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David Burtis Wolfgang
Of Chelsea, MI

Age 84, died peacefully on Saturday, May 27, 2023.

David was born February 8, 1939 in Chelsea, MI to Walter and Helen (Searfoss) Wolfgang.

He was a life-long Chelsea resident, graduating from Chelsea High School in 1957. He went on to attend Michigan State Agricultural Short Course. On February 1, 1964, he married Barbara Jean (Marshall) at Bethlehem Church in Ann Arbor, MI, and she survives.

He had a deep love for farming, especially animals. He began 4-H at a young age was involved in FFA and many other farm related organizations. Along with farming he worked at Sheridan Books from 1985-2007.

Together Dave and Barb were able to enjoy many wonderful trips all across the U.S. with many groups of friends and family. They walked the “Mighty” Mackinac Bridge, 1993 until 2017. They were always ready for a good game of cards. He was a devoted member of First Congregational Church of Chelsea; his deep faith was very evident throughout his life.

He is also survived by his two daughters, Wendy (Douglas) Beaumont of Chelsea, MI, and Amy (Marvin) Nieman of Shaker Heights, OH. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren, Julie (Dave) DeVries of Holland, Alex Beaumont of Ann Arbor, MI; Eva and Aaron Nieman of Shaker Heights, OH; as well as his great-grandson, Lucas DeVries.

The family is grateful for the care from many doctors and nurses with the Heart Failure team at the U-M and Chelsea Hospital.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church or the Michigan 4-H Foundation.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 1, 2023, 11:00 a.m., at the First Congregational Church of Chelsea. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea, MI.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, as well as Thursday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

Frederick Lee Barkley
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 87, died after a short illness on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born May 14, 1936, in Covington, Indiana, the son of Carl & Mildred (Small) Barkley.

Fred served in the US Navy during the Korean War as a Quarter Master 3 Navigator. He had a lengthy career in public service, culminating in a sixteen-year tenure as Parks & Recreation Director of Washtenaw County, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Michigan University.

Fred was an active member of the community. He was a member of the Chelsea Kiwanis in the 70’s and 80’s, a member of the Caribou Lake Association, a member of Kappa Phi Alpha fraternity at EMU, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Fred was a volunteer handyman for Neighborhood Senior Services for many years. He was an avid coin collector, woodworker, fisherman, boater, golfer, and reader. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Caribou Lake, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

On August 19, 1961, he married Judith Major in Allen Park, and she survives. Other survivors include two children, Patrick (Jeanne) Barkley of Downers Grove, IL, Kelly Barkley of Grass Lake; 3 grandchildren, Trevor (Olivia) Asperger of Grass Lake, Jalen (Courtney Garner) Asperger of Phoenix, AZ, Matthew Elliott of Grass Lake; a great-granddaughter, Sophie Jane Layher; a brother, Michael (Brenda) Barkley; a sister, Barbara (Jerry) Styers; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Dale and Charles Barkley.

A celebration of life will be held at Pierce Lake Golf Course at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

John B. “Jack” Dunn
Of Chelsea, MI

Age 88, passed away on May 22, 2023 at his home at Cavanaugh Lake.

Jack was born on October 22, 1934 in Ann Arbor, MI to John F. and Eva H. (West) Dunn. Jack was a long-time resident and business owner in Chelsea.

He married the love of his life and best friend, Nancy (Luhrs), on July 21, 1956, and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage until she passed away in 2021. They met as children at Higgins Lake where their families summered starting when Jack was 9 and Nancy was 12. They grew up as best friends, married, and together they built a family, built a business, and raised three children in Chelsea:  Kathy Dunn Finger, Kimberly S. Tapping, and John F. Dunn.

As a proud alumni and legacy of the University of Michigan, he was a diehard University of Michigan fan. Jack and Nancy were season ticket holders to Michigan football games and enjoyed many years of tailgate parties, UM Football, and Chelsea football. He also loved growing up and later living on a lake, boating, and playing golf.

He operated Central Fiber in Chelsea and then served as President and Owner of Chelsea Industries, as well as owner of Dunn & Associates. Family and faith were central throughout his life, and he was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea.

After retirement Jack and Nancy spent winters in Venice Florida at Aldea Mar known as the ‘Village by the Sea’, which they shared with their family and many close friends. Anyone who knew Jack, knew he had a wonderful sense of humor, he was always quick with a story or a joke that usually started with, “Did I tell you the one about …”.

Jack is survived by three children: Kathy (Art) Finger, Kim (Don) Tapping, and John (Anna) Dunn; as well as grandchildren: Mark (Rochelle) Tapping, Christopher (Lindsey) Tapping, Stephen (Erica) Tapping, Bryan (Sarah) Dunn, Elise (Chris) Burhans, Megan (Al) Zeiher, and Lucas Dunn; and great-grandchildren: Aubrey & Morgan Tapping; Ethan & Emma Tapping; Bella, Leo, Gus & Iris Tapping; Nora, Wendy, William & Ingrid Dunn; Jack, Easton & Grant Burhans; and Anna Zeiher; and sister-in-law, Judy (Luhrs) Connors of Henderson, Nevada; as well as many amazing and special nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023, 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, Michigan. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, as well as at church on Friday from 10-11 a.m. before Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or St. Louis Center.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

Alice Leila Talbot
of Grass Lake, Michigan

Age 94, passed away at Chelsea Hospital with her family by her side Thursday, May 18, 2023.

She was born January 31, 1929, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Herbert and Violet (Cooper) Jones.

Alice graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1948. She was raised on Platt Rd. and was part of the “Platt Road Kids” for many years. Alice worked at Gelman Sciences for about 30 years, doing print control and taking care of blueprints. She was an avid bowler for many years, bowling on a league for Gelman at Colonial Lanes and Bel-Mark.

Alice enjoyed square dancing at Strawberry Squares in Plant City, FL. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in her later years, but was formerly active with Hope Lutheran Church in Plant City. Alice enjoyed puzzles, was a voracious reader (especially Danielle Steele); and loved the Michigan Wolverines, Tigers, and Red Wings. Alice was known for her faith, her love for her family and children and dogs of all kinds.

Alice married Ronald Arthur Talbot on February 25, 1950, in Ann Arbor, and he survives. She is also survived by her son, Gary (Pam) Talbot of Jackson; daughter, Susan K. Marshall of Dexter; sister-in-law, Anna Jones; three grandchildren, Becky Geer (and her children, Michael, Rachel and Jeffrey), Sarah Schimelfening (and her children, Kyle, Cory and Tyler), Evelyn and Joel Rosentreter (and their children, Savanah and Jillian). She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Gerry Marshall; four sisters, Esther Putnam, Virginia “Jean” Pepper, Eva Newberry and Erma Bedolla; and by two brothers, Carl Jones and Herbert “Sonny” Jones.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103, with Pastor Andy Pronsati officiating. Burial will follow at Arborcrest Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Tuesday, May 23, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., as well as at the church Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Linda Minick Logan

Age 76, passed away peacefully Friday, February 17, 2023, at home on North Lake.

She was born January 29, 1947 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Robinson Glover and Jane Preston (Simmons) Minick.

Linda grew up with her three sisters and parents moving for her father’s career in the US Air Force and National Security Administration to such far away places as Turkey, Germany and France.

Linda graduated from high school in 1965 at a boarding school in Paris. Linda began her undergraduate degree at SMU and completed it at Hunter College in New York City in 1969. Her BA degree was in sociology and art history.

She worked at a collection agency and was a receptionist and model in NYC in the garment district. Linda was a stay-at-home mother and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house in Ann Arbor, her children’s schools and at the University of Michigan medical school as a volunteer patient supplying feedback to medical students to improve their bedside diagnostic techniques as well as their bedside manner.

Linda was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church where she participated in church breakfasts, Material Girls, and Bible studies. She was a previous member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor.

Linda enjoyed quilting, scrapbooking, baking with family, and gardening. Linda was pure joy. Generous, kind, and friendly; she made everyone feel special and loved. She will be missed dearly.

Linda married David Gill Logan in Cleveland, OH on March 21, 1981. He preceded her in death on July 7, 2022.  She is survived by three sons, Robert (Laurel) Howe of New Canaan, CT, Bradley (Jennifer) Howe of Wayzata, MN, Keith (Laurie) Logan of Cleveland Heights, OH, three daughters, Grace (Dave) Savercool of Chelsea, MI, Kathleen (Brent) Rundquist of Minneapolis, MN, Amy (Michael) Johnston of Vergennes, VT, three sisters Judie (Fred) Zedeck, Sandy (Hugh) Kovachik, Marcie (Michael) Stehling, sixteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea, MI, with Pastor Joy Barrett officiating. The family will receive friends before the service from 1-2 pm, and there will be a reception following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Robert Eugene Hammig
Chelsea, Michigan

Robert Eugene Hammig was born on February 8, 1935, and passed away peacefully in his favorite chair at home with his wife, Kathy, of nearly 58 years by his side.

In addition to his wife Kathy Hammig, he is survived by his brother Mike Hammig and sister-in-law Janie, his children Meredith Hammig and Mark Hammig, and his five grandchildren – Harrison, Chloe, Enzo, Zoe and George.

Bob was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas where his parents lived their entire lives and he took his own family frequently to visit.  As a young man, he moved West – stopping to work at Yellowstone National Park before ending up in Denver, Colorado in 1963. He and Kathy met at St John’s United Methodist Church while working together in the youth program. They were married during a Sunday morning service on June 12, 1966.

Bob had 2 full careers. First at General Electric for over 20 years, then the postal service for another 20, retiring in 1996. In addition to work, Bob had a robust life full of many interests. He and Kathy were avid square dancers and devoted parents.

