Recent Obituaries

Darlene B. Rose

of Dexter, MI, age 80, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the University of Michigan Hospital. She was born August 11, 1938 in Milan, Michigan, the daughter of Robert & Eunice (Sylvester) Murphy.
Darlene lived in Dexter all of her life.  She graduated from Dexter High School in 1956. Darlene worked for Thetford Corp., retiring after 25 years. She was a lifetime member of St. Andrew’s Church in Dexter. Darlene enjoyed going up North to their cottage, and traveling to the UP. Her hobbies included sewing, canning, cooking and baking.

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Nancy Ellen Duncan

Nancy Duncanof Dexter, MI, age 65, passed away Friday, September 21, 2018 at Michigan Medicine with her family at her side. She was born May 5, 1953 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Irwin George & Helen Agnes (Ulrich) Young.  Nancy was baptized at St. Mary Catholic Church and attended St. Mary School. She graduated from Chelsea High School in 1971. She had a grand champion steer at the Chelsea Fair. Nancy worked for Chrysler in Dexter, Adair Printing in Dexter, and Meijers on Jackson Road. She always had a huge garden (both vegetables and flowers), and enjoyed her many pets. Nancy enjoyed canning, decorating, sewing, photography, and traveling. Nancy loved to fish from the dock. She was a “picker” who enjoyed auctions and flea markets. Most of all, Nancy loved being an imaginative  grandma.

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Jerry Piatt, Major, USMC Ret

of Chelsea, MI, age 82, passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born March 30, 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Kenneth R. & Harriet J. (Stofer) Piatt.

  Jerry was a Naval Aviator who served in the US Marine Corps and Reserves from 1953 - 1983. He served two tours of duty in Viet Nam and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat.  Jerry was a flight instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station (Whiting Field) from 1968-70.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, and a scout leader in Cub Scout Pack 455 and Boy Scout Troop 476. Jerry was a loving grandfather. He could often be found sitting on the front porch with his dogs. Jerry enjoyed camping, going up North, and keeping in touch with his Marine Corp friends.

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Sandra E. Ross

of Ann Arbor, MI, age 80, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Chelsea. She was born May 1, 1938 in Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Harold Vincent & Irene Mary (Micheau) Sherrod.  Sandra graduated from Dexter High School in 1956, and went on to Cleary College. She worked at U of M while Ben completed his degree. Sandra attended Immanuel Bible Church. She volunteered at Chelsea Community Hospital for many years.

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Olivia Marie Williams

Olivia WilliamsOlivia Marie Williams entered eternity on August 27th, 2018 in Cumberland, RI at the age of 80.   Olivia was born on August 23, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Walter and Olga Storozyk.  She was raised in Burrillville, RI by her step-father and mother, Cliff and Olga Seider, the oldest of five children.  She graduated from Burrillville High School in 1957.   On June 3, 1958, she married Leslie A. Williams at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Harrisville, RI.  They moved to the Chelsea area initially in 1959, and then returned in 1966 and remained in area for 28 years.  They raised three children.  She returned to Woonsocket RI in 2000, after divorce, where she remained for the remainder of her life.  She resided at Mount St. Rita Health Centre for the final months of her life.

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