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Dawnette Marie Hantz, age 58, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2022, after a battle with cancer. She was born August 3, 1963, in Battle Creek to the late JD Pifer and Demaris Mills. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the class of 1981 and worked at KFC during high school with her great friend, Kyle Ploehn who she was still friends with.

After school Dawnette worked for Jim’s flower shop for over 20 years before she went to school at Everest Institute to become a medical assistant. She went on to work for Oaklawn Medical for 5 years and then to Hi-Lex America for the last 7 years before she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Dawnette battled the last 7 months with the cancer before it took her.

In her time away from work, Dawnette enjoyed diamond painting, playing bingo, reading, kayaking and most of all, spending time with her grandkids.

Survivors include her three sons, Archie (Kristi) Hantz, Floyd (Alisha) Hantz, and Jeremy Hantz; grandchildren, Archie Hantz II, Audrey, Isaac, Drake, Everly and Rowan Hantz; great-granddaughter, Paisleigh Hantz; brother, Mitch Pifer; and sisters, Pam Bedient, Dee Rogers, and Rhonda Yates.

Per her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service is being planned and details will be announced as soon as they become available.

Dawnette’s family would like to extend a thank you to the staff of Glenn Arbor Hospice for their care and compassion shown throughout this difficult time.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Toni gooding on June 6, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Your mother was always a joy to work with, she was kind and funny, and a very busy woman, I enjoyed working with her very much, she will be missed, so sorry for your loss, she is Way too young to be gone, all my prayers are with you 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

  2. Debra (Rabbit) Sadlowski McCulloch on June 6, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    I have known Dawn most of her life as her big sister Pam is one of my best friends. I am very sad and sorry she had to leave so soon. Cancer is horrible. Your family will miss you forever Dawn. Rest Easy ☮️

  3. Chris Zelmer on June 7, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    Your mom was a joy to work with and know there will be such a void in everything and everyone she ever touched.So very sorry,and yes,she was truly way too young.

  4. Penny Walters on June 9, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Dearest cousin, know that you will be missed by all who knew you. Love you and know that I will see you again one day.

  5. Archie Hantz on June 12, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    I miss and love you more every day! You’re the best momma a man could ever ask for! I’ll see you again some day mom I love you so much ❤️

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