Mrs. Brenda Jean Bahrke (Grugel), age 76, of Saginaw, passed away Wednesday morning, June 30, 2021, at her residence, surrounded by family.
Brenda was born October 13, 1944, in Pontiac, a daughter of the late Donald Lee Grugel and Geneva Laveda White, beloved granddaughter of Rebecca Flossie Hoke.
Brenda was preceded in death by her aunt Marie Cerankosky, uncle Harlan White, and granddaughter Alicia Kirk.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints and a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, gardening, crocheting, baking, painting, drawing, watching wrestling, and eating Chinese food.
Brenda is survived by her husband, David Bahrke, brother Theodore Lee Grugel and sister-in-law, Kathy; her niece and nephew Shawn and Shannon, and their families, and her sweet little dog Roxy. She is also survived by her five children, and their spouses, Rebecca Richards, James E. Kirk, Jr. (Stacy), Lisa Mujica (Luis), Jessica Shipley (David), and Paul Kirk. She leaves behind 13 grandchildren: Ashley, Natasha, Taylor, Nicholas, Alex, Tyler, Lucy, Isabell, Samantha, Victoria, Levi, Zander, Easton, and 19 great-grandchildren: Cruz, Jameson, Payton, Helena, Zaiden, August, Jonah, Kamden, Kash, Presley, Mason, Olivia, Jonathon (Jack), Harper, Perry, Madison, Akai Jr., Greyson, and Amelia. She parts this world leaving many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.
Mom was a strong, determined, and fiercely independent woman. We will miss her every day.
Following her cremation, her family will hold a private celebration of life, in the fall.
In lieu of flowers, condolences may be sent as donations to Amazing Grace Animal Rescue of Saginaw, to celebrate her love of animals. https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=8M3JA6TNX7CBJ