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Obituary for Wanalee Marie Hartel (Morell)

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

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