Recent Obituaries

Donald A. Cole

of Chelsea, age 84, went to be with his Savior on Sept. 20, 2021, while at his home with his family by his side. He was born September 3, 1937, in Carleton, Michigan, the son of Edward Clark & Gladys J. (Bale) Cole. Don graduated from Carleton Airport High School in 1956. He served in the US Army from 1956 - 1958, and later attended Cleary College and Wayne State University. Before becoming a funeral director in 1974, Donald was employed at Tecumseh Products for 13 years. He and his wife Linda purchased Cole Funeral Chapel in 1977, and was dedicated to helping grieving families in Chelsea until his retirement in 1999. He continued to assist and advise at the funeral home until the end of his life.

Don has lived in Chelsea since 1977, moving from Tecumseh where he and Linda had resided since 1960. Over the years, Don & Linda attended Chelsea First United Methodist Church, Chelsea Free Methodist Church, and St. Paul United Church of Christ. Don was a distinguished Past President of the Chelsea Kiwanis Club, where he was awarded the Hixon Award; was Past President of District 2 of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association; and a board member of Faith in Action. Don has been a member of the Chelsea Seniors Computer Club, the Chelsea Hospital Auxiliary; and was a past board member of Chelsea Senior Citizens. He enjoyed restoring and showing old cars, including his two antique hearses and his 1967 Corvette, and was a former member of the Chelsea Classic Cruisers Car Club. Don’s greatest love was his wife Linda, his family, dear friends, and the many families he served.

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Nathan Michael Wolfe

Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 28, passed away Saturday morning, September 18, 2021. He was born July 9, 1993 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of David B. & Carolyn S. (Patrick) Wolfe. He is survived by his parents of Chelsea; a brother, Brannon M. Wolfe of Chelsea; a nephew, Hunter L. Wolfe of Jackson, MO; paternal grandmother, Emma Lou Wolfe of Chelsea; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, David & Nola Patrick; and paternal grandfather, Bobby L. Wolfe.

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William Barnes Lewelling

of Plymouth, MI, age 91, died Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at his home. He was born October 1, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Hubert Charles and Bonny (Barnes) Lewelling.

Bill graduated from Michigan State Normal College (Eastern Michigan University) with a degree in business administration. He served in the United States Navy and Army during the Korean War. Bill worked in various management roles at Ford Motor Company retiring in June of 1990, after 42 years. He loved playing golf.

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Kathaleen Joy “Kate” Elsifor


of Chelsea, MI, age 77, died Thursday, September 9, 2021 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea. She was born October 18, 1943 in Leslie, Michigan, the daughter of Jack & Laura Elizabeth (Emmons) Joseph. Kate worked for Federal Screw Works for 38 1/2 years.

On September 21, 1963, she married Jack A. Elsifor Jr, and he preceded her in death on November 14, 2019. She is survived by her step-mother, Nancy Joseph; and a step-sister-in-law, Janet Tice.  Kate wanted to thank her special friends, Mike and Anita Spears, and Diane Hughes. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law, Paul Tice; and a brother, Donald Joseph.

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Dominick F. Montange

of Adrian, MI, formerly of Chelsea, age 31, died Monday, August 28, 2021, in the evening. He was born April 1, 1990, in Adrian, Michigan, the son of Gary Lavern Montange & Phyllis Ann Montange-Violette.

Dominick was in the class of 2008 at Chelsea High School. He became an excellent carpenter/equipment operator, working on the road in commercial building projects in many states. His favorite place was Oregon. He also did excavation work with his oldest brother, Eric. He truly enjoyed building things with Corian slabs and turning that into countertops, as well as many gifts that he gave his family members. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Like the rest of his family, he enjoyed being outdoors and being with friends and family around a bonfire.

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