Leibinger Sr., James J., Saginaw Township, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Age 75 years.  James J. Leibinger was born September 11, 1934 in Saginaw to Joseph and Lena (Schmidt) Leibinger.  He was married to Shirley Ann Stelter on August 8, 1953 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.  She survives him.  James, along with his wife, has been longtime members of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.  James had been employed by General Motors (Saginaw Steering Gear) as a General Foreman, retiring after 37 years of dedicated service.  He loved to run and was very proud to have completed the Minneapolis/St. Paul Marathon with his son-in-law, Buster, in 1989.  James also enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family.   Left to cherish James’ memory are his wife of 56 years, Shirley; three children: Cindi Whitmer, Susan (David) Smith, and James J. Jr. (Renee) Leibinger; two grandchildren: Ryan and Hannah Leibinger; his brother, Frank (Pat) Leibinger; and mother-in-law, Julia Stelter.  He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Buster Whitmer.  James’ funeral liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2010 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5376 State St.  Entombment will follow at St. Andrew Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State) Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. A vigil service will take place on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. James will lie in state at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral liturgy.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Heart Association.  Please share your thoughts and memories with James’ family at the funeral home, church or through www.DeislerFuneralHome.com.