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Al P. Hanje

May 18, 1935April 4, 2021
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Alfred P. (Al) Hanje passed away on April 4, 2021 surrounded by his family. Al was born on May 18, 1935 in a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents were Alma (Bremer) Hanje and Arthur Hanje. He had one brother, Arthur R. Hanje. After graduating high school in Indianapolis, Al enrolled in General Motors Institute where he earned a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1958. He went on to work in several positions for General Motors in Indianapolis, Detroit, Warren, and Flint. He retired from Flint Metal Fabricating, where for most of the time, he was the Material Superintendent on January 1, 1987. On March 8, 1981, Al married the love of his life, Joy (House) Hietanen. In 1989 they moved to Gaylord to live on Manuka Lake. Between them, they have 5 children, 15 grandchildren, and a growing number of great grandchildren. They are all very much loved. Al enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. His fondest memories were hunting trips with his beloved son David; motorhome trips (especially the one to Alaska) with Joy (and Buddy); and grandkids weeks at Manuka Lake. Al was a strong Christian all his life. As he grew older, he held the truth even closer. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother. A family Memorial Service will be Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12- 1:30 PM. To view the livestream, please visit www.oneroomstreaming.com. The EVENT ID is: PixleyWestU, the PASSWORD is: XKPDST. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 1:30-6 PM at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester, Michigan.

  • FAMILY

  • Alma (Bremer) Hanje, Mother (deceased)
  • Arthur Hanje, Father (deceased)
  • Arthur R. Hanje, Brother (deceased)
  • Joy (House) Hietanen Hanje, Wife
  • Five Children, Unspecified
  • Fifteen Grandchildren, Unspecified
  • A Growing number of Great Grandchildren, Unspecified

Services

  • Family Memorial Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

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Laurie Stewart

April 12, 2021

Every summer, Al hauled us kids (and then our kids) around the lake in his boat. Rides, tubing and skiing. He taught everyone how to ski over the years, but I never could get up out of the water on the skis. Time after time he’d tell me what to do and then we’d take off and I would fall face first in the lake instead of zooming around on the skis. He brought the boat around over and over to let me try one more time. I never did get the hang of skiing, but never forgot how he patiently encouraged and tried to teach me something he enjoyed so much. We love you and will miss you, Al. ❤️ 🙏

Abby Gorham

April 11, 2021

Grandpa, thank you so much for all the memories. I will forever be thankful for the time you say and played sorry with me, when nobody else would. I will remember the boat rides and the night conversations at the kitchen table we had. Thank you for always listening out for me when I got home to make sure I had a smile on my face. You where the best grandpa ever and don’t worry you still are. I hope your saving a seat for grandma in heaven. I’ll always remember you till we see you again, enjoy it up there. I Love you grandpa

Karrie Vandewater

April 11, 2021

We miss you already, Al! You have been such a blessing to our family, and we will always be grateful for that. You are one of the kindest men that we have ever known. Thank you for being all that you have been. Thank you for serving the Lord. We are better because of you. Until we see you again! Love you!

Kyle Stewart

April 11, 2021

Some of my best childhood memories were with you, grandma and the family at Lake Manuka. There was something so peaceful about cruising around the lake, wind blowing, someone on the tube or skis. I will always cherish these memories, and yours. Until we meet again, Grandpa. We love and will miss you.

Cameron Stewart

April 11, 2021

Lake Manuka will always be one of my favorite spots and you were a huge part of that. I'm grateful for the last few months we had together watching the NFL playoffs, learning you like classical music too, and seeing your perseverance. It was an honor sir.

Eric Vandewater

April 9, 2021

Growing up, my siblings and I always cherished our summer vacations with you and Grandma, on lake Manuka. So much time spent on the water and exploring blue berry island. You taught me how to water ski and I caught my first Bass up there also. You were always so caring and thoughtful to the people around you. A true example of a Godly man. You were an amazing Grandfather and I thank the Lord for all the memories we made together.

Bradley Vandewater

April 9, 2021

I remember the bonfires, the s’mores, the fishing off the end of the dock all summer. I remember the boat trips to blueberry island. I remember you taking me to your church and talking to me about your walk with God. I love you and will always miss you Grandpa.

Sara Hill

April 9, 2021

Grandpa,

I will always remember the endless boat rides, bonfires, fishing, games and of course the thousands of times you watch Bambi with me. Thank you for all the love, joy and memories. I will always love and miss you.

Todd smith

April 9, 2021

Will always remember a favorite day on Manuka Lake learning to ski in the summer. Getting up on skis the first try at about nine or ten years of age. Later walking in the area woods and finding groups of sundew plants. Pitcher plants an unusual carnivorous plant feeding on insects, just fascinating at that age.
Sharing in your sadness as your remember Al

Sharrie Gorham

April 6, 2021

To the best stepfather anyone could ask for. Al, I always knew that you and my mom seemed so happy together. But, as time went on, I could see how you brought so much love, and care, and strength with God, to us all; (your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.) And, the heritage lives on..
We love you, and already miss you so much.
Thank you for all the wonderful memories. ❤❤

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