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Olga M. (Rendel) Priehs

Olga M. (Rendel) Priehs

Died: Saturday, September 22, 2007
Olga M. (Reindel) Priehs, of Imlay City, was welcomed by the Lord into Heaven on September 22, 2007, 13 days prior to her 99th birthday.

She was born in Fraser, Michigan on October 5, 1908. The Reindels were prominent business leaders in the hardware industry and the True Value Hardware is still owned by family (over 100 years).

Olga moved to Imlay City when she married Roy William Priehs in 1936.

The Priehs family owned and operated Pleasant Valley Dairy Farm and the Priehs gas station on Van Dyke in Imlay City. Olga was preceded in death by her husband in 1987.

As a devoted mother her laughter, smile and years of reminiscing will be sorely missed by her three daughters and their families, Gail (Frank) Kunz of Lake Orion, Carol Jager (Phil Estebo) of San Diego, CA, and Joan Schmid of Washington.

Olga had seven granchildren, Todd Jager of San Diego, CA, Stacey Savage of Salem, Oregon, Leslie Kula of New Baltimore, Jeffrey Kunz of Lake Orion, Nicole Roth of Keller, TX, Anton Schmid, Jason Schmid and their families including 9 great-grandchildren.

Olga dedicated her life to loving and serving the Lord and others. She loved her church and throughout her lifetime, Olga was active in various positions at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Imlay City for 70 years. She was the oldest member.

Olga touched the hearts of many wonderful people who have become lifelong friends. She was chosen “Woman of the Year’’ by churches of the synod for Southeast Michigan. She was passionate about her faith and remembered her confirmation date more than her birthday.

She enjoyed gardening, canning and sewing. For many years she entered items in the Imlay City Fair where she won many blue ribbons.

Olga was unselfishly, lovingly and tenderly watched over during her last years by Frank Kunz, her “Guardian Angel’’, who could always get her to laugh.

Olga anxiously awaited a reunion in Heaven with her husband, Roy; parents, Charles and Wilamenia (Betz) Reindel; and brothers, Allan, Norman and Irvin.

She is survived by two sister-in-laws, Mildred and Marion Reindel.

Funeral services will complete the “full spiritiual circle’’ from St. John Lutheran Church where Olga was also baptized, confirmed and married. The church is located at 16339 E. 14 Mile Rd. at Utica Rd., Fraser. Pastor Bradley Smith will officiate.

Olga’s loved ones will gather to celebrate her long life on Thursday, September 27, with viewing at 10 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. The burial service will follow at Cadillac Memorial Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the church following the burial.

Memorials may be directed to: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Imlay City.
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