Royalyn R. Vert

Age 79, of Lansing, MI, passed away January 11, 2022. She was born October 8, 1942, in Detroit, MI.

Royalyn was very devoted to Congregation Shaarey Zedek. She was passionate about Sisterhood (Women of Reform Judaism) at the local, regional, and national levels, and served as a past regional president. She also was active with an interfaith committee in the Greater Lansing area and helped assist with their annual dinner and speakers. She loved her sons and grandchildren.

Royalyn received her Master of Education degree from Wayne State University, and taught at the elementary level within the Detroit Public Schools. After her children were grown, she worked in mortgage services and at Weight Watchers for many years. She was an avid reader, and volunteered with a local grief group at South Church of the Nazarene as a co-facilitator with Larry Vert. She also raised and showed Cocker Spaniels.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Larry Vert; sons, David (Bonnie) Zachman and Fred (Michelle) Zachman; stepdaughter, Mary Gene Vrabel; grandchildren, Ashley Morrow, and Victoria, Elizabeth, Matthew, Christopher, and Jennifer Zachman; and stepgrandson, Corey Weathers. She was preceded in death by her first husband,
James Zachman, and her parents, Ruth and Irving Pfeifer.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, East Lansing. Social distancing and masks are required. Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday at Adat Shalom Memorial Park, Livonia.

A livestream of the funeral service will be held. Please visit and click on the Live Stream Services tab on the home page.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s, 19798 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, or to the Congregation Shaarey Zedek Sisterhood Youth Scholarship Fund, 1924 Coolidge Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 (reference the YES Fund, in memory of Royalyn). Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Kathy Walter
January 13, 2022 at 3:40 pm

I am sorry to hear this, I worked with Royalyn at weight watchers, she really was loved by all.

Jeff Olds
January 13, 2022 at 3:44 pm

Royalyn was a very special friend who made a difference in so many lives. She will be missed more than she would ever know

January 13, 2022 at 4:02 pm

A truer friend you will never find then Royalyn!
She would lift you up, give thoughtful advice, laugh at the really silly things and was whole heartedly committed to our Jewish community.
We were stronger with her by our side, now we will always carry her in our heart.

Susan Cady
January 13, 2022 at 4:19 pm

Larry, Jack and I are so very, very sorry about Royalyn. I’m glad you had 23 years together. Our hearts ache for you.
Jack and Susan Cady

Jan Hundey
January 13, 2022 at 6:58 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Royalyn was a very special lady. We worked together at Weight Watchers for several years.

Kathy Richardson
January 13, 2022 at 7:21 pm

So very sorry and hope to see you tomorrow, Larry.

Karen Sim
January 13, 2022 at 9:42 pm

I knew Royalyn through Sisterhood and Women of Reform Judaism. She was always a kind, caring and perceptive leader. She mentored and she listened. When she spoke, she had something to share. Her spirit was gentle, her soul was kind. She will be missed.

Karen Sim

Mary Mastroleo Lindbloom
January 13, 2022 at 10:55 pm

Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Larry. I fondly remember Royalyn as a kind, thoughtful, and positive woman in our group. You had 23 lovely years together.

Steven Sperling
January 14, 2022 at 9:53 am

We have known Royalyn for around fifty years. Royalyn was a pleasure to be with. She was so nice. We would go out to dinner with her and Jim (her late husband) a few times a month. We were very close couples.
We were very happy when Royalyn met Larry. He is a great guy. We are going to miss her
very much.
Heather and Steven Sperling

Allison Ellsworth
January 14, 2022 at 10:09 am

Larry, I am so sorry I could not make Royalyn’s service work in my schedule. I am currently livestreaming it for as long as I can. My condolences go out to you and family. May you know peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Eugenia Zacks-Carney
January 14, 2022 at 11:22 pm

Larry, you are in my thoughts and I am so sorry for your loss. You and Royalyn were some of the first people I met when I brought my family back to Michigan at the end of 1999 and joined Shaarey Zedek. The work that the two of you achieved on behalf of interfaith relations was admirable, necessary, beautiful and exemplary for generations to come. Royalyn’s contributions to Sisterhood and the entire community will never be forgotten. May her memory always be a blessing.


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