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Ron S. Clark
Ron was born in Chelsea, Michigan, on 15 June 1940.
He was the son of Steve G. Clark and Beatrice Truckey Clark and grew up in Chelsea, graduating from Chelsea High School in 1958.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Janet Harvey-Clark, and their child, Kit Chelsea Clark Glogovsky, who is married to Sam E. Glogovsky. Ron and Janet moved from Jackson, Michigan, to Neenah, Wisconsin, a year ago to live near Kit and Sam.
Ron is survived by his son Bill Clark Palikainen, who is married to Theresa Palikainen and is father to Ron’s granddaughters Jasmine Palikainen Salem and Alexis Palikainen, both of whom live in Michigan. Bill and Theresa live in Wayne, Michigan. Ron is survived also by son Jared Damien Clark, partner to Melissa Peters-Bishop and father to their child, Kellan Clark, Ron’s grandson. Jared, Melissa and Kellan live in Plymouth, Michigan. Jared is also father to Ron’s grandson Brandon Clark, who lives in California.
Ron’s brother, George Clark and his partner Utpala A. Patel, live in Chelsea, Michigan. Ron’s brother, Bruce Clark and his wife Marilyn O. Clark, live in Merrill, Michigan. Ron is survived also by his sister Bonnie Clark Dempich.
Ron began his higher education at Michigan Technical College before transferring to Northern Michigan University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Education, with specialties in Art, History and Psychology. He also earned a master’s degree in Math Education from the University of Detroit.
Ron taught a variety of subjects from kindergarten through high school for over 40 years, including Art, English, and History. Ron spent over 10 years teaching Mathematics to high school students in Detroit, Michigan; Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina; and Battle Creek, Michigan. When he left teaching, Ron took on his favorite role—full-time dad to Kit while the family lived in Jackson, Michigan.
One of the many reasons Ron loved teaching—in addition to inspiring students to learn, question assumptions and express their creativity—was the opportunity his summers gave him to travel. Ron explored all the continental United States and many parts of Canada, with a special love of discovering America’s national parks, and he loved introducing camping and many of these areas to his kids.
He took up flat-water kayaking in the 1980s, and Ron kayaked and camped solo along over 800 miles of Lake Superior’s shoreline. Ron met Janet in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula became a much-loved destination for their family.
Another favorite place for Ron was Sanibel Island and Captiva Island off the Gulf Coast of Florida. Ron worked several summers at South Seas Plantation on Captiva and loved sharing the wonderful nature of these areas with all three of his children.
After Ron and Janet married in 1989 and moved to North Carolina, they discovered Topsail Island off the Southern coast of the state, and this beautiful beach area became a favorite of Ron, Janet, and Kit. Ron also traveled in the 1990s to Great Britain, exploring Scotland and England. Ron and Janet took a special trip to Sanibel and Captiva over Christmas 2021, and they visited North Carolina in April 2022, spending time with Janet’s brother, Robert, sister-in-law, Lynn, and their young daughters, Karli Rae, 3, and K’La Claire, 5 months. Ron and Janet enjoyed a final beach vacation together on Topsail during this time.
The depth of Ron’s lifetime experiences shared an appreciation and love of nature, which included a passion for fossil/rock hunting and collecting, a fascination with and incredible knowledge of all creatures great and small, and an awareness and understanding of science as the method by which knowledge is acquired. His love of art, music, and literature equaled his enthusiasm for nature and science.
He was an avid reader—especially sci-fi and fantasy. He enjoyed going to museums and had eclectic tastes in music, with his favorite group being Pink Floyd, while also enjoying Willie Nelson, Celtic music, Simon & Garfunkel, and a variety of jazz.
Ron’s range of interests and knowledge reflected his attitude that life is to be lived in the moment with attention to learning what lessons await. He respected people as individuals, did not judge others, and was a staunch defender of human and civil rights for people of all ethnicities, races, and nationalities as well as sexual orientation and gender identity.
Most of all, he loved his family unconditionally and was with his family the day he left this world to go on his next adventure.
A Life Celebration for Ron will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Michigan Friends Center in Chelsea. The service begins at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. The venue is located at: Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, MI 48118. Directions may be found at: https://mfcenter.org/diriving-directions/
To have an accurate count, please RSVP by Friday, May 27, 2022, by sending an email to Janet Harvey-Clark at: [email protected]
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth) at: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
George Lewis Jr.
Age 82, peacefully left the loving arms of his family at his Dexter, Michigan home on May 18, 2022.
George was born on February 29, 1940 to George and Nellie (Kuzyk) Lewis in Detroit Michigan. He was raised in Dearborn where he graduated from Fordson High School in 1958. He attended Wayne State University on a full music scholarship. George was a talented drummer and played with various bands throughout the 1960’s.
George fell in love with and married Mary Louise Hersman in September of 1960, and they had three children before Mary Lou’s untimely death at the age of 34. Undaunted, George married Barbara Cooper in 1975 and Jacquelyn Bailey in 1987. Both marriages ended in divorce, but George cherished the good relationship he had with his stepchildren.
George’s career in the auto industry spanned decades. He worked his way up to engineering supervisor at the Ford Ypsilanti Plant, and in 1991 he moved to Budapest, Hungary to open a parts manufacturing plant in Szekeshfehervar, Hungary. His team made distributerless ignition coils. George was very excited and proud of his work there. Whilst in Hungary, George met the love of his life, Eszter Cukor, who also worked for Ford, and they were married in 1995 in Budapest.
George and Eszter came to the US with Eszter’s daughter Kati, where they settled in Ann Arbor, MI. Later, Eszter’s job took them to Chicago, Illinois and Mainz, Germany, and through the years they travelled to Paris, Amsterdam, all over Europe and the US.
George was a funny, talented and sensitive man. His love of a good joke and a bottle of whiskey were legendary. He enjoyed his work as treasurer with the Dexter Lions Club, especially the Christmas Tree Sales, and loved having breakfast with ‘the old farts’ club’ at the Riverview Cafe on Thursday mornings.
George loved cars. He belonged to the Chelsea Classic Car Club. He owned and restored a 1968 London Taxi Cab that he took to the Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show as often as possible, and loved driving the cab in the parades in Dexter and Chelsea.
His special friend and other son Tim Assaf (Mary Anna) was his partner in crime and a dear friend to both George and Eszter.
George took pride in caring for his family and friends and enjoyed getting everyone together for family gatherings as frequently as possible. He and Eszter glued the family together with their love and dedication. This was his life’s work. George will be missed and remembered by many.
George was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Lou, sister Beverly Lewis Cashen, and daughter Anne Marie Gundlach. He is survived by his children, Philip (Gabriella) Lewis, Margaret (Warren) Robords, Kati Gaspar-Danon (Daniel), as well as his grandchildren Alexander Gundlach, Benjamin Lewis, George and Duncan Robords and Sophie and Adam Danon. He is remembered fondly by his niece, Stacee (Mike) Lockhard and her sons, as well as nephew Paul (Carrie) Pronishen, and his daughters. George is further survived by stepson Mark (Kim) Jahn, and their children Chelsea (John) Grotrian and Reece Jahn. It comforted George to be visited by his great granddaughter Avery Marie Rose Grotrian just weeks before his death.
The family would like to thank Arbor Hospice for their dedicated and supportive staff.
A celebration of life for George will take place Friday evening June 3rd, 2022 at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Remember what George would say, “Have a good life!”
Milan R. Hermon
Port Charlottte, FL, formerly of Chelsea, MI
Age 92, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Chelsea, MI, died Friday, May 6, 2022 at Venice Hospice House.
He was born March 28, 1930 in Gilboa, Ohio, the son of L.D. and Hazel (Rager) Hermon. Milan was an active member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church. He volunteered at the Chelsea Retirement Community, Faith In Action, Red Cross Blood Drives, and Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, FL.
