Born on October 4, 1931, in Lansing, Anna joined our Lord on Monday, July 13, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, C. Dennis Cook, Florence Gibson Cook Shiebels and Jennie June Bennett Cook; her brother Joseph and sisters Lucille Cook Bolinsky and Catharine “Kate” Cook; son, William Klein II; and ex-husband, William Klein.
Anna’s greatest joy was her family. She loved spending time with them and was happiest on family trips. She will be dearly missed by her children: Denise Dutter (Bob); John “Hank” Klein (special friend, Cindy); Andrea Klein-Yancho (Jeff); Deanna Moore; David Klein (special friend, Christina) and her son by heart, Todd Birdsall. Her 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren, along with honorary grandchildren Tim Rogers, Nate Roland, Darcie Saefkow and Amanda Barkema were especially important to her. A sister, Vivian Cook Carpenter, many nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and -nephews and a growing number of great-great-nieces and nephews also survive Anna.
In addition to enjoying her immediate and extended family and friends, Anna loved to travel to any place anyone was going. She was always ready to go. Casino trips were a highlight of her retirement years.
Anna joined the State of Michigan Department of State after graduating from high school. She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1952. After discharge, she returned to the State of Michigan and worked there until her retirement.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Breslin Cancer Center, with special thanks to Dr. Anas Al-Janadi and Pete Bennick and to the Hospice of Lansing.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, at St. Casimir Catholic Church, 815 Sparrow Ave., Lansing. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the church.
Since 1953, St. Casimir Catholic Church had been Anna’s church home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Casimir.