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Gary E. “Mac” McClellan, 74

  Gary E. “Mac” McClellan, 74, of Frankenmuth, passed away on Sunday, June 28 at his home in Frankenmuth.

  Gary was born on December 6, 1940 in Detroit to Wilbur A. McClellan and Charlotte (Kummer) McClellan.

  A proud fourth generation East Detroiter, Gary graduated from Austin Prep High School and went on to earn a degree in marketing with a specialty in accounting and business from the University of Detroit.

  He put his degree to work quickly as he started an entrepreneurial career that would span five decades. He established fudge and candy stores along with several business properties that would stretch from Sault Ste. Marie to Frankenmuth and beyond.

  Gary approached each day of his business career with the same tenacity that he would display on racquetball courts across the state earning him a men’s class A State Racquetball Championship. He loved to watch, play, and debate a sport of any kind.

  While his business achievements were many, he was most proud of his family with wife Carol, who survives him.

  Gary married Carol Kinney on June 16, 1967 in Sault Ste. Marie and this started a 48 year partnership of hard work and great times with family and friends alike.

  Also left with great memories of Gary are his children, their spouses, and grandchildren. They include daughter, Abby (Matt) Curtis, Frankenmuth, with children Sheila, Timothy and Ann; daughter, Ginger (John) Medrick, Telluride, CO., with sons Odin and Ryker; daughter, Jaami (Tony) Rutledge of Newnan, GA., with daughters Ariaana and Gabriella. Son, Zak (Korina) McClellan, Frankenmuth.

  Other survivors include Gary’s sister, Lynn Hock; brother, Mike McClellan and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends that will surely miss his warm smile and lively conversation.

  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday July 3, 2015 at 11am at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 958 E. Tuscola St., Frankenmuth. Fr. Robert Byrne will officiate with burial in Blessed Trinity Cemetery.

  Family and friends are invited to a Rosary on Thursday July 2, 2015 at 3pm at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. Gary’s family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday following the Rosary to 8pm and at church on Friday from 9:30am until the time of service.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Mary’s Catholic School, Sault Ste. Marie, MI.; McClellan Family Endowment Fund at Lake Superior State University; or the German American Partnership Program through Frankenmuth High School.

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


Louise E. Kueffner, 98

  Louise E. Kueffner was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Frankenmuth; age 98 years.

  Louise Huber was born on August 18, 1916 in Saginaw. She was married to Adolph Kueffner  on October 5, 1934 They had been married for 69 years until his death on March 17, 2004. Louise was a lifelong,  faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Frankentrost and a member of its’ Ladies Aid.  She enjoyed Knitting, bowling and card playing.

  Surviving are two sons, John (Betty) Kueffner, Saginaw; and Fred (Loraine) Kueffner, Poinciana, FL; grandchildren, Kim (Jill) Kueffner, Luanne (Phil) Haubenstricker, Keith (Diane) Kueffner, Gail (Michael) Haw, Troy (Gina) Kueffner, Jill Hoskins; 10 great grandchildren, Justin (Jessica), Chelsea, Aaron, Beth, Kayla, Cody, Daniel, Michaela, Jonah, Alex; two great great grandchildren, Evelyn and Madison; two sisters-in-law, Martha Reinhardt and Elizabeth Trinklein.

  Louise was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert Huber and Elmer Huber; two sisters, Edna Moll and Esther Patrick.

  Funeral services took place on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Frankentrost.  The Rev. Mark Loest officiated with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Charity of Donor’s Choice.

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


Lillian L. Mueller, 79

  Lillian L. Mueller went to her heavenly home on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Covenant Healthcare Saginaw; age 79 years.  Lillian Lenora Stern was born on January 1, 1936 to the late Elmer and Lenore Stern.

  She was married to Albert Mueller on October 15, 1955; he preceded her in death on November 7, 2008.  Lillian was baptized and confirmed at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and was a member of the Lutheran Missionary Guild.  Lillian was employed with Zehnder’s Restaurant for many years.

  Surviving are three children, Randy Mueller (Mike Downey–Life Partner) Warren, MI.; Debra (Chris) Newbold Clio, MIl; Larry (Carole) Mueller Traverse City, MI; four grandchildren, Jason Newbold (fiancée Sheila Ford) Flushing, MI.; Jena (Derrick) Howe Flushing; Emilee Mueller and Nicholas Mueller of Traverse City; sister Shirley Kolberg, brother Eugene (Arlene) Stern, sisters-in-law Jessie Mueller, Linda (Otto) Bierlein, brother-in-law John Haines, and many nieces and nephews.

  Besides her husband Albert, Lillian was preceded in death by her sister Lorine Haubenstricker, sister-in-law Esther Haines, brother-in-law Clarence Mueller, brothers-in-law Carl Haubenstricker and Curt Kolberg.

  Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 4pm at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St.  Rev. Caleb Adams will officiate.  Cremation has taken place.

  Lillian’s family will receive visitors on Wednesday at the funeral home from 11am until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church or Charity of Donor’s Choice.

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


Howard Reitz, 92

  Howard William Reitz, age 92, died Sunday, June 14, 2015 at his home in Frankenmuth. Howard was born on December 6, 1922 in Detroit, the son of Henry and Frieda Reitz.  

  He was a graduate of Hazel Park High School.  He received his Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from Valparaiso University and served in the U.S. Army in WWII. 

  He married Katharine Smith of London, Ontario, on December 28, 1957.  A former resident of Royal Oak, he was very active at St. Paul Lutheran Church and then joined St. Lorenz when he moved to Frankenmuth in 1984.  He retired from Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance after 36 years of service. 

  Howard is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, David (Sue) Reitz; daughter, Julie (Bruce) Colasanti and grandchildren Pete, Kate, Christine, Alex and Tricia.  

  A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 12435 Holly Rd, Grand Blanc, MI. on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 10am.  Friends may visit at the church beginning at 9:30am.  A Committal Service will be held in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly at 11:30am.

  Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran in Royal Oak, MI are appreciated.

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