Mary Elizabeth Behymer of East Lansing, MI passed away peacefully in her apartment at The Marquette on October 10, 2011. Born to Phillip and Mary Seitz in 1917 in the Cincinnati, OH area, she was 94 years old.
Mary wed Frederick W. Behymer, Sr. on New Year’s Eve in 1939, and they were married for 59 years until his death in 1997, having raised three sons and a daughter.
Mary and Fred lived in Cincinnati and Detroit before moving to East Lansing in 1945 where they would live out the remainder of their lives. Later in life, they would winter at their home in South Daytona Beach, FL. While Fred worked as a sales representative for Dubois Chemical Company, Mary was active in Lansing area social and community affairs. Fred and Mary were members of Walnut Hills Country Club and, for over 60 years, the Country Club of Lansing. In addition to her civic activities, Mary was an ardent gardener as well as being known for her culinary skills.
Mary was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of East Lansing.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, and her son, Thomas. She is survived by her son Fred Behymer, Jr. and daughter-in-law Camey Behymer of East Lansing, daughter Jill Leveque and son-in-law Tim Leveque of Hilton Head Island, SC, and son Jack Behymer and daughter-in-law Debbie Behymer of Chandler, AZ. Mary also leaves five grandchildren, including Krista Fusaro of Maricopa, AZ, Courtney Hutton of Louisville, CO, Fred Behymer III of Cleveland, OH, Ryan Leveque of Charleston, SC and Spencer Behymer of Chandler, AZ as well as five great-grandchildren including Jaclyn Fusaro, Ryder and Taggart Hutton and Ava and Noah Behymer.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Mary will then be laid to rest next to her husband at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.