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GRETCHEN M. SPAULDING
Of Chelsea
Died Friday evening, January 18, 2002 at her home on North Lake. She was born in Chelsea on September 10, 1920 one of seven children of John Vincent and Mary Ann ( Spirnagle) Burg. Gretchen had been a life long resident of the area and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She loved her rock gardens, needlepoint, swimming in North Lake and everything out of doors. Her great delight was her grand and Great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Rolland W. Spaulding whom she married in Paris , Texas on October 30, 1944. She is also survivied by her six children Jeffrey H. (Andrea) Spaulding of Bethesda, MD, Lee S. (Arthur) Tremper of Chelsea, and Daniel J. Spaulding, all of Chelsea, Shawn M. Spaulding of Rapid City, MI, Jon W. Spaulding of Munith, and William M. (Michele) Spaulding of Chelsea; 14 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; four sisters Mary Jane Morey of Ft. Myers, FL, Lou Guirey of Berkley, MI, Virginia (Duane) Rowe of Chelsea, Patricia Dietz of Chelsea, a brother J. Vincent (Shirley) Burg of Chelsea and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Angeline (Dudley) Foster. The memorial mass will be held Tuesday January 22 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea, where the Rosary will held at 8:00 PM Monday evening. Private interment will be in Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Spaulding for Children or Individualized Hospice.

Blacklaw, Edward (Scotty)
Of Chelsea, MI
Age 92, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2002 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was born May 18, 1909 in Aberdeen, Scotland the son of Edward and Davidann Blacklaw. A resident of Chelsea for over 60 years, he has spent his winters in Fort Myers for the past 20 years. Mr. Blacklaw retired from Rockwell International in 1974 with over 30 years of service. He began his working career at age 13 serving as a Cabin Boy for The Dundee Perth and London Shipping Company in 1924, where his father served as an officer. He completed high school at age 16 and served his Joiner apprenticeship from 1925 to 1929. He arrived in United States on October 29, 1929, the first day of the Great Depression. He was a member of the Lodge Trafalgar of the Masons, the First Congregational Church in Chelsea, the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge both of Fort Myers and served as a Chelsea Community Hospital Volunteer. He loved the outdoors and pheasant hunting. His children and grandchildren adored him, as he did them. He married Florence M. Truckey in Chula Vista, CA in 1946. They had five children Vickie (Jim) Drummond of Sharpsburg, GA, Cindy (Ken) Beauchamp of Chelsea, Ned (Lisa) Blacklaw of Pinckney, Teri (Karl) Schillinger,and Stuart Blacklaw of Grand Rapids. He is also survived by one sister Mary Simpson Passage of Sanford, North Carolina, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Ann and an infant son from a previous marriage, one brother James and four sisters Isabelle Blacklaw (infant), Isabelle Wiggins, Helen Macfarlane, and David Ena Hobbs. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2002 at the First Congregational Church of Chelsea located at 121 E. Middle, with the Rev. David Cleaver-Bartholomew officiating. The family requests that donations be made to the Chelsea Community Hospital, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arizona, or the First Congregational Church of Chelsea. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

Robert D. Adair
Dexter Township, MI
Age 46, passed away January 8, 2002 at his home. He was born on September 18, 1955 in Highland Park, Michigan. Robert had lived in the area for the past 8 years and was an auto sales person, working last at Briarwood Ford. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1977 to 1981 as a Medical Specialist. He was a member of Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor. He enjoyed photography, hiking, mountain climbing, and horses. On April 3, 1993, he married Sherry Hillaker, and she survives. Also surviving are his mother, Vera (Lukacs) and her husband Merle R. Jenkins of Novi, one sister Lisa Adair of Manchester, one step-sister Bethany Jenkins of FL, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Sunday January 13, 2002 at 3:30 P.M. at the Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor with Pastor Donald Bromley officiating . The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea, Saturday from 5-9 P.M. Expressions of sympathy can be made to The Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, 2275 Platt Road. 

