Anna Mae Fazer, age 93, of Powers, MI passed away Thursday evening, January 10, 2019 at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River, surrounded by family. She was born the fifth of nine children on February 2, 1925 in Powers, MI, the daughter of John and Mary (Schneider) Fazer. She grew up in Powers and was the valedictorian of the 1942 graduating class of Powers High School. Following graduation, Anna Mae attended Badger Business College in Green Bay, WI and worked at the YWCA (Young Women Christian Association) while attending school. In 1943, she moved to Milwaukee, WI where she was employed as a secretary for the Tews Lime and Cement Building Company. In 1945, Anna Mae’s mother became ill so she moved back to Powers to help her mother prepare the days meals for the large crew employed at the family business, John Fazer Logging. In 1946, Anna Mae accepted a secretary position with Dr. J.W. Towey, the Medical Director at Pinecrest Sanitorium. In 1954, she took the Civil Service exam and moved to a position in the Pinecrest Lab where she was employed for 30 years with the Michigan Department of Public Health until her retirement on September 28, 1984. After the death of her parents, Anna Mae cared for her brother Joseph “Joe” Fazer who she called her “Special Angel.” She was strong in her faith as a devoted Catholic and was a member of St. John Neumann Parish in Spalding where she served as a CCD teacher and was a member of the St. Anne Society. Anna Mae also served on the Men-O-Mee Activity Center Board of Directors, a member of the State of Michigan Retirees Association, and a member of the Red Hat Society. Anna Mae sponsored many children with Children’s International since 1983. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, traveling to various places, bowling, golfing, and spending time with family – especially her nieces, nephews, and cousins. Anna Mae was the family historian and took great joy in speaking about her extended family. She always had a smile on her face and could brighten anyone’s day. Anna Mae will be missed by the many people who knew her.
Anna Mae Fazer is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Anna Mae was preceded in death by six brothers, Clarence Fazer, Raymond “Bud” Fazer, Louis Fazer, Joseph Fazer, John Fazer, and Walter Fazer; two sisters, Teresa Messier, and Bernadette “Bernie” Kudzma; and one niece, Carolyn Keasling.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. CST to 12:00 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Spalding. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00 p.m. CST, Saturday, with Father Jacek Wtyklo officiating. A luncheon will be served afterward in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Spalding Township Cemetery. The family requests memorials to please be directed to the Special Olympics.
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