Our Obituaries

Carl Richard Jacobson

August 26, 1930 - September 27, 2016

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MaryJo Iding-Murphy

January 4, 1951 - September 26, 2016

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Jeffrey Michael LISKIEWICZ

December 19, 1970 - September 25, 2016

Jeffrey Michael Liskiewicz of Okemos, MI., Born December 19, 1970; died September 25, 2016 at the age of 45. Jeffrey was a very talented keyboard player and musician, enjoyed politics, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and was an avid Star Wars fan. Jeffrey never met a stranger. He was very personable, an animal lover, enjoyed classic TV, Cop shows and loved to debate. Jeffrey also loved his job and...
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Ronald Frank Romanowski

November 7, 1944 - September 24, 2016

Ronald (Ron) Frank Romanowski (71) of East Lansing, said his final goodbye September 24th. He was born in Detroit, MI to Frank and Frances (Maciejewski) Romanowski. He was an alumni and ardent fan of Michigan State University from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1993. He was an avid sports enthusiast who loved to fish, hunt, golf and in his younger years, wore out a great deal of people on...
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Juan Miguel Ledesma

January 12, 1965 - September 22, 2016

Juan Miguel Ledesma, born January 12, 1965 in Lansing, the son of the late Eustaico and Olivia (Flores) Ledesma, passed away on September 22, 2016 at the age of 51.Juan was a graduate of East Lansing high school. He enjoyed wrestling in high school and made it to many championships, University of Michigan football, and cruising. He absolutely loved to watch his son play football. The love that...
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Maura Teresa Hegarty

November 15, 1939 - September 15, 2016

Mary (Maura ) Teresa Hegarty (Goggin ) died peacefully at home in East Lansing, Michigan on September 15, 2016. Strong, elegant, and grand throughout her life, she bravely faced cancer, living each remaining day with the love and companionship of family and her many friends.The daughter of Seamus and Theresa Goggin (White), Maura was born on November 15, 1939 in Galway, Ireland. She was raised...
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Vicky Lynn Thornsbury

June 26, 1964 - September 15, 2016

Passed away September 15, 2016 at the age of 52. Vicky was born June 26, 1964 to John and Dovie (Rowe) Thornsbury. She loved all children, especially her nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Vicky will be remembered as a very loving and caring person.She was preceded in death by her father, John; sister, Fay and brother, Junior.Surviving is her mother, Dovie; brothers, Tom, Millard,...
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Margaret Anne Hackett

October 16, 1946 - September 11, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Roberta Elaine Jacobowitz

June 30, 1944 - September 7, 2016

Roberta Elaine Jacobowitz was born June 30, 1944 in Princeton, NJ, the daughter of Dr. Ransom and Marian Whitney, and passed away September 7, 2016 at the age of 72. She taught middle school and high school sciences for 38 years in Ashland, OH, Coral Gables, FL and Lansing, MI. She also authored two books: Glacial Remains and Move On-A Climate Change Adventure. After retirement, Roberta continued...
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Alice Marie Kocel

February 28, 1920 - September 6, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Lyle L. Johnson

July 15, 1933 - September 5, 2016

Lyle L. JohnsonSan Antonio, TXPassed away September 5, 2016 at the age of 83. Lyle was born July 15, 1933 in Ithaca, MI to Leonard and Verna (Sellon) Johnson. Lyle was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School in 1952. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Dorothy Henrietta Bishop December 14, 1957.He was very dependable, a hard worker, big tease and was of the old school and to the...
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Suzanne Arnett Smith

July 28, 1923 - September 3, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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John Bradford Shinkle

April 14, 1942 - September 3, 2016

John Bradford Shinkle was born April 14, 1942 to John Edward Shinkle and Hazel Farthing Shinkle (Brown) and passed away September 3, 2016 at the age of 74."Big John" was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing. He grew up in Temperance, MI, was a member of FFA, Samaria Chapter of DeMolay, and worked alongside his father in the Shinkle Family Greenhouse. He served many...
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Joseph Matthew McCarthy

May 11, 1962 - September 1, 2016

Joseph Matthew McCarthyHaslett, MI formerly of Madison HeightsPassed away September 1, 2016 at the age of 54. Joseph was born May 11, 1962 to Lennon F. and Patricia (Schlink) McCarthy in Detroit, MI. He attended Central Michigan University and Lansing Community College studying computer science. He enjoyed fishing and was a fan of MSU and Detroit sports. Joseph was a member of the Haslett...
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Ellen L. Fildey

November 12, 1931 - September 1, 2016

Ellen Leora FildeyLansingAge 84, went to her heavenly home on September 1, 2016 where she was reunited with her beloved husband Harold (Hal) Charles Fildey who preceded her in death on May 29, 2016 after his long struggle with Parkinson Disease. Ellen was born in Lansing, MI to Alton and May (Murphy) Parker on November 12, 1931. Ellen graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1949 and...
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Laurie Kris Draeger