Erwin L. Riba Jr.
Of Chelsea, MI
Age 75, passed away Monday, January 7, 2002 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. He was born the son of Erwin L. Sr. and Almeda (Beard) Riba. He had lived in the area since 1985, coming from Munith,. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, and retired from the Jackson All Star Dairy as a plant manager. He enjoyed trains, airplanes, traveling, camping, flowers and gardening. He could fix anything, and he cherished all of his grandchildren. On June 10, 1945 he married Laura Sally, and she preceded him in death on March 5, 1984. Erwin and Laura had 6 children, Ferris (Gay) Riba of Tucson AZ, Priscilla (Mike) Horton of Rapid City, MI, Phyllis (Peter) Gibney of Elkhart, IN, Esther (Gary) Schmidt of Freeland, MI, Reginald Riba of Munith, and Annette (Edwin) Garcia of Tucson, AZ. On April 5, 1986, he married Arlene M. Bycraft, and she survives. Her children include Duane (Karmel) Bycraft of Chelsea, Denise (Bob) Walter of Manchester, Diane (Jay) Parisho of Chelsea, Lori (Gary) Wiltse of Pinckney and Anita (John) Walker of Ypsilanti. Mr. Riba is also survived by one brother Willis Riba, two sisters Hildegard Steinbach and Melba (Jack) Howell, all of Tucson AZ; Arlene’s mother Ethel Haist of Chelsea; 25 grandchildren,7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Wesley Riba, and Arlene’s father Erwin Haist. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow at St. Jacob Lutheran Cemetery, Waterloo. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, or St. Jacob Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea from 2-5and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 

Dave Pastor
of Chelsea, Mi.
Age 88 passed away Sunday January 6, 2002 at Cedar Knoll Care Facility in Grass Lake. He was born on April 11, 1913 in Hungary, the son of John and Anna (Horvath) Pasztor.Dave had lived in the area since 1952 and farmed since 1937. He was a member of Michigan Milk Producers and Farm Bureau. He loved to play cards and enjoyed restoring a Model A Ford. On May 12, 1934 he married Julia Hajdu in Detroit, and she survives; also surviving are 2 children David (Elaine) Pastor of Chelsea and Patricia (Joe) Bensler of Nixa, Missouri; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday January 10, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. from St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or Cedar Knoll Care Facility. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home 901 North Main Street, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9 P.M. with Rosary at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday.

Marion E. “Judy” Siedhoff
of Jackson, MI
Age 77, passed away January 5, 2002 at her daughter’s home in Jackosn. She was born on July 6, 1924 in West Virginia. She had lived in the Jackson area for several years. She was a Girl Scout Den Mother and a caregiver for many people. She enjoyed cooking and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are four children Roy (Joanne) Siedhoff of Hollywood, FL, John Blake (Cynthia) Siedhoff of Ypsilanti, Tamara (Ricky) LaFountain of Jackson, and Donald (Debbie) Siedhoff of Chelsea; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kristy Siedhoff, seven brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday January 9, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home with Rev. Mearl Bradley officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Jackson County Hospice.

Cecilia E. Kosmalski
of Chelsea, Michigan
Age 87, passed away on Friday January 4, 2002 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 12, 1914 the daughter of the late Peter and Felicia (Stachelski) Dlugokenski. She enjoyed crocheting afghans for her grandchildren and cooking. On November 16, 1935 she married Harold C. Kosmalski and he preceded her in death in 1989. Surviving are her children, daughter Claire (Roger) Delong of Grass Lake, son, Harold J. (Karen) Kosmalski of Georgia, and daughter-in-law Marcia Kosmalski of Georgia, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Genevieve Skibicki of Commerce Lake, Michigan, Regina Sakowski of Dearborn, Michigan, and 1 sister-in-law, Rita Dlugokinski. She was preceded in death by a son Dennis Kosmalski and 2 brothers, Leonard and Edwin. Funeral services will be held on Monday January 7, 2002 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea with the Rev. Fr. Fortunato Turati officiating. Burial will follow at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

