Recent Obituaries

Robert Patrick "Pat" Smith

Age 76, passed away at home in Chelsea on December 27, 2018. Born to Minerva Lorraine Hepburn and Joseph Raymond Smith on May 2, 1942 in Ann Arbor, Pat was the youngest of six children. An independent, proud Irishman, Pat lived life fully and fiercely loved his family and friends. His larger than life smile, bright blue eyes, and sharp sense of humor drew people to him and nurtured unlikely friendships.

Pat enjoyed people and proudly carried mail in Ann Arbor for more than 35 years before retiring from the USPS.  He loved playing golf and relished the time he had in retirement to enjoy golf courses around the country and in Ireland. An avid reader and history buff, Pat delighted in discovering his family's ancestry and loved to watch old movies, especially westerns, and football.

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Thomas Sidney Ritter

Thomas Sidney Ritter of Chelsea, Michigan, age 70, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 16, 2019. Tom was born in Dowagiac, Michigan on April 7th, 1948 and was the son of the late Sidney Ritter and Leta (Cropsey) Ritter.  Tom was a farm boy from the start and recalled fondly raising live stock, adventures on the farm, and working along side his father. Tom graduated from Penn High School in 1966 and was named the MVP of the baseball team his senior year. Tom’s passion for baseball continued throughout his life and he served as a softball coach for his daughters and the vice-president of the Chelsea High School Softball Boosters. Tom earned his electrical engineering degree from Michigan State University in 1970.

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Garry Dean Harris

Age 72, died Saturday, January 12, 2019 at his home. He was born November 28, 1946 in Murphysboro, Illinois, the son of William A. & Betty (Crombar) Harris. Garry was originally from Wayne, MI, and has lived in Lima Township for 29 years. He worked at Huron Valley Steel for 40 years.
He is survived by his wife, Marge; two daughters, Michele, & Chris; 3 sisters, Lorie, Beverly, & Sheila; and two grandchildren, Jessica & Roger. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chuck.

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James L. Hall

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Adrian & Ann Arbor. Age 77, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at at Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born June 4, 1941 in Monroe, Michigan, the son of James W. & Dolly (McKinney) Hall.

James was a Journeyman sheet metal fabricator at U of M, a teacher at WCC, and owned a heating sheet metal company.  He had been the building maintenance supervisor at multiple companies.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge, and enjoyed long Sunday drives and time with his family.

Survivors include two sons, James (Leah) Hall of Chelsea, John (Mary Priya) of Dexter; a daughter, Christine Maier; a brother George F. Hall; and 3 grandchildren, Zachary Schneider, Rebecca Hall, and Luke Hall.

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Margaret L. Kuhl

Age 92, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea. She was born January 17, 1926 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Ezra A. & Martha M. (Hashley) Feldkamp.

Margaret worked for Rockwell International for 38 years. She was an occupational nurse, retiring in 1988. Margaret volunteered at Chelsea Community Hospital/ St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea in various areas for 29 years. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea. Margaret enjoyed traveling, and she drove, cruised and flew in Europe, the Caribbean, and the U.S.

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