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Dorothy P. Bierlein, 96

  Dorothy P. Bierlein passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at her home; age 96 years.  Dorothy Schaefer was born on May 6, 1920 in Frankenmuth, MI to the late Bernhard and Johanna (Gugel) Schaefer.  She was married to H. Duane Bierlein on November 27, 1948; he predeceased her on April 6, 2006.  Dorothy was the first female employee of Frankenmuth Insurance and later worked at the Schnitzlebank Shop.  She was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, a Charter Member of the Treble Choir, and a member of the Missionary League and Quilt Club.  Dorothy enjoyed gardening, bowling for 60 years, traveling, card playing, and wintering in Florida with Duane and sister Irma and Harry List.
  Surviving are daughter, Barbara (Tom Dillon) Bierlein, Traverse City, MI; son, Randy (Tracy Weber) Bierlein, Frankenmuth, MI; two grandsons, Kyle (Katie) Bierlein and Craig (Kendra) Bierlein, Frankenmuth, MI; five great grandchildren, Owen, Maia, Brock, Bane and Bellamy; step grandchildren Caleb and Stephen Dillon, Katie and Carlye Hausbeck; sister-in-law, Elvera Welk, many nieces and nephews, and many dear friends Dorothy has accumulated through her 96 years.  Dorothy is also survived by her treasured doughnut, butterhorn and pretzel recipes.
  Dorothy was greeted in heaven by husband Duane; infant son Timothy Wayne; parents Barney and Hanna Schaefer; sister Irma (Harold) List; brother Elmer (Lorene) Schaefer; in-laws, Dr. Ahmed and Lucille Dardiri, Ossie and Millie Reindel, LeRoy and Jane Bierlein, Ray and Leota Hurford. Dorothy’s family wishes to thank Senior Home Care Solutions, Wellspring Hospice and Sue Bierlein for their compassionate care. 
  A celebration of Dorothy’s life took place on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, and at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Mark D. Brandt officiated with burial between services in St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Duane and Dorothy Bierlein Family Foundation or St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


Jason Richards, 40

  Jason Richards passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 unexpectedly in his sleep; age 40 years.  Jason was born on June 12, 1976 in Royal Oak, MI.   Jason graduated Valedictorian of Frankenmuth High School in 1994 and received his Bachelors Degree from Duke University in 1998.  He owned and operated McDonald’s restaurants in northern Michigan.  Jason served on the board of the Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities.  He was the Treasurer of  McDonald’s Outstate Co-op, and chairman of the Political Action Committee for McDonald’s.  Jason enjoyed golfing, skiing, bird hunting and had a great passion for Duke University basketball.  He loved gifting others with overflowing generosity and his force and zest for life were contagious.
  Surviving are his parents, Gary and Ethel Richards, brother Derek (Amy) Richards, best buddy nephew Rex Richards, his new little niece Brooke Elaine Richards, his grandmother, Elaine Richards, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
  According to Jason’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  Private family services will take place at a time to be announced later.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Ronald McDonald House in Lansing, MI.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


Marian F. Bauer, 89

  Marian F. Bauer, 89, of Reese, died unexpectedly, Monday evening, June 27, 2016 at Covenant HealthCare, Cooper Campus, in Saginaw, surrounded by her family. She was born April 24, 1927 in Blumfield Township, Saginaw County, daughter of the late William C. and Louise (Luebkert) Hack and attended St. Michael’s School. On June 3, 1945 she was united in marriage to Ruben B. Bauer in St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Richville. He predeceased her July 25, 2009. Marian was a homemaker all of her life and was the “right hand” to her husband working on the farm. She was a life-long member of St. Michael’s in Richville. Being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was one of the most important factors in her life. Spending time in Barton City, at the hunting property, and being with her girls as they shot deer or bear was one of the highlights of her life. Her other highlight was wintering in Davenport, Fl. with her husband and her special friends that she still kept in touch with.
  Surviving are her children and their spouses; Larry (Karen) Bauer, Vassar; Sandra (Gerald) Rodammer, Frankenmuth; Randy (Dawn) Bauer and Charles 𠇌harlie” (Terri) Bauer, all of Reese; 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Matt (Amy) Bauer, Ted (Megan) Bauer, Julie (Peter) Bender, Sally Heinzman, Angie (Jon) Bickel, Tony (Leanne) Rodammer, Shannon (Jennifer) Bauer, Chad  (Patrice) Bauer, Crystal (Jefree) Turrentine, Daniel (Kendra) Rummel, Kelly (Erik) Reinhardt, Adam (Katie) Bauer and 31 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers-and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Balzer and Dorothy Bierlein, Walter and Doris Bauer and Carl and Leona Bauer. In addition to her parents and husband, Marian was predeceased by her granddaughter, Jennifer Bauer, her great-granddaughter, Anjela Bauer, one brother, Ralph Hack, one sister, Sylvia Sebold, three brothers-in-law, Fred Sebold, C. Fred Bierlein and Ray Balzer and her sister-in-law, Irma Bierlein. 
  Funeral Services will take place at 11am Friday, July 1, 2016 from the St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Richville. The Rev. Rob Gadeken and the Rev. Wesley Gillaspie will both officiate with committal services to follow in the St. Michael’s Cemetery. Marian’s family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 9940 Saginaw St. in Reese on Thursday from 2-8pm and at the church on Friday from 10am until the time of the services. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Home Purpose Fund or the New Construction Fund.

Caroline L. McKeage, 84

  Caroline L. McKeage passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Wellsprings Lutheran Services; age 84 years.  Caroline DeSimpelare was born on January 26, 1932 to the late Fred and Elsie (Schultz) DeSimpelare.  She was married to Richard McKeage on December 6, 1953. He predeceased her on March 5, 2007. Caroline worked as a nurse for Dr. Brender and later for Dr. Shetlar until her retirement. She was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.
  Surviving are two daughters: Patti (Jack) Heyboer, South Dakota and Ann (Mitch Kipp) Lee, Frankenmuth and two brothers: Jack (Carol) DeSimpelare and Karl (Marilyn) DeSimpelare. Caroline has seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
  A private family service will take place at a later date. Cremation has taken place. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Media Ministry.
  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

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