Sylvia (Jupin) Leonard was born in Aurora, Illinois on January 7, 1933 to E. LeRoy and Ruth (Rasey) Nichols and passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011. She was of Dimondale, MI.

The family moved to Lansing in 1948 and Sylvia graduated from Sexton High School in 1950.  There, she met many true and loyal friends.  Sylvia worked at Ingham Medical Hospital for 20 years and then for the Department of Medicine at M.S.U., where she retired after 10 years of service.  Sylvia was a member of Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, where she was a Deacon, Elder and choir member.

Sylvia was predeceased by her parents, brothers: Leroy “Petey” Nichols and Howard (Jeanette) Nichols and sister, Virginia (Robert) Swenson. Sylvia is survived by her husband, William Leonard; children, Kim (Richard) Thompson, Timothy Jupin and Jerry (Robin) Jupin; and stepchildren, Patricia (Lee) Schultz and James Leonard. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Monday, May 16th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, 301 W. Jolly Rd., Lansing, with the Rev. Tony Patrick officiating.  Interment will follow at the Markham Cemetery, Delhi Township, Michigan.  In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church.

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5 Messages to “Sylvia M. Leonard”

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    Barbie (Burchell) Meihaus Says:

    Dear Uncle Bill and all of the Jupin/Leonard Family,
    We are heartbroken to hear of your loss. Sylvia was a wonderful Aunt to all of us Burchell kids – and our kids. We all adored her. God blessed you all with a wonderful, loving Mother and Wife. She was a family person and we will miss her so much. I am so sorry.
    Love, Barbie

  2. 4
    Jackie Richie Says:

    Dear Uncle Bill and Family,
    I know how sad this time is. My sympathy and heart is with you.
    love to you all.

  3. 3
    Peggy Thompson (Burchell) Says:

    Uncle Bill,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Aunt Syl. It was good to talking to you the other day. You are in our hearts and thoughts at this diffcult time. Give my best to your kids.

    love and hugs,

  4. 2
    Mary Rich Says:

    Slyvia will always be in my thoughts. She was great fun to be around. Love you all. Take care.

  5. 1
    Mary Jean Traver Says:


    Sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and
    prayers are with you and our family.

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