Recent Obituaries

Melanie Claire Hopp

Melanie Claire Hopp passed away at her home in Chelsea, MI on April 13, 2019 after thriving in the face of cancer for many years.  She was well-supported in her final days by her loving family, her many friends and Arbor Hospice. Melanie was born in 1957 in Livonia, MI to Elliott and Marjorie Parrish.  She met her husband of 40 years, Wallace Hopp, at Michigan State University.  They married in 1978 and settled in Chicago where they restored an old Victorian house and raised their two children, Elliott (of Auburn Hills) and Clara (of Detroit).  In addition to creating a warm home, Melanie worked as a learning specialist who taught special education students in the Chicago Public Schools and later in Ann Arbor. 

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Edythe “Edie” W. Scovill

of Chelsea, MI, age 96, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born June 5, 1922 in Mecosta County, Michigan, the daughter of Harold B. & Beryl M. (Abbey) Watson.  Edie moved to Chelsea in 1991, coming from Novi, where she had lived for 19 years.  She was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, and a former member of the Novi United Methodist Church & St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Detroit.   She worked as a legal secretary, and later as a church secretary, working for Novi United Methodist Church, St. Timothy United Methodist Church, and the Detroit Conference.

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Charles Edward Geer

 of Chelsea, Michigan, age 72, died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Arbor Hospice Residence with his family by his side. He was born April 15, 1946 in Detroit, the son of Edward William and Lenora Whitfield (Van Meter) Geer.
    Charles graduated from McKenzie High School in Detroit, and then attended Western Michigan University. He loved being a facilitator for the automotive industry. Charles and Gail taught self-actualization classes all over the US. He attended Unity Church in Warren.

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Richard James Willis

of Manchester, MI, age 83, died of Alzheimer’s dementia on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was born February 12, 1936 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of James & Mildred (Vaughn) Willis. Richard  graduated from Northville High School in 1954, and spent a year at Alma College. He was in the Army Reserves for 7 years. Richard was hired by Detroit Edison, where he worked for more than 32 years as a service planner. He was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, where he was active as a greeter. Richard was a hunter. Lois and Richard loved traveling and camping, in their RV,  on their Honda Goldwing, and on cruises. They wintered in Arizona and Southern California for 14 years.
 
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Dorothy Provonche

Of Gregory, died March 15, 2019.  Beloved wife of the late Burton L.   Dear mother of Valerie Provonche, Paula (Derrick) Baranowski, Karen (James) Whitmore and the late Mark.  Sister of the late Florence Vanderburg, James Stanley and Charles Stanley.  Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  Memorial service Sunday, April 7th at 5:00 pm at the Cole Funeral Chapel, 214 E. Middle St. Chelsea, MI  48118. Family will receive visitors from 1:00 pm until time of service.  

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