 9, 1998 the two welcomed daughter Rose to the world. From that day Nancee made raising her daughter and making a loving home for her family her life’s work.

Nancee was a generous and devoted friend to many who will forever be remembered for her brighter than the sun smiles, her enveloping hugs and infectious laugh.

Nancee loved gardening, the Theatre, dogs, cats, books, her rocks, and above all her home that she shared with the lights of her life.

She is survived by her husband Guy, Daughter Rose, Mother Patricia, Siblings Deb, Colleen, Mike and their respective families.

A celebration of her Life will be held on Monday, May 20, at the Comfort Village Inn and Conference Center, 4-8 p.m. The service will begin at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in her name to Arbor Hospice, The Cancer Center at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chelsea or the Purple Rose Theatre Company.

The family asks that you tell someone you love them, everyday.


Ella F. (Case) Branham
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 83, of Chelsea, MI, passed away peacefully at Chelsea Retirement Community on April 26, 2019 with her son Rodney by her side.

Ella was preceded in death by her husband, James, and her parents, Maynard and Gracie (Bartley) Case and her 13 siblings:  Nellie, Verna, Milford, Easter, Katherine, Caroline, Edna, Phinis, Dennis, Ben, Maudie, Cas, and Charles.

Ella is survived by her two sons, Rodney (Ann) and Joe, five grandkids, James, Ryan, Amanda, Garrett and Lynnae, and four great-grandkids, Hailey, Gavin, Skyler and Ethan; all of which she loved so very much.

Ella was born September 28, 1935, in Little Creek, Kentucky and moved to Michigan in 1953, where she married James Branham in March 1954.  Ella returned to school in Chelsea in 1980 and graduated with honors in 1982, which she was extremely proud of this accomplishment. Ella loved shopping, especially going to Shipshewana. Ella worked at Chelsea Milling for 32 years, retiring in March 1, 1997.

Friends will be received at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Waterloo United Methodist Church in the name of Ella Branham.


Melanie Claire Hopp
Chelsea, Michigan

Melanie Claire Hopp passed away at her home in Chelsea, MI on April 13, 2019 after thriving in the face of cancer for many years.

She was well-supported in her final days by her loving family, her many friends and Arbor Hospice.

Melanie was born in 1957 in Livonia, MI to Elliott and Marjorie Parrish. She met her husband of 40 years, Wallace Hopp, at Michigan State University. They married in 1978 and settled in Chicago where they restored an old Victorian house and raised their two children, Elliott (of Auburn Hills) and Clara (of Detroit).  In addition to creating a warm home, Melanie worked as a learning specialist who taught special education students in the Chicago Public Schools and later in Ann Arbor.

Melanie was also highly active in every community in which she lived. In Rogers Park, Chicago, she was Local School Council President for her neighborhood elementary school, a Hospice volunteer and organizer of the famous Morse Avenue Fourth of July Parade.

After returning to Michigan, she became a dynamic member of the Chelsea First United Methodist church, an involved volunteer at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, and an engaged participant in the Chelsea and Ann Arbor communities.

Despite her physical disabilities, Melanie found many ways to perform small acts of kindness for a wide array of people.

In addition to her husband and children, Melanie is survived by her brother Stephen Parrish of Livonia, her mother-in-law Rosemary Hopp of Chelsea, a large number of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, close friends, and her dog Domino, all of whom she held dear.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea, MI.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Cass Community Social Services, 11745 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206.


Edythe “Edie” W. Scovill
Chelsea, MI

Age 96, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born June 5, 1922 in Mecosta County, Michigan, the daughter of Harold B. and Beryl M. (Abbey) Watson.

Edie moved to Chelsea in 1991, coming from Novi, where she had lived for 19 years. She was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, and a former member of the Novi United Methodist Church and St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Detroit. She worked as a legal secretary, and later as a church secretary, working for Novi United Methodist Church, St. Timothy United Methodist Church, and the Detroit Conference.

She married Jack W. Chism in Saginaw in 1943, and he preceded her in death in 1956. She then married Louis Scovill in Detroit on July 1, 1960, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 2002. Survivors include one son, John P. (Anita) Chism of Wixom; one step-daughter-in-law, Kathleen Scovill of CA; one sister, Geraldine Morse of Okemos; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathryn L. Chism of Ann Arbor; two brothers, Lyndon and Edwin Watson; and two step-sons, Donald B. Scovill and Gary A. Scovill.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 11, 10:30 am at Chelsea Retirement Community (Towsley Village Chapel), with Rev. Tina Zimmerman officiating. A private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UMRC Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Charles Edward Geer
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 72, died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Arbor Hospice Residence with his family by his side.

He was born April 15, 1946 in Detroit, the son of Edward William and Lenora Whitfield (Van Meter) Geer.

Charles graduated from McKenzie High School in Detroit, and then attended Western Michigan University. He loved being a facilitator for the automotive industry. Charles and Gail taught self-actualization classes all over the US. He attended Unity Church in Warren.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; seven children, Todd (Tracy) Geer, Christopher Geer, Corey (Corissa) Geer, Cassie Geer, Carrie Geer, Jan (Mike Kearns) Dijkers, Sander (Gloria) Dijkers; a sister, Sally Kaufmann; a niece, Michelle (Ted) Gostomski; 11 grandchildren, Madison, Marlee, Connor, Logan, Grace, Maxwell, Kylee, Henry, Edward, Ava, and Claire.

A private gathering in his memory will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Gerard Barry Sheremet

Age 62, died Thursday, March 14, 2019 at his home in Stockbridge, Michigan.

He was born October 14, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Walter G. and Stella V. (Szczepanik) Sheremet. Gerard was a carpenter, a handyman and a business owner but mostly he loved sailing and scuba diving.

He was never afraid to dream or to try new adventures such as building a log home or teaching himself how to sail. He loved his family and had a special affection for the family dogs.

He leaves behind his daughter, Candice, son Dean and grandson Atlas. He is also survived by his sisters Victoria (Michael) Macyda, Marlene (Richard) Bowling and his brother Nicholas (Sandra) Sheremet, as well as many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Gerard’s family will receive friends Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 2-4 p.m. at the Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Richard James Willis
Manchester, MI

Age 83, died of Alzheimer’s dementia on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

He was born February 12, 1936 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of James and Mildred (Vaughn) Willis.

Richard graduated from Northville High School in 1954, and spent a year at Alma College. He was in the Army Reserves for 7 years. Richard was hired by Detroit Edison, where he worked for more than 32 years as a service planner.

He was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, where he was active as a greeter. Richard was a hunter. Lois and Richard loved traveling and camping, in their RV, on their Honda Goldwing, and on cruises. They wintered in Arizona and Southern California for 14 years.

On December 8, 1978, he married Lois M. Bliemeister in Westland, and she survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Kim (Ed) Eisenhut of Alpena, Peggy (Dennis) Schmidt of Alpena, Beth (Tim Bruner) Muse of Taylor; a son, Matthew (Pina) Rule of Dearborn Heights; two sisters, Cookie Banks of Eaton Rapids, Loralee Ledesma of Tucson, AZ; four grandchildren, Andrea, Garret, Erika, Cheyenne; 10 nieces and nephews; and his golden retriever, Molly. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and step-mother.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 11:00 am at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. The family will receive friends viewing from 10 until the service.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Cindy A. Brown
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Jackson

Age 62, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1957 in Chelsea, Michigan to James Robert Brown and Beverly A. (Burmis) Brown.

Cindy worked at Pilot and Eisenhower Center. She took care of many people when they were sick or going through a tough time. Cindy was also part of Brain Trainer’s group in Ann Arbor.

She is survived by her son, Mike (Tiffany) Smith of Jackson; her daughter, Susan (Marcus Maddock) Smith of Jackson; and her brother, Tim Brown of Munith; five grandchildren: Michelle, Michael, Lilie, Joshua, Victoria and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings James P. Brown and Lori Brown

A memorial luncheon in Cindy’s memory will be held Saturday, March 30, 1:00 pm at the Masonic Temple, 355 Napoleon Road, Michigan Center. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the cancer research charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Dorothy May Provonche
Gregory, MI

Died March 15, 2019.

Beloved wife of the late Burton L.

Dear mother of Valerie Provonche, Paula (Derrick) Baranowski, Karen (James) Whitmore and the late Mark. Sister of the late Florence Vanderburg, James Stanley and Charles Stanley.

Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 pm at the Cole Funeral Chapel, 214 E. Middle St. Chelsea, MI 48118. Family will receive visitors from 1:00 pm until time of service.


Patrick Joseph Switz, Jr.
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 78, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Legacy Assisted Living Center.

He was born August 26, 1940 in Ravenna, Ohio, the son of Patrick J. and Helen E. (Snyder) Switz, Sr.

Patrick graduated from Newton Falls High School in Newton Falls, OH in 1958. He served in the US Army, then earned his Bachelors Degree in City Planning and Urban Development from Ohio University in Athens, OH, graduating in 1963.

He started his career involved in the urban renewal of Cleveland, OH. He then was the Director of Community Development of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Ames, Iowa and St. Charles, Missouri. Patrick was involved in Kiwanis in several communities. He was “the Lawn Ranger”, and loved making his yard beautiful. Patrick was a “car guy” who kept his automobiles immaculate, shiny, and ready to roll. He enjoyed traveling in the USA and enjoying the beauty of this country. Patrick enjoyed making people laugh.

On July 25, 1964, he married Marjorie Ann Klee, and she survives. Other survivors include his daughter, Kristin (Michael) Bloink of Carmel, Indiana; two sisters, Marla (Morris) Krigbaum of New Meadows, Idaho and Kathleen Harley of Richmond, Michigan, as well as two nieces, two nephews, one grand-nephew, and a cousin, Richard Reeves of Newton Falls, Ohio.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, April 12, 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St, Chelsea, MI 48118, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. The family will greet people from 10-11 am, and there will be a luncheon following the service. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Paul John Dohr
of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Salem, SC; Royal Oak; Farmington Hills; Fairfield, CT; Mountain View, CA; and Appleton, WI

Age 91, passed away peacefully at home Friday, March 15, 2019, surrounded by family.

He was born January 5, 1928, in Appleton, Wisconsin, the second youngest of nine children of Joseph and Alma (Flesh) Dohr.

Paul served in the Navy (WWII) in the Combat Information Center (CIC). He attended Layton School of Art and continued with the GI Bill and graduated with a BFA from Washington University with a major in advertising.

In corporate life, Paul’s work included freelance advertising design and 32 years with the same company. He started as art director and was promoted to market management and to national account management.

Paul was a past president of Toastmaster. He also formed an art adult enrichment program for the state of Wisconsin in 1953 and formed the Fox Valley Artist Guild. He was also a 2nd Degree Knight of Columbus member.

Perhaps Paul is best recognized as a watercolor artist. He enjoyed many juried art awards, produced several one-man showings, taught watercolor painting, and has permanent collections in South Carolina at the Blue Ridge Art Center in Seneca, at the Anderson Art Center in Anderson, and at the Belton Art Center in Belton.

On June 3, 1989, he married Ellen Haagen in Novi, MI, and she survives. He is also survived by three sons, Paul J. Dohr, Jr. of Livonia, Thomas J. Dohr of Rochester Hills, and James P. Dohr of Bothell, WA; a daughter, Susan Van Camp of Linden; a sister, Marjorie Palmer of Boulder Junction, WI; four step-children, Elizabeth McGowan of Oviedo, FL, Amy Haagen of Dexter, John Haagen of Anthem, AZ, Meg Haagen of Commerce Township; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine Jansen, and by a daughter, Catharine Perham.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. A memorial service in South Carolina will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, 48103.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Kathy Joanne (Buck) Borden
of Chelsea, MI

Passed away on March 12, 2019 with her family by her side.

She was born on November 27, 1956 the daughter of Carroll H. and Gladys J. (Brabant) Buck in Ann Arbor, MI.

She met her loving husband, Michael Borden, of 40 years on a blind date. They were married September 9, 1978 in Chelsea, MI. Kathy graduated from Chelsea High School in 1975.

Her life’s career was being a loving and devoted wife, mother, and daughter. She loved camping with her family and friends, UM Football and teasing endlessly those she loved. Most especially she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Mike, and children, Laura (Brian) Stouffer, Sarah Borden and Brian (Kim Roberts) Borden, seven grandchildren, her mother, Gladys Buck Kennedy, sister, Kris (Steve) Bergman, her in-laws, Sam (Carol) Borden, of FL, and Pat Eldridge, of Alabama, several nieces and nephews, and special friend, Donna Green. She was preceded in death by her father, Carroll Buck, her granddaughter, Alyssa Stouffer, and step-father, John Kennedy.

A gathering of friends of family will take place on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Private burial will take place at Oak Grove East Cemetery at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Great Lakes Hospice.


Steven John Yeasting
Grass Lake, MI, formerly of Chelsea

Age 71, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly Monday, February 4, 2019 at his home.

He was born May 6, 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of G. Emerson and Alene Mae (Mathews) Yeasting.

Steve graduated from Dearborn High School in 1965. He was a Master Mechanic at Japanese Auto Professional Service in Ann Arbor and at Side Street Garage in Chelsea. Steve attended several churches in the Chelsea area, including Chelsea Free Methodist, Main Street Church, Mt. Hope Church, and Family Worship Center.

He loved the outdoors, and his passion was fishing at Forest Lake and Island Lake. Steve also enjoyed collecting fossils.

Survivors include his “ABC” children, Austin, Benjamin, and Catlin Yeasting; their mother, Susan E. Zale of Chelsea; a brother, Kenneth (Jean) Yeasting of Bloomfield Hills; a sister, Jeanne Yeasting of Bellingham, WA; a niece and nephew, Robin Fulton and Jonathan Yeasting; and his dog, Thea.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Charles White officiating. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to help Steve’s children (checks made out to Susan Zale).


William Russell ‘Bill’ Lowery
Dexter, Michigan

Age 97, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Hillside Terrace in the company of his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ray J. and Fern (Follmer) Lowery, all nine siblings (Alvin Lowery, Marian Mosier, Patricia Nygren, Ray J. Lowery Jr., Joyce Fuller, George Lowery, Dolores Heinrichs, Darrell Lowery, and John Lowery), his wife Beverly Witt, his sons Mike Larkin and Gavin Barclay, and son-in-law Gary Eddings.  Bill is survived by his daughters Patricia (Larkin) Eddings, Cathleen (Lowery) Piccione, and Barbara Tozser; his sons Ray Lowery and David Barclay; his former wife Patricia (Campbell) Lowery; and more grandchildren and great-grandchildren than you can shake a stick at.

Bill was born August 11, 1921 in Davenport, Nebraska and grew up in the sprawling metropolis of Oak, the third of 10 children, helping work his family’s farm during the difficult years of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression (not that he let those minor annoyances keep him down).  He worked his way through agriculture studies at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UN-L), putting those studies aside temporarily to serve his country during World War II flying B-24 bombers out of Lecce, Italy.

After V-E Day, 1Lt. Lowery turned in his uniform to complete his degree in agriculture from UN-L, which may seem odd as he then started a 35-year career managing ground services for United Airlines.

During this time, he also began what he considered his most important job: starting and raising a family with Beverly (nee Witt) and, following Beverly’s passing in 1967, with Patricia (nee Campbell). He was a loving and caring husband and father to 2, 4, 5, or 7 children, depending on how you want to count them.

Not one to sit idle, Bill also became heavily involved in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in 1976, serving 32 years alternately as commander of two cadet squadrons (first in Michigan and later in Nebraska) as well as finance officer for CAP’s Nebraska operations.

He also became involved in Lincoln’s Optimist Club as well as being a mentor for children in UN-L’s Teammate Program.

Following his second retirement (for real, this time), he returned to Michigan to enjoy his latter decades with family and friends. He survived a stroke in 2013 which led to him moving to Hillside Terrace, “starring” in several TV commercials for Hillside, and writing his memoirs and several books of poetry.

Visitation will take place Friday, March 15 from 4 to 8 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, 214 E. Middle Street, Chelsea, Michigan, as well as Saturday, March 16 from 10 to 11 am at St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ, 7610 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, Michigan.  A memorial service will follow starting at 11 am.  An informal meal and sharing of memories of Bill will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.

A private burial will be at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock.

Bill loved to work in the yard and in the garden. In lieu of flowers, consider an evergreen sapling – to be planted in one of Gramps’ kid’s yards. Charitable donations in Bill Lowery’s memory can either be made to St. Andrew’s UCC (at the address above) or to the Optimist Club of Lincoln via Youth Activities Corporation, c/o Treasurer Jerry Salber, 7142 Shamrock Road, Lincoln, NE 68506.  (YAC is a 501C3 nonprofit affiliated with the Optimist Club of Lincoln.)


John Richard Fill
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at his home in Chelsea.

He was born Aug. 8, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John and Marie (Kimbler) Fill.

John worked for Ford for more than 30 years, retiring in 1989. He served in the US Navy from 1953 to 1957. John was an avid hunter and fisherman, and lived on Lake Winnawana for many years.  He remained active in retirement, doing craft shows and wood working. He also enjoyed bowling.

On Oct. 9, 1981, he married Gayle E. Toth in Westland, MI, and she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Michele (Jeff) Balaka of Chelsea; a son, Jack Middlebrook of Chelsea; and 2 grandchildren, Mckenzie and Miller Balaka.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Celebration of John’s life has been changed to Saturday, May 18, 3:00 pm at the Chelsea Church of the Nazarene, 12126 Jackson Rd, Dexter, with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Church of the Nazarene, or the Fischer House Michigan (Home for veteran families in Ann Arbor).

