Recent Obituaries

John Gottfried Skittenhelm

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 85, died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his home with his family at his side. He was born January 30, 1930 in Grass Lake, Michigan, the son of Walter J. & Norma Mary (Sluyter) Schittenhelm.
  John was a heavy equipment operator at Chrysler Proving Grounds, and was a member of UAW Local 1284.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany.   John loved to hunt and fish, and he especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren.

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Marlene M. Keezer

of Chelsea, went home to be with the Lord on June 24, 2015. She was born October 8, 1931 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of John C. & Esther E. (Page) Schneider.  Marlene graduated from Chelsea High School in 1950 and Hamilton Business College in 1952.  She was a member of Mt. Hope Bible Church.  Marlene loved being outdoors and enjoyed God’s beautiful creation.  On November 25, 1967, she married Walter “Joe” Keezer, and he preceded her in death on March 9, 1998.

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Carl Leonard Cordell

of Chelsea, age 94, died Friday, June 19, 2015 at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born November 13, 1920 in Pikeville, TN, the son of James Rankin & Gertrude May (Rutledge) Cordell.  He attended school in Chattanooga and served in the US Army in World War II.  On July 8, 1945, he married Harriet Peterson in Greenville, SC.  In 1948, they moved to Belleville, MI , where he was employed by the United States Postal Service in Ypsilanti, MI.    He retired in 1978 as Manager of Customer Service. 

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Rupert G. Otto

Rupert OttoRichard Rupert Grant Otto died on June 16, 2015 at Towsley Village Memory Care Center in Chelsea, Michigan. He was born May 3, 1919 in Bessemer, Michigan, the second of three sons born to C.A. Otto and Margaret E. Otto. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his younger brother, Donald.

Rupert joined the army in 1942. He married Alice Fretz of Newberry, MI on June 1, 1943. During the war Rupert taught for three years at Ohio State University, and was discharged as a captain in 1946.

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