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Frankenmuth icon and Bavarian Inn matriarch Dorothy Zehnder dies at 101

Posted on AllSides July 10th, 2023
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FRANKENMUTH, MI – Dorothy Zehnder, beloved matriarch of the Bavarian Inn and a longtime face of Michigan’s Little Bavaria, has died. Zehnder died with family members by her side at her Frankenmuth home Sunday, July 9, according to a news release issued the following day. Born Dec. 1, 1921, in Reese, 10 miles north of Frankenmuth, Zehnder would go on to become a co-founder of the family-owned Bavarian Inn Restaurant, where she spent more than 85 years working behind the scenes and as the visible face of the well-known Bavarian...

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