Recent Obituaries

Leola Jeanette "Jan" (Blowers) Troczynski

of Dexter, MI, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 15th, 2017 at the age of 77. Jan was born May 9th, 1939 in Battle Creek, MI to Juanita Mae (Butts) and Leo Stanley Blowers.

In her younger years, Jan worked at the Bill Cochrane Chrysler Dealership in Garden City where she met her husband Chester. She loved spending time with family and friends and also traveling, which included a sight-seeing trip across the country to California. She also enjoyed winter vacations in Florida with the family, where she loved picking shells on the white sandy beaches as well as visiting Disney World.

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Laureta Elaine Boyer


   Age 95, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the University of Michigan Hospital. She was born January 14, 1922 in Porter Township, Michigan, the daughter of Angus William & Laura Ann (Swinehart) Williams.

  At the age of 14, Laureta delivered strawberries in downtown Detroit by herself. During WWII, she moved from Saginaw Valley to Chelsea, to work for Federal Screw in the Clocktower Building. Later, she worked for Applied Dynamics and Allen- Bradley Electronics. The electronics she worked on went to the Moon, with NASA calling her about one of the circuit boards. Laureta was active with the Women's Auxiliary of the Chelsea VFW. She helped start “Chelsea Days” in Hudson, Florida. Laureta enjoyed making large meals for family and friends in Chelsea and Florida. Her hobbies were quilting and crafts. In Florida, she enjoyed square dancing and flea markets. Laureta learned to use computers in her 80's and early 90's.

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Ryan Allen McQuarrie

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 35, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born September 9, 1981 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Ryan grew up in Chelsea, and was a member of the CHS Class of 2000.  Ryan always said his daughter Kaylee was his life's most precious blessing.  He worked for SGS Towers in Ann Arbor, a job that allowed him to travel and fed his sense of adventure. Ryan was creative and innovative, able to fix anything, enjoyed building, and working with his hands.  He was a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Service and unity were a central part of his life. 

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Howard William Baker

of Ann Arbor, Michigan, age 90, died Friday, January 27, 2017 at his home. He was born March 25, 1926 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Harold C. and Emma (Ash) Baker.  Howard spent his childhood in Ann Arbor, playing sports at Allmendinger Park. He was a graduate from Ann Arbor High School, and took college classes at the University of Michigan. He was in the Army Air Force from 1944-1948 during World War II. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Chelsea. Howard owned Ulrich's Book Inc. for 41 years. He is a 50-year ticket holder for Michigan football and basketball.  Howard played semi-pro baseball at U of M. He enjoyed traveling, especially through Europe and South East Asia. Howard picked grapes in Bordeaux, France.  

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