of Chelsea, MI, age 91, died Sunday, October 11, 2020 at her home. She was born September 2, 1929 in Saginaw, MI, the daughter of Edwin F. & Irene (Yokuty) Greenleaf.
Nettie was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church. She volunteered over 6000 hours at Chelsea Community Hospital, and was Auxiliary President from 1988-1989. Nettie worked with her husband Pete in their home business. She loved playing solitaire, reading, and traveling. Nettie liked golfing at many different courses. Every year they spent their winters on Estero Island off of Ft. Myers, FL. The most important thing in her life was her family.

On Nov. 8, 1947, she married Peter J. Severn, and he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Sandra (William) Kulenkamp of Chelsea; grandchildren, Kristie Centilli, James Scott Centilli (Becky Raines), Laura (Robert) Hoshaw, and Michael (Tammy) Kulenkamp; great-grandchildren, Isabella Centilli, Gavin Centilli, Dylan Raines, Max Raines, Matthew (Tammi) Miller, Christopher Miller, Evan (Catie) Hoshaw, Joseph Richards, Laura Richards, Ashten (Adam) Metzger, Nicholas Kulenkamp, Sabrina Mckenzie and Nicholas McKenzie; four siblings, Edwin (Kathy) Greenleaf of Chelsea, Lottie “Dolly” (Walter) Moore of Ft Myers, FL, Basil (Gloria) Greenleaf of Clinton, Jeanne Shilling of Ft Myers, FL; a brother-in-law, Fred Severn; a sister-in-law, Betty Greenleaf; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Greenleaf of Brandon, FL; a sister, Marjorie Miller; and her parents. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 16, at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel on Thursday, October 15th. Due to COVID restrictions, please call Cole Funeral Chapel at 734-475-1551 to schedule a time for viewing or reserve a spot at the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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#8 J. Riemenschneider 2020-10-15 13:45
I got to know Nettie very well during my involvement with the Chelsea Hospital Auxiliary. I remember Nettie as a very cheerful, lovely, giving lady. My sympathy to Pete, Sandy and the entire family.
#7 Jack & Glenna Bittle 2020-10-14 14:22
We loved sitting next to them in church. We always received a hug. Pete always said “Hello Little One”. I will always cherish their friendship.
#6 Tom Macaulay 2020-10-14 10:43
I offer my thanks to God for Nettie’s life and my love and sympathy to Pete and their family, as well as their many, many friends.

I, like all who knew this gentle soul, was blessed by her her life and witness. May she now know the fullness of God’s mercy, love and peace.

Peace, Hope and Strength to all who miss her.
#5 Diane Brown 2020-10-14 09:07
I'll deeply miss seeing her smiles at church as I served Pete communion. Prayers of strength for Pete and family - may your memories provide comfort at this difficult time.
#4 Pauline A. Porath 2020-10-13 14:36
Condolences to Pete, as well as to the entire family. I have known Nettie for many years, Will miss seeing her. Pauline
#3 Nadine Koch 2020-10-12 21:03
I loved her smile and always a friend! I will miss her so much. A wonderful lady. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers sent for call of you. Nadine
#2 Bruce&KarenGalbraith 2020-10-12 15:25
So many special memories from our years in Chelsea. Nettie and Pete made us welcome - and became great friends. Rest In Peace, dear lady.
#1 Sandy Ball-Jenkins 2020-10-12 14:38
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a beautiful lady.

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