He enjoyed his collections of trains, stamps and coins. He created art through stained glass and Bob Ross landscape paintings. His children inherited his passion of rock collecting as evidenced by their own impressive collections. And, he loved to fish. Dad/Grandpa/Uncle Bob would spend hours patiently setting up poles and detangling lines all the while awaiting his own catch. It’s safe to say that one of his many legacies will be the shared love of fishing that his children and grandchildren possess.

Friends and family would characterize Bob as quiet, calm and kind. He was steady and dependable and had a wicked sense of humor. Bob was unassuming so in his spirit and in lieu of any service, his family suggests that you pick up that rock that catches your eye or spend some time patiently waiting for that fish to bite. He was loved and will be missed.

Ezra Joseph David Strait

Newborn son of Benjamin and Ashley Strait

Ezra Joe was born prematurely at 35 weeks on May 2, 2023 at 9:44 pm. He weighed 3 pounds 3.1 ounces and was 17.84 inches long. He gave us the gift of his life for four days, 14 hours, and 34 minutes.

In his brief life, he heard his mommy and daddy sing to him, the sound of his big sister’s voice, passages from the Bible, and experienced the unconditional love of his family.

He was baptized and confirmed on May 4, 2023.

He passed from his mother’s arms and into the arms of Jesus, while being sung to by his parents on May 7, 2023 at 12:18 pm at Mott Children’s Hospital. He fought so hard, and now his battle is won. He is healed and whole, with no more pain or suffering.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his big sister, Iva Jo; grandparents, David and Mary Lou Strait, Matthew and Tamara Mead; great-grandparents Ina Strait, Michael Miller, Sandra Crandall, Paul and Kathy Adams; aunts and uncles, Jennifer and Derek Norton, Mark Mead, Jonathan Mead; cousins Evelyn Norton, Josiah Norton; Godparents, Angie Asperger and Joe McKeone, and many great aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Special thank you to the nurses and physicians at Mott Children’s Hospital NICU, especially Chelsea L. and Sarah K.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, with visitation from 10-11 am. Burial will be at Old St. Patrick Cemetery in Ann Arbor. 

Memorial contributions may be made to a GoFundMe Fundraiser for Benjamin Strait by Kyle Whittington : Help for baby Ezra ( site set up to help the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Jordan Brandon Jarrell
of Jackson, Michigan

Jordan passed away tragically on April 28, 2023.

He was born on August 5, 2007 to his loving parents, Shawndra Mundinger and Brandon Jarrell. He was a sweet, caring, and adventurous 15-year-old young man. He loved playing football, basketball, and being outdoors, but mostly he liked hanging out with his friends. He was a big MSU fan. He attended school in both Stockbridge and Grass Lake, but was currently finishing this school year online.

Jordan was raised in a big family by his parents, his maternal great aunts Diana Hadley and Dottie Skodak, his granny Deb, and his paternal great-aunt and great-uncle, Jerry and Pamela Barnett.

Jordan was preceded in death by his maternal grandma, Debbie Mundinger, his maternal grandpa, Malcolm Jones, and his paternal uncles, Rodney Howard, Claude Gipson, Jr., and Curmit Gipson. He is survived by mom, Shawndra (Curt), and 5 brothers, Malachi, Dylan, Kaeson, Brycen, and Jace; his dad, Brandon (Jessica), and 2 sisters, Dymond and Amari; grandparents, Debra Jarrell and Robin Jefferson; great-aunt and -uncle, Pamela and Jerry, great aunts, Diana, Dottie, and Diane Gipson; a great uncle, Clint (Jean) Gipson; many aunts and uncles: B.J. (Rebecca) Jarrell, Elina Jarrell, Darrell Jarrell, Justin (Olivia) Jarrell, Stasia Jarrell, Myles (Makayla Clemens) Jarrell; Alexus Clemmons; Tonya (Steven) DeRose; Kyle Johnson, Rose Klapperich, Chris Makielski, Sandra (Tony) Galletta; and lots of cousins who love him very much. He has many more friends and family, too many to list.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 4, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cole Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses.

Janet Ann (Greene) Ammann
of Chelsea, MI

Age 84, passed away on April 30, 2023 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.

Janet was born on July 26, 1938 in Detroit, MI to Harold and Anna (Hodor) Greene and was the oldest of four daughters. She moved to Ann Arbor and graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1957. She subsequently earned a Diploma in Accounting from Cleary College in 1960.

She lived between Ann Arbor and Chelsea for more than 70 years and most recently was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. Janet worked as a bookkeeper for the family dry cleaning business in Ann Arbor and later for two insurance agencies (Shehan and Kleinschmidt) before retiring.

She enjoyed reading, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and particularly cherished her time traveling outside of the country. She treasured time with her grandchildren whenever there was an opportunity. She was very family-oriented and attended as many gatherings, school activities, and sporting events as she could.

She also enjoyed time with family on Strawberry and Cavanaugh Lakes, singing her favorite Neil Diamond songs while boating. Her presence in our lives will be forever missed.

Janet is survived by her two sons, Mark (Amy) Ammann of Dexter, and David (Kelly) Ammann of Bad Axe; six grandchildren: Alicia (Lukas), Alex, Gretchen, Sean, William, and Lucas; brother-in-law, Ronald Rinker of Harbor Springs, MI; as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her three younger sisters, Joyce Gauntlett, Christine Taylor, and Patricia Rinker.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Monday, May 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.  where the family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the St. Louis Center (, Detroit Public Television ( or Faith in Action (

Margaret Lena “Meg” Heydlauff
Of Dexter, MI

Age 83, died after a brief illness on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 in Sebring, FL.

She was born May 31, 1939 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence Edward and Esther Loretta (Reesman) Moore.

Meg attended boarding school at Adelphian Academy in Holly, graduating in 1958. She attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs for 1 year. Meg worked 11 years for Varsity Laundry on Liberty Street in Ann Arbor, then 25 years for UMI/ Bell-Howell.

She was a life-long member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed traveling with Jerry. Meg was an avid gardener. She loved crocheting and knitting, and gave away her creations to anyone and everyone.

On Aug. 12, 2012, she married Jerry Heydlauff, and he survives. Other survivors include her daughter, Susan (Joseph) Cassar; 3 sisters, Martha (Richard) Burns, Marilyn Bliesath, Marian Osborne, a step-grandson and step-granddaughter; and 5 great-grandchildren; 2 step-daughters, Sharon (Stephen) Starling, Sue Stanley; 3 step-sons, Daniel (Kathy) Heydlauff, Dale (Gloria) Heydlauff, and David (Heather) Heydlauff; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Salem Grove Cemetery, Grass Lake.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bunker Hill, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Audrey Foster
of Whitmore Lake

Age 92, died Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at her home.

She was born October 13, 1930 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Melbourne James and Dorothy E. (Thomas) Troxel.

Audrey graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School and attended Grand Rapids Junior College. She worked at U of M for many years, retiring in July, 1986. She attended Sharon United Methodist Church and was a member of the Ann Arbor Women’s City Club.

On April 7, 1951, she married Gilbert R. Foster in Lansing, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 12, 2011. Survivors include a daughter, Katherine Ray of Manchester; two granddaughters, Katherine Caldwell of VA, and Emily (Keith Guerette) Ray of WA; great-grandsons, Brayden Caldwell and Milo Guerette; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law Steven Ray, and brother Allan Troxell.

A graveside service will be held at Rowe’s Corner Cemetery, Manchester on Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Tom Waller of Sharon Church officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel.

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

Ronald G. Joseph

Age 87, died Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Chelsea Hospital (ICU).

He was born September 10, 1935, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Dona Thomas & Ethel L. (Osborn) Joseph.

Ron grew up in Chelsea.

On September 4, 1958, he started working at the Chelsea schools and worked there for many years.

On October 31, 1955, Ron married Sarah Ann Melton in Jackson. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2006. Ron is survived by two sons,  Dona T. (Terry), of Grass Lake, Louis P. “Paul” (Sherrie) of Manchester; one daughter, Vickie L. (Eddie) Hamilton of Qulin, Missouri; grandchildren, Amber (Thomas) Case of Chelsea, Brad (Teresa) Cole of Ypsilanti, Jason (Jennifer) Cole of Iron River, Michael Hamilton and Sarah (Darrall) Garner of Saline, Gordon Cole of Ypsilanti, Tylor Joseph and Ron Joseph of Cadillac, Travis (Sally) Joseph of Pecos, Texas, Alyssa (Brian) Joseph of Dallas, Texas, Angela Fernandez of Detroit, Lisa Fernandez of Dearborn Heights, and Christopher Joseph of Taylor. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Ann Joseph in 1993; his son, Ronald E. Joseph in 2014; sister, Delores Allen; and brother, Robert Joseph.

No public services are planned. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

James Franklin Lancioni

December 25, 1955 – April 22, 2023

James “Jim” Lancioni, age 67, of Chelsea, MI, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, April 22 after a brief battle with Multiple Myeloma. 

James entered this world as a Christmas gift to Wilma and Diore in Grand Rapids, MI. His favorite childhood memories were summers spent on Portage Lake in Onekama, MI, water skiing, boating, mini biking, and fishing.

He started his musical career at an early age, discovering the drums and percussion. Showing great promise, he attended Interlochen Arts Academy every summer for five years. Upon his high school graduation, he was awarded a full ride scholarship to the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in Music Performance. All through high school and college, he played in youth symphonies, taught drum students, and played numerous classical gigs. During his time at U of M, he spent a summer playing in the Colorado Philharmonic and a summer in the Canary Islands playing opera with the likes of Joan Sutherland. 

