Recent Obituaries

Sandra M. Shapiro

Sandra M. Shapiro, eldest daughter of Archimede and Alma “Pat” (Logan) Marni, sister of Andrea L. Marni (deceased), and dear wife of Stanley Shapiro, died February 21 at Towsley Village in the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was 84 years old; cause of death was complications of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. She was a devoted friend of all animals, especially dogs, cats and birds. And she was a lover of the natural world as well, flowers and trees in particular. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Cincinnati, she went on to collect M.A.s at Indiana University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Eastern Michigan. For some half dozen years she was a historic preservationist at the Ohio Historical Society.

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Barbara Eleanor (Lanning) Griffith

of Dexter, MI, age 84, died Thursday, February 20, 2020 at her home in Dexter. She was born June 30, 1935 in North Industry, OH, the youngest daughter of Lewis and Edith (Rush) Lanning.  Barbara was a graduate of Canton South High School, class of 1953. She enjoyed playing bridge, raising flowers and watching and feeding birds. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
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Shirley Anne Engels

of Dexter, Michigan, formerly of Grosse Pointe Farms, age 88, died Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Hartland Health Care Center in Ann Arbor.  She was born October 2, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan , the daughter of Ludger & Ruth Cecelia (Cushman) St. Arnaud.  Shirley graduated from Denby High School in Detroit in 1949.   She loved to go boating on the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair with her husband. She was a member of St. Stephen & St. Philip Episcopal Church in Detroit, and later Bethesda Church in Detroit. Most of all, she was a loving and devoted mother.
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Elaine Jeanette Boyce

Elaine Jeanette Boyce of Ann Arbor, age 93, died Monday, February 17, 2020, at her daughter’s home. She was born December 18, 1926, in Chelsea, the daughter of Norman Harold & Lenore Eva Margarita (Kalmbach) Schmidt.
She was a graduate of Chelsea High School, class of 1944. She earned her RN from Deaconess Hospital. She was a nurse for both Dr. Joseph Fisher and Dr. Charles Krausse for many  years. Elaine was a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star. Elaine married Ellis Boyce on March 11, 1961.  At that time she had a son, Charles Fredette. Ellis had two sons, Alan and Floyd Boyce. After Ellis and Elaine joined families they were blessed with two daughters, Kimberly Ann Boyce and Carol Lisa Boyce. Kim and Carol lovingly cared for both parents for many years. For that gift our families are eternally thankful. Thanks also to Ronen Sherman, Kim's husband, for his assistance with Ellis and Elaine. Ellis and Elaine loved spending time at their Betsie River Cottage and mushrooming. They also enjoyed traveling together. They made two trips together to Omaha Beach for D-Day anniversary events. They also attended events at the D-Day Museum in New Orleans (Ellis was a D-Day survivor). Elaine was a diehard Michigan fan (that's an understatement!)
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Leonard Michael Blaznek

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 85, died Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Chelsea Retirement Community, surrounded by family and friends. He was born April 28, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John Michael & Eleanor Helen (Kozlowski) Blaznek. The family moved to Chelsea in 1949 and Leonard graduated from Chelsea High School in 1952. Leonard enlisted in the United States Army upon graduation from high school, serving for two years. He was deployed to Japan and honorably discharged. Leonard served as a City of Ann Arbor Firefigher for five years, and then worked for the Dana Corporation for 31 years as a machinist. During his 36 years of employment, he remained on the family farm and assisted his father in farming.

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