FRANKFORT — LaVonne Marie “Vonnie” Griner, 75, of Frankfort, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 25, 1938, in Nessen City, the daughter of Francis “Pat” and Lena (Egan) Milliron.
Vonnie descended from a pioneer family. Her family came to Nessen City from Pennsylvania by covered wagon in 1864, and they were accompanied by the Griner family.
Vonnie graduated from Copemish High School, where she met her future husband, Roger.
Vonnie was an accomplished builder, developer and designer. Along with her husband, Vonnie launched and operated a number of Interlochen businesses, including Fun Country, Griner’s Food Market, Interlochen Shopping Plaza, EZ Storage and West Side Condos. She also found time each spring to assist with maple syrup production at the Griner Family Sugar Bush in Pomona.
Vonnie received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion and Marriage at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish. She was a founding member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Grawn and a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Frankfort at the time of her death.
In her spare time she loved to quilt; she made many quilts for relatives and friends. She also loved to garden and preserve her rich family history. Vonnie was a talented woodworker, and she loved to bake cakes from scratch and make homemade ice cream for birthdays.
On Nov. 26, 1960, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish, Vonnie married Roger Griner, who survives her. She is also survived by her children, Linda (George) Bower, of Lake Ann, Mark (Ruth) Griner, of Lake Ann, and Scott (Jennifer) Griner, of Interlochen; her grandchildren, Alexandria Bower, of Traverse City, Kortney Bower, of Lake Ann, and Boyd Griner, of Lake Ann; her siblings, Marvin (Betty) Milliron, of Nessen City, Robert (Jan) Milliron, of Nessen City, and Rita Dinger, of Interlochen; her Silly Aunts, Laura (Charles) Milliron, of Nessen City, Edna Chandler, of Mesick, and Margaret Waters, of Frankfort; her mother-in-law, Beth Griner, of Interlochen; and many nieces and nephews.