By Lonnie Huhman,

Webster Township lost an important person on Aug. 17, with the passing of Carol Whitney.

She served the past 13 years as township treasurer.


The obituary on the Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel website said, “After a two and a half year battle with ovarian cancer, which she handled with resolute grace, Carol is remembered by her husband of 32 years, Lyle Whitney, her children Jennifer and Stephen (Molly) Whitney. She is preceded in death by her father Edward Pelka, and survived by her mother Irene Pelka, her siblings Ron (Betty) and Don Pelka and Monica (Mike) Tyler. She is also remembered by her sister-in-laws Lynne (Merri) and Nancy Whitney and her brother-in-law John (Donna) Whitney and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members.”

She was also remembered by the township board at its Aug. 20 meeting.

The board passed a resolution as part of its recognition of Whitney.

“Now therefore be it resolved, that the Webster Township Board of Trustees extends their gratitude, on this day of celebration of Carol Whitney’s life, for being an integral part of the Webster Township Family,” the resolution stated.

Township supervisor John Kingsley said Whitney was a great person and public servant. He said she did her job well because she was a stickler for detail. He said the township definitely has a family feel to it, so many are feeling like they’ve lost a family member.

“She will be missed,” Kingsley said.

Whitney served as township treasurer since 2006.

Her obituary said she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. She worked in the accounting field from high school to the time of her passing, and enjoyed every moment, and began her career at United Bank of Michigan in Wayland and worked a few other jobs until finding a special place as treasurer of Webster Township.

“She took great pleasure in her perfectly-balanced accounts and would always express her excitement over being able to work with numbers all day,” the obituary reads. “She volunteered her time and skills for many years as treasurer of Webster United Church of Christ.”

The role she leaves behind at the township will now need to be filled. It’s next up for election in 2020.

Kingsley said the township is accepting resumes from candidates with either an accounting, banking or bookkeeping backgrounds, and who is also a township resident. He said the deadline to submit a resume is Sept. 10 and the board expects to make an appointment by Sept. 17.

Resumes can be emailed to Kingsley at or dropped off at township hall at 5665 Webster Church Road


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