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Obituaries continued

Ruth E. Buschke, 98

  Ruth E. Buschke of Birch Run, age 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Birch Run Fields Assisted Living.

  Ruth was born October 25, 1921. She married the love of her life, Adolph J. Buschke on November 4, 1944 in Saginaw. They recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. Adolph preceded her in death February 27, 2020. Ruth was a very active member of St. Martin Lutheran Church and the Birch Run Moose Lodge #2426. She was a waitress at the Hi-Life Inn in Bridgeport for 16 years. Ruth enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and traveling. She loved spending time with her family.

  Surviving are son, James (Janie) Buschke and daughter Jean (Richard) Husen; grandchildren Debbie (Jeff) Murrel, Paul (Tin Srikhampha) Husen, Holly (Matthew) Gerisch, Jill (Jonny) Kowalewski and Jeff Buschke; great-grandchildren Caroline and Katelyn Murrel, Lily Gerisch, and Junanan Yanuch; many other loving family members and dear friends. Ruth was also preceded in death by daughter-in-law Lori Buschke; brothers Walter Heine and Lawrence Heine; and sister Vera Masica.

  Funeral services were held Monday, September 21, 2020 at St. Martin Lutheran Church – 10995 Canada Rd., in Birch Run. Pastor James Chinery officiated with burial in Birch Run Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin Lutheran Church.

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


Helen Koch, 91

  Helen Koch passed away Saturday September 19, 2020; age 91 years at Covenant Medical Cooper.  Helen Hoppe was born on August 9, 1929 in Saginaw, MI to the late Fredrick and Amelia Hoppe.  She was married to Robert for 68 years on May 1, 1948, until he predeceased her on July 8, 2016.  Helen was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Frankenmuth and the LFA, she helped with the American Legion chicken barbecue, assisted people in physical need and loved to bowl and polka.

  Surviving are three daughters and one son: Brenda Koch, Sherry (Bill) McQuiston, Denise (Rick) Fix and Brian (Misty) Koch; nine grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 17 great- grandchildren, one sister and four brothers; Esther Morley, Fred Hoppe, John Hoppe, Carl (Janice) Hoppe and Ernest Hoppe.

  Besides her husband Robert, Helen was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, granddaughter-in-law, a step granddaughter, three brothers and two sisters.

  A private family service will take place, the Rev. Patrick Ernst will officiate with cremation to follow and burial at a later date in St. John’s Cemetery.  Helen’s family will receive visitors at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. on Wednesday September 23, from 2-6pm.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church or St. Mary’s Guardian Angel Adult Respite Care.

  Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin Street. Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


Wayne A. Pickelmann, 64

  Wayne A. Pickelmann went to play music with his Lord on Friday September 18, 2020 at home age 64 years.  Wayne was born on May 28, 1956 in Saginaw, MI to the late Edmund and Edna Pickelmann.  He was married to Susan Zehnder on September 28, 2007, she survives him.  Wayne was the co-owner of Pickelmann Dairy Farms and later owned and operated Pickelmann Lawn and Snow Service.  He was an active member of many organizations, lifelong member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, St. Lorenz Wind Ensemble for 50 years, Stephen Ministry for the past eight years, the Siem G’scheit Club and a prior member of the Frankentrost Band.  He loved playing Santa for many families for many years.  Another one of his joys was to tutor the fifth grade children at St. Lorenz and Rittmueller school bands.  Wayne also spent 15 years getting children safely across Frankenmuth streets, retiring in 2018.

  Surviving besides his wife Susan are his children Millie Pickelmann of the U.P., Joe Pickelmann, OH; one brother Gerhard “Gary” (Patricia) Pickelmann, Frankenmuth; two grandchildren, Shane and Katie Howey; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Janet Pickelmann, Bay City, MI, Penny Pickelmann, Frankenmuth, Elizabeth (William) Schmidt, Timothy (Joyce) Zehnder, Phillip Zehnder; and aunt Lorine Zoellner and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

  Wayne was preceded in death by his previous wife Janet and brothers Henry and Leon Pickelmann.

  Funeral service took place on September 22, 2020, at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, 1030 W. Tuscola, Frankenmuth and can be viewed at the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church website at  The Rev. Shawn Fenske officiated. 

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Pickelmann Music Scholarship at St. Lorenz.

  Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

James L. Mocny, 91

  James L. Mocny passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital; age 91. James was born in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Casimir and Ruth (Heindel) Mocny. He was married to Donna Lou Schiefer on July 2, 1949 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Saginaw. She predeceased him on November 3, 2011.

  James retired in 1987 from General Motors Corp. Saginaw Steering Gear Division. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Saginaw.

  James is survived by five sons Michael Mocny, Joseph Mocny, John (Susan) Mocny, Theodore Mocny and Edward (Donna) Mocny; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two brothers Richard (Nancy) Mocny, Robert (Toshie) Mocny; and one sister-in-law, Milda Persons.

  A funeral liturgy for James was held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 3945 Williamson Road, Saginaw. The Rev. Fr. John Mancini, OSFS officiated with rite of committal at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the church or through

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