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Vincent (Vince) Burg
of Chelsea, MI

Age 89, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

He was born on January 16, 1930 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of J. Vincent I. and Mary A. (Spirnagle) Burg. Vince was the youngest of seven children, having six older sisters.

Vince attended St. Mary Catholic School through the 8th grade and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1947. He graduated from Ferris Institute’s (now Ferris State University) School of Pharmacy in 1952, passed the state board exams for licensing as a pharmacist in the State of Michigan and was promptly drafted. He was inducted into the United States Army and saw action in the Korean War, serving in the 47th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) with the Medical Corps.

Vince returned to Chelsea to work at the Chelsea Pharmacy, and also part-time at the Mercywood Sanitarium in Ann Arbor. It was at Mercywood where Vince met his wife to be, Shirley Ann Tuckey, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. She was a registered nurse and was in charge of the pharmacy. They wed on August 18, 1956 and raised six children.

During his lifetime, Vince was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3092, where he was a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight, the Chelsea Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Chelsea Village Council, and the Jackson County Pharmacy Association, being name Pharmacist of the Year in 1971. Vince was also a Charter Board Member and Lifetime member of the Waterloo National History Association.

Vince retired from Weatherwax Pharmacy in Jackson, MI in 1996 after 32 years of employment. He then worked as a part-time pharmacist for 14 more years for Chelsea Pharmacy and Dan Murphy, who interned under Vince in the mid-1950s.

Vince, with his wife Shirley, enjoyed traveling by camper and R.V. throughout the United States and Canada with his family as they were growing up, and bicycling with Shirley and friends, Jeannie and Andy Ford, through Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands in retirement. Vince was a lifelong deer hunter and lover of the outdoors, relishing the days spent at the family hunting camp in Northern Michigan.

He was an avid reader in later years and was a frequent participant in local history events at the Chelsea District Library. Vince also enjoyed working out weekly at the Chelsea Wellness Center.

Vince was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary Jane Lanning-Morey, Lou Guirey, Angeline Foster, Gretchen Spaulding, Virginia Rowe.

Vince is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children Gregg (Laurie) Burg, Diane (Fernando) Nieves, David Burg, Brian Burg, Kristi (Gary) Ragland, and Rob Burg; grandchildren, Arielle and Jacob Burg, and Ana (Bree) and Katherine (Katie) Nieves; his sister, Pat Dietz, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Chelsea, MI. Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chelsea, MI.

The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Contributions can be made to Waterloo Natural History Association, or St. Louis Center.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI.


John Leonard Green
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 88, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born March 12, 1930 in Lapeer, Michigan, the son of Joy Leonard and Genieve (Colson) Green.

John graduated from Lapeer High School, and attended Central Michigan University, He worked for the Hoover Company for 42 years, beginning as a door-to-door salesman and retiring as National Sales Director.

He was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, the Wm. Mckinley Lodge #431 F&A Masons, AASR Valley of Canton, and the Tadmor Shrine. He was a Life member of the North Canton Elks, a member of the Retired Executive & Professional Men’s Club; and was inducted into the Canton Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Phyllis (Finkbeiner) Young Green; 2 sons, Robert K (Diane) Beatty of Columbus, OH, John L. (Sara) Green of Dayton, OH; a daughter, Sue Kilgo of Griffin, GA; 4 step-children, Dave (Jill) Young, Debbie (David) Minzey, Denise (Willy) Lynch, Diane (David) Murtonen; 12 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cinderella Mae (King) Green, his parents, as well as his brother and sister.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 1:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea.  The family will greet friends at the church from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Burial will be held Friday at Metamora Cemetery in Metamora, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital or the Silver Maples Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Paul Edward Becker
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, died Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Silver Maples.

He was born January 1, 1924 in Chicago, IL, the son of Arthur E Becker and Harriet (Smith) Becker Kinkead.

Born and raised in Chicago, Paul was always motivated to learn, to serve, and to grow spiritually. He did so much for Calumet High School that the school initiated a “service” letter just for him.

Paul attended the University of Chicago for two years before entering the Army Air Corps, where he became a 2nd Lieutenant instructor, flying many sorts of planes, from single air engines to B-29s.

After his military service, Paul sold books for a publishing house to libraries and campuses throughout the Midwest, before settling to work at R.R. Donnelley and Sons in Chicago for nearly 25 years, and subsequently, McCall Printing, in New York City and Dayton, Ohio, and Providence Gravure printing in Providence, Rhode Island.

After completing his own masters’ degree at University of Chicago, Paul also served as a Junior Achievement instructor and taught night school courses.  In the printing industry, he was instrumental in automating payroll on early punch card machines, finding and implementing efficiencies, and working with a design team at MIT to patent color separation processes that automated rotogravure printing in the 1980s.

After retirement, Paul traveled around the world with Semester at Sea. Shortly after moving to Chelsea, Paul served as the president of the Adult Learning Institute.

Paul’s interests included classical music, history, politics, philosophy, and religion.  He appreciated craftsmanship, and relaxed with architectural drawing and small fix-it projects at home.  He loved animals of all kinds, but especially dogs, from those of his grandparents to those of his grandchildren.  Paul was a religious seeker, an active member of the First Baptist Church in America, and served on the board of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island.

On August 5, 1950 Paul married Violet A. Escarraz.  She preceded him in death on October 16, 2011. He is survived by their sons, Dr. Carl B. (Akiko Ochiai) Becker of Kyoto, Japan; Glen C. (Joan Boisseau) Boisseau Becker of Harmony, FL; and daughter, Diane Lehman (Dwight) Wilson, of Ann Arbor; three grandchildren: Rebecca, Jacob (Jennifer) and Benjamin Lehman; four step-grandsons:  Kai, Rai (Nykia) Wilson, Tai (Shannon) Spann-Ryan, and Mai Spann-Wilson; two great-grandsons, Jack and Joshua Wilson, two great-granddaughters, Alanna and Nzinga Spann-Ryan and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a very special friend whom he loved, Nancy Meyers.

A Memorial service will be held March 2, at 3 p.m. at Silver Maples of Chelsea with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action, 603 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or the scholarship fund at Silver Maples of Chelsea.


Joseph L Geer
Jackson, MI, formerly of Grass Lake

Age 90, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.

He was born October 15, 1928 in Chelsea, MI, the son of William and Alura (Foster) Geer.

Joseph graduated from Chelsea High School in 1947, then served in the US Army in Germany from 1950 to 1952. He worked at Federal Screw in the early 1950’s, where he met Gladys. Joseph retired from Chrysler Proving Grounds, where he worked most of the time in the Brake Lab.

Joseph was a former member of North Sharon Baptist Church, and was currently a member of Faith Baptist. He served as the mechanic at church to keep the buses running. Joseph enjoyed working at home, woodworking and gardening. His garden fed a lot of family and neighbors. Joseph led Bible studies at Legacy Assisted Living. He didn’t enjoy games, but he loved helping the kitchen staff at Legacy.

On November 3, 1953, he married Gladys Herman, in North Sharon Baptist Church, she preceded him in death on July 1, 2012. Survivors include two sons, Bruce (Linda) Geer of Jackson, Larry (Renee) Geer of Jackson; three daughters, Karen (Douglas) Lembrick of Clinton, Julie (Douglas) North of Jackson, and Cathy (Jay) Ross of Israel; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, David (Penny) Geer, Jim (Mary) Geer; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 2, 11:00 am at Faith Baptist Church, Chelsea, with Pastor Adam Summers officiating.  The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday from 4-7:00 pm. A private burial will be at Sharon Township Cemetery in Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 4030 Kalmbach Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118, or Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 900 Cooper Rd., Jackson, MI 49202.


Harve Sohn Bock
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, died Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born February 25, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Richard Sohn Bock and Cora (Watters) Bock.

After graduating from Oakdale High School in Oakdale, PA, he joined the Army Air Corps and served as a navigator on B-24s in the European Theater during World War II. Following his military service, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business Administration.

He and his high school sweetheart, Betty Ann (Young), were married on December 26, 1947 during his school break. After college, with his business degree and experience working in the family dealership in Oakdale, he began a 36-year long career with the Chevrolet Division of General Motors. He started in the Pittsburgh Zone Office and then moved to the Buffalo Zone Office a year later.

All three of his children were born in Buffalo, then in 1963 he moved to the Detroit Zone Office and ultimately in 1970 to the Chevrolet Central Office from which he retired in 1985 as the National Consumer Relations Director.

Harve took an active role in the Presbyterian churches he and Betty belonged to, serving as an Elder, Deacon, and on church development boards. In retirement, he was involved with Score and GM Club.

Harve loved the out of doors, the family farm in Pennsylvania, golfing, skiing, and sharing with family and friends the Frankfort, Michigan condo he and Betty enjoyed.

Survivors include Betty, his loving wife of 71 years; 2 sons, Jay (Carol) Bock, Douglas (Carol) Bock; a daughter, Ann (Edward) Martin, grandchildren, Katherine (Andrew) Leaf, Lauren (Justin) Roley, Caroline Martin, Christine Bock, Nicholas Bock; and a brother, Darrell (Renee) Bock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cora (Watters) and Richard Bock.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 30, 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, with Rev. Emily Riley Campbell officiating. His ashes will be interred in a niche at the First Presbyterian Church in Plymouth. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, 701 Church Street, Plymouth, MI 48170 or The Silver Lining Fund of Silver Maples, 100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Ruth Elizabeth Wescott
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ypsilanti

Age 97, died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born April 18, 1921 in Estherville, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer C. and Mae (Eisenhower) Jackson.

Ruth lived in Ypsilanti for about 50 years until she moved to the Garden Apartments of Chelsea Retirement Community in the 1990s. Ruth was an active member of First United Methodist Churches in Ypsilanti and Chelsea, where she participated in the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday School for many years. She was a former President and active member of POE. Most importantly, she was a devoted wife and mother.

On Oct. 10, 1944, she married John Thomas Wescott in Estherville, Iowa, and he preceded her in death in 1987. Survivors include two sons, Jack (Linda) Wescott of Nashville, IN, Bill (Susie) Wescott of Chelsea; a daughter, Ruth Ann (Charles) Fifield of Somerset Center; 7 grandchildren, Lucas Wescott and Kyle Wescott, Tim Wescott, Casey Wescott, and Betty Wescott Brown, and Amiee Stropich and Scott Fifield; and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Robert Jackson.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at a later date at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church or the UMRC Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Shirley Mae “Sherry” Drew
Chelsea, Michigan

Shirley Mae “Sherry” (Hunter) Drew, age 83, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

She was born February 5, 1936 in Akron, Ohio.

Sherry (she preferred this name) was a loving wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed celebrating holidays and special meals with her family and friends. She had a way of making sure that when you spent time in her home it was relaxing, comfortable and filled with loving hospitality.

She loved the Lord and volunteered in many ministries throughout the years from teaching Sunday School to working with missionaries.  Sherry was a member of Immanuel Bible Church.   She was a wonderful example of a Godly woman and left a spiritual legacy for her family to follow and continue. We will never be able to thank her enough for teaching us and leading us to follow the Lord. Her example will indeed have eternal impact.

Preceded in death by her husband Richard Earl Drew, she is survived by her children Nancy (Jerry) Benjamin, Priscilla (Carl) Schwarze, and John (Jeannie) Drew, all of Chelsea, 7 grandchildren, Nathan (Elizabeth) Schwarze of Grosse Pointe, Matt (Danielle) Schwarze of Traverse City, Krystin (William) McDonald of La Mesa, CA, Erin (Adam) Connell of Canton, Joel Benjamin of Chelsea, Kerri Benjamin of Okemos, and Dakota Drew of Chelsea, and 3 great-grandchildren. Also surviving a brother William (Lucy) Hunter of Akron, Ohio and sister Karen (Lou) Leo of Laguna Nigel, California.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 22, 6:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday from 4-6 p.m. A private burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, any donations in her memory can be made to Immanuel Bible Church, 145 E. Summit St., Chelsea, MI 48118.


Joyce Jeanette (Farley) Harris
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, died peacefully Thursday, February 14, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home.

She was born July 3, 1933 in Loyall, KY, the daughter of Lawrence and Gladys (Bailey) Farley.

Joyce graduated as Valedictorian of Loyall High School in 1951. In 1999, she retired from Chelsea Milling Company after 40 years. Joyce volunteered at Chelsea Community Hospital gift shop and sewing circle, Maxey Boys School, and Meals on Wheels.

She attended Immanuel Bible Church in Chelsea and Last Day Kingdom Ministry in Ypsilanti. Joyce traveled with the Endtime Handmaidens Ministry to Israel, and attended many of their conventions in the US each year.

Joyce was a member of the Red Hat Club in Chelsea and the Chelsea Women’s Club. She enjoyed sewing, painting, cooking and gardening, and especially loved her rose bushes.

On July 3, 1951, she married Orville M. Harris, and he survives. Other survivors include a son, Derrick Harris of Chelsea; one sister, Phyllis (Pete) Venable of TN; 4 grandchildren, Carrin Harris, Katherine Weiseman, Christopher Harris, Michael Harris; 1 great-grandson, Drake Walker; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Farley, and a sister-in-law Beverly Farley.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 18, 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastors Dominic Aquilino and Jim Davis officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Bible Church or Last Day Kingdom Ministry, 2474 Carriage Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.


George Kenneth Ackerman
of Jackson, Michigan

Age 91, died Friday, February 1, 2019 at Faith Haven Senior Care Center, Jackson.

He was born March 24, 1927 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of George Henry and Florence May (Lowe) Ackerman.

George served in the US Army at Ft. Knox during the Korean War. He worked for 33 years at the Jackson Drop Forge, retiring in the mid ’80’s George attended many churches, but was a member at Vandercook Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching the Tiger’s games.

On January 3, 1959, he married Janet Marie Johnson, and she preceded him in death on November 9, 1995. He is survived by a son, Steven (Terry) Ackerman of Allen, MI; three daughters, Cynthia (Chris) Heller of Poplar Bluff, MO, Vicki Denny of Patterson Lake, Georgia Fox of Jackson; a brother, Donald Ackerman; 8 grandchildren, Ronald, September, Tara, Bobby, Carolyn, Anthony, Christopher, Mikaela; 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sara.

An informal memorial luncheon will be held Saturday, Feb. 9th from noon – 3 pm at the clubhouse of the Cozy Home Community, 1249 E McDevitt Ave, Jackson, MI 49203.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Robert Allen “Bob” Walz
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 96, died Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born October 13, 1922 in Sylvan Township, Michigan, the son of Clare A. and Ethel M. (Robards) Walz.

Bob graduated from Chelsea High School in 1940, and served in the Army from 1945-1946. He worked at Park-Worden-Walz Corporation, where he delivered fuel oil and gas.

Bob was a life member of the Masonic Lodge in Chelsea (Olive Lodge #156) and was a life member of the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club. He loved to hunt, fish, and garden.

On July 5, 1960, he married Alice C. Lovell, and she survives. Other survivors include his daughter, Janet (David Gesswein) Walz of Bethesda, MD. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Leader.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 22, 1:30 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea with Rev. Dr. Ray Maurer officiating. The family will receive friends 12:30 to 1:30 before the funeral. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Arbor Hospice or the Chelsea Area Fire Department.


Elaine J. Hafner
Chelsea, MI

Age 85, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at her home.

She was born February 11, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Russell and Clara (Colvia) Ferry.

Elaine lived in Chelsea most of her life. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church since 2008. Elaine worked at the Chelsea Hardware store, and Dayspring Gifts.

On July 22, 1950, she married Charles “Bud” Hafner; in Brighton, MI and he preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1996. Survivors include four sons, Lloyd of Munith, William (Janet) of Belleville, Lee of Alabama, Anthony (Deedee) of Munith; one daughter, Carol (Tom) Houle of Chelsea; a brother, Ronald Ferry of Grass Lake; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Lary; a daughter-in-law, Janet Hafner; and a grandson, Christopher.

Private funeral services will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Mark Porinsky officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 9575 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130.


Edwin L.  “Ed” Hartmann
Jackson, MI

Age 62, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at his home.

He was born October 3, 1956 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Elmer Rupert and Elsie Edna (Jones) Hartmann.

Ed graduated from Chelsea High School in 1974. He worked for Palmer Ford, and owned Hartmann’s Auto Service in Gregory and Jackson. Ed was a member of the Jackson, Manchester, and Munith Gun Clubs. He was an avid sprint car driver, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He owned a log cabin in Merritt, MI.

On Oct. 6, 1995, he married Therese “Teri” Marie Kerney, and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Angela Hartmann of Grass Lake, John Hartmann of Napoleon, Kevin (Tina)VanderKlok of Holland, MI, Kimberly (Shannon) Flavin of Bonita Springs, FL; 6 grandchildren, Alissa, Elyana, Lilia, Ellie, Emma, Xander; 1 sister, Elaine (Jerry) Bush of Jackson, MI, and an aunt, Helen Sibley of Chelsea.

No services are planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jackson County Sportsmans Club or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Patricia Suzanne (Steeb) Stierle
Pentwater, MI formerly of Chelsea, MI

Patricia Suzanne (Steeb) Stierle, 86, of Pentwater, Michigan passed peacefully following a brief illness at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL on Monday, January 28, 2019.

