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Marie Ann (David) Saunders


Marie A. (David) Saunders, 76, a resident of Chassell, passed away Wednesday June 28, 2017, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor following a short illness.

She was born on May 5, 1941, in Marquette, MI.  A daughter of the late William and Bertha (Tyrvainen) Luusua.  She was raised in Chassell and was a graduate of the Chassell Schools.  She also received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University.

Marie was proud to of been one of the founding professors in the Nursing program at Soumi College.  She then moved to Indiana where she had worked at various hospitals until retiring in 2008, and moving back to make her home in Chassell.

On June 22, 2001, she was united in marriage to David Saunders.

Mrs. Saunders was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell, where she was active with the Quilters of the Church and loved to sing.  She also loved to care for her family, baking, cooking, working on recycled mittens, sewing and knitting.  She also enjoyed working in the vegetable and flowers gardens at her home.

Preceding her in death were her son Michael Lahti and her parents.

Surviving are:

Her husband David Saunders of Chassell

Her children: Mark (Jeanne) Lahti of Baraga

Jill (Terry) Buchholz of Cleveland, TN

Robert (Tonda) Lahti of Daggett, MI

Heidi (Clint) Sutton of Chassell

19 Grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren

Her sisters and brothers:

Betty (George) Uuro of Chassell

Gloria Kanerva of Brampton, MI

Donald (Sue) Luusua of Wilson, MI

Carol (Jeff) Warning of Nobelsville, IN

Janet (Fred) France of Midland, MI

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

A memorial service for Marie will be held 11 AM Monday July 3, 2017, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell with Rev. Joe Iverson to officiate.

Friends may call on Monday July 3, 2017, from 10 am until time of services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell.

To view Marie’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.

The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Home of Chassell is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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