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Bobbie Jeffers Ralph

Formerly of Norman, Oklahoma, died February 21, 2024, in her apartment at Chelsea Retirement Community in Chelsea, Michigan. She was 98.

Bobbie was born in Pineville, Missouri in 1925. She was the only daughter, with two older brothers, Edward (d.) and Joe (d.), and one younger brother in her family. The family lived in several southwest Missouri towns before she first attended Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, for one year. She then took a teaching appointment in a two-room school for a year, to help support her family. She resumed her studies at Drury for a second year before transferring to Oklahoma State University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in music. There she met Damon Ralph (d.) whom she married in 1949. The couple had three children, daughters Alice and Nancy, and son Gary.

Joan Marie Bingel

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 94, died Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 19, 1929, in Grass Lake, Michigan, the daughter of Aura C. and Edna (Eschelbach) Munro.  From an early age, Joan and her sister were raised by Walt and Edna Schaible.

Joan grew up on her grandparents’ farm in Grass Lake, graduating from Grass Lake High School in 1947. She was involved in several school activities and sports and loved growing up on the farm and riding horses. Joan had a Morgan named Big Red and rode in the local parades.  Joan graduated from Detroit Mercy Nursing School in 1950 and worked as a Registered Nurse at Livonia St. Mary’s.  Joan married Dwight in May of 1951 and they were together for 54 years until his death.  Joan and Dwight lived in Waterford, Livonia, Wayne and ultimately Ann Arbor where they raised their four sons.  After starting a family, Joan became a loving stay-at-home mother and was heavily involved in the children’s activities and sports.    Raising four boys, she learned to love sports and even later in life you would often find her at her son’s and grandchildren’s sports activities.  In her spare time, Joan was a caregiver for several sick and elderly people in need. 

Bethel Ann White

 of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Plymouth, age 92, died Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Chelsea Hospital. She was born July 3, 1931, in Garden City, Michigan, the daughter of Guy William and Alma (Steinhauer) White, Sr.  Bethel graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn. She worked at Williams Department Store in Garden City, and in a nursing home in Plymouth. She was a member of the Plymouth Church of the Nazarene and the Chelsea Church of the Nazarene. Bethel never drove anywhere; she walked and was very independent.

Frederick C. “Fred” Petsch

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 86, died Sunday, March 3, 2024, at his home. He was born December 15, 1937, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Adolph Ronald & Ruth Dolly (Leffler) Petsch.

Fred worked at Hilltop Plumbing when he was young as well as in landscaping. He worked 22 years as a Superintendent for Public Works in Chelsea, and retired from Johnson Control in 2001. Fred enjoyed crafts, woodworking, and masonry work. He built furniture and was a Master Clockmaker, repairing cuckoo clocks and grandfather clocks.

Gary Lee Bice

of Waterloo, MI, age 79, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 2, 2024 at his home in Waterloo. He was born February 8, 1945 in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Wilburn & Sarah (Giles) Bice.  Gary attended high school in Lincoln Park, and then was drafted into the US Army, serving from 1965 to 1967. After returning from the Army, they moved to Waterloo where they raised their children. Gary owned American International Rental Car agency until 1991. He worked as a real estate appraiser after that. He loved being on the water, and was an avid Lions fan.