Ginger Ruth (Saunders) Dieckmann

September 2, 1960June 25, 2018
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Mrs. Ginger Ruth Saunders Dieckmann, age 57, went Home to be with the Lord on June 25, following a multi-year battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s dementia. Mrs. Dieckmann is survived by her husband Michael Dieckmann; mother Margaret Saunders; sister Gayle Seaton; and brother Gregory Saunders. She is survived by daughter Kelly Dalziel and her husband Kyle, daughter Kathleen Dieckmann, and by son John-Michael Dieckmann. Ginger was born in Michigan but spent most of her childhood years in Norwalk, Connecticut and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. A graduate of DePauw University, she was an accomplished athlete and musician, skilled as both a violinist and singer. This combination of passions led to situations such as having to rush straight from batting the winning goal in a field hockey match to a final exam in orchestral conducting. Always showing a happy smile and sunny disposition, she bore the nickname “Sunny Buns” in the Rainbow Connection women’s vocal quartet. Following graduation, Ginger served as the K-12 music teacher and choirs director for Norwalk City Schools in Norwalk, Ohio, a post she left after eight years to focus on being a full-time, stay-at-home mother to her first of three children. A daughter of evangelistic Methodist parents, Christian service was always a large part of her life. After moving to Pensacola with her family in the late 1990s, Ginger soon became music director at McIlwain Presbyterian Church, where for 15 years she directed the choir, led various ensembles, and was a Vacation Bible School leader. Those who cherish her memory will recall her as a devoted and loving wife and mother; a dedicated Christian servant; a vivacious and happy personality; and a fun-loving, steadfast and faithful friend. Visitation will be Friday, June 29, at 11:30 AM at McIlwain Presbyterian Church. The service immediately follows at 12:45 PM, officiated by Rev. Robert B. Looper. Burial will follow at Bayview Memorial Park. Ginger’s family wishes to thank the caregivers of Home Instead Senior Care and Covenant Care Hospice for dedicated care and assistance during Ginger’s final days. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of McIlwain Presbyterian Church, 1220 E Blount St, Pensacola, FL 32503; Covenant Care Hospice of Pensacola FL; or the Alzheimer’s Association. BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered at


  • Dr. Gregg Dieckmann, Active Pallbearer
  • Mr. Terry Dieckmann, Active Pallbearer
  • Dr. Douglas Seaton, Active Pallbearer
  • Mr. John-Michael Dieckmann, Active Pallbearer
  • Mr. Scott Dieckmann, Active Pallbearer
  • Major Kyle Dalziel, Active Pallbearer
  • Rev. Gregory Saunders, Active Pallbearer
  • Mr. Justin Saunders, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 29, 2018

Ginger Ruth (Saunders) Dieckmann

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Cindy Perkins

July 4, 2018

When we think of Ginger we think of her gentle spirit, her contagious smile, her deep faith, and her gift for music! We have treasured memories of fun family times shared as one or the other of us cross-country trekked with children in tow to celebrate a family event or just vacation-Van Buren, Oklahoma City, and later Perdido Key-Family sing-alongs, group games, sight seeing, and of course eating! Our lives & memories are richer for the time spent with Ginger! We can’t help but picture her already directing Heavenly choirs!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all-for Our Lord’s comforting arms to hold you close and lead you through the days ahead.
Much love, Dear cousins, , Lance & Cindy

Lynn (Gilley) Martin

June 28, 2018

To the family of Ginger,
My heart is heavy and my thoughts are with you all, as I ponder the wonderful, precious memories I have of Ginger. I am her childhood "Boothbay Maine", friend, with whom she spent her summers with. The Saunders lived three houses from us in East Boothbay, and I couldn't wait for Ginger to come to Maine each summer. We spent every day together, and either the sleep over was at my house, or hers. We swam in Linekin Bay, rode our bikes to Ocean Point, we were inseparable, "chosen sisters". Had fellowship services and played mini golf at "His Place", in Boothbay. Saunder's Land Trust Walk is a piece of heaven, a gift from the Saunders family here in Boothbay, an amazing place. Our families were very close, we were "adopted" by each other's family.
As time passed, and we "grew up"; college, life, and distance took over, and connection faded, but fond memories of each other never faded.
Our childhood through high school; "summertime memories" will remain precious to me, as I am truly grateful to have been blessed with having Ginger in my life, the entire Saunders family. Know that I am with you in spirit as you move through your grief and loss of one of the most incredible human beings God created. To Peggy, Greg and Gayle, I would love to hear from you and reconnect. My love, Lynn

Mariann Simpson

June 28, 2018

I remember Ginger from when she was under 10 years old. She and her family had moved to Norwalk, CT from Michigan. Her father, the late Pastor Marshall Saunders, became our minister at First United Methodist Church. I knew Ginger throughout my young adult life, and she was like a little sister or cousin to me. As time went by, she went to college and moved away, and we didn’t hear from her, but heard about her from others. During our school years though, I always admired her talents to sing, play the violin, and sports! I was so saddened to hear about her passing. My condolences to her family. She is an angel for our Lord! Love you, Ginger! RIP sweetie...

Janet Shields

June 27, 2018

Michael and family, I am so sorry to hear of Ginger's passing. I have wonderful memories of talking with her on the phone as we were expecting our first babies, sharing our hopes and dreams for our families. Sending much love and a million prayers for you all.