Recent Obituaries

David Edward Hoeft

Age 96, died Monday, November 28, 2022 at Cambrian assisted living in Tecumseh. He was born May 16, 1926 in Belleville, Michigan, the son of William Rudolph & Bertha Ann (Kromrie) Hoeft.  David graduated from Lincoln Consolidated High School in 1944. He farmed all of his life, including dairy from 1945-59. David worked at Ford Motor Company for 21 years in Rawsonville. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and Farm Bureau and served on the Sharon Township Board of Review from 1988-2000. David enjoyed turkey and deer hunting and family gatherings.
 
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Catherine E. Giebel

Catherine Ellen Giebel, age 71

Born: February 8, 1951 Died: November 23, 2022

Catherine (Cathie) Giebel of Chelsea, MI, left this world on November 23, 2022. She was a sweet and tender soul. She is survived by her Husband, James E. Maslanka, Brothers and Sisters Rosalind Tyler, Marylin (Ray) Shuster, Douglas (Charlotte) Giebel, Rhoda Giebel, Lawrence (Patricia) Giebel, and Janet (Daniel) Hoover. In-Laws include Edward (Vonna) Maslanka, Jr., and Jeanmarie (Phil) Hall. There are many cousins, nieces and nephews in the extended family.

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Norman James Smits

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Belleville,
 
Aged 71, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. He was born June 21, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Norman G. & Ardith L. (Rust) Smits.
 
Norm was stationed in Korea, in the Military Police, during the Vietnam era. He was the custodian at South Meadows Elementary for 10 years. Norm was a man of faith and listened to The Shepherd’s Chapel every morning. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and watch the deer. Norm loved to look for great bargains and was a collector of many things. He enjoyed raising many dogs over the years including Afghan Hounds and Labrador Retrievers.
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George F. Sherman, Jr.

George Francis Sherman, Jr of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Washington DC, died on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the age of 92.

George was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 25, 1930 to George Francis, Sr. And Lillian (Burke) Sherman. He was raised from a young age in Euclid, Ohio, with his three beloved brothers, Donald, Bruce, and William. When George was 16, the family moved to Hamden, Connecticut, where he graduated high school in 1948. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in 1952, George received his master's degree at Columbia University’s Russian Institute in 1954 and pursued post-graduate study at Oxford University, St. Anthony’s College in England, 1954-1955.

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Edith Frieda Weber

Unfortunately, our dear, sweet loving mother, wife, and sister, Edith Weber, 89,  had a massive stroke on Sunday, December 5th, and passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, December 12th at the University of Michigan Hospital, two days after her 56th wedding anniversary and one day after her daughter, Ingrid's, birthday.
Edith was born April 2nd, 1932 in Berlin, Germany to Paul and Grete Margaret (Backhaus) Krotz.  Our mother was always in the top 5% of her class at school. As a small child during World War II, she was separated from her mother, father, and three brothers, and forced by Hitler's Nazi regime to attend a special school for elite students in Germany.  Read more ...