December 28, 1949 - August 30, 2016

Laurie "Kris" DraegerBath TownshipAge 66, passed away on August 30, 2016. "Kris" was born December 28, 1949 into the arms of Walter and Virginia Wegner. She was a devoted wife and mother of three, who also worked for 30 years as a school bus driver in the Bath and Haslett area school districts.Kris was an extremely hardworking, loving, GIVING, caretaker who made each child and adult she met feel...
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Jo Ann Smith

April 23, 1930 - August 28, 2016

Jo Ann SmithOkemos, MI, Formerly of KansasBorn April 23, 1930 to Christopher & Gladys Frye, Jo Ann passed away August 28, 2016 at the age of 86. Jo Ann was the kindest, sweetest, big hearted lady who was always doing everyone's mending and helping when she could. She would consider herself a crafter, whether quilting, crocheting, or even canning, but most would consider her an artist. She...
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Innes Neller

October 26, 1913 - August 26, 2016

Innes "Dolly" Neller, 102, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 26, 2016 in Okemos, Michigan. She was born in Eaton County on October 26, 1913 to Joseph and Jennie (Hayter) Mercer. She worked as the head accountant at JC Penney during the Great Depression, and later used those skills in the Williamston Township office. Dolly was active in her bridge club and her garden club and loved...
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Louella Morton

January 13, 1921 - August 26, 2016

Louella Blount MortonWashington, DC, formerly of Portsmouth, VAPassed away August 26, 2016 at the age of 95. Louella was born January 13, 1921 in Portsmouth, VA to Joseph and Effie (Briton) Blount. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Silhouette, loved to cook and being with friends. She was a loving mother and a devoted wife.She was preceded in death by her parents;...
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Leonard Raymond Face

November 21, 1922 - August 24, 2016

LEONARD R. FACE, JR.Lansing, MichiganLeonard R. Face, Jr. passed away August 24, 2016 at age 93. Originally from Fond du Lac, WI, Mr. Face began his college education at the University of Denver, but transferred to the University of Kansas where he graduated in Physical Therapy. He later attended Graduate School at Michigan State University. In 1942, he served with the 29th Infantry Division...
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Beatrice Reed

May 18, 1923 - August 24, 2016

Beatrice "Bea" Reed passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Lansing, MI. She was born on May 18, 1923 in Lansing to J.T. and Myrtle (Mentzy) Porter. She was raised in the Salvation Army Church, where she was active as a bell-ringer and later as a trumpet player while in high school. She participated in the Lansing Silver Blades throughout her adulthood, and was very active at...
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George Euell Godby

August 22, 1948 - August 22, 2016

George Euell Godby II, 68, of Okemos, MI passed away on August 22, 2016. George was born to George and Betty Godby on August 22, 1948. He had many fond childhood memories of growing up in East Lansing where he made lifelong friends, many from the East Lansing High School Class of 1966. He enjoyed family trips to West Virginia where he always felt so loved by his relatives there. George served in...
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Kathleen Frances Lloyd

March 20, 1919 - August 21, 2016

Kathleen Frances Lloyd of East Lansing, Michigan passed away peacefully on August 21, 2016 at the age of 97. Kathleen was born on March 20, 1919 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kathleen retired from the East Lansing school system after an enjoyable 25 years sharing her appreciation of the library with the students and broadening their horizons. The library at Whitehills Elementary school is dedicated in...
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Patricia Lauer Swedlow

July 28, 1935 - August 19, 2016

Patricia Lauer Swedlow, 81, died on August 19, 2016, in Lansing, Michigan, after a long battle with lung cancer. Her children and grandchildren were with her when she died. Despite her illness, Pat played cards, read books, and discussed politics until shortly before she died. Consistent with her responsible and committed nature, Pat wanted to live long enough to vote in the 2016 presidential...
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Jack Howard Woodward

December 11, 1928 - August 19, 2016

Jack Howard Woodward died in East Lansing, Michigan on August 19, 2016 at the age of 87.Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, and children Julie, Thomas, Jennifer (Robert), Anne (Randall); grandchildren Thomas, Michael, Kathryn, Robert, Katherine, Margaret, Nell, Hannah, Charles and Megan; great-grandchildren Matthew, Jack, Brooklyn and Gabriella and several nieces and nephews. Jack is also...
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David Richard Turpin

February 6, 1950 - August 18, 2016

David R. Turpin of Haslett, Michigan born to David Richard Turpin, Jr. and Angela "Helen" (Bourque) Turpin on February 6, 1950 passed away August 18, 2016 at the age of 66.David served in the United States Army, while he was stationed in Germany he met his wife of 45 years, Inge Theobald. He was the owner of Spartan Dental Lab. David was an avid Harley Davidson rider and huge Michigan State fan...
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Cornelius John Bykerk

