THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Marian C. Gruenstern
Issue Date: May 10, 2018
Marian C. (Hansen) Gruenstern, 104, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Rennes Health Care Center-East in Peshtigo.
Born March 4, 1914 in Stephenson, Mi., to the late Andrew and Caroline Hansen (Swaningson), she lived there her entire life until moving to Marinette in 2013. She married Norman Gruenstern on Oct. 1, 1932.
A stay at home mom, she was a good cook, baker and seamstress, loved to knit and crochet, made over 100 baby caps for Bay Area Medical Center and donated mittens and hats to Rainbow House each Christmas.
She enjoyed playing cards and board games and was a Stephenson Eagles basketball fan, attending games into her 90's.
She graduated from Stephenson High School in 1931 and was the last surviving member of her class. A lifelong member of Stephenson United Methodist Church, faith and family were important to her and she loved the Lord and her church family. She was active in church activities, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and was involved in Ladies Aid and the United Methodist Women.
She is survived by a daughter, Jeannette King of Hubertu; a son, Harlan Gruenstern of Escondido, Ca.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Norman; three sisters, Lillian Hansen, Edwina Nelson and Andrea Williams; a brother, Irvin Hansen; in-laws, Edward and Bertha Gruenstern; a son-in-law, Donald King; a daughter-in-law, Elaine Gruenstern and other relatives.
Visitation will be held at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson on Thursday, May 10 from 4:30 p.m. until time of a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, May 11 at the Stephenson United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Jim Mathews will officiate followed by burial in Stephenson Township Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Stephenson United Methodist Church or Mid County Rescue Squad.