Ann Crittenden Kinzer, age 79, of East Lansing (formerly of Lapeer, Michigan), passed away on November 10, 2023, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and post-polio symptoms from her childhood bout with polio.
Ann was born March 15, 1944, in Capac, Michigan, to William and Corinne (Watson) Clarkson. She graduated salutatorian from Capac High School, class of 1962. Ann earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She married Paul Kinzer on June 13, 1965 in Capac, Michigan. Ann taught English at Lapeer High School from 1966-1968 and was librarian at LakeVille High School from 1978 to 1995. She was an energetic and accomplished intellectual, avid reader, and life-long learner, all traits that she inherited from her mother and then passed on to her children and grandchildren. Although often in pain in her later years, she attended every event she could involving her grandchildren with a fierce determination to love them as much, and for as long, as she could. They were her pride and joy.
Ann is survived by her sons: Bill Kinzer of Williamston, Michigan, and Gary (Marcy) Kinzer of Okemos, Michigan; daughter Lynn (Paul) Bajorek of Okemos; grandchildren: Maggie, Luke, Ryan, and Nick of Okemos; sister Jane (Jim) St. Onge of Lindstrom, Minnesota; nephew Andy (Mary) St. Onge of Little Rock, Arkansas and nieces Jill (Joe) Wachtler of Carmichael, California, and Anna (Jeremy) Van Meter of Pickerington, Ohio; brothers-in-law Bruce (Deborah) Kinzer of Gambier, OH and Mark (Roslyn) Kinzer of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann was preceded in death by her aforementioned parents, her husband Paul, her husband’s parents, Ben and Marion Kinzer, and her niece, Amanda Kinzer.
Ann’s family gives heartfelt thanks to all of Ann’s doctors, nurses, hospice caregivers, and staff at Burcham Hills who took wonderful care of her. Ann’s family will honor her privately, but donations to honor Ann’s life can be made to:
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Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.