Frieda L. Motcheck, age 95, of Lansing, MI, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at the Delta Retirement Center on December 5, 2018. She was born on November 26, 1923, in Lansing, to the late Berthold and Alwine (Gietzel) Gillert.
Frieda worked as a secretary at Oldsmobile and in the registration office at Lansing Community College. After retiring in 1980, her desire to be a nurse and care for others led her to volunteer in the Sparrow Pre-Surgical Lounge, as well as the Outpatient Surgical Lounge on the St. Lawrence campus. She volunteered for 38 years stopping only in October when her health wouldn’t allow her to continue and was honored in June 2018 by Sparrow Volunteer Services as Volunteer of the Month. She loved her family, her home, her community and was strong and secure in her faith. Her hobbies included gardening, needle crafts, jigsaw puzzles, coloring, playing games, baking Christmas cookies and being with people. She will be deeply missed.
Frieda is survived by her children, daughter, Karen (Harry MacLean) Schuessler of London, Ontario, Canada, David (Mary Alice) Motcheck of Queen Creek, Arizona; four grandchildren, Katie (Sash Cherian) Schuessler and Andrew Schuessler, Alyson Motcheck and Zachary (Ciara) Motcheck; two great-granddaughters; nieces, nephews, and other extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2014, and her brother, Arnold Gillert, in 2007.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1001 N. Capitol Ave., with The Rev. Paul J. Lindloff officiating. Internment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery. Her family will receive friends and relatives at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 10. Frieda’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Michigan Premier Hospice for their warm attentiveness and loving care. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church Mortgage Fund.