James played with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra as the principal timpanist for a total of 41 years under numerous conductors. One of the highlights of his A2SO performances was playing Nielsen 4 as a soloist. In addition to classical music, he also played in Stolen Moments, a wedding band, and Coconut Radio, a rock band.

Throughout his career, James had a chance to play with famous musicians Ravi Shankar, Dave Brubeck, Weird Al Yankovich, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Ann Murray, John Cage, Van Cliburn, and Bob Hope. Later in life, he taught a plethora of drum students, as he was a natural teacher. He also volunteered at his daughter’s school musicals and coached percussion students at Chelsea High School. 

Although he was always pursuing his passions, his greatest love was for his family and spending time with his loved ones. He was an adoring husband, father, Papa and the star of his whole family. He was loved by many.

James is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Mia, daughter Rosa (Matt), and grandchildren Jimmy, Eddie, Lydia, and Etta. Also surviving are his siblings Ruth (Jeff), Mary (Bryan), David (Candy), sister-in-law Tammy, sister-in-law Marlene (John) and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Charley. 

A gathering of family and friends has been set for May 6 at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea, MI from 3-6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy, or Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

John Lawrence “Larry” Butler
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 94, died Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at home.

He was born March 3, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Jess Mervis and  Elizabeth (Cowan) Butler.

Larry graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit, and served in the United States Army. He worked for the Ford Motor Company in Body Engineering as a wood model maker for over 30 years, and retired in 1994. Larry was a longtime member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Brooklyn, MI, and had recently attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea.

Larry loved driving his pontoon boat on Lake Columbia as captain for family and friends. He enjoyed the wintertime at Lakeshore Villas in Lake Wales, Florida. He also enjoyed golf and woodworking. Larry was a quiet, gentle, man who liked to tell stories and reminisce.

On May 12, 1950, he married the love of his life, Margaret May Graham who preceded him in death in 2007. He is survived by his daughters, Linda A. (Bill) Cregan of Chelsea and Bonita Springs, FL, Sandra J. (Rick) Riley of Dexter; sons, David J. (Kathryn) Butler of Commerce Twp., Michael J. (Debra) Butler of Commerce Twp., James L. (Eileen) Butler of Elmira, MI, Robert S. Butler of Livonia;14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Buccos.

A memorial service will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Saturday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m. with Deacon Tom Franklin officiatingThe family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 pm. Dinner will follow the service at the Dexter Pub, 8114 Main Street, in Dexter.

Interment will take place at St. Rite Catholic Church in Brooklyn, Michigan at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Silver Maples of Chelsea Employee Scholarships Fund, Silver Maples Development Office, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118.

Tom Brown II
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Albion

Age 88, died suddenly Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC) Dancy Hall Independent Living.

He was born August 21, 1934 in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Tom Brown and Margaret (Nehls) Brown. Tom attended East Detroit public schools, graduating from East Detroit High School in 1952. He was very active in Boy Scouts, attended an International Jamboree, and was a Sea Scout, where his love for sailing began. He graduated with a BA from Albion College, Albion, MI in 1956 with majors in English and History.

After meeting her in the Albion College Choir, Tom married his college sweetheart, Patricia Louise Sanford on August 27, 1955 in Lansing, MI. They honeymooned in Paradise, Michigan. Tom celebrated their love every month on the 27th with an original poem, a flower, a song, a dance around the living room, etc.

After Tom finished his Albion College degree, they moved to Boston, MA so he could earn his Masters of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and Harvard Theological School, graduating in 1959. There he met and studied with Martin Luther King, Jr. under professor Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman.  Throughout their lives, Tom and Pat read, celebrated, and quoted Dr. King and Dr. Thurman.

Tom pastored his first church starting in 1957 in Malden, MA at Faulkner Methodist Church while obtaining his Masters Degree. He was ordained as an Elder in the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church in Michigan in 1959. He was a pastor for churches in Dearborn: First (assoc) 1959; St. Clair Shores: Good Shepherd 1960; River Rouge: Epworth 1965; Iron Mountain: Trinity 1968; Roseville 1973; Hemlock, Nelson 1978; Warren: Wesley 1984; Flint: Oak Park 1986; Burton: Emmanuel 1992; and retired in 1997 to Albion, MI after 40 years of service. He was a Director of Communications for the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church, member of the National Fellowship of Worship Artists (previously FUMWMA), NAACP, Flint Council of Churches, and the General Commission on Religion and Race.

He walked in the June 23, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Walk to Freedom” on Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan that passed Central UMC going to Cobo Arena. The whole family attended the 1968 memorial celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life in Detroit, Michigan.

The family created their own hidden forest paradise in Boyne Falls for about 30 years where they built a rustic cabin and enjoyed nature, singing around the campfire, hiking, berry patches for making jam, tree houses, swimming, sailing, skiing, snowshoeing, games, reading, but mostly, peace and quiet.  Tom and kids built a wood and canvas sailing rig for a wood Old Town canoe they sailed regularly on Lake Louise. Tom and Pat led the Michigamme Methodist Church Family Camp as the charter lead family in 1968 and continued through 1974.  Other UMC camps the family attended were Lake Huron, Lake Louise, Judson Collins, and more.

Music was a central theme for the entire family. Tom was a member of several community choirs, along with Pat, including the Midland Music Society Chorale, the Madrigal Chorale of Southfield, and the Albion College Concert Choir (2000-2004). After Pat’s sudden death in 2018, and to support more student musicians, the family established the Sanford-Brown Family Music Scholarship at Albion College.

Tom was an active leader and supporter of the Dort-Oak Park Neighborhood House in Flint. He created, founded, organized, and managed the Neighborhood Health Visitors Program in both Flint and Albion which continue to be active.

After Tom and Pat retired (“came home”) to Albion, Tom was a member of Albion Health and Wellness Action Team (HWAT), Albion First United Methodist Church, Albion Area Lifelong Learners (AALL), and continued to be active with Albion College Alumni, Boston University Alumni, and TKE Omicron Chapter Alumni.

In summers, Tom and Pat hiked extensively in Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory of Canada, and in Alaska (via car) from 1985-2001. They loved canoeing at Patricia Lake, in Jasper, Alberta, and staying in the Patricia Lake Bungalows. Banff and the Canadian/US Rocky Mountains were other favorites. Tom continued his love of sailing in Seward, Alaska chartering an aluminum sailboat. They also enjoyed wintering in Naples, Florida for 20+ years.

In 2017, Tom and Pat moved to the Chelsea Retirement Community Independent Living in Chelsea, MI where they were welcomed by many friends they had known most of their lives. Tom participated actively in Diversity+, Church and Society, One World One Family, the CRC Chapel Choir, Church support activities, exercise classes, swimming and many social events.

He greatly enjoyed a recent trip to Albion to stay in the family house and attend the March 17-18, 2023 National Intercollegiate Tenor-Bass Choruses Conference coordinated by Director Dr. Clayton Parr at Albion College. He also enjoyed special gatherings and dinners with many interdenominational pastors and spouses also living at CRC.

Tom was a joyous, perceptive, caring, sharing and creative person, a wonderful husband to Pat, father to their children, grandfather and “Great” grandfather to all his kiddos. Everyone he met was a friend or “cousin”. He especially liked to share a favorite comic strip or applicable newspaper article with family and friends.  It was one of the many ways he showed his interest in and consideration for others.

Tom is survived by his brother Jerry Brown (Diane Tite) of Tavaras, FL; three children: Steven (Melody Snow-) Brown of Albion, MI; Peter (Lori) Stephens-Brown of Skandia, MI; Mary Lenardson of Albion, MI; 3 grandchildren: Luther (Cassie) Snow, Lara Stephens-Brown (Toño Abramson), and Julie (Barry) Brannan; 4 great-grandchildren: Christian, Abigail, Brooke, and Reese; Nieces Kelee Brown (Cathy Retherford), and Megan Paradis; and special first cousins Joanne (Brown) Wilson and Nancy Hornfisher. Preceding him were his wife Patricia in 2018, and grandson Noah Stephens-Brown in 2022.

A family visitation time will be held in Albion on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at Albion First United Methodist Church Tennant Hall. A second memorial service will be held in Chelsea on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel followed by a reception in Dancy Hall.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Sanford-Brown Music Scholarship Fund at Albion College (611 E. Porter St., Albion, Michigan 49224), or the UMC Michigan Conference Church Camps, or the United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation (805 W. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118).

Daniel Maroney

We lovingly remember our dad and grandpa, Daniel R. Maroney, who died peacefully at Grace Village Retirement Community on Saturday, April 15, 2023.

Dan was born to Paul and Roxie Maroney on March 5, 1932 in Ann Arbor, MI. He lived in and around Chelsea, MI most of his early years until January 1966, when he moved to Ohio, then later to Columbia City, IN.

He liked talking about Chelsea, as it was the home of Jiffy Mix and actor Jeff Daniels, whose family he knew. 

In 1950, Dan began attending Olivet College, Olivet, MI. Dan always loved music and while there, he played trombone in the Jackson Civic Orchestra. He transferred to Michigan State his third year, and from that point on was a die-hard “Go Green” fan. He took the train to attend the 1954 MSU-UCLA Rose Bowl Game – noted as one of the largest mass movements of people at one time. Unbeknownst to him, his future wife, Patricia Bowman, attended the same game on that same train.

Dan joined the Army in March 1954, where he served at Ft. Lewis, WA and was later honorably discharged after “one year, nine months, and 19 days.”  He returned to MSU where he studied production management, graduating in March 1957 with a B.A. 

Dan met Pat Bowman, of Detroit, on a blind date at Michigan State. She loved to tell of their first meeting when she opened the door and thought, “Oh, no. Stuck again.” Things worked out for them, though, because they married on September 7, 1957 at Bushnell Congregational Church in Detroit. 