She was born February 24, 1932 in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of Elmer J. and Faith Hope Charity (LaBounty) Steeb.

Pat graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1949 and married William J. Stierle in Chelsea, MI on February 17th, 1968.  She was a partner and secretary/treasurer at Steeb Dodge Sales in Saline, MI for 36 years.

Pat was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea and a member of the Pentwater Yacht Club.  After retirement, Pat and her husband spent many memorable years traveling the world and enjoying life. One of her favorite places was being at her home on Lake Michigan listening to the waves.

Her joy for life, sense of humor and love for her family and friends were her greatest gifts.

She is survived by one brother, John T. Steeb, four daughters, Linda (John) Hess of Port Charlotte FL, Diane (Robert) Engh of Janesville, WI, Suzanne Schroen of Pentwater MI, Nancy (Jeff) Sova of Ann Arbor MI, five grandchildren, Matthew Hess, Richard Hess, Brian (Katy) Engh, Michael Engh and Alyssa Sova, one great granddaughter, Maizy Engh and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband and her brother Eugene E. Steeb.

Pat was loved and adored and will be sadly missed. Even though our hearts are breaking, we know she lived life to the fullest and is now at peace in her husband’s loving arms.

We love you mom and will keep you forever in our hearts.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea on Friday, February 8th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 9th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a prayer service following at 11:30 a.m. A private burial will be at Bethlehem Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea.


Lyle Tindall
Ypsilanti, MI

Age 72, died Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Superior Woods Heathcare Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

He was born September 14, 1946 in Ypsilanti, the son of Donald J. and  Evelyn Wilhemina (Haack) Tindall.

Lyle graduated from Ypsilanti High School, and then attended Cleary College. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Lyle worked for the UAW Ford plant in Ypsilanti. He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous and the UAW Local #849, where he was chairman of the Retirees Chapter for many years. Lyle was also a member of the UAW Veterans Committee, and on the Board of Directors of People Driven Credit Union in Ypsilanti.

Lyle liked his motorcycle, and was part of the Road Warriors senior motorcycle club.

He is survived by his brother Tom (Donna) Tindall; his sisters, Dorothy Cantrell, Thelma Davis, and Faye (Phil) Weiseneuger; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and five siblings.

Private memorial services were held.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous or Meals on Wheels.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Garry Dean Harris
Dexter, MI

Age 72, died Saturday, January 12, 2019 at his home.

He was born November 28, 1946 in Murphysboro, Illinois, the son of William A. and Betty (Crombar) Harris.

Garry was originally from Wayne, MI, and has lived in Lima Township for 29 years. He worked at Huron Valley Steel for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Marge; two daughters, Michele and Chris; 3 sisters, Lorie, Beverly and Sheila; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Roger. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chuck.

No services will be held at this time. A memorial will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are being handled by Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Gertrude “Judy” Doyle
of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Applegate, MI

Age 95, passed away at the Chelsea Retirement Community on January 18, 2019.

She was born February 15, 1923 in Virginia.

She was raised by her foster parents Dick and Kathleen Cox. She was married to John Ross, and he preceded her in death in 1978. She was also married to John Doyle, and he preceded her in death in 2014.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Johnson of Tennessee, one step-daughter, Lorna (Thomas) Tackwell of Chelsea, MI, Peter (Kathy) Doyle of Trapper Creek, AK and Robin (Al) Griffin of Clinton Twp., MI, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild. In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by two foster brothers, Gene Cox and Phil Cox.

She had worked in administration for Henderson Glass in Detroit for about fifteen years.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Rotary-Chelsea, MI. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.


Glenn Edward “Skip” Scott
Dexter, MI

Age 76, died unexpectedly due to a stroke Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the University of Michigan Hospital.

He was born June 12, 1942 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of Gerald and Rose (Bernell) Scott.

Glenn graduated from Willow Run High School in 1960, then served in the Army from 1960-63. He was a machine operator for Aco/Pittsfield Products until he retired in 2007.

Glenn was a member of the Ann Arbor Eagles Club and the VFW. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing horseshoes, and going to gun shows, yard sales and dances.

He is survived by a son, Jeff (Bonnie) Scott of Grass Lake; a daughter, Bonnie Mannor (Tom Gutekunst) of Jackson; their mother, Nancy Scott; a brother, Allan Scott; a sister, Barb Sears; 3 grandchildren, Robert, Sage, Kyle; 3 great-grandchildren, Aliviah, Aliyah, Kylie; and many friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Don Scott, and a sister, Lois Gilligan.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 25, 2019, at 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Marion VanLoo officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Fraternal Order of Eagles, 7881 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.


Thomas S. Ritter
Chelsea, Michigan

Thomas Sidney Ritter of Chelsea, Michigan, age 70, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 16, 2019.

Tom was born in Dowagiac, Michigan on April 7th, 1948 and was the son of the late Sidney Ritter and Leta (Cropsey) Ritter.

Tom was a farm boy from the start and recalled fondly raising livestock, adventures on the farm, and working along side his father. Tom graduated from Penn High School in 1966 and was named the MVP of the baseball team his senior year. Tom’s passion for baseball continued throughout his life and he served as a softball coach for his daughters and the vice-president of the Chelsea High School Softball Boosters.

Tom earned his electrical engineering degree from Michigan State University in 1970. While at MSU, he made life-long friends and met his wife, Diane (Taylor), during a dorm softball tournament. Upon graduation, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army and married Diane after returning from his service. During their 46-year marriage they had two daughters, Lori and Jessica. Tom was dedicated to his career as an electrical engineer and went on to obtain an MBA. His life has been defined by his work ethic, time spent with family, his love of travel, and service to his community.

Tom is survived by his wife, Diane; his mother, Leta; his sister, Nancy (Larry) Wales; his older daughter Lori (Alex) van Veldhoven; his younger daughter Jessica (Josh) Burgess; his three grandchildren Brayden Burgess, Byron Burgess, and Noor van Veldhoven; and several nieces and nephews.

According to Tom’s wishes, he was cremated and a celebration of life will be held on his birthday, April 7th, at noon at the Chelsea Depot. All are welcome to attend this celebration and help us reminisce this amazing man.

Memorials can be made to The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Michigan State University, 428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3536, East Lansing, MI 48824 (Checks to “Michigan State University”, ECE/A305 in memo line) or the Kiwanis Club of Chelsea, PO Box 61, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Robert Patrick Smith
of Chelsea

“Pat”, age 76, passed away at home in Chelsea on December 27, 2018.

Born to Minerva Lorraine Hepburn and Joseph Raymond Smith on May 2, 1942 in Ann Arbor, Pat was the youngest of six children.

An independent, proud Irishman, Pat lived life fully and fiercely loved his family and friends. His larger than life smile, bright blue eyes, and sharp sense of humor drew people to him and nurtured unlikely friendships. Pat enjoyed people and proudly carried mail in Ann Arbor for more than 35 years before retiring from the USPS.

He loved playing golf and relished the time he had in retirement to enjoy golf courses around the country and in Ireland. An avid reader and history buff, Pat delighted in discovering his family’s ancestry and loved to watch old movies, especially westerns, and football.

Pat will be greatly missed by his brother Dick; son John “Jack” Smith (Jennifer); six grandchildren: Geneva (Chris Moritz), Zealand, Annabel, Grant, Lindsay, Reese; great grandson Henry and great granddaughter on the way; his faithful canine companion Hooch; many nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends, especially Rick, Judy, Frank, and Betty.

Help celebrate Pat’s life on Saturday, January 26 from 2 to 4 pm at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds.


James Larry Hall
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Adrian and Ann Arbor

Age 77, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born June 4, 1941 in Monroe, Michigan, the son of James W. and Dolly (McKinney) Hall.

James was a Journeyman sheet metal fabricator at U of M, a teacher at WCC, and owned a heating sheet metal company. He had been the building maintenance supervisor at multiple companies. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, and enjoyed long Sunday drives and time with his family.

Survivors include two sons, James (Leah) Hall of Chelsea, John (Mary Priya) of Dexter; a daughter, Christine Maier; a brother George F. Hall; and 3 grandchildren, Zachary Schneider, Rebecca Hall, and Luke Hall.

A private celebration of life will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mooseheart, 155 S International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539; or the grandchildren’s college fund (checks to John Hall).

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Margaret L. Kuhl
Chelsea, MI

Age 92, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea.

She was born January 17, 1926 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Ezra A. and Martha M. (Hashley) Feldkamp.

Margaret worked for Rockwell International for 38 years. She was an occupational nurse, retiring in 1988. Margaret volunteered at Chelsea Community Hospital/ St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea in various areas for 29 years. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea. Margaret enjoyed traveling, and she drove, cruised and flew in Europe, the Caribbean, and the U.S.

Survivors include one son, Greg (Doris) Kuhl of Jackson; a daughter, Debbie (Jim) Diedrich of Manchester; a brother, Norman (Joyce) Feldkamp; four grandchildren, Allan (Angela) Kuhl, Michelle (Dan) Susko, Jim (Kendra) Diedrich, Grace (Jim) Sparks; 7 great grandchildren; and 9 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Kuhl in 1999; and a daughter, Pamela Kuhl in 2013.

Funeral services will be here Wednesday, January 16, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chelsea, with Rev. Wallace Tatara officiating. Burial will follow at Sharon Township Cemetery, Manchester. The family will receive friends Tuesday at Cole Funeral Chapel.

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


Chris (Harbert) Hassett
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 15, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 5, 2019.

He was born April 23, 2003 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of James and Tina Marie (Hassett) Harbert.

Chris had been homeschooled, and was a Sophomore at Chelsea High School. He was a member of Eventually (Suicide Prevention Group). Chris loved computers, game programming, and posting to YouTube. He attended the Chelsea Free Methodist Church.

Survivors include his parents; his brother, Jordan Harbert; his half-sister, Nichole Harbert; maternal grandparents, Mike and Cheryl Hassett; two very special uncles, Patrick (Lynda) Hassett, James (Trisha) Hassett; and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 11, 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Ford and Rev. Charlie Monroe officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Thursday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral costs, or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.



Katherine ‘Kitty’ Randall Moore

Kitty passed away peacefully on Friday, December 7th, 2018 with many of her family members by her side.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William H. and Lena Mae Kelly as well as her three sisters: Loraine (Roy) Robine, Ruby (Fred) Andris, and Patricia (Harold) Acker.

After Kitty graduated from South Eastern High School in Detroit, she applied for employment with the State of Michigan in Ypsilanti. It was there that she met her future husband, Kenneth Bernard (Bernie) Randall. It didn’t take them long to know, they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They were married on December 20th, 1947.

They were blessed with three healthy and happy children, Susan (Ron) Fielder of Manchester, Kathleen Kay Ross of Woodstock, Ga., and Micheal (Beckie) Randall of Raleigh, N.C., and in time to their delight, ten grandchildren. It was a wonderful life and love that lasted thirty-five years, until Bernie’s death on February 1, 1983.

For the next six years, Kitty worked at Brides’ Showcase in Ann Arbor and spent most of her free time enjoying her family and watching her grandchildren grow into fine young adults.

In the spring of 1989, she met Wayne L. Moore and found great happiness, when they married on June 12, 1989. Her marriage to Wayne brought his three children into her life. Brian W. Moore, Maryjean (Nolan) Bailey, and Glenn Moore, as well as five more grandchildren. In the fall of 1991, Wayne was diagnosed with lymphoma. He tolerated the treatment very well, and they enjoyed visiting the continental states seeing as much of the country as possible, always stopping to see their family members, which now included 15 great grandchildren.

Kitty lost Wayne early in the morning of March 31st, 2004. After his death, she stayed at their Portage Lake cottage for three more years, until she decided it was time to make a change. She sold the house, and after searching for alternative living, she decided to move to Chelsea Retirement Community. She was happy in her Garden apartment. She enjoyed the active life style and meeting new friends. But mostly she enjoyed her independence and the freedom it offered.

More recently she lived in Manchester with frequent visits by family members and great-grand sons who kept her laughing. The family would like to thank Arbor Hospice for their loving care during Mom’s last days.

A celebration of Kitty’s life will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 12:30 at the Comfort Inn Village Conference Center in Chelsea.

Donations may be made to St. Louis Center, 16195 W Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Kitty’s ashes will be buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Manchester at a later date.


Lois J. Chiesa
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 87, died Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born January 18, 1931 in Arma, Kansas, the daughter of Frank L. and Mary (Dugoni) Wilson.

Lois did volunteer work for many years at Bayshore Windmill Village, Freedom Village, and Beaumont Hospital. She liked to say, “Think of me with a smile or don’t think of me at all.”

On October 1, 1949, she married Benjamin J. Chiesa in Detroit, and he preceded her in death on June 9, 2008. Survivors include a son James (Janet) Chiesa of Chelsea; a daughter, Cheryl (Gerald) Brown of Swartz Creek; 6 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held Cole Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Mansion Memorial Gardens in Ellenton, FL.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Foundation.


Charles Wendell ‘Chuck’ Millar
of Chelsea

Age 85, passed away December 21, 2018.

He was born June 10, 1933, in Lansing, to Charles E. Millar and Pamelia Millar and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Susan Pirnie Millar; sons, Timothy (Debra) Millar, Stephen (Sandy) Millar and Peter (Thana) Millar; daughter, Elizabeth (Tony) Sensoli; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Chuck graduated with a BA from Albion College, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Master of Communication from Michigan State University. After serving as an Episcopal parish priest, Chuck forged careers in consulting and public service, retiring from the State of Michigan as Director of the Michigan Public Service Commission.

What made Chuck such a special man was the exemplary life he led. His deep faith was manifest in a life of service. Active in the Civil Rights Movement, Chuck served in the front lines of Freedom Summer, the 1964 drive to register African Americans to vote in the south.

As a public servant, he was on the cutting edge in treating drug addiction and promoting energy efficiency. In his personal life, Chuck never stopped examining the human condition and devoted himself to improving it.

He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather; Chuck was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. He was an active, engaged grandparent, giving of his time, energy and wisdom. His hobbies included music, sailing and woodworking; he loved the out-of-doors.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing.

A service was held at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church of Ann Arbor on Saturday, Dec. 29.

Memorial contributions may be made to Episcopal Relief and Development Fund or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Lansing or St. Clare’s Episcopal Church of Ann Arbor.

Online condolences may be left for his family at www.EstesLeadley.com.


Terry Allen Loomis
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 65, died Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home. He was born October 9, 1953 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Douglas LeRoy and Donna Evelyn (Lee) Loomis. Terry enjoyed golfing, shooting pool, playing his keyboard and seconds on anything to eat.

He is survived by one daughter, Teri Nicole “Nikki” (Larry) Carter of Montrose; one brother, Mark Loomis; three sisters, Kathy Loomis, Connie (Gary) Elder, Darry Chaney; his stepmother, Veronica Loomis; three stepbrothers, Dennis (Donna) Pelon, Stephen (Julia) Pelon, Mark Pelon; four stepsisters, Carolyn Norton, Cynthia (Mohammad) Jarrad, Claudette (Edward) Coughenour, Charlotte Sanchez; six beloved grandchildren, Molly, Lawrence, Natalie, Eden, Avalynn, and Lydia. He was preceded in death by both parents and stepbrother Greg.

Special thanks to the angels at Arbor Hospice; Dr. Musolf, Social Worker – Heather, Nurse – Fab, the aid – Sondra (also known as “the cleaning lady”), massage therapist -Tori, music therapist – Rachael, Spiritual care advisor – Ray. Also to special person Kate who cut his hair in our home. They all made him feel so special.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Cremation has taken place and no funeral services are planned per Terry’s instructions.


Bonnie J. Lausted
Ann Arbor, MI

At the feisty age of 97, Bonnie Jean slipped away peacefully in the night, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Atria Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

She was born November 23, 1921 in Kewanna, IN, the daughter of Don and Edna (Smith) Nafe. When her parents moved to Michigan to work in the Willow Run Bomber plant during WWII, Bonnie was in nursing school in Indianapolis, Indiana. When she graduated, she too moved to Ypsilanti where she met Gwen Carl Morhous. She was a young nurse at the old Beyer Hospital and he, the supervising architect of the new.

Bonnie was a very bright, independent woman who in some ways was way ahead of her time. She found her intellectual love as an emergency room nurse supervisor, where the excitement of a busy emergency room kept her energized and passionate about great emergency patient care.

She had amusing stories to tell and if anyone ever needed emergency care, they’d want her on their team. In another lifetime, she might have become a very successful doctor. She was very proud of her nursing career having worked at one time or another at all the local hospitals. She even worked at the Chelsea Hospital at its beginning, when it was just one building with an emergency clinic.

During her time at in the emergency room of old St. Joes, she moved to Ann Arbor, where she met Clyde Lausted. They “Bonnie & Clyde” married July 11, 1972. They soon purchased a cottage on Portage Lake as Clyde was an old sailor from Buffalo, NY. She fell in love with summer cottage life!

Nothing made her happier than (except perhaps garage sale hunting) when friends and family came to visit. Her son, Marc and his family loved to visit and sail on the lake, and she rejoiced when her Grandson Zac would come to stay.

Bonnie & Clyde moved to Chelsea from Ann Arbor in 1993.

In the last years of her life, long after Clyde died in 2003, she lived at the CRC Independent Living for a while, then moved to Atria Park Assisted Living in Ann Arbor.

