Recent Obituaries

Lynda Lou Justice

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 86, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born August 31, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of August John & Florentina Marie (Klann) Krupski .

Lynda grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, graduated from Dearborn High School and attended Valparaiso University. On August 31, 1957, she married Bruce Justice in Dearborn. Lynda worked hard over the years to keep a stable and loving environment for the family as they moved around the country (Texas, Utah, Delaware, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania) as a result of Dr. Justice’s work on various Department of Defense contracts.

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Patrick Michael Hassett

Of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Clinton, age 49, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Henry Ford Allegiance in Jackson, due to Covid pneumonia. He was born February 4, 1972 in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Michael David & Cheryl Ann (Kable) Hassett.

Pat graduated from Chelsea High School in 1990, where he was on the wrestling team. He worked on a dairy farm, and at Braun & Brumfield. He then started working for Ford at the Saline and Wayne Assembly Plants, where he eventually became a team leader. Pat attended Chelsea Free Methodist Church. He loved to fix things, especially cars. Pat enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farming with his dad.

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Donald Bruce Kersten

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor and Sharon Township, age 92, died Saturday, November 27, 2021, at his home. He was born August 3, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, son of Ferdinand Alvin Kersten and Phillipina Mary “Phyllis” (Koester) Kersten.

Don graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, with a degree in Industrial Design and a Masters of Fine Arts. He worked for various exhibit firms, General Motors Styling, and the City of Detroit. From 1965 to 1995, he was Professor of Art at the U/M Penney Stamps School of Art. He taught visualization skills for Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Architectural students. His particular interest was signage. Two sabbaticals to the United States and Europe culminated in “Signs in the Marketplace” exhibits at the Ann Arbor City Hall and the School of Art Gallery. Don was an avid U/M sport fan and held season tickets to football and basketball.

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Frederick Carl Wild

of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor, age 93, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born April 10, 1928 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Carl Frederick & Pearl Esther (Cook) Wild.  Fred graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1945. He retired from the Ann Arbor News in 1990 after many years. Fred was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, and had been active at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor and Trinity Lutheran Church in Pinckney before coming to Chelsea. He received special recognition for exceeding 9000 hours of service in over 22 years of volunteering at Chelsea Community Hospital. Fred was an active member of Chelsea Senior Citizens and the Pierce Lake HOA Board. He coached Bruce’s Little League, and bowled for many years at Chelsea Lanes, Belmark, and Colonial Lanes. He was an avid U of M Football fan. Fred gave selflessly to his family and community. He was a hero to his family.

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Joan Rose Bild

of Gregory, age 82, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at her home.

Joan lived, what she termed an “arrogantly healthy life," which enabled her to play tennis, golf, and table tennis pretty well. Her life began on the bluffs of Lake Michigan, in South Haven, of the Bild-Soukup clans; Frank and Val (Vlasta). She had one sister (Ruth d. 2008); a brother, Donald; 2 nephews, Steve and Vince Borski; and a niece, April Borski.

Her working life was divided between 26 years at the U-M, a few agonizing years selling real estate in Lansing, and becoming a self-employed landscape designer/ installer until retirement.

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