Lois J. Tanner (Prezny)

Lansing, MI

Lois J. Tanner (Prezny) made her journey to Heaven on Sunday, January 28, 2024, with family beside her.  She is survived by the family that she loved with all of her heart, three daughters, Diane (Phillip) Thomas of The Villages, Florida, Linda (John) Burley of DeWitt, Michigan, and Joni (Dan) Lemons of DeWitt, Michigan; her four grandchildren, Matthew (Jamie) Mansberger, Kelli Jo (Andrew) Watts, Ashley Thomas, and Jonathan Thomas; six great-grandchildren, Alaina, Jordynn, Allyson, and Michael Mansberger, Lincoln & Savannah Watts; sister-in-law, Maureen Kart; step-granddaughter, Janelle Lemons; and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was born July 18, 1931, to Royal H. and Sophia M. Kart of Lansing, Michigan.  She attended J.W. Sexton High School, graduating in June 1949.  On September 24, 1949, she married the love of her life, Robert E. Tanner.

Lois & Bob began their married life in Lansing, and she started working for the State of Michigan, at the Michigan Highway Department.  Shortly thereafter, they were blessed with three little girls within 4 years, and she became a full-time Mom, Brownie Leader, Room Mother, and created the first PTA organization at School For the Blind (where she started the annual cookie sales that grew year by year).  She also joined the Grace United Methodist Church Choir and continued singing for over 50 years. They introduced the girls to church, Sunday school, camping in the great outdoors, and car rides across the country.

As the daughters got older, she re-started her career as a Legal Secretary which then led to employment at AAA Government Relations office.  She retired from AAA in 1992 (after a total of 21 years) and she and Bob purchased a retirement home in Palmetto, Florida.  However, they were only able to enjoy a few years of sunshine before Bob passed away in 1998 – seven months shy of their 50th Anniversary.

In 2006, Lois married Robert “Bob” Prezny and they were able to do more travelling to states like Alaska and Hawaii, plus spend the majority of the winter in Palmetto, Florida. Unfortunately, Bob passed away in 2019.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, brother LeRoy Kart, grandson Michael Robert Mansberger, and sisters-in-law, Ileen (Ernest) Wilkinson, Veva (John) Abrahamson, and Ferne (Clyde) Lolmough.

A memorial honoring her life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1900 Boston Blvd., Lansing, MI 48910.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Grace United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

“Well Done Good and Faithful Servant”  – Matthew 25:21


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Pam and Dick Martin
February 1, 2024 at 1:39 pm

Condolences to Ashley, Diane, Phillip and Jonathon

I am so very sorry for the loss of your Grandma, Mother and Mother-in-Law. Though I did not have the opportunity to meet this special lady, I know she will be dearly missed by her entire family.

Cathy Demers
February 6, 2024 at 8:25 pm

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. I’m sure she’s singing with the angels now though she will be so missed. Praying for the family.

Trudie and Joe Frick
February 7, 2024 at 3:57 pm

I will miss out over the fence chats. What a wonderful neighbor for 45 years. My condolences to the family. Rest in the arms of the angels. A job well done.

February 20, 2024 at 11:08 pm

Wonderful lady good neighbor know her for 18 years so sorry for her passing may God grant her eternal rest she will be missed!

R Renee Preniczny
July 3, 2024 at 7:40 pm

Lois was a wonderful person and friend. My father in law was so lucky to have meet her later in life. She was always so very proud of all her family members. May her celebration of life include timeless memories of her love of god and of family. Rest in peace.

Wendy Stanley (Trimpe)
July 13, 2024 at 11:22 am

Such a wonderful person. My mother loved her singing and the fashion shows that they held in the Palmetto Palm Bay park. She lived across from mom. I also knew her from church and growing up from Diane on Poxson. May God continue to bless all of you!


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