Mary Lou (nee Eppler) Armbruster, age 79, of Manistee passed away Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2012, peacefully at her home.
Mary Lou was born in Petoskey on April 6, 1933. She completed her registered nurse training at Saginaw General Hospital. On Sept. 4, 1954, Mary Lou and Morris Armbruster were married. Mary Lou worked at McLaren General Hospital in Flint and Goodwill Industries as an industrial nurse until moving to Manistee in 1994.
Mary Lou was active with Lutheran Women's Missionary League (including chairing a statewide convention for the Lutheran Women's Missionary League), Stephen Ministries, Trinity Ladies Society and various other church functions. She was also a member of the Lakeside Club in Manistee.
Mary Lou was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a zest for life and enjoyed quilting, gardening and traveling with Morris. She brought joy and beauty to those around her. She blessed her friends and family with a warm, welcoming home, full of laughter and delicious cookies. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents and by a sister-in-law, Clara Armbruster.
Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Morris; sister and husband, Aileen and Clint Stroebel; brother and wife, Ray and Martha Eppler; brother-in-law, Roy Armbruster; and brother-in-law and wife, Ed and June Armbruster. Surviving children and grandchildren are daughter and husband, Sue and Dave Johnson, and their four children, Meghan and husband Ryan Akers, Joshua, Ben and Rebecca; son and wife, Larry and Penny Armbruster, and their three children, Noah, Lauren and Emily; son and wife, Phil and Michelle Armbruster and their three children, Eric, Tim and Sarah; and one great-granddaughter, Elisabeth Akers.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5471 Fairview, Onekama, Mich., as a celebration and thanksgiving for Mary Lou's life, with pastor Anslie Wagner officiating. Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Manistee.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Onekama building fund, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home, 480 Water St., Manistee, Mich. 49660 (www.johnson-funeral-home.com).