Births, Obituaries & Weddings

James LeClair

September 15, 1948 – May 31, 2014

James LeClair, born September 15, 1948 to Everett and Mary (Brinkley) LeClair, went into Jesus’ arms on May 31, 2014.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967 and was drafted into the US Army April 10, 1968.  He served 10 years of active duty and 12 years with the National Guard in Grand Ledge, MI, retiring in 2000.  He loved his family and was the best husband.  He and Paula (Fuller) were married June 18, 1969 and Paula was proud and honored to be his wife for 44 years.  Jim was very active in the community and was a member of American Legion Post 460 for 5 years, of the Grand Ledge Masonic Lodge 179 for 11 years, and a past member of the East Lansing Masonic Lodge 480.   He volunteered and felt very close to the American Cancer Society for 3 years (Relay For Lifeof East Lansing); Area 8 Special Olympics for 12 years; and Special Olympics in El Paso, TX for 16 years.  He loved to participate in parades to honor vets; went yearly to the Veteran Home in Brighton, MI to brighten the lives of many veterans.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; daughter, Kimberley; son, Kenith; sister, Juel (Dennis) Schroeder; many brothers-and- sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; and numerous friends, including his Masonic brothers.  He touched many lives and will be missed by all who loved him.

Funeral service:

11:00 am  -  Wednesday

June 4, 2014

Calvary Baptist Church

14769 Wood Road in Lansing


The family will receive friends

2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington in DeWitt

with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m.

Interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date.  Those desiring may make contributions to Area 8 Special Olympics, 2901 Wabash Rd., Lansing, MI 48910; American Cancer Society, 1755 Abbey Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823; or to the family to help with funeral expenses in memory of James LeClair.  The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


Robert Van Kirk Sr.

 November 18, 1923 – May 22, 2014

Robert Van Kirk, Sr., 90, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away May 22, 2014. Robert was born on November 18, 1923 in Perry, Michigan to the late Dewey and Geneva (Smith) Van Kirk. He enjoyed spending the winter months at his residence in Florida and his summers in Michigan. Robert also loved to work on crossword puzzles and to retrieve golf balls from water hazards.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Van Kirk; daughter, Sue Elkins; and brothers, Wayland and Frank Van Kirk. Surviving to cherish his memory are his daughter, Sally (Gary “Zeke”) Conroy; son, Robert Van Kirk, Jr.; grandchildren, Stacy, Sara, Dana (Eric), Samantha, Travis, Ashley, Brad, Zac, and Marlana; several great-grandchildren; and sister, Patty Lovelace.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, 14769 Wood St., Lansing, MI 48906. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service at the church and on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at



Ethel Rose Ellis

March 8, 1929 – May 5, 2014

Ethel Rose Ellis, born March 8, 1929 to Marshall Sherman and Daisy Mae (Retzloff) Pennell, passed away May 5, 2014.  She was a homemaker, devoted to her family.  Ethel liked to embroider and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Ellis; daughter, Linda Mae Williams; and sisters, Marcia and Florence.  Surviving to cherish her memory are  daughters, Diana (James) Johnson of St. Johns, Karen (Dave) Leisman of St. Johns, and Cherri MacMillian of Ionia; son, Clive (Melody) Ellis of DeWitt; grandchildren, Lynn, Cheryle, Michael, Amy, Corbin, Miranda, Clayton, Malorie, Jeni, Nathan, Cathleen, Guy and Anne; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and brother, Kenneth (Ann) Pennell of Florida.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel. Funeral Services officiated by Pastor Jameson of Calvary Baptist Church were 11:00 am, Friday, May 9, 2014 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington; DeWitt, 48820. Family received friends Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

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Edward Daley

 July 26, 1936 – March 4, 2014


Edward Daley, born July 26, 1936 to Jeremiah and Leora (Padget) Daley, passed away March 4, 2014.
Edward was a plumber for 45 years and a member of Plumbers Local. He was also a Navy veteran and member of the VFW and Eagles. He was a baseball player and an avid golfer, playing 36 holes a day. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Daley of 56 years; adoptive daughter, Antonina Slate; brothers, Richard (Beryl) Daley, Gordon (Betty) Daley and Michael (Helen) Daley; sister, Beverly Sterling; his nieces and nephews; and best friends, Bruce Dalman and Alfred Smith.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel.
Funeral Services officiated by Pastor Jameson of Calvary Baptist Church were 11:00 am, Friday, March 7, 2014 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes 205 E. Washington; DeWitt, MI 48820. Family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to Calvary Baptist Church, 14769 Wood Road, Lansing, MI 48906, in memory of Edward Daley.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


