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Jack Piotter

Oct 27, 1938 - Nov 28, 2023

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East Lansing, MI

Jack Reinhold Piotter, 85, of Haslett Michigan, passed away of natural causes on November 28, 2023. Born on October 27, 1938 in Adrian Michigan, he grew up working on the family farm and later Jack went to work in his parents store, Duke's Market.Jack is survived by his wife, Bonnie Lou Piotter (Sweet), children Jeff Piotter, Denise Swartz (Tim), and Steven (Christine) Piotter. He was the cherished grandfather to Joel Swartz (Megan), Corrine Soave (Jason), Jeffrey Piotter Jr. , Madeleine (Jaso...Read More

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Ronald Ray Dietz

Jun 27, 1942 - Feb 22, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Ronald Ray Dietz, age 81, of East Lansing, Michigan passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024. A memorial service for Ronald will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes East Chapel, 1730 E Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823. Contributions in Ronald's memory may be made to R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, 240 Museum Dr., Lansing, MI 48933.

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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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Marilyn A. Lindman

Jul 12, 1927 - Feb 09, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

LINDMAN, Marilyn A. of East Lansing, formerly of Flint, MI died peacefully at her home on February 9, 2024. She was 96. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Marilyn Townsend was born and raised in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. In Chicago, Marilyn met the love of her life, Tom, while both were taking the “El” train to attend college. After they were married and Tom graduated from medical school they moved to Flint where Marilyn resided until recently. Marilyn and Tom loved to travel. She had many wonderful life-long friends in Flint. Marilyn was a long time member of St. John Vianney Parish and a member and Past President of the Genesee County Medical Society Alliance. Marilyn was devoted to her family and found her greatest happiness in her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Thomas C. Lindman, M.D.; sons, Thomas Jr. and James; great grandson, Sidney. Survived by children, Mark (Pam), Cathy (David) Richter, Jerry (Nancy), Joan (Neil) Sullivan, Mary (Joern) Baecker, Matt, Amy (Tony) Naismith, Marilyn (Charles) Goodhart, Ann (John) Telling; 16 grandchildren; Brian (Robin), Chris (Shannon), Jason (Cendrine), Andrea (Ashley) Richter-Garry, Katelin (David) Richter Davis, Thomas (Carrie), Margaret, Joern (Sophia) Baecker, Patrick, Natalie, Cathie (Matt) Mroczkowski, Madeline Goodhart, Eric, Carl, Meghan Telling, Matthew Telling; 16 great grandchildren; Parker, Morgan, Charlie, Anna, Benjamin, Beckett Garry, Blaise Garry, Gretchen Garry, Margaux Garry, Blythe, Lina Baecker, Coleman Mroczkowski, Eden Mroczkowski, Cecilia, Jackson, Amelia; nephew, Ted; niece, Laura Budd; devoted caregiver and friend, Lynn Kruse. We will deeply miss our mom, grandma, great-grandma who was always there for her family. Memorials preferred to St. John Vianney Elementary School or Church-Flint, flintcatholic.org/stjohnvianney or a charity of your choice.

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Michael Eston VanOrder

Apr 23, 1940 - Jan 20, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Michael Eston VanOrder, age 83, passed away on January 20, 2024 at home under hospice care. He was born April 23, 1940 in Ionia, Michigan to Margaret Frances (Hogan) and Eston VanOrder. His first wife, Judith Ann Cook, preceded him in death. He married Jacqueline Ann (Herman) Killian on July 15, 1989. Mike attended Sunfield High School. He worked at Diamond/Reo and retired from Ingham Medical Hospital in 1995. He was a member of Mid-Michigan Model A Club (although he had a red 1957 Chevy which he dearly loved). Mike was a longtime resident of East Lansing. He loved his family dearly, especially his grandchildren. Husband of Jacqueline Ann Killian. Father of Scott (Joely) VanOrder and Brian (Tonya) VanOrder. Step-father of Anne Marie (the late James Mohney) Killian and Johanna Killian (Steve) Earls. Grandfather of Seth Killian, Gage VanOrder, Avery VanOrder, Grace VanOrder, and twins, Harrison VanOrder and Walker VanOrder. Brother of Ann VanOrder Thompson, the late James Walter VanOrder and the late Ruthann Curtis Ward – Ruthann had been placed for adoption and found Mike in 2008. Also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as special friends, Gary and Mary Grant, Bob and Vicky Doll, and Harbor Cove friends in Florida. Mike could always be the life of the party and he never knew a stranger. Visitation will be held on February 24, 2024 from 12 noon until memorial service at 1 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River, East Lansing. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Michael VanOrder and in honor of Judith Ann VanOrder may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.GREastLansing.com

