Our Obituaries

Ursula Ebert Holloway

January 4, 1928 - April 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Frederik Wilte Bakker-Arkema

August 18, 1932 - April 25, 2017

Born on August 18, 1932 in Groningen, The Netherlands, Frederik Bakker-Arkema passed away on April 25, 2017 at age of 84.Fred grew-up on a farm on the North Sea during the Depression and World War II. These events, the loss of his mother, and the loving and enduring support of his father, had a lasting impact on his life and shaped many of his values and beliefs. Following the War, he moved to...
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Ekta Kewalramani

May 19, 1988 - April 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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John Jacob Schick

December 22, 1923 - April 22, 2017

On April 22, 2017 John(Jack) Jacob Schick, Jr. went peacefully to be with the Lord and his wife Virginia. He was born Dec. 22,1923 in Detroit, Mi. the son of John(Jack) Jacob Schick, Sr. and Grace K. (Pohner) Schick. He graduated from Denby High School, Detroit, Mi. in June of 1941. He enrolled that fall in the engineering program at the University of Detroit. After WW II began he enlisted in the...
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Albert Henry Henriksen

October 2, 1944 - April 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Jorge Gomez

February 27, 1936 - April 18, 2017

Born Februrary 27, 1936 in Bucaramanga, Colombia to Jorge Gomez and Marina Ortiz, Jorge passed away on Tuesday, April 18 at the age of 81. Jorge completed his medical degree at the Javeriana in Bogota. With his wife Ginette, he came to the United States to fulfill his dream of becoming a surgeon. He served in the military in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and surgeon both here in this country...
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Joan Rifon

January 29, 1931 - April 17, 2017

Joan Marie Rifon was born January 29, 1931, the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Kennedy and passed away April 17, 2017 at the age of 86.Loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Ruth Scott. Surviving to cherish her memory are her children Nora Rifon, Deane (Julie) Rifon; her grandchildren Zoe Elizabeth Rifon Wilton and...
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Maya Wanti

October 10, 1927 - April 15, 2017

Maya GuptaWith sadness, the family of Maya Wanti Gupta announces her passing away on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the age of 89. Her 6 children, their spouses, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren will all miss her.Pooja in Bibi's memory will be held Saturday, May 13 at 11:30 am at Bharatiya Temple, 955 Haslett Road, Haslett, MI. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes...
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Eloise Pearle Mahoney

August 1, 1917 - April 13, 2017

Eloise P. Mahoney entered eternal life on April 13, 2017, after 99 years of life. She is the widow of Richard C. Mahoney and loving companion of Charles E. Fritz. Eloise is the daughter of Mayme and Donald Davis, half-sister of the late Ruthie Shelton, Patricia Brown, and surviving Donna Bolton. She is cherished by her two daughters, Judith (Donald) Damaske, Sharon (Thomas) Altmann and son Rich ...
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Clara Kisch

February 1, 1926 - April 12, 2017

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

May 6, 1919 - April 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Hasita Shah

February 22, 1929 - April 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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William Harris Haak

November 29, 1936 - April 10, 2017

Bill Haak passed recently in Lansing surrounded by family. Bill was generous and devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He spent most of his working years as a school administrator at Pattengill Junior High School in Lansing, Pinckney High School and Central Office, and as Headmaster at Chicago Junior School. Since his retirement in 2002, he lived in Okemos. Bill is survived by his...
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Leora M. Sackrider

September 26, 1937 - April 10, 2017

Leora M. Sackrider passed away peacefully on Monday, April 10, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. She was born on September 26, 1937 in Lansing. She raised a large family and in her spare time, enjoyed flowers, birds, word puzzles, crocheting, and was above all an avid television viewer who spent her later days watching the Scy-Fy channel and I Love Lucy. She was preceded in death by her twin...
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John Robert Veenstra

July 22, 1938 - April 10, 2017

Memorial services to be announced at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Nancy Lee Kalb

December 17, 1923 - April 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Grace Agnes Meagher

July 26, 1924 - April 7, 2017

Grace Agnes Meagher passed away in her sleep on April 7, 2017. She was 92 years old. She joins her husband, Jerry, 8 siblings and countless family and friends on the path laid out by her Lord. She is survived by her four children, Fran Brockway, Jerry, Tom (Heidi) and Debbie, as well as nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She had a very strong faith and believed "God never gives you...
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Elena Abramovna Dovlatova

