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Barbara Honhart

Feb 15, 1942 - Nov 23, 2023

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East Lansing, MI

On November 23, 2023, Barbara Ann Honhart passed away at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was 81. Barbara was born February 15, 1942, in Anderson, Indiana. Barbara grew up in Hanover, Indiana, and attended the college of College of Wooster in Ohio. At Wooster, she earned a B. A. in psychology, and also met her husband, Fred Honhart. The couple celebrated their 57th anniversary last August. She later earned an M. A. and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa. Professionall...Read More

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Susan A. Nowicki

Sep 30, 1945 - Jan 31, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

"Susan A. Nowicki passed away January 31, 2024, surrounded by her loving family following a lengthy battle with cancer. Susan was born September 30, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan to the late Carl and Mary (Waitz) Nowicki. She attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. Following her graduation, she started her career and spent most of her life in Chicago, Illinois. Susan was employed by many major medical associations, serving as an executive director of communications for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Susan also did independent consulting via her business, SAN Communications. Susan was an active member of Women in Communications and made many close friends through her interaction with WIC members. She was also a volunteer and advocate for many charities and community programs. Susan gave both her time and talents to many causes by serving on boards and committees, helping with fundraising events and writing publications. Susan most recently served as a literacy tutor for adults. Susan was a world traveler who enjoyed exploring and collecting art from China, Egypt, and many countries in Europe. She enjoyed ocean cruises including a special trip to Alaska. True to her love of American history, she also visited many historic sites and museums near and around Washington DC, Virginia, and Philadelphia. As a person who always stayed informed of current events, she maintained subscriptions to numerous major newspapers and printed articles daily to share. Susan was a prolific creator of custom greeting cards and never missed a birthday, anniversary or get-well card for all her family and friends. Susan was a proud MSU alumni and football fan. Accordingly, she moved back to East Lansing after her retirement to enjoy the college town atmosphere and be involved in various MSU Alumni associations. Susan was an Elder at the People’s Church of East Lansing, where she was a Stephen Minister and was active on various committees within her church. Susan was a patron of all art forms, enjoyed sharing her love of the arts with her friends, family, and community. She volunteered at the Michigan History Center and The Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Susan was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Sue Nowicki, and leaves behind her 3 brothers, Warren Nowicki, Marc Nowicki, and Lawrence Nowicki (Gail DeBellis), her nephews Sean (April) Nowicki, Chris Nowicki (Leslie Ewing), Danny (Danielle) Nowicki, Sam (Meagan) Nowicki, and nieces Jessica (Brian) Kleinfeld and Julie Peters, 14 great-nieces and nephews, and 1 great, great niece, close friends Chris and Bill Gentes, Denise Gentes, Rose Bartol, Karen Schneider, dorm mates Beverly and Mary, and many other loved ones. Susan’s family would like to thank the staff at Great Lakes Bay Health Center Shiawassee for the loving and compassionate care they provided to Susan. The family would also like to thank Compassus Hospice for caring for Susan at the end of her life. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday February 10th, 2024 at 11:00 AM at The Peoples Church, 200 Grand River Ave. East Lansing, MI 48823. Memorial Gifts may be made to The Peoples Church, Social Hall Fund, or The Wharton Center for Performing Arts 750 East Shaw Ln. East Lansing, MI 48825. For information, please call Fischer Family Funeral Services at (989) 755-8277. To express your condolences, please visit www.fischerfuneral.com."

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Richard "Rick" Joseph Artibee

Jun 28, 1959 - Feb 14, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

"Richard \u0026quot;Rick\u0026quot; Joseph Artibee, a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, died surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Rick, 64, of East Lansing, formerly of Potterville, was born on June 28, 1959, the son of Roland and Dorothy (Woods) Artibee. He was a graduate of the Potterville High School class of 1977. On July 12, 1980, he married Kim Eitniear and together they have created many lasting memories. Rick worked as a short order cook where he was known for his breakfast, 20 years with CATA, and most recently working for Meijer Warehouse. As a father, he was always supportive of his children. He loved everything Michigan State Spartans, and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. Golf was also a big passion for Rick. He loved his yearly golf trip to Kentucky with his friends. Rick was a travel enthusiast; always searching for the next destination. While traveling, Rick always made sure to stop at the casino. Above all, his proudest accomplishment in life was his marriage, children, and grandchildren. Rick is survived by his wife, Kim; children, Jason Artibee, and Rachel (Chris) Hayes; grandson, Mason Hayes; grand-daughters, Quinn Artibee, and Jordan Hayes; sisters, Brenda (Jeffe) Newman, Kelly Gottschalk, Karen (Chad) Winner, Karla (Troy) Sieffert, and Connie Hamilton; and numerous extended family members and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Terry Artibee, and Ronald Artibee; brother-in-law, Terry Gottschalk; and father-in-law, Harold Eitniear. Friends are encouraged to support Rick\u0027s family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation is Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. A service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor John Bailey officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association or Sparrow Hospice. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte."

