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Joan Eunice Kipfmiller

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 95, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson. She was born January 5, 1928, in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Elmer W. and Hilda M. (Wenk) Pierce.  Joan graduated from Chelsea High School in 1945. She worked for The University of Michigan for 25 years, retiring in 1993 from the School of Natural Resources. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ. She loved to square dance and travel. She enjoyed bowling at Chelsea Lanes.
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Carrie Elizabeth Toth

Age 99, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born March 2, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Warren and Alma Mae (Lupher) Huntsinger. Raised on a farm in the Belleville area, she was one of the original “Rosie the Riveters” before enlisting in the Navy during WWII. There she met Stephen Toth to whom she was married until his death October 29, 1985. Together, they raised 7 children, the first four all born in different states as Steve was transferred from base to base in the Army.

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Donald Humphrey Waterman

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Brookfield, WI

Age 92, died Monday, September 25, 2023, at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born October 5, 1930, in Detroit, the son of Orville Edward and Emma Bertha (Hespeler) Waterman.

A 1948 graduate of Denby High School in Detroit, Don attended Wayne State University briefly but ultimately earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Detroit. During college he was drafted into the US Army, serving stateside for two years and discovering his aptitude for finance and accounting, which laid the foundation for his professional career. Don worked for Touche, Ross, Bailey & Smart (later Deloitte & Touche) in Detroit, Atlanta, and Milwaukee, retiring in 1988.

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Debbie Lynn Link

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 70, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2023, at her home. She was born September 10, 1952, in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Louis George and Dorothea Elaine (Nations) Marshall.

Debbie graduated from Pinckney High School in 1971. Between 1977-2001, she worked at UMI//ProQuest. Debbie decided to be a stay home Grandma in 2003. It was her joy to watch her grandchildren grow up. Debbie volunteered for the Ann Arbor Lions Club for 20 years, and the Pinckney Senior Center, where she also made cards. She loved making cards and scrapbooking with her sister-in-law, Becky. She enjoyed watching the birds that came to her feeders, watching all the flowers bloom, and making cakes. Debbie will be remembered for her smile, her infectious laugh, and kind spirit.

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Joy Amanda Starr (Lois Kay Kiser, aka Lois Kay Galindo)

Of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Tecumseh, Michigan

Age 83, died Saturday, September 23, 2023 after a long battle with cancer at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born May 21, 1940 in Tecumseh, Michigan the daughter of Wilmer L. and Bettie Z. (Stout) Kiser.
Lois graduated from Tecumseh High School and attended Eastern Michigan University where she met her first husband, Jorge Galindo, and were married in 1959 for 24 years.  Lois and Jorge raised 6 children together and remained close friends even after she remarried. When her children were young, she was a Bluebirds and Campfire Girls Troop Leader and attended the Ridgeway Church of the Nazarene.  She was an amazing seamstress and made many of her children's clothes, Halloween and school play costumes, doll clothes and even intricate wedding dresses! She loved art and creativity and passed that love onto her children. Read more ...

Margaret "Peggy" Catherine Dillinger Beals, RN

Of Waterloo Township, Michigan, age 91, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2023, at Silver Maples of Chelsea. She was born April 10, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of George E. and Ruth P. (Litzenberg) Dillinger.

Peggy graduated from Germantown High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1950, and received her RN from the Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1953.

Peggy married Theodore Fairbank Beals in the Douglas Memorial Chapel in Ann Arbor on June 13, 1954. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother George. She is survived by her children, Sandra Beals of Ann Arbor, James Beals (Kelli Sullivan) of Ann Arbor, Lynn Beals of Webster Township, and John Beals of Ann Arbor; two brothers, David Dillinger of Warrington, Pennsylvania, and Paul Dillinger of Escondito, California; five grandchildren, Andrea (Moreno-Beals) (Yoni) Paz, Brian Moreno, Michael Moreno, William Becker, and Josh (Miranda) McVety; one great-grandchild, Soleil Daliya Paz; as well as many nieces and nephews.

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Norma Ann (Sell) Seyfried

Norma Seyfriedof Jackson, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor and Chelsea, age 88, died Friday, September 22, 2023 at Trellis Gardens Assisted Living in Jackson, Michigan. She was born March 7, 1935 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Ernest F and Anna Veronica (Burton) Sell.
 
Norma graduated from St. Thomas High in 1953. She went to nursing school and worked as a registered nurse until her oldest son was born. Norma was a member of the Lima Study Group since 1982 and was a member of the F.C.E. where she enjoyed the companionship of the group. She enjoyed bingo, camping, canning, reading, swimming, and traveling south to Texas in the winter with her husband Richard.