September 3, 1921 - April 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Alfred Allan Schmid

March 12, 1935 - April 5, 2017

Alfred Allan Schmid, 12 March 1935-5 April 2017. Born on a farm near Dawson, Nebraska, to Alfred Edward and Florence (Beutler) Schmid. B.Sc. University of Nebraska, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin. University Distinguished Professor Michigan State University where he taught for 47 years. Husband of Alice Bryam Todd (1934-1984) and Kay Ann (McDevitt) Carroll. Father of John (Diane Eddy) Schmid...
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Jack A. Buck

January 9, 1936 - April 3, 2017

Jack A. Buck, 81, of East Lansing passed away peacefully on Monday, April 3, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou Summer-Buck and his children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Christ United Church 1000 W. Webb Rd., Dewitt, MI 48820. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in...
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Judith Kay

June 29, 1940 - April 3, 2017

Judith was born June 29th, 1940 at Goodrich Hospital in Goodrich Michigan to her loving parents Amos Milton and Lillian Mae Gee. She was one of three children. Judith proudly graduated from Onaway High school in 1958. Soon after, she married her first husband Edward Hakala. Judith and Edward had two children prior to their divorce in 1963. In 1973 she remarried, wedding Dr. Bernard Kay. She and...
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Shirley Freeman Hittner

July 26, 1923 - April 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Marjorie Ann Tibbetts

January 20, 1922 - April 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Robert D. Mahoney

October 16, 1921 - March 30, 2017

Robert Daniel Mahoney, age 95 of East Lansing went to his heavenly home on March 30, 2017. He was born in Duluth, MN to Daniel and Isabelle Mahoney on October 16, 1921. Robert married Jennie Kubinger (who was also blind) on November 29, 1941. The biggest joy of Bob and Jennie's lives were their 10 children. Gary (deceased), Roberta Staton (Chuck deceased), Rosemary Sinutko (deceased), Dennis...
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James Everett Seaton,

September 5, 1944 - March 29, 2017

It is with tremendous sadness and even greater affection that his family announces the passing of Dr. James Everett Seaton, Sr, a devoted teacher, husband, father, brother, and friend to many. He was a generous, humble, and good-humored manJames Everett Seaton, Sr. was born in the Czech community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1944 to John Everett Seaton and Amelia Frances Kopecky. He received a BA...
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Jean Marie Sneeringer

October 29, 1924 - March 27, 2017

Jean Marie Sneeringer died on March 27, 2017 at 92 years of age. She was born on October 29, 1924 in Detroit, MI to Harry and Fern Foster, and married Eldon Sneeringer in 1955. Jean and Eldon lived in Flint, MI prior to moving to Okemos in 1961. She was preceded in death by both parents, her brother Harry and husband Eldon. As a young woman, she worked helping procure materials for the WWII...
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Everett Hugh Zimmerlee

March 29, 1928 - March 26, 2017

Zimmerlee, Everett Hugh, 3/29/1928 - 3/26/2017, passed away while surrounded by his family on Sunday evening, March 26th, in Charlotte, MI. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 69 years, Marion; his four children, Linda Sue (Tom) Boucher, Judy (Jim Ebbinghaus) Zimmerlee, Bill (Vicki) Zimmerlee, and Jo (Steve) Johnson; his 11 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. Everett was...
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Joanne Nadine McCarthy

September 15, 1929 - March 21, 2017

Date of Birth: September 15, 1929Place of Birth: Denver, COYear of Marriage: 1949Preceded by E. Jerome (Jerry), loving husband of 66 years (married Sept 3, 1949)Survived by: John, Joe, Kathleen Childress (Robin), Mary Ellen Zang (Paul), Carol Hodgman (Will), Tom (Anne Kelly), Anne Yost (Bill), Barb Plunkett (Steve), 17 grandchildren, one great grandson and her devoted dog, Pepper.Brief...
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Jack E. Bates

July 14, 1926 - March 19, 2017

Jack Ellsworth Bates, 90, returned peacefully to his heavenly home on March 19, 2017. His devotion to his family, and his firm grounding in God supported his journey from this world to the next, holding him tight in his struggles and giving him peace. Jack, a lifelong Lansing resident, was born July 14, 1926. He graduated from Eastern High School (1944) and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving...
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Nancy Bennett Bernard