October 27, 1932 - August 18, 2016

Cornelius John BykerkHolt, MichiganCornelius (Neal) was born October 27, 1932 in Colton, South Dakota to John and Anna (VanDyk) Bykerk. Neal went to meet his Lord on August 18, 2016 at the age of 83. Neal retired from the Michigan State Police after a long and distinguished career. He was also an Army veteran and a builder, but he will be most remembered as a faithful husband, father, and...
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Marjorie Sheue-Huei Cheng

August 7, 1934 - August 16, 2016

After a prolonged illness, Marjorie Sheue-Huei Cheng ended her earthly journey peacefully at home on August 16, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was a dearly beloved wife and mother of three. She is survived by her husband, Dr. John K.M. Cheng, of 53 years, their three daughters, Betty H.C. Cheng (Philip McKinley), Lilly H.C. Cheng Immergluck (Dan Immergluck), and Jenny Y.C. Cheng-Serfass ...
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Helen O. Grill

February 5, 1925 - August 16, 2016

Helen O. GrillOkemos, Michigan Helen O. Grill was born in Saginaw, Michigan on February 5, 1925 and died on August 16, 2016 at the age of 91. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph D. Grill and daughter of the late Mary. She was also predeceased by one sister and three brothers. Helen is survived by her two children, JoEllen (Phil) Kazmierski and Tom (Karilyn) Grill;...
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Thomas Allen Jones

May 23, 1944 - August 16, 2016

Thomas Allen JonesEast LansingTo hear him sing in the perfect pitch of his pleasing bass voice was to experience delight. His beautiful long fingers were created to bring forth enchanting melodies from a piano, and his lighthearted whistling in the morning declared that the day would begin just right.In repose, his profile showed a Zen-like serenity, but full-face the Scot and the Welshman...
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Urmila Thakur

January 31, 1940 - August 15, 2016

Urmila ThakurOkemos, MichiganUrmila Thakur was born on January 31, 1940 in India and passed away August 15, 2016 in Lansing at the age of 76. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Santosh Kumar; son, Ajay (Gopa Dhar) Singh; grandchildren, Gaurav and Sidharth Thakur; and brother, Man Mohan Singh. Services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Central Michigan...
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Dennis Bernest

October 16, 1945 - August 8, 2016

Dennis Hugh Bernest of Bancroft, Michigan entered into eternal rest on August 8th with his devoted wife and loving daughters by his side. He was born on October 16, 1945 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Chester and Nadine (Godsey) Bernest. Dennis was raised in the small village of Byron, Michigan, where he came to love a quiet, country life. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and later...
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Natalie Maguire Zoeller

September 28, 1924 - August 7, 2016

Natalie Maguire Zoeller, 91, of East Lansing, died August 7, 2016. She was born in Lansing on September 28, 1924 to Bruce and Vera Maguire. She was married to and predeceased by Robert "Moe" Zoeller. Natalie proudly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics. She was a member of St. John's Church and Student Center and St. Thomas Aquinas in East Lansing, while supporting...
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George Clayton Taylor

January 3, 1931 - August 5, 2016

George Clayton TaylorLansing, MIGeorge Clayton Taylor was born on January 3, 1931 in Lansing and passed away August 5, 2016 at the age of 85. He served his country in the U.S. Army and Navy in the Korean War. He was a member of the Lansing Capitol City Chordsmen and truly loved barbershop singing. In addition, he enjoyed fishing, spending time with family, baking cookies and making pizzas. ...
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Kenneth Irvin Myers

February 8, 1949 - August 5, 2016

Age 67, passed away Aug. 5, 2016. He was born February 8, 1949 in New Castle PA to Kenneth H. and Joella Myers. Kenneth was highly respected by friends and colleagues. He had a successful 32 year career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and was also retired from Capital Bancorp in Lansing, MI. Kenneth was an avid golfer, enjoyed traveling, Blackjack, playing the slots, and...
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Donald Phillip Lunsted

May 5, 1951 - August 1, 2016

Donald Phillip Lunsted passed away on August 1, 2016 at the age of 65. Donald is survived by his loving family: his wife of 36 years, Carol Lunsted, and his children, Erin Lunsted and Andrea (Tyler) Groskopf, his mother, Evelyn Lunsted, brother, Ronald (Clare) Lunsted and sisters Diane Hoag and Linda (David) Walker. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Donald was...
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Carolyn Rich Wickham

December 8, 1928 - August 1, 2016

Carolyn Rich WickhamEast LansingBorn December 8, 1928 in Lansing, Michigan; died August 1, 2016 at the age of 87. Carolyn was the daughter of Dwight and Eleanor Rich, and a graduate of Eastern High School. She attended MSU and was a life-long volunteer at Plymouth Congregational Church and Sparrow Hospital.Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and daughter, Nancy Lynn.Surviving is...
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Jack Laurence Borst

