Delrose Marie Komosinski

Age 94 of Lansing, passed away February 22, 2023. She was born in Rockville, Minnesota to Joseph and Etta (Bell) Theisen on August 10, 1928.

Delrose was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel, of 30 years; her brothers, Wally (Jeanette), Ervin (Sis), and twin brother Delroy (Norma); sisters, Bernie (Adolph) Erpelding, Eileen (Guido) Heuring, Joyce (Dan) Stewart, and Louise Theisen; niece, Shirley; and nephews, Ronnie and Chuck.

She is survived by her children, Karen and Diane; grandchildren, Ryan (Cammy), Valerie (Sean), Dan (Taylor), and Sid (Garrett); great-grandchildren, Hayden and Zane; and many nieces, nephews.

Delrose began working at age 5 delivering lunches to the boarders her family had taken in to help pay the bills.  After moving to Michigan, she worked for State Government as an Administrative Secretary beginning at the Health Department and retired from the Attorney General’s Office for Health Care Fraud.

She was an active member of St. Gerard’s Church since 1963.  She served as President of the Women’s Guild, hosted circle meetings, organized many parish directories over the years, helped with funeral luncheons, chaired a Building Fund, organized Card Party’s, Antique Shows, worked at Bingo and Carnivals and other events to support their good works. She served as Parliamentarian and Archivist until 2012.

She was a member of the Catholic Business Women’s Association, the HELLO club, and organized her 1946 St. Mary’s Catholic School class reunion for 70 years. Rosie held the local record for the woman bowler who stayed in one league the longest. She never sought out recognition, and frankly was embarrassed by it, but she continued to give her time, money, and energy because she felt blessed.

She cared for Dan after MS forced them to close the pharmacy, but she never missed a music recital or sporting event if her children or grandchildren were participating.  Most holidays included multiple people who didn’t have family nearby for a huge meal. She earned the name Grandma Dodo because she was always trying to feed people and the great grandkids couldn’t say doughnuts. Any chance to see her extended family of 22 nieces and nephews, she would take it.

After retiring she traveled the world with friends and family and increased her volunteer work.  She has parasailed off a cruise ship at 65, went in a hot air balloon for her 70th birthday and flew a kite on the Great Wall of China at 82.  Pretty good for a little girl who grew up in a small town during the depression.

The first time she went on a cruise she had to walk through security in her pajamas because she didn’t understand the process. Was she embarrassed?  Absolutely, but she found it hilarious, and she laughed the whole time.  She was known to offer TSA agents homemade cookies or pickles if she could board early.

She never took driver’s ed and it showed.  Her nephews loved to drive with her though while bouncing around in the backseat. When walking, she thought every hill looked good enough to roll down and was still rolling down them well into her 60s.

She once said the only regret she had in life was cleaning too much, if you knew her, you would be surprised that she had any regrets. Delrose will be missed for her quick laugh, giving heart and so much more.

The Funeral Mass for Delrose will be celebrated 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2023 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917, interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing. Visitation for family and friends will be one hour prior to the funeral on Monday at St. Gerard Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Ken & Cheryl Heuring and family
February 23, 2023 at 3:55 pm

Delrose will be missed. Our condolences and prayers to all of her family. May God be with you.

Sue rowe
February 23, 2023 at 5:19 pm

Mrs. Komosinski will forever be a major influence in my heart and soul. She was my mother’s best friend, and therefore was always my mom in a sense. I loved showing up and talking with her at times. I always lived pretty faraway from her at times, but we always came back together. I’ll miss our talks about the royal family, and all the story’s about her family and my mom and her. Thank you Mrs. Komosinski and Diane and karen for allowing your mom to love me and be apart of my life while my parents were gone. Mrs. Komosinski was a rare women and such a faithful servant to God and her church. I remember the awesome rides in your car, my mom was slow you were fast! Lol and I remember many many more fun moments! My memory of you is long and of laughter and love. And your laugh! There was noone with a more beautiful fun laugh then you. I love you, and please save me a seat in heaven, I hope I’m right next to you. Love sue Simon rowe.

Mike Heuring
February 23, 2023 at 8:19 pm

I have many fond childhood memories of visiting my Aunt Delrose when our family would come for our annual summer visit in Lansing. All the return visits to Minnesota to see my mom, Eileen, were also treasured. So sorry to hear of the passing of the last sibling in the Joe and Etta Theisen family of 8. Our heartfelt prayers are with all or you in this time of sorrow.

Mike Heuring & Mary Nelson
Andover, Mn

Theresa Rowley
February 23, 2023 at 10:41 pm

My condolences to to Diane and Karen and the whole family near and far. I loved and enjoyed talking to Delrose she made me feel welcomed at her home for evens with Diane and her family. I will miss her fruit salad that so always brought over to Diane’s house. I enjoyed making cakes and cookies for her. Until we meet again in heaven Delrose. Love Theresa Rowley and Gary Lutz

Mary Stewart Baumann
February 24, 2023 at 10:54 am

My deepest sympathy goes out to Karen and Diane. Aunt Delrose lived such a full and happy life, I will always remember her laughter and how she absolutely found humor and joy in everthing she did! I remember many Thanksgivings spent with the family when Uncle Dan was still with us. She was truly a gift to the world and a servant of the Lord.

