Recent Obituaries

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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Donald Robert Kaiser

Of Dexter, MI, age 79, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, October 16, 2021, after 20 years of health issues. He was born October 7, 1942 in Unadilla, Michigan, the son of Howard L. & Dorothy B. (Zitzelburger) Kaiser.

Don graduated from Dexter High School in 1960. He worked at Ann Arbor Machine Company for 45 years. Don was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was a hospitality minister for many years, and worked on the church festival in many positions. Don was active with his boys in Boy Scouts and as a coach in Little League. He was a member of Chelsea Classic Cruisers, showing his 1955 Ford Victoria.

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Justin David Williams

of Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Dexter, age 24, died Thursday, October 7, 2021 at his home in Ann Arbor. He was born May 26, 1997 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Kenneth “Dale” Santrock and Brenda Lee (Hall) Williams. He was a member of Dexter High School class of 2015. Justin worked in carpentry, and really enjoyed creating and designing new masterpieces. He also enjoyed longboarding, biking, and disc golf. Justin loved being outside and being with his friends at a bonfire, and loving on his two children who made him a father. He always managed to show his heart of gold through his generous ways.

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Gregg Allan Corliss

 of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor, age 84, died Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. He was born September 3, 1937, in Chicago, IL, the son of Charles Vernon & Eleanor (Woodbury) Corliss.  Gregg attended Bloom Twp High School and graduated in 1955. He was a business major and obtained his bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University and his MBA degree from Northwestern University. He served in the US Army & the US Army Reserves. Gregg joined the Northern Illinois Gas Company, then in 1983 moved to Michigan Gas Utilities in Monroe. After corporate retirement, he taught marketing classes at Eastern Michigan University College of Business for 17 years. He was a part of the American Gas Association & several other utility associations.

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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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