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.