Milan moved to Chelsea in 1975 from Lima, Ohio where he and Kathryn had resided for many years. He moved to Florida after Kathryn died.
On March 7, 1953, he married Kathryn R. Baumgartner in Pandora, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on November 8, 1994. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen McCuaig; his daughter-in-law, Mary Hermon; and wife Shirley Hermon.
Survivors include one son David Hermon of Barboursville, WV, one daughter Judith (Robin) Osborn of Chelsea, MI; four grandchildren, Kaitlin (Yakov) Kochubievsky, Kristofer (Anna) Osborn, Alison Osborn, and Eric (Melissa) McCuaig; four great-grandchildren; Alexandra Osborn, Elizabeth Osborn, Natalie Kochubievsky, and Noah Kochubievsky; several brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
Darlene Rose Eisenbeiser
Age 94, died peacefully Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Arbor Hospice Residence in Saline.
She was born September 2, 1927 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of E.J. Mitchell and Mina (Nelson) Mitchell.
Darlene was a member of North Lake United Methodist Church, a Girl Scout co-leader, and a homemaker.
On March 26, 1945, she married Leslie James Eisenbeiser in Lincoln Park, MI and he preceded her in death on December 8, 2001.Survivors include a son, Tom Eisenbeiser of Grass Lake; a daughter, Penny E. Murray (Donald) of Little Chute, WI, six grandchildren; Peter (Annette) Eisenbeiser, Ginger (Bill) Basa, Sofia Eisenbeiser, Kirsten (Corban) Spraker, Heather (Byron) Prestridge, Sarah (Tony) Larsen; eight great-grandchildren, a niece, Linda Thayer of Florida and a nephew, Bill Eisenbeiser of Chelsea. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Nelson Martens and her sister, Laura Riedel.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Lake United Methodist Church, Jackson County Humane Society or Arbor Hospice.
Darlene’s ashes will be buried at North Lake Cemetery at a later date. A private memorial service will be held at a future date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.
Jane Helen Finkbeiner, age 93, died Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Hampton Manor in Whitmore Lake.
She was born June 29, 1928, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Glea W. and Helen L. (Bauer) Whipple.
Jane was baptized at St. John’s United Church of Christ, but her family moved to St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ in Dexter, where she was confirmed and was still a member. Jane loved her St. Andrew’s church family and was a very active member.
She graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1945, and worked for Goodman’s Factory in Chelsea, for Everbaugh’s store in Ann Arbor, and then worked for Deloitte CPA firm in Ann Arbor for many years. Jane was active with Chelsea Senior Citizens and was a Red Hatter.
On July 12, 1947, she married Clifford E. “Biff” in St. Andrews U.C.C. and he preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1997. Survivors include two daughters, Donna (Mike) DeHoyos of Ormond Beach, FL and Amy Finkbeiner of Pittsburgh, PA; two granddaughters, Stephanie (Derrin) Nuckols of Lafayette, IN and Samantha Miley of Indianapolis, IN; and two great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Gabriella Nuckols.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 16, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrews United Church of Christ in Dexter, with Rev. Charles Bigelow officiating. Burial will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery, also in Dexter. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Sunday, May 15, from 2-6 pm and at the church Monday, 10-11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews United Church of Christ, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter, MI 48130.
Beth Ann (Mosher) Wymer
Age 46, was born April 5, 1976 to Gorden (Diane) Mosher and Rhonda “Eileen” (Mark) Olmsted. She was suddenly called to heaven on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to join her sister, Tracy (Mosher) Schlaff.
Beth was born, raised and was a life-long resident of the Dexter/ Delhi area of Michigan. She was a member of the Dexter High School class of 1994. Beth was self-employed, she took care of the elderly and cleaned houses. She loved music and going to concerts. Beth was a self-described tree-hugger, who enjoyed gardening and nature.
Beth leaves behind both parents; her husband, Brad Wymer; her two wonderful children, Katie (Josh Hodges) Sennett, and Gabe Wymer; a sister, Melissa Mosher; her mother-in-law, Ruth Fick; grandmother, Emily Mosher; step-brothers, Chris Chapman, Ben Olmsted, Ray Olmsted; two beautiful granddaughters, Isabella and Sophia Hodges; a nephew, David Schlaff; nieces, Kaytlin Mosher, Chloe Louiselle; and countless family members and friends. In addition to her sister, Tracy, Beth was preceded in death by her grandparents, Edith and Bill Meek, and Raymond Mosher.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, May 15th from 1-4 pm at the Dexter American Legion. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with expenses.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.
Carole J. Esch
Chelsea, formerly of Dexter
Age 88, died Thursday, April 28, 2022 at her home in Chelsea, suddenly.
She was born June 18, 1933 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the daughter of Hugh W. and Ethel M. (Highland) Gaddis.
On February 16, 1963, she married Lester Esch and he preceded her in death on September 28, 2008. She is also survived by her daughter, Doris Esch; a brother in-law and sister in-law; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, William H. Gaddis in 2000, her parents, a nephew and her two dogs, Candy and Fred.
Carole liked to crochet and watch TV and an avid U of M fan. She stayed home to raise her daughter. Carole was a kind and loving person.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 4, 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn, Dexter, Michigan. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Nancy Carolyn (Dawe) Noble
Age 82, died April 25, 2022 at her home in Jackson, Michigan, losing her battle with MDS blood cancer and PML brain infection.
Born in Ann Arbor, she grew up in Port Huron and then lived in Ann Arbor, Lapeer, Davison, Flushing and, for nearly 30 years, on Runyan Lake near Fenton before she and her husband of more than 60 years moved to Jackson four years ago.
Nancy was the founding director of the Salem-South Lyon District Library (SSLD). She went to the South Lyon City Library in 1989 and oversaw the creation and funding of the new, independent library district and construction of the SSLD library, which opened in 1998.
Before going to South Lyon, she was systems services manager at the Genesee District Library. Nancy joined GDL as librarian in its Flushing branch. She was GDL regional manager of libraries in five Genesee County communities before heading systems services. She started her career as a children’s librarian in Lapeer.
Nancy earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, following her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the same campus. A state-certified professional librarian, she stayed up to date in the in the evolving field of library science by taking numerous special and advanced programs offered by various institutions. She was a member of the Public Library Association and several other professional and community organizations.
A staunch advocate of education and training, Nancy took great satisfaction in encouraging, mentoring and otherwise helping others pursue their career goals in library science and other walks of life. Nancy retired from SSLD in 2002, at which time she received State of Michigan declarations of special tribute from the Ninety-First Legislature and Gov. John Engler for her contributions to librarianship and the communities she served.
Nancy’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends. She loved reading, gardening, classical music, traveling and hiking nature trails, especially during the spring blooming of trilliums, trout lilies and other wildflowers. Nancy also deeply appreciated wildlife, especially sandhill cranes and the avian world in general.
She leaves her husband Richard, daughter Laura Noble and husband Dr. Albert Hollenbeck of Chelsea, MI., granddaughter Delia Noble, grandson Hayden Hollenbeck, sister Meg and husband Bill Minnich, brother- and sister-in-law Ed and Betty Noble, and 10 nieces and nephews.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Marjorie (Scott) Dawe, and sisters Shirley (Dawe) Bishop and Kate Dawe.
PML is a fatal brain disease and Nancy bequeathed her brain to the National Institute for Health to contribute to researching into this rare disease.
Cremation and arrangements are being handled by the Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Her remains will rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor. A celebration of her life will be held in the future, pending the status of the Covid pandemic.
Nancy supported a wide variety of charitable organizations. Memorial contributions may be made to your local food bank, animal shelter or library or to Planned Parenthood, the National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy or the World Wildlife Fund.
Ralph Mario Szymaszek
Age 65, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 8, 2022, at his home.
