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Esther M. Hartwig, 97

  Esther joyfully went to be with her Lord Thursday August 18, 2016 at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Frankenmuth; age 97 years.  Esther Rook was born on May 27, 1919 in Lapeer, MI and was baptized by her father the late Rev. Conrad Rook on June 22.  She was the eldest daughter of Rev. Conrad A. and Ella (Gallmeyer) Rook.   Esther lived in Lapeer and Traverse City before moving with her family to Battle Creek in 1929.  Esther and Richard T. Hartwig were married on June 18, 1944. After World War II they moved to Marquette where they lived for over 28 years.  Her home and Redeemer Lutheran Church were very important in her life.  In 1977 leaving behind many dear friends and long winters in the UP, Esther and Rick moved to their retirement home in Frankenmuth.  She was an active volunteer for the Lutheran Home Auxiliary, Bethesda Thrift Store, LWML and St. Lorenz bookstore. For the last six years she has been a Wellspring resident.
  Surviving are sons Richard T. (Terry) Hartwig II, Marquette, MI, James C. (Judy) Hartwig, Frankenmuth, MI; daughter Carol J. Leverett, Milton, WI; sister Marilyn Bernthal, Frankenmuth, MI;  sister-in- law Dorothy Rook, Florida; grandchildren Timothy (fiancée Jayme) Hartwig,  Denver, CO, Todd (Rose) Hartwig,  Portland, OR, Julie (Kevin) Karpes,  Milton WI, Matthew (Holly) Leverett, Marysville, OH; great grandchildren Gavin and Troy Hartwig, Gracie, Michael and Rebecca Karpes, and Lauren and William Leverett.
  Esther was preceded in death by her dear husband Rick, brothers Arnold and Wilfred Rook, and sister Ruth Meckes.
  Funeral services took place on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. and at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Joel Kaiser officiated with burial between services in St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Foundation, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marquette, MI, or Wellspring Lutheran Services Auxillary of Frankenmuth.
  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

Joanne Harms, 74

  Joanne, Mom, Grandma, Joje, and Rosie Posie, Joanne Patricia Harms was known by many names and loved by all who were blessed to know her.  
  Born on May 16, 1942 to Warren and Patricia Robinson, Joanne was a devoted wife, proud mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved crafts, ceramics, painting and helping others. Family was always the most important thing in the world to her. As the eldest of nine children (Joanne, Janet, Jim, John, Jeff, Joe, Jennifer, Jerome and Jill), Joanne learned how to be nurturing and kind - caring for her siblings at an early age. Compassion and love grew as she volunteered as a candy-striper in high school and later as scout leader, team mother, school volunteer and member of Eve's Circle at Frankenmuth United Methodist Church. Joanne epitomized 'service with a smile' in every job she ever held at Bronner's, Bavarian Inn and Frankenmuth Jellystone Park. She was also a talented artist (ceramics, stained glass and painting).
   Joanne left this world to be with her Lord and Savior on August 18, 2016. Hers was much more than a life well-lived. It was a life well-loved. Her memory lives on through her devoted husband of 55 years Richard Harms Sr., daughters Kimberly (Tim) Robinson, Wendy (Dave) Klein, son Richard (Angela)Harms Jr. and grandchildren Trevor, Danielle, Cole, Andrew, Allison, Tiffany, Laura, Katie, Josh and Rachel, and great grandchildren Gavynn and Beckham.
  A viewing will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10-11am at Frankenmuth United Methodist Church. A service will be held immediately afterward, followed by a luncheon at the church. To leave memories and condolences via website, please visit In lieu of flowers - those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to the Dr. Vaibhav Sahai Research Fund c/o the University of Michigan Cancer Center. All donations are tax deductible and should be listed in Joanne Harms' name.

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