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Mari Ann (Rupar) Deuling

February 16, 1940 ~ September 8, 2019 (age 79)


Mari Ann (Rupar) Deuling of Holton passed away on September 8, 2019, after a short illness. She was born on February 16, 1940 to Anton and Gertrude (Shriver) Rupar and graduated from Fremont High School in 1957.   She married Norman Deuling on July 16, 1960, and she worked at Shaw Walker until her firstborn (Jeff) was born. She and Norm owned Marathon Bulk Storage for several years.  Mari Ann later went to college and worked for many years at Spectrum Gerber and Hackley Hospital in Patient Registration and Radiology Registration. After their retirement, Norm and Mari Ann volunteered for six years at Whitehall’s Shoreline Elementary School and became Grandma and Grandpa to hundreds of kindergarteners. She and Norm were married for 58-1/2 years and truly enjoyed each other’s company.  They did everything together. She enjoyed spending time with family and her grandchildren were cherished.  She and Norm loved to travel as well as periodic casino runs.  She also enjoyed crocheting and painting ceramics, and she could never resist a game of cards or Chinese checkers with her sisters and enjoyed their time together. 

Mari Ann leaves behind three children, Jeff and Judy (Schultz) Deuling of Montague, Amy and Roger Dore of Montague and Todd and Michelle (Scarbrough) Deuling of Shelby.  Mari Ann loved spending time with her 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and families:  Kurt (Zvezda) Deuling, Kyle (Abby) Deuling, Leah Deuling (Charles), Kelsey (Zac) Carlson, Ashley Dore, Samantha (Mike) Haun, Rianne (Kurtis) Zimmerman and Vanessa (Austin) Ankner. 

She also leaves behind sisters Toni Rupar, Peggy (Larry) Bisson, Pat (Tom) Helferich, brother-in-law Bob Church and sister-in-law Geraldine Deuling 

Mari Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Norm, her sister Eva Church, brothers-in-laws Charles (Chuck) Derby, Benard and Evelyn Deuling, Carl Deuling, Fred Deuling and sister-in-law Marian and Fred Hayes.

The family would also like to thank Spectrum Health Hospice for their care and compassion through this journey.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home with her son, Pastor Todd Deuling, officiating.  There will be a time of visiting with the family at the funeral home from 10-12 Noon on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, please consider Spectrum Health Hospice or Whitehall Shoreline Elementary School (make checks payable to Whitehall District Schools, adding Shoreline Memorial/Deuling to memo line) for a lasting memorial.  You can sign the online guest book at  Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.


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Time of visiting with the family
September 14, 2019

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc.
637 E. Main Street
Fremont, MI 49412

Memorial Service
September 14, 2019

12:00 PM
Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc.
637 E. Main Street
Fremont, MI 49412


Spectrum Health Hospice
100 Michigan Street, NE MC004, Grand Rapids MI 49503

Whitehall Shoreline Elementary School
205 E. Market Street, Whitehall MI 49461

Please Make Checks Payable to: Whitehall District Schools
Memo Line: Shoreline Memorial/Deuling

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