Survivors include her son, Marc (Kathy) Morhous of Dexter; a grandson, Zachary Morhous of Kalamazoo; 2 sisters, Peggy Stadtmiller of Ypsilanti and Evelyn Sue Guiley of Elkhart, IN; and her loving nieces, Cindy Wicht, Sally Pakala, Susie Slagenwhite, Linda Hall, and Lisa Wade. She was preceded in death by 5 siblings.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 20, at 4:00 at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Esther Kuelske
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Flint, Saginaw, and Rochester Hills

Age 81, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at her home in Chelsea.

She was born April 9, 1937 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Morris C. and Rita V. (Wiggins) Cummings.

Esther graduated from Flint Technical High School in 1955. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester before moving to Chelsea, and was currently a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Chelsea.

On November 2, 1957, she married Richard Kuelske, and he survives. Other survivors include four daughters, Barbara Rubin of AZ, Kathy McVeigh of FL, Jeannine (Kevin) Canze of Rochester Hills, Andi (John Luther) Philippe of Chelsea; 8 grandchildren, Ethan Canze, Jessica Rubin, Bradley Rubin, Brenna Rubin, Aidan McVeigh, Alana McVeigh, Yves Philippe, and Indigo Philippe; a great-granddaughter, Elsie; a sister, Marion Cummings of Flushing; and a sister-in-law, Patty Cummings. She was preceded in death by her brother, Cecil Cummings.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Daniel Pezzica officiating.  Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Saginaw. The family will receive friends at the church from Noon – 2:00 before the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Dr. Robert Bruce “Bob” Glenn
Chelsea, Michigan, longtime Marquette resident

Age 91, died peacefully after several months of loving care in the Assisted Living residence of the Silver Maples of Chelsea.

Born July 9, 1927, in Kalamazoo to Winfield Church and Helen Grace (McCarty) Glenn, Robert was a 1945 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and the first of his family to graduate from university, having paid his own way through school as an improvisational pianist for a dance band.

He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1950 with concentrations in Chemistry, German, and English studies; that same year he married co-ed and love of his life Rosemary Ann Kent. Robert spent one year as “the Worst Chemist in the World” before enrolling at the University of Michigan for graduate studies in English Language, Literature, and Linguistics. This time his tuition was paid by Rosemary’s teaching salary, and he never forgot the debt he owed for her influence, good faith, and sacrifice toward his successes.

In 1956, Robert began a career in higher education while also pursuing his PhD at the University of Michigan. He held professorships and administrative positions at Cortland State College (now SUNY Cortland) and the University of Michigan in Flint. In 1971, the Glenn family—by then encompassing daughters Tama Delne, Minde Char, and Deri Sabra—moved to Marquette, MI (“heaven on earth”), where Dr. Glenn was named Professor of English and the Dean of Arts and Sciences for Northern Michigan University. The ‘firing dean’ kept his promises, his high standards, and his door open; within three years he was elevated to Provost and Academic Vice President, a post he maintained through 1984.

With Rosemary’s encouragement, Robert made the not-so-difficult decision to remain in his beloved Marquette rather than pursue a position of Provost at a larger university or a college presidency of his own. Instead, he served as Distinguished professor of English at NMU from 1984 until his retirement in 1997.

Robert and Rosemary spent more than 40 years in Marquette, deeply involved in the life and worship of Marquette Presbyterian Church, avid sailors, arduous supporters of local artisans and musicians, and faithful officers of many civic and philanthropic causes to benefit the city they loved. Upon retirement, they discovered the joy of travel to historic places, art galleries and museums, and beautiful landscapes. Though they loved the deep snows of the U.P., Hawaii became their perennial winter favorite.

Bringing their art collection with them, Robert and Rosemary sold their ‘big’ house and returned to the neighborhood of The Big House in 2013. Robert was delighted to attend five successive seasons of Michigan Wolverine home football games, walk the beautiful grounds of the Silver Maples Retirement Community, swim and steam at the Wellness Center, choose wines for fine dining with his wife and friends at Silver Maples, and to live in proximity to his family.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers-in-law Bill and Loren, his niece Joy, and his beloved daughter Minde (Cliff) Browning. He is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 68 years; dear daughters Tama (Andrew) Abel and Deri (David) Gray; sisters Jean (Loren) Warfield and Sallie (Jim) Platt; sister-in-law Charlene (Bill) Thompson; granddaughters Ashley and Sarah Gray; and several nieces, nephews, and their children.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Silver Maples of Chelsea, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118. The Rev. Jeff Crowder will officiate. Reception to follow.

Interment will take place on a future date at First Presbyterian Church, Marquette, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Maples Silver Lining Fund or to the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.


 


Daniel J. Murphy
of Spring Hill, FL, formerly of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 81, died Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at HPH Hospice Care Center in Brooksville, FL.

He was born on March 10, 1936 in Northfield Township to Marguerite and Thomas Murphy. He and his family moved to Chelsea, MI in 1947. He graduated from Chelsea High School at the age of 16 in 1953 and from Pharmacy School at Ferris State University (College) in 1958.

On October 17, 1959, he married Carol Jean McDonald and they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary shortly before his passing.

Dan began his lifelong career at the Chelsea Drug Store in 1949 at the age of 13. He began by sweeping floors, running errands and doing jobs that nobody else wanted to do. He continued to work at the store through high school and college, coming home from Ferris State University (College) in Big Rapids on weekends to work.

In 1972, he became a partner in the Drug Store with Charles Lancaster, who had owned the store since 1948. In addition to his duties at Chelsea Pharmacy, Dan was active in fund raising for Chelsea Community Hospital and set up its pharmacy.

For many years, Dan was also chief pharmacist for Mercywood Hospital in Ann Arbor before it became St. Joseph.

During his life, Dan was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Church, Inverness Country Club and the Chamber of Commerce and served as the Sylvan Township Clerk, in addition to coaching Little League and supporting the Chelsea High School football program.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Spring Hill, FL, daughter Dana (Scott Love) Murphy-Love of Mukilteo, WA; sons: Patrick Murphy of Wellston, MI; Ross Murphy of LaGrange, GA; Brady Murphy of Chelsea, MI, sister Pat Marion of Long Beach, CA; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son Casey Murphy, his parents, brothers Mike and Matt, and sisters Kay, Judy, Angie, Margot and Penny.

A Memorial will be held at the Eyry of the Eagle in Grass Lake, MI on Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m. with Father David Harvey officiating. Friends, former employees and family are invited to come and share their stories of Dan as we celebrate his life.


Earl Robert Hughes Jr.
Chelsea, MI

Age 69, died Monday, June 25, 2018 at his home.

He was born September 18, 1948 in Frostburg, Maryland, the son of Earl Robert and Thelma May (Winebrenner) Hughes.

Earl attended Chelsea High School, and was a US Navy veteran. Earl worked for the Washtenaw County Road Commission for 32 years and retired as a Foreman. Earl was a friend of Waterloo Village United Methodist Church. He enjoyed feeding birds, hunting, fishing, and playing poker. Earl loved making moonshine, cooking, and spending time with his grandkids.

On February 28, 1971, he married Nancy Dyson in Chelsea, and she survives.  Other survivors include two children, Tracy (Frank) White of Brooklyn, Christine (Todd) Mason of Grass Lake; one brother, Brian E. (Lori) Hughes of Gregory; two sisters, Ellagean (Randy) King of Security, MD, Joline (James) Reed of Security, MD; 4 grandchildren, Jessica (Kyle) Holstine, Breanna White, Jacob Earl White, Charity White; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Grace White; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 29, 6:00 pm at Waterloo Village United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mary Barrett officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea VFW Post 4076.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


James Richard Line
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 85, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 in South Lyon.

He was born February 19, 1933 in Island View, Lakeview, Ohio, the son of Ralph and Dorothy (Fike) Line.

He graduated from Waynesfield High School in Ohio and attended Ohio Northern University. He was a welder, machinest, and toolmaker all his life, as well as an Army veteran. He served in Hanau, Germany from 1953-1955.

Jim loved antique tractors, steam engines, and stationary engines. Mechanically he was very skilled and creative and was always willing to help his neighbors by repairing farm equipment or design some new innovative solution.

Above all, Jim loved his family, and especially his grandchildren.  For many years, Jim faithfully attended the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea.

On July 25, 1953, he married Marilyn J. Cummings at New Hampshire, Ohio, and Jim was a devoted husband and loving caring caretaker. Marilyn preceded him in death in 2009.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer “Dawn” Line of Grass Lake; a son, Roderick (Barbara) Line of South Lyon; 4 grandchildren, Jared (Leslie) Wacker, Jennifer “Shevaun” (Jason) Atlee, Nathan “Nate” Line, Shannon Line; 3 great- grandchildren, Colin, Elizabeth “Libby”, and Bradley “Bo”; and a brother, Rex (Nevelyn) Line.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 30, 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Ford officiating.

Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 am -1 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the MDS Foundation, The MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad St., Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Ronald Henry Kraska
Dexter, MI

Age 83, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born October 31, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Matthew and Ann (Wilczynski) Kraska.

Ron attended Ford Trade School and worked 40 years with Ford Motor Company. He loved fishing and hunting. Ron enjoyed spending his time at his cottage on Halfmoon lake.

In 1959, he married Katherine Hendricks, and she preceded him in death in 1986. On February 6, 1988, Ron married Patricia O’Hagan, and she survives.  Other survivors include his son, Mark Kraska, daughter, Victoria (Neil) Lezotte of Garden City; step-children, Kevin (Anne) O’Hagan of Lincoln Park, James (Beth) O’Hagan of Livonia, Christine (James) Davis of NC; brother, Ed (Nancy) Kraska of Waterford; grandson, Patrick Lezotte; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Austin.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, Michigan with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to UMRC Foundation, 805 W. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Mary Ann Barill
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 21, 2018 with her family at her side.

She was born April 14, 1927 in Osage, West Virginia, the daughter of John and Antionette (Barberio) Scotchell.

Mary grew up in Star City, WV, the youngest of 7 children. She was an avid Tigers and Red Wings fan. Mary loved St. Mary Church and loved to play bingo. She had many friends at The Pines, and her friends and her grandchildren were the focus of her life.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jo (Joe) Sinelli of Brighton; a son, Samuel (Dawn) Barill of Mars, PA; a sister, Jeanette Marra of Star City, WV; 4 grandchildren, Andrew, Tony, Lauren, Randi; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Barill; and 5 of her siblings, Russell, Joseph, Frank, Louis, and Antonio.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, June 25, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea.

A private burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 3-7 p.m., and at the church from 10-11 a.m. on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Anita Frances Pateck
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 101, died Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born August 9, 1916 in Festus, Missouri, the daughter of Stephen Andrew and Carrie Louise (Bradley) Boyer.

Anita loved playing cards and bingo, reading magazines, crossword puzzles, watching television, and getting her hair and nails done. Her son-in-law, John Patoros, took care of her in his home for many years until her later years after losing his wife.

Anita loved living in her retirement home, Chelsea Retirement Community. The residents and staff were just wonderful to her. She was a kind-hearted lady and will be missed by all.

Survivors include her four grandchildren, John S (Lori) Patoros of California, Jerret L. Patoros of Ann Arbor, Mary A. Patoros of Ann Arbor, and Dianna (Tom) Cok of Pinckney; two great-grandchildren, Briana (Evan) Johnson, Nelson Michael (Pam) Guenther; 4 nephews, and 2 nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Pateck; a daughter, Patricia Patoros; a son-in-law, John Patoros; 2 sisters, May and Barbara.

No funeral services will be held. Burial will be at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Nels R. Mickelson Jr.
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ypsilanti

Age 78, went to be with the Lord Friday, June 15, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born September 13, 1939 in Adrian, MI, the son of Nels R. Mickelson Sr., and Helen L. (Stage) Mickelson.

Nels attended the Chelsea Free Methodist Church. He was a Life Member of the Masons. Nels owned a grocery store in Rawsonville, MI, and later worked as a drywall finisher. He lettered in many sports in High School, and later enjoyed watching sports, especially football and basketball. Nels loved the outdoors and hunting. Later in life, he became an avid reader.

On April 8, 1961, he married Edna E. Hudson at Forest Ave Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, and she survives. Other survivors include their children; Nels Walter “Wally” Mickelson of South Lyon, Karen Elizabeth (Mark) Bogarin of Chelsea, Kristen Carol (Ray) Rickman of Chelsea; 7 grandchildren, Jacob, Jonah, Hailey, Bryce, Natalie, Jillian, and Mackenzie; a sister; Carol L (Don) Bragg; a sister-in-law, Suzanne Mickelson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert G. Mickelson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 21, 4:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with visitation Thursday from 2-4 pm.  Burial will be at Palestine Church Cemetery in Paris, TN.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Free Methodist Church or the Huron Valley Humane Society.


Viola Eleanor Welshans
Chelsea, MI

Age 93, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 22, 1925 in Roseville, MI, the daughter of Carl F. and Meta E. (Schuldt) Schoenberg.

Viola graduated from Eastland High School in Roseville in 1944. She worked for 11 years for Briggs, which became Chrysler. She has been a member of St. Jacob Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grass Lake since 1955, and belonged to WINGS (“Women in God’s Service”) mission group at church.

Most of all, Viola was a loving mother to her four children.

On June 18, 1955, she married Raymond C. Welshans in Macomb Township, MI, and he preceded her in death on January 8, 1988. Survivors include two sons, Douglas (Robin) Welshans of Ann Arbor, Timothy (Deanne) Welshans of Dexter; two daughters, Cynthia (Bradley) Fischer of Dexter, Sandra (Kenneth) Valentine of Pinckney; a brothers-in-law, William Welshans; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Carl Schoenberg; a sister, Eleanor Inwood a sister-in-law, Jean Bailey; and a brother-in-law, Donald Welshans.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 16, 11:00 am at St. Jacob Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grass Lake, with Pastor Kurt Uhlenbrauck officiating. Burial will follow at St. Jacob Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jacob Evangelical Lutheran Church,12501 Riethmiller Road, Grass Lake, MI 49201.


Robert Peter Houle
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 93, died Monday, June 11, 2018 at Brittany Manor in Midland.

He was born November 18, 1924 in Escanaba, Michigan, the son of Peter F. and Lillian A. (Benette) Houle.

Bob was the 5th of 7 siblings. He served in the US Army during WWII, and was a POW, earning 3 Bronze Battle Stars. Bob became a Millwright/Electrician for Rockwell International, and retired from there. He was very devout in his faith. Bob was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church; the Franciscan Third Order for several years, and the Knights of Columbus.

He toured the Midwest with the Shroud of Turin. Bob was President and caretaker of Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea for many years. He loved fly-fishing, camping, golfing, and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

On January 20, 1948, he married Colleen T. Rappette in Gladstone, MI, and she survives. Other survivors include four sons, Gary (Liz) of Ann Arbor, Rodney (Kathy) of Mississippi, Anthony (Cathy) of South Lyon, and Kevin (Mary) of Midland; two daughters-in-law, Annette and Rachel; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons, Daniel and Lynn, and all of his siblings, Al, Gladys, Reynold, Donald, Irving, and Raymond.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 15, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday from 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 8 p.m., and at the church Friday 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118, St. Louis Center, 16195 W Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.


Ronald Carl Lorenzen
of Grass Lake, MI, formerly of Chelsea

Age 79, died Friday, June 8, 2018 at Henry Ford Allegiance in Jackson, Michigan.

He was born February 16, 1939 in Dearborn, MI, the son of Harry Paul and Cynthia (Daugherty)  Lorenzen.

Ron served in the US Army as a cook from 1961-63. He retired from the Chelsea Post Office after 25 years. He loved working in his yard, which he took a lot of pride in. Ron enjoyed playing cards with his friends and family.

On July 22, 1961, he married Ava L. Bulson in Plymouth, Michigan, and she preceded him in death on June 15, 1995. On July 1, 1997, he married Jeannene Marie Rowe in Toledo, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on December 18, 2014. Survivors include two children, Ronald P. (Linda) Lorenzen of White Lake, MI; Sheila Lorenzen of Grass Lake; 3 grandchildren, Robert Lorenzen, Alisha Lorenzen-Brooks, Amber Lorenzen; 7 great-grandchildren; a brother, Tony Lorenzen of TN; a sister, Joan (Joe) Santoro of TN; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Barb Perry.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, June 12, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.

Private burial will take place at Vermont Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Dr, Southfield, MI 48076.


Jack Tower Anderson
of Chelsea

Age 61, passed away on June 7, 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 6, 1957 in Lansing, MI the son of David and Edythe (Tower) Anderson. On May 3, 1980 he married Kathy Hopkins, and she survives. He is also survived by his children Chad Anderson of Grass Lake, and Kelly Anderson of Farmington, mother-in-law Inez Hopkins in Chelsea, brother and sister-in-law Garry (Nancy) Hopkins, two nephews Todd and Scott Hopkins, and extended family Vonda “Skip” Huck, and Ken (Cindy) Beauchamp. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his father-in-law Silas Hopkins.

Jack had worked for the Cedars of Dexter where he was a maintenance foreman and appreciated taking care of anyone’s needs. He enjoyed history, and loved traveling and classic rock, and going to the beach.

Private graveside services will be held at Oak Grove East Cemetery at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Jackson Humane Society or the University of Michigan Cancer Center.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.


Armilla A. “Jo” Reule
Chelsea, MI

Age 106, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 20, 2018 in her home.

