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Julia Katharine Luckritz

of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Solomans Island, MD, and Mountain Lakes, NJ.  Age 77, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2024 at her home in Chelsea. She was born October 12, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur J. and Jessalyn D. (Cairns) Walters. She was a loving wife and mother who was dedicated to her children.

Julia and her husband were founding members of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of United States (MHAUS) in 1981. She was a volunteer for the National Association for Child Development in Mountain Lakes, NJ, where she raised her two children. Julia was a home room mom for both of her children, as well as a Girl Scout troop leader and Den mother. She was a volunteer EMT with both of her children for the Boonton Kiwanis Ambulance in Boonton, NJ for nearly 10 years.  Julia was an avid dog lover, breeding and showing Samoyeds.

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Jason "J" Andrew AtLee

of Ypsilanti, Michigan, age 43, died Monday, May 13, 2024, from injuries due to a motorcycle accident. He was born August 7, 1980, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Cyrus “Cy” & Rowena May (Beebe) AtLee.

Jason graduated from Chelsea High School in 1999. He worked for 17 years as Zingerman's Mail Order Manager. Jason earned his motorcycle mechanics license and was looking forward to starting his own business. He loved dogs, enjoyed photography, pinstriping, playing in several bands, and especially found joy in motorcycle riding. He considered the Washtenaw Alano Club his family. J always made himself available to help others with an open hand and loved to be funny and make people laugh.

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Kirk P. Hansen

Kirk Pitman Hansen of Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Lake Isabella, age 49, passed away on May 14, 2024. He was born August 5, 1974, in Columbia, Missouri, the son of John Christian and Elizabeth Ann (Hornyak) Hansen.

Kirk graduated from Chippewa Hills High School in Remus in 1994. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University in 1998. In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In recent years, he lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and did contract technical writing.

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Janice Carol Moore


of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Pinckney. age 88, died Monday, May 13, 2024, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 7, 1936, in Plymouth, Michigan, the daughter of Russell Henry & Virginia (Berner) VanGilder.  Jan graduated from Fenton High School in 1954, earned her Bachelors degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master’s degree from University of Michigan. She taught Physical Education and English at Garden City East High School, and later was a counselor. She coached basketball, softball, and track, and was Michigan's first woman High School Athletic Director. She taught for 38 years before her retirement in 1994. After her retirement, she enjoyed riding her bicycle, and was a member of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society. She has been active at Faith Baptist Church in Chelsea, since 2005, including traveling on overseas missions.

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Robert Lee Rose

of Dexter, Michigan, age 89, died Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Trinity Health in Ypsilanti. He was born June 25, 1934, in Milford, Michigan, the son of Cleo G. and Leola (Sackett) Rose.
 
Bob lived in Dexter all of his life. He graduated from Dexter High School in 1952.  He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. Bob worked for Federal Screw Works in Chelsea for many years, retiring in 1989. Bob also worked along-side his in-laws, Robert and Eunice Murphy, at the Dexter Food Lockers (which was located on Main Street where the Painted Trout is located) where they butchered and packed meat for local farmers. He was a lifetime member of St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ in Dexter. He was a lifetime Freemason with the Dexter Lodge, and later with Ann Arbor.
 
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Noah David S. van Reesema

Noah David Siewertsz van Reesema – Accomplished student and athlete, curious reader and traveler, loving family member and trusted friend, passed away to the next life on April 20, 2024. Noah was born on December 8, 1997, in Northville, Michigan. From an early age, Noah loved spending time with his extended family “up north” at the lake cottage skiing in the winter, boating in the summer, and relaxing with his books in the evening or playing strategy board games with his family. He especially cherished making new friends at the YMCA Storer Summer Camp in Jackson. As he grew, he was able to ski out west and travel with his family throughout Europe. His early love for soccer turned to football and track in high school. Noah graduated from Chelsea High School in 2016. He made deep friendships competing as a teammate in sports. Playing football as a wide receiver and running track in 300-meter hurdles and high jump gave him the opportunity to experience State finals competitions in both sports with his friends. Noah enjoyed playing saxophone and participated in “Company C,” a singing and dance ensemble, as well as finding peace in playing the piano at home. Noah was baptised at New Life Lutheran Church in Northville, MI and he was confirmed at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea, MI where he was a lifelong member.

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Richard Allen Green Jr.

 of Michigan Center, Michigan, age 57 passed away May 5th, 2024, at his home in Michigan Center. He was born May 20, 1966, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Richard Allen Sr. and Marjorie Louise (Harrison) Green.
 
Richard went to Michigan Center high school. He first started in the plastics industry at Autoform and later went to DT manufacturing whereas the Thermoforming manager he grew the thermoforming department into a top tier automotive supplier.
 
Richard met his love Donette Slone at Donette’s dad’s funeral. On January 27, 1994, Richard married Donette Green (Slone) in Jackson, Michigan.