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Catherine Ethel Hornbach

Sep 26, 1942 - Feb 01, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Catherine Ethel Hornbach, age 81, of East Lansing, Michigan passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

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Mr. Steven C. Hess

Sep 20, 1948 - Feb 01, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Mr. Steven C. Hess (“Steve”), age 75 of East Lansing, slipped the surly bonds of earth to meet his Lord & Savior on February 1, 2024 after a brave two-and a-half-year battle with cancer. Steve was born on September 20, 1948 in Lansing, MI to C.J. and Dorothy (Dalton) Hess. He attended Monsignor Gabriels High School -- now Lansing Catholic -- where he played basketball, football, and participated in school musicals. He was an “end” (wide receiver) on the Shamrocks’ undefeated 1965 football team, and he was proud when he and the other members of that team were later inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Steve attended Michigan State University, where he was a member of the Honors College and also active in the campus anti-war movement during the late 1960s (“throw that peace sign in the sky, it will do you no harm!”). He loved MSU and was a lifelong Spartan fan. While at MSU, Steve also met the love of his life, Karen. They were married for 50 years. After MSU, Steve attended Harvard Law School. After graduating in 1973, he and Karen moved to East Lansing and purchased an 1880s era farm house where they remained for 45 years. After nearly a decade in private legal practice, Steve joined Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan in 1985, where he eventually rose to Senior Vice President & General Counsel. And although his job was based in Detroit, Steve’s family was firmly entrenched in East Lansing -- so he made the incredible sacrifice of driving 160 miles round-trip almost every working day for nearly 20 years. It helped that he enjoyed driving (he jokingly referred to himself as the “million mile man”), and his early adoption of mobile phone technology (read: bag phone) and his bottomless appetite for “books on tape” helped him pass the time. His audio book preference was non-fiction, specifically military history. Lansing Public Library records likely indicate that many of the books that he listened to have not been checked out since (or prior). For the final 8 years of his career, Steve served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, a Blue Cross subsidiary located in Lansing. Steve’s professional success was an indication of his prodigious intellect and the kind, supportive way that he treated colleagues. But his career did not define him. Steve’s singular passion in life was his family, particularly his 4 children. He was ever-present, always encouraging, incredibly wise, and a trusted confidante. He never missed a ball game or an important school event. And his kids never made a big decision without first talking it through with Dad. The core values that he instilled in them and their memories of being so fully loved and supported by him will never fade. Steve was also a proud and hands-on grandfather to 8 grandchildren who knew him affectionately as “Gigi.” He was never above changing diapers or rolling around with them on the floor, and he’ll be remembered as a world-class baby snuggler. No tribute to Steve could ever be complete without acknowledging his wife, Karen. Their marriage was a shining example of partnership and love. While not an overly emotional person, Steve’s respect and love for Karen was clearly evident. The first thing he did every evening after walking through the back door was to seek her out for a kiss. Karen has always been the glue that has held the Hess family together. But her care and selfless devotion to Steve over these past two and a half years have been remarkable. She was an incredible partner and we know that Steve appreciated and loved her very much. Steve was a kind, humble, intelligent, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen; children Maggie, Andy (Lindsay), Ben (Taylor), and Dan (Kay); grandchildren Evelyn, William, Lauren, Steven, Grayson, Natalie, Charlie, Colin, and Ben & Taylor’s identical twin girls who are due in April; and siblings Diane, Dick (Mary), and Tom. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carol. Steve’s son, Dan, wrote a haiku for him as a father’s day present many years ago. It was later printed onto a warm blanket that now hangs as a decoration in Steve’s cherished cabin in the Upper Peninsula. It reads: “To a man who is So many different things But puts ‘father’ first.” We love you, Dad.