He was born April 12, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Marion and Beatrice (Wisnewski) Szymaszek.
Ralph graduated from Cody High School in Detroit, in 1974. He worked his entire life in maintenance including Heublein, Roush and most recently, McNaughton & Gunn in Saline. Everyone knew Ralph for his big heart and unique sense of humor. He loved his family and friends and would do anything for them. He enjoyed his toys as much as he did cars and his amazing collection of retro nostalgic memorabilia.
Ralph was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Ann Ammon, who died May 13, 2008. Ralph was a loving uncle to Eddie, Jerry, Rick, Ruth, and Luke in addition to his cousins, seven great-nieces and nephews and several god-children. He was a cherished friend to many. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, his nephews, Eddie and Jerry, and by two cousins, Vera Bodurka and Tim Rumenapp.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 29, 2022, 4:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday from 2- 4 pm. Burial will take place at New South Park Cemetery in Martinsville, IN beside his wife, Mary.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.
Richard Currie Hall
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ypsilanti
Age 67, died Sunday, April 24, 2022, at St. Joseph Chelsea Hospital.
He was born December 6, 1954, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of John Alexander and Geneva Pearl (Walton) Hall.
Richard was a member of Chelsea Rod and Gun. He enjoyed hunting and liked to camp. He was a good father and husband; he was proud of his sons and grandkids. Richard was a Construction Superintendent and was proud of his many projects in the Ann Arbor area, including Domino Farms and Zion Church.
On July 15, 1978, Richard married Cathleen Lynn Taylor and she survives. He is also survived by sons, Adam (Mallory) Hall of Grass Lake, Aaron (Heather) Hall of Buchanan, Luke (Liana) Hall of Unadilla; 9 grandchildren, Ava, Memphis, Adam, Kaitlynne, Zachary, Brayden, Harley, Jameson, Josephine; nieces, Autumn and Jessica; nephews, Eric and Craig; brother, Jon (Judy Cenzer) Hall of Saline; and close family friend, Rex Adkins. Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held Monday, May 2, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. The family will receive friends before the service at 10:00 a.m.
Sharon Lee Kokenakes,
of Chelsea formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Age 82, peacefully passed away April 22, 2022, with her family by her side.
She was born to the late Ethel and Elmer Porter, on November 14,1939, in Pontiac, Michigan.
Sharon married Theodore Kokenakes on March 25th, 1963, where they lived together in Ann Arbor, Michigan for fifty-five years before relocating to Chelsea, Michigan.
Sharon is preceded in death by her daughter Therese Kokenakes. Sharon is survived by her two daughters: Melissa Kokenakes of Chelsea, and Jennifer Kokenakes (Scott Cratty) of Tampa, Florida. She is also survived by two grandchildren Sarah Budnick and Nathan Budnick.
Sharon worked at the University of Michigan Hospital for 32 years. Sharon always kept busy and was full of life. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, sewing, shopping, gardening and cheering for her favorite football team (Go Blue!). Sharon and Ted enjoyed traveling the world. Some of their many adventures included Greece, Italy, Hawaii and her favorite destination, Ireland, where she kissed the Blarney Stone.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the team at Towsley Village in Chelsea, for their wonderful care for the past two years and the team at Arbor Hospice for their care and support during this time.
Burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor.
In lieu of flowers and to honor Sharon’s memory, the family suggest donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Rose Mary (Atkins) Blackwell passed away peacefully at home encircled by her family and under the care of hospice on April 3, 2022.
Rose was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on August 5, 1947 to Monard and Eveline (Watson) Atkins.
Rose married Frank Blackwell on July 18, 1970 at the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea, Michigan.
Together, Rose and Frank moved to the Waterloo area in 1978 and welcomed their son Russell (Rusty) in March of 1980. When Rusty was young, Rose drove school buses for the Chelsea School District.
Rose was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989 after already exhibiting symptoms for a couple of years. Also a breast-cancer survivor, Rose never let the diseases define her, and she continued to love tending her flower beds, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
In December 2008, Rose and Frank welcomed their first grandchild, who was followed in quick succession by a second in December 2010. The new role of grandmother sparked joy and new energy in Rose. She was well suited to the task and enjoyed doing crafts, baking, and going on many adventures with her beloved granddaughters.
Rose was the embodiment of strength and kindness.
Rose is survived by her loving husband Frank. She is also survived by her son Rusty (Jennifer) of Manchester, Michigan and granddaughters Riley and Josephine. Rose will live on in the hearts of extended family and loved ones. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Billie.
Please join Rose’s family in a celebration of her life to be held at the Waterloo Village United Methodist Church on April 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation with the family will proceed an hour before, and a luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Waterloo Village United Methodist Church.
Gladys Buck Kennedy, age 87, of Chelsea, MI, passed away on April 18, 2022 at her home at Silver Maples of Chelsea.
She was born on September 20, 1934 in Maybee, MI to Journey and Kathleen (Caddy) Brabant.
Gladys graduated from Milan High School in 1953. She married Carroll H. Buck, on October 12, 1954. After several moves, they made Chelsea their permanent home in 1969. Carroll preceded her in death in 1992. In 2009, she married her long-time family friend, John L. Kennedy, and they enjoyed eight years together until he passed in 2017.
Gladys was one that was always busy and full of life. Spending time with her family, traveling, sewing, shopping, and planning events were her favorite pastimes. She was a passionate caretaker, giver, worker, and leader.
She began her career as a nurse at the old St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor in 1954 and ended her nursing career as a Hospice Nurse. Yet, the center of her life was always her faith and her family. In the early 1970’s members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did not have a building in Chelsea to hold meetings. Gladys and Carroll graciously opened their home for holding church meetings. She served the Lord in many ways and remained active in the church throughout her life.
She was blessed with a giving heart and a passion for serving others, always seeing their needs and lifting them up. She was an excellent seamstress and quilter, from bridesmaids dresses to baby quilts, she blessed many with her gifts.
Gladys was immersed in the Chelsea community from early on. If her daughters or grandchildren were involved, Gladys was sewing dance costumes or cheering from the sidelines. She was instrumental in starting the Special Olympics in Chelsea Schools. She was active in the Chelsea Community Fair and was instrumental in starting the notorious Elephant Ear Wagon, as well as volunteering for over 20 years.
She served on the Faith in Action Board for 25 years, serving as President for two of those years. After she retired from her nursing career, she worked full time for the Mitchell family at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge from 1995-2003. Gladys was active in the Chelsea Senior Center for many years, where she made many friends and enjoyed many trips with the Travel Trip Club. She served as President of the Chelsea Senior Center and was voted Senior Citizen of the Year.
In her later years, she moved to Silver Maples of Chelsea, where she seamlessly adopted her role on the Welcoming Committee, making those around her feel loved and welcomed. Gladys will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Gladys is survived by her daughter, Kris (Steve) Bergman of Chelsea, and son-in-law, Michael Borden; seven grandchildren: Rob (Jodi) Bergman of Texas, Eric Bergman of Dundee, Amy (Matt) Davis of Grass Lake, Shawn (Sarah) Bergman of Jackson, Laura (Brian) Stouffer of Pinckney, Sarah Borden of Chelsea, and Brian (Kim Roberts) Borden of Southfield; 14 great-grandchildren, Halee, Nathan and Nolan Bergman, Drew Bergman, Lincoln and Olivia Davis, Bristol Bergman, Conor Fitzimmons, Audrey Borden, Connor, Madeline and Mya Stouffer and Paxton and Chance Borden; two brothers, Samuel (Barb) Brabant of Ypsilanti, and Milton (Patti) Brabant of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands, Carroll Buck and John Kennedy, she was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Stouffer in 2008, and her daughter, Kathy Borden in 2019.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022, 11:00 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1330 N. Freer Rd., Chelsea. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home; also at church on Thursday from 10-11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Senior Center.
Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.
Alice Lamila Steiner
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Okechobee, Florida
Age 86, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022 at her home in Chelsea with her family.
She was born February 28, 1936 in Rose City, Michigan, the daughter of Clifford and Inez (Sheppard) Forsyth.
Alice graduated from Brighton High School in 1953. She worked in the University of Michigan Housing Administration. Alice and Robert owned and operated Gambles Hardware Store in South Lyon; and Marshland Kennels, where they bred and trained labs. She attended the United Methodist Church in Okechobee, Florida.
Alice enjoyed sewing and quilting and was the most caring and wonderful person.
On July 24, 1954, Alice married Robert R. Steiner, and he preceded her in death on December 30, 2017. She is survived by her son, Russell (Ann) Steiner of Prudenville; her daughter, Peggy (Brian) Cashman of Chelsea; 11 grandchildren, Robert, Michael, Kirsten, Rebecca, Jennifer, Daniel, Stephanie, Elena, Vlada, Egar, and Nicholas; and six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Harrison, Owen, Jackson, Wesley, and Blake. She was preceded in death by her husband; and son, Robert David Steiner.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 20, 3:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Pastor Mark Hendricks officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Elara Caring Hospice.
John Martin Tandy
John died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on January 30, 2022 at the age of 93.
He was born May 2, 1928 in Chicago, IL, to Jesse Martin and Adella May (Pearce) Tandy.
On December 27, 1947, he married Nancy L. Haas. She preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 2017 after nearly 70 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Julie May Tandy and a brother, James Tandy.
John proudly served as Chief Warrant Officer in Army Intelligence for 23 years. With the exception of his tour in Vietnam, his family lived and traveled with him throughout the United States, Panama, and Europe. Upon retirement from the military, John and his family moved back to his Grandfather Pearce’s farm where he spent many summers as a boy. There he raised cattle and continued his civic commitment, serving as Dexter Township Supervisor for 10 years.
John was the President of North Lake Cemetery Board for ten years and a long-standing member of North Lake United Methodist Church.
He was a proud father to his son John M. (Diane) Tandy II, of Gregory, MI, and his daughters, Karin (Tom) Hall of Bethlehem, PA, Nannette Tandy of Gregory, MI, Mary (Jeff) Bust of Charlottesville, VA., Jennifer (Jim) Szamecki of Clearwater, FL; ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 26, 2022, 11:00 am at North Lake United Methodist Church, with Rev. Beatrice Alghali officiating. There will be a visitation at the church from 10-11 am on the day of the service. A private burial will take place at North Lake Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Lake United Methodist Church, 14111 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
Karen Charlene Clary
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Diamond, Missouri; Jackson, Michigan; Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Orlando, Florida; and Ann Arbor, Michigan
Age 80, died Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at the Chelsea Retirement Community.
She was born June 21, 1941, in Granby, Missouri, the daughter of Henry Roy and Grace Hettie (Fitzgerald) Boehning.
Karen grew up in Diamond, Missouri, and was raised as a Southern Baptist. She worked as a homemaker and then as a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines and US Airways. Karen held her private pilot license.
Karen is survived by one son, Steven “Timothy” (Carrie) Clary of Jackson; three daughters, Jamie Ann Kelly (Dan) Dibartolomeo of Denver, CO, Lara Raquel (Eric) Clary-Lantis of Chelsea, Karen “Michele” Chester of Buda, Texas; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Beverly “Sue” Wilson of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dana Maree Pierce in 1997; and her brother, Marshall Boehning of Texas.
A memorial service will be held Monday, March 21, 1:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Larry Lyons officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 20, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald’s House, https://rmhcannarbor.org/, or to the UMRC & Porter Hills Foundation in support of the Team Member Support Services Fund at Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118.
Donald Lee Jeffery
Age 87, died quietly in his sleep on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
He was born July 1, 1934 in Staten Island, New York, the son of Norman Alexander and Ethel Viola (Mortensen) Jeffery.
Don graduated from Dexter High School in 1952. He went to work in material control for Ford Motor Company (Ypsilanti plant) right after high school and worked for Ford for over 50 years. Don served in the US Army at Ft. Bliss, TX, from 1957 – 1963.
After retirement, Don was proud to have taken classes at Washtenaw Community College, during which he restored his John Deere tractor. Don was a good bowler in his younger years, and golfed the majority of his life. He enjoyed playing cards with his brothers, and games with his family and friends. Don loved tinkering with his tractor, woodcarving, and yard work. He had a good sense of humor, liked to laugh, and would talk to anyone.
On December 13, 1968, he married Velma “Jean” Seyfried, and she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Stephanie (Eric) McPherson of Omaha, NE; a brother, Norman Jeffery of Chelsea; sisters-in-law, Lois Jeffery and Eva Jeffery. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Wallace, William, Douglas (Susan); and a sister, Karen (Jeffrey) Eggleton.
The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Friday, March 18, 4-7 pm. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 19, 11:00 am at Bethlehem Cemetery, Ann Arbor.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
Passed away peacefully, March 11, 2022 at the age of 65.
Wanda was born on November 26, 1956 to Harles Bailey and Sally (Gullett) Boody in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She loved horses, her daytime TV dramas, and was an avid reader. Wanda had a strong faith in her Lord Jesus and loved her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Luce, her parents, Harles (Bernice) Bailey and Sally Boody; and siblings, Pamela Bailey and Lowell Bailey.
Wanda is survived by her children, Jim and Jasmine Bakhaus, Donnie and Melissa Galbraith, Angela Galbraith, Shannon and Danton Watts, and Bonnie Smith-Luce, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Wanda will be laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan on Saturday, March 19, 2022 with a graveside service being held at 2:00 p.m.
Raymond E. Lutovsky
Age 93, died peacefully Monday, March 14, 2022 at his home surrounded by family.
He was born December 12, 1928 in Grafton, North Dakota, the son of Anton J. and Lillian (Peterka) Lutovsky.
Ray was employed as a Vehicle Test Supervisor at Chrysler Proving Grounds from 1953-1984. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Dakota.
Ray served in the US Air Force as a ground equipment maintenance officer from 1951-53 (during the Korean War), attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He was primarily based in Japan, Okinawa, and Guam. He was a member of the American Legion in Chelsea, and was proud to walk in the Memorial Day parades. Ray was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church.
He enjoyed yardwork and growing roses, and was known for walking many miles around Chelsea. He liked hanging out at Thompson’s Pizza. Ray was known for his sharp intellect and quick wit, especially after enjoying an occasional glass of scotch. He and Rosemary wintered in Sarasota, Florida for many years.
On October 8, 1955, he married Rosemary A. Lyons in Chelsea, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 7, 2010. He is survived by a son, Richard (Jessica) of Pinckney; two daughters, Teri (Douglas) Shiels of Adrian, Joan Lutovsky of Gregory; 3 grandchildren, Danielle (Mitchel) Schilling, Christopher (Rani) Shiels, and Brenton (Amber) Shiels; and 6 great-grandchildren, Anabelle, Norah, Audrey, Avery, Tristan Emma; many nieces and nephews; and life-long friend and brother-in-law Don Doll, sisters-in-law Della and Theresa. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Marcell, Leonard, and Luke; a sister, Judy Carrico Reeve; and his parents.
The Funeral Mass will be held Friday, March 18, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.
The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 with the Rosary service at 8 pm and at the church Friday from 10-11 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, St. Louis Center, or Arbor Hospice.
Dudley K. Holmes II
“You can achieve anything regardless of what obstacles come your way. Understand that you should always do what is right because in the long run, that’s what matters.” ~Dudley K. Holmes II
Dudley died peacefully on Friday, March 4, 2022 at his home with his family by his side. He was 77 years old.
Dudley was born December 8, 1944, the son of Dudley K. and Nancy (Brown) Holmes and raised in Chelsea, MI.
