Recent Obituaries

Patricia Lynne Fox

of Dexter, Michigan. Patti passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Kresge K1 Unit of the  Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born September 22, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Lucille (Holda) Laski.  She graduated from Saint Thomas High School Ann Arbor in 1963 and worked as an office manager/receptionist for various private medical and dental practices in the area, as well as Saint Joseph Hospital.  Patti  attended Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, and the Cathedral Basilica in Saint Augustine, Florida, where she served proudly as a Eucharistic Minister.  She loved to travel and walk the beaches of Northeast Florida.

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Dorothy Brien Van Beylen

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 96, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born October 4, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Clara (Brien) Decker.  On November 27, 1943  she married Charles Van Beylen, and he preceded her in death on December 18, 1988. Survivors include a son Robert (the late Bonnie) VanBeylen; a daughter, Sandra (William) Kwolek,  two grandchildren, Daniel (Emily) Kwolek, Aaron Kwolek; a great-grandson Oscar; a brother Gerald (Donna) Decker; and many nieces and nephews.

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James Walker Lester, Jr.

Jim Lesterformerly of Silver Maples in Chelsea and Ann Arbor, age 87, died Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. He was born Sept. 18, 1929 in Bristol, VA, the son of James Walker & Estelle (Pippen) Lester, Sr.  Jim was born and raised in Bristol, Virginia, but lived most of his adult life in the Ann Arbor area after coming to the U of M in 1953.  He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1949, and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1958.  Jim worked for a number of engineering/technology firms over the years including General Electric, Bendix, Conductron, KMS Industries, and Kaiser Optical Systems (where he spent the last 17 years of his career, retiring in 1997).  All were in the Ann Arbor area except for General Electric.

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Joseph Gerard Zielinski

of Chelsea, Michigan. At the young age of 62,  Joe passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 18, 2016. He was born June 15, 1954 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of Joseph and Verna (Hudak) Zielinski.  Joe worked at Chelsea Tool for many years. He was a handyman who could fix anything, he always loved a challenge. He enjoyed working on cars and fishing, but Joe’s biggest hobby was being with his family. He had a saying “you only live once”  and he lived life to the fullest for as long as he could. He also had an unforgettable sense of humor who could brighten anyone’s day.  Joe loved his family, and words cannot describe how much they loved him.

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