Recent Obituaries

Richard "Dick" Kinsey

Richard “Dick” Kinsey was born on July 10, 1924 in Chelsea, MI.  He was the son of Peter and Elizabeth (Thompson) Kinsey and the youngest of four siblings, Matt, Peg and Tom. Dick’s mother died when he was an infant and he was raised by his immigrant father and his 14 years-older sister Ivy M. “Peg” (Kinsey) Pierce during “the Great Depression.”

Dick was a 1942 graduate of Chelsea High School and served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations with the 116th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division from Omaha Beach on D+3 through the Battle of St. Lo.  He was severely wounded in combat operations in Normandy on August 17, 1944 and may have been one of the first soldiers medically evacuated by aircraft back to England.

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Cora Mae Freeland

of Ann Arbor, MI, formerly of Chelsea, age 85, died Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Ann Arbor. She was born February 26, 1932 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Clare & Mamie (Drew) Tuttle. Mrs. Freeland was a social workers for 20 years, working in grief counseling, Special Olympics, and Safe House for battered women.  She did treatment and training for the mentally impaired.

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Robert Francis Kush

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Detroit and Taylor, MI , age 77, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at his home. He was born November 15, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Walter & Eleanore (Wojcik) Kush.

Bob started a successful Downriver printing company with his brothers, where he worked for over 30 years. He was an avid fisherman and bowler, and he bowled a perfect “300" game at the age of 72 at Chelsea Lanes. Bob loved gardening and flower photography.

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Michael Clyde Aldrich

of Chelsea , MI, age 29, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was born June 10, 1988 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Kirk William & Marion Eilzabeth (Pratt) Aldrich. Michael was a member of the Chelsea High School Class of 2006.  He liked to go fishing & camping, and loved being outdoors.

Survivors include his parents of Chelsea; his grandparents, William & Charlotte Aldrich of Florida and John Pratt of Pinckney; two brothers, Kirk Aldrich Jr. & Kelly Jackson of Jackson and Bryan Aldrich of Chelsea; his fiancee, Makayla Sieg and her three children, Sean, Addison, & Jordyn; his aunts & uncles, Robert “Bob” & Sue Aldrich, Kenny & Anna Aldrich, Tim Aldrich, Sherry Birchmeirer; John Pratt, Stephen & Monica Pratt. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Joyce Pratt.

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Donald Ernest Vogel

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 89, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea. He was born August 6, 1928 in Ann Arbor, the son of William & Myrtle (Sundel) Vogel.  Don graduated from Ann Arbor High School. He was a carpenter for 60 years with Local 512 and Detroit Local. Don was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, and traveling to visit family.

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