Obituary of Rhonda Lee Marker
Age 63, of Vassar, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Covenant Health Care-Cooper. In accordance with Rhonda’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 8, 2022, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Vassar. The family will be present to receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 2:00 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Rhonda’s tribute page at martinfuneralhome.com.
Rhonda was born in Saginaw, on July 6, 1958, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald and Marilyn (Bender) Graubner. Educated locally, she graduated from Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, with the Class of 1976. Rhonda worked for Blasius Inc. in the Human Resources Department. She held the title of many jobs in her life, but her favorite one was mom. She loved her children and her grandchildren selflessly. Rhonda was a long-time member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. She loved God and was very blessed she was able to send all her children to a parochial school as a single mother. She could be found helping in any way she could, whether it was cleaning the church or singing in the choir. Rhonda was very talented and loved to sing. She sang with the Tri-City Wells Chorale, as well as she played the flute and piano. Rhonda loved to travel and spent much time driving all over Michigan from Tawas to the west side of the state. She loved to be anywhere there was water. To say she loved the beach would be an understatement. She also enjoyed trips to visit her son in Pennsylvania. Having all her children together was what she treasured most. Whether it was for a bonfire, game night, or just to sit together and talk and laugh. Rhonda enjoyed being outside and going for walks in the woods and planting in her flower garden. She enjoyed crafting and selling what she made at craft shows. She also enjoyed getting her hair and nails done. Rhonda loved her grandchildren and will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish Rhonda’s memory is her mother, Marilyn Graubner; children: Katie and husband, Joshua Denniston, Abigail and husband, Nicholas Elliott, James "Jimmy" and wife, Shannon Marker, Olivia Marker, Julie Marker; grandchildren: Ava, Bailey, Freya, Ryleigh, Finnley; siblings: John Graubner, Kay-Lynn and husband, Peter Johnston, Paul Graubner, David Graubner, and significant other, Marielle; several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her father, and several aunts, and uncles.