March 23, 1936 - March 18, 2017

Mrs. Nancy Bennett Bernard passed away at home on March 18, 2017. She was born on March 23, 1936, in Auburn, New York. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Lela (Bayless) Bennett, and her husband of 54 years, Dr. Rudy Bernard.Mrs. Bernard attended Cornell University, where she met Rudy, the love of her life. She received her bachelor of science degree in 1958 and went on to marry...
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Mary Stanek

May 29, 1923 - March 18, 2017

Mary StanekHaslettDied March 18, 2017 at the age of 93. Mary was born May 29, 1923 to Stephen and Antonia Kollar of Bannister, MI. As a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Mary started the coffee and donut bar after Sunday Masses, worked in the rectory and performed other responsibilities behind the scenes. She was employed with Savant's Cleaners and J. C. Penney's during her working...
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Virginia A. Gerard

December 6, 1917 - March 18, 2017

Virginia Gerardof Muskegon and Okemos, MIPassed away on March 18, 2017, at the age of 99. Virginia was born December 6, 1917, to Floyd and Mina (Leffingwell) Kirkpatrick in Clare, MI.She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred and brother, William Kirkpatrick. She is survived by her sons, Tod (Kathy), Lee (Linda); five grandchildren, Katie Gerard (Dave Milewski), Scott Gerard, Kerry (Mark)...
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Gerald David Bell

December 19, 1937 - March 16, 2017

Gerald David Bell, 79, of East Lansing died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing. He was born December 19, 1937 in Lansing to Floyd and Sarah (Kinney) Bell. He graduated from Holt High School in 1956, where he played baseball and later played in Germany. He married Joan Martenies in 1985 in Lansing. He served in the US Army from 1957 - 1959, stationed in Germany and the Reserves...
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Doris A. Imshaug

July 3, 1927 - March 15, 2017

Born Doris Anna Lauterbach, to Matilda Lauterbach (Bose) and Frederick Lauterbach, in Brooklyn NY on July 3, 1927. She studied engineering at Hofstra University. While there, she met and later married Henry Andrew Imshaug. Doris traveled and lived around the world, while raising her family and supporting Henry's research. She has served as the chairperson of the Meridian Township Planning...
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Loretta Anne Moore

May 30, 1929 - March 13, 2017

Loretta Anne McNertney Moore, of Okemos, MI a long-time resident of Trenton, MI., died Monday, March 13, 2017, after an extended illness. Loretta was born May 30, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Penn., to John McNertney and Loretta Guthrie. She graduated from St. Rosalia's school in Greenfield, Pittsburgh, became a registered nurse, and went on to earn her bachelor's degree from Duquesne...
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Leo V. Deal

June 16, 1930 - March 11, 2017

Leo V. Deal passed away peacefully, with a song in his heart, on March 11, 2017 at the Vista Timber Ridge Assisted Living facility. The youngest of three sons, Leo was born June 16, 1930, at the family farm in Parker, IN, to Fred and Mildred Deal. He is survived by Nola (nee Arndt), his devoted wife of 64 years; son Eric (Sherrie): daughter Nancy (John Beaver): grandsons Taylor and Mason (Whitney...
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Alexander Tulinsky

September 25, 1928 - March 9, 2017

Alexander "Al" Tulinsky, 88, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Willows of Okemos. He was born September 25, 1928 in Philadelphia, PA to Vasily and Anna Tulinski. He attended Temple University and Princeton University where he earned his Ph.D. He worked as Professor of Chemistry and Research Scientist at Michigan State University from 1965 until his retirement in 2000. He was an avid duck hunter...
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Ernestine Georgia McClain

April 20, 1930 - March 9, 2017

Ernestine lived in California for forty years. The arts have been a major part of her life which drew her to California. She remained an avid Spartan fan and loved to watch them on the television. During her professional life she worked as a clerk for Federal Banking Industry. Ernestine will be dearly missed by her loving family. Preceding in death is her sister Norma Jean Green. Surviving to...
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John A. Bell

May 16, 1953 - March 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Bella Bercaw Pixley

February 16, 1941 - March 6, 2017

Bella Bercaw Pixley, 76, passed away on March 6, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. She was born in Lansing to Vorus and Helen (Kimmerer) Bercaw on February 16, 1941, the only girl in a family of three boys. After attending Michigan State University, she became a telephone operator for the school and a committed lifelong Spartan fan. An avid bowler and golfer, Bella spent many summers camping with her...
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Harold Norman Meldrum

July 23, 1922 - March 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Mildred D. Thorn

