This is a picture of the William and Anna Stenzel Pretzer Family: Front Row - L to R: William, Loretta, Irene and Anna, Back Row - L to R: Delbert, Viola, Donald, Alice and Roland

Anna Bertha Augusta Stenzel was born 4 May 1890 in Mt. Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan. Anna was baptized at St. John's Church in Frazer, Macomb County, Michigan.   She married William Ferdinand Carl Pretzer on 29 April 1914 at Zion Lutheran Church in Iva, Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan by J.G. Nuechterlein, Lutheran Pastor.  Their witnesses were Henry Pretzer and Augusta Stenzel.

 

William Pretzer was born born 27 May 1886 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. His parents were Ferdinand and Bertha Achterberg Pretzer. He was baptized on 13 June 1886 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

William was engaged in farming all of his life and was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Evangelical church and served as an Elder from 1923 until 1950.  William and Anna lived on the same farm during their entire 60 years of marriage.  William's  Centenniel farm was his father, Ferdinand Pretzer's farm. and after Williams's death it was willed to his son, Delbert Pretzer.

 

They had the following children:

Clarence, Delbert, Donald, Alice, Roland, Irene, Viola and Loretta Pretzer.

 

Anna died on 30 December 1976 and William died on 11 August 1974.  They are both buried in the Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

 

 

The photo is of William and Anna Stenzel Pretzer .

Baby Clarence Pretzer

 

Clarence Ferdinand Gustav Pretzer was born 8 May 1915 and was christened 6 June 1915 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  His sponsors at his baptism were Ferdinand Pretzer Sr., Wilhelm Stenzel, Wilhelmina Stenzel and Friedericke Pretzer.

 

Clarence passed away on 13 August 1925 at the age of 10 years old due to a hemorrhage after a tonsilectomy.  Clarence is buried in the Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

 

Clarence Ferdinand Gustav Pretzer

Baby Delbert Pretzer

 

 

Delbert Herman Ferdinand Pretzer was born 21 October 1918 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and was christened 17 November 1918 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.  Delbert's sponsors at his baptism were Esther Pretzer, Auguste Stenzel, Hermann Stenzel and Ferdinand Pretzer Jr.  

 

 

 

 

 

Delbert Herman Ferdinand Pretzer's Confirmation Picture.

Delbert was drafted into the U.S. Army in January 1942 and served in Puerto Rico with the Cost Artiliary, and later in the Military Police in Kansas. Delbert was discharged with the rank of Corporal.  Delbert operated the Pretzer Centennial Farm on Frost Road in Hemlock, Michigan.  The farm was first owned by his grandfather, Ferdinand Pretzer and is now comprised of about 140 acres.  The farm was willed to Delbert by his father.  Delbert was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw, County, Michigan. He was also a member of the Hemlock - Merrill VFW Post #7302. 

 

Delbert married Evelyn Geraldine Beyersdorf on 26 October 1968 at Zion Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

Delbert died on 10 July 2006 and Evelyn died on 19 May 2017,  They are buried in the Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

Baby Donald Pretzer

 

Donald Robert Pretzer was born 19 April 1922 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

Donald married Marlene Ann Trier on 26 October 1951 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. 

 

Donald and Marlene  had two children: Kim Donald Pretzer and Polly Pretzer.

 

 

Donald's Confirmation picture

Donald was a WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps and was a part of the Airway Communication unit in the Persian Gulf.  He was a Sergeant and served in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Donald was the Cincinnati district sales manager for the H.J Heinz Compoany for 22 years.  He retired in November, 1894 after 33 years with thet Heinz Company.  Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, he worked for the Michigan Agriculture Department, the Dow Corning Company and the Saginaw News.

 

Donald was a charter member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon fraternity at Michigan State University, PSE was the first professional fraternity for the food distribution industry.  He was a member of the United Commercial Travelers Association and the Grocers Manfacturers Representatives, and a charter member of the State of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.  He was also an active member of Christ Lutheran Church of Cicinnati, Ohio. 

 

 Donald died on 23 March 1986 in Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio and was buried in Spring Grove Mausoleum Chapel, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Alice Lorraine Pretzer was born 18 September 1923 in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  She married Roy Neal Newton on 4 August 1946 at St. Peter's Evangelical Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.    Roy was born on 7 October 1922, Chesaning, Saginaw County Michigan.  His parents were Arthur and Iva Baker-Rogers Newton.   Alice worked for many years as a sales clerk for Wiechmann Company in Saginaw, Michigan. Roy was a farmer and worked for General Motors, Saginaw Steering Gear.

