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Marcos Paulo Demelo

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Hoboken, New Jersey, age 75, died peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at University of Michigan Hospital. He was born July 30, 1948 in Ipojuca, Brazil, the son of Maria Jose Demelo.
 
Marcos lived a life full of extremes and diverse experiences, only a few of which can be listed here. He moved to the United States when he was 8 years old. He attended Lansing Community College and Michigan State University. Marcos worked as an Electronics Engineer, employed most recently by Norcon Technologies, Inc. in New York City. He was also a fashion photographer in Chicago in the 1980s, recognized for his gift of bringing the beauty out of others. Marcos was a charismatic and fascinating man and a born storyteller who could strike up a conversation with anybody. He was a superb cook and loved to feed people whom he loved. He cared deeply for plants and animals and could seemingly heal any ailment in any being. He was larger than life in his compassion, stubbornness, generosity, and resilience. Importantly, he had a strong heart.
 

Werdna "Polly" Basler

Age 99, died Thursday, January 4, 2024. She was born February 22, 1924, in Oscar, Kentucky, the daughter of Paul F. and Florence G. (Boyd) Denton.

Polly graduated from Dexter High School in 1942, and Detroit Business School Institute in 1943. She was a member of Grace Bible Church in Ann Arbor for seventy years. She worked as a secretary for University of Michigan Hospital, Grace Bible Church, and Ann Arbor Pool Builders.

Eva Jeanette (Snay) Kircher

of Ann Arbor, Michigan, age 92, went to be with the Lord Saturday, December 30, 2023, at her home in Ann Arbor. She was born November 30, 1931, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of William & Elizabeth Lavina (Montague) Snay.

Eva worked with Hospice & Home Health of Washtenaw, retiring in 1996. Eva lived at Portage Lake, Munith (Jackson County) for many years and has lived in Ann Arbor since 2000.

Robert Douglas (Doug) Race

passed away at 93 on January 3, 2024 at his home in Chelsea, Michigan. He was husband to Thressa Race for over 70 years, a mentor to many, and at the center of accomplished family of sons, daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His family, friends and colleagues will miss Doug’s dry sense of humor and sage advice.

Accomplishments

Doug mentored thousands of students and athletes in his career at Jackson Community College (JCC) (1966-92), Farmington High School (1954-65), and Saline High School (1953-54). He loved football both as a player and a coach. Doug was an offensive guard on Grand Rapids Central’s 1947 state championship football team and later played for Grand Rapids Community College. He coached football in Saline and later was the head coach in Farmington before moving to Jackson to coach community college track, teach, and be the academic advisor for athletes. While in Jackson, he assisted Dave Driscoll at Jackson Parkside High School the offensive line coach and team scout.

Carlos Gray-Lion

Carlos Ishmael Gray-Lion was born in Detroit on December 4, 1941. He passed away in Ann Arbor on December 18, 2023.

His parents Paul and Patricia Gray-Lion raised him in the ways and teachings of the Blue Clan of the Cherokee Nation. He was always eager to share this culture and philosophy and was an active participant in the Native American Student Association in college.

He was a proud music graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He attended The University of Michigan in both the School of Music and Engineering College. He held a variety of jobs in music and electronics and always found a way to incorporate his love of teaching in both fields. He co-founded Doya Video Systems in 1983 with Joanne Ladio who became his partner in life as well as in business. The last 17 years of his life were spent battling the effects of a major stroke and his efforts toward recovery proved his strength of mind.