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Marianne Henze passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the age of 88.

She was born on April 24, 1929 in Huckeswagen, Germany to Elfriede and Hans Hofmann.

On Nov. 6, 1948, she married the love of her life, Erich Henze, and they emigrated to Thunder Bay, Ont in 1956. They moved to Atikokan, Ont. in 1959 and lived there ever since.

Marianne had a variety of jobs over the years, ranging from Lee's Restaurant, Atikokan Theatre, Caland Ore, school bus driver, and the White Otter Inn.

Over the years, she was very active in the community, starting from being active in fundraising for Nakokita swim team and very active in the quilters' guild, and she went to aquacizes at the pool until she was 87.

And up until she was 85, she went down to the hospital to cook breakfast for the long-term care unit once a month. She also was active in her church.

Marianne was a very “crafty” lady, from knitting to sewing, to making pottery, to quilting, to crocheting and many people reaped the rewards of her talent. She loved surprising family and friends with some of her creations, and also made many lap blankets for the people who went through Tamarack House in Thunder Bay.

Her cooking skills were impressive and she enjoyed making everybody their favourite dishes when they came over. She also loved her garden, and kept the yard and house immaculate.

One of her passions was reading.

Marianne is survived by her husband, Erich; children, Harald (Mary-Anne) Henze, Heidi (William) Naturkach, Norman (Donna) Henze, Ian Henze, and Dean (Karen) Henze; grandchildren, Erin Kenzie, Leigh Naturkach, Eric Henze, Megan Henze, Todd Henze, Rhiannon Henze, Jacklyn McKee, Brock Henze, Chase Henze, and Jason and Madeline Sabet; and great-grandchildren, Ty Kenzie, Hunter Kenzie, Ethan Henze, Audrey Henze, Luke Arnup, and Lucas Sabet.

Also surviving is her sister, Ursula (Chris) Husfeldt.

Marianne was predeceased by her parents; two brothers and two sisters; and granddaughter, Kristy McKee.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Atikokan (418 O'Brien St.)

A reception to follow at the Legion at noon.

Internment will be later with just immediate family.

The pallbearers will be Norman Henze, Ian Henze, Dean Henze, Harald Henze, Eric Henze, and Todd Henze.

The honourary pallbearers will be Erin Kenzie, Leigh Naturkach, Rhiannon Henze, Megan Henze, Karen Henze, Donna Henze, Mary Ann Henze, and Marcela Conejeros.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Atikokan General Hospital, 120 Dorothy St., Atikokan, Ont., P0T 1C0.