Dudley was a passionate man who always put others first throughout his life’s journey. He emphasized leading with a strong work ethic, continuously giving back to his community, and staying humble. After graduating from Chelsea High School in 1963 as a star athlete, he went on to play football at Hope College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
He returned to Chelsea to begin his career at Chelsea Milling Company (“Jiffy”), working his way from the ground up at almost every job before ending as Vice President of Procurement. After 35 years, Dudley retired in 2004 and continued to serve on the Board of Directors.
Dudley’s love for his community ran deep as well. He served on many boards and committees for local businesses and organizations, including Chelsea State Bank, Chelsea Community Hospital, and Chelsea Community Foundation. He is also credited as a founder of the Chelsea Depot Association, a founding investor in The Common Grill, and a proud supporter of the Chelsea Police Department. One of Dudley’s later in life passions was teaching English to immigrants who were preparing for citizenship, and he offered countless other meaningful contributions to groups and individuals publicly and privately.
Dudley believed it was important to shine the spotlight on others rather than himself. However, recognitions such as the Lifetime Achievement Award (2016) by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce and becoming the first Hall of Fame recipient (2015) by the Chelsea Historical Society were incredible acknowledgments he was deeply proud to receive. He prided himself on knowing every employee by name while at Jiffy, and strived each day to help everyone feel important.
On July 17, 1971, he married Dawn DeWeese, and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Kevin (Maleeda) Holmes of Pasadena, CA; Scott (Meghan) Holmes of Northville: a daughter, Heather (John) Holmes DeBlasio of Chicago; two sisters, Diane (Robert) Hall of Grand Rapids, Susan (Kim) Schrotenboer of Grand Rapids; 3 grandchildren, Oliver, Parker and Emerson; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive friends at the Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea, on Friday, March 11, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. His funeral service will be held Saturday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.
Arthur James “Jim” Menlove
Beloved husband and father, Jim Menlove, died on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at his home in Chelsea.
He was 91. Jim was born in 1930, in Bangor, North Wales, to professional soccer player Bertie Menlove and Ada Randall Menlove. As a young man, Jim served in the British Army’s Corps of Signals. He then went to work for Lloyd’s Bank of England, and later, of Canada. In the US, he was vice president and trust officer at NBD and Comerica banks. He was Director of Fundraising for Beaumont Hospital for many years.
One of Jim’s greatest passions was for soccer. He was proud that his father had played for English Premier League teams like Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Sheffield United in the 1920’s. Jim watched many matches at Conor O’Neill’s Pub in Ann Arbor with “the lads” – a group of soccer-lovers and dear friends. Jim was also an avid distance runner and participated in the early days of Detroit’s Motor City Runners in the 1960’s and ‘70’s.
Jim was a generous, attentive father who taught his daughters the beauty and importance of athleticism, literature, music, film, art and philosophy. He loved to ponder the nature of existence over a pint of Guinness or a finger of bourbon, and was a man who loved knowledge, language and history. With his passing goes a great deal of wisdom.
Jim was married to Ruth Conlon on October 15, 2005, in Blissfield, MI. He is survived by his wife and his daughters, Susan Julia, Janine Menlove-Eybs and Leia Menlove, all of New York; by stepsons, Damien Dlugokinski of MI and Mark Dlugokinski of OK; by former spouses and friends Alfreda Menlove-Noble and Pamela Acutt-Menlove; and by 14 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan Menlove-Chandler.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 9, 11:00 am, at the First Congregational Church of Chelsea, 121 E. Middle St, Chelsea, MI, with The Reverend Dr. Barbara Edema officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
Carol Marie Brock
of Pleasant Lake, MI, formerly of Chelsea
Age 78, died Sunday, February 27, 2022, at her son’s home in Pleasant Lake. She was born October 3, 1943, in Croswell, MI, the daughter of Charles Henry and Thelma Della (Clement) Gentinne.
Carol grew up in Dearborn, and taught Home Economics at Corunna High School. After the death of her husband, Bob, she went back to school to study occupational therapy at Eastern Michigan University while raising four boys. She worked as an occupational therapist at Chelsea Community Hospital for many years before retiring.
Carol was a warm person with a friendly smile for everyone. She was a volunteer who put her heart into everything she did. Carol was active in Chelsea MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), organized Red Cross blood drives, taught Sunday school and volunteered at Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Carol loved taking family vacations with her sons and their families, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by four sons, Kevin Brock of Conrad, Texas, Brian (Erin) Brock of Toledo, OH, Steve (Jamie) Brock of Gregory, David (Rebekah) Brock of Pleasant Lake; a sister, Laurie Gentinne of Dearborn; a brother-in-law, Charles Greening of West Bloomfield; 7 grandchildren, Megan, Madison (Michael), Jacob, Victoria (Mark), Timothy, Isabella, Clara; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Brock; her parents; her brothers, Tom and Alan Gentinne; and a sister, Julie Greening.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 3, 2022, 2:00 p.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. LeAnn Seto officiating. Burial will be at Acacia Park Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, and 1-2 p.m. at the church on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church or the Red Cross.
Peggy A. Giardello
Age 74, passed away on February 23, 2022, at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea, MI.
She was born in Wheeling, WV on November 24, 1947, to Julian and Ethel Carter, and was raised in St. Clairsville, OH. In 1978, she married Joseph A. Giardello, and they lived for years in Martin’s Ferry, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, sister Patti Meyers, and stepson W. Paul Giardello.
Family was important to Peggy. She had a special relationship with her son, Julian Giardello, daughter-in-law Katie, and grandsons, Luca and Nico. Other family she leaves behind include her daughters Debbie (Bill) Makris and Bonnie (Jamie) Richards; stepson, Joe Giardello; grandchildren, Joshua Richards, Bobby (Stephanie) Tweedlie, James Richards, and Cheryl (Brad) Burch; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Peggy was a kind-hearted and loving person, always looking for ways to help where she could. She loved animals, especially her grand-dog Wiley. In the last years of her life, she enjoyed spending time outdoors, traveling on new adventures with her son’s family, and cheering on her grandsons’ hockey teams.
Cremation has already occurred, and a private burial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends contributions to the Humane Society of Huron Valley to honor Peggy’s love of animals. Memorial donations can be made at https://www.hshv.org/give/donate/.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
of Chelsea, Michigan
Age 79, died Monday, February 21, 2022, at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Florida. He was born August 13, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Anthony Peter and Veronica (Zablothy) Kujawa.
David attended the University of Detroit High School graduating in 1960. He graduated from the University of Detroit College and earned his MBA from Wayne State University. David worked as an automotive engineer for Ford Motor Company for 39 years. He was also a member of the Air National Guard, earning the rank of Lieutenant. David enjoyed reading, fishing, and playing Bridge, and was terrific with children. He loved spending winters in Estero FL at Cypress Bend RV Resort.
David married Esther Anne Gustafson in 1965, and she survives. Other survivors include three children, Faith Moore of Ypsilanti, Lynn Marie Cox of Garden City, Michael (Lynnmarie) Kujawa of Westland; and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Samantha Cox. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dianna.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date (please go to www.ColeFuneralChapel.com for updates).
Memorial contributions may be made to University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 8400 S. Cambridge Ave, Detroit, MI 48221 or https://www.uofdjesuit.org/giving/memorial-gifts.
Suzanne Louise Cutler
Generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother “Grandmere”, sister, friend and legendary hostess left this world on February 27, 2022, at age 81 after a brief battle with cancer.
Born in Staten Island, NY to Dominick and Liliane Prato and the eldest of four close-knit children, Suzanne went on to work for the Wall Street law firm of Cahill Gordon where she met her husband Douglas Eugene Cutler (deceased). Later Doug took a position at Ford Motor Company, and they moved their growing family to Dearborn, MI.
