Our Obituaries

Richard J. Baker

January 26, 1923 - December 7, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Madge Rita Jacolik

March 10, 1922 - December 6, 2016

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Edwin Bernard Fitzpatrick

January 1, 1930 - December 6, 2016

Edwin B. Fitzpatrick passed away peacefully in the early morning on 12/6/16, at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born January 1,1930, in Owosso, Michigan, the first son of Bernie Fitzpatrick and Gladys (Carmody) Fitzpatrick. He enjoyed a typical midwest childhood, entertaining himself with sports, the outdoors, and discovering an artistic talent which would...
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Vivian Esther Najjar

May 4, 1934 - November 30, 2016

Vivian Esther Najjar of East Lansing, MI., was born on May 4, 1934 in Chicago, IL., the daughter of the late Joseph and Edna (Scholz) Berquist, has passed away November 30, 2016 at the age of 82. She was a resident of East Lansing, MI., There are no funeral services scheduled at this time. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel. On line condolences may be made...
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Dorothy Marie McMillan

April 1, 1924 - November 29, 2016

Dorothy Marie McMillan, was born April 1, 1924 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Brittan Arnold and Leila (Edwards) Arnold, and passed away on November 29, 2016 at the age 92. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, her devoted husband Donald, her brother J.B. Arnold and sister Mildred Hoffman. Surviving to cherish her memory are her two sons; Wally (Ann) McMillan, and Jim (Myra) McMillan; 5...
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Jean O. Devendorf

February 25, 1916 - November 26, 2016

Jean O. DevendorfEast LansingBorn February 25, 1916 in Guelph, Ontario, to George Sunley and Beatrice Carter Sunley, passed away November 26, 2016 at the age of 100. Jean retired from Michigan State University in 1977, was a member of Edgewood United Church, and was a lifetime member of The Friends of Historic Meridian. She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening and traveling.She was preceded in...
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Eleanor L. Fabian-Long

October 31, 1922 - November 25, 2016

Eleanor Fabian- Long died on November 25, 2016 at the age of 94. She was born on October 31, 1922 in Dysart, Iowa to John Arthur (Art) and Gertrude A Ellingson. Eleanor attended the University of Iowa then married John Robert Fabian who was a World War II Pilot. In 1994 Eleanor married Dr. Charles O. Long, also a World War II pilot; they enjoyed traveling during their 22 years together to...
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Lester King Carpenter

August 8, 1925 - November 22, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Julie Christine Achterberg

March 11, 1970 - November 21, 2016

Julie Achterberg, 46, entered Heaven's gates on Monday, November 21, 2016 at her home in Haslett, Michigan. She was born March 11, 1970 in Lansing, Michigan to Kenneth and Jeanette (Fishburn) Achterberg. An English and Biology dual major in college, Julie went on to teach a variety of subjects and students, and for the last 16 years has taught at Okemos High School. Her joy was working...
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Rose Mary Hancock

May 23, 1945 - November 20, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Brian M. Newport

November 7, 1960 - November 19, 2016

Age 56, passed away November 19, 2016. Brian was born November 7, 1960, in Owosso, MI to Dale Newport and Mary Wendt. Brian was a devoted husband and proud father. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping and hunting. Brian was a resident of East Lansing for thirteen years and was a member of the local Carpenters' Union #1004.He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jennifer; daughter, Morgan ...
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Robert Vern Bamford

July 21, 1922 - November 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Everett W. Downing

August 5, 1924 - November 18, 2016

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Barbara A. Sukenik

October 7, 1944 - November 17, 2016

Sukenik, Barbara Brisse of Okemos, Michigan passed away peacefully with her loving sister, Sue and several close friends by her side on November 17, 2016 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. Barb was born in Brooklyn, New York and was the eldest daughter of the late Gerard and Thelma Brisse. She spent her formative years in Livonia, MI and graduated from Ladywood High School and then earned both...
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Nelson E. Gilroy

June 24, 1947 - November 17, 2016

Gilroy, Nelson "Nelly", 69, of Pentwater, formerly of East Lansing, passed away November 17, 2016. He fought a short, but courageous battle with family and friends by his side. Nelson was born June 24, 1947 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to Cecil F. Gilroy and Eleanor G. Gilroy (Talentino).Nelson, president and founder of Capital Insurance Services, worked as an insurance producer for more than 40...
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Lawrence Chung-Lee Su