She was born March 28, 1912 in Cloverdale, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Langhals) Wolff.  Jo resided in Chelsea or the Chelsea area for 103 of her 106 years of life.

On March 10, 1931, she married William (Bill) R. Reule. During WWII she was a Rosie the Riveter at Federal Screw Works. She was an active member in the South Sylvan Extension Club and served as a judge for many food and craft categories at the Monroe and Chelsea Community Fairs. She and Bill shared a love of reading. They read 2 newspapers cover to cover daily and, at 106, Jo was still reading her favorite Westerns. They were avid gardeners well into their 80’s, growing vegetables from seed to harvest then sharing the bounty with family and friends. Jo enjoyed canning, cooking and baking. She was always making something, if she wasn’t in the garden or cooking, she was working on projects like basket weaving, copper tooling, china painting and so much more.

One of Jo’s greatest passions was Chelsea Senior Citizens. She was the third member to join the group and worked tirelessly to create a place for seniors to gather to meet old friends and make new ones, to provide meals, create a program for arts and crafts and opportunities to travel the country. In 2000, she was honored to be the Senior Queen of the Chelsea Community Fair.

Jo will be remembered for her zest for life and dedication to her husband, family and friends. We will always remember her beautiful oil paintings and especially the delicious pies and cookies she made for all of us through the years.

Jo was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bill, grandson, William Drummond, her parents, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Roslyn Drummond-Freed of Williamsburg, MI; 2 grandchildren, Walter Drummond II and Dawn Shields; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

A private service was held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Senior Citizens, 512 Washington St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Mildred Myra Huehl
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, passed away peacefully in her home in Chelsea on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

She was born August 5, 1926 in Manchester, Michigan to Clyde and Hazel (Barnes) Gieske.

Mildred graduated from Manchester High School as Valedictorian and attended Ypsilanti Normal College (EMU) obtaining a teaching certificate. She taught school in several one-room school houses in the Manchester area. She has maintained contact and a friendship with many of her original students throughout her years.

On August 21, 1954 she married Earl Conrad Huehl and lived at the homestead farm on Fletcher Road. Mildred has been a life-long member of Sharon United Methodist Church holding many leadership positions, but most noted for her many years as a Sunday School Teacher. She was an active member of the Rogers Corners Farm Bureau and Women’s Extension groups. Mildred also volunteered her time to the Chelsea Senior Center. In her leisure time, Mildred enjoyed needlework projects, gardening, and playing cards or games with her many friends, family and neighbors.

She was always available to help her friends and neighbors tackle projects or lend a helping hand. She retired from Unit Packaging in Ann Arbor.

She is survived by her two sons, Dennis and Carol (Clark) and Gerald “Jerry” and Susan (Dowhal) all of Chelsea; 5 grandchildren, Kate and Derek Huffman of Novi, Robert and Melany Huehl of Chelsea, Stephanie and Adam Little of Alma, Thomas and Heather Huehl and Nicholas Huehl of Chelsea; along with her 5 great-grandchildren, Connor and Emma Huffman, David and Penelope Little, and Amelia Huehl.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl on March 30, 1972, her parents, Clyde and Hazel, and her much loved and missed sister and brother-in-law Marian and Lynn Voegeding.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 26, Noon, at Sharon United Methodist Church in Manchester with Pastor Peter Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Rowes Corner Cemetery in Manchester. The family will receive friends at the church social hall on Friday, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., and Saturday at the church from 10-12 p.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Julie Ann (Eschelbach) Bolgos
Pinckney, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 68, died Monday, May 21, 2018 in her home.

She was born February 6, 1950 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Neil Alfred and Mary J. (Thurow) Eschelbach.

Julie graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1968. On September 12, 1970, she married the love of her life, William Jeffrey Bolgos in Ann Arbor. He preceded her in death on October 26, 2008. Julie and Jeff lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Clearwater, Florida before returning to Ann Arbor to raise their daughters.

Julie was a voracious reader and news watcher, known for her phenomenal memory and arcane knowledge about any number of subjects. She loved the outdoors and when not working on a landscaping project or doing some sort of household cleaning or maintenance she enjoyed spending her days on the lake or thumping friends and family in horseshoes and cornhole.

Julie considered herself to be shy and one of her greatest traits was to create an environment that made everyone comfortable. No matter where they lived, Jeff and Julie had a stop by, open door policy in their home for family, friends, neighbors and their children’s friends. Julie was a great listener and a loyal friend and the home she created was one of comfort and solace to anyone who came by. Her wisdom, wit, strength and loyalty will be missed by many.

Julie is survived by her daughters, Jessica Pantano of Pinckney, and Johanna (Aaron) Andersen of Manchester; siblings James (Linda) Eschelbach, Patricia (Michael) Staebler, Dr. Michael (Emily) Eschelbach; sisters-in law Gale (Tom) Godfrey and Linda Bolgos; two grandchildren, Grace and Ivan Andersen; and beloved nieces and nephews Chad (Courtney) Godfrey, Alicia (Barry) Haith,  Corey Parker, Christi (Jim) Johnston, Julie (Mike) Wolber, James (Stephanie) Eschelbach, Scott Eschelbach, Ashley (Chris) Whitt, Leigha (Tim Rezaie) Staebler, Dr. Elizabeth (Alec) Wollensak, David Eschelbach, Abby (Derek) Lorenzen and Susan Eschelbach.

The family will receive visitors at Cole Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, May 30 from 3-8 p.m. A private service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Laughing Duck, Inc., 8789 McGregor Road, Pinckney, MI 48169.


Sandra Ann Brown
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 77, died Friday, May 18, 2018 at Arbor Hospice Residence.

She was born July 7, 1940 in Herkimer, New York, the daughter of Ziggy and Vera (Vespi) Cwalenski.

Sandra was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea. She worked as a legal secretary for McLaughlin Law Firm for 28 years. Sandra was a member and past president of the Chelsea Jaycees/Jaycettes. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt.

Sandra enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved reading, keeping in touch with her friends through Facebook, and following her grandchildren in sports and daily activities. Sandra was an avid fan of U of M football and their marching band.

On October 17, 1959, she married Walter Brown in Little Falls, New York, and he survives. She is also survived by a son, Walter James Brown III of Chelsea; three daughters, Linda Marie Mollison of Ft. Myers, FL, Katherine Ann (John) Scott of Chelsea, Pamela Ann (Todd Ferry) Brown of Chelsea; a sister-in-law, Johan Greene; 8 grandchildren, Anthony Mollison, Ryan Scott, Shawn (Crystal) Scott, Joe Scott, Maddie Kemp, Chase Kemp, Carly Ferry, Hunter Ferry; 2 great-grandchildren, Theodore Scott, Riley Scott; a niece, Deborah (Joe) Green; a nephew, Shawn (Alycia) Spraker; and grand-niece and nephew, Sawyer and Evelyn Spraker. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Barbara Spraker-Angelicchio.

A celebration of Sandra’s life will be Sunday, June 3, from 2-5 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118, in the social hall. Private burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Athletic Boosters.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Marshall F. Carr
of Chelsea

Passed away May 15, 2018 after a short illness.

Born February 14, 1933 in Louellen, KY to Nathan and Willie Mae (McClendon) Carr, the eldest of five children.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; children, Marshall Jr., Marsa W. Garcia and Mary G. Davis; two sisters, Genene Meeks and Mary Frances (Harold) Hall, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.


Dean Frederick Fox
Ann Arbor, MI

Age 73, went to be home with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, on Thursday, May 17, 2018, following a two-year courageous battle with cancer.

He was born December 12, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Robert Edison and Mildred (Steyer) Fox. On May 31, 1969 he married Christel Johnson of Princeton, New Jersey, and was a loving and faithful husband and father.

Mr. Fox accepted Christ as his Savior as a child and was a long-time member of Dexter Gospel Church where he served on the Welcome Team, as well as assisting with Daily Vacation Bible School.

He was an Eagle Scout at the age of 13 and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. He received an MBA degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan. Mr. Fox was a US Army veteran and served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. He was a CPA, having passed the exam on his first attempt. After working as a CPA for five years with a Big 4 CPA firm, he joined a predecessor of CitiMortgage. He retired from CitiMortgage, Farmington Hills, in 2000 as a Corporate Vice President. He previously served as Director of Audit and Controller.

During his 25 years in mortgage banking, he was selected to be chairman of several committees of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, and he was a member of the Governor’s Michigan Efficiency Task Force in 1976. Mr. Fox enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states and more than 50 countries. While a college student, he was an exchange student to France. He also enjoyed playing golf with his family.

He is survived by Christel, his wife of nearly 49 years, their twin sons, David Fox of Ann Arbor and Peter (Deena) Fox of Southfield, his brother Robert E. Fox II, nephew Rob (Alena) Fox, niece Heather (Rodney) Williams, and cousins Christine (Jim) Profeta, Wayne Steyer, Rick (Kathy) Fox, Jim (Cathy) Fox, Tom Fox, and Linda Bauer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 26, at 11:00 am at Dexter Gospel Church with Pastor Dan Robelen officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 25, 5:00-9:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea and on Saturday, May 26, 10:00-11:00 at Dexter Gospel Church. A luncheon will follow the service.

A private burial will be held at Harwick Cemetery, a family cemetery in Mattawan, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dexter Gospel Church, 2253 Baker Road, Dexter, MI 48130.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Dale L. Maurer
Chelsea, MI, formerly of Dover, OH

Age 83, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his home in The Pines.

He was born April 15, 1935 in Dover, OH, the son of A. Frank and Hazel (Henderson) Maurer.

Dale was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ in Dover, OH. He was a United States Army Veteran, who served in Germany as a Spec 4 at the Headquarter Company 6 Transportation Battalion. Dale was a member of the Masonic F and AM Lodge 57 in Dover, receiving his 32nd Degree from Valley of Canton, OH.

He worked for Firestone Tire for 30 years, and then for Dexter Schools for 15 years. Dale volunteered at the Chelsea Community Hospital for over 6,000 hours.

On July 8, 1967, he married Eleanor Brock at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Wooster, OH, and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Timothy (Jessica) Maurer of Columbus, OH; a daughter, Elizabeth Maurer of Alexandria, VA; two sisters, Mabel Maurer of Dover, OH, Marlyn (Chuck) Schroder of Candor, NY; five grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, MI on Thursday, May 24 from 7-9 p.m. A Masonic service will be held Saturday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. at Toland-Herzig Funeral Home in Dover, OH.

Burial with military honors will follow at Dover Burial Park, Dover, OH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Chelsea Cancer Center, 775 S. Main Street, Chelsea Michigan 48118.


Richard “Dick” Loftis
Jackson, Michigan

Age 66, died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born February 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John H. and Audrey (Harris) Loftis.

Dick was a member of the Stockbridge High School class of 1970. He worked at Central Fiber, QED Environmental Systems, and in many aspects as a handyman, in lawn care, and in the building trades until he had a major stroke 13 years ago. He was an active member of Chelsea First Congregational Church, where he helped with the building and grounds, and enjoyed visiting with the congregation.

Dick loved people, and church was one of the highlights of his week. He loved spending time outdoors, including hunting, fishing and attending gun shows. Dick also liked American history, war movies, and woodworking.

On June 10, 1978, he married Nancy Hepburn in Gregory, and she survives.  Other survivors include his mother, Audrey Loftis of Pinckney; his children, Michael of Chelsea, Damon (Melissa) of Clinton, Kristy (Phillip) Pinter of Ida; one sister, Linda Loftis of Pinckney; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father in February, 2007, and his brother, David Loftis.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 17, noon, at First Congregational Church, 121 E Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118, with Pastor Joe Jeffreys officiating.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, 5-8 p.m., and at the church from 11 a.m.-noon before the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his family or the First Congregational Church of Chelsea.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Annberta Margaret Gasieski
Jackson, Michigan

Age 84, died Friday, May 11, 2018 at home.

She was born April 8, 1934 in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, the daughter of Lambert H. and Mary F. (Benz) Keull.

Annberta graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in New York. She was a homemaker and raised 4 children. Annberta attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea from 1977-1989 before moving to Alpena.

Ann loved her family more than anything. She was a dedicated Roman Catholic who lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, crocheting, knitting, and cooking. Her health did not stop her from roller skating, riding bikes, and traveling to Alaska. She loved to read and embraced everyone she met.

On July 22, 1956, Annberta married Edward “Ed” Gasieski, and he survives. Other survivors include 4 children, Daniel (Dawn) Gasieski of Livonia, Steven (Cathy) Gasieski of Chelsea, Mark (Sue) Gasieski of Stockbridge, Lizbeth (Rick) Balzer of Ocala, Florida; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Sister Mary Lambert Keull and Viola Rogers.

Her Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Monday, May 14, 4-8 p.m. and at the church Tuesday 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, 115 East Main Street, Allegany, NY 14706.


Lynne Ellen Marxson
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 78, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018 while in the loving care of Arbor Hospice Residence, Saline, MI.

She was born December 19, 1939 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the daughter of Fred R. Marxson and Mary Margaret (Andrew) Marxson.

Lynne was retired from ATT and from her work at several churches as church secretary. Lynne lived at the Chelsea Retirement Community and attended church services there.

Survivors include one sister, Mariemma (Robert) Yousey of Gregory; brother Phillip (Sonnie) Marxson of Brookville, OH; nephews Robert Munker of Northville, Samuel (Holly) Munker of Dexter, Ernest (Shawntay) Munker of Farmington Hills; nieces, Lisa (Todd) Fetters of Huntington, IN, Kristen (Rick) Matzke of Englewood, OH; also survived by several great nieces and nephews. Lynne was predeceased by one nephew, Michael Frederick Marxson, Huntington, IN.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the Main Chapel at Chelsea Retirement Community with Rev. Tina Zimmerman officiating. 

In lieu of Flowers, please make contributions to Arbor Hospice 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48103.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Clarence “Glenn” Erskine
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Moran, MI

Age 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his home.

He was born July 26, 1923 in Allenville, Michigan, the son of John and Violet (Ringler) Erskine.

Glenn graduated from St. Ignace High School in 1942. He served in the Army from 1943-46. Glenn was an auto mechanic and driver for Chrysler for 20 years. After his retirement, Glenn and Minnie moved to Moran, MI, and returned to Chelsea in 2013.

Glenn was an avid sportsman who loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

On Oct. 16, 1948, he married Minnie M. Piatt in Toledo, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 4, 2015. Survivors include two sons, Ronald (Deborah) Erskine of Chelsea, Donald (Debb) Erskine of Manchester; a daughter, Bonnee Brown of Colorado Springs, CO; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; his brother, Vern of Moran, MI; his sister, Laraine Wiggins of Newberry, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

No memorial services are planned. Burial will take place in Brevort Cemetery, Brevort, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Larry V. Gonyer
Manchester, MI

Age 82, died unexpectedly Friday, May 4, 2018 at his home.

He was born September 9, 1935 in Erie Township, Monroe, Michigan, the son of Raphael “Ray” and Mary Louise (Browne) Gonyer.

Larry graduated from Manchester High School in 1954. He joined the Marines in 1954-1956. Larry worked for the Ford dealership in Manchester for 35 years and managed their body shop. He enjoyed working on cars during his retirement, including a 1957 Ford Retractable and 1968 Mustang.

Larry was a member of the International Ford Retractable Club Michigan/Ontario Chapter. He also liked woodworking and enjoyed auctions and antiquing.

On June 14, 1958, he married Elizabeth Annie Oates in Manchester, and she survives. Other survivors include four children, Lynn Gonyer of Manchester, Mark D. (Brenda) Gonyer of Kalamazoo, Lori (Daniel) Capal of North Platte, Nebraska, Robb (Amy) Gonyer of Davenport, Iowa; 1 brother, Conrad Gonyer; 1 sister, Delores (Jim) Bauer; 9 grandchildren, Stephen, Jeffrey, and Megan Capal; Sarah, Rebekah, Matthew, Andrew, Josiah, and Joshua Gonyer; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Gonyer; sister, Barbra Frey; and Uncle, Conrad Browne.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, Michigan with Rev. Ron Clark officiating.  Private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, in Manchester. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 8, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Public Schools.


John Warren Eisenbeiser
June 17, 1940-April 25, 2018

Born to Warren and Caroline (Konkle) Eisenbeiser. John was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie (Sheren) Eisenbeiser and sister Sue.

Surviving children are James, Sam (Karen) and Lucy (Paul) Beauchamp; grandchildren Rillian and Max Eisenbeiser, Josephine and Xavier Beauchamp; Brother William (Sharleen).

John graduated from Chelsea High School and M.S.U. with a degree in Animal Husbandry. Happiest outdoors, he worked most of his life as a builder and landscaper around Chelsea.

Donations in memory of John Eisenbeiser may be made to St. Louis Center, 16195 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, MI 48118


Richard “Dick” Bouton
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Harbor Springs, MI

Age 80, passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born February 12, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Franklyn Loomis and Helen (Hartwell) Bouton.

Dick graduated from Cranbrook High School in 1957. He studied architecture, then art, at the University of Michigan. Dick taught art at Southfield High School.

He earned a degree in education and became a counselor in Lake Orion in 1975, then went into administration and was principal at Waldon Middle School in Lake Orion and at Harbor Springs High School from 1991-1996. He belonged to Chi Psi U of M Fraternity. Dick was a long-time member and Clerk of Session at First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs.