Over the years, Dan worked for a variety of manufacturing companies including Pontiac Motor Division, Chelsea Products, and Bendix Systems Division – Ann Arbor.

While living in Michigan, Dan and Pat were active in the Michigan Jaycees and often told of organizing an event sponsored by the Jaycees to install seat belts in cars following new state legislation. They were both state officers and Dan was a State VP and a National Director.

Dan took a job at Weatherhead Tool Division as materials manager in May 1968 and moved his family to Columbia City that summer. In March 1970 he became production and inventory control manager with the Gatke Corporation, Warsaw, IN. During his time at Gatke he served on the Board of Directors of the Warsaw Junior Achievement. 

Dan was in an automobile accident, July 1972, which seriously impaired his ability to return to Gatke. He ultimately accepted a custodial job at Marshall Middle School in Columbia City, where he worked from 1974 until his retirement in 1994. His ever-present eye patch made him a familiar sight around the school, sporting a Halloween-themed one each year to the kids’ delight. He enjoyed his co-workers, seeing new groups of kids each year, and biking to work when the weather cooperated, especially in the summer months.

In 1992, Dan and Pat bought property at Round Lake, part of Tri Lakes, IN and enjoyed living summers there. While at their lake property, Dan enjoyed playing golf and attending Columbia City Optimist Club meetings, having served several times as president, and once making it to an Honor Club.

In their retirement, he and Pat enjoyed Tigers baseball, Lions football, Big Ten basketball, and watching their grandchildren. Dan loved to putter around both houses and could often been seen working in the yard in Columbia City. He was always happy to lend a hand to neighbors when they needed it, and shoot the breeze when they didn’t.

Dan and Pat had four children: Kathy (Maroney) Vessey, Mike Maroney, Carrie (Mike) Yocum, and Mari (Brian) Wineland. They had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He and Pat passed on to their kids their strong values of hard work, education, and responsibility, along with a love of music and their sense of humor.

Dan missed his “Patty,” who died September 18, 2012 after 55 years of marriage. In 2015, Dan moved to Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, IN where he enjoyed walking, going on outings, making new friends, and his independent living apartment, later moving to health care where a team of wonderfully kind staff cared for him.

He will be remembered fondly for his sense of humor, willingness to help others, and good-natured, amiable spirit.

If you would like to remember Dan with a donation, the family suggests the Chelsea Area Historical Society, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, or Grace Village Retirement Community.

Services for Dan will be on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, IN with visitation from 9:00-11:00 am and a service at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Chelsea, MI on Sunday, April 23, 2023, with visitation at Cole Funeral Chapel from 1:00-2:30 pm and a graveside service at Oak Grove Cemetery at 3:00 pm.

Mary Alice Shrosbree

Passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on March 29, 2023 after suffering a stroke.

She was born on December 12, 1928 in Canton, Ohio to LeRoy Reed and Margaret (Bowerman) Taylor. She graduated from Perry High School in 1946 and received a full academic scholarship to the University of Michigan where she graduated with a BA in Education in 1950. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Michigan in 1955.

During that time, she met and married the love of her life, Al Shrosbree. They had two sons, William “Bill” (Jane) and Robert “Bob” (Sue), 6 granddaughters, Kate, Sarah (Tyler), Emily, Lisa, Beth and Kelly and 2 great-grandchildren, Grant and Sadie.

Mary Alice was active in her church, most recently at Northbrook Presbyterian Church and for many years before that at Southfield United Presbyterian Church. Over the years she was a member of the choir, served as a trustee and Sunday School teacher, participated in various women’s groups, and had other leadership positions.

Mary Alice loved music and trained as an opera singer at the University of Michigan. She passed her love of music to Al and her children and all of them enjoyed performing together and with others. A lifelong learner, she was active in the American Association of University Women and two long-term book clubs.

Mary Alice began her career as a teacher in Dearborn, Wayne, and Newton, MA and then took a hiatus to raise her boys until Bob was 9. She resumed her career as an elementary and middle-school teacher in Southfield and retired at 67. She was a hard, but fair, teacher and received many notes from students whose life she had positively impacted.

Al and Mary Alice were married for 68 years until Al’s death in 1990. They attended graduate school together at the University of Michigan where they became life-long Wolverine fans. They worked, raised their family and then traveled the world together. They were blessed with a wonderful circle of friends.

Mary Alice was extremely grateful to share her life with Al. Their love was a model for all. She was proud of their sons, their families and their accomplishments. Despite living without Al for the last three years she remained positive and was known for her infectious smile at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility.

Mary Alice is survived by her son, Bob (Sue) Shrosbree, daughter-in-law Jane Shrosbree, her grandchildren, Kate, Sarah (Tyler), Emily, Lisa, Beth and Kelly as well as her great-grandchildren, Grant and Sadie.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Ed Helbling and nephew Andy Helbling.  She is preceded in death by her husband Al Shrosbree, son Bill Shrosbree, and sister-in-laws, Alice Shrosbree, JoAnne Casillas, and Carol (Ed) Helbling.

A Memorial Service will be held at Orchard United Methodist Church, 30450 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, Monday April 10th at 11 a.m. Friends may visit at the church on Monday beginning at 10am. Immediately following the service, a luncheon will be held at the church in Mary Alice’s memory. A private burial will be held at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Wendella “Wendy” F. Ten Eyck
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Age 96, died Monday, April 3, 2023 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

She was born April 23, 1926, in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of Wendell and Margaret (Young) Fernald.

Wendy was an RN for Standard Oil in Venezuela where she met her husband William “Bill”. Wendy and Bill loved to travel and went all over the world. She was an avid Bridge player and played in 3 leagues. Wendy was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.  

Wendy was married to William W. Ten Eyck for 51 years.  He preceded her in death in 2014. Wendy is survived by two sons, Bill Ten Eyck (wife Kathy) of Gregory, Michigan; Jim Ten Eyck (wife Sharon Adams) of Taos, New Mexico; one daughter, Margee Ten Eyck (husband Mark Stevens) of Beulah, Michigan; two grandchildren, Will Ten Eyck (wife Alexa), Emily Heisler (husband Dustin); one great-grandchild, Emerson Heisler; one brother, Bruce Fernald (wife Judy) of East Millinocket, Maine. She was preceded in death by sisters, Joyce and Caroline, and her brother, Tom.

A private Memorial Service will be held by the family.

Leila Amanda Draugelis
of Chelsea formerly of Wauzeka, WI; Plymouth, MI; and Tucson, AZ

Age 91, died Thursday, March 30, 2023.

She was born on September 10, 1931, in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ora and Harriet Leila (Mercer) Oswald.

From her childhood on a cattle farm in Wauzeka to her retirement years in Chelsea, Leila met life with a quiet grace and intelligence. Leila earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s in library science from the University of Michigan.

For years, Leila stayed home with her children and volunteered. Later, she worked as a high school teacher, a high school librarian, and later in a public library. After retiring, she moved to Chelsea and volunteered in the libraries at North Creek Elementary School, the Chelsea Center for the Arts, and the Chelsea District Library. She was proud to have served on the Chelsea District Library Building Committee.

Most importantly, Leila was a devoted grandmother. She attended all performances and athletic events. Although a perfectionist herself, she ignored her grandchildren’s mistakes. They called her Grandma Lee, and often, she was the one they called. She dropped off snacks, meals, and forgotten items. She knew their friends and what was important to her grandchildren. They had many conversations and laughs over the years. She stayed current on what they were doing and was extremely proud of each of them.

All of Leila’s family and friends were important to her. She thought about them and talked about them often. She also enjoyed chatting with the regulars at the Chelsea Bakery.

Leila loved plants and animals, especially giraffes and birds, and had a unique teddy bear collection. She was a talented artist, drawing beautiful, realistic plants and birds. She enjoyed family genealogy research and was working to document her relationship to General Hugh Mercer. Her family and friends will miss her support, unique wit, generous and loyal nature, and her ideas and strong opinions.

Leila is survived by daughters, Anne (John) Dunlap, Krys Draugelis Patton, and Toni (Rich) Kinsey; sisters, Gweneth Weigel, and Bunny (Jerry) Mueller; grandchildren, Richard (Ashlee) Kinsey and Peter (Tracy) Kinsey, Amanda (Myles) Austin and Daniel Patton; two great-grandchildren, Marvin and Mack Kinsey; nephews, Dennis (Delores) Stantorf, Kevin (Pamela) Stantorf, Wade (Shelley) Mueller, and Wayland (Jennifer) Mueller; nieces, Candace (William) Ferrall, Vicki (Robert) Lewis, Stephanie Weigel; and many great-nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Orvis Oswald; a sister, Vergene (Ivan) Stantorf; and a niece, Megan Weigel.

Per Leila’s wishes, family will have a private family service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118, or to the Villa Louis Carriage Classic, P.O. Box 117, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

William G. “Bill” Moller
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at his home.

He was born March 26, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of William G. and Marie (Kreitner) Moller Sr.

Bill graduated from Sewanhaka High School on Long Island in 1949. He earned his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytech Institute in Troy NY. Bill was commissioned as a Naval Officer (3 years active duty during Korea). He worked for Union Carbide as a Product Engineer for 4 years. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1962, and his PhD in 1969, from U of M’s Rackham Graduate School. Bill did research at Syracuse from 67-72.

He moved to Chelsea in 1973, taught at U of M, and served 7 years as Associate Dean at the U of M Business School. He enjoyed reading, music, playing golf, and cross country skiing. Bill was a former member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where he served on the board. He was a member of the RPI Men’s Honorary Society, co-captain of the Lacrosse team in college (made All American), and helped establish the Lacrosse team at U of M.