In Dearborn, Suzanne raised their four sons, embraced her new community and quickly developed a reputation for her skills in the kitchen. She was a true artist.
Suzanne was also an avid florist and gardener and a senior member of the Dearborn Garden Club. The gardens in her backyard were often praised and they became a yearly stop for the Garden Club tours.
Suzanne and Doug loved to travel – they had a sensational culinary trip to Italy with Suzanne’s siblings Peter (deceased), Georgette and Michael, a lifelong dream for all!
Suzanne and Doug eventually moved to Estero, FL and had more years of entertaining. Her family, extended family and friends couldn’t wait to visit Suzanne and Doug and share in her culinary delights.
Suzanne is predeceased by her loving husband Doug, her son Scott (Kathi, step-grandchild Jeffery and his family) and her brother Peter Prato (Donna, children Amy Lockhart and Lindsey and their families).
She leaves behind her sons Doug (Julie, children Sophia, Samantha, Joshua); Craig (Joan, children Grace, Collin, Landen); David (Polly, child Ralli); sister Georgette (Nick, nephew and God child James); brother Michael (JoAnne, nephews Jonathan and Brandon and niece Ashley D’Alessio).
Donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate).
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
Clayton Albert Colebar
of Latham, IL
Age 77, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at his daughter’s home in Chelsea, Michigan.
He was born June 23, 1944, in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Anthony W. and Beulah M. (Howard) Colebar.
Clay was an Army Veteran, serving in active duty from 1962-1965. He lived in Latham, IL, and was a self-employed carpet installer for 50 years, finally retiring at the age of 70. He loved his family, friends, and especially his grand/great grandchildren, so very much. Clay enjoyed electric trains and putting models together.
He would spend hours working on his giant electric train layout, complete with towns, cars, people, trees, mountains, tunnels, bridges, and lakes. He also enjoyed old war and western movies, and his tomato garden.
On May 29, 1970, he married Gloria Waddell, and they were married for over 51 years. He is also survived by a daughter, Jacqueline (Michael) Manahan; 2 sons, Lt. Col. Wes (Angie) Colebar, Tony Colebar; sisters, Leona Kemball-Cook, Elaine Cavanaugh; grandchildren, Lily, John and Vivian Manahan, Noah and Will Colebar, Brandon Colebar; great granddaughter, Katie Newton; and many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, and older brothers, Howard and Kenneth.
Clay will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Latham Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 78, Latham, IL 62543.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, MI.
Carol Lynn Curtis
of Ann Arbor, MI
Age 69, died Saturday, February 12, 2022, at her son’s home in Pinckney.
She was born March 9, 1952, in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of Isaac “Paul” and Inez (Alaniz) Bacon.
Carol worked for Edwards Brothers in Ann Arbor for 20 years. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
On June 30, 1973, she married Larry E. Curtis in Southgate, MI, and he preceded her in death on November 30, 2000. Survivors include her five children, Garry Curtis of Pinckney, Kellyann Curtis-Cole of Hillsdale, Larry Curtis of Houston, TX, Terry Curtis, Deborah Harper of Wayne, MI; granddaughter Chelsea Cole, and six additional grandchildren; a brother, Paul Bacon; a sister, Kathy (Tom) Sleep; a special cousin, Claire Curtis; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at Freedom Evangelical Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the humane society or horse rescue of your choice.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
Phyllis Ann Stutzman
of Hudson, MI
Age 86, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chelsea.
She was born August 6, 1935 in Stella, KY, the daughter of George and Katie (Dunn) Lovely.
Phyllis had resided in the Chelsea area since 1954. She was a member of the New Hope Assembly of God Church in Hudson.
On December 24, 1955, she married Wayne Leslie Stutzman in Detroit, MI, and he preceded her in death on February 22, 2007.
Survivors include two sons, David (Phyllis) Stutzman of Munith, and Scott Stutzman of Hudson; one daughter, Gloria (Steven) Kincer of Grass Lake; two sisters, Jean Wisecup, and Joy Fults; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by six sisters, Hazel Minix, Reva Montgomery, Wanda Cole, Nola Patrick, Jewell Goff, Tressie Minix; and three brothers, Elwood Lovely, Mitchell Picklesimer, and Ishmael Picklesimer.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 19, 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Phyllis Stutzman officiating. Burial will follow at Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday from 5-7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Assembly of God, 14900 E. Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Mary Beth Chandler
of Littleton CO, formerly of Chelsea, MI.
Age 64, passed away December 31, 2021, with her sisters by her side after a long and courageous battle with a rare form of melanoma.
Mary Beth was born at Women’s Hospital in Ann Arbor on April 7, 1957, the daughter of William and Marilyn Chandler of Chelsea.
She graduated from Chelsea High School in 1975. The seeds of her career were planted her senior year when she became the Chelsea Police Department’s afternoon dispatcher. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1979 with a degree in Criminal Justice, and three days later packed her car to move to Colorado where she lived for the rest of her life. Her 37-year career took her in many unique directions. She was one of the first female officers for the Englewood, CO Police Department.
She served as a Patrol officer, Detective and Agent working within her department on investigations – one of which was featured on Unsolved Mysteries as well as working on a multi-jurisdictional drug task force that included undercover operations. She also became a certified Polygraph Specialist working for the District Attorney office.
After 21 years with the Englewood PD, she became a Compliance Investigator with the State of Colorado for the Secretary of State. She specialized in inspecting financial records and compliance of not-for-profit organizations. In her last career move, she became a Certified Fraud Examiner working as a Criminal Investigator for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office focusing on Financial Fraud. In 2016, she finally retired from all law enforcement to fully focus on her many interests and hobbies.
Mary Beth loved animals especially Cocker Spaniels (she rescued 7 throughout her life) and the donkeys that lived behind her home. She loved the outdoors and traveling. She and her “hiking crew” enjoyed local hikes in the Rockies and trips to Santa Fe, New Mexico. She enjoyed spending time and going to lunch with friends. She loved learning about new cultures and history on her travels to Europe.
She spent a great deal of time researching her family history, and enjoyed baking, cooking, and reading. As an artist, Mary Beth painted lovely landscapes and flowers. She used her creativity to repurpose items into unique furniture and decorative items long before “repurposing” was popular.
Mary Beth also loved jewelry and spent hours making and selling beautiful, beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Mary Beth was a strong-willed, confident person who was witty and had a deep spiritual side. She loved to laugh and was blessed to have many friends from all of her “walks” of life.
A special thanks to her Roxborough Water District co-workers, neighbors and many friends who offered her help and support always. She will be truly missed.
She is survived by her father, William “Bill” Chandler of Chelsea; sisters Cindy (Richard) Westfall of Rochester, NY, and Carolyn (Nick) Roopas of Ann Arbor, nieces and nephews, Alyssa, Emily, Alex and Evan Roopas, Kathryn (Patrick) Westgrove; and one great-niece Adelaide Rose Westgrove. She was preceded in death by her mother Marilyn in 2020.
A service and burial in Chelsea will be held at a future date in the Spring of 2022.
Donations may be made in her memory to The Barn Sanctuary, 20179 McKernan Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118.
John Dennis Posegay
of Chelsea, Michigan
63 years old, was born July 5, 1958 in Superior Township to John Stephen Posegay and Evelyn Gertrude Posegay.
He married Valerie Anne Theobald in 1983. John joined his Heavenly Father on Friday, February 11, 2022 after a courageous battle against tongue cancer. John grew up in Westland, Saline, Milan, and Chelsea. He grew up with a Christian Faith.
John retired from Washtenaw County Road Commission after 27 years of service. He started as a mechanic and retired as an Inspector and Weighmaster. Prior to that, he worked as a mechanic at Complete Auto Transit in Willow Run and at Woods Dairy Farm in Saline.