October 18, 1928 - July 31, 2016

Jack Laurence Borst, born October 18, 1928, in Dearborn, Michigan, to Glenn and Helen Borst, passed away on July 31, 2016, at the age of 87. Jack was an attorney who worked for most of his life for the Michigan Court of Appeals, before retiring in 1988. He was married to Karal Elaine Borst, who passed away in 2014. He is survived by his three sons, Glenn, Paul (m. Jennifer Song), and Alan Borst,...
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Alice Carolyn Korneffel

July 5, 1944 - July 27, 2016

Alice Carolyn Korneffel (Potter) was born July 5, 1944 in Pontiac, Illinois. She died July 27, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. She was the daughter of Carrie and Jerry Potter, and sister to Marjorie Krull (Potter). Alice graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in psychology, zoology and business administration. Alice was a wonderful chef, crafter and gardener. She loved movies and...
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Margaret Elizabeth Mitts

June 13, 1924 - July 25, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Irene Pynnonen Chamblee

June 4, 1924 - July 24, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI. Services are pending.
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Roswell K. Miller

August 4, 1932 - July 23, 2016

Roswell "Ros" Miller passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in East Lansing. He was born August 4, 1932 in Nassau County, NY to Roswell and June (Kenfield) Miller. After graduation from the NY State Ranger School, he enlisted in the US Army. He graduated from the State College of New York at Syracuse with his Bachelor's degree in Forestry in 1958, his Master's degree in Forestry in...
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Charlie Wesley Reeder

November 1, 1943 - July 22, 2016

Charles Wesley Reeder, Ph.D.East LansingCharlie was born November 1, 1943 in El Centro, CA, the son of Charlotte Yates and Raymond Reeder from Piqua, OH. He graduated from San Diego State University, Michigan State University and the University of Missouri, Columbia with a Ph.D. in Psychology. He taught at George Washington University in Washington, DC, the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann...
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Darrell Richard Brown

July 26, 1926 - July 19, 2016

Darrell Brown was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 26th, 1926 and passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on July 19th, a few days shy of his 90th birthday. Darrell was a lifelong resident of Haslett and dearly loved the community. He believed in hard work and making things happen, in the importance of honesty and standing by his word. He had a passion for life that was present in all...
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Richard A. Crum

March 8, 1924 - July 19, 2016

It has been said "Old Soldiers never die they only fade away." And so, this old soldier has faded away at the age of 92. The oldest child of Frank and Grace (Auble) Crum, Richard was born March 8, 1924 in Lodi, Medina County, Ohio and passed away on July 19, 2016 at the age of 92. He spent his youth in Lodi and graduated from Lodi High School with the Class of 1942. In World War II, he served...
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Eugene Emerson Jennings

April 4, 1926 - July 17, 2016

Mourning the Passing of a Distinguished MSU Professor Emeritus: Dr. Eugene E. Jennings. The Jennings family mourns the passing of their beloved father, Eugene E. Jennings, a distinguished Michigan State University Professor Emeritus, Michigan, who died on July 17 at his home in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Jennings was born on April 4, 1926 in Palmyra, Illinois. He was the fourth child of Henry H....
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Paul Lowell Peoples

March 1, 1931 - July 17, 2016

.Paul Lowell Peoples, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)HaslettWas born March 1, 1931 in Punxsutawney, PA, son of Paul R. and Elva L. (Buchheit) Peoples. He attended Punxsutawney High School and was an honor student, athlete, and Eagle Scout. He attended Carnegie Tech, Michigan State University (B.S. in Packaging Engineering), University of Tennessee and the Air Force Command and Staff College. A...
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Janice Catherine Pfeifer

December 9, 1928 - July 16, 2016

Born on December 9, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, Jan went to that great bridge club in the sky on July 16, 2016. Her parents were Roy and Claribel (Rahn) Haysmer. Her husband James Pfeifer preceded her in death in 1991. She is survived by 3 children, Deborah (David), Dale, and Paul (Laura); 8 grandchildren, Kristie (Greg), Robert (Bethany), Emily (Sean), Karl (Gerri), Elizabeth, Pamela (Weston),...
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Diane F. Hendricks

April 13, 1934 - July 16, 2016

Diane [Holtkamp] Hendricks of Gladwin, Michigan fell into the loving arms of Jesus July 16, 2016. Born in Niagara Falls, NY on April 13, 1934. She lived her early years in Niagara Falls and Ithaca. Following her marriage Diane moved to East Lansing where she worked for Okemos Public Schools, Michigan Department of Health and East Lansing Police Department. She retired from EDS Automotive Services...
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Catherine Waters

April 10, 1929 - July 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Arthur Henry Rice

November 6, 1931 - July 15, 2016

Arthur H. Rice, Jr., East LansingAge 84, passed away on July 15, 2016, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI. He was born on November 6, 1931, in Lansing, MI to Lauretta (Bluem) and Arthur H. Rice, Sr. Arthur had a distinguished academic and professional career. He attended CMU and was named Chippewa of the year when he graduated in 1953. He then obtained his Masters in Journalism from...
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Joyce M. Harding

