Meet Mrs. Bunny Easter, of Melrose

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For only the second time in more than 70 years, Melrose Township resident Bunny Easter Marquardt’s birthday will land on Easter Sunday April 5.

The last time this happened was in 1953.

Marquardt will celebrate her 73rd birthday this Easter Sunday in her Walloon Lake home.

Born on Easter Sunday in 1942, in Logansport, to Jim and Clara Easter, Marquardt’s father Jim was the local golf pro at Dykeman Municipal Links.

The day after Easter, The Pharos Tribune headline read “Easter brings another Easter to James Easter.”

The article went on to say “you can bet she’ll be nicknamed Bunny.”

Which prompted her parents to make her legal name “Bunny Easter.”

In 1953, her birthday landed again on Easter Sunday. The news of Bunny Easter’s Easter birthday became national news as it was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Everyone knew Bunny Easter in her hometowns of Logansport, Monticello and Peru, but upon entering Purdue University her professors always wanted to know who the jokester was that registered as … “Easter, Bunny.”

Bunny and her husband Bob raised their three children, Ken, Joanna, and Scott in Troy, Michigan.

Bunny was named “Distinguished Citizen of Year” in 1981 for all of her volunteering, at the time she was President of Troy Youth Assistance program and on the parks and recreation board.

She went on to start a successful Travel Agency until she retired to Walloon Lake in 2001.

She is still a tireless volunteer in her community, winning the “Civic Pride Award” for her planning work on the Melrose Township new Fire Hall & Community Center.

She is currently President of the Friends of the Crooked Tree District Libraries and Chairman of the Election Committee, and volunteers for the Walloon Lake Assoc.

Bunny and Bob enjoy boating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, golfing, gardening, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family. They have 7 grandchildren in Oregon and a son in New York City, so traveling is still a big part of their lives.