Recent Obituaries

Gail Ann Lang

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Livonia, Omena, age 83, died Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born October 1, 1935 in Saginaw, Michigan, the daughter of Donald & Dorothy (Crippen) Clark. 

Gail earned her Bachelors Degree from MSU.  She was a member of Northport Covenant Church, and was active in the Livonia Historical Society and the Omena Historical Society.

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Phyllis Marie Muncer

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 74, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born October 14, 1944 in Virginia, Minnesota, the daughter of Owen Charles Ash and Bernice Marie Vivian (Anderson) Norlander. She and her brother Jeff were raised by their mother until she married John Norlander in 1963 and acquired two more brothers John and Michael Norlander. She spent her youth in Virginia, Minnesota and summers on Lake Vermilion until graduating high school in 1962. She also attended Virginia Junior College. Later she moved to Minneapolis to become a flight attendant with North Central Airlines in the early 1960’s. She married and had two children, Kristen and Anna. The family moved to Chelsea in 1973. During the time her children were of school age Phyllis was involved in a variety of school and community activities. In 1986 Phyllis went back to the airlines to reclaim her love for travel until her retirement from Delta Airlines in 2006.

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Kay Marie Gleason

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Shelby Township, age 77, died Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born May 3, 1942 in Ishpeming, Michigan, the daughter of Ero & Ellen (Strom) Luostari.
   Kay graduated from Ishpeming High School, and then earned her Bachelor's degree from Oakland University.  She was primarily a homemaker who enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren.  She was active in Flight 255 Memorial Activities after her husband's death.

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Orville M. Harris

of Chelsea, Michigan,  age 86, died Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at his home in Chelsea. He was born September 9, 1932, the son of Delbert and Sudie (Huff) Harris.   Orville graduated from Loyall High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Far East during the Korea era. He worked at Associated Builders, then Central Fiber and Blaess Elevators. Orville retired from Chelsea Milling. He and Joyce enjoyed square dancing. He was a former Mason and a former member of the Church of Christ.

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Norman Charles Olmsted

2/20/1925 - 8/31/2019, Jackson, Michigan - Chelsea, Michigan

Norman died as he lived - with dignity and grace.  Driven by “a fierce commitment to education” and his exceptional curiosity about the world around him, Norman experienced a full life.  He was a lifelong learner and a constant reader, which made him an exceptional educator throughout his life.  Norman had a long career that included the positions of Superintendent of Southfield Public Schools, Coldwater Public Schools, and Iosco County Intermediate Schools.  He was the first Dean of General Studies at Washtenaw Community College and was a primary influence on the development of the broad curriculum offered and the selection of the talented faculty.  He also served as Deputy Superintendent for Ann Arbor Public Schools.

After his retirement from public education, Norman served as Napoleon Township Supervisor.  He could talk with anyone and spent many happy hours in conversation at Vic’s Market in Napoleon.  When he and his wife Nancy moved to North Carolina, Norm became a substitute teacher for Hendersonville Public Schools.

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