The Joyce (Theisen) & Dan Stewart children shared many great thoughts of times with Delrose when we just heard of her passing. I wish we saw our cousins more often. What a wonderful legacy the Theisen family has left.

God’s peace be with all of you as we rejoice in her reunion with her heavenly family!

Mary Stewart Baumann

February 24, 2023 at 11:17 am

My grandma was a great woman. She loved everyone. She would help anyone that needed it. Everyone loved her. She lived a great life. I will forever miss seeing her smile. And see her shuffle her little feet to come close to give u a hug She was a great hugger for such a short lady. She was always trying to be a part of the fun no matter her age. When she was in her 60s I remember on my 16th birthday she got in the foam ball pit cause it looked fun and seeing her laugh her butt off to try to get out. It was great.

Jeanie Smith
February 24, 2023 at 1:41 pm

Karen, Diane, and families— our love and prayers coming your way. I have great childhood memories of being at your house for Thanksgiving or at ours when we lived in Grosse Pointe. I remember Gramma and Grampa Theisen, your Dad, my parents, Aunt Louise, and our Aunt Ginny (Stewart) all being there.
SO many laughs! Our Dad used to endlessly tease your Mom, and V-versa.
When at your house the player piano was a hit… We kids played on that so much. Great fun.

Treasure your memories.

Love you. Dan and Jeanie (Stewart) Smith xoxo

Phyllis J Brown
February 24, 2023 at 3:20 pm

Karen and Diane – I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was a great friend and we spent many happy hours together and bowling was a big part of it. I am not surprised she lived to be the ripe old age of 94 as active as she was.

My thoughts are with you.

Love – Phyl Brown

Susan Theisen Guggemos
February 25, 2023 at 11:30 am

I believe DelRose, my aunt and my Dad’s twin, had a great sense of humor. She was always cheerful and laughed a lot. I admired her passion for travel and adventure. She was grateful for her State of MI job and we occasionally talked about the long term benefits. I remember my Dad taking us to swim in their pool. I actually took my boys their a few times to swim when they were very little. My thoughts are with Karen and Diane and their family.

Carol Dionise
February 25, 2023 at 5:08 pm

I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Delrose Komosinki. I met Delrose in 1992, when I joined the ACW. She was an amazing officer/member that did it all! We were all very upset when the ACW ended in 2017 because of membership. I also had the privilege of attending Delrose’s 90th Birthday Party. It was a beautiful event. I will miss not seeing her smiling face at our ACW reunion luncheons. I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend her funeral service, but she will be in my thoughts on Monday.

Love and Prayers,
Carol Dionise

Patsy lincolnhol
February 26, 2023 at 8:02 am

Del was one of those special people who made St Gerard parish a welcoming place

Billie McBrien
February 27, 2023 at 8:42 am

I worked with DelRose at the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Division and Health Care Fraud. She was the sweetest, funniest, kindest and most dependable person. Everyone loved her. She was one of God’s greatest gifts to this world. May God bless the family that she loved so much.

Shirley Robinson
February 28, 2023 at 5:59 pm

Del was a vital part of St. Gerard Church. I have always been thankful she guided me when I was Guild President. She enjoyed keeping the history of all the events she was a part of. We started having volunteers baking desserts for funeral luncheons and she made countless calls getting bakers. What a great faith filled lady!

Bill Stewart
March 2, 2023 at 11:15 pm

Delrose was a warmhearted person. She was quick to engage others and give a hand in any way she could. I appreciated the full-bore energy she brought to conversations on topics big and small. At family gatherings of her sisters (with my mom Joyce being one of them), there’d be a pack of ladies with Delrose in the middle chuckling non-stop. Although the jokes did not seem laughable, the genuine joy and comfort of family elevated even the smallest jest to a hearty laugh, with punchlines being repeated followed by a louder chorus of guffaws. Those times still make me laugh. I didn’t see Delrose much in the last half of her life, but memories last long and are her legacy for me.

Jaynie Shryer (Theisen)
March 3, 2023 at 5:59 pm

Aunt Delrose was my dad’s twin sister, he was Delroy. They often both went by Del. We all appreciated the many hours she put into doing family records for everyone. We spoke on the phone a few times when she needed updates since I didn’t live in MI any longer. We would end talking about all kinds of things, I always enjoyed those phone calls. It left me thinking how kind, thoughtful, funny and interested she was in others. She seemed to care deeply for many. I’m sure she will be greatly missed. Sending condolences to you Karen and Diane and all your family. May the Lord comfort you in your sorrow.


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