December 15, 1933-
January 29, 2014
Columbus, GA- Maria Magdalena Griner, also known as Marlene to friends and family, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in Columbus, Georgia.
Marlene was born on December 15, 1933 to Anna Maria Angela and Hubert Wilhelm Kanzler in Speicher, Germany. She married Army Air Force Lieutenant Wallace Griner in 1955, and together they raised three children. During the early years of their marriage they were stationed in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Germany, and North Carolina. Following her husband's military retirement and subsequent graduation from medical school, they moved to Columbus in 1972.
Marlene earned her high school diploma at Hallie Turner Private School, then attended Columbus College (now Columbus State University), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. She enjoyed painting, ceramics, and other artistic media. She enjoyed listening to all kinds of music, and loved to dance. Marlene enjoyed history and nature, and traveled to many different countries as well as across the United States.
Marlene is preceded in death by her beloved husband Wallace, and is survived by her siblings Inge Hannenburg, Hiltrud (Herbert) Bonnke, and Helmut (Sybille) Kanzler, children Axel (Sherrie) Griner, Berndt (Barbara) Griner, and Bonnie (Michael) Whitt, and grandchildren Connor Whitt and Gabrielle Griner.
Her family would like to give special thanks to the devoted caregivers of Spring Harbor at Green Island, the caring employees of Columbus Hospice, loving friend Christa Walker, and personal caretaker Katja Brosam who contributed so much to Marlene's quality of life over her last few months.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Spring Harbor Employee Fund (100 Spring Harbor Drive, Columbus GA 31904), Columbus Hospice (www.columbushospice.com), or the
(www.alz.org) would be deeply appreciated. Plans for a memorial service are not yet finalized.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Feb. 2, 2014