Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave East Lansing, MI 48823

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    Sean Thomas Allan

    General Manager

    Sean T. Allan has been serving families throughout western and central Michigan since the late 2000s. As a second-generation funeral director, Sean will be the first to admit he never planned to follow in his father’s footsteps. After high school, Sean studied architecture and electrical engineering. While working throughout west Michigan as a builder and real estate investor, Sean found himself updating a funeral home's facilities, where he made a strong connection with the staff.

    Intrigued by funeral and memorial services and realizing how greatly they differed from what he had imagined, Sean enrolled in mortuary school and began serving at a funeral home, determined to provide support for families any way he could. He received his degree in funeral service from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City. Today, Sean continues to emphasize the belief that each life should be uniquely celebrated.

    Sean and his wife, married in 2003, have two sons. Sean is active with the Sons of the American Legion and is a member of the Lansing Chamber of Commerce, the Masonic Lodge No. 34 and Shriners of North America.

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    Elizabeth Ryerson Townsley

    Manager

    Elizabeth Townsley has been privileged to work with Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes since 2013, helping local families celebrate lives through meaningful and personalized services. After graduating from mortuary school from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, she served her apprenticeship in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Now an East Lansing resident, she is an active member of the Jaycees and enjoys engaging with students interested in the funeral service profession. Outside of work, she and her husband enjoy traveling, cooking, running and exploring the Lansing area.

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    Kenneth L Canady

    Funeral Director

    For over 2 decades, Ken Canady has served the greater Lansing area of Michigan. Ken earned his bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Ken is the recipient of the Walter P. Cavalier award in embalming excellence. He joined the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home family in 2001. Ken is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and is involved with various civil organizations in his community. “God created me to help people,” he said.

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    Rachel Ann Krish

    Funeral Director

    “I love what I do, I love serving our families, and it really give me a sense of pride and honor to be able to sit with families during one of the most difficult times of their lives, these families become my family.” Rachel has been serving families for Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes since 2015. Originally from the Ovid-Elsie area, Rachel now resides in St. Johns, Michigan with her husband of 19 years, Steve and her four children, Emilie, Kaytlyn, Jenna and Alexander. Funeral directing was a calling for Rachel. She knew at a very young age this is what she wanted to do. Rachel took a different route at first, she became a wife and a mother. The thought of becoming a funeral director was always in the back of her mind. She decided in 2010 that now was the time to attend mortuary school. She applied to Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Wheeling, Illinois. She moved to Chicago for a year and graduated with honors in 2011. Rachel came back after graduation to Michigan. She was able to fulfill her requirements and was offered a position as a licensed Funeral Director for Gorsline Runciman. Rachel is now serving families in the Lansing, East Lansing, Williamston, Mason and Dewitt areas. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, whether it is camping up north, going to school sporting events, baking with the kids, going to the movies, or just relaxing at home. Rachel has been involved in coaching soccer and softball in her community. She also volunteers with her children during the Mint Festival in St. Johns, Michigan, and the 4-H Clinton County Fair.