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Joseph Keberlein, 92

  Joseph Keberlein, 92, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  Joe was born on July 12, 1927 to Alex and Rose (Gassman) Keberlein in Two Rivers. 

  He was a WWII veteran having served in the US Army Air Corps for three years.  On June 2, 1949 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carol Collar, and they celebrated over 70 years together. He retired from Prudential Insurance Company, and Joe enjoyed hunting, golfing and wood working and visits from family and friends in his free time. He also loved watching the Packers and the Cubs, and in his retirement, he also enjoyed driving the school bus. 

  Joe is survived by his wife Carol and children: Joseph (Mary) Keberlein, Jean (Charles) Follendorf, Kathy Neitzke, John (Lisa) Keberlein, Terri Walker, Greg (Debra) Keberlein, Randy (Kathleen) Keberlein, Tim Keberlein, Lori (Sam) Leith; grandchildren: Joe III, Kerri, Wendy, Heather, Heidi, Andrea, Michelle, Nicole, Tara, Heidi, Jennifer, David, Amanda, Kyle, C.J., Dustin, Ethan, Erin, Collin, Elizabeth, Christine, Brian, Jason, Jessica, Justin, Teagan, Lexi, Preston, Mike and Matt; great-grandchildren: Meghan, Jacob, Benjamin, Jessica, Samantha, Katelyn, Maddie, Hailey, Tyler, Nic, Hunter, Addie, Teejay, Owen, Austin, Riley, Dawson, Reece, Brody, Mason, Evan, Aidan, Jameson, Carly, Natalie, Logan, Amara, Leighton, Sylas, Dexton, Hartley, Willow, Hendrix, Madalyn, Olivia, Raegan, Elliana, Nolan, Morgan, Cameron, Lexi, Brooklyn, Jaxon, Dylan, Tyler, Tobias, Finnley, Jayden, Arabella, Maddox, Walter, Avery, Autumn, Aspen, Charli, and Samantha; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

  Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, a daughter, Cindy Keberlein, and his siblings.

  The funeral liturgy will be private due to the current restrictions.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.vvffuneralhome.com.

Frances Fischer, 89

  Frances passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at her home, with family by her side.  Frances Hecht was born on July 31, 1930 to the late Otto and Rose Hecht. She was married to Stanley A. Fisher on April 10, 1948; he predeceased her on October 15, 2001. Frances was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth which kept her faith strong and she loved her church family. She was an officer of the Saginaw Women’s Bowling Association for many years. Frances worked very hard in the restaurant industry all of her life.  She could quite literally make you 𠇍inner out of a dish rag!”  Work was always one of her passions but when work was done, she would happily take your money in nearly any card game you could play.  Her retirement was filled with her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events, many trips to the casino and perfecting her professional shopping hobby.  You would rarely catch her with a chipped fingernail or hair out of place.  She had a cleanliness standard second to none.

  While affectionately known as Grandma Fran to countless people only 10 were lucky enough to truly call her Grandma.  She was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

  Surviving are her children Barbara Fischer and husband William Leiteritz, Kathy (Allen) Roedel and Ted (Karen) Fischer.  She is also survived by one brother Donald Hecht and many special nieces and nephews.

  Frances was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl Hecht and Roy Hecht.

  A special thank you goes to granddaughter Hanna Ignash for years of going above and beyond taking care of her Grandma’s needs.

  Endings matter.  Not just for the person, but perhaps even more for the ones left behind.

  Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private service has taken place. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth.  Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

www.cederbergfh.com.

Erich W. von Behren, 89

  Erich W. von Behren, 89, of Frankenmuth, Michigan went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Erich von Behren was born on November 24, 1930 in Detroit, MI to the late Walter and Carolyn von Behren. He married Carol von Hoffmann on August 6, 1955 in New York City. A graduate of Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois, he went on to earn his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.  Erich served as the Director of Music at Evergreen Lutheran Church and School for several years in Detroit.  In 1968, he moved to Frankenmuth after accepting the position as Director of Music at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and School, where he worked most of his life.  In his “retirement,” Erich spent a few years working as the Director of Music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Saginaw.

