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Obituary of Mary T. Kremer
Mary T. Kremer
Age 92, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away September 23, 2018. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Paul Kremer; daughter and son-in-law, Eileen & Bruce Eldridge; daughter, Mary Alice Conn (Cleo) Cherryholmes; daughter-in-law, Cherie Kremer; granddaughter, Sara DuBois; and sisters, Eva (LeRoy) Cool and Alice (Bill) Lott.
She is survived by a brother, J.R. (Nancy) Ording, and four children David (Elayne) Kremer, Don (Cherie) Kremer, Ann (Robert) Hackler, and Joyce Malatinsky. She is also survived by grandchildren Matt Meers, Joseph (Merry Kay) DuBois, Christopher (Kristen) Conn, Isaac (Christine) Kremer, Michael Kremer, Scott (Shoko) Kremer, Karen Kremer, Mark Kremer, Colleen Kremer, Maggie (John) Diemer, Kelly Hackler, Katie Malatinsky, Leslie Malatinsky, and Ken Eldridge. She was also blessed with 16 great grandchildren.
Mary grew up in the farming community of Williamston, Michigan. She graduated from Williamston High School and worked as a medical secretary and in the office of Fisher Body; where she met the love of her life, shortly after the end of World War II, when Paul returned from the Pacific Theater, and after a 2 week whirlwind romance, he proposed marriage.
Mary was born to be a mother; she helped raise her brother, J.R., born when Mary was ten. She was very involved in raising her 6 children, and was a Girl-Scout leader, an amazing seamstress, and was involved in church activities at Holy Cross in Lansing, where she was president of the Alter Society and took an active part in Vatican II in the early 1960’s. She loved to dance and many weekends she and Paul were known to find a place with a good band and show off on the dance floor.
Christmas was always a much anticipated holiday where every year she would make gifts for her children and grandchildren. She adept at macramé, quilting and knitting and cross stich. Her work was spot on and amazing to see. These are gifts we will cherish forever and will be passed on to special members of the family.
Mary’s strong faith in the Catholic Church ruled her life. After losing two daughters, she would say that “their work on earth is done. God needs them in heaven”. When asked how she looked so amazing at the age of 92, she would reply, “God has been good to me” and He was! After 53 years at her home in the Waverly area, she moved to Delta Retirement Center, and with the help of her family, she was happy, especially with the company of “Dean Martin DVDs” and, her favorite, Tony Bennett. Mary was very proud of her Irish heritage (she traveled to Ireland twice) and loved the music of Daniel O’Donnell.
One of her favorite sayings was, “God willing and the Creek Don’t Rise” and a grandson added, “if that happens we will just get a rowboat and row”. She was so very interested in people, a great listener and loved to “chat”. Every night she had so many requests for prayers that she would often fall asleep saying her prayers.
Mary was an amazing woman and will be missed by many. We will never forget her kindness, generosity, and sense of humor, which has been passed down to three generations.
Visitation is from 2-4, 6-8 P.M. with a 7:00 P.M. Rosary Tuesday, Sept 25, in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Funeral Liturgy is 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Lansing, with Fr. Vincent Richardson presiding. Viewing will be from 9:30-10:30 A.M. Wednesday at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Covenant House New York, 460 West 41st Street, New York, NY 10036-6801. The complete obituary and guest book is available at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com