Recent Obituaries

James A. Berlinski

 
of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Chagrin Falls, OH, age 81, died Monday, March 1, 2021 at home surrounded by his family, after a long battle with pulmonary arterial hypertension and scleroderma. He was born August 15, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Theodore Oswald & Ruth (Leverenz) Berlinski.  Jim graduated from Lutheran High School in Detroit, and then Concordia River Forest, IL. He was the principal at St. Matthews in New York City, and then he worked in finance for Ford for 30 years, retiring from the Walton Hills Stamping Plant. Jim was the former President of “Apollo's Fire”, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, where he sang professionally. He was a music director for many churches, including Gloria Dei, Detroit, St. Paul's Farmington, St. Paul's Northville, Our Redeemer in Solon, OH, Lord of Life in Bainbridge, OH, and Valley Lutheran in Chagrin Falls, OH. Jim attended Peace Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor most recently. He enjoyed bowling and golfing.
 
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Carol A.  McLaughlin

of Harbor Springs, MI, formerly of Chelsea, MI, age 78, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at her home with her family at her side. She was born November 18, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Howard E. & Pauline A. (Hayes) Olm.  Carol graduated from Redford Union High School in 1960. She then graduated from Virginia Farrell Beauty School. Carol and Jim moved to Harbor Springs in 2000, coming from Chelsea,  Carol ran a successful ceramic business for 20 years, and sewed for 15 years for pediatric patients at McLaren Hospital. She enjoyed planting flowers in the yard, mowing the lawn, and NASCAR.
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Fredrick Ramsey

Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 74, died Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his home in Chelsea. He was born August 31, 1946 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the son of Paul & Eunice May (Woltz) Ramsey.
 
  Fred graduated from Muncie High School in Indiana, then attended Ball State University. He served in the Army Infantry as a helicopter door gunner from 1964-65 during the Vietnam War. Fred worked for U of M for 15 years, and was a self-employed carpenter. He worked for Chelsea Architectural Millworks, with whom he helped restore the Michigan State Capital building. Fred was a leader in Chelsea Boy Scouts for many years. He enjoyed restoring their historic home in Chelsea, and he enjoyed traveling locally in his Honda Shadow. Read more ...

Randal Ponitz

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 61, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at home with his family. He was born June 12, 1959 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Dr. Robert & Frances (Webster) Ponitz.  Randy earned a Masters degree from U of M, and also earned several IT certificates. He loved planes since he was a boy. Randy earned all pilot certifications, and was a member of the Ann Arbor Fliers. He was a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church, where he was an usher, and took care of the church IT needs. Randy worked in Church Extension at the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church District Office in Ann Arbor.
 
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Albert F. Anderson

Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 86, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Silver Maples of Chelsea. He was born April 29, 1934 in Yale, Iowa, the son of Albert Frank & Agnes (Leo) Anderson.
On Feb. 6, 1959, he married Charlotte Ann Houston in Sedalia, MO, and she preceded him in death on October 9, 2015. Survivors include two sons, Albert F. “Andy” (Margaret) Anderson III of Muskego, WI, Paul (Faye) Anderson of Ann Arbor; a son-in-law, Dennis Higgins of Chelsea; and 5 grandchildren, Albert F. “Bert” Anderson IV, Vincent Anderson; Leela Anderson, Frank Anderson; and A.J. Higgins. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Higgins.

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