May 13, 1931 - July 12, 2016

JOYCE HARDINGHaslett, MIJoyce Harding, age 85, passed away at Stoneleigh Hospice of Lansing. Joyce was born May 13, 1931 in Shepherd. MI to parents Clarence and Ethel (Casler) Thayer. She spent her youth near Petoskey and most of her adult life in the Lansing Area. She worked at Sparrow Hospital and Beneficial Management Corporation prior to going to Michigan State University where she worked...
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John Richard Good

October 14, 1925 - July 11, 2016

John Richard "Dick" Good of Haslett was a hero to his children, grandchildren, and the love of his life, Caroline. He was a man of giant integrity who led by actions and kindness. He was 90 when he died Monday, July 11, 2016. Born outside Pittsburgh, he enlisted in the Army at age 17 and led a 100th Infantry Division platoon through France and Germany in World War II. He was awarded...
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Norval Harris Larson

May 16, 1916 - July 6, 2016

Norval "Jack" Larson was born on May 16, 1916 the son of Arthur and Geanette Larson, and passed away on July 6, 2016 at the age of 100.Jack was the proud owner and operator of Jack Larson Apartments. He was a skilled builder and a savvy salesman. Also, in his spare time, he was a Ballroom dance instructor. Jack is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Minnie, Arnold, Leslie, Frances,...
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James R. Lester

July 20, 1983 - July 3, 2016

James Richard Lester, age 32, of Walnut Creek, California, formerly of Okemos, Michigan, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 3, 2016. Beloved son of Richard and Judy Lester of Okemos, Michigan, Jim was born in Syracuse, New York, on July 20, 1983. He was a devoted son and brother. Jim was a 2001 graduate of Okemos High School, and he attended Central Michigan University and Indiana University....
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Eva Irene Rohrbacher

November 7, 1927 - July 3, 2016

Devoted Mother to Dawne (Bob) Wahby and Jennifer Seagren, took Jesus' hand and went home to heaven on July 3, 2016. Eva was a loving Grandma to Joshua and Mikaela Seagren and Joseph and Jeneva Wahby. Her grandchildren brought her immense joy and happiness. Eva was the proud sister to Lyle (Carol Sue) Morton. Her brother held a very special place in her heart. Eva was born in Lansing, MI to George...
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William J. Fillwock

April 9, 1926 - July 3, 2016

William J. (Bill) Fillwock passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2016 surrounded by his wife and children. He was 90 years old. Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances Patricia (Pat) Lockwood Fillwock, who said he was her one true love and best friend. Dad loved us and we always knew it. He would tell you he wasn't a perfect man, but to us he was. He adored our mom and together...
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Terry R. Alling

January 14, 1939 - June 27, 2016

Age 77,of Haslett, passed away June 27, 2016, after a short battle with cancer. Reunited in death with beloved family and friends that have gone on before. He was born January 14, 1939, in Morrice, MI. He was a resident of Haslett for over 50 years and retired from GM after 40 years of service. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years.Terry was a family man. Always caring...
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Marion M. Sandbrook

February 5, 1929 - June 26, 2016

Marion Mae SandbrookFormerly of LansingAge 87, passed away June 26, 2016 at The Laurels of Carson City. She was born in Lansing, MI to Frank and Eva Sawdy February 5, 1929. She married Fred H. Sandbrook in 1972.Marion started her career life as a cashier for E.G. Shinner & Company and then became a deputy clerk for the City of Lansing Municipal Court. She retired in 1984 after 8 ½ years...
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Donald Lee DeNike

November 22, 1948 - June 23, 2016

Donald Lee DeNike, age 67 of Grand Ledge, Michigan passed away on June 23, 2016. Don succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident, near his home, on June 12. Ongoing health issues prevented him from recovering and returning to those that loved and admired him.Born in Lansing, Michigan, November 22, 1948 to Donald and Marjorie DeNike. After graduating from Haslett High School, Don joined the...
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Paul Clinton Westerby

July 3, 1923 - June 23, 2016

Paul Clinton Westerby was born on July 3, 1923 the son of Carl and Pearl Westerby and passed away on June 23, 2016 at the age of 92.Paul was a gentle, humble and kind man. He was a great neighbor, the type that you could count on. He was the manager of a telephone company and his staff would describe him as the best boss that anyone could have. He was very handy and was great at electrical...
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Erica Minnema

April 22, 1932 - June 22, 2016

Erica Minnema was born on April 22, 1932 the daughter of Richard and Frederica VandenEngh, and after a long illness, passed away on June 22, surrounded by her family.Erica was born in Bandung, Indonesia. She went by boat in the 1950's to the Netherlands and by boat again to immigrate to America in 1956 with her husband, Henri. Erica and Henri embraced life in the United States and were proud to...
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Thomas Lee Conner