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Eleanor Jane Chapin

Feb 11, 1925 - Feb 01, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

On February 1, 2024, Eleanor Jane Chapin passed away peacefully with family by her side. She was 98 years old. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Eleanor was born on February 11, 1925 in Dixon, Illinois to Wanda Williams Lang and Alvin L. Lang. She grew up in Urbana, Illinois and was a proud graduate of the University of Illinois while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Correction. She met her future husband, Richard E. Chapin, of 60 years when he returned to Illinois from World War II. They were married in 1949. Together they were a very formidable team, with their eye - first and foremost - on the health and welfare of their family. In fact, her family muses that she often invoked her degree in speech correction as she raised her three children. Eleanor and Dick lived briefly in Urbana, Illinois; Tallahassee, Florida and Norman, Oklahoma before settling in East Lansing, Michigan in 1955. They were both active on MSU's campus and throughout the greater Lansing community. Eleanor volunteered with the Lansing Urban League Guild, the Lansing Women's Symphony Association and the Wharton Center Inner Circle. She served as President of the East Lansing Women's Club, President of the Kappa Alpha Theta East Lansing Alumni, was Treasurer of the MSU Faculty Folk and Treasurer of the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library. She was an avid reader and lit up when conversing about books, movies and current events. And, she loved chocolate! As a couple they enjoyed supporting MSU cultural and sporting events, traveling with family and friends, playing doubles tennis among many other interests. Eleanor was predeceased by her parents, Wanda and Al, and her husband, Dick. She is survived by her sons, Bob (Karen) and David (Laurie); her daughter Becky (Sharon O'Leary); her grandchildren Robert, Jason (Nikki), Andrew (Camy), Cari (Keith) Cravotta, Elle and Alex; and her great-grandchildren, Melodee, Jason Jr., Carson, Kaila, Caleb, Alaina, Camden, Davis and Alice. She leaves behind a life very well lived and a family that learned from her and cherishes the many happy memories she created. Her keen mind and sharp wit were ever-present throughout her life. She will rest in peace as she joins hands once again with her loving husband, Dick. Her spirit will live on through her family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes East Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until the time of service. Guests are invited to a reception that follows. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to the MSU Library, Burcham Hills Foundation, Sparrow's Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or a charity of your choosing in Eleanor's memory.

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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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Alan Zohott

Jan 01, 1940 - Feb 02, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Born January 1, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late Thomas and Lena (Stein) Zohott, passed away Friday, February 2, 2024, at age 84. Alan was a 1958 graduate of Detroit Mumford High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served until 1960. Upon his discharge he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1960-1964. After his military service Alan graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a bachelor’s degree in Business. He worked in the Data Processing (early stages of I.T.) early in his career and then in sales for many, many years. Alan was a longtime member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing, was a member of the V.F.W. in Haslett, enjoyed bowling, and was an avid MSU sports fan, especially Hockey and Football. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Carolyn (Hack) Zohott; their children, Marni Zohott and Rick (Rena) Zohott; grandchildren, Victoria (Chris) Raia and Chandler Zohott; 2 nieces, Ruth (Rick) Duyck and Debbie Bergman; and sister-in-law, Judie Pratt. Alan was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Phyllis Litwak. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 5, 2024, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Rd., East Lansing, MI. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing. Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in memory of Alan, to Congregation Shaarey Zedek or Ingham County Medical Care Facility on Dobie Road. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Required fields are marked

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Ray Howard Chase

Jun 26, 1941 - Jan 28, 2024

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East Lansing, MI

Ray Howard Chase, age 82, of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away on January 28, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on June 26, 1941, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, to proud parents, Howard Ray Chase and Gertrude Violetta Sample. On June 24, 1967, Ray married the love of his life, JoAnn Margaret Putnam, in Lansing, Michigan. Their union was blessed with love, laughter, and cherished memories. Ray graduated from Eastern High School in 1959 and continued his education at Michigan State University. He had a passion for education and dedicated himself to teaching 8th-grade American history for St. Johns Public Schools and Sebewaing Public Schools, leaving a lasting impact on his students. A man of faith, Ray was a dedicated member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lansing, Michigan. He was also actively involved in his community, being a member of Lansing Elks Lodge 196, Alma Elks Lodge 1400, and Lansing Eagles Aerie 1039. Ray will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, JoAnn; his children, Kevin (Lyn) and Christopher (Kristan); grandchildren, Jessica (Tony), Angela, Joshua, Dean, Ruby, Mara, Jacob, Lilia, Vivian, and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Luca, Giavanna, Aeyla, and Marlee; as well as many cousins and one uncle. He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Gertrude. Ray had a love for travel and sports. He was a lifelong supporter of the MSU Spartans and the Detroit Tigers, cheering them on with unwavering loyalty. His vibrant spirit, zest for life, and infectious enthusiasm for his beloved Spartans will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. GO GREEN!! A visitation for Ray will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes East Chapel, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ray’s memory may be made to The Elks National Foundation, Elks Major Project, and Elks Gold Key Scholarships.

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