Lisa K Berlanga

January 30, 1962December 21, 2020

On Monday, December 21st, 2020, Lisa Berlanga finished her battle with ALS at the age of 58. Lisa was born on January 30, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the youngest of five children born to Richard and Sue Suetterlin. Lisa grew up in Farmington Hills, and attended Harrison High School. She received a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Northwood Institute in Midland Michigan, and had a successful career in retail management. On September 9, 1989 she married Nicolas (Nick) Berlanga. They raised three children, Vicky, Zane and Risa. Lisa loved to garden, knit and was an avid crafter. Lisa was a scout leader, taught adult Sunday school at Plymouth First United Methodist Church, went on mission trips, and worked for the NOAH project, an agency that feeds and advocates for the homeless. Lisa started by handing out meals, and eventually moved to working the front desk at NOAH. Most recently, Lisa enjoyed spending time with her friends in the knitting group at Ann Arbor First United Methodist church. Despite physical ailments that plagued her most of her life, Lisa never backed down from a challenge and would often champion the causes of the underdog. Her greatest joy in her last year was spending time with her grandson Colton. They would ride her wheelchair together, and Colton would play with his cars up and down her legs. Lisa was preceded in death by her mother Sue, and older brother John. She is survived by her father Dick, husband Nick, children Victoria (James), Zane, Marisa, and grandson Colton. Also, by her sister Diane, brothers Terry and Kevin, and multiple nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Donations may be made in her honor to the NOAH project, or the ALS Association of Michigan,


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Laura Sudkamp Raymond

December 30, 2020

I met Lisa at Warner jr High schools. Her brother Kevin was friends with me as well.
She was funny and could make you smile.
I’ll miss her and I miss John.
Hello to Kevin and dad.

Amy Kennedy

December 27, 2020

I remember when Lisa and Nick were new to Ann Arbor FUMC and they agreed to be our featured guests at the JOY lunch. During the questions they received, the two of them were so sweet in how they both contributed to the answers and completed each other's stories. What a beautiful couple!

Amanda Williams

December 26, 2020

I can’t imagine what my experience at PFUMC would have been like without Lisa and the rest of the Berlanga family. Lisa often helped me navigate my responsibilities as a mom, my role as a youth leader, and my relationship with Christ, all at the same time. Whether it was serving with her at NOAH, working with her on mission trips, or just hanging out in the church offices together, I could count on her wisdom, love, and no-nonsense approach to life. You are truly missed, Lisa, and I hope you are aware of the wonderful impact you had on my life. We love you Berlanga family, and we’re keeping you all in our prayers.

Bonnie Iler

December 26, 2020

Lisa was always such a wonderful lady. She always had such a warm smile! She was always a very positive person and I am now following her example! May the joy and memories you shared with her live on and bring you peace and comfort! ❤️

Andy and Barb Lehmann

December 25, 2020

We fondly remember Lisa’s smile and determination, when we worked with her at church and the Methodist Children’s Home. She was always full of good conversation and we enjoyed our time with her.

Praise be to God as He welcomes her into His Kingdom.

Andy and Barb Lehmann
PFUMC Members

Judd and Cathryn Kaiser

December 23, 2020

We have so many happy memories with Lisa and the Berlanga family. Canton was a great place to raise kids and it was anchored by great neighbors. Pack 854 was a defining feature of the kids childhood and Lisa and Nick were the heart of the pack. Lisa was a warm heart who will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to the Belanga family.