Susan Bower peacefully fell asleep in death on March 17, 2023 at her home in Chelsea. She was 71 years old.Sue was a loving wife and mother who loved her garden, and to cook. Anyone who came to the house never left hungry, she loved showing hospitality. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses it brought her much joy to share her love for Jehovah and the Bible with others, whether in the door to door ministry in her younger years or sharing it with those she met in hospitals or in acute care facilities.
William G. "Bill" Moller, Jr.
of Chelsea, Michigan, age 91, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at his home. He was born March 26, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of William G. & Marie (Kreitner) Moller Sr.
Bill graduated from Sewanhaka High School on Long Island in 1949. He earned his Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytech Institute in Troy NY. Bill was commissioned as a Naval Officer (3 years active duty during Korea). He worked for Union Carbide as a Product Engineer for 4 years. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1962, and his PhD in 1969, from U of M's Rackham Graduate School. Bill did research at Syracuse from 67-72. He moved to Chelsea in 1973, taught at U of M, and served 7 years as Associate Dean at the U of M Business School. He enjoyed reading, music, playing golf, and cross country skiing. Bill was a former member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where he served on the board. He was a member of the RPI Men's Honorary Society, co-captain of the Lacrosse team in college (made All American), and helped establish the Lacrosse team at U of M.
Lois Ada Marie Gibson
Lois Ada Marie Gibson of Brighton, Michigan, age 89 passed away Friday, March 17, 2023, at Trinity Health Hospital in Ypsilanti. She was born April 24, 1933, in Oceana County, the daughter of Earl Willard and Elizabeth Caroline (Boelke) Shirtum.
Lois graduated with a Bachelor’s of Education from Albion College and a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University. While raising her family, she and Harry fostered 5 children and hosted foreign exchange students. With her family raised, she continued her devotion to service by teaching the visually handicapped in the Detroit Public School system for 20 years, retiring in 1995. Spare time was spent taking their grandchildren on adventures in education. Lois was an active and devoted member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Eastpointe, Grace United Methodist Church in Chesterfield Township and Chelsea First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. For 25 years in retirement, Lois volunteered first at Corewell Health (Beaumont) Hospital in Troy and then at Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea where she served as President of the Auxiliary.
Melvin "Mel" Leach
Of Chelsea, MI, age 89, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at his home. He was born April 27, 1933 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Clarence L. & Theresa M. (Schwab) Leach.
Mel served in the Army from 1953-55. He worked for the Village of Chelsea in the Wastewater Treatment Plant for 33 years. Mel was a member of the Rod and Gun Club and the American Legion.
On August 10, 1957, he married Barbara Wilson in Toledo, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 2019. Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia (Wesley) Mikesell of Fremont, and Susan (Ron Wolfe) Leach of Jackson; sons-in-law Adrian Carlino of Carlos Paz, Argentina, Daniel Spaulding of Jackson; 3 grandchildren, Nicole (Jason) Adams, Justin Degregorio, Anthony Degregorio; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Karen Carlino and Kathy Spaulding, and one brother, Merle Leach.
Betty L. (Lausen) Pope
of Chelsea, Michigan formerly of Ann Arbor. Betty passed away just one day shy of her 100th birthday, yet the legacy of her strength, will and heart live on.
Betty was born March 15th, 1923 in Rockford, Illinois, beloved daughter of Howard and Bessie Lausen. At the age of 15, she moved with her parents to Ann Arbor where she lived until moving to the Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC) in 2006. During her 25-year career at Hoover-NSK she worked as a supervisor in sales paving the way for future women in business. Betty was passionate about her family, instilling integrity, a good work ethic and kindness to others.