Recent Obituaries

Sara "Sally" G. Peiter

Sara Glock Peiter of Chelsea, Michigan, age 80, died Monday, October 25, 2021 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea. She was born in Stamford, CT and raised in New Canaan. Sally graduated from Emma Willard in 1958 and went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Brown University and a Masters in Education from U of M.

Sally was a long-time resident of Chelsea. She taught many years as both a private and public-school elementary teacher. Sally authored the first iteration of a History of Chelsea, a story book for elementary students. She was known to many as an avid mystery story reader, plant enthusiast and dog lover. For 44 years she lived out in the country and would religiously walk her dogs every afternoon--festooned in hunters’ orange--oftentimes battling the elements. We don’t know how her dogs felt about this. Fortunately, her family spent quality time reminiscing with her during her last days at the hospital. She has always been there for her two sons and grandkids and supported them unsparingly.

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Todd Christopher Headrick, Ph.D

Todd Christopher Headrick, Ph.D died October 20, 2021 in Carbondale, IL. He was born February 4,1960 in Ann Arbor, MI. The son of Sally and Don Proctor and Robert F. Headrick. Todd Christopher graduated from Chelsea High School in 1978. Both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts were completed at Eastern Michigan University then earned his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Statistics and Measurement.

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Mercedes Leah Snyder

Born Into Life: 1921                                                                                                                   Entered into Eternity: 2021

Mercedes Leah Snyder was born on December 31, 1921 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was the fourth child of twelve born to the union of Charles Henry Baker and Ruby A. Baker.  Mercedes attended Ann Arbor Public Schools, graduating from Ann Arbor High School.  She was united in marriage to Charles Snyder on January 10, 1942, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To this union 4 daughters were born.  For many years Mercedes lived in Albion, Michigan. In her later years she and her husband moved to Wild Goose Lake. This is where she resided until her untimely death.

Mercedes had a loving warm spirit about her. She is described by her daughters as being strong, generous, considerate, warm, stubborn, and compassionate. When meeting her you were oftentimes met with a big warm smile. She was known for the love of the color Purple. This regal color was reflective of her personality. She loved her family, but she had a special affection and bond for her granddaughters Donna and Arianne. Her great grandson Kaleb also held a special place in her heart. 

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Stanley Jay Parker

Of Manchester, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor, age 82, died Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at ProMedica in Ann Arbor. He was born February 6, 1939 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Homer Russell and Margery F. (Robards) Parker. Stanley graduated from Dexter High School in1958. He was a life-long farmer. A road is named after his family and his family farm will soon be 200 years old. Stanley attended the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea. He was on the PLPOA Board; and was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Huron Valley Watershed Council.

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Norman George Johnston

of Chelsea, Michigan, Age 92, died Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community Towsley Village; after a long and valiant battle with vascular dementia. He was born September 23, 1929 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of George Miles & Faye (Corley) Johnston.  Norman graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1947, and earned an Agricultural Degree from Michigan State University. He served in the United States Army from 1951-1953. Norman was a master level machinist, spending 34 years at the University of Michigan’s Chemistry Department, enabling important research and assisted in educating generations of students. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, and served on several ministries. Upon retirement he continued to use his machinist skills as a hobby producing working model engines and other intricate projects. Norm was loved for his quick wit, ability to fix anything, and devotion to family and friends.

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