Beechler, Gretchen E., Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the Hoyt Nursing & Rehab Centre. Age 96 years. Gretchen Beyerlein was born on June 14, 1915 in Saginaw to the late Paul and Elizabeth (Schertel) Beyerlein. She married John F. Beechler on May 2, 1932. He predeceased her on September 23, 1993. Prior to her retirement, Gretchen was employed at the Saginaw Club as a waitress for 27 years. She also truly enjoyed volunteering at Bethesda for 30 years. She was a faithful member of Holy Cross Ev. Lutheran Church. Surviving are two children and their spouses, Donna (James) Bluemer, Saginaw; Duane (Sarah) Beechler, Ann Arbor; nine grandchildren, Connie Kushion, LA, Calif.; Ruth (Karl) Schmidt, Susan Kushion, Cathy Kushion, Denise List-King, all of Saginaw; Carol (Doug) Brenke, Omstead; Jeff Beechler, Ypsilanti; Greg (Becky) Beechler, OH; Pam (Barry) Piper, Pinckney; two step-grandchildren, Melissa (Rob) Anderson, Midland; and Mark (Bridget) Bluemer, Midland; 20 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to thank the staff of Hoyt Nursing & Rehab Centre for the loving care given to Gretchen. Funeral service will take place on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Ev. Lutheran Church, 600 Court St. The Rev. James F. Krueger will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given to Holy Cross Ev. Lutheran Church or Bethesda Lutheran Communities. Memories and sympathies of Gretchen may be shared with the family on her Obituary page at