Frederick L. Zumsteg, beloved husband, father and grandfather of St. Johns, MI passed on March 4, 2011 after a valiant health struggle for 2 ½ years. He was born on November 12, 1932 at Walter Neller Hospital in Lansing to Avis (Russell) and Myron Zumsteg.
Frederick retired from General Motors on March 1, 1993 after 32 years of service. After retirement he was owner/operator of Wedding Reflections, Ltd. For twelve years in downtown St. Johns. He was well known for his musical bridal show productions. Through the years he provided training opportunities for youth, both through the Bridal Industry, Knit & Purl and Soaring Unlimited, which included various facets of construction. Frederick was community minded and active in the Jaycees in Ionia for many years. He served in the Korean Conflict and, after discharge from the Army; he was called up by the Navy to work on missiles for the Department of Defense. He will always be remembered as a man with a compassionate and generous heart, always putting others before himself.
He married Barbara (Brown) Sluka on September 1st , 1995, who survives him along with her daughter, Julie Ann (Thomas) Sovereign and grandchildren Tommy and Gracie of St. Johns, his daughter Lisa (Thomas) DeRonne and grandchildren, Mathew, Christopher and Michael of Fenton, son Keith (Kathy) Zumsteg and grandchildren Keith, Jessica, James, Nathan and Brandon of Columbus, Ohio and son Michael Zumsteg of Lyons and granddaughter Holly, sister Joyce Charles of Ionia, brother in-law Daniel Brown and sisters in-law Connie (Rus) Hilliker all of Vernon and Sally (Kevin) Spiegel of Morrice, eight great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a special young man, Jonathon Kelley.
On July 31, 1960 he married Jacqueline Glavin, she preceded him in death in 1982.
Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand, St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns or Capital Area Community Services Walk for Warmth.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 710 E. Columbia Dr., Durand, MI 48429 on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Poll officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Vernon, MI.
The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, 1500 Waterford Pkwy., St. Johns, MI 48879, (989-224-4422), www.keckcolemanfh.com Saturday, March 5, 6-8 P.M. and Sunday March 6, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M.
Rosary services will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 7:30 P.M.