|GRETCHEN M. SPAULDING
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
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.
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
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
Mary Louise Adams Cantrell
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Fred H. Lance
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
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
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