Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI


MARIAN Louise (Johnson) KARVONEN

January 15, 1925September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020. Aged 95, Marian was the 11th of 12 children of Emil A and Aline (Rankinen) Johnson. She was born in Duluth, MN and came to Detroit in 1937. Marian was the beloved wife of the late A John Karvonen; the Mother of Donna (Douglas Mann) Karvonen, Janice (Michael) Taylor and Duane (Pamela) Karvonen. She was the Grandmother of Amy Luise (Joe) Price, Robert M Peterson, David A Karvonen, Caitlin R (Claire Quigley) Karvonen and Natalie E Taylor. She was the dearest “Big Mama” to great-granddaughters Linnea R and Leila R Price. According to her wishes, Marian’s body was donated to the Anatomical Donations Program at the University of Michigan Medical School for research and medical education. A Memorial Celebration will be held at Celebration Lutheran Church, 39375 Joy Road, Westland, MI on 26 September. The service will begin at 11 am with visitation at the church at 10 am. In her memory, memorials to Samaritas, 8131 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214 will be appreciated by her family.


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MARIAN Louise (Johnson) KARVONEN

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Jessica Fogel

September 22, 2020

I believe Marian was a resident at Glacier Hills, where my mother Charlotte Fogel spent her final years--forgive me if I got this wrong. In my mom's final weeks, we often sat with Marian for dinner in the Hazel area of GH, and enjoyed many lovely conversations with her about her work and life. Her warmth and intelligence always shone through. She was a lovely woman and we appreciated getting to know her. Sending deepest sympathies for your loss. Sincerely, Jessica Fogel

Rachel Levenberg

September 21, 2020

To sit next to Marian Karvonen at Trinity Lutheran Church was an honor. She was always kind, soft spoken, genuine, stylish, gracious, and above all, an American Finnish lady! She will always be remembered with love. She is now in God’s loving care. We all were blessed who knew her.


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