October 7, 1923 - March 5, 2017

Mildred D. ThornOkemosWent home to be with her Lord on March 5, 2017 at the age of 93. Mildred was born October 7, 1923 in St. Johns, MI to Roy and Doris (Jeffers) Morrison.She met Hanford Thorn, the love of her life, in Germfask, MI; they married on June 16, 1940, and were happily married for 63 years. Mildred was the longest standing charter member of Faith Lutheran Church. She was an active...
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Katherine L. Schrauben

September 25, 1955 - March 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Michael J. Craig

June 3, 1985 - March 4, 2017

Michael J. Craig was born on June 3, 1985 in Lansing and passed away March 4, 2017 at the age of 31. Michael enjoyed art, computer technology and music. Above all, he loved spending time with his family. Michael will be lovingly remembered by his parents, John Craig and Helga Masinda; and two brothers Matthew and James Craig. Michael served for the past eight years as a paraprofessional at the...
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Jane M. Young

August 9, 1939 - March 4, 2017

Jane Young left us for a better place on March 4, 2017 at the age of 77. Jane was born on August 9, 1939 in Deerfield Township, Michigan. Her ambition was to become a teacher. After 2 years at Eastern Michigan, she realized her goal by becoming a middle school teacher in Argentine, Michigan. She taught there for 4 years while completing her bachelor's degree. She followed that with stints at...
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Julianne Gillner Christensen

April 16, 1935 - March 3, 2017

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." - Psalm 121:1,2. These words were a source of comfort and strength throughout Julianne's life. Now she has gone home to receive her eternal reward and meet her Savior, Jesus, after a short illness on March 3, 2017. She left us much too soon and will be greatly missed by...
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Bruce Martin Nakfoor

March 6, 1930 - March 2, 2017

Dr. Bruce Martin Nakfoor, Sr., of Naples, FL and East Lansing, died peacefully on March 2nd, just shy of his 87th birthday. Born and raised in Lansing, MI, he was a graduate of St. Mary Cathedral High School. He then received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football under freshman coach, Vince Lombardi. Bruce went on to earn a Doctorate of...
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Joseph Palmer

October 17, 1936 - March 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Walter M. Keilholtz

December 24, 1919 - March 2, 2017

KEILHOLTZ, WALTER MORRIS,Age 97, died Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Home Sweet Home Assisted Living, Haslett, Michigan. Walter was born December 24, 1919 in Lakeview, MI to parents James and Margaret (Wilson) Keilholtz. He was one of 8 children, seven boys and one girl. His parents, brothers (Floyd, Rufus, Stanley, Francis, Dale and Emery) and sister (Ruth) preceded him in death. Walter would later...
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Carlos M. Rifon

November 15, 1929 - March 2, 2017

Carlos Rifon was born November 15, 1929, the son of the late Mamed and Amalia (Alamedia) Rifon and passed away March 2, 2017 at the age of 87.Loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, son, devoted family man, economist, commodities trading regulator, lieutenant, fisherman, boat captain, movie buff, storyteller, prankster, idealist, pragmatist, scholar, a lover of literature, and a...
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Bryan Webster

July 11, 1955 - March 1, 2017

On March 1, 2017 Bryan Andrus Webster entered into eternal life. Born into this life on July 11, 1955 in Lansing, Michigan, he was a loving faithful servant of the Lord, devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Crystal Buchhalter (Shaun), son Brandon Webster, grandchildren Jacob and Haddassah Buchhalter, mother Carlene Webster-Maier (Herbert),...
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Gary A. Cervone

May 9, 1954 - March 1, 2017

Gary A. Cervone, 62, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. He was born on May 9, 1954 in Mount Clemens, Michigan to Louis and Frances (DeBono) Cervone, and grew up in Roseville, Michigan. After attending some college, Gary started a job with Chrysler and later General Motors that would lead to his discovering his passion: learning new skills and training others, work that...
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Myrtle N. Olien

November 13, 1928 - March 1, 2017

Myrtle Norquist Olien, 88, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. She was born in Brainerd, Minnesota to Bert and Doris (Peterson) Norquist. Myrtle was a talented gardener who could make anything grow beautifully: she enjoyed spending countless hours in her garden and collected gardening books, especially early editions. Myrtle designed her own home in...
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George Alex Simonian

July 26, 1951 - March 1, 2017

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Ellen P. Cassidy

July 20, 1941 - February 27, 2017

Ellen Page Cassidy, age 75, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017. Services are private under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan.
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Margaret G. Frederick

