Alicia Ann Lavers Kennedy

September 12, 1920March 23, 2013

Alicia Ann (Lavers) Kennedy East Lansing, Michigan

Alicia Ann (Lavers) Kennedy died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Burcham Hills Retirement Community in East Lansing. Born September 12, 1920, in Bad Axe, Michigan, she was the daughter of Gertrude (Thompson) Lavers and William Wilcox Lavers. She attended Walter French Junior High School in Lansing and graduated from Redford High School in Detroit. In 1938 she obtained a BA degree in Home Economics from Michigan StateUniversity, where she was a loyal member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

In 1942 she married Lt. Chester Kennedy of the Tenth Armored Division, then at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and for the next twenty-five years she “followed the gun,” creating a home for her family in Karlsruhe, Germany; Ft. Monroe, Virginia; Palo Alto, California; Arlington, Virginia; Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Ft. Richardson, Alaska; Ft. Leavenworth, again; Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Falls Church, Virginia; Heidelberg,Germany; and Straubing, Germany.

On leaving the Army, the Kennedys settled in East Lansing, where Alicia worked as an academic counselor, helping generations of MSU students cope with the challenges of undergraduate life. Alicia entered eagerly into the life of the communities in which she lived. She was a Cub, Boy, and Girl Scout leader, took roles in amateur theatrical productions and modeled in fashion shows, served as president of the Ft. Leavenworth PTA, and was a supportive member of the German-American Women’s Clubs of Heidelberg and Straubing.

An accomplished hostess, she relished opportunities to entertain and never met a party she didn’t like. She maintained long-lasting friendships, was adored by her children for whom she kept the home-fires burning through successive Army moves, and was the one and only love of her husband throughout a 71-year marriage.

Her husband Chet Kennedy, of East Lansing, survives her, as do her brother Jack Lavers of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter and son-in-law Jan and Edward Foster of Walla Walla, Washington; son and daughter-in-law James and Bonnie Kennedy of Roselle, Illinois; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A private interment is planned. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at


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Etta Abrahams, Emerita Professor

July 31, 2013

Chet, I know this is very late, but I want to express my sympathy and love for Alicia, whom I knew for many years when she worked as an academic adviser in Brody. She was wonderful! We all enjoyed her knowledge, her forthrightness, and her sense of humor: I can still hear her laughter. What a sense of style she had, in every which way, and when we put up an aquarium in the office and named each fish for our advisers, she laughed the loudest when we dubbed the glass catfish, "Alicia Fish." I have a photo of her, but haven't found it to scan. I'd be happy to share it with you--it was taken at Brody. We spend our time split between Okemos and Jonesport Maine now and will return in mid October.

John and Pat Hays

March 29, 2013

Chet, please accept our condolences. The Hays family has many warm and wonderful memories about the Kennedy family. Your wife was always so vibrant and I can still remember her laugh and smile. Nor will I ever forget the wonderful obituary you wrote for my father.

Clyde/Marcia Spencer

March 27, 2013

Chet: So sorry to hear about Lish. Our thoughts are with you, as they have been through your long ordeal.

March 26, 2013

My deepest condolences to Chet and his family. Alicia was a wonderful woman and I am glad to have had the opportunity to help care for her.