Marie E. Klempert
Of Freedom Twp., MI
Age 84, passed away Monday, December 31, 2001 in Freedom Township, MI. She was born January 25, 1917 in Freedom Township the daughter of John and Clara (Haarer) Mayer. She had lived in the area all of her life. She was a life member of St. John’s United Church of Christ. She loved gardening, birds, and flowers. She liked to make crafts, and enjoyed caroling at the Saline Evangelical Home. She was also on the Mt. Hope Cemetery Board of Directors. In March of 1935, she married Max W. Klempert. She is survived by one son Max J. (Cheryl) Klempert and one daughter Shirley (Daniel) Calcaterra, all of Gaylord; also two sisters Lela Alber of Clinton, and Irene Nelson of Chelsea; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max, of 39 years; also her parents, three sisters Eleanor Gebhardt, Alma Renau, and Elsie Caplin, and one brother Clarence Mayer. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2002 from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea, with the Rev. Dr. Nancy Doty officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-9 p.m., also Friday 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Lillian E. Messner
of Chelsea, Mi.
Age 86, died December 30, 2001 at the Cedar Knoll Care Facility in Grass Lake. Mi. She was born on December 27, 1915 in Maumee, Ohio, the daughter of Wilbert and Florence (Douglas) Exelby. Lillian had lived in the area for the past 50 years and worked for Dr. Palmer, George and Katherine Staffan ,and also the Mitchell Family for many years. She was a member of the Chelsea Covenant Church. Surviving are 1 daughter, Joyce (Roger) Smyth of Chelsea, 1 daughter-in-law Mary (Vern) Theisen of Monroe, 2 brothers, Richard (Helen) Exelby of Rochester, and Jack Exelby of Royal Oak, 1 sister, Betty (Donald) Fuller of Riverview, Mi. Several nieces and nephews. 4 grandchildren, Carol (Richard) Smyth-Trudeau, Steven Smyth, Donald (Cindy) Messner, and Suzi (Pete) Pitzen. She was preceded in death by her former Husband Harold Messner, 1 son, Donald Messner and 3 brothers, Kenneth, Charles, Bob Exelby. Funeral services will be Friday, January 4, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea, with Lynn E. Finkbeiner, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakgrove Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Chelsea Covenant Church. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Thursday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. 

Mary Louise Adams Cantrell
Chelsea, Michigan
Mary Louise passed away Thursday afternoon December 20, 2001 after a short illness at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born June 6, 1925 in Salyersville, KY, the daughter of Dewey and Bertie (Cooper) Adams. Mary Louise married George Cantrell on October 13, 1945. She had been a resident of Chelsea since 1943 and retired from Federal Screw Works in December of 1987. She was a faithful member of the Chelsea Church of Christ. In addition, she was a member of the O.E.S. , a devoted wife and mother; she loved her home and enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling. Survivors include her husband George, one son Robert J. (Cathy Clark) Cantrell and their daughter Ashley of Lilburn, Ga.; one daughter Sheryl L. (Donald) Trinkle and their children Steven and Sarah of Dexter; one sister Ruth (Hobert) Caudill of Aberdeen, Ohio; one sister-in-law Mabel (Johnny) Adams of Henryville, Indiana; one brother-in-law Glenn (Lucy) Estepp of Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends. Her beloved son Stephen Craig preceded her in death at the young age of 18, on November 6, 1974. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother Johnny T. Adams and two sisters Lucy Jean Estepp and Clara Mae Domby. Funeral services will be held Sunday December 23, 2001 at 1:30 PM at the STAFFAN-MITCHELL FUNERAL HOME, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea with Brandon C. Coats, Minister of the Chelsea Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5-9 PM and Saturday from 2-5PM and 7-9PM at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Church of Christ Building Fund.

