March 14, 1944 - October 25, 2018
Born in Detroit
Resided in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Mrs. Birgbauer met the love of her life, Bruce D. Birgbauer, at Grosse Pointe University School, and they lived in Cambridge, MA as newlyweds before returning to Michigan. She was always outgoing and cheerful and would greet friends and family with a big smile and hug every time they saw her. She had a deep love for family and cherished time spent with her children, grandchildren, and extended family. Mrs. Birgbauer was known for spontaneous acts of giving, including mystery trips, buying lunch for the person in line behind her, walking in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and organizing appreciation events for the Detroit Police Department.
Mrs. Birgbauer was an avid bridge player who became a Life Master. She was also a competitive tennis and field hockey player, as well as a tennis coach. She also worked as an outreach coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. She was involved in various organizations in Grosse Pointe as well as Boca Grande, Florida including the Garden Club of Michigan, Sigma Gamma Association, Junior League of Detroit, Junior League Gardeners, and the Boca Grande Women’s Club. She was past President of Sigma Gamma Foundation, a founding member of The Boca Grande Duplicate Bridge Club, and past President of The Planters Garden Club.
She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Bruce D. Birgbauer; her brother, Bob (Kathy) Wood of Greenville, SC and sister, Betsy (Jack) Dalrymple of Casselton, ND; her children John W. of Grosse Pointe Farms, Beth (Colin) Jackson of Portsmouth, RI, Carrie (Andrew) Friedberg of Portola Valley, CA and Peter H. of London, England; and her beloved grandchildren Ellie, Karl, Kate, Ian, Thais, Lucy, and Max.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on November 17, 2018 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Dehaven Endowment for Music at Christ Church Grosse Pointe (61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236), the Sigma Gamma Foundation (57 Cambridge Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236), or the University Liggett School for the benefit of the field hockey program (1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236).
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