Recent Obituaries

James David Thurber

of Ypsilanti, MI, formerly of Lincoln Park, age 50, died Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home in Ypsilanti. He was born May 15, 1966 in Dearborn, Michigan, the son of George Michael & Bonnie Jean (Tollefson) Thurber.

  Jim attended Calvary Lutheran School until 8th grade, and then Lincoln Park High School, which he left to join the Army. He became a paramedic for two years at Metro Airport, and later Cass Corridor in Detroit. Jim did many odd jobs over the years, including car mechanic, lawn care, and carpentry. He was christened at Hope Lutheran in Dearborn, and confirmed at Mt. Hope Lutheran in Allen Park, and attended church in Ypsilanti before his death. Jim enjoyed martial arts and loved animals, especially dogs.

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Cebert “Cy” W. Hughes

of East Lansing, MI, formerly of Chelsea, age 96, passed away on March 20, 2017. Cy, as he was well known to all who knew him, was born on September 27, 1920 in Wayne, MI.  Cebert was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Agnes C. Hughes; his mother Alice A. (Nowland) Hughes; step parents, Ivan and Martha Routson; and older brother and best friend, Leroy (Russ) Hughes. Surviving to cherish his memory are his three children, Carol Ann (William) Young of Grass Lake, Michael Stephen (Sheila) Hughes of East Lansing; Jeffery Lee (Lowene) Hughes of Grass Lake; six grandchildren, Andrew (Penny) Hughes Sr., Geoffery (Katharine) Hughes, Sean (Tiffany) Hughes, Chad (Anna) Young, Laurel (Kevin) Mooney, Kent Young; six great-grandchildren, Andrew Jr., Alexander, Olivia, Michael, Christopher, and Christian; and other relatives, friends, and associates.

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Louis “Frank” Rybarsyk

of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Age 89, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his home with his family at his side.  He was born July 21, 1927 in Sarasota, Florida, the Son of Louis F. & Mary (Klukowski) Rybarsyk.  His four sisters, Lois Reis, Marcia Ryskamp, Jane (Sister Thomas More) and Jerry Kosak preceded him in death.

Frank was employed by National Bank & Trust Company of Ann Arbor which merged with National Bank of Detroit from which he retired after holding many management positions specializing in consumer lending. He attended St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Saline and was a WWII Navy Veteran.

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Dr. Winslow G. Fox

Winslow Grosvenor Fox, M.D. took his last breath on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  He practiced family medicine in Ann Arbor for 34 years and served on the staff at St Joseph Mercy Hospital.  Many will remember his kind smile, tender demeanor, and eagerness to share the promises of his heavenly father.

Winslow was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the 3rd of 4 children born to Howard Stowell Fox and Dorothy Prentice Fox.  Inspired by Albert Schweitzer’s reverence for life and desire to alleviate suffering, he studied medicine at the University of Chicago (M.D. 1948). While singing in the choir he met his future bride, Elizabeth Ferwerda.  The two were drawn together by their desire to do missionary work.  Married in 1945, they went to Puerto Rico where Winslow served as a doctor in Humacao.  Their time as medical missionaries ended abruptly when the Army summoned him to serve as a physician for a Puerto Rican regiment in the Korean Conflict. Winslow quickly moved his wife and 2 daughters to be near his brother in Ann Arbor.  On his return, Winslow and Elizabeth raised their family, often filling their home with music and people from other countries.  They were very active in both the First United Methodist Church and The Word of God Community.  Later they attended St. Luke Lutheran Church and the University Lutheran Chapel (ULC).

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Elaine R. Burns

of South Lyon, formerly of Chelsea, age 87, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the South Lyon Senior Care Center. She was born December 28, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Archer E. & Dorothy M. (Woodward) Jewell.  Elaine moved to Chelsea in Dec. 2005, coming from Ocala, FL. She has also lived in Detroit, Virginia, & Syacuse, NY  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary where she was President for three years.

On Dec. 28, 1998, she married John R. Burns, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 2010. Survivors include one son, James (Lois) Gibbons of South Lyon; two step-sons, Jon (Jill) Burns of Trevor, WI, Frank (Sam) Burns of Lowell, IN; a brother David A. (Edna) Jewell; 4 grandchildren, Julielyn, Bradley, & Jennifer Gibbons, Robyn Balander. She was preceded in death by a son, John William Balander, and a sister Barbara Lakoski.

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