December 14, 1939 - June 22, 2016

Thomas L. Conner, 76, of Haslett, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on June 22, 2016 at Sparrow Hospital, after a short illness. He is survived by Connie Page, his wife of 29 years, his sons Thomas A. Conner of Mountain View, California and Timothy P. Conner of Canton, Ohio, his daughter Emily Conner Babcock of Troy, Michigan, his sister, Sue Fujitani of San Francisco, California and his seven...
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Betty Louise Dinkel

April 6, 1925 - June 21, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Kristine Nelson Bens

October 2, 1969 - June 21, 2016

Kristine Nelson Bens was born in Lansing, MI on October 2, 1969. She was the daughter of Kathleen and Michael Bens and passed away on June 21, 2016 at the age of 46.Kristine worked for many years at L&L Foods. She enjoyed volunteering at the Greater Lansing Food Bank and at the Capital Area Humane Society, and was especially fond of animals. She loved music and found joy in writing stories...
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Edwina Belle Nelson

February 2, 1934 - June 20, 2016

Edwina "Jeri" Nelson died June 20, 2016. She was born February 2, 1934 in Gaylord, Michigan. She spent most of her life Haslett, Michigan. We lost our special angel; she finally went to the Lord after a long hard battle with Alzheimer's. She still had her sense of humor right up to the end. She was a loving wife to her husband, Bump for 57 years, a loving mother, grandmother, and great...
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Windy Marie Deady

January 15, 1967 - June 13, 2016

Windy Marie Deady was born on January 15, 1967 the daughter of James Washburn and Linda Cornell. She passed away on June 13, 2016 at the age of 49. Windy loved the beach, gardening and just being in the sun. She loved animals and especially loved aquarium fish. She also enjoyed listening to music and as of recently she developed a love of Spiderman.Windy is preceded in death by her father,...
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Ann Christine Wade

September 8, 1940 - June 13, 2016

Ann Christine Wade passed away on June 13, 2016, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was a long-time resident of Okemos.Ann was born on September 8, 1940, to Christian and Elizabeth (Hamilton) Vahs in Battle Creek, Michigan. Her father died before she was born. She lived in Bellevue until 1948, when her mother married John Shaffer and the family moved to Olivet. Ann graduated from Olivet High...
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Ronald H. Mason

January 14, 1940 - June 13, 2016

Ronald H. Mason, Age 76, of Palm Beach Shores, Fla., died suddenly on June 13, 2016 in Haslett, MI.Ron was born in Blyth, Ontario on January 14, 1940, the son of Harvey and Agnes Mason. He graduated from Seaforth District High School, received a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence in 1964, a master's degree from Pittsburgh in 1965 and an honorary doctorate from Michigan State in 2001. Ron...
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Bette J. Hundt

May 1, 1924 - June 11, 2016

Born May 1, 1924 in Williamston, MI; died June 11, 2016, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, at the age of 92. Bette grew up on her family farm in Williamston and graduated valedictorian from Haslett High School in 1940. Since she was only 16 upon graduation, she worked in the office at the high school. Bette then attended Lansing Business College graduating with a Secretarial Degree....
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Dale Dale Crites

April 26, 1924 - June 11, 2016

W. Dale Crites, 92, of Okemos, MI died at 10:55am, Saturday, June 11 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI. He was born April 26th, 1924 in Sydney, OH to Bessy and George Crites. He married Hope Charlotte Thezelius on October 2nd, 1953. He is survived by 3 sons, Dan (Amy) Crites of East Lansing, MI, Tom (Jennifer) Crites of Okemos, MI and Jim (Amy) Crites of St. Johns, MI; one daughter, Julie...
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Vikash Kumar Taneja

February 17, 1973 - June 11, 2016

Vikash (Vik) Taneja, (1973-2016, 43 years old) Loving and beloved son, brother, and uncle passed away in a car accident on Saturday morning,June 11, 2016, in Okemos, MI. He is survived by his parents, Gian and Shanta Taneja of Haslett, MI, and his three sisters, Anu, Seema (Jacob Mathew and Krish Mathew) and Renu Taneja. Vik was born in Westland, MI, he attended Haslett High School and the...
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Louise McEva Schreiber

March 28, 1988 - June 7, 2016

Weezy was born on March 28, 1988 the child of James Schreiber and Leslee Cothran, and passed away at the age of 28. Louise graduated from Okemos High School Class of 2006 and went on to graduate from Western Michigan University, School of Education in 2010. Weezy's first passion was cooking. Louise wore the motto "Cook to Live - Live to Cook". She also loved music, dancing, playing the drums,...
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Charles Gilbert Enterline

