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March 8, 2012

Matthew J. Lehner

SUTTONS BAY — Matthew John Lehner, 37, of Suttons Bay, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012, at his home. Matthew was born April 25, 1974, in Traverse City, the son of Dennis and Barbara (Wransky) Lehner.

Matt was a true lover of all animals, especially dogs. Often he found a stray, neglected or abused dog; Matt would take it in, nurse it back to health and give it a good home.

He loved all things of nature; he loved to walk in the woods, on the beach, just observing nature and gardening.

Matt was a "jack of all trades." There wasn't anything that he couldn't fix. Matt graduated from TBA, having studied small engine repair. He loved to work on anything mechanical.

He worked at various places doing repairs and finally went on to be self-employed.

Matt owned the chickens that caused such a fuss in Suttons Bay!

Matt is survived by his parents; his grandmother, Helen (Duester) Wransky; Uncle Jerry and Aunt Debra Lehner; cousins, Eric Lehner and Holly (Lehner) Obendorf; Uncle Bill Lind; cousins, Janine (Kim) Pavkovich, Adam and Kara Pavkovich, Vickie (Dave) Booeskool and Ryan Booeskool; and companion, Tina Frankenberger.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Wransky; grandparents, John Othmar and Virginia (Toncar) Lehner; and his Aunt Edna (Duester) Lind.

Private family burial will be held at a later date in St. Michael's Cemetery of Suttons Bay.

Memorials may be directed to Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686 and/or Salvation Army, PO Box 5228, Traverse City, MI 49696-5228.

Please share thoughts with Matt's family on their online guestbook above.

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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