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October 25, 1942 ~ January 18, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Marilyn Joann Hunter of Grand Rapids, Michigan (formerly of Detroit, Michigan), age 80, passed
away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. She was born on October 25, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan.
Marilyn was born the younger of two children to Jack and Helen (Petrov) Kaumeyer. She grew
up in a small home sitting on a half acre of land and had fond memories of her mother’s large
vegetable garden and fruit trees. She worked for the City of Livonia, Wayne County, and the
Detroit Metro Airport as a proud executive administrative assistant to former Wayne County
Executive Edward H. McNamara. Marilyn was described as tenacious in her career and had
many rich experiences including meeting a former United States president and vice president,
attending a presidential inauguration, and connecting with many senators, congressman,
governors, and mayors over the years.
Marilyn was best known for her big and loving personality; she made friends wherever she
went and had a gift for making those around her feel loved and cared for. She excelled in her
role as a ‘Grammy’ to her four grandchildren, great grandson, and their many friends who came
to know and love her as their ‘Grammy’ too. Marilyn had many names of endearment, including
the nickname ‘Mare.’ She was incredibly dedicated to the relationships in her life and had many
friends, old and new. She often spoke fondly of memories from her time spent in the Red Hat
Society. In her free time, Marilyn enjoyed catching up with friends in person or on the phone,
spending time with family, keeping her mind sharp with games and puzzles, and spoiling her
beloved cat, BabyBoo. Some of her fondest memories were of traveling to Disney World with
her daughter and grandchildren. Always a dreamer, Marilyn loved Mickey and Minnie, who “put
magic in every step I took and lots and lots of love in my heart.” Marilyn touched countless lives
and will be remembered for her big laugh, giving heart, and charismatic energy.
Marilyn is survived by her loving daughter, Kathleen Hunter; son, Gregory Hunter;
grandchildren, Jacob Schneider, Kaitlyn (Schneider) Vagnini, Emily Schneider, Abigail Schneider;
great grandson, Leonardo Vagnini; and many other loved ones. She was preceded in death by
her parents, Jack and Helen (Petrov) Kaumeyer, and her brother, Jack Kaumeyer.
There will be a memorial service from 1:00 - 2:00 PM, with a light lunch following at 2:00 PM on
Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Ofield Funeral Home, 4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Grand Rapids,
Memorial contributions may be given in Marilyn’s honor to the Humane Society of West
Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.