July 3, 1920 - February 23, 2017

Margaret G. Frederick, 96, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Haslett, Michigan. She was born on July 3, 1920 in Tuscarawas, Ohio to Walter and Mary (O'Donnell) Brandt. She attended Wittenberg College and graduated from Wayne State University. She taught third grade for many years in Hazel Park before her she and husband retired to Deerfield Beach, Florida, where she "unretired" to...
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Janice M. Zimmerman

April 24, 1943 - February 22, 2017

Janice M. Zimmerman was born on April 24, 1943 in Lansing, the daughter of the late A. Jack and Francis (Campau) Bartell, and passed away February 22, 2017 at the age of 73. Janice was a resident of Holt for 29 years. She worked for Harley Franks School of Lansing Public School District for 35 years teaching Kindergarten. Janice came to be known as the "area matriarch". She also was active in...
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Maria Theresita Gaddi

February 5, 1927 - February 21, 2017

Maria Theresita Gaddi, born February 5, 1927 died on February 21, 2017. Maria attended St. Theresa's College, the University of St. Tomas in Manila, Philippines, Michigan State University and Purdue University. She was a dedicated English and Drama teacher in the Philippines. She taught K-10 and bilingual education in Chicago, IL. She was an active volunteer at St. Ann's Catholic Church in...
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Ralph Martin Hayden

November 20, 1922 - February 19, 2017

Ralph Martin Hayden, 94, of East Lansing, passed away on February 19, 2017 at the Willows of East Lansing. Ralph was born on November 20, 1922, the son of Larry and Mary (Wood) Hayden. Ralph worked for Buick as a time keeper and retired after 45 years of service. No services will be held, final entombment will be in the mausoleum at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing. MIThe family is being...
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Richard Arthur Fata

November 5, 1929 - February 18, 2017

Our beloved patriarch Richard Fata joined our heavenly Father on February 18, 2017 at the age of 87. He was a devout Catholic, loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and a very proud Italian. He was born on November 5, 1929 to John and Julia (Coscarelli) Fata. He grew up in Lansing, MI and worked with his parents at the John Fata Confectionary where he honed his entrepreneurial skills and...
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Rick Garcia

November 24, 1963 - February 15, 2017

Ricardo "Rick" del Rosario Garcia passed away February 15, 2017 at the age of 53. Rick was born in Keflavik, Iceland November 24, 1963 to Rueben and Avalina (del Rosario) Garcia. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 19, 1-3 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI.Those desiring may make contributions in memory of Rick to Sparrow...
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Thelma M. Vandervoort

October 24, 1922 - February 12, 2017

Thelma M. "Tommy" VandervoortOkemosAge 94, passed away February 12, 2017. Thelma was born October 24, 1922 in Rapid River, MI to Manfred John and Christine Josephine (Bergman) Bergquist. She met her husband during WWII on a blind date and later they married and moved to East Lansing where they lived for seven years and then Okemos for 63 years. She was a member of Okemos Community Church; loved...
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Barbara Jane Dominguez

March 14, 1925 - February 11, 2017

Barbara Jane Dominguez, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, age 91. Barbara was born to Francis Brow and Timothy Murphy at the Detroit Women's Hospital in 1925. She met her husband Dr. C. Thomas Dominguez, while both attended Michigan State University. Together, they traveled the globe, practiced photography, and had two children. Barbara was a strong woman, keeper of lifelong friends and collector...
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Ethel Emiline Gaedke

January 26, 1919 - February 10, 2017

Ethel E. "Anne" Gaedke, age 98 died February 10, 2017. Anne was born in East Jordan, MI on January 26, 1919 to Alfred and Mary Reich and spent the majority of her years living in Mason, MI. Anne enjoyed spending winters for many years in Zephyhrills, FL, camping, traveling and square dancing with her husband of 65 years, Volney, who preceded her in death in 2010. She was a great storyteller who...
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Rita Eleanor Shetiah

January 30, 1937 - February 9, 2017

Age 80, passed away February 9, 2017. She was born January 30, 1937 in Detroit, MI to Leo and Mary (Nickols) Dion. Rita taught in the Waverly school district at Park and Colt Elementary. Her hobbies were reading, watching TV and enjoying movies. She will be greatly missed by her many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Tawfik Shetiah;...
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Lucy Getty

