Armbruster, Elizabeth “Betty”, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away at St. Francis Nursing Home, Saginaw, Michigan, January 8, 2011 following a lengthy illness, age 90 years. Betty was born in Audley, Stoke-on-Trent, England January 7, 1921 the daughter of the late Albert and Alice (Dale) Sayers. During World War II, she worked in a hospital and met Corporal Roland Armbruster, a Medic with the U.S. Eighth Army Air Corps. They were married in Basford, England on September 14, 1943. He predeceased her March 21, 2000. Following the war, Betty left England to make her new home in Saginaw, Michigan. She was a consummate homemaker and an accomplished cook, specializing in English dishes. She loved to host family gatherings and enjoyed preparing favorite treats for each family member. It gave her pleasure to see others enjoy her cooking and she happily fed anyone who was hungry. She and “Rollie” raised four children, Ruth Ann (Sherman) McMahon, David (Maria) Armbruster, Kathy Armbruster (Laurie), all of Saginaw and Chris (Etta) Armbruster of St. Charles. She also leaves to cherish her memory four grandchildren, Elizabeth “Beth” (Scott) Baker, Ann Arbor, Amy (Jeff) Pufahl, Ypsilanti, David “Jeff” (Dana) Armbruster, Freeland and Janelle (Pat) Ruhland, Bay City; seven great-grandchildren, Luke Baker, Alex, Colin and Claire Pufahl, Julia and Taylor Armbruster, Patrick Ruhland. Also surviving are two sisters, Gladys Pepper, New Castle, Staffordshire, England, Olwyn (Sid) Shapland, Weston Coyney, Staffordshire, England; three sisters-in-law, Ida Sayers, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England, Sue Bonk, Grand Rapids and Janis McCann, Midland; many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Betty was predeceased by two brothers, Albert “Em” Sayers and Claude “Ken” Sayers; three brothers-in-law, William “Bill” Pepper, John “Jack” Bonk and Jim Armbruster. A celebration of Betty’s life will take place 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2011 at W.L. Case & Company, 409 Adams St. Friends may visit with the family at the chapel from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staffs of Heartland Hospice, Community Village and St. Francis Home for the special care they gave our mother. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Heartland Hospice, Community Village or St. Francis Home.