May 2, 1936 - November 17, 2016

Lawrence Chung-Lee Su, 80 of Okemos, died November 17, 2016. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; sons, Lawrence (Angela) Su, William (Mary) Su, John (Cindy) Su and Robert (Laura) Su. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, November 22nd, 11am, at the Church of the Resurrection, 1531 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In...
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Dorothy Eloise Berkes

July 31, 1934 - November 16, 2016

Dorothy Eloise (DeGeneres) Berkes, age 82, passed on November 16, 2016, at her home in East Lansing, Michigan. Beloved wife to the late Richard. Loving mother to Martha Berkes-Rooker. Grandmother to Karl Rooker and Benjamin (Brenna) Morlock. Dear sister to David (Yvonne) Generes, Sidney (Helen) Generes, and the late William (Virginia) Generes, Duane Generes and Norma Cochran. Eloise was born on...
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Timothy Cornfield

March 1, 1952 - November 15, 2016

Timothy "Tim" Cornfield, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, at home surrounded by his family after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer. He was born on March 1, 1952 to Earl and Kathleen (Haynes) Cornfield in Muskegon, MI. Tim attended Whitehall High School and went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling from Central Michigan University, graduating in...
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Randall Merle Gray

April 26, 1959 - November 14, 2016

Randall Merle Gray 57, of Lansing died November 14, 2016. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel. Funeral service 12 p.m. Saturday with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home.
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Frank Parkes Thonger

December 16, 1921 - November 12, 2016

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Robert Willard Haun

May 3, 1949 - November 10, 2016

Robert Willard Haun, of Lansing, passed away Thursday, November 10th after a long illness. Robert is survived by his wife Carolyn; daughter Katherine; mother-in-law Mary Ellen Smith; and his mother, Estelle.Robert was raised in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating W.E. Stebbins High School, Robert was a member of the first graduating class of the James Madison College at Michigan State University...
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Frederick William Fabian

May 27, 1928 - November 10, 2016

Frederick William Fabian Jr., age 88, of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016. He was born on May 27, 1928 in Lansing, Michigan, graduated from East Lansing High School in 1948, and received a Journalism degree from Michigan State University in 1952. Fred was an account manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance in the mid-Michigan area for 28 years, and was...
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Jack Lee Morrow

March 30, 1954 - November 6, 2016

Morrow, Jack LeeOf Williamston, MIFormerly of Lansing, MIAge 62, Jack was taken home to ride his Harley amongst the clouds in heaven on November 6, 2016. He leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years Joane (Jodie) Morrow; 3 children, Josh, Jodi Jean, and January Morrow. Faithful companions Minnie & Daisy, along with 11 grandkids, 6+ great grandkids, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and many other family...
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Marilyn DeGroot Casler

October 15, 1939 - November 5, 2016

Marilyn DeGroot Casler, 77, of Haslett, MI passed away November 5, 2016. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI October 15, 1939 to Francis and Constance (Glapa) Meyer. Marilyn was an RN and worked on the Addictions Unit at St. Lawrence Hospital for 30 years. Marilyn had a great sense of humor. She loved reading, the beach, lighthouses, shells, and her weekly lunch at Olive Garden. She adored her...
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Astrid Hansen

June 14, 1927 - November 2, 2016

Astrid Marie Hansen, 89, died November 3, 2016 as a result of a fall. She is survived by her son, Knud (Kay) Hansen, and grandchildren Anne (Jim) Curtis, Molly (Scot Deming) Brown, Erin (Alicia Verdier) Hansen, and Lauren Hansen and Igor Houwat. She will be missed by all, but especially by her great grandchildren Jimmy, Nicole, Nolan, Aidan and Meredith, who welcomed her smile, open arms and...
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Linda June Botke

December 3, 1948 - November 2, 2016

Linda J. Botke, was born on December 3, 1948 in Lansing Michigan. Daughter of the late Opal "Red" Shaw and Beulah Maxine Long and passed away on November 2, 2016 at the age of 67. Linda enjoyed crocheting, knitting and loved to make gifts for family and friends. She was an avid reader, loved reading and enjoyed movies, especially the classics. Linda had a special love for her family; she never...
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Joyce Helen Neilson

