Mary Frances Siegrist

Born June 15, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan daughter of the late Francis and Frances (Geisenhafer) Siegrist passed away Thursday, July 7, 2022, at age 72.

Mary was a 1968 graduate of O’Rafferty High School in Lansing and Western Michigan University.  She retired from the State of Michigan, where she was an Internal Consultant for the student financial aid office of information and resources.  Mary was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church and enjoyed traveling the world hunting and vacationing with her husband.

Surviving is her husband of more than 25 years, Ronald J. Browning; step-children, Ashley Browning, Keirsten (Sam) Sangster, and Christopher (Andrea) Browning along with two step-grandchildren, Alyssa Browning and Michael Sangster.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James Siegrist.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. John P. Klein at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy., Lansing, Michigan 48917.  The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday for 1 hour prior to Mass.  Private inurnment will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in memory of Mary, to the Potter Park Zoo.

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Sally Burke
July 8, 2022 at 7:45 pm

I so enjoyed volunteering with Mary. She was extremely talented and will be missed.

JoAnne Smith
July 9, 2022 at 12:45 am

So sorry to hear about Mary’s life cut so short. We shared two wonderful grandchildren.

JoAnne Smith

Trish Powers
July 9, 2022 at 1:20 am

I can hardly believe it – it’s been such a whirlwind and it just seems so unreal. Mary was a great friend to many; a lover of people, animals, good
books and stories, and weird TV shows ?; and one of the most generous people I have ever met. She was kind and considerate to her last breath and a rockstar in so many things – hunting, diving, volunteering at the Zoo, and as a gift-buyer and all-around organizer/idea person as a Mary Magdalene League volunteer at St Lawrence campus gift shop. She was unique and exceptional in so many ways- I really don’t think she needed to have *this* added to her story!

Ron, Chris, Andrea, Alyssa – our deepest sympathies and condolences to you. You know we loved her. Prayers for her eternal rest and your consolation

Trish and Ann Powers

Cheryl Martin and Duane Hartman
July 9, 2022 at 10:24 am

It’s hard to believe that after 25 years as neighbors, we will never see Mary sitting with Ron in the driveway, visiting with everyone. Duane will miss having discussions with Mary about the “weird” TV shows they both enjoyed.
Mary was a great and unique neighbor, with so many interesting adventures. She really knew how to live a full life, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Cheryl and Duane

Margaret Hedlund
July 10, 2022 at 8:38 am

Mary was that very special person who no one will ever forget. She brought her enthusiasm into every room she entered. I so enjoyed working with her in the St.Lawrence Gift Shop. Her smiles and many talents will be greatly missed by everyone who had the good fortune to meet her. My heartfelt sympathy to her family.

Carol Dionise
July 10, 2022 at 12:37 pm

I was so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. The last time I saw Mary was at her mother’s funeral. I met Mary at WMU and become college friends. We found out we had a lot in common- catholic school, St. Mary Cathedral, divorced, worked for the state. She was nice and knowledgeable about everything. The picture of Mary captured her beauty. I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend the funeral. My thoughts and prayers will be with the family.
Carol Dionise

Danette Gross
July 11, 2022 at 8:58 pm

Rest in peace Mary. I am so thankful you had 25 years with COL B. You made his life so fun, adventurous and interesting. I am so glad I was able to introduce you to him. He is lost without you. I am hopeful your wonderful neighborhood will keep a watch over him, until you met again. Fly high with the angels. Dee

Jeanette Lonier
July 12, 2022 at 12:36 pm

I went to school with Mary at O’Rafferty Claas of 68. She will be missed.

Veronica Greenhoe
July 14, 2022 at 8:28 am

I went to St. Mary’s elementary school with her and we graduated from O’ Rafferty. She was a great friend. We did so many fun things together. She bought a Corvet and we did some road trips. What a blast. As her friend she was extremely smart, lots of fun and very kind. Nice to everyone. She will be sorely missed by everyone. RIP MARY!


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