  Erich is survived by his wife, Carol (married 64 years); four sons Erich (Barbara) von Behren, Centennial, CO, David (Andrea) von Behren, Commerce, MI, John (Glenda) von Behren, Falls City, NE and Paul (Sherri) von Behren, Dunwoody, GA; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  Erich was preceded in death by his brother, Werner von Behren and his sister Isla Schulz.  Erich was a wonderful and loving husband and father, a terrific role model for family and community.

  Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a private service will take place.  A future visitor/public celebration at St. Lorenz will be determined at a later date.  Burial will take place at St. Lorenz Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the St. Lorenz Church Music Department. 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

www.cederbergfh.com.

Mary Sue “Sue” Crawford, 80

  Mary Sue “Sue” Crawford, 80, of Frankenmuth, MI, entered Heaven on May 16, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.

  The daughter of the late Richard and Gertrude Gamble, Sue was born in Cleveland, OH.  She was preceded in death by brother Richard, sister Kathy and daughter-in-law, Lisa.

  She is survived by the love of her life, Howard, and together they raised their four children: Terry (Michelle), Grand Blanc, MI; Todd, Stamford, CT; Tim Frankenmuth; and Kelly, Lombard, IL. She was also blessed with four grandchildren, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Davis and Evan, whom she loved and adored dearly. 

  Also surviving are siblings John (Patty) Gamble, Rita (Chuck) Fricano, and Carolyn Gamble, along with many nieces and nephews.

  Sue attended Purdue University where she met Howard, and they wed on November 26, 1959 in South Bend, IN.  She received her Master’s in education from Central Michigan University.  Although she never taught, she had a strong passion for books and loved working and volunteering at libraries throughout her life.  You could find her playing bridge or mahjong for hours, studying genealogy and tracing her Irish roots or reading an historical fiction novel. 

  Her faith was of utmost importance to her, attending daily mass and serving 42 years of ministry to the altar servers at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.

  She enjoyed water aerobics and walking on her treadmill as she said her eight daily rosaries for her children and grandchildren.   Supporting her children and their various activities was the focal point of her life, and she put everyone else before herself.

  She was able to spend her final months at her favorite place, Daytona Beach Shores, FL.  She defied odds tackling one obstacle after the next, but in the end, God needed an angel.

  The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for all the prayers, cards and well wishes during these last few months. Sue was truly touched to listen to your encouraging words and to know that so many people were praying for her. 

  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service will take place at a future date in Frankenmuth. 

  The family requests in lieu of flowers consider a donation in Sue’s memory to the Lisa Foundation or The Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Endowment Fund.   Or, consider donating a book to your local library in Sue’s memory. 

  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.cederbergfh.com.

Daniel L. Mills, 64

  Daniel L. Mills passed away unexpectedly from a surgical complication, Saturday, May 9, 2020 at St. Mary’s Ascension Medical Center Cooper; age 64 years. Daniel was born on March 24, 1956 in Flint, MI to the late William and Thomasina Mills. He was married to Debbie Mills on June 5 (or 6, they could never agree), 1976; she predeceased him on November 30, 2012. He graduated from Frankenmuth High School. He was employed by General Motors for over 30 years until his retirement in 2014. Dan was devoted to his family and grandkids, made the best oatmeal cookies and steak, and was a connoisseur of good bourbon.

  Surviving are three children Mary (Matthew) Hayes, Sanford, MI, William (Rebekah) Mills, Howell, MI and Emily Mills, Birch Run, MI; three grandchildren Maxwell Hayes, Madeline Hayes and Luke Mills; two sisters Sue (Bob) Bielski and Holly (Jay) Pink; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

  Due to COVID 19 restrictions a private committal service will take place. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

  Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth. Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.cederbergfh.com.


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