Betty Jo Canen

September 28, 1927 – March 1, 2014

Betty Jo Canen Lansing Age 86, died March 1, 2014; born September 28, 1927 in Elkhart, Indiana to Ira and Dorothy Davis. Betty was active with Calvary Baptist Church of Lansing and loved flowers and flower gardening. The joy of her life was spending time with her family and traveling with her husband, Robert. She retired from Food Services at Michigan State University.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband of 56 years, Robert Canen (February 13, 2002); son, Terry Canen (1959); son, Bradley Canen (2009); and sister, Helen Pettitque. Surviving are her daughter, Brenda White; son, Steven (Joanne) Canen; daughter-in-law, Susan Canen; grandchildren, Brian (Windie) Canen, David (Marie Mireles) Canen, Lisa Canen, Corey (Tod) Parkhill, Jordan (John) Duarte; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Elsie (Ralph) Snyder and Shirley (George) Landin.

Those desiring may make contributions to Calvary Baptist Church in Mrs. Canen’s memory. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes; 1730 E. Grand River Ave.; East Lansing, MI 48823 visitation Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10 am and one hour prior to the Funeral Service at Calvary Baptist Church of Lansing. Funeral service Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11 am at Calvary Baptist Church; 14769 Wood Rd, Lansing, MI  Pastor Tad Jameson, Emeritus officiating. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 7, 1:00 PM at Olive Cemetery, Wakarusa, Indiana.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 3, 2014  - See more at:


Lily Grace Althea

born to Tim & Tiffany

10:42 am Saturday

February 15, 2014

7lb 3oz 20 inches

mom and baby are doing well.



Mary E. Fromm

December 17, 2013 10:16AM

Mary E. Fromm, age 87 of Adrian, passed away Sunday, (her favorite day) December 15, 2013 at South Lyon Senior Care.

Obit found at

Obituary for Mary E. Fromm

ADRIAN — She was born March 5, 1926, in Canton, Ohio, the daughter of Howard and Leah (Brown) Plaskett. After graduating from high school, she attended Ohio University.  On June 11, 1949, she married James Fromm, and he preceded her in death in 2010.  Mary and Jim were owners of the Card Box in the Adrian Mall where she worked for 25 years. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church. For many years Mary volunteered and served on the auxiliary board at Bixby Medical Center. She was a member of the Fairfield Chapter of the Eastern Star and was awarded the Rose Medallion for her volunteer service.
She is survived by her loving children, Janice (Steve) Hamann of Evanston, IL; Douglas (Lois) Fromm of DeWitt, MI; Helen (Tom) Miller of Adrian; and Marilyn (Kirk) Steudle of South Lyon, MI; seven grandchildren, Steven (Brittney) Hamann, Bridger Hamann, Naomi (Nathan) Batterbee, Mary (Adam) Levenburg, Jake (Kristie) Miller, Sarah and John Steudle; and five great grandchildren, Isabelle and Gabriel Batterbee, Keegan and Kaci Miller and Kai Hamann.
In addition to Jim, her husband of over 60 years, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Carl Plaskett.
Visitation for Mary will take place on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Wagley Funeral Home. Services and burial will be private.
Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or the First United Methodist Church. Online memories and condolences are welcome at


Samuel F. Barnett Jr.

went to be with his Lord and Savior

Sunday, November 24, 2013



George Roux

went to be with his Lord and Savior

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:00pm.



* Richard Fenby

… is (again) a Great-Grandfather.

Liam Justice

born to Tasha & Steve

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Our very Mary Fromm married the love of her life,

Adam Levenburg, Friday, September 20, 2013


Lindsey & Bennie Brewer waiting on the delivery of Amelia GraceAnne 2013


Amelia GraceAnne

born Tuesday,

August 27, 2013

to Lindsey & Bennie



Scott A. Fernand

61, Garden City, died August 14, 2013 at home. He is the brother of Steve Fernand. We request that you keep the Fernand family in your prayers.

(Found obit: Published in Idaho Statesman on August 22, 2013)



Eloise Tenille

born to Heather & Andrew

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 

She weighed 8lb 8oz



Lillian May

born to Scott & Jessica

May 28, 2013


Willard A. Stoddard

November 20, 1925 – May 18, 2013

Grandfather to Hollie Lane

Willard A. Stoddard, born November 20, 1925 to Leland and Hazel (Marrison) Stoddard, passed away May 18, 2013.  Mr. Stoddard was a World War II veteran who served in the Army motor pool.  He was a resident of Bath since 1958.   Willard worked at Motor Wheel for 7 years and at Michigan State University as a locksmith for over thirty years.  He loved to cook, hunt and trap and enjoyed gardening, puzzles, bird watching and  feeding.  He was very devoted to his family.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Reva A. Stoddard; his sons, Mark (Margo) Stoddard, Neil Stoddard, and Brian (Debbie) Stoddard; daughter, Gail (Jeff) Geasler; ten granddaughters; two grandsons; five great-granddaughters; 2 great-grandsons; one brother and one aunt.  Funeral services for Mr. Stoddard will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel, 205 E. Washington, DeWitt, Michigan, with Pastor Joe Gerkin officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bath, Michigan. Those desiring may make contributions to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, PO Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909, in memory of Willard Stoddard.


