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Harold E. Harpst, 85

  Harold E. Harpst went to be with his Lord on Friday March 8, 2019 at Wellspring Lutheran Home, age 85 years.   Harold was born on August 17, 1933 in Alma, MI to the late Floyd and Lillian Harpst. He was married to Eileen Brinkman on October 8, 1955, she survives him.  Harold honorably served in the United States Navy from July 1954–July 1956.  He was employed by General Motors Truck and Bus for 38 years until his retirement in 1988. Harold was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

  Surviving besides his wife Eileen are two children, Rodney (Debra) Harpst, Birch Run and Lynn Fuller, Cadillac MI; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Meagan) Harpst, Jennifer Harpst, Grayson Fuller, Abbey Fuller and Joshua (Britainy) Harpst; three great grandchildren, Austin, Charlotte and Landon; one sister Erma (Glen) Tanner and many nieces and nephews.

  Harold was preceded in death by son Frederic Harpst, brothers Raymond Harpst, Homer Harpst and a baby brother; and sister Donna Jean Dowd.

  Funeral services took place on Tuesday March 12, 2019, at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. the Reverend Shawn Fenske officiated with cremation following. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church or Wellspring Lutheran Services.

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

 www.cederbergfh.com.

 

Arno O. Rogner, 91

  Arno O. Rogner went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Wellspring Lutheran Home; age 91       years.  Arno was born on October 6, 1927 in Frankenmuth, MI to the late Erwin and Edna Rogner.   He married Mildred M. Loesel on August 27, 1955 at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  She survives him.  Arno honorably served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Bavaria, Germany.  He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  He was employed by G. Heileman Brewing Company, the former "Carlings” Brewery, as an accountant for 33 years until his retirement in 1990.  Arno was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and served on various committees.  He belonged to the American Legion Post 150, Lutheran Laymens League and Frankenmuth Historical Association. He was one of the originators of the Frankenmuth Credit Union and also an original member of the Marv Herzog Band.  After his retirement he volunteered at Wellspring Lutheran Home for 11 years.

  Surviving besides his wife Mildred are three children, Daniel Rogner, Patricia (Steven) Block, all of Frankenmuth and Timothy (Deborah) Rogner, Dublin, OH; six grandchildren, Kevin (Kristen) Rogner, Eric Rogner, Jennifer (Justin) Warns, Scott (Melissa) Block, Carla Rogner and Anthony Rogner; four great-grandchildren, Serena, Gabriella, Alyssa and Jackson Warns; one sister, Evelyn Erndt, Birch Run and many nieces and nephews.

  Arno was preceded in death by brother-in-law Max Erndt and a nephew, Frederick Erndt.

  Funeral services took place on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth and at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  The Reverend Shawn Fenske 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, American Legion Post 150 or a charity of donor’s choice.

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

www.cederbergfh.com.

 

Thomas William ��ill” Varney, 85

  Bill Varney went home with his Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his home with family at his side; age 85 years.  Bill was born on April 16, 1933 in Bloomfield Township, MI to the late Clifford and Anna Varney.   He was previously married to Susan Bryson until she passed in 2005. He later married Janice Gerard on February 16, 2007; she survives him.  

  Bill graduated from Alma College. He taught the first graduating class at Frankenmuth High School.  He was employed by GM-EDS / Hewlett Packard for 37½ years until his retirement in 1993. Bill lived in Frankenmuth for 53 years and was very involved in many activities. He was a member of Frankenmuth United Methodist Church for 52 years. He was active in the Lions for 48 years earning the Melvin Jones Award and he took in almost 50 members under him.  He served on the Civic Events council, City Beautification committee for 24 years, City Planning committee for 26 years, was a crossing guard for 21 years, volunteered at a Volksläufe Aids Station for 40 years and was a Gideon for 24 years.  Bill received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Frankenmuth Rotary and the Herbert L. Keinath Award from the Frankenmuth Jaycees.

  Surviving besides his wife Janice are three daughters, Cynthia Ann (Steve) May, Jennifer Lynn (Glen) Thompson, Linda Sue (Brent) Velandra; step-sons Gar (LeAnn) Gerard, Kirk Gerard, Eric Gerard; grandchildren Daniel May, Emily May, Brian May, Matthew Thompson, Kyle Hauck, Blake Velandra, Aleah Velandra, Allie Velandra; step-grandchildren Megan Evans, Melinda Gerard, Grace Gerard, Samantha Gerard; siblings Doris McKenzie, Kate Sorensen and Doug Varney.

  Bill was preceded in death by his previous wife Susan, a daughter Debbie, a brother Rod Varney, a sister Carol McKee and a step-granddaughter, Jessica Gerard.

  Funeral services took place on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Frankenmuth United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mark Karls officiated the service, with burial in Frankenmuth Township Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Frankenmuth United Methodist Church, Gideons International, Frankenmuth Lion’s Club, Frankenmuth City Beautification, or Pulmonary Fibrosis Association.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at 

www.cederbergfh.com.


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