Recent Obituaries

Helena Marie Robinovitz

79, of Chelsea, MI, and more recently of Glenview, IL, died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on February 23rd, 2024.  A lover of wildlife, nature, gardening, and animals, she had recently moved from her home in the countryside in Michigan to be near family.  As was her typical fashion, she had made several new and dear friends almost instantly.  

Helena was born in Riverside, CA, but spent most of her childhood in the Detroit metro region.  She is survived by her brother Joel (Anne) Hodgson and her dear cousins Polly and Mary Ann.  

On February 6, 1976, she married her beloved husband, Stewart Henry Robinovitz, and he preceded her in death. Children Isaac (Annemarie) and Miriam (Victor) survive.  

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Elaine Marie (Killey) Winton

Elaine Marie (Killey) Winton passed peacefully into our good Lord’s hands on February 23, 2024. She was 83 years old. She loved deeply, and she was truly loved.
Elaine’s smiling presence was legendary. It lit up anyone who paused to notice, and it drew them back to her just to see it again. And if you were lucky, that smile would melt into an indelible ‘I love you’, which were the enduring words she shared openly to everyone near her in her final days.
Her love was imbued by calm, abiding, and graceful presence. She loved nurturing and giving tours of her beautiful gardens. She made the best Christmas sugar cookies on the planet. She delighted in traveling all over the world with her loving husband, and she savored boat cruising as the ultimate first mate.
And above all, she loved our Creator very deeply and unfailingly. She is now smiling and dancing in heaven, making a place for anyone to join her. Read more ...

Jamie Lynn Gay

of Potterville, Michigan, formerly of Pasadena, CA; Honolulu, HI; Colorado Springs, Co; and Lansing, MI, age 70, died Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing. She was born June 17, 1953, in Pasadena, CA, the daughter of Mahlon C. and Geraldine (Hubbert) Dunkel.

Jamie worked as a nurse at Kaiser Hospital; a flight attendant for Mesa Airlines; and was a School Administrator for Bath and Grand Ledge Community Schools.

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William "Bill" MacLean Foster, Jr.

of Garden City, Michigan, age 87, died Friday, February 16, 2024, at Optalis Health and Rehabilitation of Canton. He was born February 18, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of William MacLean and Marguerite A. (Wagner) Foster.

Bill graduated from Fordson High School in 1954, then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University. On June 16, 1962, he married Karen R. Kurtz, and they were married for 57 years, and for 52 of those years, they lived in their house in Garden City, Michigan. Together, they enjoyed traveling which included many camping trips throughout the United States and, in retirement, cruises with close friends to Hawaii, the Mediterranean, and Australia.

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Robert Glenn Dunlap

Of Munith, Michigan, age 59, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 16, 2024. Bob is survived by his wife, Amy, who he lovingly referred to as his “little one”. He and Amy had been inseparable since 1982 when they were officially “going together”, and married June 22, 1985. Bob is also survived by his two children, Jessica Lynae (Cody Wayne) Deladurantaye of Stockbridge; Nathan Andrew Dunlap of Kalamazoo; two amazing grandchildren, Aiden Layne and Melody Lynn;  sister-in-law, Kathy Lynn & Charles Douglas Mullins; brother-in-law William Randal & Maureen Sword; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, William & Norma Sword; and the people who treated him like a son, Allyn & Lois Thurston. His family meant everything to him.

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Dianne Marie Kelley-Sanchez

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 76, died Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Chelsea Retirement Community in Towsley Village. She was born May 22, 1947, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Bill and Eva (Smith) Kelley.

Dianne attended the University of Michigan where she earned her Masters Degree in Education. She taught for 30+ years as an Elementary Teacher in the Ann Arbor School District, mostly at Logan Elementary and High Point School. She loved all animals, particularly horses and cats, hiking, and adventure. Dianne also enjoyed crafts, basket making, painting, quilting, and traveling. She was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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Sarah Leeann Goll

of Ann Arbor, Michigan, age 36, died Friday, February 2, 2024, at the University of Michigan Hospital. She was born February 3, 1987, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, the daughter of Michael Goll and Vicky Balliet.

Sarah was an outspoken young woman, who worked as a waitress for the majority of her adult life and enjoyed the University of Michigan sports.

Sarah is survived by her son, Brandon Hampton of Ann Arbor; father, Michael (Amorell) Goll of Whitmore Lake; and brother, Russell Goll of Las Vegas, Nevada. She was preceded in death by her mother, Vicky Balliet.

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