 Patricia Ann Dunn

February 23, 1930 –  May 13, 2013
Mother of Pam Clark

Born on February 23, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of the late Robert and Lucile (Boody) Serrels, passed away May 13, 2013 at the age of 83.  Preceded in death by her parents; life partner, Daniel VanWormer; son, Robert; as well as several brothers and sisters.  Surviving to cherish her memory are her children, Penny (John), Deborah, Pamela, Kelly, Stewart, Dennis (Marcella), Tom (Pat), Edsel, and Greg; two step sons Gary and Bill(Carol); numerous grandchildren; several great grandchildren; brother, Roland (Gwen); and sister, Phyllis.  Pat was a dedicated employee of St. Vincent Home for Children for 20 years.  During her free time she loved spending time with her family, grandkids and her dog, Biscuit.  Pat will be missed by all who knew and loved her. For those desiring, contributions may be made to St. Vincent Home for Children, 2800 W. Willow St., Lansing, MI 48917 in memory of Patricia.  Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Jackie Fenby

Jackie Fenby, wife of Richard Fenby passed away Friday morning December 28, 2012.

Dorothy Luise Bowen

Dorothy Luise Bowen, born October 14, 1927, passed away December 26, 2012 at the age of 85. Dorothy was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist church and will be missed.  She spent her last days at Ingham County Care Facility on Dobie Road.  Pray for her family as they will morn her passing, and pray that we can rejoice in her arrival to her Heavenly Father.
You may read her Obituary which was published in Lansing State Journal on December 27, 2012

Shawnee Collett

Shawnee Collette passed away this December of 2012.  She leaves behind her sons.

Randy Humble

Son of Pat Gregory, died Monday, October 22, 2012.

Vincenza Virginia Humble

Sister of Theresa Grundy, we ask that you keep her family in your prayers. Vincenza was 88, of Lansing, retired Sparrow Hospital dietician, died Friday October 12, 2012.
Published in Lansing State Journal on October 15, 2012

Alice Weeks

Please remember Alice Weeks’ family in your prayers as she passed away Wednesday evening the 26th, of 2012.

Vernon Wood

Vernon Wood went to be with his Lord and Savior, July 10, 2012 at the age of 80. Born on September 5, 1931 in St. Louis, MI. He was the son of James and Gladys (Curtice) Wood. Vernon married Faith (Coe) Wood on November 7, 1953 in Holt, MI and she survives him.

Vernon is also survived by three children, Deborah (Tom) West of Lansing, Verna (Brian) Batterbee of DeWitt, Dennis (Annette) Wood of St. Johns, seven grandchildren, Nathaniel (Naomi) Batterbee, Jordan Batterbee, Elizabeth West, Emily (Chad) VanDamme, Thomas West, Sarah Wood, Joshua Wood, seven great grandchildren, sister, Maxine Donick, sister-in-law, Mildred Wood as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Vernon Matthew Wood, four brothers, two sisters and one nephew, Ron Wood. Memorial donations for Vernon may be made to the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Lansing. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.



George E. Weeks

Born May 22, 1927

Passed on June 17, 2012





ANDREA M. DUNDORE died Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the age of 65. She was born April 25, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of Rev. Wilbur and Edith (Fisher) McCullough.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, a homemaker and Christian school teacher. On July 30, 1966 she married Pastor Glenn Dundore and he survives her. Also surviving is one daughter, Teri (Curt) Petrak of St. Johns, MI; one son, Dan (Susanna) Dundore of New Hampshire; seven grandchildren, Karis, Brandon, Brock and Cayden Petrak, Calvin, Abigail and Easton Dundore; one brother Bill McCullough of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held 4:30 pm Sunday, September 27, 2009 at Calvary Baptist Church 14769 Wood Rd. Lansing, MI with Pastor Curt Petrak officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:30 pm until service time at the church. Interment will take place Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at Birchardville Cemetery in Birchardville, PA. Michigan arrangements and service provided by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns, MI 989-224-4422.