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Mildred Alma Hedwig Rogner, 90

  Mildred Rogner passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital of Michigan; age 90 years.  Mildred Schreiner was born on November 1, 1925 in Frankenmuth, MI to the late Rudolph and Lydia (Schluckebier) Schreiner.  She was married to Arnold H. Rogner on July 12, 1947; he predeceased her on April 27, 2013. Mildred was the office manager of the family business, Rogner Oil Company.  She was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, a Charter Member and Past President of the Frankenmuth American Legion Auxiliary, and was the only Frankenmuth member to receive the State Woman of the Year Award, and also a member of the Farm Bureau Club.  Her favorite hobby was counted cross stitch.
  Surviving are four children and spouses, Larry (Karen) Rogner, Barbara (Robert) Wenglikowski, Sandra (Dale) Muehlfeld, and Robert (Linda) Rogner; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; three brothers, Roy (Marie) Schreiner, Carl (Mildred) Schreiner, James Schreiner.
  Mildred was preceded in death by sisters-in-law Vera Rogner and Virginia Schreiner.
  Funeral services took place on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. and St. Lorenz Lutheran Church with burial between services in St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Girls of Grace Ministry, or St. John’s Lutheran Media Ministry.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

Donna Bell (Shinners) Schwarzbek, 82

  Donna Belle (Shinners) Schwarzbek, age 82, passed away surrounded by her family on April 28, 2016. She was born on March 1, 1934 in Tiffin Township, Ohio, to Thomas and Caroline (Kammeyer) Shinners. Donna graduated from Stryker high school in 1952. On January 31, 1959, she married Robert E. Schwarzbek of Defiance, Ohio. Together they had four children. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and spending time with family and friends. Donna and Bob lived in Frankenmuth, MI until 1986 when they moved to Grand Rapids, MI to be closer to their children. Donna was a skillful quilter, making several treasured family heirlooms and cheerful baby quilts for charity. She enjoyed shopping for the quilting fabric as much as, if not more than, the actual sewing of quilts. 
  Her beloved husband of 57 years, Robert, passed away earlier this year. She is survived by her children, Stephen Mark (Mei Leng) Schwarzbek; Carol Siobhann (Ralph) Brendler; Craig Robert Schwarzbek; and Lisa Dianne Schwarzbek; and two grandsons, Nikolai Roman (Amie) Brendler, Nathaniel Paul (Ashley) Schwarzbek; and a great-granddaughter, Ella Grace Schwarzbek. 
  A memorial service was held on Monday, May 2 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association.

LaVelle Hammond, 92

  LaVelle Hammond went to live with the angels on April 12 at the age of 92. The daughter of John and Anna (Heartwell) Wenzig was born on March 27, 1924. She was the loving wife of Earl Hammond for 71 years.
  Surviving besides her loving husband Earl are her children Kathy Hammond, Rowlett, TX; John (Lisa) Hammond, Poway, CA; Gayle (David) Ward, Saginaw; Craig (Teresa) Hammond, Saginaw; Penny (Bruce) Malicoat, Frankenmuth; Gary (Rosie) Hammond, Clio; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Karen and a son, Earl, Jr..
  LaVelle loved being active. As a young woman, she taught tap dancing lessons and tap danced on the radio. Later she volunteered at List Elementary School, she served as a Den Mother, she was an avid member of the Frankenmuth Bowmen, she helped with Blessed Trinity‘s religious education and in her retirement years she led the exercise class at Horseshoe Cove. But above all, she was the best Mother, ever!
  She lived in Frankenmuth for 35 years before moving to Bradenton, Florida for 33 years. She returned to Frankenmuth for health reasons and to be nearer to her children.
  In accordance with LaVelle’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service was held. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Manatee Performing Arts Center.



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