A professional sailor on Scaramouche, Dick did many long distance ocean races, as well as sail on the Great Lakes and compete in numerous Mackinac races. His passions were sailing, woodworking, building boats, driving fun cars and of course his family. Dick loved the University of Michigan, especially Michigan football.

On July 8, 1978, he married Sally Marie Penette, and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Adam of Ferndale; and a daughter, Robin (Harrison) Buberniak of Temperance; a sister, Mary (Bob) Howe of Grosse Ile; and he was a doting “Papa” to his granddaughter, Cora Buberniak. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Tommy Bouton.

There will be two celebrations of Dick’s life at a later time, one in Harbor Springs and one in Grosse Ile. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, with the hopes of finding the cure Dick was so optimistic about. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

“He is now up in the ocean in the sky where the wind blows free and you always sail eased sheets.”


Betty Marshall
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 98, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 27, 2018 at her apartment at Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea, Michigan.

She was born on April 15, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio to Hilma (Wieck) and John Henry Rowse. She graduated from Shaw High School in Cleveland in 1938. On October 1, 1940 she married Harry Robert Marshall and they were married fifty-one years until Harry’s death in 1991.

Betty worked in her younger years at the F.W. Woolworth Company in Cleveland, Ohio and then for Black Industries also in Cleveland, a machine shop making machined parts for the war effort during WWII.

After time off to raise her family she entered the work force again, first working in retail sales for the Higbee Department Stores in Cleveland and then later as a Supervisor for Ardac, Inc. in Eastlake, Ohio as a line supervisor making money changing equipment, where she retired from in 1999 at the age of 79.

Betty loved to travel and traveled extensively visiting such places as Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scandinavia, and other places around the globe with her daughter Karen. She also traveled with her son and daughter-in-law to Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, Hawaii, and to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she loved to watch the massive freighters on Lake Superior.

Betty always enjoyed trips including ones to Minnesota and the West Coast where she could spend time with her daughter, son-in-law, grandsons, and later with the grandsons’ families including her two great grandchildren. Trips to Las Vegas were also favorite activities for Betty including one trip with her family to celebrate her 75th birthday.

Really anywhere there was a casino there she was happy.

She spent many summers helping her parents run a tourist resort of 10 cabins in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada, which she also provided wonderful summer vacations for her children and nieces Debbie and Penny, creating for all, wonderful lifelong memories.

At age 90, she moved to Silver Maples Retirement Community from Kirtland, Ohio where she had lived for 44 years.

She was a wonderful in all her roles as wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, and honorary Grandma Betty to many.   She was a sincerely compassionate, independent and giving woman who was always interested in others and their needs and willing to help anyone she could.   She was absolutely adored by the staff and caregivers at Silver Maples and Arbor Hospice, who took wonderful care of her.

A joyous 98th birthday celebration was recently held for her at Silver Maples and it was obvious that Betty was loved by many. She also loved to have visits from all of her grand dogs, six of them over many years, most recently Bella and Nugget who were with her when she passed. All the grand dogs loved Grandma immensely and their visits gave her great joy and comfort.

She is survived by her son:  Paul (Barbara) Marshall of Chelsea, Michigan; daughter:  Karen (Tom) Kempke of Northfield, Minnesota; grandsons:  Chris (Lisa) Kempke of Albany, Oregon and Sean (Ivy) Kempke of Duluth, Minnesota; niece:  Debbie (Richard) Bass of Gates Mills, Ohio and many other friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers: Bud and Bob, and son Roger who died at age 8 of leukemia.

One of Betty’s greatest joys was to know that the type of leukemia that took Roger now has a very high cure rate. She always said she wanted to live long enough to see this and she did.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 West Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will take place in Mayfield Heights, Ohio on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Acacia Park Cemetery, 1880 SOM Center Road.

In lieu of flowers memorials are per Betty’s request, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to one of the following charities:

St. Jude Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tennessee 38101-9929

Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162. (734) 384-5185.

Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.


Rev. James Simmons
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor

Age 90, passed away peacefully at his home in CRC (Chelsea Retirement Community) on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.

James, the loving husband of Charlotte Graves Wint Simmons, was born to George James and Florence Ella (McPhearson) Simmons on March 28,1928 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

James is survived by his loving wife Charlotte, who he married 68 years ago in Ann Arbor. He is also survived by his three daughters Mary (Brian) Hughes of White Lake, Judi (Richard) Trenton of Roscommon, and Pamela Simmons of Ypsilanti: eight grandchildren Brie (Matthew) LaLone, Cheryl Taylor, Erin (Ben) Stevenson, Melissa Trenton, (fiance Todd Hohauser), Rachel (Brandon) Evans, Matthew Garza and 8 1/2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Wayne.

James life work focused on serving others. He served his country in the US Navy at the end of World War II. This service was followed by many years as a minister for the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served many communities including, Clinton, Ferndale, Highland, Carleton, Linden, Weston, Hartland, and Willoughby Hills, Ohio. James served Adrian College as a reference librarian. He was Chaplin for CRC, and served as Archivist for the United Methodist Church Detroit Conference.

After James and Charlotte moved to CRC, he was asked to serve as CRC’s librarian. He and his wife valued serving their community through numerous charities and causes including Meals on Wheels and LEAHC (Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation). He was active in the Rotary Club and received several honors including the Adrian College Alumni Service Award which he was co-awarded with Charlotte, and the J.A. Baughman Church History Award.

A memorial service will be held in his honor, Thursday, May 3rd at 3:00 p.m. It will be held in the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel with Reverend Tom Macaulay and Reverend Tina Zimmerman officiating.

All are welcome to come and celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UMRC (United Methodist Retirement Community) Foundation or to the Chelsea United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Donald L. O’Dell
of Chelsea, MI

Age 84, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital.

He was born October 15, 1933 in McGuffey, Ohio the son of William and Maude (Minix) O’Dell.

Don lived in Chelsea his entire life. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War and remained active as a life member of the American Legion Herbert J. McKune Post 31, also serving as Post Commander. If you’ve ever noticed the American flags marking the Veteran’s graves at the local cemeteries, Don was the one who ensured that every Veteran was honored with a flag marker.

He participated in countless parades and was honored in 2006 as Chelsea Citizen of the Year. He worked as a driver/mechanic for Chrysler Proving Grounds for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He also worked part time for Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. He had a cottage north of Manistee where he enjoyed deer hunting. He also enjoyed golfing and was a life member of the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club as well as the Masonic Lodge # 156.

On May 13, 1962 he married Margaret M. Stapish, and she survives. Also surviving are one sister Joanne Moore of Chelsea, nieces and nephews: Mike Moore, William Moore, Karen Moore, Maria Stapish, Thomas Pawlowski, and Sherri Nadeau. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Robert Moore, and sister-in-law Helen Stapish.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. as well as Wednesday from noon until the hour of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Herbert J. McKune Post 31 or Faith in Action.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.


Sheridan W. Springer

Age 83, of North Lake/Dexter Township, MI, passed away at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, MI on April 20, 2018.

He was surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

Sheridan was born on June 30, 1934, in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Walter W. and Ruth (Forshee) Springer. Sheridan was raised in Ann Arbor. He met Sallie Wilson, his wife to be, when he was 11 years old at Slauson Junior High School. They were high school sweethearts at Ann Arbor High School and were married on August 31, 1954.

Sheridan graduated from the University of Michigan with his business administration degree in 1956. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army from 1956-1958 in Frankfort, Germany. Sheridan and Sallie raised their family in Ann Arbor until 1976, when they relocated to North Lake where they currently reside.

Sheridan joined his father Walt, in the family business, Springer Insurance Agency, later Springer-Kleinschmidt Agency in Ann Arbor. He purchased a second insurance agency in Chelsea in 1975, which he sold in January 2016. He was a licensed insurance agent for 59 years.

Sheridan was active in many community service endeavors. He served on the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as President of the Ann Arbor Insurance Association, President of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Chelsea Downtown Development Authority. He also served on the Dexter Township Planning Commission and the Tax Board of Review for many years.

Sheridan joined the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor in January of 1960. He served as President of the Club in 1967. He was elected the Lieutenant Governor of Division 10 in 1971. “Sherry” as he was fondly known in Kiwanis, achieved the longest perfect attendance record in club history, at 58 years.

Sheridan and Sallie were long time members of the University of Michigan’s Victor’s Club and were season ticket holders for football, hockey and basketball for many years.

They also enjoyed traveling and achieved their bucket list item of visiting all seven continents. Sheridan and Sallie’s favorite get-a-way was Murph’s Camp, the deer hunting cabin in the Upper Peninsula. In recent years, they have enjoyed warm weather during the winter months in Pharr, TX.

Sheridan is survived by his adoring wife, Sallie W. Springer, his daughters, Sherrie Springer of Chelsea, MI, Shelly (Curt) Kessler of Springboro, OH and Shannon (David) Steinbach of North Lake, MI; his treasured grandchildren Sean and Tracy Steinbach, Katie, Mitchell and Julie Kessler, and Christopher Boyd; also nieces, nephews and cousins, and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Elgin “Bud” S. and Helen I. Wilson, his sister, Suzanne Springer Holland, and brother-in-law John M. Holland.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care provided by Sheridan’s primary care physician and friend, Rebecca Patrias, MD.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 pm on Monday, April 23, 2018, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea, MI 48118.

The Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the First Congregational Church at 608 E. William Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. The Rev. Robert K. Livingston will be presiding.

Visitation at the Church will be held prior to the service from 2:00-3:00 pm. Parking is available at the Thompson/Maynard Street Parking Structure.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to: Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation, 100 N. Staebler Road, Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or the First Congregational Church, 608 E. William Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.


Helen Francis Rigg
Manchester, MI

Age 99, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018 in her home.

She was born April 23, 1918 in Mosquito Twp., IL, the daughter of Walter B. and Freda F. (Elder) Butterfield. Helen moved to Michigan 59 years ago from Niantic, IL. She worked for Double A Products.

Helen was a member of the Manchester United Methodist Church, Life Member and Past Matron of Eastern Star Chapter #311 in Saline, and member and Past President of American Legion Auxiliary Emil Jacob Post. She was a Civil Service Award recipient.

On Sept. 1, 1940, she married John B. Rigg in the Berea Christian Church, Mt. Auburn, IL, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 1995. Survivors include two sons, Richard J. and Mary Lou Rigg of Chelsea and Ronald Rigg of Volcano, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Sara Rigg Leblanc, Dan Rigg, Mary Rigg Oesterle, John Rigg; 5 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Rager of Latham, IL; and a brother, John Butterfield of Decatur, IL.  She was preceded in death by two sons, James and Robert; a sister, Virginia Hawley; three brothers, Dean, Robert, and Ralph Butterfield.

On Sunday, April 22nd, friends and family will visit and gather for food and celebration from 12-1:30 in the Social Hall of Manchester First United Methodist Church. A memorial service for Helen will directly follow in the sanctuary of the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Manchester First United Methodist Church or The American Legion Auxiliary Emil Jacob Post.

Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Manchester.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Leo W. Geisler III
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA

Age 88, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 16, 2018 at his home.

He was born March 2, 1930 in Plainfield, New Jersey, the son of Leo W. and Florence E. (Hatch) Geisler.

Leo and Eileen moved to Chelsea in 2006, coming from Bethel Park, PA. He was an Elder at the John McMillen Presbyterian Church in PA. He worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass for 13 years, and the Heinz Corporation in plant maintenance for 22 years, retiring in 1992.

Leo was active with Boy Scout troop 476, and the Chelsea Senior Center computer club.

On Feb. 4, 1956, he married Eileen M. Zentz in Milan, MI, and she survives. Other survivors include one son, David (Theresa) Geisler of Virginia Beach, Virginia, three daughters Stephanie (James) Monagham of Laplata, Maryland, Elizabeth (Tom) Girard of Chelsea, and Nancy Geisler of Richmond, Virginia; a brother, John Geisler of Hilton Head, SC; 10 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Leo was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 20, 1:00 pm at Chelsea United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Troop 476.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


George Carl Freymuth

Died January 26, 2018 at the age of 76 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila, of 47 years, daughter Kim (Scott) Beloskur, son Carl (Norma) Freymuth, grandchildren Jonathon, Jordan, Ashley, Devin, Alyssa, Bentley, Lincoln, Taylor and Bradley. Also his sister Linda Sue Proctor and her children. He was preceded in death by his parents Lou and Madge Freymuth and grandson, Cody Freymuth.

George was a man who, first and foremost, loved God. That foundational characteristic of him spilled into every area of his life. He was a man who loved his family unconditionally.

He was a man of peace, someone you could trust, and he loved to serve people. He was a humble man and would stand in the background unless he shared one of his stories that made everyone laugh.

Memorial service for George is April 28, 2018 at Peoples Church, Pinckney, MI with a luncheon at 1:00 p.m. and a time of celebration of his life 2:00 p.m.


William Frederick “Bill” Storey
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, died Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Chelsea, Michigan.

He was born December 21, 1922 in Ionia, Michigan, the son of William C. and Lena M. (Knight) Storey.

Bill, a retired Marine Corps pilot and WWII veteran, was a devoted husband to Jean, his wife of 71 years. His interest in national and local politics and current events led to many lively discussions with his children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. His wise counsel was respected and appreciated by many. Bill was also a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proud of his family’s accomplishments and always showed interest in their lives.

Bill graduated from Knox High School in Indiana in 1940. He served as a Naval Aviator in the Marines during WWII, eventually retiring as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve. He graduated from Michigan State College in 1949 using the GI Bill.

He began his career as an installer for Michigan Bell Telephone, quickly moving up to their data-communication group. He was a pioneer in early computer development and marketing, with clients including MSU, WSU, U of M, and Consumers Power. He moved, with Jean, to Chelsea in 1950, and retired in 1981.

Bill was a member of Chelsea United Methodist Church since 1950, and was also a member of the Chelsea School Board, the Navy League in Ann Arbor, and the Kiwanis Club of Chelsea. He served as Treasurer for the Village of Chelsea, member of the Village Council, and director of Chelsea’s Civil Defense in the 1950s.

On August 31, 1946, Bill married Jean C. Weisgerber. Other survivors include children, Sarah (Dennis) White of Onsted, James Storey of Fredericksburg, VA, and John (Elizabeth) Storey of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren, Marc (Ann) White, Peter White, Jill (Jeffrey) Blazok, Molly Storey, Camden Storey, Anna Storey; five great-grandchildren, June White, Nolan and Drew White, Abigail and Charlie Blazok. Bill was preceded in death by his older brother, Gerald Storey.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 8, 2:00 pm at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tom Macaulay officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society or the United Service Organization (USO).
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


Sandra Suzanne Gasiewski

Age 73, of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, Michigan, passed away on March 25, 2018, in Leesburg, Florida.

She was born on January 18, 1945, in Delray, Michigan, the daughter of Joseph William and Irene Regina (Klein) Griffin. Sandra graduated in 1963 from Trenton High School in Trenton, Michigan, and went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College for Interior Design.

Her greatest joys were her family, her home, and her pets. Sandra lived for many years on Clear Lake in Grass Lake, Michigan, where she enjoyed kayaking, boating, and lake life. She took great pride in cooking for her beloved family and friends and making a beautiful and cozy home.

After retiring five years ago, Sandra and Norman moved to The Villages, Florida, where she became an active member of The Giving Dolls Club, Shag Dance Club, and also enjoyed golfing and socializing with friends.

She is survived by her husband, Norman J. Gasiewski, of The Villages, Florida, her daughter Jamie (Brian) Tucker of Chelsea, Michigan, her three sisters Cori (Gene) Burrell, of Trenton, Michigan, Janet Griffin, of Lincoln Park, Michigan, and Lisa (Zip) Lucidi, of Prescott, Arizona. She is also survived by her grandchildren Stephanie (Bryan) Neville-Cannon, of Marietta, Georgia, Joshua, Claire, and Kendall Tucker, of Chelsea, Michigan, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Neville, and her brother, Jeffrey Griffin.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 1-5 p.m. and Monday April 2, from 10-11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Michigan. Funeral services will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel on Monday, April 2, at 11:00 a.m. with Rabbi David Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Michigan Memorial Cemetery, Flat Rock, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Wilma (Farley) Picklesimer
Brooklyn, MI, formerly of Chelsea, MI

Wilma (Farley) Picklesimer, a long-time Chelsea resident, went to be with the Lord March 22, 2018 after a short illness.

She was born in Loyall, Kentucky, Jan. 6, 1927, the eighth and last child of Nancy (Bingham) and Carter Howard Farley.

She attended and was a member of Immanuel Bible Church in Chelsea, Michigan for many years. She won Homemaker of the Year at Chelsea Community Fair in 1990 and 1991. She was a life-time member of and volunteered with Chelsea Community Hospital Auxiliary for several decades in the gift shop and sewing circle.

She was a life-time member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 423 and former member of Post 4076. Additionally, she was a home-health aide for Individualized Home Care Services.

In 1995, she and her husband, Mitchell Picklesimer, Sr., received the Volunteer of the Year award from Faith in Action, in Chelsea. Wilma volunteered at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She grew up in Harlan County, Kentucky and met her future husband, Mitchell, at a dinner hosted by her brother, Lawrence. When introduced, she laughed at Mitchell’s last name. They married on May 23, 1942, in Covington, KY. Thus, she always said not to laugh at another person’s last name “because you just might wind up with it.”

