Recent Obituaries

David James Hammel

Of Pleasant Lake, MI, formerly of Munith & Chelsea, age 53, passed away peacefully Friday, October 30, 2020 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor following a short illness. He was born May 28, 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of James W. & Doris Jean (McKellar) Hammel.  David graduated from Chelsea High School in 1985, and attended Washtenaw Community College. He worked as a Customs Compliance Specialist at Gnutti Carlo USA (formerly MS Precision) in Webberville. David loved hunting and fishing. His biggest joy in life was fishing with his son, Russell. He played guitar, and loved family music get-togethers, campfires, and watching sunrises and sunsets. He also wrote beautiful poems. He touched the hearts of many, and will be missed.

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Earlyne Hazel Figg

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 94, died Monday, May 3, 2021, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 24, 1927, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Rosina and Earl Krapf.
 
  Earlyne graduated from Pioneer High School and then worked for Argus, the AFL-CIO, and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. On August 31, 1946, she married Cameron Figg, a WWII veteran, in Ann Arbor. They resided in Ann Arbor for many years and then moved to their home on Crooked Lake, in Chelsea, in the 1970's.
 
Earlyne is survived by her nieces, Kay (Tom) Carlson of Northville, Susette (Mark) Freeman of Eagle, Idaho, Deborah (Tom) Jenks of Wheaton, Illinois; and a nephew, William (Vickie) Figg of Florida.
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Dr. John L. Zettelmaier

of Chelsea, MI, age 83, died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at home and in the company of his family. He was born December 17, 1937 in Chicago, the first son of John C. and Eleanor (Stech) Zettelmaier. He moved with his family to southwestern Michigan in 1953. Upon completion of high school he attended Western Michigan University, earning a degree in biology in 1960. He then completed a master’s degree in limnology/fresh water biology from Michigan State University in 1961. His research was part of a pioneering study of the impact of pollutants on the ecosystem. He then attended the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating in 1965. He practiced family medicine for 35 years, first in the Kalamazoo area, then in Chesterton, Indiana, and finally in Chelsea. During the Viet Nam era, he served in a U.S. Army Reserve Convalescent Unit, achieving the rank of Captain.

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Jack Lawrence

Jack Douglas Lawrence was born in Ypsilanti, MI on January 17, 1924, to Pearl F. (Gibbs) Lawrence and Therlo C. Lawrence. Jack attended Ypsilanti Public Schools. He was captain of both the football and baseball teams his senior year. After graduation in 1942, he attended what would become Eastern Michigan University. He also worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant for a short few months before enlisting in the Marines on February 13, 1943. He earned the rank of Corporal, was a rifle sharpshooter, and aircraft mechanic. He served in the Southwest Pacific Area from February 29, 1944, to August 22, 1945. Jack participated in the consolidation of the Northern Solomons and Philippines Operations.

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June Marie Williams

of Springfield, MO, formerly of Manchester, MI & Stockbridge, MI. Age 94, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Springfield, Missouri. She was born June 29, 1927 in Highland Park, MI, the daughter of John H. & Emma (Bilson) Close.  After raising 4 children in Detroit, Michigan, June spent many years as a Pastor's wife, starting at Houghton Lake, Michigan, at the Markey Community Baptist Church, and then in Stockbridge, Michigan at Stockbridge Baptist Church. After her husband, Rev. Richard Williams, passed, she bought a home and stayed in Stockbridge for many years, attending Jereul Baptist Church as an active member.

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