September 19, 1942 - June 5, 2016

Age 73, died June 5, 2016. Born September 19,1942 in Sumner, Michigan to Gilbert and Frances. Charles worked as a laborer retiring from William H. Kelly Company in 1987. Charles married Brenda Bouck in 1964 and before their divorce in 1988, they raised their 3 daughters which he leaves behind; Dawn (Rickey) Adkins of Eaton Rapids, Cyndi Zerba, and Coni (Brandon) Pant all from Onondaga. He adored...
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Katherine Ellen Barker

December 12, 1946 - June 5, 2016

Katherine Ellen Barker passed away on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with breast cancer. Katherine (Kathy) was born to Elwood and Marion (Roberts) Grannell on December 12, 1946 in Bad Axe, Michigan. She attended Bad Axe High School and graduated from Elkton-Pigeon-Bayport High School in 1965. Kathy graduated from Michigan State University with a...
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Marguerite Marie Barnard

June 16, 1949 - June 4, 2016

Marguerite "Geet" Barnard passed away on June 4, 2016, surrounded by her family. She grew up in Haslett, Michigan, graduating in 1967. In 1969, she met and married the love of her life, Terry. She worked fulltime for the State of Michigan for over 34 years, retiring in 2002. Geet was an avid Red Wings and Spartan fan. She was a long time bowler in several leagues in the Lansing area. She also...
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Joseph A. Seidl

July 21, 1927 - June 2, 2016

Joseph A. Seidl, 88, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Lansing, Michigan. He was born in Milwaukee, WI to Joseph and Theresa Seidl on July 21, 1927. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in engineering, and worked for many years with American Motors as Director of Engineering. After his retirement from American Motors in 1983, he worked with Chrysler Engineering...
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Alvida Whitman

August 20, 1929 - May 31, 2016

Alma Alvida Whitman, 86, of East Lansing, passed away on Tuesday May 31, 2016. Alvida was born on August 20, 1929 in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of Dallas and Edith (Peterson) Manchester.Alvida was a home economics teacher at Lansing Public Schools for 25 years. She enjoyed spending summers in Caratunk, Maine and winters, after retirement, in Nokomis, Florida. Alvida was preceded in...
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Peter M. Shelley

January 31, 1949 - May 30, 2016

Pete Shelley was born on January 31, 1949, the son of Ernest and Josephine Shelley and passed away quietly in his sleep on May 30, 2016, following a two and one-half year battle with cancer. His wife, Jeanne, and his two golden retrievers, Jack and Mookie were at his side. Pete graduated from East Lansing High School and attended Olivet College receiving his Bachelor's degree in Social Work....
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Harold Charles Fildey

December 4, 1929 - May 29, 2016

Harold (Hal) Charles Fildey, 86, went to his heavenly home on May 29, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. He was aided in the fight by his wife of 65 years, Ellen, and his sons (especially Steven). The family extends their gratitude to Kathy Bradley who assisted the family for more than five years and his niece Julie [Reed] Stewart who always made Hal's favorite...
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Clemens J. Hohl

November 4, 1941 - May 29, 2016

Clemens Joseph Hohl, 74, passed away on May 29, 2016, in Howell, MI, after a five year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born November 4, 1941 in Springfield, IL., to parents Clemens A. Hohl and Fannie Angiline Hohl, both deceased. Surviving to cherish the memory of Clem are his wife Susan (Millikin) Hohl, son Eric David (Ratchanida) Hohl, grandson Dimitri Asawin Hohl, brother David (Betty)...
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David L. Smith

September 12, 1946 - May 24, 2016

David LeRoy Smith was born on September 12, 1946 the son of Alfred and Maxine (Munroe) Smith, and passed away May 24, 2016 at the age of 69. David was a 1965 graduate of Haslett High School and he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed with the State of Michigan and a retired after 20 years of service. David loved auctions and traveling, especially...
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Barry Bartley

February 22, 1953 - May 24, 2016

Barry Wayne Bartley was born on February 22, 1953 in Lansing the son of the late Robert and Georga (Evans) Bartley, and passed away May 24, 2016 at the age of 63. Barry was employed by the City of East Lansing and was a dedicated employee for over 28 years. He was very proud of his children and his grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He was kind hearted and someone...
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Dorothy Jean Snider

October 17, 1930 - May 20, 2016

Dorothy Jean Snider, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 20, 2016 in Harrison, MI. She was born October 17, 1930 in Flint to Otis and Helen (Warren) Cook. She loved to travel, fish, and bake, making countless notes in her recipe books. She and her husband, Donald Snider, were founding members of Okemos Church of the Nazarene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Snider, her...
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Alexander Alexandris

December 10, 1918 - May 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Marie Anderson

February 24, 1923 - May 14, 2016

Marie Christine Anderson, age 93, went to be with the lord on May 14, 2016. She is preceded in death by her brother John Anderson and niece Jan (Doten) Anderson. Marie is survived by her nephew; Larry Anderson of Altamonte Springs, Florida, Great nephews and nieces; Eric Anderson of Charlotte, North Carolina, Scott and Jennifer Andersen of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tracy (Anderson) and Philip...
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Peggy Jean Murphy