She was an avid reader of Christian novels, especially those authored by Grace Livingston Hill. Her family enjoyed her kind spirit of faith and fabulous cooking that included freshly baked bread, cornbread and butterscotch pies. Friends and family benefited from her crocheted afghans, doilies and baby items.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, two infant children, Eda and Carter, her parents, four brothers and three sisters. She leaves behind five children: Sandra Aldrich of Colorado Springs, Colo., a son, Mitchell, Jr., (John Thompkins) of Phoenix, Ariz., Nancy (Bill) Bevins of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Thea Picklesimer of Brooklyn, Mich., and Greta Picklesimer of Jackson, Mich., eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea with Ronald Clark officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-3 p.m. Burial will follow in the family plot at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immanuel Bible Church, Community Bible Church, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Ermil Jones
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Monroe and Belleville

Age 88, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born March 3, 1930 in Owosso, Michigan, the son of Alvin and Edith Mary (Green) Jones.

Ermil graduated from Monroe High School in 1948, and from Adrian College in 1952 with a history major and political science and math minors, earning his Secondary School Teaching Certificate. He earned two Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, one in 1954 (History) and one in 1972 (School Administration).

He spent 23 years at Van Buren Public Schools in Belleville and 10 years at Jefferson Schools in Monroe. In addition to teaching, Ermil sold life insurance for Columbus Mutual Life Insurance Company, did custodial and maintenance work for four summers for Van Buren School District, spent two summers at Ford Motor Company, and worked for Sears in the credit department and customer service.

He was a member of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies (Past President), Van Buren Education Society (Past President), Monroe County Purchasing Association, and served three years on the Adrian College Alumni Board.

Ermil was active in the Lions Club for over 40 years, in the Belleville Lions (Charter Member and President), Monroe Lions (President and Lion of the Year), Dundee Lions and Huron Valley Sunrise Lions Club.

Ermil was a member of the Monroe Masonic Lodge 27. He was an Eagle Scout, and was involved in scouting for 30 years, including Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 544, and serving as both Program Director and Camp Director in the Wolverine Council.

He served as Chairman for the Belleville City Planning Commission and was a member of the Board of Appeals. He was an active church member at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti (Sunday School teacher), Belleville United Methodist (youth group leader, Chair of Christian Education, and choir), St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Monroe (Choir, Liturgist, and Executive Board member), and finally at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor (lead usher, choir, ordained Deacon, Treasurer, and several committees).

He was a Liturgist and certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Linda (Keith) Carnahan of Wyoming, Sheryl (Ken) Gaynor of Oak Park; a son, Kenneth Jones of Wyoming; four step-children, Jennifer (Ted) Baker, Eric (Geesook) Baker, Dave (Loretta) Baker, and Ted (Karen) Baker; four grandchildren, Shawn (Kelly), Paul (Mrianna Skorcz), Sarah, and Caitlin (Sean); two great-grandchildren, Melody and Zoey. He was preceded in death by two wives, Sally (Mayo) Jones and Beverly (Lyons) Baker.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Dancey House chapel, with Rev. Tina Zimmerman officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Owosso.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lions International.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Robert “Bob” Wallace Rice
Of Lamar, Colorado – formerly of Grass Lake, Michigan

Age 77, passed away after a hard fight against a glioblastoma brain tumor, Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Chelsea, Michigan. His kindness and mild demeanor was maintained until the end.

Bob is survived by his wife, Cathy, his three daughters, Brenda (Bryan), Carrie (Jason), Dawna; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Jacob, Carly (Cameron), Cassidy, Lydia, Paige, and Caden; and four great-grandchildren, Brailynn, Owen, Landon and Bennett. He is also survived by his sisters, Eleanor (Robert) and Carolyn and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie, and his brother Edwin. He will be missed very much by his family and friends.

Bob was born November 24, 1940 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Walter and Alice Rice. He lived in the area most of his life raising his family and working at Chrysler Proving Grounds for 30 years.

He moved to Colorado 2 1/2 years ago. Bob had a unique sense of adventure that usually involved one or more of the following:  car, boat, snowmobile, train, RV, horses or mountains. He was mechanically talented and could fix anything. He cared about people and regularly participated in Bible education as Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for. He touched the lives of many.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Chelsea Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 17690 West Old US 12, Chelsea, Michigan 48118. Private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Dixboro, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, or the the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste. 550, Chicago, IL 60631.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Patricia Louise Sanford Brown
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 86, died Monday, February 26, 2018 at Chelsea Community Hospital.

She was born December 13, 1931 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Leonard Holbrook and Thelma Elizabeth (Haite) Sanford.

Patricia attended Lansing public schools, graduating from J.W. Sexton High School in 1949. She was graduated with a BA from Albion College, Albion, MI in 1953 with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. In 1978, Albion College honored her with a Distinguished Alumna Award.

She worked in the Virus Research Department of Parke Davis in Detroit from 1953-55 with the title of Research Virologist, spending the first year doing secondary screening in mice of substances with possible anti-neurotropic virus qualities. The second year, she transferred to the Salk Polio Vaccine Department at Parkedale Farms, Rochester, MI and safety-tested in small animals, individual strains of polio viruses.

Patricia married her college sweetheart, Tom Brown II on August 27, 1955 in Lansing, MI. She was employed at various secretarial jobs from 1955 until February 1957 when their first child was born in Boston, MA.

Patricia was active in many organizations, including President of the Detroit Conference UMC Board of Equitable Salaries 1975-79, member of the Executive Committee of National Association of Commissions on Equitable Salaries of the UMC from 1975-1994, and National Treasurer 1984-1994. She served continuously as officer or committee member of Church Women United in Michigan, and State President 1979-82.

Patricia was first violinist and charter member with the St. Clair Shores Symphony, Mt. Clemens Symphony, and Allen Park Symphony. She was a member of several choirs, including the Midland Music Society Chorale, soloist with the Madrigal Chorale of Southfield, performing member with the St. Cecilia Society of Flint, and the Albion College Concert Choir (1953 and 2000-2004).

In 1981-82, she was a member of the steering committee for the Consultations of the Future of Ecumenism in Michigan, which led to the organizing of the Michigan Ecumenical Forum. Patricia was a member of the ELT club of Albion, Albion First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Palatines to America, Michigan Oral History Association, Chemo Buddy, and Michigamme Methodist Church Family Camp charter lead family.

Patricia and her husband have hiked extensively in Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon Territory of Canada, and in Alaska from 1985-2001. She self-published two books: “A Charge to Keep” in 1959, and “Seasons for Growing, Diaries of Lizzie Dravenstaat” in 1992.

Patricia and Tom lived in Boston and Malden, MA, and returned to Michigan to live in Dearborn, St. Clair Shores, River Rouge, Iron Mountain, Roseville, Hemlock, Warren, Flint, and Albion.

Patricia was a caring and creative person, a wonderful wife to Tom and mother to their children. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children, Steven Brown of Albion, MI, Peter (Lori) Stephens-Brown of Skandia, MI, Mary Lenardson of Albion, MI; 4 grandchildren, Luther (Cassie) Snow, Lara Stephens-Brown, Noah Stephens-Brown, Julie Lenardson; 3 great-grandchildren, Christian, Abigail, and Brooke Snow.

A memorial service will be held in Albion on Saturday, March 24, 1 p.m. at Albion College Goodrich Chapel. A memorial service will be held in Chelsea on Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sanford-Brown Music Scholarship fund at Albion College (611 E. Porter St., Albion, Michigan 49224) or the UMRC Foundation (805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118).

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Betty Helen Plasterer
Pinckney, MI

Age 77, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 12, 2018 at her daughter’s home.

She was born September 5, 1940 in Dansville, Michigan, the daughter of Emil and Minnie (Serenson) Zaske.

Betty was a selfless mother who always put others before herself. She was a consummate peacemaker who was always smiling and always positive, with a sense of humor that would never stop. Betty worked behind the scenes, never seeking glory.

Betty took care of many people, from babies to hospice. She enjoyed gardening and the outdoors, square dancing, sewing, traveling, and driving the church bus. She was the cool grandma who took her grandchildren on new adventures.

Survivors include her children, Vicki (David) Ribar, Erik Booker, Joseph Booker, Linda Booker; Donna Plasterer, Nancy (Mark) Zachos, John (Carolyn) Plasterer; a brother, Bob Zaske; a sister, Norma (Bob) Rolhoff; 5 grandchildren, Kris Ribar, Megan (David) Lang, Joellyn Plasterer, Morgan Plasterer, Anne Zachos; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles Booker and Donald Plasterer.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 19, 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dale Grimm officiating. The family will receive friends noon to 1 p.m. before the funeral.

Burial will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Concordia Lutheran School in Redford. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Edith “Edie” Mary Knapp-Willoughby
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ypsilanti

Edie passed away peacefully at home on Friday March 9th, 2018. She was born Nov. 8th, 1924 in Traverse City, MI, daughter of John J. Sutton and Susan Bradford Sutton.

After graduating from West Branch High School in 1943, Edie worked for the Bell Telephone Co. She later graduated from Western Union Business School in Crawfordsville, IN. She moved to Ypsilanti, MI and worked at the Western Union office and soon met and married Donald Knapp.

Don passed away on April 1st 1985. In 1999, she married Dr. Robert Willoughby, he passed in August of 2011. Edie was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother John Sutton Jr. and infant twin sons John and James Knapp.

Edie was an accomplished artist working mainly in oils and pastels and taking up watercolors in her 80’s. She learned the art of coloring photographs and tinted many from 1946-1977 for HA Powell Studios of Detroit, MI.

Edie enjoyed many years volunteering at the First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti where she was a Sunday school teacher, as well as singing in the church choir for over 30 years. She also volunteered at Beyer Hospital, Gilbert Residence and for the Thrift Shop in Ypsilanti for over 21 years. She also sang in Ypsilanti Community Choir for over 21 years, she served as Regent of The Ypsilanti Chapter of the DAR and PEO. Edie loved God’s beautiful world and was fortunate to get to travel to 25 countries and 49 states.

She is survived by 3 sons, David K. (Janice) of Middleville, MI, Steven D. (Debra) of Appleton, WI, and Douglas M. (Kathy) of Manchester, MI. Also surviving are her grandchildren Krista, Joshua (Emily), Olivia, Kalena (Shaun) Mefford, all of Wisconsin. Caleb and Holden of Manchester, MI; and 3 great grandchildren Gina, Kirra and Catlin of WI.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held at Silver Maples of Chelsea on Saturday March 24th at 11:00 a.m, with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating. Her family will receive visitors starting at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospice of Michigan or the First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, MI.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Barbara Ann Bourdeau McAuley
East Lansing, MI

Age 84, died Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Medilodge of East Lansing.

She was born April 13, 1933 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Joseph G. and Marquerite (Keeler) Bourdeau. Barbara was a Registered Nurse, graduating from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1956.

Survivors include her son, Terence J. McAuley of Ann Arbor; her sister Judith (Steve) Wilgar of Toronto; and many cousins in Chatham, Ontario.

At Barb’s request, no services will be held. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to her son Terry, c/o Attorney Susan Zale, 134 West Middle St, Ste. D, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Shirley Joan Smith
Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Manchester and Gregory

Age 89, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in her home.

She was born May 29, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Jack Vincent and Rosina Domatilla (Schillinger) King.

Shirley was raised in Detroit during the Depression. After her marriage, she traveled with her husband while he was in the Army, and later they lived in Manchester, and on a farm in Gregory. She has lived in Chelsea for over 30 years. She was physically active, mowing with a push mower until she was 80, and she enjoyed exercise, especially aerobics. She had many friends, and enjoyed a special group of friends that met every Friday night for 25 years.

She married Edwin Frank Smith in 1950, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 1992. Survivors include two daughters, Leslie J. Gallop of Chelsea, Kathy A. (Brian) Conley of Ft. Meyers, FL; her son, Gregory D. Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a brother, William King of Clinton Township; 3 grandchildren, Brian, Sarah, Crystal; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Shirley was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Smith and two sisters, Olive Bruckman and Norma King. She had many dogs in her life whom she loved dearly and is survived by her very special companion, Dude.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday, March 9, from 4-8 p.m.

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


Mary Elizabeth “Betty” DeRouchie
Jackson, Michigan, formerly of Dearborn

Age 88, went to be with her Lord Thursday, February 22, 2018 while living at her daughter’s home.

She was born March 23, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of John and Cecelia (Hanratty) Dillon.

Betty attended Immanuel Bible Church in Chelsea. She stayed home to raise her children, but also worked as a cook in the Dearborn Schools.

On January 11, 1947, she married Donald DeRouchie in Detroit, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 2005. Survivors include five children, David (Bonnie) DeRouchie of Philipi, WV, Michael (Carolyn) DeRouchie of Monroe, Ken DeRouchie of Portland, OR, Linda (David) Parham of Jackson, Donna DeRouchie of Gregory; a daughter-in-law, Angie DeRoucie; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Douglas DeRouchie, her parents; all of her siblings, Tom, John, Cliff, Ray, Hubert, Phyllis, Margaret, Stella, Alice, and two siblings who died in infancy.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm on March 23rd (Betty’s birthday) at Immanuel Bible Church, 275 N. Freer Road (Pierce Lake Elementary School), Chelsea, MI 48118.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Bible Church, 145 E. Summit St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Douglas Robert Cooper

Age 69, died peacefully in his sleep at home on February 26, 2018.

Doug was born on September 20, 1948, in Detroit to Dolores and Robert E. Cooper (deceased).

He is survived by his wife Nancy, his sister Deborah (Leonard Williams) Moffat, niece Lesley Moffat, sister-in-law Kathy (Dr. Harry) Von Ert felda, nephews Matthew and Eric Von Ert felda, and many close friends.

Doug grew up in Detroit and attended Denby High School where he was an All-American football player. He went on to play football at Arizona State and Eastern Michigan University until a serious injury ended his football career and pro dreams.  Doug was an outstanding athlete in other sports as well, excelling in golf over the past 30 years. He was passionate about playing and spending time with his close group of golfing buddies.

Doug was proud to be a teacher of high school students with mental impairments for 32 years, working for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. He and Nancy still stay in contact with many of their former students, now adults, who fondly remember Doug for his wonderful sense of humor and for believing in them.

Doug and Nancy were lifelong partners in pursuing fitness activities themselves and involving students in Special Olympics sports since the organization began. Doug coached athletes in a wide variety of Special Olympics sports. As an Area Director for Washtenaw County, he began the soccer and wrestling programs for the state of Michigan. The annual Coopers Fitness Fun Run, now in its 35th year, was started by Doug. This wonderful event draws 1,200 participants from across Washtenaw County together, celebrating fitness and spending time in the outdoors.

Doug enjoyed life. He and Nancy loved spending time together at home on the lake. Doug supported Nancy in creating her elaborate gardens, often serving as a very entertaining tour guide for garden club visits.

Visitation will be at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street in Chelsea from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6.

Doug loved animals of all kinds, especially cats. His most recent rescue was a feral cat named Hisser. Nancy requests that no flowers be sent but that those who wish to contribute in Doug’s memory make a donation to the Huron Valley Humane Society or an animal rescue agency of your choice.


Katharina Dietlinde Pool
Chelsea, Michigan

Passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Silver Maples of Chelsea at the age of 89.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Katharina was born October 4, 1928 in Bous/Saar, Germany, the daughter of Johann and Maria (Schramm) Pink.

Katharina grew up in Germany. She married Alfred Ritz on June 28, 1948 in Germany, and he preceded her in death in 1985. In 1990, Katharina married Milton Pool of Ann Arbor. They enjoyed 10 years together before his passing on November 10, 2001.

In 2008, Katharina moved to Silver Maples. She loved gardening, traveling, cooking, baking, and entertaining for family and friends. Her home was always open to share life. Katharina also enjoyed community service to local organizations to which she belonged, GBU 630, Schwaven Verein, and German Park.

She is survived by her children, Waltraud (Dieter) Laubach and Wolfgang (Irmi) Ritz of Germany; her grandchildren, Sabiene (Stefan) Pancelet and Alexander Ritz of Germany; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Lucas, and Marco Pancelet of Germany; brother-in-law, Clair (Peggy) Griffen; niece, Barb (Will) Penpraze and family; brother-in-law, Willis Porter and Anneliese Schubert; niece, Rose (Richard) Walker; nephew, John (Diane) Porter and family; and all of her friends, especially Marianne and Hans Rauer.

The family would like to thank Silver Maples for the beautiful years of great care, love, and friendship. Thanks to Arbor Hospice for their great support, concern, and care. Thank you Rev. Jeff Crowder and Rev. Vicki Lovell for their spiritual care.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 2 pm at Silver Maples, Chelsea, Michigan with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Maples Silver Lining Fund (100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea, MI 48118), Kaleidoscope Concert Series (100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea, MI 48118, Checks made to Silver Maples, Kaleidoscope in memo), or Arbor Hospice (2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103).

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


William Frederick “Bill” Storey
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 95, died Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Chelsea, Michigan.

He was born December 21, 1922 in Ionia, Michigan, the son of William C. and Lena M. (Knight) Storey. Bill, a retired Marine Corps pilot and WWII veteran, was a devoted husband to Jean, his wife of 71 years. His interest in national and local politics and current events led to many lively discussions with his children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. His wise counsel was respected and appreciated by many.

Bill was also a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proud of his family’s accomplishments and always showed interest in their lives.

