Muriel "Mom" Haehnel

June 17, 1924March 18, 2014
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Muriel Jane Haehnel was born in Detroit on June 17, 1924 to Robert and Margaret Hanley. She was one of 6 children. She passed away in Brandon, Florida on March 18, 2014 at the age of 89. Muriel was the beloved wife of the late Charles Edward Haehnel for 41 years until he passed away in 1986. Loving mom of Doug (Dot) Haehnel, Tom (Rose) Haehnel, Nancy (Carl) Spiess, Bob (Karen) Haehnel, Chuckie (Terry) Haehnel, Linda (Rob) Toth, Laurie Sims (Ken Porter) and the late James Buchanan Haehnel (2003). “Grams” of David (Angie) Haehnel, Rick Haehnel, Tommy Haehnel Jr., Ronnie Haehnel, Barb (Dean) Carpenter, Tracy Spiess, Charlie (Teresa) Spiess, Robert (Rachael) Spiess, Diane (Ed) Duda, Jennifer (Jeremy) Edens, Marnie (Tony) Pinho, Bobby Toth, Brandy (James) Fitzpatrick, Corey (Alissa) Emmons, and Raquel (Matt) McMurtrie. “Grandma Sunshine” of Cayce Haehnel, Dylan Haehnel, Kaya Rose Haehnel, Brooke Lynn McCall, Austin Carpenter, Carlie Carpenter, William Spiess (Lauren Ogden), Joseph Spiess, Jessica Ann Spiess, Shelby Lynn Spiess, Eddie (Stephanie) Duda, Aaron (Ashley) Duda, Jordan Edens, Jamie Edens, Evelyn Pinho, Faye Pinho, Grace Pinho, Lucas Eagle, Alexander Emmons, Ainsley McMurtrie and Connor McMurtrie. Great-great grandma of Madison and Katelyn Duda. Dear sister of Nancy (The late Leonard) Elias, Sam (Shirley) Hanley, The late George ( Dottie) Hanley, The late Robert and the late Margaret (Will) Peterson. Sister-in-law of Lois and Twila Hanley. Muriel will also be missed by a large and loving extended family and circle of friends.

She worked as a secretary and an entertainer throughout her life. Muriel loved Quest @ Kingsway, barbershop music, playing piano, poker, pinochle, Up-Words and everyone who came into her life. She was a part of the Red Hat Ladies as well as the Sweet Adeline's. She wrote the official school song for Western High School which still exists today.

Visitation will be held from 2-3 pm at Quest @ Kingsway on Saturday, March 22, 2014 with a memorial service to follow at 3 pm. Muriel will be deeply missed by her friends and family, but will live on forever in their hearts, music and memories.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 22, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 22, 2014

Muriel "Mom" Haehnel

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Barbara Carpenter

April 3, 2014

Grandma Shine,
I miss you everyday. It is hard knowing I won't see you this summer. We all expected you would be coming to Michigan to spend time with us as you often did. My family loved our time with you. This summer will not be as bright. Carlie and Austin are so blessed to have known their Great-Grandmother so well. Like everyone else, you enriched their lives. They miss you, too.

Our shared birthday, June 17th, will be a sad time for me this year, my first one alone. I will be thinking of you and all we've shared.

When I see your name in my phone and realize you are not at the other end to answer anymore, it hurts. I hope you still hear me because I do talk to you and believe I can feel you close.

Love you with all my heart! I'll be talking to ya. Bye for now,

Lorraine Renaud

March 27, 2014

Muriel was a true and faithful friend to Lou and I. Living across the street from her was in God's plan for our lives. We shared our different faiths and strengthened each other in joys and sorrows.
Muriel helped us search for a home which led us to her sister Nancy's home and eventually we found a home.
Muriel was a Jill of all trades. One of her attributes was her zeal of encouragement to all who had the littlest desire to plan an instrument.
May you rest in the arms of Jesus Muriel.

Margaret King Porteous

March 24, 2014

The sweet memories I have of her and the whole family growing up. It was so wonderful to see her at the Hanley re-union. Barb,Chris and I send our thoughts and prayers to you all.

Renee Reed

March 24, 2014

Billy and I will miss seeing you in the summer. You will be missed and always remembered.

Craig &Kathi Haehnel

March 23, 2014

Sending Love to all of Chick and Muriel's family. Muriel was a fun, genuine, entertaining woman. We were so fortunate to get to talk with her at Bobby's graduation. We hope you find comfort in knowing your lives have been enriched by having shared her love. She is still with you in every act, thought and decision of your lives.
Love to you,
Craig and Kathi

Paul& Carol Weathersby

March 22, 2014

God has called home another Angel. Mom was the sweetest, kindest, and most joyful lady to be around. I never left from being with her without thinking about how blessed that her family was to have such a lady in their lives.

There is not one time that I was visiting with Mom, and seeing her interact with her family, that I couldn't see how much they all loved and respected each other. I never met anyone that did not love Mom, and respect her for the example she made for her kids. Love and respect like that is very special, and is just like he unconditional love that God gives us.

Mom always lead by example, and I could always tell that she instilled a moral character in her children that was passed down to each generation.

I know that Mom was almost 90 years old, and her earthly body was getting very tired. The Lord has now called Mom home, and given her a brand new body in Christ. She is in Heaven just dancing and singing with all the people the she loved who went before her, and waiting for all the people she left behind.

I look forward to seeing Mom and all the people I love and miss so much. As the song goes, "When the role is called up Yonder, I'll be there".

Mom is at peace now, so I will celebrate her life, and pray for her family. God bless and keep you until he calls you home to be with Mom.

We love you Mom,
Paul & Carol Weathersby

Claude and Mary Grayson

March 22, 2014

Bones, Karen, Diane and Jennifer our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family during this difficult time. We were happy to have been able to have met her. A special lady for sure with a wonderful family.

Love and hugs
Claude and Mary

Gail Hill

March 22, 2014

My heart goes out to all of her loved ones as they morn the loss of this beautiful, talented, kind fun loving lady. I have such wonderful memories and am blessed to have known her. God bless.
Gail Hill

Beth Haehnel-Rogers

March 22, 2014

Aunt Mare added laughter and happiness to every visit and event she attended. Wrangling noisy cousins, playing piano for sing alongs, helping my brother Jim find his place. What an amazing woman, love you.

Bob Bulmer

March 22, 2014

Tracy while I never met your "Grams" I expect if you are any example of her heritage she was a terrific lady. Sympathies from both Nancy & me.
Bob =^. .^=