Londa died peacefully at home on January 11, 2016, surrounded by her loving family after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born on September 14, 1942, in Lansing, to Barstow “Bart” and Virginia Root.
Londa graduated from Lansing J.W. Sexton and received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Michigan State University. She taught for 1 ½ years in the Lansing School District, then stayed at home to raise her children. After they were in school she went to work for the Lansing State Journal, retiring after 25 years. Londa was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church, their bible study group, and served on various committees including the Sparrow’s Nest and Outreach committees. She was also a former Sunday school teacher at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. She served on the board of directors for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and their adoption board. She was an avid gardener, loved to travel and camp, was a wine enthusiast, and spent time as a lighthouse keeper. Londa also enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Lansing Quilt Guild and the “Pin-Ups” quilt group. She was very involved in her children’s lives and adventures and loved her family dearly.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dennis; children, Mark Meier, Diane Meier, Steven Meier, and Ellen (Kenji Dohi) Meier; sister-in-law, Karleen Root; nephew, Damon (Christy) Root; grandniece, Rachel Root; aunt, Jeannie VanNorman; cousins, Connie Johnson, Bill Root, and Randy, Tom and Dan Kirby; sisters-in-law, Carol (Chris) Nasby and Connie (Dick) Anderson; brothers-in-law, David (Monica) Meier, Curtis (Beth) Meier and Russell (Karen) Meier; and numerous close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Richard Root.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 6301 W. St. Joseph, Lansing, with the Rev. Laura Gerstl-Beukema officiating. Her family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her church or to Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.