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Donald Bruce Kersten

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor and Sharon Township, age 92, died Saturday, November 27, 2021, at his home. He was born August 3, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, son of Ferdinand Alvin Kersten and Phillipina Mary “Phyllis” (Koester) Kersten.

Don graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, with a degree in Industrial Design and a Masters of Fine Arts. He worked for various exhibit firms, General Motors Styling, and the City of Detroit. From 1965 to 1995, he was Professor of Art at the U/M Penney Stamps School of Art. He taught visualization skills for Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Architectural students. His particular interest was signage. Two sabbaticals to the United States and Europe culminated in “Signs in the Marketplace” exhibits at the Ann Arbor City Hall and the School of Art Gallery. Don was an avid U/M sport fan and held season tickets to football and basketball.

Frederick Carl Wild

of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor, age 93, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born April 10, 1928 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Carl Frederick & Pearl Esther (Cook) Wild.  Fred graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1945. He retired from the Ann Arbor News in 1990 after many years. Fred was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, and had been active at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor and Trinity Lutheran Church in Pinckney before coming to Chelsea. He received special recognition for exceeding 9000 hours of service in over 22 years of volunteering at Chelsea Community Hospital. Fred was an active member of Chelsea Senior Citizens and the Pierce Lake HOA Board. He coached Bruce’s Little League, and bowled for many years at Chelsea Lanes, Belmark, and Colonial Lanes. He was an avid U of M Football fan. Fred gave selflessly to his family and community. He was a hero to his family.

David L. Williams

of Jackson, formerly of Manchester, age 33, went to be with his Savior Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Henry Ford Allegiance in Jackson. He was born February 9, 1988, in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Richard & Donna (Mund) Williams.

David was a 2007 graduate of North Sharon Christian School. In 2010, he received a certificate for Local Church Vocational Training from Grace Baptist College in Gaylord. Over the years he worked at the Manchester Pharmacy; the Bob Evans in Jackson; and the Muggs & Bopps Gas Station in Grass Lake. He owned a lawn care and snow removal business. David enjoyed woodworking as well as hunting, fishing, and spending time with his cat, Cinder. He was an active member of the Loomis Park Baptist Church where he worked with the sound booth and supported the youth of the church. David shared his love by doing.

Joan Rose Bild

of Gregory, age 82, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at her home.

Joan lived, what she termed an “arrogantly healthy life," which enabled her to play tennis, golf, and table tennis pretty well. Her life began on the bluffs of Lake Michigan, in South Haven, of the Bild-Soukup clans; Frank and Val (Vlasta). She had one sister (Ruth d. 2008); a brother, Donald; 2 nephews, Steve and Vince Borski; and a niece, April Borski.

Her working life was divided between 26 years at the U-M, a few agonizing years selling real estate in Lansing, and becoming a self-employed landscape designer/ installer until retirement.

Viola Fern Poley

formerly of Ann Arbor, Manchester, & Chelsea, age 93, died Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Country Meadows in Grass Lake, Michigan. She was born June 13, 1928, in Tecumseh, Michigan, the daughter of John H. & Adeline (Covell) Curtiss.

Viola was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Manchester and a former member of Dexter Gospel Church. She was active with Manchester Senior Citizens and Chelsea Senior Citizens. Viola retired from Thompson-Shore in Dexter after 8 years of service.