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Recent Obituaries: Peter J. Severn, Wanda ‘Sue’ Wood

Peter J. Severn of Chelsea, age 94, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, at his home.

He was born Dec. 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 Jan. 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.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 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 3-7:00 p.m. and at the church Friday from noon – 1:00 p.m.

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Wanda “Sue” Wood of Chelsea, age 82, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

Sue was born on Feb. 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.

A Graveside Service will be held this spring at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.

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