On December 28, 1957, he married Edith Miriam O’Hara. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2021. He is survived by his daughter, Diane (Brian) Sikkenga of Texas; son, Bill (Amanda) Moller of Chelsea; 1 niece; and 3 nephews. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Donald C. Moller and Glenn R. Moller.

A private graveside service will be held at North Lake Cemetery in Chelsea. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army

Susan Bower

Sue peacefully fell asleep in death on March 17, 2023 at her home in Chelsea. She was 71 years old.

Sue was a loving wife and mother who loved her garden, and to cook. Anyone who came to the house never left hungry, she loved showing hospitality.

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, it brought her much joy to share her love for Jehovah and the Bible with others, whether in the door to door ministry in her younger years or sharing it with those she met in hospitals or in acute care facilities.

Sue is survived by her husband, Ben, her son, Ben, daughter, Abby, brother, John Freeland. Also by her many dear friends too numerous to mention.

Her memorial service will be held on April 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 17690 W. Old US Highway 12 Chelsea, MI 48118.

Melvin “Mel” Leach
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 89, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at his home.

He was born April 27, 1933, in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Clarence L. and Theresa M. (Schwab) Leach.

Mel served in the Army from 1953-55. He worked for the Village of Chelsea in the Wastewater Treatment Plant for 33 years. Mel was a member of the Rod and Gun Club and the American Legion.

On August 10, 1957, he married Barbara Wilson in Toledo, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 2019. Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia (Wesley) Mikesell of Fremont, and Susan Leach of Jackson; sons-in-law Adrian Carlino of Carlos Paz, Argentina, Daniel Spaulding of Jackson; 3 grandchildren, Nicole (Jason) Adams, Justin Degregorio, Anthony Degregorio; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Karen Carlino and Kathy Spaulding, and one brother, Merle Leach of Chelsea.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 27, 1:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Larry Lyons officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 26, from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Rod & Gun Club or the American Legion.

Betty L. (Lausen) Pope
of Chelsea, Michigan formerly of Ann Arbor

Betty passed away just one day shy of her 100th birthday, yet the legacy of her strength, will and heart live on.

Betty was born March 15th, 1923, in Rockford, Illinois, beloved daughter of Howard and Bessie Lausen.

At the age of 15, she moved with her parents to Ann Arbor where she lived until moving to the Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC) in 2006.

During her 25-year career at Hoover-NSK she worked as a supervisor in sales paving the way for future women in business. Betty was passionate about her family, instilling integrity, a good work ethic and kindness to others.

Her surviving daughters are Barbara (Bill) Mieras of Katy, TX; Betty (Tim) Bredernitz and Marilyn (Mike) Taylor both of Ann Arbor; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren soon to be six. She was preceded in her death by a daughter, Patti Mueller and a son-in-law, Doug Mueller.

Betty enjoyed traveling, antiquing, craft fairs and exploring thrift shops.

No formal memorial service is planned, although the immediate family will have an informal gathering to celebrate Betty’s life at a later time.

Those wishing to can donate to Planned Parenthood and The Humane Society of Huron Valley in her honor.

The family extends a heartfelt appreciation to all the staff at CRC for the loving care and devotion shown to our beautiful mother.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Lois Ada Marie Gibson
of Brighton, Michigan

Age 89 passed away Friday, March 17, 2023, at Trinity Health Hospital in Ypsilanti.

She was born April 24, 1933, in Oceana County, the daughter of Earl Willard and Elizabeth Caroline (Boelke) Shirtum.

Lois graduated with a Bachelor’s of Education from Albion College and a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University. While raising her family, she and Harry fostered 5 children and hosted foreign exchange students.

With her family raised, she continued her devotion to service by teaching the visually handicapped in the Detroit Public School system for 20 years, retiring in 1995. Spare time was spent taking their grandchildren on adventures in education.

Lois was an active and devoted member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Eastpointe, Grace United Methodist Church in Chesterfield Township and Chelsea First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. For 25 years in retirement, Lois volunteered first at Corewell Health (Beaumont) Hospital in Troy and then at Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea where she served as President of the Auxiliary.

Lois married Harry Wesley Gibson (surviving) on August 28, 1954, in Montague, Michigan. Other survivors include two sons, Cedric (Mary Kay) Gibson of Pinckney, Glenn (Beth) Gibson of Naugatuck, CT; and a daughter, Teresa (Scott) Harrison of Davisburg; 7 grandchildren, Laura, Adrienne, Emily, Elizabeth “Liz”, Jonathan, Rebecca and Matthew; 3 great grandchildren, Daniel, Olivia and Keegan. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Switzer, and three brothers Robert, Ernst and Earl “Jr”.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1, 11:00 a.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea, MI 48118 with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Theodore Cheever
formerly of Chelsea

Age 86, died Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Glacier Hills Assisted Living surrounded by his family.

He was born June 4, 1936, in Hillsdale County, Michigan, the son of Gaylord Wilbur and Gertrude Mary (Bowditch) Cheever.

Ted graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1954, and then joined the US Navy, serving from 1954-1957. He did heating and cooling work for the University of Michigan, and then started his apprenticeship with Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 190. He worked on the Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant, U of M Chemistry Building, North Creek School, Chelsea Hospital, and the Beach Middle School pool.

He was a member of the Chelsea Rod & Gun Club and Wild Goose Flyers (a radio-controlled plane club). He was passionate about model airplanes, hunting and fishing; he was a big U of M football fan, and loved to share stories.

Ted married Sara Ann Taylor on December 8, 1962, at Zion Lutheran Church in Chelsea, and she survives. He is also survived by his daughter, Radine (Alex Ellingsen) Cheever of Kalamazoo; son, Scott (Lori) Cheever of Chelsea; grandson, Jake Cheever of Chelsea; brother, Gary (Shannon) Cheever of Sun City West, Arizona; aunt, Jeri Bowditch of Jackson and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 4:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Kurt Hutchens officiating.  The family will receive friends before the service from 3-4 pm. A private burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Health at Home or a charity of your choice.

Marilyn Lucille Mast
of Chelsea, Michigan

Passed away at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on March 11, 2023.

She was born the daughter of Norman A. and Betty L. (Wahl) Hinderer on April 24, 1951 in Jackson, Michigan. On September 5, 1970 at Zion Lutheran Church, she married Ronald John Mast, and he survives.

Marilyn was baptized, confirmed, married, and will be buried at Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, baking, and being a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling to the GEHRKE Club near Hubbard Lake and playing cards, especially Euchre. Faith, family, and friends were everything to Marilyn.

In addition to her husband Ronald, she is survived by her children, Michelle (Kirk) Hedding and  Jason (Debbie) Mast; grandchildren, Emma Hedding, Isabelle Mast, Madeline Hedding, Lily Mast, Ben Mast, and Charlotte Mast. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn Hinderer. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Donald Hinderer.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Friday, March 17, 2023 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and again at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of the service. A funeral service will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, Chelsea on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Kurt Hutchens officiating. The burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

Carolina Pauline Herman
of Swartz Creek

Age 88, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away March 4, 2023.

Carolina was born June 7, 1934 in Flint, the daughter of William and Caroline Bodek.

She married Robert C. Herman on July 6, 1956 in Angola, IN; he preceded her in death on March 7, 2007.

She is survived by her children, Dr. James (Debora) Herman, Janene Saidoo, and Jane (Michael) Koch; son-in-law, Dave Saidoo; grandchildren, Jeff (Rhonda) Herman, Jessica (Brian) Donat, Katie (Mark) Pulford, Kristine Herman (Shane Paeth), Nic Herman, Dr. Sydney (Robert) Nelson, Kayla Koch, Alison Koch, Casie (Austin) Garrett and Sean Saidoo; 21 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and by two brothers and six sisters. Many thanks to Brenda and Wilma for their special care, along with her church family at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, with Pastor Daniel Pezzica officiating. Private burial will take place in Crestwood Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9AM until the time of service Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea.

Gabriel Weinreich 1928-2023

Gabriel (“Gabi”) Weinreich passed away peacefully from natural causes on February 22, 2023 in Chelsea, Michigan at the age of 95.

Born on February 12, 1928 into the vibrant, Yiddish-speaking culture of Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania), Gabi escaped with his mother Regina after the start of the Second World War. Forced to travel east, they crossed the Soviet Union, the Pacific Ocean, and the continental United States before being reunited in New York City with older brother Uriel and Gabi’s father, Yiddishist Max Weinreich. Gabi quickly learned English, and graduated from George Washington High School in Manhattan at age 16.

Gabi enjoyed the family’s gift for language: in addition to being completely at home in English and Yiddish, as an adult he could converse in German, Russian, Polish, and French, and had reading knowledge of Hebrew, Latin, ancient Greek, Italian, and Aramaic.

After high school, Gabi studied physics at Columbia University, first as an undergraduate, then as a graduate student, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1953. He met his first wife Alisa (Lourie, d. 1970) in Los Angeles in 1948, and they wed in New York in 1951. After graduate school, Gabi worked at Bell Labs until 1960 when he joined the faculty in the Physics Department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1971, he met and married his second wife, Gerane (Siemering, d. 2009), starting their blended family of five children.

Gabi enjoyed a lifelong passion for music. While still in high school, he studied composition with a former student of Rimsky-Korsakov. And for decades in Ann Arbor, Gabi hosted regular chamber music sessions, at which he loved to play the piano (he was largely self-taught) and the cello. He also enjoyed improvising at the piano, and accompanying himself on the songs of Tom Lehrer.

Later in life, a brain operation left him partially paralyzed, after which he laboriously retaught himself the piano, and the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, and especially J. S. Bach provided a comforting and healing focus for him in his final years.

