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Mary Ann Hunrath

July 2, 1934 September 17, 2009
Mary Ann Hunrath
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Mary Ann Hunrath passed away in the late evening hours of Thursday, September 17, 2009 in the loving care of her family. Born in Detroit on July 2, 1934, Mary Ann was the treasured daughter of Edward and Eleanor (nee Baranski) Jankowiak. Her childhood and adolescent years were spent in Detroit, and she graduated from Catholic Central High School. Mary Ann had a voice to melt your heart; her beauty and vibrance made her stand out in a crowd. On a particular day, while on a corner waiting for a bus, she caught the attention of Kenneth Hunrath, who was immediately smitten. In the months following this destined encounter, Kenny courted her with fancy restaurants, tokens of his affection and many an evening out. They fell deeply in love and after their marriage, the Hunraths made their home in Detroit. Many seasons passed and years of happiness saw them move first to Southfield, then to their special log cabin on Oar Lake. Later they built their dream home on Base Lake in Dexter. She and Kenny always strove to become a part of the community in which they lived, enjoying over forty years of fellowship at St. Patrick Catholic Church, making friends, dining and shopping locally and enjoying their surroundings to the fullest. All the while they laughed and loved and their homes showcased her amazing sense of style and smart eye for decor. Mary Ann�s legacy will always include her incredible ability to make a simple house into a special home.

Mary Ann began her career as a business woman at Todd Steel in Detroit. When she and Kenny were blessed with the birth of their daughter Marla, she put all of her efforts into being the greatest of mothers. After Marla graduated from high school she began working with Arlene, her sister in spirit, at her re-sale shop in Pinckney, before beginning her work as a secretary with Charles Reinhart Real Estate in Ann Arbor. Although Mary Ann enjoyed the work she did and the people she encountered, her daughter was her world. Marla was the sparkle in her eyes and seeing her always brought a smile to her lovely face. They called each other �Mumma Lou� and �Marla Lou�; their special relationship was evident in every hug, each conversation and memory shared. Mary Ann loved �mystery trips� and looked forward to taking rides in the car with Kenny. They would explore new malls, restaurants, etc. Like the days when he was courting her, she loved going out to eat and spending time with him. Although their family was small, the love, understanding and companionship between Mary Ann, Kenny and Marla was a gift that each of them cherished.
Mary Ann is survived by Kenny, her beloved husband of over fifty-two years, and her loving daughter, Marla Hunrath of Lapeer. She also leaves her dear sisters in spirit Arlene Palazzolo, and Lorraine Purol and their families of nieces and nephews; best friends, Jeanette (Bob) Hill and Fran Sweesy, all of the Hunrath family and many other cousins and loving friends.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 711 Rickett Road, Brighton, on Tuesday, September 22, at 10:30AM. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main Street, Brighton, on Sunday 3-7PM and Monday 3-9PM, with a Vigil Service Monday at 7PM. Memorials may be made in her name to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to In-House Hospice. For further information please phone 810-229-2905


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