Obituaries for the Week of 8/9/17

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Alice May Hadley

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Chelsea, Michigan

Passed away at age 78, Sunday, August 6, 2017 at her home. She was born December 31, 1938 in Salem Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan, the daughter of Louis William and Alma L. (Inglehart) Esch.

Alice graduated from Dexter High School in 1957.  She worked for Chelsea Milling for nine years, Ann Arbor Seed Co. for 16 years, and then Dapco for 30 years.  She was a hard worker all of her life, working full time until the beginning of this year.  Alice also worked on the farm, and enjoyed doing yard work.  She liked gardening, going to garage sales, and playing euchre at card parties. She also loved to listen to talk radio, especially WJR. Alice was a loving mother, and loved spending time with her family.

March 19, 1960, she married Richard Harry Hadley, and he preceded her in death on July 29, 1986.  Survivors include two sons, David Hadley of Stockbridge, Dale Hadley of Chelsea; two daughters, Susan Hadley of Whitmore Lake, Pamela (James “Scott”) Knudsen of Kaleva, MI; 9 grandchildren, Matt, Chasidy, Kenny, Richie, Sara, Ashley, Ricky, Tabitha, Jarrett; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, John Milan; sisters-in-law Carol, Norma, and Mary Esch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Nancy Harris; her brothers, Walter, Lester, Eugene, Ronald; her sisters, Margaret Guinan, Shirley Brassow, Betty Esch, Doris Esch, Dorothy Milan.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, August 12, at 11am at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with David Esch officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waterloo, Michigan.  The family will receive friends Thursday 6-9pm and Friday 2-4 and 6-9pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Carrie (Clemons) Nichols


Stockbridge, Michigan

Carrie (Clemons) Nichols, age 74, of Stockbridge, passed away August 4, 2017.

Carrie was born October 10, 1942 in Gage, Kentucky, the daughter of Bennie and Bessie (Rowe) Clemons.  Carrie was retired from Chelsea Retirement Center after many years of service.

Carrie is survived by her children, Ronnie James (Jody), Roy. Jr., Pamela Jean, Mary Ann and Sara Louise (Eric Collins); 17 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Faye Plum, Laura Mischler and Rev. Betty Hackworth; daughter in law, Sis Nichols; son in law, Ronnie Allen and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sharlene Allen; granddaughter, Savannah Thornsbury; great granddaughter, Izzabella Rose Clark; brothers, Boone, Scott, Charlie, George, Ishmeal, Ray and two infant brothers; sisters, Anne, Vicie, Kathy and two infant sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place at 1pm, Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from the Bunker Hill Church of God, 1267 Decamp Road, Leslie, Michigan with Rev, Betty Hackworth officiating.  Burial will follow in Fitchburg Cemetery, Stockbridge.  Visitation will be from 11am to 1pm, preceding the service at the church.

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David James Dunlap

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Stockbridge, Michigan

Passed away at age 75, Saturday, August 5, 2017, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Ellen Dunlap, and brother, Richard.

Dave is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Janice (Burcham) Dunlap, and three sons: Brian (Kim) of Gregory, John of Pinckney, and Bradley (Janet) of Farmington Hills. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Samantha and Madeline, brother, Ken (Donna) of Okemos, niece, Amanda (Peter Kahn) of Los Angeles, and Janice’s brother, John Burcham (Carla) of Sterling Heights.

Dave lived most of his life in Ann Arbor and Saline before moving to the Stockbridge area in 1995. He was a 1959 graduate of Ann Arbor High School and served with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. After returning home, he attended Cleary College where he received a B.A. in Business Administration and enjoyed a successful career as a Banker.

Dave was an active member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church and the Stockbridge Lions Club. He especially enjoyed family gatherings and rarely missed his granddaughters’ music and sporting events.

Dave and his wife loved to travel and took many vacations together, and with family and friends. Especially enjoyed were annual trips to the Upper Peninsula and the Smokey Mountains along with many cruises.

A funeral service will take place at 11am, Wednesday, August 9, 2017, from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dave’s honor to the Stockbridge Lions Club or the Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

Doris M. Case

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Lyndon Township, Michigan

Passed away at age 82, Thursday, August 3, 2017. She was born June 16, 1935, in Ann Arbor, MI, to John C. Schmid Jr. and Virginia M. (Steward) Schmid.

Doris married the love of her life, Leon F. Case, on April 8, 1961. Leon preceded her in death on May 4, 2016.

