Arvilla Doris Hepner

REED CITY — Arvilla Doris Hepner, 92, of Reed City, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 21, 1922, in Reed City, to Albert and Alma (Gruett) Blank. She was raised in Reed City, attended Trinity Lutheran School and was a 1940 graduate of Reed City High School. Arvilla studied business at the Ferris Institute and was awarded an associate degree in business administration. In 1954, she was married to Karl Hepner, who passed away in 1970.

Over the course of her working life, she found work keeping accounts for various businesses in the Reed City area including the National Supply Company of Reed City, Ford Garage of Reed City and Nartron Corporation where she worked for more than 50 years and acted as its chief financial officer before her retirement. She was active in her community and found many ways to volunteer her time and energy. Arvilla served as a charter member of the Business & Professional Women Organization, a volunteer at the Reed City Senior Center, a member of the Reed City General Federation Women’s Club and was a founding member of the Great American Crossroads Celebration. She was a partner in the Pere Marquette Catering Company and loved to experiment and cook in her own home. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and loved to sew.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy (Carl) Ahlich, of Reed City; nephew, Bruce Ahlich, of Traverse City; and niece, Debra (Al) Remus, of Reed City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Alma Blank; husband, Karl G. Hepner; and brother-in-law, Carl F. Ahlich.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City, with the Rev. Robert Baerwolf officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at the funeral home.

A memorial contribution may be made in her name to either the Reed City Senior Center or to a charitable organization of one’s choice. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at