Mary Tietz, age 84, of Imlay City, MI died Monday, September 18, 2023, at her home. Mary Margaret McLean, lovingly known as Meg or Meggie, by her family, was born July 6, 1939, in Capac, MI. She is the daughter of the late Robert Stanley and the late Ida Mae (Meredith) McLean. Mary grew up and lived all of her life in the Imlay City area. She was a graduate of Imlay City High School, Class of 1957. Mary married Donald Snyder, Jr. after high school. Don passed away in 1961. She married Harold Tietz in 1964, and together they raised their five children and enjoyed their time golfing together before his death in 2005.
Over the years, Mary was employed as a clerk at Imlay City I.G.A. Grocery Store and Imlay City Ben Franklin Dept. store. She was a homemaker and later spent many years working at the family restaurant before her retirement in 2004. Mary was a member of the Imlay City High School Alumni Association and served as a treasurer at one time. Mary and her sister, Gladys, made hundreds of quilts for cancer patients and for veterans at the Saginaw VA Hospital, along with knitting many hats for service men and women. She looked forward to any and all family get togethers, especially those spent with her sisters, which involved the enormous amounts of food they prepared. Mary loved going shopping with Gladys and best friend, Val Rankin. Those shopping trips usually included an ice cream cone. Mary was a great baker and considered the “Cookie Queen” by her granddaughters. She was a seamstress, making most of Roy’s clothing when he was young. Mary enjoyed quilting and reading most of all.
She is survived by her sons, Bradley (Dara) Snyder of Imlay City, MI, Jason (Sandy Skinner) Tietz of Clifford, MI, Kevin Tietz of Almont, MI; daughter, Lezlee (Mark) Willey of Grand Blanc, MI; her daughter-in-law, Jamie Tietz of Imlay City, MI; sisters, Dorothy Walton of Imlay City, MI, Ula Dennis of Imlay City, MI and Gladys (John Rodney “Rod”) Warner of Imlay City, MI; and her brother-in-law, William “Bill” Kavanagh of Yale, MI. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Alyssa, Samantha, Megan, Kristopher, Nathan, James, Katherine, Jessica, and Eric; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Snyder, Jr. and Harold Tietz; son, Roy Tietz; her sisters, Leota (Joe) Skwirsk and Shirley Kavanagh; brothers, Ray (Ruth) McLean, Stanley (Evelyn) McLean, and Robert Bruce McLean. She was also preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Isaac Walton, Jack Dennis, and Howard (Betty) Tietz.
The funeral service was held Thursday, September 21, 2023, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 200 N. Cedar St., Imlay City, MI. Interim Pastor Wes Davis officiated.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to Residential Hospice, 5440 Corporate Drive, Ste. 400, Troy, MI, 48098.
A private interment of cremated remains will take place at Imlay Township Cemetery at a later date.
The Tietz family has entrusted funeral arrangements to the Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI.
Please be sure to sign our on-line register book at www.muirbrothersfh.com to share your memories and condolences with the Tietz family.