CARL R. LOEFFLER
Of Chelsea
Age 55, died Monday evening December 3, 2001 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was born April 1, 1946 in Saline, Michigan, the son of Walter G. and Rubena (Wenk) Loeffler. Carl had been a life long resident of Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1964 and was employed at Dan Mar . He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Rogers Corners and had a great interest in the preservation of the Historic Zion Church. Carl was a member of the American Choral of Sacred Music and also enjoyed the out of doors, gardening and music. Surviving are his sister Arlene R. (Richard G.) Bareis of Dexter, his brother Norman W. (Pamela) Loeffler of Rhode Island, nieces and nephews Judy Bareis, Eric Loeffler, Cheryl (Tom) Quinn, Diane Bareis and David Bareis. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held Friday December 7 at 1: 00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, Rogers Corners, Chelsea with the Rev. David Hendricks and Rev. Dr. David Cleaver-Bartholomew officiating. Burial will be in Zion Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thurs. from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the STAFFAN- MITCHELL FUNERAL HOME, 901 North Main St., Chelsea, and at the Church on Friday from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Historic Zion Church Preservation Fund or the Music Dept. Of Zion Lutheran Church.

EVAN F. DEPPNER
Of Chelsea
Three month old son of Dennis H. and Julie A. (Monroe) Deppner, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon November 20, 2001 in Chelsea. Evan was born in Superior Township, Washtenaw Co., Michigan on August 12, 2001. In addition to his parents, Evan is survived by his brothers Nicholas and Drew, his paternal grandparents Henry and Barbara Deppner of Crystal River, Florida, maternal grandparents Albert and Gari Monroe of Clarkston, Michigan. His maternal great grandmother Margaret Foster of Lake Orion, Michigan, aunts and uncles Denise (Jim) Keller of Delton, Michigan, Shelley (Kevon) Goodge of Lake Orion, Michigan and Carrie Monroe of Clarkston., four cousins Hannah and Benjamin Keller and Kendrick and Taryn Goodge. Funeral services will be held Monday November 26 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street, Chelsea with the Rev. Richard L. Dake officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday at the church from 3-6PM and 7-9PM and on Monday from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will be in Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Chelsea. Arrangements by the STAFFAN-MITCHELL FUNERAL HOME, Chelsea.

JOHN J. DIETZ, SR.
Of Gregory, Michigan
Age 76, died Saturday evening, November 17, 2001 At Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born January 7, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Frank and Mary (Zrinski) Dietz. John had been a resident of Chelsea since 1987 coming from Chicago. He was retired from Penn Central Railroad. Mr. Dietz was a devoted and faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church. John enjoyed woodworking, making and redoing projects with his hands. He also served in the Merchant Marines during WW II. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Dorothy B. on March 14, 1995. On January 6, 1996 he married Patricia (Burg) Ortbring Bennett, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons John J. (Wendy) Dietz, Jr., of Nashville, Tennessee, Mark Dietz and his partner Tom Segal of Minneapolis, Minn., his granddaughter Calisa (Sean) O Keefe, two great grandchildren Abigail and Jack Tucker , his brother Jo (Anita) Dietz of Del Mar, California, his step children Timothy Ortbring of Onekama, Mich. his children Jeff (Joni) Ortbring of Munith and Jamy (Jenny) Ortbring of Jackson; Tina M. Weir and her daughter Tracy of Napoleon, Mich., Todd ( Janice) Ortbring and their children Blake and Grant of Chelsea, Trese (Robert) Spiess and daughter Emily of Jackson . Three sisters in law Florence Keiner, Eleanor Schneider and Gertrude (John) Augustyn all of Chicago, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a half brother Frank. The family will receive friends Tuesday Nov. 20 at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main Street from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM o 9:00 PM., where the Vigil and Rosary services will be held on Tuesday At 7:30 PM. The funeral mass will be held Wed. Nov. 21 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Dr. William Turner and Deacon Tim Renaud officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.

