Mary S. Kuhnlein September 4th, 2022

Mary S. Kuhnlein, 88, of St. Joseph, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to either Birthright-2700 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085, or Capuchin Soup Kitchen-1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit MI 48207. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Mary was born in Detroit, Michigan to Wilbur & Mildred Cook. She graduated from Dominican High School. In 1955, Mary married the love of her life, Jerome Kuhnlein, and the two would spend 66 wonderful years together before his passing in January 2022. Mary proudly raised her six children at home. Mary was an active member of the Jaycees, where she enjoyed performing in their musicals. She also volunteered much of her time at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (Farmington MI) where she assisted with many funeral luncheons and athletic banquets. Mary enjoyed creating art and listening to music, but her most cherished time was spent with her family.

Mary is survived by her children, Debbie (Bill) Schorger, Dr. Jerry (Colleen) Kuhnlein, Jeff (Jeannie) Kuhnlein, Greg (Theresa) Kuhnlein, Tim (Gail) Kuhnlein, and Mary Ann (David) Doyle; eighteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Jackie and Marie.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Jerome Kuhnlein Sr.; parents, Wilbur and Mildred Cook; siblings, Robert, Russell, Billy, Margaret, and Jeananne; and one grandson.