May 11, 1935 - February 7, 2017

Lucy was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 11, 1935 to Coran and Khasvart Sarkisian. She is preceded in death by her parents; Coran and Khasvart Sarkisian, her brother; Simon Sarkissian and sister; Dorothy Mosher and is survived by her brother; John Sarkissian as well as several nieces and nephews. She was a proud Armenian-American, spoke the Armenian language fluently, and taught her daughters...
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Louise M. Sause

August 4, 1912 - February 7, 2017

Louise M. Sause of East Lansing Michigan died peacefully at her home on February 7, 2017, at the age of 104. A professor emeritus at Michigan State University, she joined its fledgling Education Department in 1954 after receiving a doctorate from Columbia University. Born in Youngstown, Ohio on August 4, 1912, she was the oldest of four children of Michael J. and Margretta Reisinger Sause. A...
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Robert Everett Martin

April 23, 1931 - February 5, 2017

Robert "Bobo" Martin, 85, of Okemos and Elk Lake, MI passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017. Born on April 23, 1931 in New Brighton, PA to Everett and Dorothy Martin. He graduated Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1948 where he played center on the football team and was elected president of his senior class. Bobo attended Michigan State College (University) in 1948, graduating in 1952. During his...
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Ronald A. Robinson

June 26, 1940 - February 4, 2017

Ronald Alexander RobinsonRon was born on June 26, 1940 in Fort Benning, GA to 1st Lieutenant Howard Robinson, MD and Mary Doreen (Sloan) Robinson of Wayne, MI and passed away February 4, 2017. Ron attended school throughout the ninth grade and was active in the Boy Scouts. He enrolled and graduated from Riverside Military Academy of Gainesville, GA in May, 1958. He proudly served his country in...
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Gerald Dale Ludden

September 9, 1937 - February 1, 2017

Gerald Ludden, our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully February 1, 2017 at the age of 79 surrounded by his loving family. Born to the late Kathryn and Frank Ludden of Quincy, IL. Gerald received his PHD in mathematics from Notre Dame University and then taught at MSU for 50 years. He helped start the Champs Program at MSU, bringing area...
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Dale O. Grettenberger

June 27, 1933 - January 29, 2017

Dale O. Grettenberger passed away on Sunday January 29, 2017. Dale was born on June 27, 1933 in Okemos MI to Herman Jake and Margaret (Ley) Grettenberger. He grew up on the family farm, graduating from Okemos High School in 1951. In 1954, Dale moved to Hatch Road with his step-mother Alice (Miller Cole) Grettenberger and younger brother Charles. Dale enlisted in the Army, spending time in Fort...
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Gary W. Chapman

July 3, 1967 - January 26, 2017

Gary passed away January 26, 2017 at the age of 49, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born July 3, 1967 in Novato, CA. He graduated from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, TX and Texas A & M, class of 1989 with a degree in Environmental Design, and also MSU Turf Grass Management Program. He had a career with Natural Course Design...
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George H. Swanson

January 6, 1930 - January 26, 2017

George Swanson of East Lansing and Williamston went to be with his Lord on January 26 at the age of 87. He was born in Superior, Wisconsin to Ernest and Mildred Swanson on January 6, 1930, the oldest of four children.After high school, George enlisted in the Air Force where he proudly served as a Control Tower operator. While stationed in Alabama during basic training, he met his first love,...
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Glenn David Berkheimer

June 19, 1927 - January 25, 2017

Glenn David Berkheimer was born June 19, 1927 in Blue Knob Pennsylvania. Immediately after graduating from high school in 1945, he joined the U.S. Naval Air Force and became an Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class. He received his B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology. Glenn taught chemistry and physics in high schools in...
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Kenneth W. Woods

October 12, 1947 - January 25, 2017

Kenneth William Woods passed peacefully among family on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. He was born on October 12, 1947 to William and Cecelia Woods in Bay City, MI where he lived with his two sisters, Carole and Sally, and graduated from Bay City Central in 1965. He attended Michigan State University where he met his wife, Bonnye. They were united in marriage on March 22, 1969 in Northville, MI...
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Eldora Eldora Spooner

January 30, 1925 - January 25, 2017

Mildred Eldora Spooner, Williamston, Michigan was born January 30, 1925 to Herbert & Lela Shine. She passed away Jan 25, 2017 at the age of 91.Eldora was employed by MSU as a Lab Technician for 28 years and raised a family of four children. She was a leader and active in 4H, enjoyed her exercise class at Meridian Mall, and loved to garden. She was very active in her church, the First...
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Phyllis Hargrave Hotaling