KATHRYN E. GLAZIER
Of Chelsea
Age 88, life long Chelsea resident and granddaughter of pioneer industrialist Frank P. Glazier died on Saturday November 16, 2001 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Ms. Glazier lived at 595 Glazier road on Cavanaugh Lake for over 70 years. She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church, Chelsea. Kay was one of three children born to Harold P. and Edna (Hawley) Glazier. She graduated from Western Michigan Normal College and as a youth was very athletic and enjoyed golf and bowling. She especially enjoyed playing bridge. Kathryn retired from the University of Michigan, where she had been a secretary for many years. She is survived by three nephews Daniel P.( Susan M.) Glazier of Beverly Hills, Michigan, Bradley (Tina M.) Glazier of Grandville,Michigan and Bruce Ahern of Concord, California and a neice Donna (Michael) Chapman of Fallon, Nevada. Ms. Glazier was preceded in death by a sister Barbara Ahern and a brother Stanton P. Glazier. Funeral services will be held Friday November 23 at 11:00 AM at the chapel of the Chelsea Retirement Community with Rev. Karen Mars, Chaplain officiating. Burial will be Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Retirement Community. No visitation will be held. Arrangements by the STAFFAN-MITCHELL FUNERAL HOME, CHELSEA.

ROBERT A. BROWN, SR.
Of Jackson formerly of
Ypsilanti, Mi.
Age 78, died Monday November 12, 2001 in Jackson, Michigan. He was born on April 3, 1922 in Bumpus Mills Tenn., the son of Issac and Daphnia (Maben) Brown. Robert was a self-employed painter for many years. He was a member of the Ann Arbor Moose Lodge, and Eagles lodge of Ypsilanti. A veteran of W.W.II and a recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star. He enjoyed Hunting and Fishing and Mushroom Hunting. In 1945 he married Ethel L. and she survives, also surviving are 3 children Eddie (Clona) Brown of WV. Jimmie Brown of Belleville, Mi. and Susan Graham of Traverse City. 1 step son, David (Renee) Blake of Crystal City, Mi. 1 daughter-in-law Nina Brown of Lake City, Mi. 1 sister, Nella Mundy of Kentucky. 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 son Bobby Jr., 4 brothers, Eddie, Fredie, McKinley, and George Brown. 1 sister, Bonnita Lumbard. A graveside services will be Friday November 16, 2001 at Lake City Cemetery, with Pastor Edrye Eastman-Sealey officiating. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Charity of ones Choice. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea, Mi. 

NORWOOD J. BUSH
Of Chelsea, MI
Age 84, died Sunday November 4, 2001 at the Whitmore Lake Convalescent Home. He was born October 22, 1917 in Stockbridge, MI the son of Joe and Hazel (Ackley) Bush. Norwood retired from Rockwell International after 34 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chelsea and was a veteran of WW 11 serving in the US Army as a Sergeant in the Medical Corps. He married Phyllis A. Potter in Mason, Michigan on December 31, 1946, and she survives. Also surviving are his children Diane (Tom) Bishop of Pinckney, Patricia (Richard) Miller of Los Vegas, Nev., Norwood Jr. (Carol) Bush of Clinton, Janice (Michael) of Brighton, MI, and Ronald (Mary) Bush of Dexter; ten grandchildren; his sister Vivian Ahrend of Mason, MI, his brother Darwin (Marian) Bush of Farmington, MI and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Myra Schroeder of Stockbridge in l989 and his brother Paul Bush of Stockbridge in 1988. Funeral services will be held Thursday November 8, 2001 at 11:00 AM at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea with the Rev. Richard E. Dake officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends Wednesday at the funeral home from 2-5 PM and 7-9 PM.

GERALD J. STOINSKI
Formerly of Leesburg, Fla.
Age 84 passed away October 28, 2001 in Farmington Hills, MI. He was born June 21, 1917 in Detroit, MI, the son of John and Theresa (Golochowicz) Stoinski. He married Helen E. Liz (Hindelang), and she preceded him in death in March 2001. Surviving are his sister Dolores (Ted) Nawrocki of Eastpointe, MI, two sister-in-laws Kathryn (George) Staffan of Chelsea and Gertrude Hindelang of Scottsdale AZ, and one brother-in-law; Victor (Dorothy) Hindelang of Ypsilanti. Graveside services were held Thursday November 1, 2001 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Rev. Fr. Joseph Renaldo officiating. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea.

