Essmann, David H., Freeland, Michigan

David Harold Essmann was on born March 21, 1958, in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa where his father was a Lutheran missionary. He grew up in Wisconsin, and then moved to Michigan to begin his exceptional career in education, first in the Lutheran school system, then in the public schools. Dave loved his family and his job; he devoted his life to educating, loving and supporting those who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Dave is survived by his parents, Pastor Harold and Ruth Essmann; his beloved daughters, Amy (Bill) Pavlakos and Jillian (Keith) Huot; the love of his life for twelve years, his wife, Sue Essmann; sisters, Rhoda (Pastor Dennis) Belter and Michele (Reginald) Pfeifer; nieces and nephews, Pastor Jeremy (Kelsey) Belter, Nicole Belter, Zachary Belter, Kirsten Pfeifer, Emily Pfeifer, Kelly Reinhardt and Sarah Reinhardt; brother and sister-in-law Dave and Wendy Reinhardt; his best friends, Meri and Dave Symons; as well as several aunts and uncles. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 612 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, MI 48602. Friends are welcome to visit with the family Monday evening from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the McIntyre Funeral Chapel, 500 N. Michigan Ave., and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until service. In lieu of flowers, the family would request that everyone who has been touched by Dave Essmann continue his legacy by performing a random act of kindness for a stranger. "The Lord is MY Shepherd, I shall not be in want." Psalm 23:1.