Marianne Kutner, 90, of Grangeville, Idaho, passed away peacefully at Serenity Place, in Lewiston, on April 19, 2016. Marianne was born on July 1, 1925, in Farmingdale, N.Y., to Abbie and Frank Sutter. She moved at an early age with her family to Hicksville where she was raised with her brother, Frank, and sister, Fay.
During WWII, she worked at Grumman Aircraft for two years. She met Bill Kutner, whom she married in June 1950. They lived in Hicksville until they moved west to Grangeville in 1979. In Grangeville she was active in her church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, serving on the altar guild as well as the bishops committee. There she helped Fr. Jim start Project Safe Care, the precursor of what was to become the Kids Klub. She volunteered as a chamber of commerce visitor center helper and also for Syringa Hospital at the thrift store. To some lucky people in town, Christmas time was the time for the “Cookie Lady” to emerge bringing many different kinds of cookies to her friends in businesses. One of the best times she had in recent years was when a Grumman Bearcat landed in town for Anderson Aeromotive’s crew to repair. She found out about it and was taken down to see the plane and was thrilled to talk to the pilot to tell him that her job during the war was to solder together the radio direction finder plugs that went into the aircraft. As icing on the cake, she was able to get up close to another Grumman plane, the F7F Tigercat at a Warbird Weekend just a few years ago.
Marianne was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Bill. She is survived by brother, Frank; and sister, Fay; her children, Jeff and his wife Sue of Grangeville, Kevin and his wife Suzanne of Phoenix; and daughter, Linda Wirol of Sheboygan, Wisc.
She was a great mom and we all will miss her greatly. Thanks to all who visited her while she was at Meadowlark and Serenity. Your visits meant a lot to her.
The funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Friday, May 13, at 3 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at The Gallery following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcome to the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Vocational Education fund that she started after the death of her husband Bill.
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