He received his Associate’s Degree in Heavy Duty Mechanics from Ferris State College. His son at a young age was proud to tell everyone that his Daddy was a Comanic! John’s joys in life were designing useful things out of most peoples’ junk. He loved his dogs, farming, hunting, fishing, bowling, remote control airplanes, dirt bikes, tinkering on cars, body work and painting, and Waterloo Boy stationary engines. He was a Lifetime member of the NRA.
He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He always believed that there was a lesson to be learned in every situation and initiated opportunities for that to happen. He wanted people to think for themselves and trust in their capabilities. He would direct lots of questions to the young and old to accomplish this. Over the years John was described as an old soul, a traditionalist but mostly as unique!
He is survived by his wife Val; children John J. Posegay (Eimy) and Rebecca L. Posegay (fiancé Eric Blough); his grandchildren Celeste, Emma, Gabriella Posegay; sisters Diane Hovatter (Tom) of Willis, MI, Denise Lehman (Tim) of NC and Gayle Stoops. He was blessed with many nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, and father and mothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents and his fishing buddy sister-in-law Lynn.
With gratitude, funeral services will be entrusted to and take place at Cole Funeral Chelsea in Chelsea, on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 11:00 am. Officiating will be Pastor J.J. Posegay and Pastor Ann Salyer. Visitation will be Monday from 1-and 5-8 pm and Tuesday from 10-11 am. The family has respectfully asked for masks to be worn.
Gary O. Moore
of Chelsea, Michigan
Age 75, passed away Monday, February 7, 2022 at Spring Arbor Assisted Living. He was born February 7, 1947 in Sandusky, MI, the son of Orville Emerson and Doris R. (Wisenbach) Moore.
Gary graduated from Chelsea High School in 1965. He started working as a plumber at age 16, and became a master plumber and worked for several companies and Local 190. Gary was in the union for over 30 years.
He bowled in the league at Chelsea Lanes, was a member of Chelsea Rod and Gun Club and Bullseye Hunt Club. He volunteered at MUCC camp for many years, and organized family reunions at the camp. Gary was a tree conservationist and received awards of appreciation. He loved the Chelsea community, especially Chelsea Football. Gary would do anything for anybody. He loved being around people and being outdoors. Gary was an avid hunter, golfer, and fisherman.
The family would like to thank Spring Arbor Assisted Living and SouthernCare Hospice for the exceptional care they provided to Gary.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff (Karen) Moore of Jackson and Larry Moore; his brother, Terry Moore (Patti Wood) of Chelsea; four grandchildren, Caleb, Kendra, Amanda, and Joshua; and three great-grandchildren, Franky, Myla, and Cayden. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Larry.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 11, 11:00 am at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Pastor Mark Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Thursday, 2-4 and 6-9 and Friday 10-11 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local youth group or by planting a tree in his memory.
Helene M. Marshall
of Jackson, MI, formerly of Chelsea
Age 84, died Friday, February 4, 2022, at her home in Jackson, Michigan.
She was born June 19, 1937, in Jackson, the daughter of Bert J. and Veronica A. (Daniel) Smith.
Helene worked for various retail facilities for many years and was a member of St. Johns Church of Jackson. She loved to walk daily through the parks and take in the Lord’s joy throughout the day and every day. Helene also enjoyed her evening time studying the Bible.
On August 16, 1958, she married Wendall K. Marshall in Jackson, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1990. Survivors include two sons, David (Claudia) Marshall of Raymondville, MO; Kevin Marshall of Jackson; her brothers, George (Bernice) Smith of Pleasant Lake, Lawrence (Eleanor) Smith of Rives Junction; her sister-in-law, Gloria Smith of Jackson; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Smith, Thomas Smith, Gerald Smith; and her sister, Frances Osterberg.
Per Helene’s wishes she has been cremated and there will be no services. She will be buried in Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Betty Ethel Young
Age 91, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Silver Maples of Chelsea.
She was born October 14, 1930, in Hillsdale, Michigan, the daughter of Harry and Eunice (Ensign) Foust.
Betty was a cashier at the Five and Dime in Hillsdale before starting her family. She was a food service worker at Chelsea High School from 1967 until she retired in 1993. Betty was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoyed crocheting, playing Euchre, and visiting casinos. Betty loved to bake, including her specialties, raisin-filled cookies and buckeye balls.
On December 24, 1950, she married Donald R. Young, and he preceded her in death on February 27, 2013. Survivors include a daughter, Pat Parr of Chelsea; a son, Thomas (Joan) Young of Bettendorf, IA; 4 grandchildren, Emily (Jeff) McHale, Zachary Young, Stephanie Young and Nicholas (Taylor) Young; two great-granddaughters, Aranka McHale, Scarlett McHale; a great-grandson, Beckett Young; and her last of seven siblings, Glen Foust of Hillsdale. She was preceded in death by a son, John “Randy” Young; and a son-in-law, Stanley Parr.
Private services were held at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. Burial took place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chelsea, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 3050 S. Fletcher Road, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Harold Joseph Cook
of Dexter, Michigan
Age 59, of Dexter, Michigan, went home to be with the Lord early Saturday, January 15, 2022.
He was born December 25, 1962, to Benjamin and Sharon (Hugger) Cook.
Harold, a proud American, served in the Marines from 1981-1984. During this time period, he enjoyed being stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
In 1987, Harold married Peggy Lee Lovely. The two settled into their family home in Dexter in 1990, and then in 1992, became the proud parents of Kandice. With Peggy, the love of his life by his side, Harold peacefully passed away. He had just shy of 35 years with his “girl next door”.
Harold was always striving for the next goal, giving his all for each new business adventure. He was a true entrepreneur and an avid gardener. Harold’s greatest adventure and joy was being the World’s Best “Boppa” to his grandson, Benjamin.
Harold is survived by his wife, Peggy Cook; his daughter, Kandice (Nick) Cook; his grandson, Benjamin Cook; his mother, Sharon Cook; two sisters, Sherry (John “Wes” Kane) Cook, Terry “TC-” Cook; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and great friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Arthur Cook; his paternal grandparents, George and Goldie Cook; and his maternal grandparents, Norbert and Inez Hugger.
Honoring Harold’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place in the summer of 2022.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for Harold’s grandson, Benjamin.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
Cynthia Lee Johnson
of Chelsea, Michigan
Age 64, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
She was born May 25, 1957, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Wayne and Barbara (Briggs) Schulze.
Cindy graduated from Napoleon High School in 1975. She went to Washtenaw Community College, where she studied computers. Cindy started out working in the computer room at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, then went to work at ProQuest (UMI), then worked at Borders, and ended up working for the State of Michigan in Lansing.
Cindy loved Hallmark collectibles and was featured in several newspapers for her extensive Christmas decorations. Before she became ill, she was doing what she loved best – putting up the Christmas trees. Her smile would light up the room. Cindy was always doing things for other people and had a good heart. She was a great lady.
On January 29, 1997, she married David Anthony Johnson, and he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Getner of Saline; a sister, Jackie Schulze; a sister-in-law, Sandra Johnson; a brother-in-law, Michael Johnson; and a granddaughter, Gabrielle. She was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Rachel Johnson.
No services are planned.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
Lee Harrison Ferguson II
Lee Ferguson was born in Belleville, Michigan on March 11, 1955. He passed away on January 12th, 2022, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 66.
He was one of two children born to Lee and Carolyn (Lemire) Ferguson. He married Caryn Sublette on August 5th, 1982 and had one daughter (Athena Ferguson). He is survived by his wife, Caryn Ferguson of 39 years, daughter Athena Ferguson, stepson Cameron Lynch, granddaughter, Rylin Lynch, sister Lynn Klink, and nephews Mike Klink and Kevin Klink.
Lee graduated from Eastern Michigan University with an education degree and got his Masters at SDSU. He shared his passion for music through teaching and playing with various bands throughout the years like Camino One, Vigilante, and Bangtail. One of his greatest joys was playing gigs with his friends from the bands, all well attended by their family and fans.
