Deanna “Dee” Lorencen

Deanna “Dee” Lorencen, 79, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away Thursday, December 31 2020, in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her husband, daughter and granddaughter.

Deanna Lucy Dusseau, the daughter of Aloysius and Edna (Ravary) Dusseau, was born in Dayton, Ohio, on May 6, 1941, along with her twin brother, Duane Joesph Dusseau. They joined their older brothers Lowell and Kenneth.

The family moved to Lansing and she attended elementary school at Holy Cross and graduated from St Mary High School. She went to Davenport and received a certificate of achievement in business.  She went on to work for Oldsmobile in Lansing as a key punch operator and worked there until EDS took over in the 80’s and retired after almost 35 years.

She was united in marriage to Gerald “Jerry” Lorencen on March 3, 1962, and made their home in Lansing. She often would say to him over the years about their marriage “how did I get so lucky?”

Survivors include: her husband of 58 years, Gerald (Jerry) Lorencen; her sons, Ken of Grand Ledge and Brian (Brandi) Lorencen of Lansing; and her daughter, Sherry (Mark) Kreiser-Crouch of Laingsburg; 10 grandchildren, Miranda (Wade) Weaver, Tyler Lorencen, Mason and Dillon Kreiser, Bailey and Carly Lorencen, Mitch Crouch, Brock, Brodie and Bear Lorencen and a huge family full of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law; her brother, Lowell Dusseau; her son-in-law, Michael Kreiser and many loving relatives.

She was able to retire for many wonderful years to their beautiful winter home in The Villages, Florida and she spent many hours enjoying bike riding, swimming, playing cards with her many Florida friends. She perfected her artistic talents of painting while relaxing in the Florida sun.  While home in Lansing, she always enjoyed the extended family on Saturday nights in her home, playing the family tradition dice game Farkle, often saying, “who has more fun than us?”

She was a strong loving woman that was so proud of her kids and her grandkids and her family and her many artistic accomplishments and of course her custom golf cart.

Fly with the angels Mom!  You are truly where there is “not a twig a twigging.”

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Fr. John P. Klein at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy., Lansing. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing. Memorial contributions may be made to Ele’s Place, Lansing.

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Linda Wolcott
December 31, 2020 at 8:27 pm

Gerry and family: I was so sorry to hear of Dee’s passing today by watching the 4:30 mass. She was an incredible woman and a great friend to all. I fondly remember our time at GM and EDS and all of the time when we would come to Wacousta. May the angels welcome her to paradise and may the martyrs greet her on her way, and may she see the face of the Lord this day alleluia, alleluia. RIP friend.. you will be missed!!

Julie Moberg
January 1, 2021 at 6:45 pm

Gerry, Kenny, Sherry and families: George and I are so sorry to hear about Dee passing and have such fond memories of her and your family living in Wacousta, She was a wonderful neighbor, friend and so loved by her family. Your family has become such good friends of the Mobergs and we will never forget all of the great times we have had creating memories with all of you. She will be missed by everyone that knew her but she was blessed to have such a caring, loving and close family. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you.

Dave Julie Betsy
January 2, 2021 at 8:05 am

Uncle Jerry Ken Sherry Brian and family,
We are thankful for aunt Dee and her contribution to our family. She was devoted to keeping us together through her thoughtfulness when planning so many family events, all memorable occasions for us all! Christmas, Labor Day it did not matter she was always willing. An important part of our life was the shower she put on for Betsy. Why she would care about us meant so much.
We will all miss her and we pray that you will heal from this loss as we cherish the memories. Love Dave Julie and Betsy

Barb Crafton Radigan
January 2, 2021 at 9:00 am

God bless you Gerry, Kenny, Sherry, Duane and all the rest of the family! My memories run all the way back to Holy Cross and our cheerleading squad of which Deanna was a member. She is a precious soul who is enjoying her reward(s) in heaven now.

Dee (Bedard) O’Brien
January 5, 2021 at 12:02 am

Jerry & Family I am so thankful that I got to see Deanna at our last reunion and had a fun chat. I have fun memories of cruising the downtown streets in Lansing with Deanna and going to Sully’s drive in for a Berger and fries. Peace be with you and your family. Tom & Dee (Bedard) O’Brien


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