In the mid 1970s, Gabi became interested in the physics of the piano and the violin, thus bringing together his passions for science and music. This work led to a long-term residency as a consultant at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, France and a visiting professorship at the University of Paris.

 During this period, Gabi also began to study for the Episcopal priesthood, and was ordained in 1986. He served as Adjunct Minister for St. Clare’s Church in Ann Arbor from 1985 to 1990, and then as Rector at St. Stephen’s in Hamburg, Michigan from 1993 to 1996.

Gabi was the author of several textbooks and a memoir, Confessions of a Jewish Priest (Pilgrim Press 2005), in which he explored the complexity of both his history and his faith. Gabi retired from the University of Michigan in 1995, and in 2005, Gabi and Gerane moved to Silver Maples in Chelsea, Michigan where they found a profoundly rewarding community that enriched them both until their deaths.

Gabi is survived by five children and stepchildren, Catherine Benamou, Marc Benamou (Raúl Ianes), Daniel Weinreich (Wendy Nelson), Rebecca Weinreich (Tara Rose Weinreich), and Natalie Benamou Scotti (Sergio Scotti); and by nine grandchildren, Thomas, Stephen, Shoshanah, and Ashira Weinreich, Thomas Wilson, Arianna and Valentina Scotti, and Aiyana and Emma Lao. He also cherished the more than 50 people he esteemed as “honorary children and grandchildren.”

He will be dearly remembered by many as a pathbreaking physicist, an inspiring teacher and mentor, a talented amateur musician, a Yiddish speaker, a man of faith, and a loving husband, parent, uncle, grandparent, and friend.   

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Arbor Hospice, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, or Jewish Family Services.

Funeral Services will take place at St. Clare’s Church in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 1st at 2:30 p.m. Those unable to attend in person may contact the church for a Zoom linkThere will also be a Memorial Celebration for sharing memories on Sunday, April 2nd at 1 p.m. in the Maples Room at Silver Maples retirement community in Chelsea. Contact [email protected] for additional information, including a Zoom link for those unable to attend.

Finally, remembrances are being posted to a memorial website

Prudencio “Prudy” Claro Calado
of Gregory, Michigan

Age 71, died Sunday, February 19, 2023, at his home.

He was born May 4, 1951, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of George Celi and Leatrice Joy (Hall) Calado.

“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.” ~Castañeda

Prudy graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1969. He owned his own delivery service “P&C Delivery” in Ann Arbor, delivering tofu and other specialty foods to grocery stores and restaurants. In his younger years, Prudy was part of the Counter-Culture Revolution.  This had a direct influence on the shape of his life. 

Throughout his life, Prudy’s participation in cultural events, historical re-enactments, and the study of history, the world, and politics helped him develop many deeply held beliefs. With his warrior spirit and vast knowledge, he could debate anyone who believed otherwise. But, Prudy also had a fun and whimsical side that made him the life of the party. 

He had a love for riding his V-Max motorcycle, Blues music, drinking beer, barbecuing, and having a good time with his many friends.

He was an amazing chef and barbecue master. His gamesmanship and competitiveness, in cards, darts, pool, bowling, video, and board games were always impressive. Later, he turned towards a love of the outdoors kayaking, fishing, and shooting his bow and black powder guns. It can’t go without saying that one of his true passions, which he shared with his grandson, was for bladed weapons including knives, hatchets, and swords. These and his black powder rifles were among his prized possessions. 

Prudy also had a spiritual side in communing with nature. He was a friend to the many plants and animals that lived in his world. Prudy was a truly unique person who will be missed by many.

Prudy was father to his daughter, Julie (Danial) Dewyer of Gaylord, and grandfather to his grandson, Malachi.

A Memorial Barbecue will be held later this year.

In lieu of flowers, drink a beer or do a shot and give a toast to Prudy.

Therese Marie Scharphorn
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, died Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson.

She was born August 25, 1931 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Emmett Matthew and Oleta Freida (Hutzel) Hankerd.

Therese grew up in Chelsea, and was a Beta Sigma Phi member. She worked for thirty-five years at the Federal Screw Works as a purchasing agent. Therese was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church choir until age 85.

Therese was very active and enjoyed being outdoors on their farm. She and her sisters often gathered to create delicious preserves from the garden. Therese was a skilled quilter, making many beautiful quilts, which she shared with most of her nieces and nephews. Their farm included an airstrip and hanger, allowing her and David to make many trips across the country in their private plane.

On July 1, 1967, Therese married David Scharphorn in Chelsea, Michigan, and he survives. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Houle, and Eileen Brooks; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul “Bud” Hankerd; and three sisters, Jane Cecile Hankerd, Rose Ann Salvante, and Sr. Helen Hankerd.

A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, March 9, 11:00 a.m. 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, Wednesday, March 8, from 3-6 p.m., and at the church Thursday from 10-11 a.m. A Rosary service will take place Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E Old US Highway 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or the Huron Valley Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Wanda Lou Conner
of Grass Lake, Michigan

Age 80, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born January 2, 1943, in Ypsilanti, MI, the daughter of Harley “Vern” and Josephine Betty (Green) English.

Wanda was a member of New Harvest Church (formerly Chelsea Free Methodist) and worked as the church secretary for 16 years from 1983-2000. She also served in the Sunday school nursery, and baby sat for Mastering Motherhood and she was active in Susie’s Shawls.

Wanda worked at a shop on Main Street in Chelsea called County Craftique. Wanda loved to read, crochet, and garden. She and Richard enjoyed traveling and visited Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, and most of the U.S. They also lived in Southeast Asia during Richard’s military years.

On March 11, 1960, she married Richard John Conner in Ypsilanti, and he preceded her in death on July 27, 2016. Survivors include a daughter, Sara (Jeff) Smith of Grass Lake; two sons, Richard John II (Tammy) Conner of Grass Lake, Timothy S. Conner of Jackson; 4 grandchildren, Britt Hanson, Kali Staebler (Casey Maloney), Brandon (Krista) Conner, Joshua Conner; 3 great-grandchildren, Oliver Hanson, Elsie Hanson, Serenity Conner; 2 sisters, Nancy Johnson of Westland, Edith Christianson of Ypsilanti; 1 brother, Fred Colby of Belleville; sister-in-law, Kathy Conner; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Violet Murray; and brother, Arden Colby.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 11, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at New Harvest Church, 11875 Jackson Rd. Dexter, MI 48130, with Pastor Mark Hendricks and Pastor Larry Lyons officiating. The family will greet friends from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, New Harvest Church or International Child Care. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

Marion J. Wortley Caledonia

Marion Jean (Zincke) Wortley 87, passed away Monday, February 27th, 2023, at Sunrise Senior Living in Cascade, MI.

She was born June 12, 1935, and raised in Chelsea, MI, the daughter of Grace (Conlin) and Armin Zincke. Marion graduated from Chelsea High School and shortly after married her loving husband Dean Wortley also of Chelsea. Marion and Dean were married for 60 years living most of their adult life in Battle Creek, MI.

Marion had a love for reading, birds, and all animals especially cats and dogs. Her love of dogs encouraged her to volunteer raising dogs for the Leader Dog Association. Marion later graduated from college in Mesa, AZ as an LPN. After returning to Battle Creek, she worked as a nurse at hospitals, doctors offices, and lastly Visiting Nurse Association.

She is survived by her son; David (Teresa) Wortley of Middleville, MI, daughters: Linda Miville of Vicksburg, MI, Elizabeth (Tracy Alan) Spencer of Battle Creek, MI, daughter-in-law Cindy (Bob Older) Older of East Leroy, MI. Marion has six grandchildren; Michele Whitlock, Karmen Wortley, Amy Spencer, Bethany Spencer, Danny Older, and Josh Gardner. Marion was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dean, son Robert, daughter Mary Jo Wortley (Jeff Gardner), son-in-law Ray Miville, grandson Bradley Older and brother William (Bill) Zincke.

There will be a small private service held for family.

Memorial donations may go to Gentiva Hospice of Grand Rapids.


George Arthur Merkel
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 93, died Thursday, February 23, 2023, at Chelsea Retirement Community.

George was born on June 6, 1929, to Joseph and Florence (Latreille Doll) Merkel in a farmhouse across from the present-day Chrysler Proving Ground. In 1948, he married Nancy Ellen Clark, and their union lasted for the next 62 years, until death separated George from the love of his life. Together, George and Nancy parented seven children.

George began life as a farm boy, but tried his hand at many occupations over the years. To support his large family, George hauled milk from farm to dairy, drove a semi, owned a service station, owned a bar, and eventually returned to farming, an occupation which he enthusiastically continued until a stroke forced him into retirement at the age of 88.

Even after his debilitating stroke, George lived to farm again. Years after his stroke, although he was completely bed-bound, he spent his time dreaming of the crops he’d plant “next spring”. He was proud to be named as the Farmer of the Year at the Washtenaw County Agriculture Banquet in 2018. The same year, he received a Recognition Award from St. Louis Center.

George served his township as a trustee, his county as a county commissioner, and his church as a member of the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, serving at one time as Grand Knight of his local council and also as State Master. George also loved to celebrate his German heritage as a member of the German Park and the GBU. He was an Ehrenmitglied of the Schwaben Verein in Ann Arbor.

His love of travel took him to Hawaii and Europe with Nancy, and later he enjoyed many trips to destinations in Europe, as well as the Holy Land and Canada.

George is survived by 6 children: Michael Merkel of Azalia, Linda (Walter) Hahn of Chelsea, Ann (Rodney) Salyer of Bark River, Beth (Craig) Corwin of Pinckney, Theresa (James) Tietjen of Waxhaw, NC, and Margaret (William) Stech of Chelsea; as well as 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved Nancy, his oldest daughter, Ellen (John) Hall; his parents; his brothers, Joseph, Thomas, and Mark; and one sister, Monica Gauthier.

