Recent Obituaries

Rebecca “Becky” Akcasu

of Stockbridge, MI, formerly of Dowagiac, Ann Arbor, and Burbank, CA, age 58, died Saturday, January 21, 2017 at her home with her family at her side. She was born February 2, 1958 in Dowagiac, Michigan, the daughter of Robert & Rosemary (Trowgridge) Sprague.

Becky went to school in Dowagiac and spent her senior year at Interlochen. She earned her undergraduate degree in art at the University of Michigan. Becky worked in the advertising art department at the Ann Arbor News. She then went to Washtenaw Community College and became an RN. Eventually, she worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit in Ann Arbor. In 1998, she moved with her family to Burbank, CA, where she worked in the NICU at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. In 2015, they returned to Michigan, moving to Stockbridge so they could keep their horses, Festus and Belle, at their home. Becky returned to St. Joe until she was stricken with cancer. A life-long horse lover, she belonged  to a horse camping group in California called "The Hoofpack”. She loved to cook and bake, and enjoyed making homemade pizza for her family. She will be missed, especially at family Pizza Night.

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Benjamin Robert Milligan

   Age 74, died Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born December 3, 1942 in La Porte, IN, the son of John Wyley & Violet (Foster) Milligan.  Ben was a Tax Preparer.
   Survivors include a brother, Mike Milligan of LaPorte, IN; and his friend and caregiver, Kristina Ford of Chelsea.
   No Services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity that supports Diabetes, Cancer, or Heart research.  Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

Richard Allen Seyfried

Jackson, Michigan, formerly of Chelsea, age 85, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson. He was born February 2, 1931 in South Lyon, Michigan, the son of John & Diana (Budreau) Seyfried.  Richard enjoyed the outdoors: fishing, hunting, camping, cutting wood, and going up North to “Fletcher’s Floodwater”.  He was a US Army Veteran. Richard was a plumber with Local 190.

On June 8, 1957, he married Norma Ann Sell at St. Thomas in Ann Arbor, and she survives. Other survivors include four sons, Mark (Alice), Mike (Cher), David (Kim), John (Connie); and a daughter, Peggy (Steve) Fullerton.

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Harriet Elizabeth Wahr

of Carol Stream, IL, formerly of Chelsea, age 93, died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Belmont Village in Carol Stream, Illinois. She was born August 23, 1923 in Lima Township, near Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Ezra E. Heinringer and Dorothy Notten.

On November 17, 1956, she married Alvin A. Wahr in Chelsea, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2011. Survivors include three children, Larry (Pamela) Wahr of Bailey, CO, Linda Wahr of Carol Stream, IL, and Kevin (Mari Anna) Wahr of Gaylord; 8 grandchildren, Braden, Alyssa, Landen, Jasmine (Dr. John) Castor, Karina (Andre) Wishon, Noah, Nathan, Nicholas; 5 great-grandchildren, Lillian, Isabella, Elliana, Phoenix, Logan.

A complete obituary and services are pending.