Recent Obituaries

Bonnie J. Lausted


At the feisty age of 97, Bonnie Jean slipped away peacefully in the night, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Atria Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was born November 23,1921 in Kewanna , IN, the daughter of Don & Edna (Smith) Nafe. When her parents moved to Michigan to work in the Willow Run Bomber plant during WWII, Bonnie was in nursing school in Indianapolis, Indiana. When she graduated she too moved to Ypsilanti where she met Gwen Carl Morhous. She was a young nurse at the old Beyer hospital and he, the supervising architect of the new.

Bonnie was a very bright, independent woman who in some ways was way ahead of her time. She found her intellectual love as an emergency room nurse supervisor, where the excitement of a busy emergency room kept her energized and passionate about great emergency patient care. She had amusing stories to tell and if anyone ever needed emergency care, they’d want her on their team. In another lifetime, she might have become a very successful doctor. She was very proud of her nursing career having worked at one time or another at all the local hospitals. She even worked at the Chelsea hospital at it’s beginning when it was just one building with an emergency clinic.

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Esther Kuelske

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Flint, Saginaw, and Rochester Hills, age 81, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at her home in Chelsea. She was born April 9, 1937 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Morris C. & Rita V. (Wiggins) Cummings.

Esther graduated from Flint Technical High School in 1955. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester before moving to Chelsea, and was currently a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Chelsea.

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Katherine “Kitty” Randall Moore

 Kitty passed away peacefully on Friday, December 7th, 2018 with many of her family members by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, William H. and Lena Mae Kelly as well as her three sisters: Loraine (Roy) Robine, Ruby (Fred) Andris, and Patricia (Harold) Acker. After Kitty graduated from South Eastern High School in Detroit, she applied for employment with the State of Michigan in Ypsilanti. It was there that she met her future husband, Kenneth Bernard (Bernie) Randall. It didn’t take them long to know, they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They were married on December 20th, 1947.

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Dr. Robert Bruce “Bob” Glenn

Age 91, died peacefully after several months of loving care in the Assisted Living residence of the Silver Maples of Chelsea. Born July 9, 1927, in Kalamazoo to Winfield Church and Helen Grace (McCarty) Glenn, Robert was a 1945 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and the first of his family to graduate from university, having paid his own way through school as an improvisational pianist for a dance band. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1950 with concentrations in Chemistry, German, and English studies; that same year he married co-ed and love of his life Rosemary Ann Kent. Robert spent one year as "the Worst Chemist in the World" before enrolling at the University of Michigan for graduate studies in English Language, Literature, and Linguistics. This time his tuition was paid by Rosemary's teaching salary, and he never forgot the debt he owed for her influence, good faith, and sacrifice toward his successes.

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Ihla Rosalie Donaldson

Of Chelsea, age 100, died Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born June 15, 1918 in Holland, Minnesota, the daughter of Horace and Myrtle (Gilfillan) Lynn.  Ihla married Paul Donaldson, a career Navy man, on Nov. 21, 1938 and they lived all over the country, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. However, they moved from Minneapolis, MN to Cheverly, MD in 1957, and they lived there until moving to Holiday, FL in 1974. After her husband’s passing in 1986, she remained in Florida until 1997. She then moved to Saline to be closer  to two of her daughters, and lived there for 5 years, from there she moved to the Chelsea Retirement Community where she has lived until her death.  Ihla loved golf, bridge, gardening and canning. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. Before moving to  Chelsea, Ihla was very active in the Saline United Methodist Church attending bible studies,  working in the fair kitchen, volunteering in the office, attending one of the Ladies Circles and Adult Sunday School.

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