July 23, 1923 - January 21, 2017

Phyllis Hargrave Hotaling, age 93, passed away on January 21, 2017. Born July 23, 1923 on a farm in Okemos, she attended Button, a one room school through the 8th grade. She graduated from Okemos High School in 1941. Phyllis then attended Acme Business College in Lansing followed by employment at Oldsmobile and East Lansing State Bank. Her next employment opportunity was as secretary of Edgewood...
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Robert Milton Green

November 4, 1933 - January 21, 2017

Robert Milton Green, 83, of Okemos passed away peacefully on Jan. 21, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.He was born Nov. 4, 1933 to Henry Milton and Bertha Williamson Green in Fries, VA. As a young man growing up in a small town, Bob dreamed of going to new and exciting places, and that he did. While attending Emory and Henry College, Bob met his soon to be wife, Clara while working as a...
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Jeffrey Alan Ballor

June 15, 1968 - January 20, 2017

Jeffrey Alan Ballor was born on June 15, 1968 in Lansing, Michigan and passed away on January 20, 2017.He is survived by his mother Karen Jackson (Vic), father William Ballor (Pam), sister Jody Burgess (Robert), step-siblings Vic Jackson Jr. (Mary), Kevin Jackson (Laurie), Wendy Wallander (James), Kelly Jackson, Gene Jackson (Kelly), Robin Jackson (Kim), Kerry Jackson (Tammy), Staci Renteria (Dan...
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Kristin Marie Pangman

January 31, 1970 - January 20, 2017

Kristin Marie Pangman, age 46, of Lansing, MI passed away unexpectedly on January 20, 2017 and now rests safely in heaven. Kris, the daughter of Robert and Marie (Engelhardt) Pangman was born on January 31, 1970 in Lansing, and grew up in Okemos. As a student, Kris played the flute and swam competitively, although splashing in the pool with friends gave her the most joy. She graduated from...
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Joseph G. Bierwagen

February 29, 1924 - January 20, 2017

Joseph "Joe" BierwagenLansingOur loving Dad, Joe, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 and was reunited with his wife, Frances. He was born February 29, 1924 (leap year) in South Bend, IN to Joseph and Mary Bierwagen. His family moved to Owosso, MI where he spent his childhood, graduated in 1942 from St. Paul's Catholic HS and there met Frances Mahaney. Joe served his country in the Army during...
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Maryam M. Karimi

December 25, 1915 - January 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Richard Phillip Kelley

February 15, 1936 - January 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Kenneth E. Beard

September 11, 1921 - January 17, 2017

Kenneth E Beard passed away January 17, 2017. He was born September 11, 1921. Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, Michigan.
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John A. Bolton

May 13, 1926 - January 17, 2017

John (Jack) A. Bolton of Williamston age 89, passed away on January 17, 2017. Our loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather has gone to be with the love of his life and wife of 62 years, who preceded him in 2009. Jack and Marilyn (Tooley) were married on November 25, 1947. He was the son of John and Ruth Bolton of Haslett, from which he graduated. He joined the military and served in...
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Edward Earl Jones

October 16, 1930 - January 17, 2017

Edward E. Jones, Jr, of Okemos, MI passed away at age 86 on January 17, 2017. Born on October 16, 1930 and raised in East Lansing, MI, he was the only child to Doris and Edward E. Jones Sr. He was a 1948 graduate of East Lasing High School and 1952 Graduate of Michigan State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Brumm, in...
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Lewis H. Greenberg

January 9, 1942 - January 16, 2017

Lewis Greenberg was born on January 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, and passed away on January 16, 2017 at the age of 75. Lewis earned his BS, MS and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at MSU. He became a professor in computer science, advancing to Director of Operations of the MSU Computer Laboratory. His career spanned 35 years until his retirement in 2002. During the onset of the computer age,...
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Robert Eugene Mosher

September 27, 1920 - January 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Billee V. Lewis

May 2, 1924 - January 15, 2017

Billee Vivian Lewis (nee Schlichte) died on January 15th at age 92. Billee was born in Pontiac, Michigan on May 2nd, 1924. She grew up in Flint where she spent most of her life. She graduated from Flint Northern High School in 1942. She married Dr Thomas E. Lewis in 1951 and they had four daughters. She lost her husband in 2015 after 64 years of marriage.In their later years, Billee and Thomas...
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Gerald Glenn Lacey