January 23, 1937 - May 14, 2016

Peggy Jean Murphy, age 79, of East Lansing, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2016. Peggy was born on January 23, 1937 in McEwen, Tennessee to Francis and Roberta Hutcheson and was the 4th grand-niece to American Legend, Davy Crockett. She was employed for 26 years at Capital Savings and Loan, Okemos Branch. She was an avid fan of Haslett and MSU Sports. She filled her love of sports by watching...
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Clifford Anthony Kleier

June 13, 1920 - May 11, 2016

Clifford Anthony Kleier, 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 11, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. He was born June 13, 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky. Cliff was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather, and a long time parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He was a man of great faith and integrity, and his gentle smile was appreciated by all who were fortunate enough...
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Budd Retan Goodwin

July 23, 1927 - May 10, 2016

Budd Retan Goodwin passed away May 10, 2016, after a lengthy illness. He will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, humility, and, above all, his wonderful sense of humor. Budd was born July 23, 1927 in Adrian, Michigan, son of Budd Albert and Elinor (Retan) Goodwin. He attended St. Mary's School in Adrian, and Georgia Military Academy in College Park, Georgia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy...
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Alice Mitchell Porter

June 9, 1920 - May 8, 2016

Alice Mitchell Porter was born in Ravenna, Ohio, to Georgene and Abner Mitchell on June 9, 1920 and died on May 8, 2016 after a long and fulfilling life. After graduating from Eaton Rapids High School, Alice attended Michigan State where she was a member of the Tower Guard Freshman Honorary and a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Alice was always enthusiastically involved in family, church,...
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Dennis Alan Bronson

August 13, 1958 - May 6, 2016

Dennis A. Bronson, age 57, of Haslett, passed away on May 6, 2016 after a battle with cancer. Dennis was born on August 13, 1958 in Lansing, the son of Roy and Donna (Purcell) Bronson. As a tool designer, he worked at Melling Forging Co, Federal Forge and retired from Gestamp in Mason. He enjoyed fishing, boating, Cedar Point and spending time with friends and family. His unfulfilled dream at...
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George Bettman

October 16, 1925 - May 6, 2016

Dr. George L. Bettman died peacefully at his home in East Lansing, MI on Friday May 6, 2016. George was the son of Irma Jane Bettman and a lifelong resident of the Lansing area where he practiced Dentistry. Following his military discharge from the Army Air Corps in 1945, George began his studies in Science at Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1948. He then went...
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Richard Dale Estell

April 11, 1926 - May 6, 2016

Richard "Dick" Estell was born on April 11, 1926 in Hillsdale, the son of the late Dale and Agnes (Herzog) Estell, and peacefully went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2016 at the age of 90. Dick attended Hillsdale High School and graduated in the Class of 1943. Following high school, he attended Hillsdale College and he went on to earn his Bachelor and Master Degrees from Michigan State University...
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Mildred Marie Shaffer

March 14, 1936 - May 4, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Richard G. Houghton

May 29, 1930 - May 1, 2016

Richard G. Houghton, 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Charlotte, Michigan. He was born on May 29, 1930 in Pontiac, Michigan to George and Genevieve (Renner) Houghton. He served in the United States Air Force and retired from Ford Motor Company, where he worked as a systems analyst. Richard enjoyed spending time outside; whether gardening, hiking, or just enjoying nature, he...
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Marilyn Elizabeth Luesse

May 18, 1927 - April 28, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Harlan Don Ritchie

August 3, 1935 - April 27, 2016

Beloved husband, father, colleague and friend, passed away April 27, 2016. Harlan was born August 3, 1935 to Donald and Irma (Johanson) Ritchie in Storm Lake, Iowa and was a 1953 graduate of Albert City High School. After graduating from Iowa State in Animal Husbandry, Dr. Ritchie began his Michigan State University career as an assistant instructor in 1957 and became a full professor of Animal...
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William Eric Sperber

September 22, 1950 - April 26, 2016

Bill Sperber, 65, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Lansing, Michigan. He was born September 22, 1950 in Bergen County, New Jersey to Walter and Shirley (Rudtner) Sperber.He came to East Lansing to attend Michigan State University and found his home. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree, Bill worked for many years in the Office of Planning and Budgets. He retired, and then returned...
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Conway Longson

July 2, 1924 - April 24, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Delores Beverly Mielock

April 6, 1935 - April 23, 2016

Age 81, of Lansing passed away April 23, 2016. Delores was born April 6, 1935 in Attica, Michigan to Nester and Alberta Coulter. She was the second of ten children. She attended Lapeer High School, graduating at the age of sixteen. She attended Cleary College earning a business degree in 1952. Delores worked as an executive assistant for the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors Corporation in...
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