 

 Roy and Alice had four children Karen, Clifford, Dean and Robert Newton.

 

Alice died on 5 September 2002 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Michigan and Roy died on 3 February 2017.  They are buried at Chapel Hill, Freeland, Saginaw County, Michigan.

Baby Roland Pretzer

 

 

 

Roland Ralph Pretzer was born on 14 April 1926 in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

 

 

Roland Ralph Pretzer's Confirmation picture.

 

Rolland married Miriam Ilda Reimer on 28 August 1949 in Hemlock, Michigan.  Miriam was born on 29 September 1929 in Flint, Genessee County, Michigan.  Her parents were Ora and Anita Knoll Reimer.

 

Roland studied Agriculturual courses at Michigan State, Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan in 1947.   He also studied  Special Courses at Northeastern Business College, Bay City, Bay City County, Michigan from 1951 to 1952.  

 

Roland was employed by the Wickes Corporation and the Pillsbury Companyin various management positions.  He retired in 1984.  Roland was a charter member of Summit of Peace Lutheran Church in Thornton and a member of the Gideon Association since 1985.  He was married to Miriam for 67 years.

 

Roland and Miriam had six children, Barbara, JoAnne, Beverly, James, Bryan and Jay Pretzer. 

 

Roland died on 31 January 2017 in Thornton, Colorado.

 

 

Irene Pretzer Bronner

 

 

Irene Ruth Pretzer was born in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.  Irene  married Wallace (Wally) Bronner on 23 June 1951 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  Wally was the son of Herman Bronner.

 

Wally and Irene  had four children Wayne, Carla, Randall and Maria Bronner. 

Wally and Irene Pretzer Bronner

Irene was a music school teacher.

 

Wally and Irene Bronner were owners and Wally was the  General Manager of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  It is the largest display of Christmas decorations, open all year.  They were designers, producers, importers, exporters, and distributors of christmas prodcts.  Wally started out with a sign painting company and eventually started to make and sell commercial sized Christmas decorations.  The Christmas Store (Bronners Tannenbaum Shop and Bronner's Bavarian Corner) contributed to make Frankenmuth, Michigan a hot spot for visitors from near and far; along with the town Barvaria theme and famous chicken dinners.  As business increased, Bronner consolidated his businesses in 1977 on a 28-acre piece of land on the south side of town.  In 1991 a building addition brough Bronner's Christmas Wonderland to a space the size of five-football fields.  Wally was noted as a deeply religious man.

 

Wally died on 1 April 2008 and is buried in the Saint Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan.

Baby Viola Pretzer

 

 

 

Viola Adeline Pretzer was born 21 July 1928 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.     

 

Viola's Confirmation picture

Viola married Charles Turgeon on 2 February 1952.     

 

Viola and Charles  had 4 son; Richard, Mark, David and William Turgeon.

 

Viola was a school teacher.  Charles, Viola and their family lived in Harper Woods, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Viola was a teacher and Charles was in the United States Air Force. Viola was a proud and loving grandmother of ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

 

Viola died in October 2003 and her funeral was held at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Eastpointe, Michigan.

 

 

 

Violet Pretzer's St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church confirmaion class of 1942.

 

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church is in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

Loretta Pretzer Bessinger

 

Loretta Dorothy Pretzer was born on 7 October 1931 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.  She worked at the Veterans Hospital inn Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan, where she met Roland (Rollie) Bessinger.   She married Rollie on 18 December 1954 in Hemlock, Michigan. 

 

They had five children: Diane, Craig, Thomas, Paul and Sandra. 

 

Loretta and her husband managed a Bonanza Steak House.

sources:  Delbert Pretzer, Esther Pretzer Rohde's photo collection,  St. Peter's Evangical Lutheran Church Records, Ila Rohde Braley's confirmation class photo, Irene Pretzer Bronner's 90th birthday celebration picture,obituaries, Donald Pretzer's obituary and newspaper article, Roland Pretzer obituary, Loretta Pretzer obituary, Roy Newton's obituary, Wally Bronner's obituary. Viola's obituary, general information from the Pretzer Families from Pomerania by Dwayne L. and Mildred H. Pretzer, Revised in 1996, and Ferdinand Pretzer Family History by Irene Pretzer Bronner family.