Strohpaul, Betty L., Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Covenant-Cooper. Age 83 years. Betty L. Russell was born on April 24, 1932, in Anawalt, West Virginia. She was married to Russell H. Strohpaul, Sr. on August 26, 1950, in Saginaw, where he predeceased her on February 27, 2009. Prior to her retirement, Betty worked as a custodian for Dr. Goman for 29 years. She was a faithful member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Surviving are her four children and their spouses, Susan (Ronald) Specht, Sr., Bridgeport; Ethel Schnell, Saginaw; Russell (Tina) Strohpaul, Jr., Grayling; James Strohpaul, Saginaw; eight grandchildren, Ronald Specht, Jr., Jermey (Shamiah) Specht, Jamie Lee Specht, Nicole (Jason) Trudeau, Russell (Jean) Strohpaul III, Matthew (fiancée Ryan Varcak) Strohpaul, Andrew (Hayley) Strohpaul, Jason (Amy) Strohpaul; 15 great-grandchildren and three expecting; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Luella Strohpaul. Betty was predeceased by her mother, Emma E. (Cartwright) Russell, and an infant daughter. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 808 Weiss, Saginaw. The Rev. Michael R. Korte will officiate. Burial will take place in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the Wakeman Funeral Home, Inc., 1218 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, on Monday from 2-8 p.m., then at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of her service. Memorial contributions may be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Memories and sympathies may be shared with the family on Betty’s memorial website at