Ethel Loraine Cenkner

October 10, 1927April 26, 2021

Ethel L. Cenkner, age 93, of Rochester Hills, passed away April 26, 2021. Born October 10, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Gilbert and Helen (nee: Habarth) Pecar. Caring wife of the late Edward, loving mother of David (Sandra) and Donald (Virginia). Dearest sister of the late Allen (Rose) Pecar, the late George (Barbara) Pecar, the late Joseph (the late Nancy) Pecar and James (Carole) Pecar. Proud grandmother of Jeffrey Cenkner and Laurie (Robert Black), and great-grandmother to Carly Black. Cherished by many loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Ethel was a 1944 Charter class graduate of Dominican High School, Detroit.

With her great interest in state and local governments she was active sponsoring fundraisers for candidates and city issues, composing brochures, letters, etc., always advocating the rights of citizens and their property. An avid sports fan, she enjoyed watching games of the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons.

In her strong faith, she supported EWTN (Catholic TV Network) and took part in their daily programs and prayers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to EWTN (Catholic TV Network).

Visitation will be Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 3pm until 8pm with a Rosary at 6:45pm at AH Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr Rd., Warren. Funeral Mass will be on Friday, April 30, 2021 in state at 10am until time of funeral mass at 10:30 am at St. Mary Queen of Creation Catholic Church, 50931 Maria Street, New Baltimore. Please share a memory with the family on Ethel’s online guestbook.


  • The late Gilbert and Helen (nee: Habarth) Pecar, Parents
  • The late Edward Cenkner, Husband
  • David (Sandra) Cenkner, Son
  • Donald (Virginia) Cenkner, Son
  • The late Allen (Rose) Pecar, Brother
  • The late George (Barbara) Pecar, Brother
  • Joseph (the late Nancy) Pecar, Brother
  • James (Carole) Pecar, Brother
  • Jeffrey Cenkner, Grandchild
  • Laurie (Robert Black), Grandchild
  • Carly Black, Great Grandchild
  • Cherished by many loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.



  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Rosary

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Instate

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 30, 2021


  • Burial


Ethel Loraine Cenkner

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Patricia Holleran

May 2, 2021

Aunt Ethel lived the longest of my immediate Cenkner relatives. She attended many Slovak Sokol Group 16 annual picnics. Several years I also attended with my husband, Bill, since I was a former commandress of Group 16.
My dad, George, wanted to attend the August picnic/reunions too in hopes of seeing not only his brother Ed and wife, Ethel but perhaps a Sokol from his gymnastic days. Dad flew to Detroit Metro from CA. and I would pick him up and we would attend together. Dad always enjoyed the Sokol band playing polkas in the outdoor tent, while we were eating fresh kielbasa at the nearby tables. One summer we found Ed and Ethel indoors eating hulupky and mashed potatoes etc. That year we also found dad and Ed’s Sokol teammate, George Miko ( Gr. 16/1936 team)! It was a great reunion for them. I was happy to help and watch it happen.

Jaclyn Eiler

May 1, 2021

I am sorry to learn of the passing of Mrs. Cenkner. My earliest memory of the Cenkner household was, as a child, raising money for various school fundraisers or Halloween and ringing their doorbell and hearing the intercom … in the 80’s this was high tech!! Over the years, I helped the Cenkner’s with yard work, shoveling snow and the annual fall political flyer’ing around Hampton. To this day (I now live in California) when I feel or smell a fall evening, I think fondly of my time helping Ethel in that pristine powder blue New Yorker flier the neighborhood and perhaps, as a treat, grabbing a soft serve at the Dairy Treat. I will cherish my time I spent with Ethel. She taught me the importance of being involved in local government and staying active in the community.

Rest In Peace Mrs. Cenkner

Chuck Eiler

April 30, 2021

I have such wonderful memories of Ethel growing up! As a kid, I would help her with her lawn and other tasks around the yard and she was always incredibly generous. I remember all the times my sister and I would help her raise political awareness by flyering the neighborhood. She was sharp as a whip, a total go-getter and the kindest human being. My deepest condolences to the family.

Jeff Cenkner

April 29, 2021

You will always be remembered as kind, generous and loving. Your faith was strong and inspiring. Thank you for all of your prayers and support over the years. I am so proud to be your grandson and will never forget all of the wonderful moments we shared together.
Love, Jeff

James Habarth

April 29, 2021

To All the Cenkners and Pecars,
Although we are still not venturing out into crowds just yet, we certainly want to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with Ethel and all of you at this time.
For us, thoughts of Ethel immediately take us back to a couple of very fond memories.
First, anyone who ever met Ethel came to know quickly that she was blessed with a delightful sense of humor. She loved to laugh and loved to get others to share in the joy. Over the years we all benefited from her special gift.
Also, for us personally, we will never forget Ethel's kind diligence in sending greeting cards to our mom, Jeanne, for holidays, Holy Days and sometimes for "just thinking of you." In her later years even when she was not able to write back, Jeanne was always delighted to get these frequent messages from Ethel. They brightened her day and we will always be thankful for this.
Please know too that Mary shares the same thoughts and sentiments and sends her condolences as well.
May Ethel rest in God's peace and may His blessings of consolation be with all of you.
Jim and Teri Habarth

Mary Jo Dinha

April 28, 2021

Remember my Dear Friend Ethel. Over the years we have delivered to mail boxes Hundreds of Thousands brochures for rights of citizens in Rochester Hills. I will miss our daily late night talks on the phone. My deepest condolences to Ethels family.
Mary Jo Dinha

Yolanda and Dennis DelCotto

April 28, 2021

Remembering Mom C and me dancing in my kitchen.... Remembering her phone conversations.  Remembering our mom enjoying Ethel.  Remembering there were two Ethels in our family - Carol's Mom.   Remembering her emails with all kinds of information at 1 a.m.  Remembering her love of God - and growing a stronger faith by listening and watching EWTN and Mother Angelica.  She will be missed.....

Chelle Davis

April 27, 2021

Love you and miss you my sweet GodMother... Thank you for being such a wonderful, loving spirit here on earth... Loved spending time with you over our many, many years here on earth - even if it was just on the phone lately... I am sure heaven is a more beautiful place with you there.

Love, Peace and Prayers to you Dave and Don and your families... you all really lovingly worked hard to make her last time on earth the best it could be for her...

Anne Eiler

April 27, 2021

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with Ethel’s family during this difficult time.
Charlie & Anne Eiler

Denise Ward Ricci

April 26, 2021

Knowing a woman’s family, you understand the mother’s heart and knowing Dave and Don, I appreciate the woman that raised them. My bestest cousin, Sandy married Dave and I’ve known him with her since 1976. They are good people who live right. Thanks for being such an influence.
My condolences to the family. It’s not easy to say goodbye. Our faith tells us that our soul lives on with God, so in that we will be glad, no matter how hard it is.
Peace and love to you all who grieve,
Denise Ward Ricci