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Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:15 p.m.

Chelsea community leader and business owner Joseph Merkel dies at 66

By Ben Freed

Editor's note: The date of the funeral has been corrected.


Joseph Merkel

Former Chelsea village council member Joseph Merkel died Friday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, according to a report in the Chelsea Update. Merkel, who also owned Wolverine Food & Spirits, was 66 years old.

Many Chelsea community leaders recalled Merkel’s involvement in the community and commitment to helping others.

Burial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at St. Mary Catholic Church at 11 a.m.

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Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:06 a.m.

John was a very generous man. A fine host. A real straight shooter! John will be missed by the community.

Susie Q

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 9:15 p.m.

Mr Merkel will be missed. He was a generous supporter of the community. Often catering charitable community events.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 7:31 p.m.

I usually don't comment on some mistakes in articles but today is the 21st and Wednesday is the 23rd. Just trying to help and not being critical.

Julie Baker

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 7:35 p.m.

Thank you. That's fixed.