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Obituaries

Shirley LaGruth, 78

  Shirley LaGruth went home to be  with her Lord Friday, February 20, 2015 at Covenant Harrison, Saginaw, after a lengthy illness; age 78 years.

    Shirley Weston was born in Melvin, MI on September  12, 1936 to the late Bernard and Faye (Beadle) Weston.  She was married to H. Richard (Dick) LaGruth on December 9, 1953; he survives her.

  Shirley was a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church (WELS) in Frankenmuth.  She enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling, listening to and supporting Time of Grace Ministries (www.timeofgrace.org), and other church activities.  Shirley enjoyed watching football and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.  

  Surviving besides Dick,  her husband of 61 years, are her sisters, Wanda Lee (Bill) Simpson of Port Huron; Janice (Frank) Golembrosky of Newark, Delaware; Noreen (Bill) Wolvin of Port Huron; and brother, Steven (Mary) Weston of North Platte, Nebraska; three daughters, Krystal (Ricky) Nolan-Himm of Reese; Karis (Philip) Geistfeld of Beverly Hills, FL; Janelle (Joel) Birsching of Vassar; Six grandchildren, Benjamin (Katrina) Nolan; Emily and Evan Geistfeld; Jesse and Kayla Birsching; step-granddaughter, Genova Hoyle; and several nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services will take place on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11am at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin Street. Rev. Joel Willitz will officiate. 

  Shirley’s family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm and on Friday from 10am until the time of service.

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to King of Kings (WELS) Lutheran Church Building Fund.

  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.cederbergfh.com.

 

Larry R. Veitengruber, 70

  Larry R. Veitengruber died peacefully on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, after a brief battle with cancer; age 70 years.

  Larry was born on December 9, 1944 in Saginaw, MI to Emilie C. Veitengruber and the late Edwin J. Veitengruber.

  He retired from GM after many years of service.

  Larry was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.   He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed the outdoors, spending time with family, and was a faithful caretaker to his mother.                                                       

  Surviving besides his mother, Emilie, are: one daughter, Heidi (Dan) Lorigan of Owosso; one son, David (Dana) Veitengruber of Anchorage, AK; two grandsons, Joey Lorigan and Gus Veitengruber; one brother, James (Myrna) Veitengruber of Bellevue, WA, and  several nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services took place on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth and at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. 

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Church or the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw.

  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.cederbergfh.com.

 

Oscar Ranke, 87

  Oscar Ranke of Bay City, Michigan passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Covenant Glen in Frankenmuth; age 87 years.  Oscar was born on May 30, 1927 in Frankenmuth, Michigan to the late Oscar L. and Frieda (Rummel) Ranke.  He married Marilyn  Priem on August 16, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church Bay City.  She predeceased him on October 14, 2008. Oscar attended Frankenmuth Public Schools, Arthur Hill High School, Port Huron Junior College, Bay City Junior College and Michigan State University.  He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth.  Oscar was retired from John Miller Electric in Detroit, Flint and Bay City where he was a Project Engineer and Chief Estimator. 

  Surviving  Oscar are his  daughter and son-in-law, Judy (Tom) Neumeyer; grandson, Michael (Vicki) Neumeyer; granddaughter, Ashley (Brian) Bond; and great-grandson, Matthew Bond.

  Oscar was preceded in death by his sister, Viola Beyersdorf. 

  A lifetime member of the Frankenmuth Legion Post 150, Oscar was a Past Commander and also a member of the Frankenmuth Historical Association.  He was a World War II Veteran and a member of the Frankenmuth Baseball Hall of Fame.    Oscar enjoyed speaking German, being part of the Gemütlichkeit Club and discussing the history of Frankenmuth. 

  Funeral services will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1200 E. Genesee, Frankenmuth, MI.  The Rev. Jeffery Luplow will officiate.  Oscar will be laid to rest at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth.  The family will receive visitors  at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. on Wednesday from 2-8pm  and on Thursday at church from 10am until the time of service.

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Oscar and Marilyn Ranke Scholarship Fund or St. John’s Lutheran Church.  The Ranke family would like to thank all the wonderful people at Caretel Inn, Covenant Glen and Home & Hospice Advantage for their comforting support. 

  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

www.cederbergfh.com.

 


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