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Elmer L. Reinert, 90

  Elmer Ludwig Reinert entered eternal life with his Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, June 17, 2017 (the day before Father’s Day) at the age of 90 years, just in time to be home for Father’s Day.   He is survived by his wife, Lorine (Keinath) Reinert after 57 years of a blessed marriage. Also cherished are their sons Tom (Josie), Tucson, AZ, John (Diana), Chambersburg, PA, Jim (Kimm), Royal Oak, MI and Tim (Kathy). Howell, MI; three grandchildren, Ben, Lorena and Jenna.  He also is survived by his sister Betty Campbell, Kokomo, IN; sisters-in-law Lisa Reinert and Geraldine Reinert, Frankenmuth and Marlene Keinath, Rochester Hills; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
  Elmer was born at home at the Reinert family homestead in Birch Run Township to Herman and Emma Reinert.   He attended St. Lorenz Lutheran School, where he graduated 75 years ago and was confirmed into the church on Palm Sunday in 1942.  He was a lifelong member of St Lorenz Lutheran Church.  His faith in God and love of family and country were at the center of his life.  
  Near the end of World War II, Elmer proudly enlisted in the US Army and served honorably for two years at Ft Sill, Oklahoma, where he earned the rank of Corporal.  He was a patriot, and joined the American Legion in 1966 to honor those who served, and has been an active Legion member ever since.   Elmer supported the Boy Scouts of America as a leader and mentor.
  On September 26, 1959, he married Lorine Keinath.  Together they lived their entire life in Frankenmuth, focusing on their family and raised four sons while emphasizing education and service.  
  Elmer’s passions also included gardening and raising beautiful flowers, playing cards, physical workouts, and traveling.  Elmer was previously employed by General Motors Steering Gear, and retired in 1989 with over 33 years of employment.  With his strong work ethic, he never fully retired from a life of work, as he continued working part-time in transportation services for the Frankenmuth School District, Zehnder’s Hotel, and Independence Village.   He enjoyed his retirement, visiting all 50 states and taking multiple trips abroad.
  Elmer was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Emma (Schiefer) Reinert, brothers Richard Reinert, Henry Reinert and Edward Reinert, and sisters Dorothy Keinath and Selma Haubenstricker, and brothers-in-law Richard Keinath, Ottomar Keinath, John Campbell, Walter Haubenstricker and Fred Keinath; and sister-in-law Bonnie Reinert.
  In memory of Elmer, his family asks you to say a prayer and reflect on a special moment you shared with Elmer….and then smile.  
  Funeral services took place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. and at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. The Reverend 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 the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

Nancy E. Piggott, 73

  Nancy E. Piggott went to be with her Lord Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Covenant Medical Center Cooper; age 73 years.  Nancy was born on July 8, 1943 to the late Edward and Evelynne Green.  She was married to John Piggott on August 6, 1966 in Kalamazoo, MI, he survives her.  Nancy was a member of Trinity Assembly of God in Mt. Morris, MI, where she taught Sunday School for many years.  She loved being a foster mother to all of her babies. 
  Surviving besides her husband John are son Bryan (Misty) Piggott, Charlotte, MI; daughter Susan Macomber, Sterling Heights, MI; two granddaughters Savanna Rinehart, Ludowici, GA and Lori Breslin, Lansing, MI; two grandsons Macsen Macomber, Sterling Heights, MI and Blake Hayes, El Cajon, CA; sister Jeannie Curtis, Lansing, MI and brother Jack (Teija) Green, Barre, VT.
  Nancy was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Frank Curtis.
  Funeral services took place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. The Rev. Bill Christensen officiated with cremation following.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Trinity Assembly of God, towards their Nursery Care.
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Lillian Bunjes, 98

  Lillian Ann Bunjes, 98, of Greeley, Colorado, passed away June 15, 2017 at Life Care Center of Greeley.  She was born June 14, 1919 in Frankenmuth, Michigan to Conrad and Ann Hecht.  She married Martin Bunjes in August 1940.
  Lillian was a devout Lutheran and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton.  She also worked at Zion Lutheran Church as a cook for the hot lunch program for 24 years.
  Lillian loved her family.  She enjoyed baking, sewing, embroidery, crochet and reading. She touched many lives and was loved by all who knew her.
  Lillian resided at Garden Square in Greeley and enjoyed many activities as well as the staff. 
  Lillian is survived by one son, Fred (May) Bunjes; one daughter, Mary Ann Crocker; five grandchildren, Jeanette (Eric) Strumpf, Tori (Nick) Fulweiler, Jaime Bunjes, Cydelle (Jesse) Klande, Cody (Nathan) Fuhol; 10 great grandchildren Tyler, Dillon, John, Jameson, Mercedes, Lillian, Jaydon, Corbin, Brandon and Kyson and several nephews and nieces.  Her parents, her husband Martin and a son-in-law James Crocker, preceded her.
  Funeral services were held June 20, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton, Colorado.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Jewish Health or Zion Lutheran Church in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.
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