Ali Shushtari

May 17, 1926April 15, 2018

Ali Shushtari, 92, of Lansing, Michigan passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Burcham Hills in East Lansing, Michigan. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Isfahan, Iran on March 21, 1926, he was the son of the late Mohamad Taghi Shushtari-Alavi and Robab Sheikhoeslami. Ali received his education at Michigan State University and graduated in 1955 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Ali was an engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation for 36 years before retiring in 1991. While in retirement, Ali continued to enjoy playing tennis, swimming, gardening, biking, playing cards with his friends, eating pizza, cheering on MSU football and basketball teams and, most of all, traveling to visit his family and friends.

Ali is survived by his beautiful and very dedicated wife of 43 years, Faye Shushtari. He is also survived by three sons; Gary, of Morrice, MI, and his daughters Anna and Ellen Shushtari; son Randy and his wife Colleen of Treasure Island, FL, and their daughters Kristen Zanker (SunJin) and Briana Richards (Christopher); and son Peter and his wife Carmen of Los Angeles, CA, and their sons Camden and Amory. Ali is also survived by three daughters; Linda Nartker, of Laingsburg, MI, and her husband Kirk and their sons Tony (wife Jill and great-grandchild Chevy) and Adam (wife Lindsey and great-grandchildren Henry and Lincoln); daughter Loretta Geisen, of East Lansing, MI, and her husband Gary; and daughter Sussan McLoughlin, of Raleigh, NC, and her husband Tate and their two children Julian and Gabrielle. Ali is also survived by several relatives, including his dear nieces and nephews, many of whom considered Ali as “one of my favorite Uncles”.

Ali adored his family immensely and they were the center of his universe. Ali is preceded in death by his brothers Javad; Hossein and his wife Yvonne; Jaffar and his wife Farrah; Mohsen and his surviving wife Mahin; Kazem and his surviving wife Aghdass; and sisters Talat, Ghamar, Ezat, Batol, Ashraf, Zahra, Shamool and Khadijeh.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Gorsline Ruciman Funeral Home, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI, 48823, followed by funeral services at 12:00 pm.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in the memory of Ali to the Alzheimer's Association,, 734-369-2716.

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April 19, 2018

Krerk Piromsopa

April 17, 2018

During my years at Michigan State University, I was lucky to meet Mr. Ali Shushtari and Faye Shushtari. They welcomed me with hearts. They made my home away from home in East Lansing, MI. They comforted me during my hard cold days at the beginning. To me, they are my American father and mother.

After the graduation, I have to come back to Thailand. I keep telling myself that I shall go back to Michigan to visit them. Now, it might be a little too late. My beloved American father has passed. I will always miss him.

Thank you for sharing with me the good memory during my stay in Michigan. You will always be remembered.

Love, always.
Krerk Piromsopa, Ph.D. and family

Family Nadji and Salehi

April 17, 2018

Dear family of oncle Ali, ower thoughts, hearts and prayers are with you.
We are so sorry for your lost.
Ali will allways be in our hearts.
We have so wonderfull memories from the times we visited you in Lansing and from your travelling time in Europe.
He builded a nice life with his wonderfull wife aunt Fay by his side and wonderfull children and grandchildren.
He is now in heaven with our other loveones, Fatemeh, Ali and Mohammad Taghi.
Rest in peace dear oncle Ali, dear beautifull soul.
Shahla, Neda, Linda, Reza
Mohamad and Kirsten