Anita Marie Andringa

April 11, 1939March 23, 2020

Anita Andringa passed away on March 23, 2020, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Anita was born on April 11, 1939 in Detroit Michigan to Leonard and Caroline Gelinsky.

Anita received her bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University and began her teaching career in Garden City. Anita’s passion and gift was caring for others which guided her in her 40 year career as a special education teacher, and lifelong caring mother to 2 children. She tirelessly helped students overcome adversity helping them to lead productive lives. As a young mother, she supervised the student teacher program at Eastern Michigan University where she shared and inspired others to the love of teaching.

Anita moved with her kids, Kip and Jill, to Okemos in 1978 and continued her teaching career at Mason High School until her retirement in 2002. While teaching full time and being a single mom raising two teenagers, she earned her Masters Degree in Special Education and Counseling from Michigan State University, fulfilling a personal promise she made to herself.

Anita was a devoted mother to Kip and Jill, loving them unconditionally and consistently making sacrifices to provide them opportunities she didn’t have as a child. Anita was passionate about music and the performing arts, regularly attending Wharton Center events, Lansing Symphony concerts and plays at Williamston Theatre. Anita shared this love with Jill, attending the Stratford Festival together every year since 1992. Anita also enjoyed watching baseball, tennis and figure skating. With Kip, she spent many hours discussing what the Detroit Tigers needed to do in order to win another World Series. As an animal lover, Anita supported the humane society and enjoyed many pets, namely the family’s beloved golden retriever Beau whom still provides happy memories that are shared 27 years later.

Anita was known for her “Momisms” and her kids will continue to live by her words of wisdom, whether motivational or just entertaining. She always had words of encouragement and a good quote for anyone who needed to hear them. Especially important to her were “To those whom much is given, much is expected,” “where there’s life, there’s hope,” “be kind,” and “to thine own self be true.”

Anita was preceded in death by her parents. Her dear sister Alice predeceased her by just 2 days. Anita is survived by her son Kip (Jana) of Ann Arbor, daughter Jill of East Lansing, and grandchildren Dylan (Lauren) and Ashley.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to Wharton Center, Lansing Symphony, Williamston Theatre, Humane Society or a charity of one’s choice that helps those in need. Her family would like to thank Residential Hospice and The Willows at Okemos for their care during her illness.

A private celebration of Anita’s life will be held at a later date.


  • Private Celebration at a Later Date


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Tim Young

April 3, 2020

Tim Young
April 3, 2020
There is a Special Educational Angel now in Heaven.

Mary Torrey

April 1, 2020

I always enjoyed substitute teaching for Anita. She was so organized and always had ready everything I’d need for the day. When I was lucky enough to team teach with her, she had a confidant manner about her and a good sense of humor that made the class enjoyable. She really did care about everyone around her! I also remember the conversations I had with Anita in that tiny office she shared with Linda Casterline. Good times!

Jean Bement

March 31, 2020

My deepest sympathy is extended to Mrs. Andringa's family and friends. Although I did not know her well, I remember her from her years at Mason High. I graduated 30 years ago, but I recall how she was always smiling, and the genuine care she showed to every student she encountered. What a wonderful facet of her rich legacy.

May God's grace, your happy memories, and your faith sustain you in your grief. Blessings to you...


March 31, 2020

While I never worked directly with Anita, I remember meeting up at staff meetings and remember how much she cared about her students. I am so very sorry for your loss of an incredible woman, who made such a difference in the lives of her students. May God's blessings be upon you all.

Marilyn Dean

March 31, 2020

Jill and Kip,
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I had the privilege of working with your mom at Mason High School. I admired and appreciated her advocacy and commitment to the special needs of her students. She worked tirelessly on their behalf! As a friend and a young mom at the time I appreciated her parental wisdom she would often share with me. Be comforted in knowing her pride and love for you! Anita, may you soar with the angels!

Tina Tomlin

March 30, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about Ms. Andringa passing. I was one of her students at MHS. She was always so very loving and kind. Very special teacher to me. I wish we had more teachers like Ms. Andringa. She made the world a better place forsure.


Evelyn Burgess

March 29, 2020

Jill and Kip, I’m so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I met her as we taught together in Mason, During our careers and for a short time after retirement, we got together occasionally . We loved discussing our kids....Dylan was just a toddler. Your mom was the one who introduced me to Gracies in Williamston.....thank you, Anita! Retirement life got busy and we lost touch with each other, tho your mom was never out of my mind. She left pleasant memories not only to you, but to her colleagues, and her friends as well. She was definitely an inspirational teacher. Be proud of your Mom.

Jan Mace

March 29, 2020

Dear Jill,
Sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. I remember both of you from Okemos and seeing you at Wharton Center. The picture of her is just as I remember her....smiling.
Your memories of happy times will sustain you.
Jan Mace

Valerie Millard

March 25, 2020

She was a Beautiful lady and teacher. I had her in high school. I wish I could have told her all that I have accomplished in life. Rest in peace. 💕

Carol Thomas

March 24, 2020

My dear friend, Anita, bon voyage on your journey to heaven! You were in every way a great friend and true lady in the best sense of the word.