Barckholtz, Phyllis, St. James City, FL, Formerly of, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away at age 86 on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Gulf Coast Village, Cape Coral, FL. She was born November 6, 1924, to the late James and Norma (Mayer) Stapleton in St. Charles, Michigan, where she graduated from high school as valedictorian and met Darwin A. (Andy) Barckholtz. The two were married December 10, 1942, and lived a wonderful life together. When Andy left to serve in World War II, Phyl worked at Saginaw Steering Gear on Hamilton, where she met life-long friend Lousie Schroeder. Later, in addition to raising her boys, Phyl worked as an office manager for several local medical offices, including William McEwan, MD, and David Eagle, DDS. An active member of Peace Lutheran Church, Phyllis felt blessed to live so close by in her beloved house on Adams Avenue. Upon retirement, Andy and Phyl moved to Florida’s Pine Island, where they spent most of the year enjoying friends, the abundant fruit trees in their yard, traveling, walking, fishing, tandem bicycling, and church activities at Fisher’s of Men Lutheran Church. They returned to Saginaw each summer for nearly 35 years to visit family and friends, all of whom remember Phyl for her hearty laugh, warmth, and signature color – lavender. Phyllis is survived by her husband Andy; two sons, Terry (Melinda) Barckholtz of Hemlock and Randy (Joy) Barckholtz of Friendswood, TX; sister Lois Cleworth of San Luis Obispo, CA; brother James (Imogene) Stapleton of Ellsworth; grandchildren Jessica (Michael) Osborn of Portage, Jason (Deanne) Barckholtz of Bozeman, MT, Jennifer Barckholtz of Orlando, FL, Lindsay Barckholtz of Friendswood, TX, Claire and Clay Barckholtz of Hemlock; great grandchildren Sarah, Christian, Andrew, Lauren and Jake; as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will take place Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams Ave., with Pastor C. William Weis officiating. Friends and family may call at W.L. Case & Company Funeral Home, 4480 Mackinaw Road, on Friday from 5-8 p.m. or from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at Peace. The family would like to thank some very special people in Florida for their support and care: Pastor Roger and Cheryl Lemke, neighbors Eva and Jim Reidlinger, and Gulf Coast Village’s Dan Mosena. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Fort Myers, Florida.