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Our History... Founded in 1853 by Frank Staffan, the funeral home business has been passed down from father to son for several generations. The Mitchell family moved to Chelsea in 1981.  John Sr. and Gloria Mitchell bought the Staffan Funeral Home from George and Kathryn Staffan, ending a four-generation Staffan legacy.
About Green Burial Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home continues to be leaders in the industry. We are proud to offer biodegradable caskets, burial shrouds, environmentally friendly embalming fluid, and burial wash.
Memorial Keepsakes Who was this loved one? What were their passions, their beliefs? What did they like to do in their spare time? Who did they love and what were the gifts and joys they gave to us? A memorial should reflect and pay tribute to the person it commemorates.


In 2001 the Mitchell family moved the funeral home from the downtown district to its current location at 901 N. Main St. As one of the newest funeral homes built in Washtenaw County, the 8,000 square-foot barrier-free building is spacious and open. It radiates a warm, home-like atmosphere.

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Funeral Service in Stockbridge is provided by the Mitchell Family.  John and Gloria, and  son Johnny and his wife Cindy purchased the business from the Caskey family in August of 1995. In 2004 Mike Mitchell joined the business and now the brothers run the operation together.  Since 1995 the Mitchell family has been fortunate to carry on the tradition of care that had been set by the Milner and Caskey Families.

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Barbara Selwa

Barbara Selwa - Of Chelsea, Michigan, went to be with our Lord Jesus on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Barbara Yvonne (May) Selwa was born December 1, 1936 to Harry Norbert May and Alyis Jane (Hanaford) May in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She attended Detroit Business College. On April 22, 1961, Barbara and Michael Stanley Selwa were united in marriage in Redford, Michigan.

Prior to retiring, she worked as an office manager at Chelsea Internal Medicine, was a Ward Clerk at Chelsea Community Hospital, and initially worked in the office of Blair Trucking after college. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, volunteering for the Chelsea Lioness Club and Supporting Faith in Action. She also enjoyed playing piano, bowling, traveling, going on cruises, cooking, reading, sewing, gardening, and playing Scrabble/Words with Friends.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Michael S. Selwa, two sons, Michael A. (Kristin) Selwa and Matthew S. (Jenifer) Selwa, two beloved grandchildren, Mary R. and Michael P. Selwa; her sister, Nancy Doody, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Faith in Action of Chelsea, an organization that was very special to Barbara’s heart. FIA provides essential support to alleviate the effects of hunger and poverty for those in the Chelsea and Dexter communities. May the gentle spirit of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend know eternal peace and love from our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Funeral services will be held at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Oak Grove East Cemetery after the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.


0 #3 Michele Cloutier 2019-04-29 03:12
I'm so sorry matt and Jenifer. Matt your mom was such a sweet lady and will be missed. Hugs to you all.
0 #2 David Fox 2019-04-27 21:14
The Fox family extends prayers and blessings to the Selwa family on the homegoing of mother Barbara. May you find rest and comfort in eachother, Barbara's legacy living in you.
+1 #1 Janine Hartman 2019-04-24 16:47
Mike, I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Prayers and hugs to you and your family.

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