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Germaine Irene Buchholz, age 79, of Greenville went to live with her Lord on Thursday, January 31, 2013. The daughter of Gordon “Ossie” & Irene (Knopf) Nielsen, she was born on February 25, 1933 in Trufant and was a graduate of Lakeview High School and The American Institute of Banking at Grand Rapids Junior College. She had worked at the former First State Bank of Greenville.

Germaine was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Greenville where she served on the church council, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served on many committees. She started the St. Paul Lutheran Church Food Mission and served for 13.5 years, in addition to volunteering at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and was a member of the Danish Sisterhood Society Lodge #65 in Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Robert M. Nielsen.

Germaine is survived by her husband, Howard E. Buchholz whom she married May 18, 1957; one son, Howard E. & Susan Buchholz II of Frankfort, IL; three daughters, Sue Marie & Robert Shroyer of Fayetteville, TN, Virginia Kremsreiter of Ionia, and Julie & Matt Vaughn of Frankenmuth; two brothers, two brothers, Gordon Nielsen of Jenison, and Gary & Carolyn Nielsen of Hopkins; eleven grandchildren: Rebecca & Ashwin Kurup of Bayonne, NJ, Carissa & Shawn Hipsher of Riverdale Park, MD, Martina Buchholz of Chicago, IL, Mark Addis of Fayetteville, TN, Jeff Addis of Florida, Stephanie Sue Addis of Fayetteville, TN, Abigail and Grace Vaughn of Frankenmuth, and Rachel, Taylor Sue, and Ashley Kremsreiter of Ionia; and three great-grandchildren, Ashi and Anoushka Kurup of Bayonne, NJ, and Jewel Addis of Fayetteville.

Visitation is Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Rev. Gary L. Hansen will officiate and a luncheon will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Germaine requested no flowers and instead would have appreciated memorials contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church Food Mission. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Germaine’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com

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  1. Anonymous on January 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

    John & Dawn Lewis

    Sue, we are so sorry for your loss. We pray that you will feel the arms of our Lord around you now and in the days to come. May you and your family know you are loved.

    02/05/2013

     

    Lee & Cheryl Kuhfuss

    Howard: We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Germaine. We enjoyed visiting with her while we all wintered here in FL. She was a very nice lady and will be missed by a lot of people in the park.

    02/05/2013

     

    Gaylia Ross

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Many memories of years gone by in the neighborhood. I’m sure mom would be there if she could. She is at Laurels of Carson. May her soul rest in peace as she enters into the Kingdom of God! Sorry I couldn’t be there. Prayers are with your whole family!

    02/04/2013

     

    Karl & Noelle Conzelmann

    Julie, Matt, Abby and Grace,

    We are sorry for your loss. We hope you find comfort during this time.

    02/04/2013

     

    Sam & Mary Andres

    Dear Sue,
    Know that we’re keeping you & your family in our prayers & thoughts. It’s never easy to say goodbye to those we love, but we’ll meet them again one day.
    Hugs, Sam & Mary

    02/04/2013

     

    Joan Lee Carruth

    So sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    02/03/2013

     

    Amy Hansen Elwood

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Germaine! She was my confirmation sponsor at St. Paul’s and I have many fond memories of her. She always greeted us with a big smile. She was a very special lady and I will miss her so much. Prayers going out to Howard and her family.

    02/03/2013

     

    Lori Kalnins Buchholz

    I am so sad to hear of your mom’s passing, and Howard’s wife. I have known her for 47 years, and have a lot of fond memories being at her house. Her daughter, Sue is my best friend, and I cannnot imagine your saddness. May she rest in peace being comforted in the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Until we all meet again.

    02/02/2013

     

    Tom and BJ Christensen

    Germaine was a very caring person. She never missed sending me a birthday card or Christmas cards.
    What a wonderful legacy that she founded the Food Mission. She had a Christian heart!
    She will be missed and we wish to send our sympathy to the family.

    02/02/2013

     

    A sympathy card has been sent to a friend or relative of Germaine Buchholz.

    02/02/2013

     

    A sympathy card has been sent to the family of Germaine Buchholz c/o Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care funeral home.

    02/02/2013

     

    HOWARD & GAYLE CHRISTIANSEN

    Howard, We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children in this trying time. Germaine was a kind and gererous person and was a good neighbor.

    02/02/2013

     

    Matthew & Jeanne Wilhelmi

    Our hearts hurt for your loss, our prayers for peace and our love always.

    02/02/2013

     

    Reba Seals

    Mrs. Buchholz must have been a wonderful Christian woman who was also a wonderful Christian mother. So sorry for your loss. I’m a friend of Sue’s in Fayetteville, TN.

    02/02/2013

     

    Kris(Hall) Bilello

    To the Buchholz family, Our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Growing up at church I know she was always involved and helping out when she could. She was so good to my Parents when they were ill and to my dad when my mom passed away. She never forgot my mom’s birthday… she always would sent a handmade card. Gods blessing and peace to all of you… Tony and Kris Bilello

    02/01/2013

     

    Pamela Jorgensen Nichols

    I was struck with sadness at the passing of Germaine. She was a woman of great faith. She was especially caring when my parents were ailing which I will always remember with gratitude.. She shared a birthday with my son and I was looking forwards to greeting her later this month. She was a wonderful cook, wife, and mother. I enjoyed visiting her and Howard in their home in Palmetto. She was a great hostess and so happy with her nest there. She will be greatly missed.
    xoxo

    02/01/2013

     

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