September 18, 1934 - January 14, 2017

Gerald Glenn Lacey was born to eternal life to live in the house of the Lord on January 14, 2017.Gerald ("Jerry") was born on September 18, 1934, the son of Harry and Kathleen Lacey. He was raised with three brothers in Detroit, Michigan where after completing High School continued on to attend the University of Detroit Mercy earning a Bachelor's Degree in business.Jerry served two years in the U...
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Michael Alan Waters

August 3, 1955 - January 14, 2017

Michael Alan WatersEast LansingAge 61, died Saturday, January 14, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born August 3, 1955 in Frankfort, Michigan to Norman and Patricia (Kibby) Waters. He grew up in Frankfort, graduated from Frankfort High School and went on to attend Flint Barber School. After working for a short time as a barber in Traverse City, Mike moved to East Lansing,...
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Marjorie Cecelia Clemetsen

April 1, 1926 - January 14, 2017

Marjorie Cecelia Clemetsen, 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. She was born on April 1, 1926 to Carl and Laura (Schaner) Hipley in Hart, Michigan. She married Gerald H. Clemetsen and together they raised three children. She will be lovingly remembered by them: Kim (Eric) Brown, Eric (Helen) Clemetsen, and Kurt (Midge) Clemetsen; her grandchildren,...
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A. Richard Ash

January 15, 1940 - January 10, 2017

A. Richard Ash age 76 died on January 10, 2017. He was born January 15, 1940 in Washington D.C. to Arlington and Lily (Rousseau) Ash. "Dick" Ash was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his beloved wife Lynne of 55 years; two sons, Timothy (Patricia) Ash and William (Lisa) Ash; 6 grandchildren, Kenneth, Brandon, Alec, Taylor, Tory, Alyssa Ash; and 2 great-grandchildren...
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Ruth Oprea

June 29, 1927 - January 9, 2017

Ruth Oprea, 89, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. She was born on June 29, 1927 in Lithuania to Otto and Minna Bendig. She spent much of her childhood in Hanover, Germany, and moved to the United States in 1950 with her husband, John Oprea Sr. and two young children. From there, they built their own American Dream. Ruth loved to be social and spend time with...
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Marcia Pederson

June 14, 1954 - January 8, 2017

Marcia Brooke Pederson (nee May), 62, died January 8, 2017, after complications from Multiple Sclerosis. Born in Lansing on June 14, 1954, she was the younger daughter of the late Clyde and Elaine May. She is survived by her beloved husband of 39 years, Timothy Pederson of The Villages, FL; her two children, Brooke (Peter) Lund of St Joseph, MI and Brad (Lindsey) Pederson of Chicago, IL; her...
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Cathy Ann Strand

January 16, 1951 - January 8, 2017

Cathy Ann Strand, age 65, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2017. She was born on January 16th, 1951 in Detroit Michigan to Mike and Ann Rinaldi. She was a lifelong Michigan resident. Cathy was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She also received her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Detroit. She worked for several different agencies, but she met her future...
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Katherine Andrea Johnston

October 14, 1945 - January 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Anthony Michael Rushak

June 26, 2001 - January 3, 2017

Anthony Michael Rushak, age 15 of East Lansing, passed away on January 3, 2017. Anthony was a student at both Okemos and Stevenson High Schools. He loved playing soccer, lacrosse, karate and football. His hobbies included snowboarding, mountain biking, xbox, swimming and "just chillin." Anthony also enjoyed visiting Traverse City, Ludington State Park, and the Meridian Mall. He was preceded in...
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Lenegene Brooks

November 10, 1922 - January 3, 2017

Lenegene Brooks, born November 10, 1922, in Williamston, MI went to be with Jesus on January 3, 2017 at the age of 94. Lenegene thoroughly enjoyed sewing, canning, gardening, playing the piano and baking delicious pies; she also loved spending time with her family, especially riding the gator with her grandkids. Lenegene was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald of 64 years on May 22,...
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Brett Cameron Robinson

November 26, 1968 - December 30, 2016

After a lifetime of epic battles with cancer that he so often won, Brett Cameron Robinson passed away peacefully in his East Lansing, Michigan home surrounded by loved ones December 30, 2016. Born November 26, 1968 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Brett was second oldest of five children of parents, Jim and Sherry Robinson. Brett is survived by his parents; his sister, Shawn; brothers, Travis, Clayt,...
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