Gerlon Moore
Of Dexter Twp.
Formerly of Livonia.
Age 81 died March 2, 2002 at her daughter’s home. She was born on September 9, 1920 in Vina Alabama, the daughter of John and Perdelia (Ozbirn) Thorn. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and her family. Surviving are her 3 children, Mrs. Randy (Margaret) Blackford of Chelsea, Mrs. Danny (Milly) Williams of Grass Lake, MI., and Frederick C. Moore of Livonia; 3 grandchildren, Clifford (Dori) Blackford of Chelsea, Tina (Scott) Fischer of Dexter and L.A. Williams of Grass Lake, Great-grandchildren Ambur Flores, Maranda and Cheyenne Fischer. 1 brother Awtrien O. Thorn of Mulberry, FL, and 1 sister Hydie Stevens of Hixon, TN. Funeral services will be Monday March 4, 2002 at 5:00 P.M. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 1-5 P.M.

Rev. Walter C.B. Saxman
Of Chelsea, MI
Passed away February 26, 2002 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born July 6, 1907 in Wilkonsburg, PA the son of Cloyd and Bertha (Briney) Saxman. Rev. Saxman was a retired Methodist Minister. He graduated from Albion , then received a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Chicago. He graduated from Garrett Seminary in Chicago. He served churches in Willis, Stony Creek, Tecumseh, Saline, Hudson, Clarkston, Sault Ste. Marie, Flint, and Trenton, retiring in 1971. He was the oldest surviving Methodist Minister in the Detroit conference, receiving the Conference Cane of the United Methodist Church in October of 1998. He had been a resident of Chelsea for over 12 years, coming from Bay View, MI and spending winters in Florida. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chelsea; He was a Mason, and was also a Shriner for over sixty years. He was also a member of Rotary years ago. He is survived by his two children Phyllis (Richard) Holman of Flushing, MI and David (Sandra) Saxman of Oak Brook, IL. ; eight grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of seventy years, Ruth E. (Maze) Saxman; also three brothers Herbert, Curtis, and Harold Saxman, and one sister Dorothy Morse. Memorial services will be held Sat. Mar. 9, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Karen Mars Chaplin of Chelsea Retirement Communities, and Richard Dake Co-officiating from Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Bay View Memorial Gardens.

Kim M. (Miles) Heard
Of Ann Arbor, formerly of Chelsea, MI
Age 44, died Friday February 22, 2002 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She was born on May 25, 1957 in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of N. H. and Margaret (Steele) Miles. Kim was a graduate of Chelsea High School in 1975 and furthered her education in Lansing, graduating from business school. She worked in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan Law School and also for Great Lakes Bank Corporation which is now TCF. She enjoyed animals, feeding the birds, watching deer, and going to auctions. Kim was truly a kind and gentle person and thought of others before herself. On June 18, 1977 in Chelsea she married Jeffrey Kirk Heard, and he survives; also surviving are one son, Michael of Ann Arbor, her parents of Ann Arbor, two brothers John (Mary) Miles of Saline, and Gary (Barb) Miles of Johannesburg, MI, and one sister Karen Edwards of Dexter; several aunts , uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jerry and Amanda Miles and George and Mary Steele. Memorial services will be Tuesday February 26, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N. Main Street, Chelsea with Dr. Joseph Nathaniel Crout, Pastor of New Covenant Mission Baptist Church of Ypsilanti. Expressions of sympathy can be made to The Michael Heard Educational Fund. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 7-9 P.M.

Della L. Brown
Of Chelsea, Michigan.
Age 64, died Monday February 18, 2002 at her home. She was born on January 29, 1938 in Campbell, County, Tenn. the daughter of Wayne and Florence (Myers) Allen. Della had lived in the Chelsea Area for the past 25 years coming from Ohio. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. Surviving are 4 sisters, Mildred Meyer of Ohio, Eleanor Wilson of Kentucky, Evelyn Blackburn of Kentucky, Joyce Castanier of Stockbridge, one brother, Floyd Allen of Ohio, several special nieces and nephews including, Katrina (Stephen) Rambadt, Melissa, Michelle, and Kim. She was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Bill, and Wayne Allen; three sisters, Florence Allen, Betty Riley, and Frances Angel. Funeral services will be Thursday February 21, 2002 at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral at 11:00 A.M. with Rev Dr. William Turner officiating, and Deacon Richard Shaneyfelt co-officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6-8 P.M.

