Recent Obituaries

Sandra Ann Brown

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 77, died Friday, May 18, 2018 at Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born July 7, 1940 in Herkimer, New York, the daughter of Ziggy & Vera (Vespi) Cwalenski.

  Sandra was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea. She worked as a legal secretary for McLaughlin Law Firm for 28 years. Sandra was a member and past president of the Chelsea Jaycees/Jaycettes. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. Sandra enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved reading, keeping in touch with her friends through facebook, and following her grandchildren in sports and daily activities. Sandra was an avid fan of U of M football and their marching band. 

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Dean Frederick Fox

of Ann Arbor, MI, age 73, went to be home with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, on Thursday, May 17, 2018, following a two year courageous battle with cancer. He was born December 12, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Robert Edison & Mildred (Steyer) Fox.  On May 31, 1969 he married Christel Johnson of Princeton, New Jersey, and was a loving and faithful husband and father. Mr. Fox accepted Christ as his Savior as a child and was a long-time member of Dexter Gospel Church where he served on the Welcome Team, as well as assisting with Daily Vacation Bible School.  He was an Eagle Scout at the age of 13 and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. He received an MBA degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan. Mr. Fox was a US Army veteran and served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. He was a CPA, having passed the exam on his first attempt. After working as a CPA for five years with a Big 4 CPA firm, he joined a predecessor of CitiMortgage. He retired from CitiMortgage, Farmington Hills, in 2000 as a Corporate Vice President. He previously served as Director of Audit and Controller. During his 25 years in mortgage banking, he was selected to be chairman of several committees of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, and he was a member of the Governor's Michigan Efficiency Task Force in 1976. Mr. Fox enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states and more than 50 countries. While a college student, he was an exchange student to France. He also enjoyed playing golf with his family.

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Dale L. Maurer

of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Dover, OH, age 83, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his home in the Pines. He was born April 15, 1935 in Dover, OH, the son of A. Frank & Hazel (Henderson) Maurer.

   Dale was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ in Dover, OH. He was an United States Army Veteran, who served in Germany as a Spec 4 at the Headquarter Company 6 Transportation Battalion. Dale was a member of the Masonic F&AM Lodge 57 in Dover, receiving his 32nd Degree from Valley of Canton, OH. He worked for Firestone Tire for 30 years, and then for Dexter Schools for 15 years. Dale volunteered at the Chelsea Community Hospital for over 6,000 hours.  

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Geoffrey Moore Savage

Geoffrey Moore Savage, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died of cancer at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor on January 17, 2018. He was 65. Geoff was born December 27, 1952, in Pontiac, Michigan, to the late Philip John Savage, Jr., and Justine Angela (Brady) Savage, 95, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Geoff was raised in Bloomfield Hills, where he played elaborate childhood games with his siblings, battled the family goat, and generally caused mischief. He graduated from Brother Rice High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University in 1976.

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Richard "Dick" Loftis

of Jackson, Michigan, age 66, died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born February 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of John H. and Audrey (Harris) Loftis. Dick was a member of the Stockbridge High School class of 1970. He worked at Central Fiber, QED Environmental Systems, and in many aspects as a handyman, in lawn care, and in the building trades until he had a major stroke 13 years ago. He was an active member of Chelsea First Congregational Church, where he helped with the building and grounds, and enjoyed visiting with the congregation. Dick loved people, and church was one of the highlights of his week. He loved spending time outdoors, including hunting, fishing and attending gun shows. Dick also liked American history, war movies, and woodworking.

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