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Arnold Trinklein, 99

  Arnold went to his heavenly home on September 17, 2021, joining Irene, his beloved wife of 65 years. He was 99 years old. Arnold was born on June 24, 1922, to the late Eric and Agnes (Schreiner) Trinklein, growing up on the family farm and living in the Vassar area all of his life. He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Tuscola County for eight years and was the longest surviving male member of his 1936 St. Lorenz confirmation class. Arnold spent two years as an Army medic including service on a ship in Korea, before coming home to work for Baker Builders of Frankenmuth for over 40 years. He was a skilled carpenter, building and renovating many homes and structures in the area, including work at St. Lorenz Churchgrove and Camp Lu Lay Lea. Arnold was very proud of his eight years working with Laborers for Christ, building churches and remodeling buildings at Concordia College in Ann Arbor. He enjoyed woodworking, a lifelong hobby, building many birdhouses, furniture and wooden toys. All of Arnold’s children and grandchildren own one or more of his special projects. He built a roll-top desk which St. Lorenz was able to sell at auction. He also spent a lot of time tending his garden, especially squash and pumpkins, building jigsaw puzzles, enjoying Detroit Tigers games and collecting coins. He was a hard worker his whole life, not slowing down even in his later years. Arnold especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending their sporting events and celebrating occasions and holidays with them. He has left them with wonderful memories of their time spent together. Arnold was a devoted lifetime member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, continuing to attend services until his passing.

  Arnold is survived by one daughter and four sons; Marilyn (Terry) Lee, Saginaw, Tom Trinklein, Vassar, Dale Trinklein, Millington, Mark Trinklein, Midland and Gerald (Carla) Trinklein, Ligonier, Indiana. He also leaves six grandchildren, Nicholas (Cherie) Lee, Kailua, Hawaii, Megan (Christopher) Mendyka, Rochester Hills, Taryn (Dustin) Garwood, Troy and Bethany, Matthew and Daniel Trinklein of Ligonier; four great-grandchildren, Conner and Cameron Mendyka, Collins Garwood and Kailer Lee; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Rodammer, Frankenmuth and Irene Rodammer, Reese; and many nieces and nephews.

  Arnold was preceded in death by his wife Irene; his parents, Agnes and Eric; his brother, neighbor and best friend Gilbert Trinklein; three brothers-in-law, Otto Rodammer Jr., Milton Rodammer and Fred Weiss; three sisters-in-law, Elenor Trinklein, Lorraine Weiss and Edna Rodammer.

  Special thanks go to his son Tom, who made it possible for him to stay in the home he built almost 70 years ago. Also, thanks to Vicki Arnold, his home healthcare aide, whose devotion and kindness was very much appreciated by Arnold’s family.

  Funeral service will take place on Monday, September 27, 2021, 11am at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, 1030 W. Tuscola, Frankenmuth, Michigan. The service will be livestreamed at Pastor Joel Kaiser will officiate, with burial to follow in St. Lorenz Cemetery. Arnold’s family will receive visitors at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 on Sunday from 2-6pm and at the church on Monday from 10am until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church or Camp Lu Lay Lea.

  Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


Dorothy Louise Arlt, 84

  Dorothy Louise Arlt passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Covenant Cooper Medical Center; age 84 years.  Dorothy Cameron was born on August 23, 1937 in Detroit, MI. She was married to John Raymond Arlt in Southfield, MI on January 24, 1959, together they enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with their family; he predeceased her in 2003.

  Dorothy was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Birch Run. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1960, and then went on to George Washington University to receive her master’s in administration for higher education in 1975. Dorothy was an elementary school teacher in South Dakota, Michigan and Ohio, moving often as her husband John was in the Air Force. She spent many years working in nursing homes as a volunteer coordinator, and then as a nursing home ombudsman. Dorothy also taught bible school in many states across the country, was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, youth sponsor and a member of various advocacy boards.

  Surviving are daughter Pastor Sue (John) Trinklein, sons Fred (April Ayres) Arlt, Largo, FL, Rob Arlt, Vassar, MI; grandchildren James (Jess Butler) Trinklein, Seattle, WA, Wayne (Corrie Adams) Trinklein, Seattle, WA, Katie (Greg Ondrus) Trinklein, Lansing, MI; four great grandchildren Edison, Margot, Albert and Augustus “Gus” and many nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services will take place Saturday, September 25, 2021 at noon at Christ Lutheran Church, 8101 Poellet St., Birch Run, Michigan. Pastor Sue Trinklein will officiate with burial to follow in Blumfield Township Cemetery. Dorothy’s family will receive visitors on Friday, September 24 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin Frankenmuth, MI 48734 from 3-8pm and at the church from 11am until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Christ Lutheran Church.

  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

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