April 7, 1926 - November 2, 2016

Joyce Helen (Asselin) Neilson transitioned into glory November 2, 2016 at the age of 90, surrounded by her loving family and the compassionate staff at Burcham Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation. A mother, daughter, sister, aunt, gramma, Nana, friend and so much more to so many. Joyce was born on April 7, 1926 in Saginaw Michigan. She married John C. Neilson Jr. who predeceased her in...
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Shirley Marie Wear

September 25, 1936 - October 25, 2016

Shirley Marie Wear, born September 25, 1936 in Lansing, the daughter of the late Dale and Ruth (Mansfield) Young, passed away on October 25, 2016 at the age of 80.Shirley was a strong and loving mother. She loved her family and grandchildren. She was a sales clerk at Freddy's donuts for twenty five years. Shirley lived a quiet life and will be greatly missed.She was preceded in death by her...
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John William Anderson

January 5, 1932 - October 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Frank John Schultz

September 7, 1924 - October 18, 2016

On October 18, 2016, Frank Schultz completed his earthly mission as a loving husband to his bride of sixty-six years, Bernice (Eppler) Schultz; and father to five good kids: Brant (Jean) Schultz, Brenda (Steve) Frantz, Terri (Michael) Shapiro, Jan (David) Trierweiler and Jeff (Loralee) Schultz, as well as his Ten amazing grandchildren and two great grandchildren; Matthew, Lucas, Brian, Casey,...
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Georgia Ann Solem

September 18, 1930 - October 14, 2016

Georgia Ann was born on September 18, 1930 in Lansing, and passed away October 14, 2016 at the age of 86. Georgia enjoyed traveling, sewing and hunting for antiques. Volunteerism was an important part of Georgia's life. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and she will be missed by all. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James R. Solem and daughter, Sandra Kay. ...
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Gerald Lee Heiden

January 31, 1949 - October 14, 2016

Gerald (Jerry) Heiden born January 31, 1949 passed away October 14, 2016, at the age of 67. Gerald was preceded in death by his father Herman Heiden. He is survived by his mother, Lydia Heiden and two sisters, Rosemary Pasch and Yvonne Heiden. Gerald graduated from Bath High School in 1967; was a plumber/pipe-fitter for over 30 years. He built six houses over the course of his life. He was...
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George Johnnie Szegedy

June 28, 1961 - October 13, 2016

George Johnnie Szegedy age 55, passed away October 13, 2016, surrounded by his wife and children at his home in Webberville, Michigan. He peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom he came to know and love in 1994.George was a loving husband and father. He would have been married to his wife, Sharon, for 29 years on October 23rd. He is survived by Sharon, his three children;...
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Shirley Ann Deering

September 26, 1926 - October 11, 2016

Shirley Ann (Ruth) Deering, who died peacefully at her daughter's home on October 11, 2016, was born on September 26, 1926, and world was never the same!!! Shirley was the oldest of two daughters born to George and Catherine Ruth in Detroit, MI. The family would move to Tawas City in the late 1940's.Shirley was married to Robert Deering in August, 1950, widowed in March, 1952 and gave birth to...
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Gerald Ralph Spalding

January 29, 1936 - October 11, 2016

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Terrell Ann Weinlander

March 23, 1954 - October 11, 2016

Terri (Terrell) Ann Weinlander of East Lansing, was born on March 23, 1954 in Detroit (Harper Woods) Michigan, and passed away on October 11, 2016 at the age of 62. Terri is preceded in death by her brother, Joe Torongo. Terri is survived by husband, Dan, daughter, Stacey, parents, Reba and Joe, and mother-in-law, Evie.Terri was born in Harper Woods to Reba and Joseph Torongo on March 23rd, 1954....
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Betty Graber

March 8, 1925 - October 11, 2016

Betty (Houston) Graber (nee Friedlander)Betty Graber died peacefully of natural causes on a warm afternoon, October 11, 2016, after a life full of experience and service. Betty was born in Brooklyn NY on March 8, 1925, the youngest of three siblings. She graduated high school early and was selected for a special program to draw aircraft blueprints during WWII. From there, she bravely journeyed...
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Judith Holt

August 31, 1939 - October 10, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Bryson Andrew Dickey

