Obituaries for the Week of 7/26/2017

Charles Russell Wilcox

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At age 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 21, 2017. He was born to Deeo and Frances Wilcox in February 1928. After graduating from Dansville High School, he worked on the farm with his father.

December 2, 1950, Charles married Arlyle Miller and together they raised four children on the family farm where Charles was born and raised. He was an active lifelong member of Millville United Methodist Church. Charles also served on Farm Bureau, Farm Credit and Soil Conservation boards.

Charles is survived by his children: Linda Wilcox of Pasadena, California, Gary (Emily) Wilcox of Dansville, Peggy (Richard) Raftery of Dansville, and Beth (Melvin) Gleason of Dansville; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Greeta Powell of Okemos; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Arlyle, three sisters: Hazel Townsend, Viola Walker, and Joyce Balmer, and grandson Gary Dee Wilcox.

A funeral service will take place at 11am, Thursday, July 27, 2017, from Millville United Methodist Church, Stockbridge, with Rev. Jeremy Wicks of Traverse City officiating. The family will receive friends at the Millville United Methodist Church, Stockbridge, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Private burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Dansville.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Millville United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge.


Edward A. “Tony” Barth

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Chelsea, Michigan

At age 78, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. He was born February 3, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Edward V. and Vera M. (Ackfeld) Barth.

Edward was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1959 to 1973. He had lived in the area since 1974 and worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Ann Arbor for 25 years. He enjoyed attending classic automobile shows and air shows, working on classic cars, collecting stamps and coins, and had a love for history and family genealogy.

December 31, 1960, he married Barbara Ann Polete in Granite City, Illinois, and she survives. Also surviving are four children: Stephen (Michelle) Barth of Ann Arbor, B. Kathleen Barth Hirth of Taylor, Patrick Barth of Ann Arbor, and David (Sarah) Barth of Dexter; seven grandchildren: Heather (David), Katrina, Hans, Julie, Amber, George, and Oliver; his siblings: Cheryl O’Neal of St. Louis, Peter (Jean) Barth of St. Louis, and Kathy (Richard) Bryant of Utah; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mass took place July 21, 2017, from St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home of Chelsea.


Eunice B.  White

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Chelsea, Michigan

Passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at her home at the age of 95. She was born May 7, 1922 in Dexter, Michigan, the daughter of Watson and Erma (Thomas) Hart.

Eunice graduated from Chelsea High School and was named Valedictorian of the class of 1940. Upon graduation from Cleary Business College in 1941, she embarked on a varied career, including working as the secretary to the Director of the YMCA, Ann Arbor, accounting at the University Hospital, Ann Arbor, executive secretary to five doctors at the Chelsea Medical Clinic, to office manager, executive secretary, and assistant Treasurer for Fortune Industries, Chelsea. In 1969, she was named to the roster of “Who’s Who of American Business Women”.

December 12, 1942, she married Roland A. White in Chelsea and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2008.

Survivors include her children, a daughter Sandra McClear of Chelsea, and a son John (Leone) White of Okemos; three grandchildren, Audra (Daniel) Lungo of Chelsea, Andrew (Susan) White, of Columbia, Illinois, and Laura White of Chicago, Illinois; three great-grandchildren, Sean Lungo, Cassandra Lungo, and Carson White.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son-in-law, Michael McClear, and a brother, Olen Hart Sr.

A private burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chelsea, or Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.


Therese A. “Terri” DeBottis

Chelsea, Michigan

At age 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 21, 2017. She was born March 17, 1943, to Louis and Rachael (Therrien) Bernier, and was the youngest of five children.

Terri was the “Jackie”-of-all-Trades – she raised and showed dogs and horses; owned and operated the New Hudson Feed Mill; built computers and motherboards; and loved NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt “3” and Junior “88”.

After retiring, Terri became very active in the Chelsea Senior Citizens Activity Center, helping with fundraisers, Bingo, and teaching in the stained glass class as well as the Immanuel Bible Church.

She is survived by her children: Patrick (Deanne) DeBottis and Wendy (Christopher) Amell; three grandchildren: Dahne DeBottis, Christina Amell, and Kourtney-Chloe DeBottis; sister, Marie Pinter; sister-in-law, Judy (Bill) Clough; several nephews and nieces; and her numerous friends.

A celebration luncheon will take place at the Chelsea Senior Citizens Activity Center at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Senior Citizens Activity Center at 512 Washington Street, Chelsea, MI 48118.








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