Doris retired from the Washtenaw County Treasurer’s Office in December 1994 after over 39 years. After retiring she was the Lyndon Township deputy clerk and prior had served on the Board of Appeals.

Doris loved working and helping others. She served as chair of the Washtenaw County Employee Retirement Committee for many years. She was a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Reserve Officer for over ten years, starting with the Sheriff’s Posse, and was especially proud of earning several marksman/sharpshooter trophies. She had been a Red Cross first aid instructor and a Girl Scout leader and co-leader with Leon. They went on many camping-canoe trips with the boys and girls.

Doris has special dogs she loved, especially her flat-coated retrievers Clancy, Stella, Zipper, and Ashley. Doris loved animals and especially enjoyed raising Paso Fino horses which she and Leon showed in Spanish attire. She showed her horse Quitobaquito and they earned top paint and many blue ribbons. Many trail rides were hosted and they rode in many parades in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Jackson, and the Kentucky Derby Parade. Doris and Leon traveled with their horses in the USA to shows, pleasure rides, and an endurance ride on a US Army base.

Doris was an adventurous person who loved nature and the outdoors. At the urging of Leon, she tried waterskiing, snow skiing, canoeing, swimming, riding horses bareback, hunting, painting by attending WCC art class, shooting competitions, fishing, and even running for political office once. Doris loved reading adventure, mystery, and science fiction books, cooking/baking, gardening, playing cards and games, target practice, canoeing, cruises, fishing, hunting, and later just watching the wildlife on their home property.

When her church lacked a priest, she attended classes to become an Episcopal priest at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church after serving as a lay leader, certified sermon preacher, deacon, and finally a priest. She loved singing in the choir and was also a supply priest for short time.

Doris is survived by a daughter, Susan M. Case Bracken; two grandchildren, Kyle (Katie) Bracken and Jessica Bracken; her great-granddaughter, Ella Bracken, and great-grandson, Julian Bracken; and her flat-coat retriever dog companion, Zipper.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; special grandmother, May Kolander Steward Pielmeier; and her husband Leon who told her every day that he loved her, even after 55 years of marriage.

A Memorial Service will take place at 11am, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at the North Lake United Methodist Church, Chelsea, with Pastor Todd Jones officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Lake United Methodist Church or the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.


Elsie M. Satterthwaite Hochrein

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Gregory, Michigan

Age 107, died peacefully Friday, August 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chelsea. She was born March 12, 1910 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Ernest John & Addie (Ortbring) Pfitzenmaier.

Mrs. Hochrein lived in the Chelsea area all of her life.  She was a member of the Covenant Church and the Chelsea High School Class of 1929. Elsie loved animals, especially her dog Shady.  She traveled extensively, in the U.S. and abroad. Elsie enjoyed doing needlework, which she called her “fancywork.” She loved to play card games, especially euchre.

March 31, 1932, Elsie married Leroy G. Satterthwaite, and he preceded her in death on June 21, 1980.

May 5, 1983, she married Robert Hochrein, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2002. Survivors include two sons, Duane (Judy) Satterthwaite of Rochester and Lee Satterthwaite of Chelsea; one granddaughter, Sheryl (Scott) Heyniger; one grandson, Scott (Toni Wong) Satterthwaite; and one great-grandson, Paul-Franklin Heyniger.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Edgar in 1913, and a daughter-in-law, Diane Satterthwaite.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, August 9, at 11am, from Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor Anthony Dickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea.  The family will receive friends before the funeral from 10-11am. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Church, 50 N Freer Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Josephine “Jo” H. Bennett

Chelsea, Michigan

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Age 94, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. She was born August 21, 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Edward H. and Marie Caroline (Schrempf) Merkel.

Jo was a faithful and active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, and was also a member of the Ladies of St. Mary. She worked at Rockwell in Chelsea for 37 ½ years, retiring in 1980.  Jo was a loving mother and caring person who worked hard all her life to support her family. She was known for her infectious smile.

Survivors include three children, John (Mary Hammond) Bennett of Grass Lake, Jody (Dan) Elliott of Gregory, William “Bill” Bennett Jr. of Grass Lake; three grandsons Austin (Lacy Pyrzynski) Bennett, Jeff (Amanda) Elliott and Todd Elliott; a brother; Edward Merkel; and two sisters, CeCelia Houle, and Marie Tiffin; one great-granddaughter, Mabel Bennett Elliott; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

A Funeral Mass took place Tuesday, August 8, from St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or St. Louis Center, 16195 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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