Recent Obituaries

Susan "Jean" Couchman

Of Grass Lake, Michigan, age 75, died peacefully Sunday, July 5, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born August 11, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Gerald & Blanche (Julien) Garrow.

Susan attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea.  She was a member of the Chelsea Senior Center.  Susan was a special needs bus driver for Dexter Community Schools for 30 years.  She was very active, and enjoyed camping, listening to music, and playing cards.  Susan liked to travel and spend winters in Florida with family and friends.  She enjoyed going to Native American pow-wows.

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Gwendolyn May Castro

of Ann Arbor, MI formerly of Wild Goose Lake, age 91, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Glacier Hills of Ann Arbor. She was born December 24, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Leona (Norris) Grayer. On April 7, 1942, she  married Coleman Martin Castro, Sr in Detroit, MI and he preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 2007.

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Rupert G. Otto

Rupert OttoRichard Rupert Grant Otto died on June 16, 2015 at Towsley Village Memory Care Center in Chelsea, Michigan. He was born May 3, 1919 in Bessemer, Michigan, the second of three sons born to C.A. Otto and Margaret E. Otto. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his younger brother, Donald.

Rupert joined the army in 1942. He married Alice Fretz of Newberry, MI on June 1, 1943. During the war Rupert taught for three years at Ohio State University, and was discharged as a captain in 1946.

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John Gottfried Skittenhelm

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 85, died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his home with his family at his side. He was born January 30, 1930 in Grass Lake, Michigan, the son of Walter J. & Norma Mary (Sluyter) Schittenhelm.
  John was a heavy equipment operator at Chrysler Proving Grounds, and was a member of UAW Local 1284.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany.   John loved to hunt and fish, and he especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren.

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