Anita Jeanette Tallman was born August 2, 1921 to Samuel and Flossie Tallman in Cheboygan, Michigan. She had five brothers, Morris, Sherman, Ferris, Curt, and Bev preceding her in death. Anita married John Haffner in Cheboygan on October 28, 1938. They had five children: daughter Connie (Dale) Middleditch, son Jack (Nancy) Haffner, daughter Carolyn (Bob) Cummings, son Greg (who died unexpectedly on 1/27/13) survived by wife Jacquie Haffner, and daughter Betty Jo (died at 4-mos.1950). They settled in Dearborn, Michigan where they both worked, raised their family, and enjoyed their grandchildren. Anita worked at the Fisher Body Division of General Motors Company. During the beginning of their new family, John was drafted into WWII. Anita remained in Dearborn, raising their young children, maintaining the household, and working at the plant….all with the support of her dear mother, Flossie. It was during this time that GM converted its plant from automotive to military arms manufacturing. Anita was a “real life” Rosie the Riveter, quietly contributing to the efforts of the war while her family persevered through separation and uncertainty. She and John were married 37 years until his death on August 6, 1976. Anita retired from Fisher Body in 1979 after 27.5 years of service. In 1979, Anita married John Huff. They were married in Hawaii and they enjoyed vacations and travel during their lives together. They lived in Dearborn and spent their winters in New Port Richey, Florida until John’s death in 1998. They were married 19 years. Anita’s most favorite times were always the times with her family. She hosted many Christmas Eves, birthdays, Easters, and pivotal family events. Anita was so proud of being a part of her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren’s lives. Her grandchildren are: John (Mary) Haffner, Stephani Field, Kelly Haffner (Scott Barker) , Chris (Teresa) Stempien, Michele (Joe) Lyson, Kevin (Kim) Middleditch, Kara (Jim) Malone, Greg and Tammy Haffner. Her great-grandchildren include Jennifer Haffner, Jared, Courtney, and Brendan Field, Sara Nabozny, Kayla Haffner, Christopher Stempien, Ryan and Emily Lyson, Kameron and Kaden Middleditch, Karlee and Lindsay Malone. Anita lived a life of great strength and kindness. She was gifted with a positive, thoughtful personality. Anita was generous and loyal, fostering life-time friendships which she cherished. Her life has been a gift and she leaves her mark on the hearts of many because of her personal touch and devoted love. We are better to have known her and the world is a better place because of her footprint. She loved the color red. It’s the color of compassion, love, and life. Her favorite bird, the cardinal, who is red, sings a beautiful song. When you see one, please think of the beautiful song of her life.
Funeral services will be 12 P.M. Saturday at St. Johns United Church of Christ, Grass Lake with visitation from 10 A.M. until the time of service.