Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI


Sharlean J. Massman

November 29, 1933June 15, 2019
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Born November 29, 1933 in Lansing, Michigan to Ralph and Alta (Krouse) Parker, passed away on June 15, 2019, at the age of 85.

Sharlean was an active and devoted member of the Holt United Methodist Church as well as a member of the Mason Historical Society. She volunteered at Sparrow Hospital and was an avid supporter of at risk youth for Mason Public Schools. Sharlean was very caring and generous to friends, family and her community.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband, Roger Massman; daughters, Leesa Massman, Shalimar (Robert) Maynard; grandchildren, Nathan (Merrick) Morehouse, Melissa (Matt) Stuard; great-grandchildren, Morgan Stuard, Madison Stuard, Parker Morehouse; aunt, Florence Kendall; and many other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Holt United Methodist Church, 2321 N. Aurelius Rd., Holt, MI 48842. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson St., Mason, MI 48854 and one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Homecare and Hospice, 2815 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Ste. 4, Lansing, MI 48910. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.grbdmason.com.


  • Robert Maynard
  • Nathan Morehouse
  • Matt Stuard
  • Denny Krouse
  • Ryan Hoisington
  • Robert Norton
  • Ryan Acker, Honorary
  • Jim Venier, Honorary

  • McLaren Homecare and Hospice


  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Interment Friday, June 21, 2019


Sharlean J. Massman

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Joe & Gloria Sanger

June 24, 2019

We extend our condolences to Roger and the rest of the family of Sharlean Massman. May God forever bless and cherish his faithful servant.
Joe & Gloria Sanger

Sandra Jupalli

June 19, 2019

Our family (Lopez-Gonzalez family) is extremely sadden by the passing of Sharlean, she was our neighbor, but more than a neighbor she was family. We shared so many great memories. Sharlean always loved telling the story of how my mom (Vivian) gave her a number to call, and it happened to be the number to the White House. At the time, my sister (Mavy) and her family were denied the Visa to come to the US. Sharlean helped our family be reunited, and for that we are eternally thankful. Also, every year (for many years), we would go to Sharlean's house on Christmas Eve and cook Cuban food and share past stories. Sharlean had a golden heart, always willing to help anyone in need.
Words cannot express how grateful we are to have met such an amazing and beautiful person, and above all we feel lucky to have shared many memories together.
Our condolences to the Massman family. We will forever miss Sharlean.

Skip Maraney

June 18, 2019

I will long remember our amusing rides together as we traveled together on our way to a Michigan meeting. Sharlean was a great sport and a warm and loving person. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Sandy Meyers

June 18, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with Roger and the family. Sharlene was a Angel on Earth. She always had a smile for everyone. She will be dearly missed.

Art & Cathy Taylor

June 18, 2019

What a terrific lady! Sharlean was always so very sweet and kind with us, and she will be missed. May she rest in peace.

Patricia Spreng

June 18, 2019

Leesa and Family,

To read everyone's beautiful words of love for your dear Mom perfectly describes who she was and the love she poured out during her lifetime. What a wonderful blessing for you to have her enduring legacy live on in your hearts and minds. May your memories bring you comfort and laughter and may God's peace and strength sustain you.
Surrounding you and your family with prayerful support,
Your loving friends at 12 Week Year

Mike Bortz

June 18, 2019

To the Massman Family . . .

I'm saddened to hear of Sharlean's passing. She & Roger spent many many many good times w/ my Mom & Dad (George & Joan Bortz) enjoying much fun & laughter . . starting back to the mid 70's.

What a great lady . . who ALWAYS had a smile and kind words for all. Roger. . Leesa . . Shelly - you had a most wonderful / 1 of a kind wife & mother and please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Clarence & Joan Wheeler

June 18, 2019

Sharlean = a beautiful person. May she rest in peace]. The Wheelers, Clarence and Joan

Carol Scott

June 18, 2019

Sharlean was a beautiful light in this world. Over the years, she was always so gracious, warm and welcoming each and every time we had the pleasure to be around her. We both feel honored to have known her. Sincerely, Carol & Scott

Robert Norton

June 17, 2019

I grew up the little neighbor boy across the road. Sharlean’s father, Ralph, was the grandfather to me that I never had. That made Sharlean a secondary mother to me, a roll she filled with flying colors. I am ever indebted to her for our countless conversations about anything and everything, for her endless encouragement to be all I could be, and for letting me cry on her shoulder when life was difficult. She was in deed, an extraordinary woman. A friend of mine who only knew Sharlean through my sharing over the years said just the other day, “they (Roger and Sharlean) are just salt of the earth people”. Amen 🙏 She will be missed by many but many memories (fond memories) will always remain. Blessings to Roger, Shalimar, Leesa, and the rest of the family as you process through your loss.