He started his teaching career in Wall, South Dakota before going to Onida, South Dakota. He dedicated 11 years of his life to the Sully Buttes school and the wonderful community there where lifetime friendships were made. He and his family then moved to Colton, South Dakota. He dedicated another 17 years to teaching at Tri-Valley at the high school level where he enjoyed bonding with colleagues and helping to influence and encourage students and watching their journeys.
After 33 years of teaching. he retired and joined his wife at Habitat for Humanity and worked as a Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator, giving back to his community by organizing volunteer groups to update houses around Sioux Falls. His plans were to fully retire in a few months and eventually move to a house in Lead, South Dakota that he and his wife, Caryn, were revitalizing themselves.
Many can attest to Lee’s kindness, passion, and drive. He has touched many people’s lives across the states and the amount of memories that were shared with Caryn and Athena has been amazing. They would like to express their love and gratitude to everyone, including the Sanford staff who worked tirelessly to help Lee and his family. They are humbled by the great community of friends and neighbors which stretched from all corners of the states. Your support has helped gentled this great loss of a wonderful man.
Visitation with family present will be from 4-7:00 PM Saturday, January 22, 2022, at the Minnehaha Funeral Chapel, Colton. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Tri-Valley High School, rural Colton. Interment will be 2:00 PM MST, Monday, January 24, 2022, at Oakridge Cemetery, Deadwood, SD.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Habitat for Humanity, or the Humane Society.
Delores Carol Houk
Age 85, died Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the Chelsea Retirement Community.
She was born December 20, 1936, in Lima Twp, Michigan, the daughter of Rudolph John and Euna Alma (Fiegel) Zahn.
Delores was a Charter Member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, where she was in the Phoebe Guild, the Altar Guild, and taught Sunday School for 30 years.
January 9, 1954, she married Norman C. Houk in St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, and he preceded her in death on October 18, 2019. Survivors include two children, Edith Anne Dehn of Gregory, Douglas (Cheryl) Houk of Chelsea; daughter-in-law Bernice; one sister, Arlene March; 8 grandchildren, Heather, Gretchen, William and Fred Dehn, Thomas, David and Kelly Houk and Jennifer Annarino; several great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-granddaughters, Layla and Lockett. She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel in 1990; a grandson, James Houk; a son-in-law, Thomas Dehn; three sisters, Dorothy Egeler, Rose Ann Daniels, Elizabeth Herrst; and three brothers, Rudolph, Paul, and Ray Zahn.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 20, 11:00 am at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm and at the church Thursday from 10-11 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1515 S Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Erma C. O’Connor
of Jackson, MI, formerly of Chelsea, MI
Age 91, died Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Legacy Assisted Living.
She was born December 14, 1930, in Sylvan Township, Michigan, the daughter of Herman C. and Clara E. (Wellhoff) Eisele.
Erma and Norm lived at North Lake for 46 years, where they loved entertaining. She served on the Board of Park Lawn Beach at North Lake for many years. She was a life member of Inverness Country Club, and she worked at the Dexter Township elections for many years.
In her later years, she lived at the Pines in Chelsea. Erma was a life-long member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she served as director of Christian Education for over 40 years. She volunteered at Faith in Action for 23 years,and was recognized as Co-Volunteer of the Year in 2004. In her younger years, she was a Para-pro in the Special Education program at Chelsea Public Schools.
Erma’s family would like to thank Legacy Assisted Living and SouthernCare Hospice for their compassionate care at the end of her life.
In 1962, she married Leo Borders, a Washtenaw County Deputy Sheriff who was killed in the line of duty in 1966. In 1968, she married Norman O’Connor, and he preceded her in death in 2011. Survivors include her daughters, Sara (Tom) Cartwright of North Muskegon, Dawn (Dan) Borders – Schulze of Waterloo, Peggy (Dan) Nutt of Grass Lake, Carolyn (Rick) Pichea of Jackson, Judy (Steve) Shepherd of Grass Lake; 11 grandchildren, Justin (Linze), Kaylie, Andi, Erika (Steve), Danielle (Andrew), David (Shelly), Daniel (Brandy), Jason (Ashley), Holly (Daniel), Lisa (Ryan),Steven; many great and great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Shelia (Byron) Gay; a brother-in-law, Eilta (Deb) Borders Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Elenor Klink and Eileen Zaszczurynski.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 22, 11:00 am at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. Barbara Edema officiating. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday, Jan 21, from 5-7 p.m. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 14600 E Old US Highway 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or Faith In Action, 603 S Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Lura Belle “Lu” (Gallaher) Parker
Age 94, joined her beloved Jack shortly after midnight on January 10, 2022 at home in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, surrounded by her children.
Born November 17, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio to Martha Mabel (Heffrin) and Albert Barton Gallaher, Lu grew up during the Great Depression and then World War II, and both made a profound impression on her.
She and John William “Jack” Parker were married on June 12, 1948 in Cleveland, a year after meeting on the campus of Western Reserve University, where they both attended classes and Lu was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar.
They moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan while Jack earned his master’s degree at the University of Michigan and Lu worked at Willow Run. They then moved to Colorado, where Jack worked for an oil company. Daughter Marsi was born in Durango, son Christopher in Cortez, son Kevin in Albuquerque, and daughter Laura in Farmington, New Mexico as they moved from place to place, Lu making a home everywhere they went.
Next they moved to Austin, Texas for Jack’s doctorate. Lu was a charter teacher with the War on Poverty project Head Start there. When the family moved to Michigan for Jack’s new career as a geology professor at Albion College, Lu took a job as a nurse’s aide at the local hospital, and took
classes at Albion to finish her long delayed degree.
Immediately upon graduation, she was offered the medical social worker position at the hospital, where she was later named employee of the year. She had a calling and a gift for helping people throughout her life.
Lu was a member of A.A.U.W., E.L.T. Club, and the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Albion. Her love of cooking and baking was well known; she loved to feed family, friends, and Jack’s college students. She enjoyed reading, writing, watching wild birds, travel, and visiting with family. Lu was extremely generous and kind to everyone she met.
After Jack died, she lived with daughter Marsi and her husband Bill Darwin II for several years, renewing friendships with Albion College alumni at Silver Maples, and making new friends as well. Several years ago, she moved to her younger daughter’s home on the land that her grandparents had settled, and where she enjoyed visits with great grandchildren.
Lu is survived by children Marsi Parker (Bill) Darwin of Chelsea, MI., Kevin (Becky) Parker and Laura (Tony Bianconi) Parker, both of Conneautville, PA. She also leaves her grandchildren, Michelle (Joel) Stone of Conneautville, Kyle (Julia) Parker McGlynn of Evans, CO., Amy Parker Smyth of Albion, Cara Parker of Belleville, MI., BriAnne (Jake) Rynes of Ogden, UT., Alyse (Luke) Widger of Meadville, PA., John (Becky) McGlynn of Conneautville, Tye (Stephanie) McGlynn of Chattanooga, TN., Ryan
(Yukiko) McGlynn of Savage, MN., and Mike Bianconi of Harmonsburg, PA., 21 great grandchildren, nieces Carolyn (Joel) Smith and Denise (Tom) Goodlet, nephew Rick (Karen) Minke, all of the Cleveland area, and her Boston terrier Buster.
Lura was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sister Georgetta Minke, her son Christopher John, and her grandson Eric William Parker.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 30 in Albion, MI., followed by burial in Harmonsburg, PA. on Mother’s Day.
If you wish to make a donation in Lura’s name, charities especially dear to her heart were veterans associations and bird and animal protection agencies.
Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by McCauley Funeral Home, Conneautville.
A private celebration of his life will be held at a later time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Yosemite Conservancy, 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94104.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.
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