LEONA HAZEL BUCHOLZ
Leona Hazel Bucholz "Lee" (Carl Friedrich Theodore Johann Bucholz, (Martin) Johann Wilhelm Buchholz, Martin Jochim Heinrich Buchholtz, Franz Christian Buchholtz) was born 4 September 1915 in Brant Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. She died 21 February 1985 in Owosso, Shiawassee County, Michigan. and was buried in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Marion Springs Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.
Leona married Frank Oscar Mau. Frank was born 17 July 1909 in Sayner, Vilas County, Wisconsin. He died 28 October 1967 and was buried in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Marion Springs Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.
The following was written by Leona's son, Ken Mau:
My father and mother moved to the farm that they owned on Fenmore Road in Marion Springs, Michigan. It was only a half a mile from where my mother, Leona, was born and where she grew up. She raised her children on the farm and she also took care of my dad's mother, Helen Mau.
My mother helped clear the farm land with a team of horses, she loved to work the land by planting large gardens. She eventually harvested her garden crops and then enjoyed canning the vegetables. She would have to cook large dinners most of the summer because of having a group of farm hands working on their farm. She was a wonderful cook and family and friends would love to come to her home for home cooking. During WWII she raised chickens and sold eggs or even traded the eggs for candy and sugar because of rationing. She also made homemade cheese and butter from the milk from their dairy cows.
My Mom, Leona, loved to knit and make patch quilts with family and friends with weekly group get togethers. She loved tulips, because they were the first signs of spring coming, she also loved red roses and she love to grow hollyhocks; there were always lady bugs in them, and I was told to leave them alone because they were a sign of good luck. She was known by family members for always being there when called upon to help.
Leona belonged to the Marion Lutheran Church in Marion, Michigan and the Marion
Leona and Frank had the following children:
1. Thomas D. Charles Mau was born 22 March 1933 and died 1934.
2. Marion Leona Mau was born 23 June 1935 and died 29 July 1995.
3. Harold Carl Mau was born 9 June 1937 and died 16 December 2010.
4. Carol Jean Mau was born 27 September 1943 and died 2 October 2016.
5. Kenneth Jay Mau
Marion married Dale Eugene DeFrenn on 11 September 1954 in Church of Christ, Owosso, Shiawassee County, Michigan. Dale was born 5 June 1933 in Owosso, Shiawassee County, Michigan. He died 18 November 1987 at his home in Brant, Saginaw County, Michigan.
Dale and Marion had four children.
1. Doreen DeFrenn
2. Kevin DeFrenn
3. Darrell DeFrenn
4. Tammy DeFrenn
Marion and Dale's son, Kevin Lee DeFrenn was born on 11 July 1959 in Owosso, Michigan. Kevin was a 1977 graduate of Ashley High School. He worked for Crest Pontoon, Owosso, Michigan. Kevin was a great cook and made the best potato salad and had a green thumb. The loves of his life were his border collies, Cassey and Pipl He enjoyed staying home and take care of it. Kevin was a quiet man and soft spoken, even when he was upset.
Kevin died 19 January 2017 at his home in Brant, Saginaw County, Michigan
Grandson of Marion and Dale DeFrenn and son of Doreen Lynn DeFrenn VanHorn and James A. VanHorn, Cory Hal Patrick VanHorn, was born 25 May, 1979 in Owosso, Michigan. He attended Chesaning and Swan Valley Public Schools in Michigan. Cory was employed at Porex Filtration Group in St. Charles, Michigan. He loved fishing and camping with his son Christian. When camping Cory would stay up all night tending to his bonfires. They also enjoyed plaing games and watching movies together.
Cory died on 25 February 2020 at his home.
Harold Mau was married to Janet Kay Ackley. Janet was born 9 November 1938 in Durand, Genesee County, Michigan and died 30 May 2009 in Owosso, Shiawassee County, Michigan and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Vernon, Shiawassee County, Michigan
Harold and Janet had three children.
1. Cindy Mau
2. Sue Mau
3. Curtis Mau
Harold attended Ashley High School in Ashley, Michigan. He owned and manages The Airport Collision Bumping and Painting Shop in Owosso, Michigan. Harold bought the building in April 1969 and opened a bumping and painting enterprise in May of that same year. Before that he worked for his Uncle Herman Meyer beginning at age 16 and learned the automobile bumping and painting trade. He worked for Ollie Richards at the Ford Motor Company garage in Chesaning and then worked for General Motors Corporation for 11 years while working part-time in a garage at his Owosso home. Harold quit GM in 1969 to open his own business. He enjoyed fishing, building bird houses, collecting antique cars and traveling with his wife on their many trips.
Janet was a homemaker who owned and operated her own beauty shop and art gallery.
Carol G. Mau was born 27 September 1943, Brant, Saginaw County, Michigan. Carol attended Ashley High School, Ashley, Michigan. Carol retired from Meijer's after 33 years of service. She was a member of the Portland Red Hatters. Carol passed away on 2 October 2016 at St. Johns, Clinton County, Michigan and is buried in the Meadowarook Cemetery, Roxand Township, Mulliken, Eaton County, Michigan.
Carol had two children:
1. Linda Bannerman
2. Sherry Bannerman
3. Chuck Bannerman
SOURCES: Janet Mau, Ken Mau, Ruby Kienitz, Doreen Elliott, Dan and Betty Smith. Harold Mau, Carol Mau Bannerman, Kevin DeFrenn and Cory VanHorn's obituary.