Obituaries

Gwen Belen

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Larry Bermudez Viva

Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing. The Rite of Committal will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing. His family will receive relatives and friends from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.

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Larry Lee “Duckie” Fickes

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Parker Memorial Baptist Church.  Interment will take place at Eastlawn Memory Gardens in Okemos.  The family will receive visitors at the church on Saturday for 1 hour prior to the service. 

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Lynne Carol Granger

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Hope Community Church, Lansing. Her family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 26, and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Community Church, Greater Lansing Youth for Christ, or Lansing Christian School.

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Ken Harrow

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Congregation Kehillat Israel in Lansing.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ken Harrow ASA Film Fund.

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Alfreda Schmidt

Memorial Mass: 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Lansing. The family will receive friends at noon. Guests are welcome to wear a hat or a ‘spot’ of yellow, Alfreda’s favorite color. A public tribute begins at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the Alfreda Schmidt Community Center, Lansing, with family visitation from 3-6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Arlington Project, in care of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 27, Holt, or to “Pastor’s Scholarship Fund” at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School.

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Patricia L. Cox

Funeral service: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. Her family will receive relatives and friends from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Ingham County Animal Shelter, or to Potter Park Zoo.

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Gary Allen Ashby

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the fall of 2024. Memorial contributions may be made to Safe and Just Michigan.

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Maxie “Pete” Robinson

Age 78, of Lansing, MI, passed away April 9, 2024. He was born November 17, 1945, in Brookhaven, MS, to Sylvester and Anna Robinson. A family memorial service will be held. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.    

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Richard “Dick” Hudson Bacon

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Donations can be made to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Robert “Bob” Bruce Ebersole

The Funeral service for Robert will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Central United Methodist Church, Lansing. Interment will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, and also one hour prior the funeral on Tuesday at the church.  Donations in his memory be made to the Ebersole Foundation, Central United Methodist Church, and the Spartan Marching Band.

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Bonita Harper Sporer

A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Maple Ridge Cemetery, in Holt, followed by a celebration breakfast at Hidden Gem in Holt. Memorial donations may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Bess Stamatakos

Bess Stamatakos

The family will receive friends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. A Trisagion Service will follow at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lansing. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

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Connie Baxter

Connie Baxter

Age 70, passed away April 1, 2024.  She was born December 22, 1953, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, to Leon and Pauline Kappler.  Connie attended Lansing Community College and then graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry.  She worked at Abbott Laboratories for 5 years, then worked at Renite Co. for 2 […]

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Daniel Ferguson

Daniel G. Ferguson

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2024, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with interment to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  His family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elara Caring Hospice.

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Karen Marie Koval (née Longcore)

A celebration of Karen’s life will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at The Hidden Gem Event Venue, Holt. Her family will receive guests beginning at 11:00 a.m., with a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. and a luncheon to follow. Please bring your best “Karen Koval” stories. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CASA for Kids Inc.

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Raymond C. Blinn II

Funeral service: 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2024, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lansing. Interment will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. His family will receive relatives and friends from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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