Recent Obituaries

Marian Schad

Marian Schad of Dexter, Michigan, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2020. She was born February 18, 1931 in Boissevain, Manitoba, Canada, to James and Annie (Dennett) Ball. As a girl growing up in England, she enjoyed running track (nicknamed “Fly”), field hockey and Girl Guides. She knitted socks for the soldiers during WWII and cared for her younger siblings when her mother passed.
Marian was an active member of the Dexter Church of Christ.  She steadfastly followed God since her youth and remained a faithful servant her whole life. She worked at A&P Grocery for many years. Despite hardships along the way, she never lost her fire and determination to carry on. She was tenacious, independent, and always came out of trials stronger than before.
She enjoyed gardening, baking, and hosting. Her genuine delight for company always made guests feel welcomed and loved. It was impossible to visit her home and not be blessed by her tasty cooking or baking. She will be especially remembered for her pie making and welcoming spirit. Read more ...

Cora Johnson Bell

Cora Johnson Bell of Ann Arbor, age 85, died Monday, January 13, 2020, at her home. She was born August 6, 1934, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the daughter of William Arthur & Ida Mae (Holmes) Brown.
Cora attended the Madonna Parish in Detroit, where she served for many years. She worked for the school district of Highland Park for 34 years. Cora enjoyed bowling and loved spending time with her family and friends. She had a joyful spirit, and everyone loved to be around her. Cora told the truth in a direct, yet loving way.
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Betty M. (Mast) Denton Parmer

Betty M. (Mast) Denton Parmer, of Jackson, MI, formerly of Dexter,  age 90, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Arbor Manor in Spring Arbor, Michigan.  Betty was born April 25, 1929, in the second house ever built on Buena Vista St. in the Old West Side of Ann Arbor, daughter of Walter & May Anne (Kleinschmidt) Mast.  She attended Bach Elementary School until she, her mom, dad and big brother Glen moved out to Webster (Cottonwood Farm) when she was about 12.   She then went to a one-room schoolhouse on the corner of Webster Church Rd. and Farrell Rd. and attended Webster Church, as has four generations of her family.  As she grew older she headed into town to attend Dexter High School, where she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen.  She married Paul Denton and they had four children: Charlie, Paula, Laura and Tommy and raised them in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.  She was the quintessential homemaker.  She sewed beautiful dresses (for the girls as well as their Barbies), made great Sunday dinners, baked delicious pies, cookies, and cakes (she was an expert cake decorator), threw wonderful birthday parties, and sometimes she even made homemade noodles.  She sang in the church choir and gave the neighbor ladies perms.  The Denton home was the go-to spot for all the neighborhood kids.

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Albert Monroe

In the early morning hours of January 4, 2020, Albert Floyd Monroe, loving husband, father, grandpa and brother, passed away at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital at the age of 76. Al was born on June 24, 1943, in Pontiac, MI to Floyd and Marian Monroe.  He was employed at General Motors for 30 years, working in skilled trades as a pipe-fitter, and finished his career traveling internationally, serving on a Quality Control team. He loved listening to and singing Barbershop music.  Al was a member of the Big Chief Barbershop Chorus of Waterford, MI, and sang for many years as a tenor with the Four Wheel Drive Barbershop Quartet. He found great joy watching his daughters and grandchildren perform in musical and athletic events over the years. He was an avid sports fan.  He loved watching all sports, but especially Red Wings hockey and U of M football.

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Larry Sivrais

In the early hours of Saturday, December 21st, 2019, Larry Paul Sivrais, loving father, brother, and grandfather, passed away peacefully after a prolonged illness at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor at the age of 65.

Larry was born on February 15th, 1954, in Cheboygan to Joseph Edward and Annie Mae (Elder) Sivrais. He was a merchant marine sailor for over 30 years. He had a love for the Great Lakes and a passion stronger than its raging waters. Larry had many grand adventures with his buddy Chris and plenty of great sailor stories to tell.  He graduated from Mackinaw City High School, lived in Cheboygan until 1997 when he moved to Chelsea.

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