Marye Lynn Lepo

17 January, 194624 October, 2020

Marye Lynn (Berg) Lepo, 74 of Haslett, passed away suddenly but peacefully on October 24th, 2020 with family by her side. She was born in Lansing, Michigan on January 17, 1946, and graduated in 1969 from Michigan State University with a bachelor's Degree in Education. Following graduation, she taught for the Haslett Public Schools for 21 years (grades K-4). After retirement from the school system, she enjoyed her part time job at the Hallmark store where she made many friends and fond memories.

Marye Lynn married the love of her life and best friend, Tom Lepo in 1971. They would have shared their Golden Anniversary in June of 2021. The bond they shared was like no other- a true inspiration and definition of a wonderful, loving marriage.

Mom was a beautiful woman, inside and out. She touched many lives with her caring heart and love of God. She enjoyed shopping and baking with her granddaughter. The grandchildren have many loving memories of sleep overs and day trips they spent together.

Those surviving to cherish her memory are her husband, Tom, of 49 years and two daughters, Kristin Benson of Mason and Karin (Gary) Wedge of East Lansing. Grandchildren Katelyn and Kyle Benson of Mason. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Milton L. Berg and Marion J. Berg.

At her request, there will be no service. We ask that you pray for those she left behind and ask for comfort and strength during this difficult time. Tom would welcome cards or letters with your special memories of Marye Lynn.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing Chapel.

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Kristin Benson

7 November 2020

It’s been two weeks and we are managing the best we can. The memories are constant reminders that you will always be with us. Karin and I are ensuring dad is well taken care of and staying busy. You were loved by so many. The cards and visitors are proof of how many lives you touched.

It doesn’t seem fair that we lost you so soon. There are many events that you were supposed to see... Kyle graduate, weddings, great grandchildren... I have had my share of anger towards God for taking my beautiful mom and best friend when we still needed you. But he needed you more. I’m trying to accept that.

Your urn is beautiful. You would love what we picked for you. Dad promised to give you a kiss goodnight everyday from all of us. He loved you more than anyone could love. What a blessing you had each other. It was a beautiful bond you had that most will never experience.

I love you, mom. I miss our calls and texts. I miss telling you things about the day’s events.

Always on my mind... forever in my heart...


Thomas Lepo

7 November 2020

She is gone...
wife, mother, grandmother, confidant and friend. Her lovely butterfly urn holds the remains of her physical life, it’s wings stretching skyward, symbolic of her new home.
She sits atop the piano, purchased years ago by a grandmother she never met, played so many more years by her father, and, now, occasionally by Kristin and Katelyn. They may play for her when the time is right. Not yet. The pain of her passing still pulls relentlessly on their hearts.
The ashes will sit here as a physical reminder of her too brief time with us, but those many precious memories she helped us build will be with us wherever we go. They will comfort us until one day we also will take a final breath.
Until then, we will hold them tightly, just as we would lovingly embrace her if she were here.

Tom Lepo

2 November 2020

I lost my best friend, my true soulmate. She cared for me when pressures around me seemed to weigh me down. She’d say I did too much, cared beyond what was reasonable, but I saw how much of herself she gave to others, and could I do less?
I worried about her every day, hoping she would give in to my requests to see a doctor. Now I wish I had demanded and not asked. Her final notes to me have added some solace and eased some guilt. The hole left within me will not destroy me. She would not have wanted that. I’m beginning to fill it with memories, and the little notes I left her that she carried in her wallet are a reminder of what we shared.
My daughters tell me I couldn’t have done more, but there was always room for more. She deserved it.
Her life will continue in the hearts of all of us. I have felt her presence every day, but I will miss the morning kisses and goodnight back rubs. The physical touch will be missing, but the joyful memories will fill my mind and heart with every breath I take, and when we are reunited in Heaven, I will never let her go again.
I love you, Marye Lynn, twice as much as yesterday, half as much as tomorrow , and for always.

Cynthia Finger-Hoffman

1 November 2020

Mrs. Lepo was my fourth grade teacher. First and foremost she inspired my love of reading. Each week a student would get to read out loud to the class and she gave me more than my share of turns. My mother and her were friends and I remember one weekend my parents went to a bowling tournament and I stayed at her home, it was full of love and fun. I was lucky to have someone so caring and involved with her students. I have modeled much of my teaching behavior after what I learned from her. She will be missed.

Kris Black

30 October 2020

Wow. It's taken me a week to wrap my head around this and even now I can't sum up in 2000 characters what you have meant to me. To my second mom who was more like a mom than my real one, being part of your family was the best feeling and I treasure every memory... Every time I look in my recipe card box and see your note taped to the lid I think of all the great times just hanging out in the kitchen with you, making popcorn, cookies or iced tea. I will miss our birthday and Christmas cards, always Hallmark of course, in the mailbox. Every time I look at my penmanship I think, uh oh, ML wouldn't be happy with that!! Haha! Cheers to all the years of laughs and tears, nobody can take those memories away. You are now literally the ray of sunshine we all know you have always been, much love...

Karin Wedge

29 October 2020

Mom, I miss you so much already. How in the world do we move forward without you? It just doesn't seem real. I was not prepared for this, Mom. You were too young and I am too young to be without my Mom---my best friend. You have always been there for listen, offer advice and support me no matter what. I will miss our texts, phone conversations and frequent visits. I will miss hearing your voice and seeing your beautiful smile. Michigan State games, holidays and dinners out just won't be the same without you. I couldn't have asked for a better Mom. Kristin and I promise to take good care of Dad. You know we will. I look forward to joining you in heaven someday. Until then, I will hold memories of you very close. I love you always sweet Mama.

Kristin Benson

29 October 2020

My beautiful mom. The one that loved me unconditionally, despite my flaws. The one I laughed with, cried with, shared everything with. I will miss our daily texts and calls. Your beautiful smile that lit up a room. Your generosity and love for your family and friends. You were a role model to us all. The pain is great, but it’s comforting knowing you are in a much better place- you are the lucky one, mom! Always remember the butterflies as we will always know when we see one, you are right there. Forever in my heart and memories mom. I love you more than words... until we are together again...

Eileen Klein

29 October 2020

Marye Lynn has been my dearest and best friend since childhood. I have many happy memories of the times I spent in her home on Durand Street sharing games, picnics, sleepovers, and giggles. Although distance separated us as adults, we remained as close as sisters and our very special friendship has spanned 70 years. Marye Lynn’s warm, caring ways, her generous personality, and her wonderful sense of humor will be dearly missed. I will especially miss her long texts telling me all about her remarkable family. Our annual visits with Marye Lynn and Tom were always wonderful and I’m thankful for having had the opportunity to meet Kristin, Karin, Katelyn, and Kyle. I’m sending love and healing thoughts to you all. Allen and I will cherish Marye Lynn’s memory forever.

Cheryl Moceri (Lepo)

28 October 2020

We gained an angel... you will be missed Aunt Marye Lynn. Thank you for always being kind and willing to take the time to show how much you care about me and our family over the years. I'm so glad Camrie was able to meet her Great Aunt! Love you! 💚

Katelyn Benson

28 October 2020

The best grandma I could have ever asked for. I’ll miss you so much Gramma! ❤️🦋


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