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Marie M. Haubenstricker, 94

  Marie M. Haubenstricker passed away peacefully Friday, February 7, 2020 in Bluffton, South Carolina; age 94 years.

  Marie M. Aven was born on May 19, 1925 in Saginaw, MI to the late Frederick and Helen (Bader) Aven. She was baptized and later confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Reese, MI.

  She grew up on the family farm the oldest of five children.  During her high school years, she and her sister Arlene worked at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. She graduated from Saginaw High School in 1942. 

  Marie was married to Wilmar Haubenstricker on December 6, 1947; he predeceased her on October 8, 2015. Following their marriage, they resided in Saginaw and became active members of Redeemer Lutheran Church where Marie worked and volunteered in various capacities. In 1975 they relocated to Frankenmuth and became members of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church where Marie spent many years volunteering in the church and school office.

  Marie enjoyed singing in the church choir, playing bridge, loved reading, bowling, gardening and spending time at her cottage in Gaylord, MI.  She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren very much, especially playing cards with them.

  Surviving are four children: Kristine (John) Tye, Middleton, WI; Edith (Rick Finke) Natoniewski, Carbondale, CO; Kathryn Meyer, Bluffton, SC; Thomas (Anne) Haubenstricker, New York City, NY; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; four siblings, Arlene Frost, Frederick Aven Jr., Roy Aven, Donna (Eugene) Bremer and many nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services will take place on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:15am at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. and 11am at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Joel Kaiser will officiate with burial between services in St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery.  

  Marie’s family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-8pm and on Friday from 9:30am until the time of the prayer service.
  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s Association: .   Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

Donna Hodge, 90

  Donna (Kern) Hodge of Frankenmuth passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020 surrounded by family. Donna was born December 24, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Herbert and Gladis Kern of Port Huron, MI.

  Donna resided in Port Huron as a child and journeyed on to Eastern Michigan University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She taught at Armada and Peck prior to marrying Richard on June 27, 1953 at the First Methodist Church in Port Huron. Richard and Donna dairy farmed for 25 years in Sanilac County. During her years on the farm Donna served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, as a 4-H leader and was involved in Farm Bureau and church activities at the Marlette United Methodist Church. She also started and ran a successful home interior business from her home. Her homemade bread was always in demand and she grew amazing strawberries. After leaving the farm in 1979 they moved to Frankenmuth where she worked as a pastry baker at the Bavarian Inn and operated Bed and Breakfast at the Pines at their home on Ardussi Street for 15 years. Her guests at the Pines were always treated to her homemade baking. She was also involved with the Frankenmuth Herb Society and the United Methodist Church in Frankenmuth and was an ardent genealogist leaving many files and notes for future generations to enjoy.

  After retirement she and Richard enjoyed travelling and participating in elder hostels in the United States and Canada and trips to Scotland and Ireland.

  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard; three children and spouses, Linda (Jerry) LaLonde, Commerce Township, Douglas (June) Hodge, Lapeer and Patti (John) Ostermiller, Frankenmuth; three grandsons, Shaun Hodge, North Branch, Dr. Timothy (Andrea) Hodge, Lake Orion and Devon (Audrey) Ostermiller, Detroit and two great granddaughters Adelyn and Emilia Hodge.

  Cremation services were arranged by Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Frankenmuth United Methodist Church, 346 Vates St., Frankenmuth, Michigan. Visitation will take place on that date at the church at 10am with the service to follow at 11am.  In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the Frankenmuth Herb Society or the United Methodist Church of Frankenmuth. Interment will be at the Marlette Cemetery.

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

Mary Ann Monk, 76

  Mary Ann Monk went to be with her Lord Monday, February 10, 2020 with her children by her side, at her home; age 76 years.

  Mary Ann was born on June 17, 1943 in Saginaw, MI to the late Walter and Helen Wojewoda. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. She belonged to Blessed Trinity Catholic Church where she was active in many capacities. Mary Ann was employed by Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth for many years.

  Surviving are one daughter and three sons: Kevin (Teresa) Kulow, Palmer Lake, CO;  Mark Kulow, Trabuco Canyon, CA; Erin Monk, Grand Rapids, MI; Ryan (Natalie Nagy) Monk, Frankenmuth, MI; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one granddog and two grandcats; one brother Ray (Joyce) Wojewoda; and one sister Pat Mosher.

  Mary Ann was preceded in death by one son, Richard P. Kulow and one brother, Walt Wojewoda.

  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11am at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 958 E. Tuscola Rd., Frankenmuth. Fr. Patrick Jankowiak will officiate with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw, MI.

  Mary Ann’s family will receive visitors at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. on Monday from 2-8pm and at church on Tuesday from 10am until the time of service.

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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


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