Delaine L. Counseller

Delaine LeeShama (Skory) Counseller, of Grand Ledge, passed away November 13, 2023, at the age of 87.  She was born in Lansing, Michigan, on October 17, 1936, to George and Jessie Skory.  Delaine graduated from Michigan State University in 1958 with a degree in Music for piano instruction and immediately married her soul mate, Lynwood J. Counseller.  Together, they led a full and fruitful life, raising three sons.  She gave the gift of music to hundreds of children and families throughout her life.

Delaine was a loving mother to her children, Jeff (Kelly) Counseller, Craig (Tonja) Counseller, and Peter (Carrie) Counseller; grandmother of nine, Jennifer (Jeff), James (Rachel), Jeremy (Julia), Paige, Andrew, Morgan (Ian), MacKenzie (Max), Alex (Quinn), and Nicholas; and seven great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters, Joyce (Tom) Truscott and Renee Skory.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyn.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2023, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa St., Lansing.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Volunteer Services at McLaren Greater Lansing in memory of Delaine Counseller.

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Pamela Mackie
November 15, 2023 at 8:14 am

When Delaine first came to Independence Village, she was a breath of fresh air. She had a sparkle in her eye. She donated her wonderful grand piano and she was so proud. We all enjoyed listening to her play. She instantly became one of my favorite residents. It is always so very sad to lose someone you love so much, but the memories you make with them last forever and that Love never ends, and the memories you make last forever. She is someone I will Love forever and never forget. I miss her so much already. All my Prayers to her entire family.
(Pamela Mackie, Lead Receptionist)

Theresa Fox
November 16, 2023 at 7:52 am

When Delaine moved into Independence Village, my mom recognized her from the past.
They had common friends in Joy and Jerry Cushman. Delaine actually moved into my parents apartment when my mother moved into the enhanced area. My mom and I would meet with her on Wednesdays for “Happy Hour”. My mom always enjoyed spending time with her. Once I showed her how to get to my mom’s apartment and she stayed and visited for a while. It brought tears to my eyes to listen to the two of them talk. They truly enjoyed each others company. We lost my dad in April. Delaine was wonderful helping my mom with her grief. She would always smile when we saw her. We are so sorry for your loss and your family will be in our prayers. (George and Theresa Fox Family)

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Flynn
November 16, 2023 at 6:16 pm

With sincere love and thanks from your friends at St. Michael’s Episcopal church where Delaine served faithfully for many years as organist and choir director. May flights of angels lead you to your rest.

libby gray
November 17, 2023 at 1:29 pm

Delaine was a wonderful table mate for dinner each evening. Her gentle and ready smile and warm ways made the meal an occasion to look forward to every day. I will miss her terribly and send love and wishes for comfort to her family. You will be in my prayers.

Alice Edwards
November 17, 2023 at 4:08 pm

I always enjoyed Delaine’s company, a knock on the door was a welcomed visit from a cherished friend. My sincere sympathy to her entire family. Alice Edwards

Rita Hotchkin
November 20, 2023 at 8:35 am

Delaine was my piano teacher for eight years. Under her tutelage, I gained skills that have provided me with many, many years of enjoyable musical experiences. It is a profound gift that she shared with so many people during her lifetime. Thank you Delaine!


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