Recent Obituaries

Kenneth E. Johnson

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Bloomington, MN, age 91, died Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born January 21, 1929 in St. Paul, MN, the son of Edwin B. & Helen (Larkey) Johnson.   Kenneth served in the Army National Guard from 1951 to 1952, during which time he married Vionne E. Formo, also of his hometown of Granite Falls, MN. Kenneth’s 32-year career in sales and marketing management with Northwestern Bell/AT&T entailed transfers to New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota, and Kansas City. Throughout his career, and later in retirement, he and Vi enjoyed extensive travel around the U.S. and Europe. Ken was a member of Dexter United Methodist Church, and formerly a member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, MN where he was a Deacon and an Elder, as well as an avid choir member.

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David E. Burns

Of Grand Rapids, MI, formerly of Pinckney & Adrian.

Age 81, died Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. He was born September 11, 1938 in Byron, Michigan, the son of Raymond & Marguerite (McCluskey) Burns.

David was a barber in Pinckney for many years, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Pinckney. He served in the US Army as a paratrooper from March 1957 to December 1958.

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Patricia Ann Robards

Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 83, died Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born March 17, 1937 in Waterloo Township, the daughter of Joseph S. & Geraldine B. (Curry) Siegrist.
 
Pat graduated from Grass Lake High School in 1955 and remained in contact with many of her childhood friends through the years. Pat was a beloved mother and grandmother. As a mother, she was always there to help her children in any way possible. As a grandmother, she never missed a grandchild’s special day. She was special to each one of her grandchildren and was affectionately known among the grandkids as “Grandma Grape”, as she always had frozen grapes for a snack in the freezer.
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Dorine Francis Congdon

of Mattawan, Michigan, age 85, passed away suddenly of natural causes Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Sun City West, Arizona. She was born January 14, 1935 in Wyandotte, Michigan, the daughter of Anthony & Jessie (McMillan) Mendis.
  Dorine graduated from River Rouge High School in 1953. She earned a Bachelor's degree in teaching from Eastern Normal. Dorine was a bookkeeper for Congdon’s Ace Hardware in Ypsilanti until 1980, and worked in real estate in Traverse City from 1981-2000. She enjoyed winter in her home in Surprise, AZ. Dorine loved the Southwest, and collecting Native American art. She loved reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Read more ...

Gail Margaret Starr

We are saddened to announce the death of Gail Margaret Starr of Pinckney, MI, formally of Chelsea, MI of the Hoffman Family. Gail was 72 years young and died too soon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea following a long battle of illness. She was born August 26, 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was one of eleven daughters and one brother of Maurice & Lucille Emma (Barnhardt) Hoffman.  In 1952, an article in the Citizens Patriot titled “GIRLS GALORE” was posted about a family in Chelsea MI with eleven girls and a single son.  The article stated there was "a man in Chelsea, MI with enough daughters for a baseball team”.  Gail’s father, Maurice Hoffman, promptly phoned the newspaper and said “That’s nothing, we’ve got enough girls for a football team, with a son left over to coach”.  Gail and all of her siblings attended St. Mary’s grammar school and Chelsea High school.  Gail married in the late 60’s and was a homemaker and loving mother and wife on a horse farm in Gregory, MI. She and her sister Debbie started Clean Sweep, a house cleaning business in the 80’s which she continued to work for almost 40 years until her death.

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