Recent Obituaries

Carol A.  McLaughlin

of Harbor Springs, MI, formerly of Chelsea, MI, age 78, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at her home with her family at her side. She was born November 18, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Howard E. & Pauline A. (Hayes) Olm.  Carol graduated from Redford Union High School in 1960. She then graduated from Virginia Farrell Beauty School. Carol and Jim moved to Harbor Springs in 2000, coming from Chelsea,  Carol ran a successful ceramic business for 20 years, and sewed for 15 years for pediatric patients at McLaren Hospital. She enjoyed planting flowers in the yard, mowing the lawn, and NASCAR.
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Fredrick Ramsey

Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 74, died Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his home in Chelsea. He was born August 31, 1946 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the son of Paul & Eunice May (Woltz) Ramsey.
 
  Fred graduated from Muncie High School in Indiana, then attended Ball State University. He served in the Army Infantry as a helicopter door gunner from 1964-65 during the Vietnam War. Fred worked for U of M for 15 years, and was a self-employed carpenter. He worked for Chelsea Architectural Millworks, with whom he helped restore the Michigan State Capital building. Fred was a leader in Chelsea Boy Scouts for many years. He enjoyed restoring their historic home in Chelsea, and he enjoyed traveling locally in his Honda Shadow. Read more ...

Randal Ponitz

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 61, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at home with his family. He was born June 12, 1959 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Dr. Robert & Frances (Webster) Ponitz.  Randy earned a Masters degree from U of M, and also earned several IT certificates. He loved planes since he was a boy. Randy earned all pilot certifications, and was a member of the Ann Arbor Fliers. He was a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church, where he was an usher, and took care of the church IT needs. Randy worked in Church Extension at the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church District Office in Ann Arbor.
 
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Albert F. Anderson

Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 86, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Silver Maples of Chelsea. He was born April 29, 1934 in Yale, Iowa, the son of Albert Frank & Agnes (Leo) Anderson.
On Feb. 6, 1959, he married Charlotte Ann Houston in Sedalia, MO, and she preceded him in death on October 9, 2015. Survivors include two sons, Albert F. “Andy” (Margaret) Anderson III of Muskego, WI, Paul (Faye) Anderson of Ann Arbor; a son-in-law, Dennis Higgins of Chelsea; and 5 grandchildren, Albert F. “Bert” Anderson IV, Vincent Anderson; Leela Anderson, Frank Anderson; and A.J. Higgins. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Higgins.

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Phyllis Virginia Stepp

of Howell, MI, formerly of Chelsea and Jackson, age 88, died Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Medilodge of Howell. She was born August 7, 1932 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Kenneth R. & Harriet J. (Stofer) Piatt.  Phyllis graduated from Chelsea High School in 1950. She retired from Chelsea Milling Company after 40 years, and during many of those working years she also served and bar tendered at Stiver's Restaurant. Phyllis was the rock of her family, Early on as the sole breadwinner of the family in the 60’s and 70’s she worked long hours to provide for her children. Later in life she continued to stay in close contact with and continued to support her family in numerous ways until she was no longer able. This loving and generous lady will be missed by all she knew.

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