Maiken Gertraude Ehlers
COPPER HARBOR — Maiken Gertraude Ehlers, 90, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2018, at the Ohio Living Cape May retirement community in Wilmington, Ohio.
Maiken was born May 26, 1928, to the late Georg and Louisa (Hankel) Krause, in Delitzsch, in the Leipzig area of Saxony, Germany. In 1968, Maiken and her family moved to Walled Lake, but it was on a trip to the Upper Peninsula in 1970, that Maiken found her new home in the Keweenaw.
Maiken and her husband, Fritz, loved Copper Harbor, and in 1972, opened The Harbor Haus, a German/American restaurant on the harbor’s edge.
In 1975, the couple added another restaurant to their portfolio when Maiken turned a former bar in Kearsarge into the Old Country Haus restaurant. In 1979, she opened the Alpine Haus in Steward, Florida, but missed the Keweenaw too much to stay away.
Known to Keweenaw residents and visitors as “Miss Maiken,” she ran the Country Haus and Fritz the Harbor Haus through 1986, when Fritz passed away. Maiken then moved back to Copper Harbor and managed the Harbor Haus until selling the business in 2001.
In 2003, Maiken retired to Springfield, North Carolina, to live near her cousin Ann and her husband Gustav. Maiken enjoyed her retirement, traveling with Ann to her second home in Toronto, Ontario, and to visit other relatives in Germany.
In late 2016, Maiken broke her hip. Maiken’s daughter Bettina and special friend Julie Bedell, travelled to care for her before Maiken moved to Wilmington, Ohio, in 2017, to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Bettina and Ed Myers.
Maiken was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Fritz.
She is survived by her daughter, Bettina (Ed) Myers; cousin, Ann (Gustav) Schickedanz; their daughters, Lisa, Susie, Tina and Heidi; and their husbands; children; grandchildren; a sister, Gundel in Germany; special friends, Julie (Harry) Bedell, Candy (Michael) Goulette and Sarah Veenstra of Lincoln, California; and many other friends.
At Maiken’s request, cremation has taken place, and a celebration of life will take place this Spring, in Copper Harbor.
Maiken was lovingly cared for in her final months by Community Care Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Community Care Hospice, 1669 Rombach Avenue, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.