GRAND RAPIDS — Marion H. Kienitz, 97, died peacefully early Saturday morning, June 7, 2014.

She was a resident at The Woods at Maple Creek, in Grand Rapids, for almost a year before going to the Skilled Care Center at Clark Retirement Community on May 29, 2014.

Marion was born on April 15, 1917, in Reed City, to Edward H. Kienitz and Mathilda Brieschke, and graduated from Reed City High School in 1936. She worked in a dental office for many years as well as a sales clerk at the original Jacobson’s store in downtown Reed City.

Her family, friends and neighbors will remember her gracious demeanor and her vibrant laugh. She loved to tell little stories about her family and the children of her nieces, nephews and neighbors. The Franklin Avenue family home where she and her siblings were born and raised was always a warm and welcoming place.

She was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she participated in many women’s groups and activities. She lived her faith every day of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and all of her siblings – brothers, Elton, Frank, Hilbert, Hartwin, Marold, and Carl Kienitz; and sisters, Clara West, Sela Armstrong, Wilma Taylor and Ruth Kienitz.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren.

The family thanks Pearl Lopez, Tamie Deer and Karen McCullum for their loving care while she lived at home in her later years, the staff at The Woods at Maple Creek, the staff at the Skilled Care Center at Clark and to the team from Spectrum Health Hospice. Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to a Hospice of your choice.

Graveside interment will take place at 4 p.m. at Woodland Cemetery, on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Friends and family are invited to stop by the Reed City Fire Hall off of Lincoln Avenue from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 21 to share some stories and recollections of Aunt Marion.