Anita Helene Slachta, Saginaw, Michigan
Passed away early Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Saginaw Geriatrics Home. Age 98 years. Anita Helene Uphoff was born February 1, 1911, in Saginaw, the daughter of the late Charles and Elsie (Ganschow) Uphoff. She was a life-long resident of Saginaw. She graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1928. After many years of employment with Schirmer’s Jewelry and Heavenrich’s Department Store, she retired from Jacobson’s in 1976 after 20 years of service. She was a life-member of First Presbyterian Church, and served as Elder, choir member, Sunday school teacher, and advisor to the Junior and Senior Youth Groups. She was an honorary life-member of its Women’s Association. She served many years as a board member of the National Polio Foundation and 25 years as a Red Cross volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was formerly active in the Germania Town and Country Club golf and bowling leagues, until she became homebound with illness. She was a member of the National Farm and Garden Club, Women’s Club, and the Merry Wives of the YWCA. She married Raymond Slachta on August 8, 1942 in West Palm Beach, Florida; he predeceased her July 13, 1992. Surviving are her son, James Heidger and wife Sally; three grandsons and their wives, Steven (Zelda) Heidger, San Jose, CA; Thomas (Kathy) Heidger and James (Janice) Heidger, all of Saginaw; seven great-grandchildren, Thomas, Andrew, Jeanette, and Keoni Heidger, Joseph and Matthew Aven, and Nikolaus Heidger; one great-great-grandson, Noah Heidger; a sister, Florence Stansbury; many nieces, nephews and their families. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, another daughter, Suzanne Elaine Slachta, and by a great-great-granddaughter, Ava Heidger. Funeral service will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2009, at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 409 Adams Street. Rev. James Neumann will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Her family will receive friends at the chapel from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2009, and then on Monday, June 1, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Red Cross or First Presbyterian Church.