Recent Obituaries

Paul Van Allen Forringer

of Ann Arbor, MI, age 84, died Thursday, May 16, 2019 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea. He was born April 21, 1935 in Porter Township, Pennsylvania, the son of Russell R. & Margaret A. (Van Allen) Forringer. Paul lived in Clarion, PA and Westport, CT before moving to Ann Arbor, MI.  Paul was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor.  He volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association.  Paul was an avid gardener.    

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Carol Jean Powell

of Roscommon, MI, age 72, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the University of Michigan Hospital. She was born September 15, 1946 in Highland Park, Michigan, the daughter of Francis Eugene & Phyllis Jean (Trost) Warren.  Carol graduated from Troy High School, and then attended Eastern Michigan University. She worked at Boss Engineering, then GM Proving Grounds, Entech, Man Power, and RDS. Carol and Brian owned and operated the Cinnamon Stick Farm Bed & Breakfast in Clio, MI for over 20 years. She received the “Hospitality Award” for the best establishment in Genesee County five times. She loved hospitality and had guests from all over the world. Carol belonged to quilt groups in Genesee County and Houghton Lake. She was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North. Carol loved people. She liked traveling, gardening, walking and taking hikes.

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Marilyn Riley Watt

of Las Vegas, NV, age 84, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   She was born May 6, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Harold H. & Marjorie (Morris) Moons.  Marilyn graduated  from high school in Detroit in 1953, then earned a Bachelor's degree in education from Michigan State University.  She was an elementary teacher in the Detroit Public schools.  She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Detroit.  Marilyn and Howard enjoyed sailing, and were very active in the racing program at the Detroit Yacht Club and the swim team activities with their kids.   Marilyn & Bruce retired to the golf course Sun City Summerlin in Las Vegas - both enjoyed golfing and had three beloved dogs while living there.  

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John Richard Fill

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 85, died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at his home in Chelsea. He was born August 8, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John & Marie (Kimbler) Fill.  John worked for Ford for more than 30 years, retiring in 1989.  He served in the US Navy from 1953 to 1957.  John was an avid hunter and fisherman, and lived on Lake Winnawana for many years.  He remained active in retirement, doing craft shows and wood working.  He also enjoyed bowling.

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Jean Storey

of Chelsea, Michigan. age 95.  Jean was born July 30, 1923 in Ionia, Michigan, and passed away peacefully on November 21, 2018. She was the daughter of Robert R. & Virginia H. (Metzger) Weisgerber. Jean grew up on a dairy farm and was involved in all the activities you would expect her to be curious about.   Jean graduated from Ionia High School in 1941, and then attended business school in Lansing, Michigan. She was employed by Michigan Bell in East Lansing while Bill attended Michigan State College (now MSU) from 1946-1949. Jean and Bill moved to Chelsea in 1950, and to Jefferson Street in 1961 where they raised a family and lived for fifty-five years. Jean was a wonderfully loving mother and homemaker. She was involved in the Girl Scouts, band boosters, and took her son’s Cub Scout Den on adventures to the Waterloo Recreation Area. Like many parents, she was the family’s driver’s training instructor, patiently coaching her children along one of the Chelsea areas gravel roads. Later, she was the receptionist at Dr. Joseph Krauss’ office in Chelsea.  Jean was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, where she was active as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Sarah Circle, Christian Home, and choir. Jean was first president of the Chelsea Garden Club. She enjoyed the birds in her own beautiful garden and instilled a reverence for nature in all her children. Jean was a devoted friend to many, of all ages.

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