Winfried Breitkreuz

Winfried "Fred" Breitkreuz

Thursday, February 23rd, 1939 - Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
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Winfried “Fred” Breitkreuz, age 81, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the First Church of God in St. Joseph with the Pastor David Colp officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to First Church of God. Those wishing to leaving an online condolence may do so at Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph.

Fred was born in Potsdam, Germany on February 23, 1939 to Erwin and Edith Breitkreuz. In 1951, Fred immigrated to the United States, then graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1957. He married Lois Cauwels Breitkreuz on August 11th, 1962. Fred received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from John Brown University and MBA from Western Michigan University. He was a proud owner of the family business Ace Plumbing & Heating Company for over 50 years. Fred was a devoted Christian and a member of the First Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the St. Joseph Masonic Lodge, and member of the St. Joseph River Yacht Club. Fred enjoyed boating, racquetball, walks with his wife, and most of all, spending time with family. Fred was known for his commitment, integrity, humility, compassion, and joy. Fred’s marriage to Pat was purposeful and sacrificial, holding true to their faith while never losing sight of each other. He constantly encouraged Pat and his family in their goals, faith, and hardships. Fred left every person he met better than he found them. Whether that was with a joke or a personalized song, Fred spread his joy and left everyone smiling.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Pat Breitkreuz; brother, Volker Bradley and his wife Jyl; daughter, Rebecca Breitkreuz; son, Stephen Breitkreuz; son, Van Taylor; daughter, Patty Schoonheim; daughter, Kimberly Simons; and fourteen grandchildren, Ryan Sanford, Aaron Sanford, Dylan Breitkreuz, Skylar Simons, Makenzie Simons, Jensen Simons, Camden Simons, Emma Breitkreuz, Luke Breitkreuz, Jack Breitkreuz, Josh Breitkreuz, Rachel Schoonheim, Natalie Schoonheim and Jenna Schoonheim.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 5th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday, December 5th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    First Church of God - St. Joseph
    2627 Niles Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 5th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, December 5th, 2020 10:30am
    First Church of God - St. Joseph
    2627 Niles Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorials may be made to First Church of God.
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Lorna Mack

Posted at 11:37am
Becky . . . Wishing you and the whole family God's peace at this time. Lorna Mack (David Ruff's Mom)

Lorna Mack Posted at 12:23pm

Sorry -- Believe I posted in error Becky

kenneth whise

Posted at 08:48am
I met Fred as the sales guy from Ace Plumbing. The team at Ace was instrumental in helping me add a bathroom that supported my growing family. I appreciated the kindness, fairness and confidence in his approach as I took on this new project full of unknowns. I was very sad to hear of his passing. Sympathy, thoughts and prayers to Fred's family. Kenneth Whise

Susanne Breitkreuz

Posted at 08:50am
Fred will be missed greatly. He was a loyal and faithful nephew and cousin to our entire family. He seemed more like a big brother who always watched out for us and helped us in every way possible. He had a joyful and positive attitude and was always encouraging to us all, and we loved him for it.
Gisela remembers how Fred taught her how to drive her first new car after college, a VW Bug with manual stick shift. He took her to a church parking lot and practiced there. Also Pat and Fred frequently visited Gisela and Bob in Florida which they greatly enjoyed spending times together. We could always count on Fred and he was always ready to help us all on a moment's notice.
Susanne remembers how Fred always reached out to be part of our family get togethers with lots laughing, talking, and even singing. He helped her with many life situations such as replacing a roof, outside drain suggestions, solving a basement flood, and helping her select a new car. Also most importantly he would counsel her with spiritual guidance as how to handle certain situations in life in reference to God's Word.
We especially remember how Fred and Pat ministered to our Mom and Dad, Ursula and Ewert, over the years. They would visit Mom on a regular basis by giving her flowers, words of encouragement, and singing German songs with her and she would sing along.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family in this time of loss and in the coming days.


Ga Cawley

Posted at 08:47am
Fred was a friend .... always courteous, always good natured, and always available to share a story, a meal, or pleasant conversation. We will miss him

Heidi Gillespie

Posted at 01:22am
"Mr. Breitkreuz" was always kind and welcoming when I grew up with his daughter Rebecca. Now that I'm an adult, he was the same guy he was back then -- he will be greatly missed. My sympathy goes out to Becky and Steve and all the grandkids--he was not just a grandfather to them, but a friend and father-figure. Rest well and in God's loving arms.

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