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Norman Martin Wacker, Jr.


of Dexter, Michigan, age 91, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2023, at his home. He was born August 25, 1932, in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Norman Martin and Frances Lucille (Mangus) Wacker, Sr. Norm attended Whitmore Lake High School and was drafted into the US Army when he was 19, serving in Germany. He worked as a Machinist for Payne Products in Ann Arbor, and then retired from Federal Screw Works after many years. Norm liked to work on the farm raising horses, pigs, steer, chickens, and some row crops.

Therese Ann Smoke

Age 89, Therese passed away peacefully at her home in Chelsea, Michigan on Monday, December 11, 2023. Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Mary Therese (Gary) Pilarski; Anne Marie (Bailey Matsuda) Smoke; and Rick (Amy) Smoke; three grandchildren John Pilarski, Hannah (Jake) Asbury, and Thomas (Julia Anderson) Pilarski; one great-grandchild Theodore Asbury; and eight nieces and nephews. Therese shared sixty wonderful years with Henry R. Smoke, Jr., who preceded her in death on December 5, 2021. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Gerard Deziel; and sisters, Norma Deziel, Rita LeBlanc, and Jeannine Strayhorn.

Michelle Ann Welch

of Ypsilanti, Michigan, age 41, died Saturday, November 25, 2023 at her residence. She was born March 13, 1982 in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of Robert Dayton and Sheila (Bischler) Love.  Michelle attended Chelsea High School (class of 2000).

Survivors include her parents, Robert and Sheila Love; four sons, Dayton and Dorian Welch of New Mexico, Andrew and Silas Howard of Grass Lake; two sisters, Jennifer Love of Michigan Center and Tammy Love of Chelsea; two former husbands, Sean Welch and Andrew Howard; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Geraldine Faye Scharphorn

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 80, passed away Monday, December 11, 2023, at her home. She was born January 14, 1943, in Wyandotte, Michigan, the daughter of Ralph and Lorraine (Camburn) Cross.
Geraldine graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1965, and was a teacher for 38 years. She enjoyed the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club, riding horses, gardening, and traveling. In 1989, she appeared with her husband and daughter on the David Letterman Show with a dog relay team.

Donald Keith Lamphere

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Cadillac, MI, age 92, died peacefully on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at his home. He was born February 21, 1931 in Cadillac, MI, the son of Alfred C. & Mary Belle (Lanning) Lamphere.  

Don graduated from Cadillac High School in 1948. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952-54. Don attended Central Michigan College, where he obtained his Bachelors (1958) and Masters degrees (1962). He was a teacher and Principal at Suttons Bay and Cadillac Area Schools. Don was an active member of Temple Hill Baptist church in Cadillac, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, deacon, mission boards, building committee, and as a pastor of a mission church. Since 2017, he attended Chelsea Church of the Nazarene. He was also involved in Gideons International for more than 40 years. Don and Hilma enjoyed wintering in Mercedes, TX from 1991 to 2015.