Recent Obituaries

Mary "Kendall" Kleis

Of Chelsea, Michigan.

Age 74, died on September 26, 2016 at University of Michigan Hospital. She was born February 5, 1942 in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of Harold F. and Eleanor M. (O'Keefe) Kleis.  Kendall received her Master's in Education and worked as an Elementary School Teacher before retiring. She was surrounded by many caring and loving friends who will miss her dearly.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, John Kleis.

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Paul M. Weber

of Chelsea, MI, age 77, died peacefully Monday, September 26, 2016 near his bird feeder at his home. He was born January 6, 1939 in Metamora, MI, the son of John A. & Flora M (Shipp) Weber.

Paul has lived in Chelsea most of his life.  He played football for Chelsea High School, and graduated in 1957. Paul enlisted in the Army. He was active in the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, where he served as custodian for many years.  Paul worked at the Ann Arbor Fire Department from 1968 until his retirement.  He was an active member and past president of Chelsea Lions Club, where he received the Melvin Jones Award and several “Lion of the Year” awards. Paul worked part-time for Ernst Electric. After retirement, he enjoyed going to coffee with his friends. He did a lot of woodworking and enjoyed farming, especially with his children.

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Mary "Karen" Knafl

 of Chelsea, formerly of Lexington, KY, age 78, died Thursday, September 22, 2016. She was born April 16, 1938 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of John Barkley and Lucille (Flaherty) Roche.  Karen graduated from High School in New Jersey. She worked at a bank before her marriage. Karen was a member of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Lexington, KY. She loved her dog.  On August 27, 1960, Karen married John Michael Knafl, and he preceded her in death in 2014.

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Phyllis W. Foster


of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ann Arbor, age 95, died Monday, September 19, 2016 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born March 12, 1921 in Bronson, Michigan, the daughter of William & Anna Eva (Semmelroth) Foster.      Phyllis graduated from Bronson High School in 1938, then Albion College in 1942, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  She attended the University of Michigan where she earned her Masters of Science in Biochemistry. She worked as a Research Associate for the University of Michigan (School of Public Health) and retired in 1986.  Phyllis was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, and helped start the memorial gardens there. She also served on the Ann Arbor District and Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she was the District President of the United Methodist Women, and chaired the Conference Board of Trustees.

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