Recent Obituaries

James "Jim" Dean Tallman

of Chelsea, MI. James “Jim” Dean Tallman was born on December 14, 1945. He left our world and his illness behind on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Jim was a loving, caring, likeable guy who knew no enemies.  He made lasting impressions wherever he went, whether it was out on the water fishing, enjoying 18 holes on the golf course, or spending time at the beach with his family. After graduating from MSU in 1969, Jim spent 34 years teaching and coaching at Chelsea High School, then retired to spend winters at Quail Run Resort, in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He traveled the US with his wife and family taking memorable camping and fishing trips throughout his life.  Read more ...

Beth Mattison

of Granger, IN, formerly of Chelsea, MI. Born August 1, 1962 in Aurora, IL to Bert and Sylvia (Stilson) Harrison (surviving), died February 9, 2020 in Roseland, IN, after a four year battle with ovarian cancer. Beth lived in Richmond, VA and South Bend, IN while growing up. She married Stephen Wayne Mattison on August 15, 1981 in South Bend, IN, and he survives. He was the love of her life. They had two children, Chris and Becca. She spent 6 years homeschooling her kids.

Beth earned an ADN and became an RN in January, 1989. She later earned an Associates Degree in Interior Design in 2011 and a BSN in 2014. She worked as a registered nurse for 18 years, and did medical transcription for 9 years.

Beth was devoted to God and loved serving in her church - the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith. She also served at the Chelsea Church of the Nazarene in MI, and loved her fellow churchgoers. She enjoyed teaching kids, working with VBS, and working in Women’s Ministry.

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Elizabeth "Beth" Ann Ledwidge

Age 73, died Friday, February 7, 2020 at her home. She was born November 3, 1946 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Walter S. and June May (Young)  Harris .
Beth graduated from Chelsea High School in 1965. She worked at the Chrysler Proving Grounds and then retired from Malloy Lithographing on Jackson Rd. in Ann Arbor. Beth was a member of the Ann Arbor Litho Club. She enjoyed sewing and making quilts. She attended the Christian House of Prayer with her son and daughter. She was a wonderful and very caring mother and grandmother.

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Richard "Dick" D. Schmidt

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 94, died Friday, February 7, 2020 in Chelsea. He was born March 6, 1925 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Norman Harold & Lenore Eva Margarita (Kalmbach) Schmidt.  Dick lived at North Lake for many years, then lived in Manchester for 17 years, returning to Chelsea in ‘95. Dick graduated from Chelsea High School in the class of 1942. Following graduation, Dick enlisted and served with the US Navy in the Pacific during WWII. Upon discharge he was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone for 36 Years. Dick was a member of St. Paul UCC, where he was a Council Member. He was also a life-long member of the Chelsea Rod & Gun club and the VFW. Dick had a love for the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed gardening for many years.
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Robert "Bob" Shepherd

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of West Farmington, Ohio and Detroit, age 78, died unexpectedly  Saturday, February 1, 2020 at his home. He was born August 24, 1941 in Warren, Ohio, the son of Robert “Leonard” & Velma (Rathburn) Shepherd. Bob is survived by his wife, of 59 years, Karen Rose Shepherd, daughter Kelly Carvalho of Clarkston MI, daughter Kayla Shepherd of Chelsea MI, sister Lesta Lynch of TX, Son in Law and “Best Friend” Jack Carvalho, granddaughter Ashtyn Rose, and grandson Camryn Robert Carvalho. Bob is preceded in death by his parents and half-brother, Ken Love.

   Bob graduated from W Farmington Ohio High School in 1961. In that same year Bob married High School Sweetheart Karen Rose McIntosh of West Farmington, OH. Soon after Bob moved to Detroit Mi and commenced his Lineman Apprenticeship.  In 1965, Bob began his electrical career as a lifelong proud IBEW member working for Harlan Electrical Construction of Southfield, MI. In 1969, Bob embarked on a 23-year journey working for the City of Detroit Public Lighting Commission. August 9, 1992 echoed in the next phase of Bob’s professional career working as Superintendent of Chelsea Electric until his retirement in January 2003. Chelsea’s “Robert G Shepherd – Substation”, commemorates Bob’s service and dedication to the community in which he lived, worked, and grew to love.

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