Marie Helen Belknap

Born February 11, 1922, in Lansing, MI, the daughter of Wasyl and Kataryna Swystun, passed away November 10, 2011, at the age of 89. She is now in heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Marie was a member of South Church and was a true prayer warrior. She loved working crossword puzzles, watching her favorite TV programs, bird watching, and spending time with her family, especially relaxing on the patio of their cottage on Lake Mecosta. She never missed attending sporting events or music recitals for her husband and children. She retired in 1985 from Michigan State Employees’ Association as Director of Business Services.

She married the love of her life, Lyle, on April 19, 1941. She was a wonderful, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished her family and will be greatly missed. Marie is survived by her husband of over 70 years, Lyle; loving children: daughter, Janice Masters, son, Lyle (Katie) Belknap; beloved grandchildren, Sherry Begeny, Ben Belknap, Justin Colby; sister, Millie May; special caring nieces, Barbara Sisco and Lynne Dean; as well as many nieces, nephews and two sisters-in-law. We wish to express our gratitude to Malinda LeMieux, who gave Marie and Lyle such wonderful home care over the past 1 1/2 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Natalie Dean.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI 48933, with the Rev. Tad Jameson officiating. There will be visitation one hour prior to the funeral with burial services to follow at Deepdale Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Marie Belknap to Special Olympics Michigan-Area 8, Beekman Center, 2901 Wabash Rd., Lansing, MI 48910.

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Dick and Debby Novello
November 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Katie and Lyle,
We are thinking of you and your family today, this is a difficult time.
We loved hearing chief and doll baby stories, especially when tiger and “the purse” were included! She was a great lady, she loved her family and she will be missed. Love you and God bless

November 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Sincere condolences to family and friends during your time of grief.Your grief is shared with those you donot know,because of the love Jesus said his true disciples would express.John 5:28,29 gives the promise that Jesus will awaken those asleep in death,to reunite with all on a paradise earth.What tears of JOY is set before each one!(Isaiah 25:8)

Katherine Washburn
November 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

Lyle and family,
I was saddened to hear the news of Marie’s passing. She was an incredible woman and will be greatly missed. She leaves behind a great legacy in the many lives she touched privately and professionally. I have many fond memories of GAs and other “hard working” times at MSEA that were much lightened by Marie’s spirit, knowledge, kindness, understanding, (I can go on and on).
May God bless


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