of Chelsea, formerly of Ann Arbor and Cheboygan

(November 10, 1931 to February 6, 2023)

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near…so loved, so missed, so very dear.

“Wow what a wonderful life I have had. I was born to Violet and Clayton Russ in Ann Arbor. I was the oldest sister to Stanley Russ, Marilyn Gibson and Judy (Jerry) Pace. We grew up on Broadway Street and created so many wonderful family memories. I attended and graduated from Ann Arbor High school in 1949. I met this guy named Marshall Edman and I knew he was the one. We married on September 20,1952, and were blessed with three children: Thomas (Diane), Karen, Mark (Stacey). Five grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) Strohbusch, Molly Edman, Tabitha (Eric) Stiller, Brandon (Jess-Fiancée) Edman, Nathan Edman. Great grandchildren, Ethan and Tucker Stiller, Emerson and Luke Strohbusch. We raised our family in Ann Arbor surrounded by many extended family and friends. We had a house on Mullet Lake in Cheboygan, spending time there whenever possible and eventually retiring there and gaining another wonderful group of friends. I loved being a wife, mother, Nani and great Nani. I was active with the Lady Elks, bowling and golf leagues and our monthly Euchre group. After moving north, we continued to golf in a senior group, became active in the Lions Auxiliary, Red Hatters, and Cheboygan Golf and Country Club. Marshall and I celebrated 61 years of marriage until he passed in 2013. I returned to Chelsea in 2017 to be nearer to family and have gained another wonderful group of friends at the Prairie Cottages. We loved our Tuesday’s of drinking wine and playing Euchre, as well as the time spent talking on the front porch. I have lived a full, blessed life surrounded by a wonderful, loving family and so many good friends.”

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles, I’ve only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So, dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile. Understand, in your hearts, I’ve only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, Friday, February 10, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. A time of food and fellowship will follow at the Chelsea Fairgrounds Service Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the U of M Cardiovascular Center, or a charity of your choice.

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#9 John Wallace 2023-02-09 14:03
Karen and Family. Sorry to hear of your loss. Great parents you were blessed with, a truly wonderful gift from God. They are missed from Cheboygan County. From Steve and John Wallace.
#8 Jeannine May 2023-02-07 20:37
Tom, Diane and all your family,
My sympathy in the loss of your wonderful Mother, Carol! I enjoyed spending time with her when she came to Ft. MYERS. My tears are flowing for all of you but Carol is with her Lord . Love to all of you!
Jeanie May and Family
#7 Peggy Haines 2023-02-07 18:58
Karen, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
Your mom was a very special woman and was loved
By many! What a wonderful obituary and tribute to her life and family. You were truly blessed to have such a
Wonderful Mother.
#6 Mary Tobin 2023-02-07 17:23
Tom and Diane: I'm sorry to hear about Tom's mom. What an amazing life she had!
#5 Bill Ayotte 2023-02-07 15:31
Fond memories I will cherish forever, pleasure to have known Carol, will miss her hugs! "Beaver, Beaver", etched in my mind for eternity! Rest in Peace dear lady.
#4 Phil & Lynne Boham 2023-02-07 07:44
Tom, Mark, and Karen

Our sincere sympathies and condolences for the passing of your mother. Her obituary was beautiful and showed the love she had for family. May she rest in the hands of Angels.
#3 Tylene Costello 2023-02-06 20:33
I was so blessed getting to know you. I will miss your smile and wit. I enjoyed exercising with you during those covid years outside in the drive-way at CRC. You will be missed my friend.
#2 Lynn Tieman 2023-02-06 20:08
Carol was always good for a hug, there wasn’t a time at Knights she wasn’t handing them out. She will be sorely missed. Heaven gained a wonderful angle.
#1 Dale Dedrick 2023-02-06 19:26
Carol your smiles and hugs are already missed. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Rest easy my friend.

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