Veryl F. (“Tobe”) Hafley
Of Chelsea, Michigan.
Age 80, died February 14, 2002 at his home in Sylvan Township. He was born on August 11, 1921, in Sylvan Township, one of Eight children of Fred and Louise (Straub) Hafley. Mr. Hafley grew up in Sylvan Center and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1938. He worked for the Chelsea Milling Company for 45 years, retiring in 1986. During World War II he served in the United States Army. An Avid Golfer, Mr. Hafley was a long time member of Inverness Country Club. He was also a member and past president of the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club, and a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ Chelsea. Surviving Mr. Hafley are his wife of 56 years, Bernadine (West); a daughter, Carol A. (John) Van Luvanee of Newtown, Pennsylvania; a sister, Arlene West of Ypsilanti; a brother, Glen (Elizabeth) Hafley of Canton; two grandchildren, John Christopher Van Luvanee of Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and David R. Van Luvanne of Newtown, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Hafley was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Duane Hafley, who were killed in World War II; brother Meryl in 1984; sister Pearl Hartman in 1996; and brother Don in 2001. The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea on Sunday February 17, 2002 from 2-5 P.M. and 7-9 P.M. Funeral services will be held Monday February 18, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Rev. Karen S. Schulte, pastor of St. Paul Church of Christ, Chelsea, officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Sylvan Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Hospital or St. Paul United Church of Christ.

Fred H. Lance
Of Dexter
 Age 75, passed away unexpectedly Thursday January 31, 2002. He was the son of Dewey and Lillian (Storck) Lance. He was the beloved husband of 53 years to Glenys V. (LaBar), whom he married on October 23, 1948 in Hannah, Michigan. The cherished father of Angela (Mike) Wynn and Lana (Paul) Ching all of Chelsea and Alan Lance of Jackson. He was born in Wexford County, Michigan on Sept. 25, 1926. He graduated from Buckley High School in 1945. He was drafted into the US Army where he proudly served his country in the Philippines and Japan from 1945 to 1947. He was honorably discharged as a First Sergeant and was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal. He was a member of the Dexter American Legion. Mr. Lance retired from Chrysler Corp. as superintendent where he worked from 1950 to 1982. After retiring he worked at the U of M golf course, Travis Pointe golf course and for the last 12 years at Barton Hills in Ann Arbor. In addition to his wife and children, his seven grandchildren will miss his witty sense of humor and great stories, Heather and Stephanie Wynn, Lance and Leslie Ching, Tiffany, Melanie and Bryan Lance. One brother Donald Lance of Kalkaska and sisters Alberta (Don) Lynch of Traverse City, Leota (Stanley) Kiszlowski of Redford, Mary Brown and Josie Cogan both of Grand Rapids. A sister in law Virginia (Ray) Woznick of Beulah, Michigan and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother and three sisters. Funeral services will be held Monday February 4, at 1:00 PM at the Dexter United Methodist Church with Rev. William Donahue officiating. The Family will receive friends Sunday at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main Street, Chelsea from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM and 6:00PM-8:00 PM and at the church from Noon until the hour of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Humane Society of Huron Valley. His kindness and generosity will continue to touch us all forever. He was truly a wonderful man, who will be greatly missed.

