Laurie Fitch

Laurel (Laurie, as she MUCH preferred to be called) Jean (Gierman) Fitch, age 72, was born on February 3, 1949 in Lansing, MI and was called home to be with the Lord on July 15, 2021. She graduated from Lansing Everett High School where she enjoyed twirling fire batons as the Marching Band Majorette. As a full-time stay at home mother, she ran a daycare center out of her home and enjoyed sharing her love of dance for many years as a beloved teacher at Patsy Watson’s School of Dance in Lansing. Once her children were a bit older, she worked for 25 years in the Marketing and Supply Chain Department of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Her skills, talents, and work ethic led her to be honored with the esteemed Jack Breslin University Employee of the Year Award in 2001. Upon her retirement, she enjoyed spending time in Hubbard Lake, Michigan and Orange Beach, Alabama spoiling her family, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents (Florence) Marie (Warren) and Paul Gierman and Thomas Dunavant, and her niece Tammy (Taylor) Logan. She is survived by her loving, devoted husband, John Fitch, children Michelle Bailey, Steven (Carmen) Fitch, Laura (William) Stubbs, Andrea (Steve) Gillum, and Erin (Erik) Smith; honorary son, Scott Reed; siblings Lynne Wright, Deb Cutshaw, Rhonda Grant, and Jill Whitmore. She cherished 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews who will remember her with fondness each time they savor the sweetness of M&M candies or Dumdum suckers that she loved to share with them. She loved and is loved by her family and friends, and she will be forever remembered with admiration and adoration.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Bill Lugger at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour Ave., Lansing.  Interment will follow at DeWitt Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital or Hospice of Michigan.


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July 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm

May you rest easy now sweet Laurie. You were loved by countless students at Patsy’s and I enjoyed teaching with you and the friendship we shared during those years. You were definitely one in a million.

tom l malenfant
July 17, 2021 at 4:41 pm

She was a great Lady so sorry for her loss

Brenda Kyriakou
July 17, 2021 at 5:27 pm

Laurie, my sweet friend. We met over a air conditioner falling out of window.. and you know you saved me from the projects. love you girl.

Marvin Robertson
July 17, 2021 at 8:26 pm


Consolation and prayers with your loss
May the soul of Laurie rest in peace in God’s loving embrace.

Marv and Tita Robertson

Rebecca Naert
July 17, 2021 at 8:27 pm

Sending prayers and my deepest condolences. May God comfort the family as they celebrate the life and say goodbye.

Dave and Audrey Cornell Putman
July 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm

Such sad news. May you be comforted knowing what a special woman she was. Love for the whole family.

Susie izzo
July 18, 2021 at 10:39 am

Rest In Peace Laurie. Susie Izzo St.Casimir

Mary Jane Sheffet
July 18, 2021 at 11:26 am

You and I met on our first day at MSU in 1986 and became special friends from that moment. I will miss you more than I can say. My prayers go to your family.

Donna J Queen
July 18, 2021 at 2:04 pm

May you rest in peace Laurie. Prayers for you John, and family. God bless.
Donna Queen

David and Christine Ridenour
July 18, 2021 at 4:08 pm

Our hearts and prayers go out to John and Lauries’ entire family. We, like so many will miss her very much but she’s in a better place now. We treasure memories of being next door neighbors on Quincy Lane, Torch Lake vacations, New Years celebrations, Laurie and Dave’s shared Feb. 3rd Birthday dinners and lots of heart to heart talks. People seemed to be drawn to Laurie because of her firm faith, sense of humor, generosity and common sense. God bless you John and family for giving Laurie lots of TLC especially over the last few years. Love, David and Chris

Marilyn Brookes
July 18, 2021 at 4:40 pm

I will miss you Laurie. You are one of my dearest friends. We made a lot of memories together. I send my love and prayers to John and the entire family.

Jan Filliom
July 19, 2021 at 11:18 am

My heart is saddened to hear about Laurie’s passing, she was God’s Angel on earth. I knew Laurie from my time and my daughter Camie’s time spent with years at Patsy’s Studio, it was one of our best times. Camie Jo took dance lessons from Lori and I helped at the front desk plus took tap lessons from Laurie( it was hilarious).God has another beautiful Angel to dance for him!!
My heart goes out to John and the family.. She will always be remembered..Love in Christ, Jan

Mike MacLeod
July 20, 2021 at 8:57 am


Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Although our families drifted apart over the years, we are grateful for the times we shared and the blessing to have known Laurie.

Wishing you and your family comfort and peace in the days ahead.


Mike & Norma MacLeod & Lisa Snyder

Dcn. Jim & Karen Kasprzak
July 20, 2021 at 11:25 am

Karen and I have Laurie, you and your family in our prayers. We remember our great conversations about our families an ministry
May Jesus bring you peace in your heart.
God bless.
Dcn. Jim & Karen Kasprzak

Linda Ketcheson Lee
July 20, 2021 at 5:02 pm

Laurie was my cousin on my mother’s side and even though it’s been YEARS since I was around her, I remember her like it was yesterday. She ALWAYS made me feel welcomed, was kind, sweet and funny. I can best describe my time with Laurie as pleasant and I was always glad when I knew she would be wherever us kids were visiting. As far as I’m concerned, she was truly a “keeper”. I moved to Texas from Michigan and lost track of most my family if they weren’t on Facebook. I regret not being able to spend more time with her and send love and condolences to the rest of her/our family. Heart hugs xoxoxo


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