Liz Pfannes Obituary, Death – Darlene Ida Pfannes was a loving and faithful wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma. At the age of 84, following a 6 month struggle with cancer, Darlene joined her heavenly Father on Wednesday morning February 15, 2023. The daughter of the late Dorothy (Stemmler) and Harold Guntermann was born March 28, 1938 in Bay City, MI.
Darlene married Donald Pfannes on June 13, 1959 and they made Auburn their home where they raised their four children. Darlene was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for 62 years. She enjoyed service activities at Grace: Cradle Roll, Choir, Large Print Ministry, Quilting, Ladies of Grace and Bereavement Committee- where she frequently provided her yummy no- bake cookies. Darlene worked for the Bay City Public Schools in food service. She retired in 2000. Darlene enjoyed camping, baking (cinnamon rolls and monkey bread), cooking (Grandma’s meatballs) and playing games.
She especially enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s sporting and music events. She was an avid Detroit Tiger fan. Darlene is survived by her four children: Susan (Paul) Zalucha, Barbara (Gilbert) Zoellner, Linda (Dan) Rosolowski and Martin (Monica) Pfannes. Eleven grandchildren: Jessica (Ben) Bain, Janet (Robert) Ault, Stephen (Sarah) Zalucha and Christopher (Ellen) Zalucha; Zachary (Laura) Zoellner and Preston Zoellner; Matthew, Emily and Elise Rosolowski; and Eden and Blake Pfannes. Seven great grandchildren: Michael, Caleb and Julia Bain; Madelyn, Allyson and Caroline Zoellner; Collins Zalucha. And Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Nancy and Nathan Nicol and nieces and nephew and special Godchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald and sister and brother-in-law, Luanne and Leonard Vogtmann. Darlene’s family would like to thank her Grace family for helping her attend church activities and church services, offering assistance so many times and in so many ways. She cherished time with friends and neighbors. She looked forward to going out to eat with cousins.
She enjoyed the phone calls and cards she received and saved. Visits with special friends to watch the Tigers game, play Rummikub and eat some meals and treats together were such a blessing and made her day. Darlene’s family would like to thank the kind caregivers of Right at Home Care who assisted her at home as well as Bay McLaren Hospice/Hospice of Michigan and Glazier Assisted Living for the care and support they provided to Darlene and her family.
Visitation at Grace Lutheran Church, Auburn, MI will be on Monday, February 20 from 9-11am
prior to the service. Funeral service will begin at 11am with a luncheon following. In lieu of
flowers, suggested memorials are: Grace Lutheran Church and Saginaw Valley Lutheran Hour Fund.