Top Stories

Eagles Sports
Upcoming Events
Vic's Flick Picks
Pastor's Column
Advertise with Us
Press Release
Contact Us
Staff Login


More obits

Dr. Fred L. Zehnder, 68

  Dr. Fred L. Zehnder passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI; age 68 years. 

  Fred was born on January 21, 1947 in Saginaw, MI to the late Frederick W. and Lorine (Geyer) Zehnder.  He was married to Wendy Waack on August 6, 1971, she survives him. 

  Fred founded the Family Eye Care Center in Frankenmuth and served the community as an Optometrist for 40 years, retiring in 2013.  Fred was very involved in the community, his profession, and a lifelong member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church where he served in many capacities.

  Fred was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed spending time at his cabin cheering on the Michigan State Spartans with family and friends.

  Surviving besides his wife Wendy are: two sons, Dr. Chris (Alisa) Zehnder, Michael (Elyse) Zehnder; ten grandchildren, Colten, Kylee, Blake, Bryce, Adelyn, Savanah, Preston, Grace, Stella, Tessa; one brother and one sister, Dr. David (Mary) Zehnder and Mary (Bill) Heyse; sister-in-law, Sandy (Dr. Frank) Piesko; many nieces and nephews, and special canine companion, Lahlah.

  Memorial services took place on Tuesday, April 28, at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth.

  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church or the Saginaw City Rescue Mission.

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


George Pavlicek, 86

  George Pavlicek of Birch Run, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Wellspring Lutheran in Frankenmuth. He was 86 years of age.

  George was born April 1, 1929 in Birch Run to the late Anton and Katrina (Duda) Pavlicek. He married Katherine “Katie” Taylor on October 16, 1954. They enjoyed many wonderful years together. Katie not only lost her husband, but her best friend.

  Mr. Pavlicek is a U.S. Army PFC Korean War Veteran, serving from 1951-1953. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Bridgeport. George retired from GM in 1986 with 39 years seniority and was a member of the UAW Local #668.

  He enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre, traveling and being spontaneous with Katie. Above all, George loved being with his family and was always there for them. He will be greatly missed.

  Surviving are: Loving wife, Katie Pavlicek of Birch Run; two daughters: Cathy (Ken) Kern of Bridgeport and Nancy (Rich) Fisher of Birch Run; three sons: George (Linda) Pavlicek of Birch Run, Dan (Michele) Pavlicek of Birch Run, Tony (MJ) Pavlicek of Birch Run; nine grandchildren: Jason (Kendra) Kern of Millington, Alan (Holly) Kern of Saginaw, Nathan (Nicole) Kern of Hemlock, Eric Kern of Bridgeport, Allison (Eric) Monroe of Saginaw, Laura Pavlicek of Birch Run, Justin Pavlicek of Winter Park, FL, Michael (Allison) Fisher of Birch Run and Amy (Elliot) Crabtree of Brighton; five great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons, and their families; one sister, Annie Hervert of Saginaw; Many nieces and nephews.

  George was preceded in death by his six brothers and their wives, Tony (Vivian) Pavlicek, Frank (Evelyn) Pavlicek, Joe (Esther) Pavlicek, Fabian (Ruth) Pavlicek, Charlie (Donna) Pavlicek and Johnny (Paula) Pavlicek; one brother in law, Joe Hervert.

  The Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Wellspring Lutheran in Frankenmuth for all their love and care.

  Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church in Bridgeport. Pastor William Hessler officiated with burial in the Birch Run Cemetery.

  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church – Debt Reduction Fund, Altar Circle or the charity of one’s choice.

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

Betty L. Geuder, 93

  Betty L. Geuder, formerly of Saginaw and Frankenmuth, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Breckenridge at the age of 93.

  Funeral services took place on Monday, April 27 in Frankenmuth. 

  To share an online condolence with the family visit




(c) 2006 Frankenmuth News