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Mildred (Milly) Crothers

Mar 13, 1935 - Jan 06, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Mildred (Milly) Crothers passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sat Jan 6,2024 at Burcham Hills in East Lansing, Michigan. She is no longer in pain. She has joined her mom and dad, her brother, Richard, her husband, Jim Crothers, and has crossed the rainbow bridge with her many pets. She is survived by her sons, Dennis Silsby (Jackie) and James Silsby; her extra daughters, Jody Colson and Cheree Williams; grandchildren: Lindsay, Jared, Courtney, Jack; 7 great grandsons: Luke, Will, Miles, Mason, Jack, Hayes and one on the way; along with cousins, nieces, and nephews too numerous to count.She wrote these words: DON’T CRY BECASUE SHE IS GONE, SMILE BECAUSE SHE WAS HERE.She was born to Charles and Glennis Laxton in Vevay Township on March 13 ,1935. She graduated from Mason High School in 1952. Milly loved to try it all; such as cub scout leader, Ingham County Fair Board, Dansville Booster Club, 4h leader, karaoke singing all over the Lansing area, and taking in over 30 pets. She went back to college at 66 to study art. She painted murals for restaurants and businesses into her 70's at places like Woody's and taught art at her retirement center in her 80s. Sometimes she succeeded, and sometimes had blazing failures but she never stopped trying something new. We are going to remember the good parts of her.Her final visit to Kansas was in 2018 where she got to meet and entertain all the great grandsons she had never met. It was one of the many memories of a lifetime for her.A graveside service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mason, Michigan, on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Toby Teague officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Acres Rescue, c/o 9689 Carlton Drive, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Leslie Funeral Home, 109 N. Church Street/PO Box 503, Leslie, MI 49251. 517-878-6600.

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Leslie Kissinger-Houang

Jan 16, 1957 - Feb 23, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Leslie Kissinger-Houang, age 67, of East Lansing, MI passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024 after a four year battle with colon cancer. She died peacefully in her home in East Lansing, surrounded by her loved ones. Leslie was born in Concord, CA, January 16, 1957 to Louis LaVerne Kissinger and Adeline Lois Johnson. She attended Concord High School, and continued her educational journey at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Michigan State University, where she earned her master's degree in computer science. Leslie married the love of her life, Dr. Richard Houang on August 25, 1979, in Santa Barbara, CA. The couple met at university, where Leslie studied Comparative Literature. After their wedding, they moved to East Lansing, MI, where Richard had been hired to teach at Michigan State University. Leslie took pride in the home they purchased in 1981, a residence she lovingly remodeled with the expertise of her brother, Jim, a talented architect. Leslie dedicated her life to her family, her career, and her passions, and brought joy to those fortunate enough to know her. Her professional career as a systems analyst at Michigan State University spanned 25 years, earning a longevity award for her tenure. Leslie's life was punctuated by remarkable achievements, but none more profound than the birth of her daughter Maegan who was Leslie’s pinnacle of pride and joy. A creative soul who was devoted to motherhood and loved children, Leslie constantly created memorable experiences for them to enjoy – such as meticulously planning themed birthday parties that included an elaborate crocodile tube and hand-painted Peter Pan inspired portraits. Nobody will forget that one Halloween when Leslie turned their home into a haunted house with a mystical fortune teller, an array of spooky activities, and a cackling witch that flew down the stairs when you entered the house, all for the delight of the neighborhood children. Leslie took immense pride in her daughter Maegan and her son-in-law Henry, who are both accomplished filmmakers in Los Angeles. She provided Maegan with a rich, imaginative childhood, and encouraged her daughter in all her pursuits from math and science to writing to playing viola and piano. A woman of eclectic interests, Leslie was an avid reader and belonged to multiple book clubs. She was a die-hard 49ers fan and though devastated to see them lose the Superbowl, she was thrilled by their phenomenal run this year. She loved dogs, evident in the many furry companions she cared for over the years - Shana, Lindsey, Moka, Osa, Max, Oliver and Sammy. She had a passion for storytelling and TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Perry Mason. Leslie’s personality was a harmonious blend of strength, tenacity, kindness, and generosity. She held herself and others to high standards, continuously striving for excellence. Always empathetic and concerned about the world, Leslie advocated for the unhoused and the needy, sharing her compassionate spirit in small and large actions. In her final days, Leslie joked that she was living like “a queen at Lilac Manor,” with her family devoted to granting her every wish and whim. Wanting to create a heartfelt gift for the future grandchildren she longed to meet, Leslie spent her final months writing stories about her dogs, and forging a beautiful and lasting legacy. Though gone too soon, Leslie's courage and love endure in the hearts of those fortunate to have known her. Her family misses her and will always remember her as a dreamer who envisioned a brighter future for herself and loved ones. Leslie is survived by her husband of 45 years, Richard Houang; daughter Maegan (Henry Kaplan) Houang; brother Jim (Cathy) Kissinger; nieces Heather, Amy, Anne and Angela and their families; nephew Jamie and his family; and her two dogs Oliver and Sammy. She joins her beloved sister Lynn, her dearest mother Adeline, and her step-father Del and father Louis in heaven. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please visit Leslie's page for updates. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Haven House https://havenhouseel.org/about-us/ or to provide supplies to the unhoused of Los Angeles in her honor visit: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/9F61O2J19ULL . The family wishes to express their gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to all the dedicated doctors and nurses at Sparrow Hospital, University of Michigan, Start Midwest, and Heartland Hospice for all their incredible care and support during Leslie’s final years.

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Dorothy G. Thomas

Mar 08, 1928 - Feb 24, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Dorothy G. Thomas, age 95, passed away peacefully February 24, 2024, in East Lansing, Michigan. Born on March 8, 1928, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Carrie Roberts Gemmell. Beginning with piano lessons as a little girl in Indiana, Pa., Dorothy spent her lifetime dedicated to her pursuit of music and music education. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education – paying for her tuition by teaching piano lessons. She met her future husband Bob when she was selling tickets for an IUP football game. They were married in 1955 and enjoyed 60 years of marriage together until Bob’s pa