Garth R. Westendorf

Westendorf, Garth R.

Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Covenant HealthCare – Cooper, Saginaw. He was 85 years old. Garth Roger Westendorf was born December 8, 1936 in Saginaw to the late Frederick J. and Addabelle (Presley) Westendorf. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1954. He married Judith “Judi” Ann Felder on January 4, 1957 in Saginaw. She survives him.

Garth was known for his humor, his passion for teaching, his musicality and his loyalty and commitment to his many friends and family. Many will remember his vocal performances with the Saginaw Choral Society and Countryside Trinity Church, where he was a member and a beloved friend. His love for teaching positively influenced the lives of his students in the Saginaw area for decades. After retirement, those same skills were instrumental in passing life lessons on to his grandchildren. An avid nature enthusiast, Garth traveled with his wife and his family, to Bar Harbor, Maine for over 30 years. They spent much of their summers enjoying time at their cottage on Springwood Lake. With a goal to make at least one person laugh each day, Garth will perhaps most be remembered for the merriment that he created.

Surviving are his wife, Judith “Judi” A. Westendorf; daughters: Stephanie (David) Porath and Marianne Vega; grandchildren: Meghan (Brent) Haag, Gregory Porath, Eric (Kristin Schroeder) Porath, Hannah (Phillip) Smith and Zachary Vega; great-grandchildren: Ayden, Mason and Cooper Haag; sister-in-law, Barbara Ruff; his furry companion, Buddy; and several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Garth was preceded in death by his mother, Addabelle Westendorf; father, Frederick (Mary Zue) Westendorf; son, Matthew Westendorf; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Margaret and Paul Felder; brothers-in-law, Ken Ruff and George (Annette) Coulman.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: A Memorial Service will take place at a later date. In keeping with Garth’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

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