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Erna E. Janson, 100

  Erna E. Janson, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully with family by her side Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at New Hope Bay, Bay City; age 100 years.  Erna was determined to reach her 100th birthday because she knew it meant so much to her family to celebrate that special occasion with her! She succeeded in that goal in November, so as to not disappoint us all. After that celebration, and because her first priority was always her family, she talked about being tired and prayed for Jesus to take her home to heaven to be with her husband and granddaughter, Cindy Lee Houghtaling. Her prayers were answered.

  Erna was born November 20, 1919 to Herman and Alma (Steltzriede) Bender.  She married Albert Janson on July 3, 1938; he predeceased her on December 13, 1997.  Erna was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church Frankentrost where she was very active.  She volunteered at Wellspring Lutheran Home, was an avid euchre player and Detroit Tiger fan.

  Surviving are two daughters and two sons, Karen (Thomas) Keinath, Silverthorne, CO, Sharon (William) McCoy, Bay City, MI, Robert (Cathie) Janson, The Villages, FL, Mark (Valarie) Janson, Frankenmuth, MI; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

  Besides her husband Albert, Erna was predeceased by one granddaughter, Cindy Lee Houghtaling and three sisters, Noreen Bender, Viola Krauseneck and Arlene Roenicke.

  Funeral services took place on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Frankentrost, MI.  The Rev. Mark Loest and the Rev. Dan Wojtowicz officiated with burial in Blumfield Township Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Care Time Hospice, or charity of donor’s choice.

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

Karl Auerbach, Jr., 87

  Karl Auerbach, Jr. of Frankenmuth, MI (formerly of Southfield, MI) passed away peacefully Wednesday January 8, 2020 at St. Mary’s of Michigan; age 87 years.  Karl was born on September 20, 1932 in Harsagy, Hungary.  He was married to Maria in 1957, she survives him.  Karl was employed by GM and resided in Southfield, MI until moving to the Frankenmuth area in 1995.  Karl and Maria loved to dance and enjoyed dancing at many different venues.

  Surviving besides his wife Maria are two sons, Peter (Susan) Auerbach, and William (Heidi) Auerbach, both of Frankenmuth, MI; one grandson, Christopher Auerbach; one brother, Tony (Pat) Auerbach; one sister, Irma Wimmer and many nieces and nephews.

  Karl was preceded in death by two brothers, Steve Auerbach and John Auerbach.

  Funeral services took place on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, with burial in Frankenmuth Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church Frankenmuth.

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

Ellen Mae MacKay, 99

  Ellen Mae MacKay, age 99, of Vassar, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. In accordance with Ellen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be celebrated at 11am Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Martin Funeral Cremation & Tribute Services in Vassar, with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Ellen’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, from 9:30am until the time of service at 11am. Memorial donations may be directed to the Vassar Area Food Pantry. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

  Ellen was born in St. Helen, the daughter of Joseph and Irene (Lemish) Romansky. Raised on a dairy farm in St. Helen, Ellen was educated locally and grew up working on the family farm. At the local grocery store, Ellen would meet the love of her life, Robert MacKay. The two dated, fell in love and were united in marriage on June 6, 1939, in Clare. During the early years of their marriage, they would live in Harbor Beach before settling in Vassar, owning and operating MacKay’s Grocery Store for 35 years. Their marriage would be blessed with a daughter and a son, Nancy and David.

  After retirement, Ellen would go on to work for Melcheck’s Grocery Store in Reese. In her free time, Ellen enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing and most of all, spending time with her family.

  Ellen leaves to cherish her memory, daughter Nancy Colliday and son, David (Marilyn) MacKay; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth (Jack) Meyers; and several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; six brothers: John, Joe, Pete, George, Albert and Bob; and four sisters: Mary, Ann, Dorothy and June. 

  The family would like to extend a special thanks to Ellen’s caretakers, Garath and Chris Harris, for all their love and kindness.

George Hrit, 90

  George Hrit passed away peacefully Sunday, January 12, 2020, at his home, age 90 years. George was born on May 10, 1929 in Detroit, MI to the late Vasilie and Anna Hrit. He was married to Dorothy Skeen on September 17, 1949, she survives him.

  George honorably served in the US Marine Corps. He was employed by General Motors as an engineer for over 40 years and was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.

  Surviving besides his wife Dorothy are three sons: James (Karen) Hrit, Harrison Twp. MI; John (Kathleen) Hrit, Novi, MI; David (Susan) Hrit, Flushing, MI; grandchildren: Michael (Renee) Dusseau, Eric Hrit, Kevin (Lisa) Hrit, Monica (Nicolas) Forgione, Stephanie Hrit, Allyson (Dan) Clunis, Megan Hrit, Michael Hrit, Patricia (Schuyler) Ferguson and Rebecca Hrit; four great- grandchildren: Addison, Parker, Raylan and Carson; brother and sister Peter (Mary Helen) Hrit, Irene Jones-Spencer and many nieces and nephews.

  George was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathleen, one grandson, Matthew and five brothers and sisters.

  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 18, at 11am at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 958 E. Tuscola Rd., Frankenmuth. Fr. Patrick Jankowiak will officiate with cremation to follow.

  George’s family will receive visitors at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. on Friday from 4-8pm and at church on Saturday from 10am until the time of service.  There will be a Prayer Service on Friday at 7pm at the funeral home. 

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

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