Mr. Edward W. Slaggert Sr., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Monday, October 12, 2009 at his home surrounded by his family. Age 85 years. The son of the late Edward L. and Gladys (Jones) Slaggert, Ed was born August 9, 1924 in Saginaw, Michigan. Ed served in the U.S. Navy as a Medic on Okinawa in the Pacific Theatre. He married Ursula Hein, his loving wife of 62 years, on August 2, 1947 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She survives him. Ed was employed at Consumers Power Company for 29 years until his retirement in 1985. He was later employed at The Snow Funeral Home. He was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Ed served the Red Cross for 22 years as an Instructor of First Aid and C.P.R. and in 1993 was honored with the Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service. He devoted 36 years to Boy Scouting and received the Silver Beaver Award and the St. George Emblem. Ed was also involved in various professional and community activities. He was active in the Pro-Life Movement having served on the Board of Pregnancy Services of Michigan and served with Abortion Alternatives Information/Pregnancy Aid of Saginaw. In 1990, Ed was honored as “Knight of the Year” by Knights of Columbus Council #4232. In 1996, Ed and Ursula together were presented with the Servant Leader Award from Heartbeat International and were inducted into the Saginaw Catholic School Hall of Fame. Surviving besides his wife Ursula are four daughters, five sons and their spouses, Mary Beth and Randy Brady, Ann Arbor; Peggy Slaggert, Saginaw; Paul and Karen Slaggert, Granger, Indiana; Stephen Slaggert and his wife Dr. Kathy Greenberger, Evanston, Illinois; Jack Slaggert, Harbor Springs, Michigan; Ellen and Rev. Paul Nuechterlein, Kalamazoo, Michigan; James and Olga Slaggert, Berkeley, California; Carol and David Petersen, Hemlock; Andy and Tara Slaggert, South Bend, Indiana; a daughter–in-law, Nancy Slaggert, Wall, New Jersey; 25 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one sister and one brother, Jean Keyes, Saginaw; Alfred and Mary Ann Slaggert, Clare; numerous nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by his son, Edward W. Slaggert Jr., his granddaughter, Anna Slaggert, one great-grandson, Gabriel Nave and one brother, Lawrence Slaggert. Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 2009 at St. Mary Cathedral. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd. (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at St. Mary Cathedral on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3:30 p.m. and a Vigil Service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Mother Teresa Fund of Saginaw Diocese, Lake Huron Area Boy Scouts, American Red Cross or St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.