Recent Obituaries

Mary Alice Shrosbree

Mary Alice Shrosbree passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on March 29, 2023 after suffering a stroke.  She was born on December 12, 1928 in Canton, Ohio to LeRoy Reed and Margaret (Bowerman) Taylor.  She graduated from Perry High School in 1946 and received a full academic scholarship to the University of Michigan where she graduated with a BA in Education in 1950.  She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Michigan in 1955.

During that time, she met and married the love of her life, Al Shrosbree. They had two sons, William “Bill” (Jane) and Robert “Bob” (Sue), 6 granddaughters, Kate, Sarah (Tyler), Emily, Lisa, Beth and Kelly and 2 great-grandchildren, Grant and Sadie.

Mary Alice was active in her church, most recently at Northbrook Presbyterian Church and for many years before that at Southfield United Presbyterian Church.  Over the years she was a member of the choir, served as a trustee and Sunday School teacher, participated in various women’s groups, and had other leadership positions.

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Susan Bower

Susan Bower peacefully fell asleep in death on March 17, 2023 at her home in Chelsea. She was 71 years old.

Sue was a loving wife and mother who loved her garden, and to cook. Anyone who came to the house never left hungry, she loved showing hospitality. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses it brought her much joy to share her love for Jehovah and the Bible with others, whether in the door to door ministry in her younger years or sharing it with those she met in hospitals or in acute care facilities.
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William G. "Bill" Moller, Jr.

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 91, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at his home. He was born March 26, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of William G. & Marie (Kreitner) Moller Sr.

Bill graduated from Sewanhaka High School on Long Island in 1949. He earned his Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytech Institute in Troy NY. Bill was commissioned as a Naval Officer (3 years active duty during Korea). He worked for Union Carbide as a Product Engineer for 4 years. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1962, and his PhD in 1969, from U of M's Rackham Graduate School. Bill did research at Syracuse from 67-72. He moved to Chelsea in 1973, taught at U of M, and served 7 years as Associate Dean at the U of M Business School. He enjoyed reading, music, playing golf, and cross country skiing. Bill was a former member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where he served on the board. He was a member of the RPI Men's Honorary Society, co-captain of the Lacrosse team in college (made All American), and helped establish the Lacrosse team at U of M.

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Melvin "Mel" Leach

Of Chelsea, MI, age 89, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at his home. He was born April 27, 1933 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of Clarence L. & Theresa M. (Schwab) Leach.

Mel served in the Army from 1953-55. He worked for the Village of Chelsea in the Wastewater Treatment Plant for 33 years. Mel was a member of the Rod and Gun Club and the American Legion.

On August 10, 1957, he married Barbara Wilson in Toledo, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 2019. Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia (Wesley) Mikesell of Fremont, and Susan (Ron Wolfe) Leach of Jackson; sons-in-law Adrian Carlino of Carlos Paz, Argentina, Daniel Spaulding of Jackson; 3 grandchildren, Nicole (Jason) Adams, Justin Degregorio, Anthony Degregorio; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Karen Carlino and Kathy Spaulding, and one brother, Merle Leach.

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Lois Ada Marie Gibson

Lois Ada Marie Gibson of Brighton, Michigan, age 89 passed away Friday, March 17, 2023, at Trinity Health Hospital in Ypsilanti. She was born April 24, 1933, in Oceana County, the daughter of Earl Willard and Elizabeth Caroline (Boelke) Shirtum.

Lois graduated with a Bachelor’s of Education from Albion College and a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University. While raising her family, she and Harry fostered 5 children and hosted foreign exchange students. With her family raised, she continued her devotion to service by teaching the visually handicapped in the Detroit Public School system for 20 years, retiring in 1995. Spare time was spent taking their grandchildren on adventures in education. Lois was an active and devoted member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Eastpointe, Grace United Methodist Church in Chesterfield Township and Chelsea First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. For 25 years in retirement, Lois volunteered first at Corewell Health (Beaumont) Hospital in Troy and then at Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea where she served as President of the Auxiliary.

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