Pearce, Ralph, Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

A lifelong resident of Saginaw, Passed away on, January 29, 2010. Age 99 years.  Ralph worked for 39 years for the Chevrolet Foundries and retired in 1972 as General Superintendent of the Nodular Iron Foundry.  He was a member of Demolay, Masonic Lodge #155, Consistory, Elf Kaurach Shrine, and the American Foundrymen’s Society. Most important, Ralph will be remembered for his strong commitment to being a faithful servant of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by witnessing to others less fortunate than he, in hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes. He also had great support for mission work, and a church in Mexico.  He has accomplished this goal especially during his 37 years of retirement.  Survivors include his daughter, Marilyn and John Halstead, of Traverse City, MI; a son, Bill and Pinky (Bragman) Pearce, of Flowery Branch, GA; a grandson, Craig and Jennifer Pearce and their daughter, Emily of Flowery Branch, GA; a granddaughter, Carrie and Dennis Wiggins and their children: Ashley and Max of Harbor Springs, MI; a grandson, Mark and Donna (Gilders) Halstead, and their children: Hanna and Hunter of West Bloomfield, MI; a grandson, Dr. David and Dina (Hackett) Halstead and their children: Jack and Charlie of St Joseph, MI; and a grandson, Jon Halstead of Traverse City, MI.  He was preceded in death by his wife, of 63 years, Wilma (Holnagel); and sister, Mae Princing.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at St Johns Lutheran Church, 915 Federal Ave., followed by a reception lunch at the church. Pastor Paulette L. Cummings will officiate.  The family will receive friends Friday, February 5, 2010, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State) and on Saturday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers, Ralph would like donations to the General Fund at St John’s Lutheran Church, 915 Federal Ave. Saginaw MI 48607, or the Hospice of Hope, 9710 Junction Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, 989-652-4663.