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Recent Obituaries: David (Dave) Staebler, Suzanne Evelyn Tracy, Barbara Wrobleski

David (Dave) Staebler, age 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was born June 9, 1937, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of William and Lenora (Staebler) Staebler.

Dave spent his early years working with horses and cattle, which led him to a career on ranches in several states. Upon returning to Michigan, he worked at Halliburton, Chrysler Proving Grounds. Finally, he retired from the University of Michigan after 22 years in various roles such as trucking, campus courier, and working directly with the President. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Chelsea. 

Dave was a passionate individual who loved horses and cattle. He would often enjoy a cup of coffee and share some wild and crazy stories about his past, such as when he rode his horse into the V.I. in Grass Lake! Dave was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

He would have achieved 40 years of sobriety in June and knew the importance of AA meetings and mentorship. Dave was devoted to helping others in the program.

A public visitation will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, February 6th, from 4-7 p.m. A private memorial for family members only will follow.

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Suzanne Evelyn Tracy of Manchester, Michigan, age 84, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2024.

She was born June 30, 1939, in Lambertville, Michigan, the daughter of Harry Frederick and Anna Margaret (Kwiatkowski) Hetzel.

Suzanne graduated from Bedford High School, in Lambertville. Suzanne worked for Automatic Sprinkler and Chrysler Corporation. She was a member of the Rug Hookers and Red Hatters. She had a passion for sewing and baking. Suzanne was a member at St. Mary Catholic Church of Manchester for 40 years. She then attended St. Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea, for 15 years.

A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, February 8, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Manchester. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Manchester this summer.

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Barbara Wrobleski
Of Grass Lake, MI

Age 75, died peacefully on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at Chelsea Hospital.

She was born March 10, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of David Owen and Lela (Kroh) Hughes.

Barb worked as a legal secretary for Plunkett & Clooney Law Firm in Detroit, and for the University of Michigan. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson, and was active in their quilting group. Barb was President of the Women’s Guild, and was a Stephen Minister. She was always positive and was very social. Barb loved deeply and family was everything to her.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 9, 2024, at 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jackson, with Rev. Derek Riddle officiating. Burial will take place at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock.

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