Recent Obituaries

Mary Ann Barill

Mary Ann Barill, of Chelsea, Michigan, age 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 21, 2018 with her family at her side. She was born April 14, 1927 in Osage, West Virginia, the daughter of John & Antionette (Barberio) Scotchell.

Mary grew up in Star City, WV, the youngest of 7 children. She was an avid Tigers and Red Wings fan. Mary loved St. Mary Church and loved to play bingo. She had many friends at the Pines, and her friends and her grandchildren were the focus of her life.

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Ronald Henry Kraska

of Dexter, MI, age 83, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born October 31, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Matthew & Ann (Wilczynski) Kraska.

Ron attended Ford Trade School and worked 40 years with Ford Motor Company. He loved fishing and hunting. Ron enjoyed spending his time at his cottage on Halfmoon lake.

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Anita Frances Pateck

of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor, age 101, died Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born August 9, 1916 in Festus, Missouri, the daughter of Stephen Andrew & Carrie Louise (Bradley) Boyer. Anita loved playing cards and bingo, reading magazines, crossword puzzles, watching television, and getting her hair and nails done. Her son-in-law, John Patoros, took care of her in his home for many years until her later years after losing his wife. She was a sales clerk at Cunninghams for many years. Anita loved living in her retirement home, Chelsea Retirement Community. The residents and staff were just wonderful to her. She was a kind hearted lady and will be missed by all.

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Nels R. Mickelson Jr.

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ypsilanti, age 78, went to be with the Lord Friday, June 15, 2018 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born September 13, 1939 in Adrian, MI, the son of Nels R. Mickelson Sr., & Helen L. (Stage) Mickelson.   Nels attended the Chelsea Free Methodist Church. He was a Life Member of the Masons. Nels owned a grocery store in Rawsonville, MI, and later worked as a drywall finisher. He lettered in many sports in High School, and later enjoyed watching sports, especially football and basketball. Nels loved the outdoors and hunting. Later in life, he became an avid reader.

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Viola Eleanor Welshans

of Chelsea, MI, age 93, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 22, 1925 in Roseville, MI, the daughter of Carl F. & Meta E. (Schuldt) Schoenberg. Viola graduated from Eastland High School in Roseville in 1944. She worked for 11 years for Briggs, which became Chrysler. She has been a member of St. Jacob Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grass Lake since 1955, and  belonged to WINGS (“Women in God's Service”) mission group at church. Most of all, Viola was a loving mother to her four children.

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