Recent Obituaries

Samuel "Sam" Picklesimer

of Chelsea, MI, age 56, died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his home. He was born November 27, 1960 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Ishmael & Mae (Bailey) Picklesimer.

Sam attended Chelsea High School, worked for Chelsea Milling, and went on to become a Journeyman plumber.  He worked for Chelsea Plumbing for close to 20 years.   Sam loved fishing and hunting, and he enjoyed watching football and the horse tracks.  Most of all, he liked spending time with his grandchildren.
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June Ramsay Burghardt

June Burghardtof Lacey, WA, formerly of Chelsea, MI & Gainsville, FL, age 100, died peacefully Monday, May 15, 2017 in Olympia, Washington. She was born April 8, 1917 in Wyandotte, Michigan, the daughter of Frank & Alma (Jeffers) Ramsay.  Mrs. Burghardt  studied art at Society of Arts & Crafts in Detroit, (now the Center for Creative Studies) and worked as a fashion illustrator for a time. On May 17, 1942, she married Louis Burghardt and he preceded her in death in 1992. She & Lou owned and operated the Burghardt Funeral Home in Chelsea for 26 years prior to their retirement in 1977. They traveled extensively in the U.S and abroad and finally settled in Gainsville, FL in 1986.  June moved back to Chelsea in 2004, living at the Pines until she moved to Washington in 2011 to live with her daughter. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea.

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Mary J. (Thurow) Eschelbach

formerly of Ann Arbor, Dexter and Chelsea, age 93, died Monday, May 8, 2017 at Saline Evangelical Home. She was born March 27, 1924 in Springport, MI the daughter of George H. and Vera (Gregory).

Mary graduated from Springport High School in 1943. On June 10, 1945, she married Neil Alfred Eschelbach in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to raising her four children, she was a seamstress, a bookkeeper at Everhardus, and later was the Office Manager for Dr. T.J. Spencer for 12 years. Mary was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, where she taught the children’s choir and Sunday School, and was a member of the adult choir. She was also a member of Ladies Aid and Charity Circle. Mary was an organist, pianist and loved playing music.

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David William Booth

age 62, died at home with his family on a brilliant Easter Day, April 16, 2017. He died healthy in every way but for the early onset dementia that slowly wrested him from us over the last five years.  Dave leaves us with an enduring legacy of his gleaming intelligence, dogged commitment to the people and passions of his life, natural and thoughtful leadership skills, and most memorably, his wise counsel when the going got rough.

Surviving his loss are his wife of 40 years, Lynn Harpfer Booth, and his children:  Phoebe (Casey) Preuninger of Plainwell, MI,  Maxwell Booth formerly of London, UK, now of Chelsea, MI, Abram Booth of Charlottesville, VA and Willa (Chad) McClain of Livonia, MI.  Also surviving are his grandsons, Liam and Emmett Preuninger; aunt, Carol Rudell of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Lisa Booth Garner of Flagstaff, AZ; cousin, Bill Grayzar of Rochester Hills, MI and cousin, Sally Prior of Saginaw, MI.  He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

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Dr. Wallace E. “Wally” Fusilier

of Dexter, MI, age 78, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Evangelical Home in Saline under the care of Arbor Hospice. He was born August 17, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Dr. Oozman & Monica F. (Cook) Fusilier.  Wally graduated from Clarkston High School in 1956, then signed up for the Navy where he served from 1956-58. Wally attended Eastern Michigan University, then transferred to the University of Michigan. He graduated from U of M in 1982 with a PhD in water quality from the School of Public Health. Wally Founded Water Quality Investigators. He was a renowned Limnologist, and was known as the Lake Doctor. He studied the water quality of close to 100 lakes in lower Michigan. Wally taught water quality at Wayne County Community College in the Coastal Environmental Studies Program, was a graduate teaching assistant at EMU, and taught classes for the Adult Learners Institute.

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