George’s family would like to express special thanks to his beloved caregivers, Frannie Franklin and Alan Laeder for going above and beyond to make his last years as comfortable as possible.

The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 11:00 a.m. 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 in Chelsea, Monday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 8:00 p.m. There will also be a visitation at the church Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Louis Center,, the Humane Society of Huron Valley,, or Arbor Hospice,

Webb Douglas Seegert
Manchester, MI

Age 86, died Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at his home.

He was born May 24, 1936 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Theodore Peter and Phyllis Lou (Wadsworth) Seegert.

Webb graduated from Petersburg (Summerfield) High School in 1954. He worked at Chrysler for 34 years in Vehicle Impact and was a member of the UAW Local 1284. Webb was a member of the Manchester United Methodist Church and the President of Manchester Family Service. He enjoyed gospel music.

On July 1, 1961, he married Evelyn “Evie” Dresch and she preceded him in death on November 30, 2018. Survivors include his two sons, Randy (Cindy Bradstreet) Seegert of Hudson, Timothy (Rebecca Scherdt) Seegert of Manchester; three daughters, Tammy (Jeff) Crunkilton of Sparta, GA, Teresa (Timothy) Sannes of Grass Lake, and Alicia (Kim) Seegert of Tecumseh; six grandchildren, James (Jesi) Seegert, Ryan (Stephanie) Sannes, Joshua (Kylah) Sannes, Kristen Sines,  Evan Seegert and Samantha Seegert; four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Evelyn, and Everett Sannes and Stephan Sannes; two sisters, Helena “Anne” Wright and Dianne Gieske; and brother, Daniel Seegert, and sisters in law Barbara Dresch of Tennessee and Ethel Dresch of Georgia, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 25 at 11am at the Manchester United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dillon Burns officiating. The family will receive friends at the church Friday from 4-8pm and Saturday from 10-11am.  A private burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manchester.  Memorial contributions may be made to Manchester United Methodist Church, 501 Ann Arbor St, Manchester, MI 48158.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

John William “Jack” Crump
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Albion, Michigan

Died Thursday, February 9, 2023, at the age of 91.

Jack was born on January 18, 1932, in Santa Rosa, California, the son of John Richard and Helen (Skinner) Crump. He attended public school in his hometown of Sebastopol, graduated from Analy High School, and then attended Santa Rosa Junior College and the University of California, Berkeley. An excellent student, he was elected to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, and to Phi Beta Kappa in recognition of his academic achievement.

Following graduation from Berkeley, Jack traveled east to pursue a doctorate degree in chemistry at the University of Illinois. At Illinois, he was active in the campus Wesley Foundation, where he met Beverley J. (Bev) Hill, the love of his life. They were married in Urbana, Illinois, on June 19, 1955.

After completing his PhD in 1956, Jack accepted a position in research at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.  While at Dow, he taught an extension course through Central Michigan University that sparked his interest in teaching. He joined the faculty of Albion College in 1962 as an associate professor of chemistry and served as department chair beginning in 1969.  

Jack’s passion for chemistry and the liberal arts inspired generations of Albion College students, and he continued to mentor many of them even after his retirement in 1997. Rarely seen on campus without a cup of coffee in hand, he greatly enjoyed collaborations with his colleagues in chemistry and beyond, including co-authoring two chemistry textbooks. His interest in a wide variety of subjects led to enriching sabbatical years at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) in 1970 and Lucknow Christian College (India) in 1978.

When Jack and Bev moved to Albion with their young family, they had just finished construction on a new home in Midland, where Jack built all the cabinets in the kitchen. In Albion they purchased a historic home, the only house on tiny Cedar Street, and their inquiries into the history of the unusual house with a turret inspired a lasting interest in genealogy. Throughout their married life, they spent many hours and drove thousands of miles tracing their family roots.

Jack devoted his time to serving the communities where he lived. In Albion he served as a Cub Scout leader for Stephen’s scout pack, particularly enjoying the challenge of making racecars for the pinewood derby. With Bev, he chaperoned all three daughters’ Camp Fire Girls groups, leading them on camping trips and other adventures. He worked to support racial and ethnic diversity in Albion through his support for integration of the school board in the 1960s and contributed to the betterment of the town through his work for the United Way and the Albion Civic (Community) Foundation. He was a regular participant in the annual Crop Walk for Hunger and helped establish Habitat for Humanity in Albion. A lifelong Methodist, he was active member of the First United Methodist Church in Albion, where he especially enjoyed teaching the senior high school Sunday School class. After moving to Chelsea, he became a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, where his daughter Nancy is pastor.

Jack enjoyed spending time and sharing interests with his family and friends. His generally quiet demeanor was often punctuated by eruptions of laughter as he delighted in those around him. His children recall camping trips when he shared his love of the outdoors through fishing, hiking, skipping stones, and making blueberry pancakes over the campfire. He loved the woods and enjoyed identifying birds and many species of plants and wildflowers.

He and Bev shared a deep appreciation of music. They held season tickets to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Detroit Symphony, and the Michigan Opera Theater for over 20 years. In 1998, they had the thrill of a lifetime when they attended The Elixir of Love at La Scala in Milan, Italy. Jack always enjoyed singing, and together he and Bev were founding members of the choir at the Silver Maples of Chelsea retirement community.

Jack pursued many of his lifelong hobbies at the Cedar Street home in Albion. He had a woodshop in the basement, set up a ham radio station in the furnace room, and enjoyed building fires in the basement fireplace. In the large back yard, he and Bev planted flower and vegetable gardens. He continued gardening after he and Bev moved to their home outside of Albion in 1984, developing a penchant for dahlias. After moving to Silver Maples of Chelsea, he continued his habit of voracious reading and enjoyed cooking, gardening, and attending concerts and other events.

Jack is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bev, and by his children: Stephen (Diana) Crump, of Sanford, Florida; Becky (Paul Gottschalk) Crump of Chelsea; Sandra (Paul Rardin) Crump of Havertown, Pennsylvania; and Rev. Nancy Lynn of Ann Arbor. In addition, he is survived by three grandchildren, Emmett Lynn Howard, and Lily and Violet Crump; nieces Julie Cohen, Kristen Hill, Cindy Atchley, and Christina Scott; and nephews Mike Spiess, Greg Scott, and David Hill. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lou Spiess, and his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on March 10, 2023, at Silver Maples of Chelsea, 100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea.  At a later date, burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Crump and Paul Cook Research Scholarship at Albion College ( The Silver Maples of Chelsea Retirement Neighborhood’s Silver Lining Fund (checks to Silver Maples of Chelsea, noting that the gift is in memory of Jack; or online at, or the United Methodist Committee on Relief (

Mary Ann Pappas
of Chelsea, formerly of Clarkston and Bay City

Age 89, passed away on February 20, 2023.

She was born May 31, 1933 in Alpena to Frank and Magdalene Spencer.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Art; and her brother Malcolm Spencer, mother of Katie (Bob) Leach, Kit (Teri) Pappas, John (Candace) Pappas and Mandy (Tom) Higgins; grandmother of Alex, Spencer, MaryClaire, Madeline, Sophia, August, Elizabeth and Thea.

Mary Ann graduated from Central Michigan University and taught business at Clarkston High School. She lived in Clarkston for over 50 years.

Mary Ann was a kind, reliable neighbor and friend. She was an active member at St. Daniel Catholic Church until moving to Chelsea in 2014 where she was an active resident of Silver Maples Retirement Community. 

Memorial Mass Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston with visiting directly at the church at 10:30 a.m. Private interment Lakeview Cemetery, Clarkston.

Memorials may be made to Independence Township Library.

Arrangements entrusted to Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston.

Barbara Jeanne Preston
Chelsea, Michigan

Age 92, died Friday, February 17, 2023, at her home.

She was born December 25, 1930, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Gerald and Dorothy (Schade) Hepner.

Barbara lived on Pontiac Street and went to Donovan Elementary School which was on Wall Street. From there she went to Slauson Jr. High. High School was at Ann Arbor High School. She attended Alexander Beauty School and later had a beauty shop on Ann Street near the corner of Glen.

In her younger years, Barbara had great fun ice skating in the winter and swimming all summer long at the beach which was located on Long Shore Dr. on the north side of Ann Arbor. She and her sister, Gerry, had a great group of friends that they played with every day. She really had a great childhood.

Barbara drove a school bus in Ann Arbor and Chelsea for many years. She also worked at Arbor Hospice for seven years.

In 1952, Barbara married Robert B. Preston in Angola, Indiana. He preceded her in death on August 7, 1987. She is survived by their three children, John Preston of Roscommon, Robert (Linda) Preston of West Branch, and Gayle McMillen also of West Branch; six grandchildren, Laura, Robert, Amanda, Travis, Alex, and Tina; five great-grandchildren, Cory, Preston, Kia, Violet, Hayden, and one on the way; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harold Crist; sister, Geraldine True; and granddaughter, McKinley McMillen.

No services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the WAVE bus. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Donald Bauer
Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Chelsea

Age 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 at Glacier Hills Care and Rehab Center in Ann Arbor.

He was born Sept. 19, 1936 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of George Frederick and Ruby Mae (Hadley) Bauer.

Don worked as the Brake Department Supervisor at Chelsea Proving Grounds, retiring in 1988.  He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ. He had been a member of Lima Township Planning Commission. Don enjoyed golf, carpentry, travel, family, friends, and cats.

