Age 87, Lansing, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2012 at Sparrow Hospital. Born in Detroit, MI on October 18, 1924, Rusti was a loving wife, mother and a dedicated fan of the University of Michigan. She graduated from Detroit Northwestern High School. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then attended and graduated from U of M. While at U of M, she met her future husband, Dick, while in Spanish class. They married and moved to Lansing, where she briefly worked as a secretary at Fisher Body and he began a long career in state government.

She was involved in many community activities including: U of M Alumni Association, Sparrow Hospital volunteers, League of Women Voters, and local ballet association. She enjoyed traveling – both domestically and internationally, and wintering at a home in Arizona. She had a flair for art and decorating, and loved University of Michigan sporting events. Her favorite phrase was “Go Blue!”

 Survivors include her husband, Dick; daughter, Jan Pfeiffer (Paul) of Holt; son, Jim (Valerie) of Fort Collins, Colorado; brother, Bill (Jill) of Traverse City; and three grandchildren, Adrianne Beers of Fort Collins, Colorado, Erica Pfeiffer of San Francisco, California and Derek Beers of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She leaves behind many other friends in the community.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI. Interment will follow at Deepdale Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter. Online condolences may be made at

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6 Messages to “Helen M. “Rusti” Beers”

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    Judy Dunn Green Says:

    Jan, Jimmy, and “Mr. Beers,” know that my prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. I considered “Mrs. Beers” my second mom growing up, and confided in her often during my teens and twenties. I finally was able to call her “Rusti” by my 30′s, I think! I remember her coming to our Cumberland Road School classrooms as a “room mother” many times. She was always dressed beautifully and such a class and charisma about her. I will remember her and appreciate her always. Stay strong and be grateful that her passing was so peaceful, as was my mom’s almost 3 years ago. She can now keep an eye on the whole extended Beers clan from a better place! My love……

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