Age 94, of Grand Ledge, passed away January 3, 2011. She was born December 20, 1916, in Rochester, MI, the daughter of Ernest and Viola Mansfield.

During WWII, she worked at Oldsmobile, and later she and her husband, William Hull, founded Superior Electric of Lansing, where she worked until her retirement in the early 1980s.  Viola was a member of the Waverly 39ers and hosted many of their trips.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Leisenring; husbands, William Hull and John Sarafin; brother, Ernest Mansfield; and sisters, Ruth Platte and Lillian Scott. Surviving are:  daughter-in-law, Bonnie (John) Coleman: grandsons, Robert (Kimberly) Leisenring and Andrew (Melissa Francis) Leisenring; great-grandchildren, William and Alyssa Leisenring; 4 sisters, Mildred (Wilbur) Warren, Laura (Donald) Ely, Ellen Otto, and Anna (William) Sweet; as well as many nieces, nephews and step-family members.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 7, 2011, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with interment to follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Advantage in memory of Viola Sarafin.

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3 Messages to “Viola M. (Hull) Sarafin”

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    Dan Ballard Says:

    My grandmother was a great individual, she was full of life. She laughed out loud, and always enjoyed watching us grandkids make complete fulls of ourselfs. I always remember Grandpa Bill and Grandma going for rides in the jeep up north and Grandma wearing her sun hat with the tie around her neck. She caught me taking a leak in the back yard one night when we were up north because I was afraid to go in the outhouse when it was late. She had Grandpa Bill put a light in the outhouse so we wouldn’t pee in the yard anymore. Our large family holidays at their house will always be remembered. All of the grandchildren loved Grandma Vi very, very much.

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    Mike and Dawn Says:

    One great person. She will be greatly missed by all. She lived her life to the fullest. She is now gone to be with loved ones that have passed. May she rest in peace. God be with you Aunt Viola. We all loved you.

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    Linda Dye Says:

    I want to wish my aunt viola’s family my deepest sympathy on her passing. She was a wonderful person, had a hearty laugh and the nicest aunt to me and to our family.. May god be with her and the family at this time..

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