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Gilbert W. “Gib” Weiss, 91

  Gilbert W. “Gib” Weiss, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully Thursday, November 30, 2017, at MediLodge of Frankenmuth with his family by his side; age 91 years. 

  Gilbert Weiss was born on September 2, 1926 in Frankenmuth to the late Ferdinand and Emma (Nuechterlein) Weiss.   He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1944 and enlisted in the United States Army, serving in France, Belgium and Germany during World War II. 

  He was previously married to Suzannah “Sue” Kilroy in 1948; she predeceased him in May 1981 after a lengthy illness.  He later married Henrietta 𠇎tta” (Wienberg) Weirauch in June 1982; she survives him. 

  Gib was co-owner of Weiss Equipment, retiring in 1996.  He was a lifelong member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Trustees and several other committees.  He was also a member of American Legion Post 150, served on the Frankenmuth Fire Department for 25 years and was active in Michigan’s Own Military and Space Museum.

  Surviving besides his wife are: his son, Terry (Ruthie) Weiss, Frankenmuth; daughter, Diane (Chuck) Slivensky, Hickory, NC; grandchildren: Chris (Barbara) Weiss, Randi (Billy) Watchorn, Rachel Raynor and Anna (Mark) Blevins, and many great-grandchildren; also, stepchildren: David (Betty) Weirauch; Dennis (Lynette) Weirauch; Tim (Cheryl) Weirauch; Tom (Patty) Weirauch and Anne (Ken) Brickel; several step-grandchildren and step-great- grandchildren and many cousins.

  Besides his parents and first wife, Gib was predeceased by his brother Ray and two sisters, Lenora and Anita (Rau) Rupprecht.

  Funeral services took place on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. and St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. The  Rev. Joel Kaiser officiated burial between services in the St. Lorenz Cemetery. 

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Media Ministry, St. Lorenz GRATEFUL campaign or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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


Arthur G. Nitz, 93

  Arthur G. Nitz of Sebewaing/Bach, died peacefully on November 25, 2017 at Covenant Hospital, Saginaw. For the past seven years he had made his home in Frankenmuth.

  Age 93 years, Arthur was born on May 25, 1924, on the family farm near Bach, to Gustave and Emma (Bachmann) Nitz. He was united in marriage to Inez M. Hercliff on January 17, 1948 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. They shared 61 years together until her death in 2009.

  Art attended St. Peter Lutheran School in Bach where he was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in the German language. During WWII he was sent to study agriculture at Michigan State College (MSU) where the motto was: “Keep 𠆎m fed.” He farmed his whole life working first with his father and then his son, and he was still involved with the stewardship of his land until his death.

  As a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bach, he served in many capacities, including Elder, Trustee, Cemetery Committee, LLL, Bible Study and choir. Within the community he also served on the board of Directors for the Sebewaing Co-op Elevator, Huron County Agricultural Advisory Board, Sebewaing Producers Dairy, Huron/Tuscola Artificial Breeders Assoc., Building Committee for Scheurer Hospital, Riverside Farm Bureau, Lions Club and Pigeon Men’s Chorus. Art loved baseball, hunting, reading and singing. He freely shared his firm faith in God with others and with the generations of his family.

  Surviving are his three daughters: Kathleen Faulkner, Grand Rapids; Kristine Kalis, Grosse Pointe Farms; and Karen (David) Volz, Frankenmuth; seven grandchildren: Sarah (Johnny) Key, Andrew Faulkner, Erika (Michael) Page, Elizabeth (Ken) Taylor, Amy (Aaron) Scott, Rachel (Todd) Solgat and Benjamin (Artisha) Volz; eighteen great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Grace (William) Hepburn, Betty (Dr. James) Burke, Dorothy J. Volz; and several nieces and nephews.

  Besides his wife, Art was preceded in death by infant son, Kraig, son, Keith, son-in-law, Fred Kalis and sister, Ruth Hornbacher.