BARBARA L. VAN GORDER
Of Chelsea
Age 77 died Tuesday evening January 29, 2002 At Heartland Care Center in Ann Arbor. She was born April 10, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Helen (Burt) Ellis. Barbara had been a resident of Chelsea since September of 1970. Her pride and joy was “the house that Jack built,” Her home in Chelsea, that she and her husband Jack constructed Themselves. As a finishing touch, Barbara selected, split and laid Cut stone on the front of the house. Mrs. Van Gorder was an active member of the Chelsea Senior Citizens, serving on the Advisory Board and was the Facilitator for the senior widows group. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens kitchen band, singing and playing the Kazoo and in 1997 Was named Senior Fair Queen. Barbara had been the Girl Scout Leader Of the Troup at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She had been a member of the Tuesday morning Rolling Pin League, belonging to the Blenders Team. She also had been the tail twister for the Chelsea Lioness Club. Most of all she was a great mother and grandmother and friend. Her husband Jack H. preceded her in death on Feb 23, 1982. Surviving Are her children Donald J. (Leslie) VanGorder of Salt Lake City, Utah, Douglas A. (Kathy) VanGorder of West Tremont, Ma., Dianne L. (Rick) Monier of Chelsea. Four grandchildren Jake, Thomas, Bethany and Kendrew VanGorder. Two sisters Marian Umptenbach and Marjorie Cable Both of Sterling Heights, Mich. and a brother Rev. Andrew Ellis of Japan and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by By her oldest son David B. VanGorder on August 24, 1991 and also Her brother William Ellis. Funeral services will held Saturday , Feb. 2 At 1:00 PM at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main St.Chelsea, with Rev. John R. Morris officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM-9:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Senior Citizens.

George Franklin Schlosser
Chelsea, MI
On Saturday, January 26, 2002, a rare winter day of warm sunshine and emerging daffodils, George Schlosser passed away in the intimate company of his family and under the tender care of the staff at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Just two weeks earlier, all had celebrated his 95th birthday which marked nearly a century of achievements and memories. George’s own century of life was preceded by the rich and varied lives of his ancestors, descending from the marriage of Henry Matteson and Hannah Parsons in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, in l670. In his youth in Western New York, George developed a passion for competitive athletics that began with him becoming the captain of his high school basketball team, leading other championship teams in handball, softball, and bowling and culminating in a deep love of the game of golf. To George, golf was not a good walk spoiled; it was a great walk made better by the thrill of competing and by the companionship of his son Steve who, under his father’s guidance was able to join the men’s team while still a boy. In his professional life George became a Vice President of Lincoln-Rochester Trust (now J P Morgan Chase) where he earned a special reputation as a fair-minded and generous loan officer. The family fondly recalls the many occasions on which anonymous gifts of grain and produce made their way to the family residence as tokens of sincere gratitude by members of the community who had felt truly gifted by George’s helping hand. George’s helping hand extended further into the community of Western New York where he served variously and with active involvement as a member of the Lion’s Club spearheading fund-raising activities, President of the Brockport, New York, Chamber of Commerce devoting himself to enhancing downtown vitality, member of the local water board, concerning himself with the enhancement of this vital community resource, and President of the Stafford Country Club guiding facility expansion. George and his wife also hosted students for more than 40 years, many from Africa, while they pursued their degrees at the local university. In his retirement George developed his great skill at Bridge, becoming a Senior Life Master. The process of this achievement led him and his wife on many wonderful travels from Canada to New Orleans to Hawaii to many places in between. He also became a skilled cook during this time, venturing into the gourmet, but preferring the satisfaction of providing hearty, home-style foods with an adventurous edge. For the last fifty years of his life, George engaged in one activity which may truly be the sum of the man. He obtained a small camp in the Adirondack State Park on Otter Lake and presided over more than a half century of family vacation life. He shared a love of the wilderness, a love of the woods, particularly from the vantage point of the little barn-red cottage, affectionately known to family and friends as Hut-in-Wood. There with the simplest of amenities: kerosene lamps and campfires, the family prospered in its activities: playing board games, reading, swimming, boating, eating well, puttering with handyman projects, and simply watching the clouds go by lakeside or in the woods. George leaves this camp in the care of his loving family, Roberta Kathryn, his treasured wife of 63 years; Steven George, his cherished son; and Daniel Matteson Guenther Schlosser, his beloved grandson. Along with his devoted daughter-in-law, Marilyn Kathleen Guenther, they will continue the traditions that marked the life of this man. A memorial service will be held February 3 at 2pm, The Pines, 325 Wilkinson Street, Chelsea, MI. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.


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