Sunday, July 9, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Alt & Shawmut Chapel
2120 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The rosary will be prayed at the funeral home at 7:00 PM on Sunday.
Monday, July 10, 2017
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
Cathedral of St. Andrew
301 Sheldon Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Frederick S. Singer Veterans Memorial Scholarship
301 Fulton St. West P.O. Box 1945
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Life Story / Obituary
All who knew Morgan “Fred” Singer would agree that he was a blessing in the lives of everyone he met.
It seems only fitting that Fred’s journey began during the vibrant decade of the Roaring Twenties. It was on March 19, 1926, that Edward and Mary Singer welcomed Morgan Frederick into their hearts and home. He was one of 12 children including 11 boys and one girl who sadly died at a month old. Born and raised in Pinckney, Michigan, Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, and catching bullfrogs, which he sold to area restaurants. He also trapped fur to sell and played baseball, football, softball, basketball, and hockey. Fred attended Pinckney High School and graduated with the class of 1945, but it wasn’t until the Michigan governor granted high school diplomas to all who served in the military that he actually received his high school diploma as he walked with the class of 2003. With a desire to serve, Fred had joined the United States Navy and served in the South Pacific during WWII.
New and exciting changes were in store for Fred when he began dating a high school classmate, Elaine Young. The sweethearts were married on May 6, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pinckney, exactly one year after their first date. Together they were blessed with five children, Joe, Fred, Pat, Nancy, and Betty. To support his family, Fred worked in a factory and was also an evening bartender.
Family was always Fred’s primary focus. They lived in Pinckney, MI, Hell, Michigan, and Gregory, Michigan. They spent a lot of time camping as a family, and he was forever playing with his kids.The neighbors often joined in, and Fred frequently created his own games. Fred had the biggest vegetable garden in the neighborhood, canning the produce each fall. His Simplicity garden tractor with all the attachments was his prized possession, and he took great pride in cutting his grass as well as his neighbors’ grass. The weekends usually found Fred manning the grill, and Sunday breakfasts and popcorn in the evening were also customary. In 1971 they moved to Grand Rapids where Fred worked at Leon Plastics until retiring.
Fred loved his retirement years. He treasured spending more time with his grandchildren. He and Elaine traveled more, including, throughout the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Bahamas. Fred enjoyed fishing and made his own fly rods and tied his flies. When Elaine developed cancer, he lovingly cared for her for four years until her death in 2010. Eventually, Fred moved in with his children, first with daughter Betty and Steve and later with son Joe and Lavonne. They were all together when Fred went to bed and peacefully passed away on the 4th of July.
Described as dedicated, faith filled, slow to anger - quick to forgive, loving, faithful, and deeply devoted to his family, Morgan “Fred” Singer will be forever cherished.
Morgan Frederick “Fred” Singer, aged 91, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 with his loving family at his side. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Singer, his son, Fred Singer and his daughter-in-law, Julie Singer. He leaves his children, Joe (Lavonne) Singer, Pat Singer, Nancy (Frank) D’Amico, Betty (Steve) Schaner; his 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; his brother Dick (Bonnie) Singer; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mitzi (Ralph) Esposito, Dick (Susan) Young, Paul (Esther) Young, Val Keiser; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Fred was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle and a friend to all who knew him. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. He honorably served his country in the US Navy during World War II. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday July 10, at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, 301 Sheldon Ave SE, Grand Rapids. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pinckney, MI. Relatives and friends may meet his family at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home – 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM with the Rosary prayed at 7:00 PM. Contributions in his memory may be made to Frederick S. Singer Veterans Memorial Scholarship Fund or Riverside Nursing Facility. To read more about Fred's life, to sign his guest book and to leave your own memory of him, visit his web page at www.lifestorynet.com