On January 8, 1955, he married Leila C. Trinkle, and she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Jeanette “Jeanne” (Jef) Spencer of Manchester; a son, Donald “Donnie” Bauer, Jr. of Chelsea; adopted son, Robert “Bob” Shipman of Chelsea; a brother, Robert Bauer; a sister, Barbara (Charles) Fredette; sister-in-law Jayne Bauer; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Cole funeral Chapel on Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Happy Hearts Feline Rescue, 10905 E. Pleasant Lake Rd., Manchester, MI 48158 or to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

James “Jim” Lyerla
Chelsea, MI

Age 72, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at his home in Chelsea.

He was born Nov. 19, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Clifford and Bethel (Newbury) Lyerla.

Jim had lived all of his life in the area graduating from Chelsea High School in 1968. He worked at Chrysler Proving Grounds for 36 years and retired in 2006 and served the Army National Guard during the Vietnam War. Jim remained active at the Chelsea Wellness Center for many years and enjoyed bowling, softball, the Detroit Tigers and U of M football and basketball.

Jim is survived by one son, Robert Lyerla of Chelsea; two brothers, Thomas (Tokuko) Lyerla of Glendale, AZ, Steven Lyerla of Vandercook Lake; one granddaughter, Kylie Lyerla; and Mark Cook’s family. He was preceded in death by his parents and special friend Mark Cook.

At Jim’s request, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Diabetes.

Susan Long
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 75, died Wednesday, February 8, 2023, in Ann Arbor.

She was born June 30, 1947, in Wyandotte, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Marion (Dufour) Novack.

Susan was the life of the party and always made a grand entrance. Susan retired from GM Powertrain. She was a member of the Red Hat Society in Lincoln Park, and volunteered at Chelsea Community Hospital.

Susan is survived by her daughter, Wendy Suzanne (David) McGraw of Fairfax, Virginia; two grandchildren, Matthew and James McGraw; five siblings, Phyllis Stone of Riverview,  Fred (Beverly) Novack of Waterford, Ronald (Suzanne) Novack of Novi, Dennis (Rose) Novack of Texas, and Mary Ann (David) Wilson of Rochester Hills; many nieces and nephews; special great-niece, Isabelle Lunsford; and nephew/godson, James Wilson. She was preceded in death by her brother, David John Novack; and two husbands, Paul Berdish and Gerald Long.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 16, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V.  Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Arborcrest Memorial Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a vigil service at 6:00 p.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Safe House, 4100 Clark Rd, Ann Arbor.

Jay George Hanke
of Gilbert, Arizona

Passed away in his sleep on February 1, 2023.

Born March 4, 1941, the only child of Carl and Mildred (Grabbenstatter) Hanke, Jay was nearly 82 years old when he passed after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease like his mother. 

Jay grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended Ferris State University. Jay was an avid golfer and worked for the University of Michigan Golf Course where he met his wife, Kathleen Kreul. They were married on August 12, 1968. Jay and Kathy raised their family in Chelsea, Michigan.

His career was spent in Manchester, Michigan, for the plastics machinery division of Uniloy/Hoover Universal/Johnson Controls for 27 years. Following his retirement, Jay and Kathy moved to Arizona to be closer to their grandchildren. A devoted Michigan football fan, you could always find Jay in a navy Michigan sweatshirt, even in Arizona. 

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Kathleen (Kreul) Hanke. Kathy was Jay’s caregiver throughout his illness with Alzheimer’s and showed true commitment to “in sickness and in health.” Jay is also survived by his two children Carol (Greg) Leicht of Gilbert, Arizona, and James (Kate Yost) Hanke of Ypsilanti, Michigan, as well as their spouses and five grandchildren, Alexis (fiancé Greg Carter), Sara, Ellie, Megan, and Ava.

Jay will be cremated at the Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Home.

Carol Edman
of Chelsea, formerly of Ann Arbor and Cheboygan

(November 10, 1931 to February 6, 2023)

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near…so loved, so missed, so very dear.

“Wow what a wonderful life I have had. I was born to Violet and Clayton Russ in Ann Arbor. I was the oldest sister to Stanley Russ, Marilyn Gibson and Judy (Jerry) Pace. We grew up on Broadway Street and created so many wonderful family memories.

I attended and graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1949. I met this guy named Marshall Edman and I knew he was the one. We married on September 20, 1952, and were blessed with three children: Thomas (Diane), Karen, Mark (Stacey). Five grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) Strohbusch, Molly Edman, Tabitha (Eric) Stiller, Brandon (Jess-Fiancée) Edman, Nathan Edman. Great grandchildren, Ethan and Tucker Stiller, Emerson and Luke Strohbusch. We raised our family in Ann Arbor surrounded by many extended family and friends.

We had a house on Mullet Lake in Cheboygan, spending time there whenever possible and eventually retiring there and gaining another wonderful group of friends. I loved being a wife, mother, Nani and great Nani. I was active with the Lady Elks, bowling and golf leagues and our monthly Euchre group.

After moving north, we continued to golf in a senior group, became active in the Lions Auxiliary, Red Hatters, and Cheboygan Golf and Country Club. Marshall and I celebrated 61 years of marriage until he passed in 2013. I returned to Chelsea in 2017 to be nearer to family and have gained another wonderful group of friends at the Prairie Cottages. We loved our Tuesday’s of drinking wine and playing Euchre, as well as the time spent talking on the front porch. I have lived a full, blessed life surrounded by a wonderful, loving family and so many good friends.”

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles, I’ve only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So, dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile. Understand, in your hearts, I’ve only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Friday, February 10, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. A time of food and fellowship will follow at the Chelsea Fairgrounds Service Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the U of M Cardiovascular Center, or a charity of your choice.

Cathleen Lynn Hall
Chelsea, Michigan 

Age 63, died Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at Chelsea Hospital.

She was born March 30, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Doug and Doris (Alexander) Taylor.

On July 15, 1978, Cathleen married Richard Currie Hall. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2022. Cathleen is 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; a brother, Keith Taylor; nieces, Autumn and Jessica; and nephews, Eric and Craig.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m.  

Phyllis Joan Kalmbach
of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 91, died peacefully in her sleep, after a short illness, Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

She was born July 18, 1931, in Ann Arbor Michigan, the daughter of Walter A. and Elsie M. Heydlauff Kalmbach.

Phyllis graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1955, with a degree in education, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan. She taught elementary school, mainly second grade, in Jackson until she retired in 1989. 

She was also an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for many years. Phyllis was the organist for Salem Grove Methodist Church for over fifty years. She also served as the church treasurer, taught vacation Bible school many summers, and helped with the Christmas tree/Craft Sale every December.

Phyllis had many hobbies including sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She crocheted beautiful lace baptism dresses for two of her great nieces. She was very interested in genealogy and has done extensive research on the family tree. She loved to travel and went to Germany one summer with her cousin Gloria to visit Heydlauff cousins in Stuttgart. She also enjoyed a family cruise to Alaska with her brother and family, and, in later years, accompanying the family to Florida to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

Phyllis was an avid lifetime learner. She took advantage of the many opportunities offered at the Chelsea Senior Center, traveling, and taking genealogy and computer classes. She was also active in community service including Meals on Wheels. In addition to her family, one of Phyllis’s greatest loves was the family cottage on Clear Lake where she summered most of her adult life. She also loved the family farm and gazing across at the fields most summer evenings in her later years as she sat on the front porch of the old family home.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Walter A. Kalmbach, Jr. and her sister-in-law, Virginia Richards Kalmbach of Grand Rapids. Phyllis is survived and will be sadly missed by a niece, Ann (David) Kalmbach Moore of Caledonia; a nephew, Kevin (Debra) Kalmbach of Ludington; a great-nephew, Jeffrey Moore; and great nieces, Megan Moore, Marla Woodward, and Kayla Williams.

A graveside service will be held later in the year. Please check for updates.

Kenneth Clarence Toney
of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Age 84, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 4, 2023, at his home.

He was born September 28, 1938, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Alvin R. and Lucille (Guenther) Toney.

Ken graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, and then joined the Army where he was a cook. He worked for Western-Southern Life Insurance for many years, retiring in 2003. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Alaska multiple times, working crossword puzzles, and working part-time for Parts Peddler delivering parts.

Ken was an avid fisherman his entire life, with his greatest “fish tale” being his 244 lb. halibut he caught by himself on his first trip to Alaska. Ken was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, where he was very involved in church dinners, including lead chef for the Christmas dinners for 20 years.

Ken was awarded Humanitarian of the Year by Faith in Action in 2016. He also volunteered for the Chelsea Community Fair. He was very friendly, and enjoyed talking and joking with everyone.

Survivors include two daughters, Lyn (Michael) Frasson of Trenton, Jill (Steve) Atwell of Chelsea; and their mother, Jean Virgne; four grandchildren, Kayla Rivers, Lexis Frasson, Connor and Chelsea Atwell; one sister, Margaret (Frank) VanSchouten of Oregon; a special friend, Naomi Shepard; and Buddy the cat.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Marie Rothfuss Toney, his sister, Shirley (Duane) Layher; and his brother, Carl (Kathy) Rothfuss.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 13, 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Daniel Pezzica and Rev. Dale Grimm officiating. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Sunday from Noon to 4 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Faith in Action.

Patricia Joan Russell 

Patricia died peacefully at the age of 92.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

Lois Ellena Thurston
of Grass Lake, Michigan

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

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

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

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

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

Wanda “Sue” Wood
of Chelsea, MI

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

Peter J. Severn
Chelsea, Michigan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,

Francis “Frank” Xavier Colligan MD
of Ann Arbor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rodney Worden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Patrick Joseph O’Dowd
of Saline, Michigan

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

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

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

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

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

Johan Stohl
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Albion

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delanie Claire Maute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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