Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 13, 2013

Marian Elizabeth Stehouwer


TRAVERSE CITY — Marian Elizabeth Stehouwer, 95, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Grand Traverse Pavilions. Marian was born on Jan. 23, 1917, in Grand Rapids, to Frank L. and Esther (Stiles) Austin.

She married Robert H. Stehouwer on June 28, 1938, in Grand Rapids, and they raised three children. Together Bob and Marian shared over 71 years together before his death in 2009.

Marian was a member of the Traverse City Golf and Country Club. She enjoyed volunteering at Munson. She was a former member of Faith Reformed Church and a current member of the First Congregational Church.

In 1952 Marian and Bob moved to Traverse City and founded E & J Supply, working there until they retired in 1975.

Marian will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Surviving Marian are her children, Susan (Jay) Griner and Robert (Kay) Stehouwer; son-in-law, Jimmie Grell, all of Traverse City; grandchildren, Joan Griner (Norman) Licht, of Traverse City, Steven Griner, of Charleston, S.C., Kristin (David Rausch) Stehouwer, of Midland, Eric (Nancy) Stehouwer, of Traverse City, Tracey (Chris Guthrie) George and Marjorie (Jonathan Petty) George, all of Nashville, Tenn.; and great-grandchildren, Allyson and Charlie Licht, Bobby and Austin Stehouwer, Nate and Russ Petty and Elliot George.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, in 2009; daughter, Marcia, in 2011; and all of her siblings, Ruth, Garth, Frank, Robert and Don.

Her family would like to thank the caring and competent staff at the Pavilions on the Cherry Unit, particularly Joni, Melissa, Emilia, Maggie, Kari, Alicia, Ann, Frances and Heather, and countless others who were so attentive to her in her last months.

Private family services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Traverse Pavilions/Cherry Unit.

Please sign Marian's online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.