July 10, 1966 - October 8, 2016

The largest of hearts in our world stopped beating unexpectedly in the early morning hours of October 8, 2016. Bryson Andrew Dickey left this earth to rest in the arms of our Creator for eternal life. Bryson was born on July 10, 1966, to Duane and Maureen (Sloane) Dickey in Durand, MI. The family moved to Alpena, MI. in 1968, where Bryson attended the public schools, graduating from Alpena...
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Valentina Rushbrook

May 15, 1925 - October 7, 2016

Valentina Rushbrook passed away on October 7, 2016, at the age of 91. She had resided at the Ingham County Medical Care Facility in Okemos for almost four years. Born in a small village in Belarus to Sofia Kologretzky (Poland) and Efrem Sorogovets (Belarus) on May 15, 1925, Valentina fled to the Ukraine during World War II along with her mother, Sofia, and sister, Feya (Frances), seeking...
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Leone Maude Baker

June 24, 1924 - October 7, 2016

Leone M. Baker, 92 of Lansing, formerly of Weidman, was received into the loving arms of her Lord Jesus Christ Friday October 7, 2016. Leone was born June 24, 1924, the daughter of the late E. Verne & Anna (Love) Bamford. She married Richard J. Baker on January 15, 1944. Together they raised their family in Haslett; faithfully attending Haslett Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing...
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Jon Warren Zimmer

June 8, 1962 - October 6, 2016

Jon W. Zimmer Jr., 54, of Okemos, MI, died peacefully on October 6, 2016, after a nearly four year battle with cancer. He is survived by parents Jon W. Zimmer Sr., and Carole L. Zimmer (Kleihauer) of Elmhurst, IL; wife Paula J. Zimmer (Madden); children Audra Simone Zimmer, 14, and Cole Garrett Zimmer, 12; sister Catherine L. Myer (Zimmer), brother-in-law Jeffrey Myer, nephew Duncan Myer and...
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Mona Lisa Jildeh

September 16, 1958 - October 6, 2016

Mona Lisa Jildeh, 58, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 in Lansing, Michigan, after a long fight with disease. Mona was a graduate of MSU and worked tirelessly with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Child Services Division. She was compassionate, strong, and determined. Mona loved films, reading, animals, and learning about cultures.She was preceded in death by her...
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Betty J. Orr

December 14, 1921 - October 5, 2016

Betty Jane Orr was born on December 14, 1921 in Dorr Township, Michigan, daughter of the late Joseph and Clara (Smith) Herp, and passed away on October 5, 2016 at the age of 94. Betty was a member of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and the Altar Society since 1970. She was employed by MSU for over 27 years and went back to school to complete her high school education, graduating in 1976 with...
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Pamela Lynn Ingraham

September 14, 1949 - October 4, 2016

Pamela Lynn Ingham, Age 67, entered into eternal life and the warm embrace of her Savior Jesus, son Luke and her parents on October 4, 2016 after a short but courageous fight with cancer. Pamela was born in Chicago, IL on September 14, 1949 and was preceded in death by her son Luke Alexander Ingraham (May 3, 1979 - May 5, 1979), and her parents, Wilbur Eric and Gloria Martha (Vonesh) Johnson. ...
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Loraine Josephine Potterpin

March 5, 1923 - October 3, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.
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Helen Jean Szymen

February 21, 1932 - October 3, 2016

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Douglas A. MacArthur

March 7, 1936 - October 2, 2016

Born March 7, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to Nyland and Bernice (Bartle) MacArthur, passed away on October 1, 2016 at the age of 80. Douglas proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and was an MSU fan. He worked for the State of Michigan as a Senior Insurance Investigator for 40 years and was on the Lansing Traffic Board for 10 years. Douglas also ran the Volunteer Cancer Center for Sparrow. He...
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Erin W. Warmels

September 28, 1983 - October 1, 2016

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David P. Zynda

November 3, 1946 - September 29, 2016

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James Oliver Dyal

November 15, 1925 - September 28, 2016

Born November 15, 1925 in New Orleans, died peacefully on September 28, 2016 at Burcham Hills Retirement Community at the age of 90. He is survived by his beloved wife Lorraine (Henkel) Dyal, children: Diana Dyal, Carole Dyal, Kirsten (Jim) Barton, and Stephen (Leslie) Dyal; also nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.James was born in New Orleans and grew up in Sparta, GA. He went on to...
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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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Mary 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

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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

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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

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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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