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Mabel Breitenbach

October 15, 2012
Daily Press

ESCANABA - Mabel Breitenbach, 100, of Escanaba, passed away Friday evening, Oct. 12, 2012, at the Christian Park Village in Escanaba.

Mabel was born Aug. 9, 1912, in Cornell, Mich., the daughter of William and Lillian (Miron) Gardner. She was united in marriage to Frederick "Fritz" Breitenbach in 1933. Fred and Mabel owned and operated the Breitenbach Grocery in Northtown Escanaba for many years. She also worked at Central Supply at the St. Francis Hospital. Mabel was a charter member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Escanaba, the Escanaba Eagles Club, the VFW Auxiliary and the Lady Elks Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, golfing and bowling.

Mabel is survived by three sons, William (Ann) of Escanaba, Richard (Antoinette) of Inverness, Fla., John (Sandra) of Bark River; two daughters, Carolyn (Michael) Needham of Bark River and Mary (Robert) Anderson of Bark River; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Lorraine DeMars of Escanaba; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Secosh of Dousman, Wis., and Jane Gardner of Escanaba; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick in 2002; her parents; an infant brother, Raymond; brother, Lester; and two sisters, Sister Cordell Gardner and Irene Meyers.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 p.m. at the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Escanaba. A luncheon will be served immediately following services in the fellowship hall. Mabel will be laid to rest in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

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