  Funeral and committal services took place November 28, 2017 in Bach at St. Peter Lutheran Church and Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas Garrison officiating.

  Memorial contributions may be given to Lutheran World Relief, St. Peter Lutheran Church or the charity of donor’s choice.


Lorine M. Reinert, 93

  Lorine Margaret (Keinath) Reinert entered eternal life with her Lord and Savior on November 28 at the age of 93 years.

  Lorine was born at home at the Keinath family homestead in Frankenmuth Township to Richard and Anna Keinath. She was baptized into and attended St. Lorenz Lutheran School, where she graduated and was confirmed into the church on her birthday in 1938. She was a lifelong member of St Lorenz Lutheran Church, volunteering and contributing her time and talents to many church groups and activities. Her faith in God and love of family and country were at the center of her life.

  Lorine attended and graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1943, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. As a graduate during wartime, there were many more girls than boys in her class of 480 graduates.

  On September 26, 1959, she married Elmer Reinert. Together, they lived their entire life in the Frankenmuth area, raising four sons and emphasizing education and service.

  Lorine was a patriot, and was a charter founding member of the Frankenmuth American Legion Auxiliary in 1974 to honor those who served, and has been an active Legion Auxiliary member ever since. She served in leadership roles and led volunteer and fundraising activities to help those in need, including veterans at the VA Hospital and scholarship and educational opportunities for young women.

  Lorine was previously employed as a bookkeeper by Universal Engineering, and at Zehnder’s Hotel where she worked as a waitress, and in the gift shops. Lorine’s passions included family, baking, cooking, gardening and raising beautiful flowers, walking, and traveling. She enjoyed life and visiting all 50 states and taking multiple trips abroad.
  She is survived by her sons Tom (Josie), Tucson, AZ, John (Diana), Chambersburg, PA, Jim (Kimm), Royal Oak, MI and Tim (Kathy), Howell, MI and three Grandchildren (Ben, Lorena, and Jenna). She also is survived by sisters-in-law Lisa Reinert and Geraldine Reinert of Frankenmuth, Betty Campbell of Kokomo, IN, and Marlene Keinath of Rochester Hills; first cousins Wally Engel and Vera Kern of Frankenmuth, Marie Chapman of Dearborn, and Beatrice Kupke of Pinnacle, NC; and numerous Godchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
  Lorine was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Elmer, her parents Richard and Anna (Schreiner) Keinath, brothers Ottomar Keinath and Richard Keinath; brothers-in-law Richard Reinert, Henry Reinert, Edward Reinert, John Campbell, Walter Haubenstricker and Fred Keinath; and sisters-in-law Bonnie Reinert, Selma Haubenstricker, and Dorothy Keinath.

  As a memorial to Lorine, her family asks you to say a prayer and reflect on a special moment you shared with Lorine….and then smile.

  Funeral services took place on Saturday, December 2 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. and at. St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. The Rev. Shawn Fenske officiated with burial between services in St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Scholarship fund. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


Marion K. Faison, 89

  Marion K. Faison passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Wellspring Lutheran Services; age 89 years.  Marion Kueffner was born on November 14, 1928, in Frankenmuth to the late John and Margaret (Weiss) Kueffner.  She was married to Parker Ray Faison; he predeceased her in 2011.

  Marion was employed by Burroughs Wellcome as an administrative assistant until her retirement in 2011.  She was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

  Surviving Marion are her children: Margaret Mathews, Fuquay-Varina, NC;  and Parker (Kim) Faison, Santa Barbara, CA; grandson, Kyle Faison; brothers: Ed (Dorothy) Kueffner and Hank Kueffner.

  Besides her husband, Marion was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Kueffner and two brothers, Herb Kueffner and John Kueffner.

  A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 11am at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St., Frankenmuth. The Rev. Shawn Fenske will officiate.  Cremation has taken place.   Marion’s family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Saturday from 10am until the time of service.

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Wellspring Lutheran Services or a charity of donor’s choice in lieu of flowers. 

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



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