Recent Obituaries

Patricia Barbara Fancy

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Farmington Hills, age 86, died Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at University Living in Ann Arbor. She was born September 4, 1937, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of William Jeffery & Helen Jean (Mack) Perry.

Pat was a member of the American Bar Association and had a productive career as an attorney for Barris, Sott Denn & Driker, GM, and Comerica Bank. She earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism and her law degree, both from Wayne State University. She was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada. She was passionate about nature and gardening, cats, travel, and ice skating. Pat had a great love of reading. She lived at Silver Maples of Chelsea until March of 2023.

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Joe Schnople

Joseph Frank Schnople was born in Bay City, MI November 2, 1920, the fifth of seven children born to Benjamin and Mary (Holomek) Schnople. He died November 22, 2023 in Jackson, MI.  

Joe graduated from Bay City Central High School. He worked for Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, and became a journeyman electrician. He married Garnetta Weaver in 1941. He enlisted in the US Army in 1944 and served during WWII with the 34th Red Bull Division in Africa and Italy from 1944-1946.

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Marie Grace Barnsdale

of Ann Arbor, Michigan, age 73, passed away November 29, 2023, at Chelsea Retirement Community Towsley Village Memory Care under the care of Arbor Hospice. She will be missed by many.

The angels picked her up and took her to her forever home with the Lord and departed family and friends forever.

She was born July 27, 1950, in Bethesda, Maryland, the daughter of William “Edward” & Barbara (Powell) Thompson.

Marie graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 1968, then attended Towson State College. After college she moved to Michigan and continued her education at Eastern Michigan University.

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Ronald Stephen Cubberly

of Brooklyn, Michigan, age 74, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2023, in his home with his family at his side. He was born August 28, 1949, in Tecumseh, Michigan, the son of George & Thelma (Bryan) Cubberly.

Ron was a Chelsea High School graduate, class of ‘67. He served in the US Navy in Viet Nam, serving from 1968 - 1971, as a Boiler Operator on a Destroyer Tender. Ron then worked for General Motors for 35 years, in Ypsilanti, in Hydramatic and Powertrain. Ron was a member of the Moose Lodge in Brooklyn, and a former member of the Eagles Club #2154 in Ann Arbor.

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Maria P. Lashbrook

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Detroit. age 75, died Thursday, November 30, 2023, at Ascension Providence Hospital in Novi. She was born June 27, 1948, in Sheffield, England, the daughter of Kazimierz and Rita (Dumford) Koszalka.

Maria attended Chadsey High School in Detroit, Michigan where she spent most of her life. She worked as a guest services representative at Marriott. When she was in her fifties, she returned to school to earn her associates degree, something that she always had a lot of pride in. Maria’s true life calling however, was her family. Maria loved her family intensely and adored her seven grandchildren who she enjoyed attending various activities with. Whether it be sports, dance, gymnastics, or even just helping getting them to their activities, she did so with a lot of intent and enthusiasm. Maria was also an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan and would watch games as regularly as she could.

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Anthony F. Wisniewski

Of Chelsea, age 89, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born April 18, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Valentine William “Bill” and Charlotte Rose (Chojna) Wisniewski.
Tony graduated from Edwin Denby High School in 1952. He served in the Army from 1954-1956, during the Korean War. He was a Tool & Die apprentice with Bower Roller Bearings, and later worked with Federal-Mogul, retiring in 1994. Tony was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was a member and former President of the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed woodworking and carving. He also liked camping, especially in Waterloo and Manistee.
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Gordon Cole

Of Adrian, age 43, died Monday, November 27, 2023 at Hospice of Lenawee. He was born March 15, 1980 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he was the son of Walter Bradley and Vickie Lou (Joseph) Cole.

Gordon attended alternative high school in Chelsea. He was really good at lawn care and snow removal. Gordon loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time camping with his family, hunting and fishing. He adored people and was the kind of person that would do anything for you. Gordon also enjoyed roller skating and dancing.

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