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Wanalee Hartel

Wanalee Marie Hartel (Morell)

Friday, May 26th, 1933 - Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
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86, of Cass City died following a brief illness Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Courtney Manor, Bad Axe. She was born May 26, 1933 in Cass City to Cletus and Leona Mae (Hawksworth) Morell. She married Donald Lorn Hartel June 6, 1953 in Cumber. He died March 25, 2012.

Wanalee graduated from Cass City High School. She was a stay at home mother and raised her children. Years later, she worked as a cook and dietitian for Huron Memorial Hospital for over twenty years until retiring at age 71. Wanalee made special homemade dishes for the doctors and was known for her delicious soup. She loved gardening, canning and fed the entire neighborhood with her vegetables. Wanalee enjoyed time spent with family and friends. She was skilled at sewing and made many baby blankets. Wanalee was an active member of Mizpah Missionary Church in Cass City where she helped with funeral luncheons and many fundraisers. Don and Wanalee would spend Sundays driving to Port Huron to watch the ships, enjoy lighthouses and visiting friends along the way.

Wanalee is survived by her children: Scott (Amy) Hartel of Cass City; Dyanna (Jay) Bismack of Minden City; Connie (Rick) Hollis of Cass City; Beth Vincent of Marion, OH; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; brother, Butch (Joanne) Morell of Cass City; sister, Carol Ann (Bill) Green of Rochester Hills. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters: Barb, Donna; brother-in-law, Stan.

Funeral service held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City with Pastor Dale Bullock of Mizpah Missionary Church, Cass City officiating. Interment in Elkland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Revive Ministries or Mizpah Missionary Church. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 1:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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    Pastor Dale Bullock
  • Interment

    Elkland Township Cemetery
    6897 E. Cass City Road
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Reception

    Mizpah Missionary Church
    4631 N. Van Dyke
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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Theresa Welby

Posted at 09:44am
Wan, my good friend and neighbor of sorts , our last conversation at Your sale ,I said I would stop and see You if I was in Bad Axe and I never made it up there , but I want to remember You as You were that day I bought Your table the table will stay at your once called home on Sherman St, Your gonna be missed everyday , may You and Aunt Barb catch up on all the gossip and news that was missed while Yous were apart , To the Children , so sorry she left so soon my Prayers and thoughts are with You all and She will be missed ,,,,,Theresa Gibbard Welby

Barbara Taylor

Posted at 06:32pm

I was so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. It is so hard to lose a Mom. Wishing you strength in the days and weeks ahead to get through this difficult time. Hope you can smile at the stories and memories that you hold dear and that the family will share together. Thinking of you and sending prayers to you, Chance and Cammie, Dyanna and Jay and the rest of the family,

Barb Taylor

Scott & Kim

Posted at 02:47pm
We are thinking about you... Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Posted at 07:10am
Our thoughts & prayers are with your families thru this most difficult time of your loss. Bob Hord & Denise Martin
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Sandra Widdis

Posted at 07:15pm
What a wonderful lady! I know she must have thought, "Won't that kid ever stay in her own yard?" Nope, the fun was in yours!
Praying for all of you. I'm so grateful that she was part of my childhood and that you all were. I still remember your grandmother coming over with HUGE bowls of popcorn to share. Oh, to go back to when our parents had all the problems and we just had time to play.
God bless you all,
Sandy (Pallas) Widdis

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