Bill graduated from Knox High School in Indiana in 1940. He served as a Naval Aviator in the Marines during WWII, eventually retiring as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve. He graduated from Michigan State College in 1949 using the GI Bill. He began his career as an installer for Michigan Bell Telephone, quickly moving up to their data-communication group. He was a pioneer in early computer development and marketing, with clients including MSU, WSU, U of M, and Consumers Power. He moved, with Jean, to Chelsea in 1950, and retired in 1981.

Bill was a member of Chelsea United Methodist Church since 1950, and was also a member of the Chelsea School Board, the Navy League in Ann Arbor, and the Kiwanis Club of Chelsea. He served as Treasurer for the Village of Chelsea, member of the Village Council, and director of Chelsea’s Civil Defense in the 1950s.

On August 31, 1946, Bill married Jean C. Weisgerber. Other survivors include children, Sarah (Dennis) White of Onsted, James Storey of Fredericksburg, VA, and John (Elizabeth) Storey of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren, Marc (Ann) White, Peter White, Jill (Jeffrey) Blazok, Molly Storey, Camden Storey, Anna Storey; five great-grandchildren, June White, Nolan and Drew White, Abigail and Charlie Blazok. Bill was preceded in death by his older brother, Gerald Storey.

A spring memorial service is being planned.

Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea is handling the arrangements. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society or the United Service Organization (USO).


Michael Kelly Mullens
of Kalamazoo, Michigan, formerly of Southfield, Michigan

Age 49, died unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home.

He was born November 2, 1968 in Livonia, Michigan, the son of Harold L. and Susan C. (Wilson) Mullens.

Michael graduated from Southfield High School in 1986. He served in the US Army. Michael worked at entertainment clubs, doing everything from security to management. He was a body builder, going to Gold Gym in Kalamazoo often. Michael enjoyed his time with friends.

Survivors include his mother and father of Napoleon; his sister, Michele Mullens (Greg DeGraff) of Chelsea; and their 4 children, Douglas Zygner, Maxie, Luke, and Noah DeGraff.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Sunday 1-3 and 4:30-6 p.m. and Monday 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.


Mary Alice Rykert
of Ovid, MI, formerly of Chelsea and Owosso

Age 82, died Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Ovid Healthcare Center in Ovid, Michigan.

She was born August 3, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Fannie (Mawby) Rykert.

Survivors include a nephew, Charles (Judy) Koenn, and a niece, Marsha Rulert.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Louise Koenn; a brother, Glenn Rykert; and a niece, Laura Castle.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Michigan with Fr. Joseph Rinaldo officiating. Burial will be at Garfield Park Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Louis Center, 16195 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Jane B. Korth
of Chelsea

Jane Cornelia Blackman Korth passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in Chelsea, Michigan at the age of 88.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Jane was born on Nov. 16, 1929 in Bridgeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Paul and May (Smith) Blackman. She grew up and attended high school in Alexandria, Virginia. After receiving a B.A. degree from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, she worked as a secretary at the Pentagon.

Jane married Merrill Walter Korth in 1955 and they shared 58 wonderful years together. Before retiring in 1989, she worked at Johnson Controls in Manchester, Michigan for ten years.

Jane was an avid walker, an enthusiastic reader and a lover of puzzles. She was fond of camping and enjoyed being surrounded by nature. Jane was a proud member of Manchester United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Shakespeare Reading Club.

She helped create and maintain the tranquil meditation/memorial garden at Manchester United Methodist Church and her ashes will be placed there beside the ashes of her devoted husband, Merrill.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill. She is survived by her four children: David (Sherie Defranceschi) Korth of Northville, Michigan; Susan (Ian) Macpherson of Richmond, Virginia; Barbara Shepler (Tony Black) of Golden, Colorado and Richard (Leah) Korth of Manchester, Michigan. Also surviving Jane are six grandchildren: Sydney Korth, Vanessa Macpherson, Jeremy Macpherson, Logan Shepler, Nathan Korth and Daniel Korth. In addition, Jane is survived by her brother Robert S. Blackman of Lake City, Florida and her cousin Ethalinda Blackman of Midland, Michigan.

Jane’s life will be celebrated at a private family ceremony in the spring.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Marion Katherine Seel Hackley

Marion Katherine Seel Hackley was born on July 20,1926, in Mineola on Long Island, New York, to Louis Seel and Emma Ida (Schultz) Seel, immigrants from Germany.

Her first language was German. In the public schools, she learned to speak, read, and write English. Her father was a manager of A and P grocery stores, and in the 1930’s he moved the family to Tunbridge, Vermont, to run a small grocery store. Marion walked a mile to a two-room schoolhouse.

She remembered her mother becoming a U. S. citizen, wearing a dress she had sewn of red, white, and blue. The family regarded themselves as Americans with a German background.

They returned to Long Island, and Marion graduated from Glen Cove High School in 1943. She attended Cornell University on a scholarship, graduating in 1946 with a degree in Home Economics. Her mother wanted her to have a practical college education so, she could support herself. She went to work for Doubleday and Company, a publisher just outside New York City, and a co-worker introduced her to George Hackley, an electrical engineer working in radar. They were married at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Westbury, New York, on June 6, 1948.

Soon after, he was offered a job in Redwood City, California to work for Varian Associates, one of the first electronic firms in what has become Silicon Valley.

Marion loved California with its abundance of fruits, vegetables, and sunshine. They soon had three children, Laura, Robert (Bob), and Brian, and settled in 1951 in a new ranch home in Los Altos, California, then a town of orchards and farms. They enjoyed camping in the Sierras and at Lake of the Woods, Oregon.

Marion was a good cook, gardener, enjoyed sewing and reading, especially mysteries and history, and enjoyed theater, opera and Frank Sinatra. They belonged to Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos. In 1966, she went to work for Wells Fargo Bank in Mountain View and credited the women’s movement with encouraging her in the 1970’s to seek more challenging roles in the bank system. With her work, she saw the rise of the computer industry.

She retired in 1988 to take care of her mother and enjoyed traveling and her grandchildren. A great sadness was the passing of her son Robert due to a brain tumor in 1997. In 2013, she moved to Chelsea, Michigan, to be closer to family.

She leaves Laura (Clifford) Craig of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mary Hackley of Edmonds, Washington, Brian (Wendy) Hackley of Seneca, S.C., grandchildren Steve (Jennifer) Hackley, Paul (Cori) Craig, Julie Craig, and granddaughter Lilian Craig. The family is grateful to the staff at Towsley Village at Chelsea Retirement Community for her care.

Marion’s memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, 11:00 am at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Alan Gibson officiating.

Donations in her memory may be made to the UMRC Foundation, 805 West Middle Street or Christ Episcopal Church, 1060 Border Rd., Los Altos, CA, 94024.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Barbara Morrison Springborn
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 93, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at StoryPoint Memory Care in Saline, Michigan.

She was born June 28, 1924 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was the daughter of Thomas and Minnie (Stimson) Morrison. Barbara also lived in both Charlevoix, MI and Miami, FL as a child. She graduated from Miami High School and joined the WAVES in the US Navy during World War II.

Barbara attended the University of Michigan for 1 year and then graduated from Michigan State University in 1949 on the GI Bill. On September 29,1949, she married Frederick Springborn at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, and he preceded her in death on November 7, 2009. They were married for 60 years.

Barbara lived with her family in Washington D.C., Germany, 1954-1959, and then Silver Spring, MD. She moved with her husband Fred, to The Pines Apartments in Chelsea, MI in 2005. While at the Pines, she was blessed by a special friendship with Charlene Taylor, who then became her dear caregiver.

Barbara was a member of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. and then Northwood Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring. She was actively involved in her church as well as volunteering at the Friends Nursing Home. She enjoyed her family, playing golf, games, horses, dogs, puzzles, and summer vacations in Michigan.

Survivors include a son, James (Martha) Springborn of Monroeville, PA; a daughter, Linda (Paul) Jamieson of Saline; four grandchildren, Amanda Jamieson of Boulder, CO, Kelly Jamieson of Edinburgh, Scotland, Kristina (Christopher) Nesensohn of Pottstown, PA, Jennifer Springborn of Monroeville, PA; and 2 great-grandchildren, Arianna and Danica Nesensohn.

Barbara adored her granddaughters and they brought her such joy. She was over the moon to be a great-grandma. Her love for her family was boundless.

Barbara’s memorial service will be held Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor with Rev. Melissa Anna Rogers officiating. Private burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery in Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


John Francis Blaznek
of Jackson, formerly of Ann Arbor and Hanover

Age 85, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in Jackson, Michigan.

He was born August 24, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John Michael and Eleanor Helen (Kozlowski) Blaznek.

John graduated from Chelsea High School in 1951. He worked numerous jobs including Boeing Aircraft of Seattle, Washington, he flew a Piper single engine plane from Washington to Michigan, and was a pilot for Zantop International Airlines and Universal Airlines in Willow Run Airport.

John spent 5 years as a police officer for Ann Arbor Police and 2 years as a Washtenaw County Deputy. His last job was hauling steel for Capital Cartage in Detroit. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostkas in Jackson. John enjoyed camping with his daughter at D.H. Day Campground in Glen Arbor.

Survivors include one daughter, Susan Price of Powder Springs, Georgia; one brother, Leonard Blaznek of Chelsea; one sister, Patricia (Jerry) Piatt of Chelsea; 3 grandchildren, Samantha, Sydney, and Ethan Price; and 1 nephew, John K. (Jenny) Piatt. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, February 6, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10-11 a.m.  Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Kostkas, 608 S Elm Ave, Jackson, MI 49203.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Robert Ralph Merck
Livonia, MI

Age 82, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at University of Michigan Hospital.

He was born December 23, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Rolf Nils and Evelyn Louise (Neibert) Merck.

Robert attended high school at Cass Technical in Detroit and then worked for Chrysler as an electrician for over 45 years.

On September 7, 1967, he married Helen Marozi in Detroit, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 2001. Robert is survived by a daughter, Doreen Herrin, a grandchild, John Edward Gilbert, and 2 great-grandchildren Matthew and Gracie. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Brown.

No funeral services will be held. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to the USO.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Geoffrey Moore Savage
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Geoffrey Moore Savage, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died of cancer at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor on January 17, 2018. He was 65.

Geoff was born December 27, 1952, in Pontiac, Michigan, to the late Philip John Savage, Jr., and Justine Angela (Brady) Savage, 95, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Geoff was raised in Bloomfield Hills, where he played elaborate childhood games with his siblings, battled the family goat, and generally caused mischief. He graduated from Brother Rice High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University in 1976.

Geoff’s great passions were people, small businesses, and play. He started his career working with the late James “Pete” Hamilton at Regal Feed and Supply in Drayton Plains, Michigan, in 1975. From there, he worked at Rochester Elevator and Shemin Nurseries before starting Frontier Distributing, Inc., with Mark E. Smith in 1986. Geoff later went on to own and operate Eva Marie’s Harbor Key restaurant in Lapeer, Michigan, and Oxford Home Garden and Pet in Oxford, Michigan, before moving to Ann Arbor in 2006.

In recent years, Geoff split his time working at Ace Barnes Hardware and pitching in at the Annex of Paredown, a vintage and interior decor shop owned and operated by his partner, Brenda Brown, of Ann Arbor.

In addition to his mother Justine and partner Brenda, Geoff is survived by his daughter Mary Savage and her husband Matthew McCarty, of Royal Oak, his daughter Christine Savage and her wife Colleen Anderson, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, their mother and his second wife, Susan Savage of Waterford, as well as his siblings Peter (Sandra) Savage, Laura (J’nise Ramsey) Saylor, Timothy Savage, Brian Savage, Philip John Savage, III, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Geoff is preceded in death by his first wife, Georgia “Gigi” Carlos

A memorial to celebrate Geoff’s life will take place in the coming weeks. Details will be forthcoming.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Marilyn Joyce Mark
Chelsea, MI

Age 81, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at her home.

She was born July 12, 1936 in Cameron, Illinois, the daughter of William Albert and Anna Linnea (Johnson) Hawkins Sr.

Marilyn has resided in Washtenaw County since 1957.  She was the owner and operator of Marilyn Mark’s Hair Stylists in Ann Arbor from 1958 up until her death. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Muskegon.

On March 2, 1957, she married David Lewis Mark in Muskegon, MI, and he preceded her in death on April 4, 2001. Survivors include her son, Damon (Cynthia) Mark of Chelsea; a grandson, David Mark of Chelsea; one sister, Marthea Brewer of Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 1 brother, William A. Hawkins Jr.; and 2 sisters, Patricia Repo and Barbara Underwood.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 22, 11 am at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

The family will receive friends 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Epworth Methodist Church in Brethren, MI.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Richard Kenneth Hartman
Jackson, Michigan

Age 90, took his last breath Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice in Jackson.

He was born January 14, 1927 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of Cornelius Clifton and Marian Emily (Wakefield) Sr.

Richard served in the Army in Japan during World War II. He retired from the Ann Arbor Fire Department in 1983 after 25 years of service. Richard was an avid square dancer and danced for Disney in Florida. He was a member of the Kissimmee Square Dancing Club, and a field director for the National Camping and Hiking Association. Richard was a member of Brookside Methodist Church in Jackson where he served as a Trustee. He enjoyed woodworking and built his own grandfather clock. Richard loved playing cards and didn’t know how to pass when it came to euchre.

On September 30, 1959, he married Dessie Furman in Indiana and she survives. Other survivors include 2 sons, James Hartman of Arizona, William (Cindy) Hartman of Harrisville; 2 daughters, Janice (Jeff) Mace of Dexter, Sherry (Art) Paul of Jackson; 1 step-son, Robert (Mary Jo) Gurk of Kentucky; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert Hartman, Cornelius Hartman Jr., Mildred Duncan; a step son, Thomas Gurk; and 2 granddaughters, Laura and Lisa.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 22, at 11 a.m., at Brookside Methodist Church, 4000 Francis St, Jackson, MI 49203, with Pastor Ron Brooks officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Wendy Jean Davis
Boise, Idaho

Age 52, died Thursday, January 11, 2018 at home in Boise, Idaho.

She was born March 5, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Donald LeRoy and Marcia Marie (Himmelein) Davis, Jr.

Wendy graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1985. She served in the US Army for 8 years. Wendy enjoyed nature walks, spending time at the lake, and spending time with her niece and nephews.

Survivors include her father, Donald of Gregory; a brother, John (Michelle) Davis of Chelsea; a sister, Jamie Lewis of CA; niece, Madyson Davis; Nephews, Jacob Raymond, Dakota Lewis and John Davis J.  She was preceded in death by her mother in 2008 and nephew, Bradley Birchfield in 2015.

No funeral services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Wendy Davis (checks made out to John Davis).

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.


Betty Ruth Damren
Chelsea, MI, formerly Ann Arbor, MI

Age 99, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born July 19, 1918 in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Florence (Wilcox) Jessup, and grew up on a farm near Adrian, Michigan. Betty was a retired educator, living at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Her undergraduate degree was from Eastern Michigan University. After Pearl Harbor, she volunteered for the Red Cross and was stationed in London during some of the perilous times of World War II.

She and her husband Samuel N. Damren married after the war and moved to Ann Arbor.  She received graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and worked at the University’s Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and the Ann Arbor Public Schools as a reading specialist during her career. She was a long-time volunteer with Arbor Hospice and Friends in Need.

Survivors include her son, Sam (Jane) Damren of Grosse Pointe; 3 grandchildren, Samantha (Steven Stanton) Damren of Ann Arbor, Nathaniel Damren of New York City, Todd (Caroline) Damren of Washington, DC; two great-grandchildren, Naomi and Alastair Stanton.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 27, 2:00 pm at the Towsley Chapel at Chelsea Retirement Community.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Retirement Community Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Robert Lee Rosentreter
Munith, MI

Age 59, died Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson.

He was born December 9, 1958 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of John and Irla M. (Scripter) Rosentreter.

Bob did property maintenance for the Portage Lake trailer park for many years. He then worked for Dexter Research until he became disabled in 2009. Bob loved hunting, fishing, camping and horseshoes.

Survivors include two brothers, John (Dorothy) of Chelsea, and William of Indiana; good friends, Sue and Mark Gasieski; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Rosentreter.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel, Saturday, January 6, 2-4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel


Charles Edgar “Chuck” Lilly
Chelsea, Michigan

Charles Edgar “Chuck” Lilly of Chelsea, MI, age 86, died January 2, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea, MI.

Charles was born in Macon, IL the son of E. B. Spurgeon Lilly and Beulah Mae Lanter. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving as a Cryptographer in Alaska. Chuck was a Past President and Life Member of the Decatur, IL Jaycees and a JCI Senator for IL.  He was a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in six states and a member of The American College of Nursing Home Administrators.  In retirement Chuck was a Gold Member of SCORE Chapter #296 Decatur, IL and SCORE Chapter # 493 Osage Beach, MO.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon R. Stewart Lilly Chelsea, MI, daughter, Denise J Goss, Saline, MI, and her mother, Dorothy Pride, Granddaughter, Dr. Heather Schuyler, and 2 Great Grands Penne and Tad Schuyler of Tecumseh, MI, sister, Norma J Nichols (Duane), Evansville, IN, sister-in-law, Karen Kay (Mike) Wisdom, Decatur, IL, nieces, Janine Nichols Goodin (Larry), Evansville, IN and their extended families, Kimberly Kay Hofer and extended family, Oakridge, TN , nephew, Kurt Alexander and extended family, Decatur, IL.

Charles has donated his body to the University of Michigan Anatomical Donation Program, Ann Arbor, MI.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.