Audrey Matisoff

September 18, 1952November 10, 2020

Audrey Hope Matisoff was born in New York City on September 18, 1952 and died on November 10, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Audrey was a licensed clinical social worker with two masters degrees—one in counseling and one in social work. Over the years she worked in many organizations, including: Hospice of Lansing; the Women’s Resource Center at Lansing Community College; Child and Family Services of Howell, as a geriatric case manager; and for the last 18 years as clinical director of the Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN).

Although Audrey was extremely devoted to her work, her life’s focus was her family and friends, and she maintained connections with friends from many phases of her life. She was loved and well respected by everyone who knew her. Audrey gave generosity new meaning—through her work, her leadership, her volunteer work, her time listening and talking with wisdom and warmth, her phone calls, her stories, her hosting and cooking for loved ones, her parties and fundraisers, her love of books, her laughter, her love. She will be sorely missed by so many.

Audrey was predeceased by her parents, Ruth and Sam Sandler, her uncle Teddy Lazarus, and her close first cousin Alan Kane. She is survived by: her loving husband, David Matisoff, to whom she was married to for 49 years (together for 51 years!); her children, Stacey Cloud and Craig Matisoff; her son and daughter-in-law, Ryan Cloud and Amy Matisoff; her grandchildren, Russell, Douglas, and Malcolm Cloud, and Eli Matisoff; her sister, Elyse Nissim, and brother-in-law, Jack Nissim; her nieces and nephews, Sheila Nissim, Michael Cohen, and Sam Cohen, Jesse Nissim, Gretchen Purser, Everett and Zinnia Purser-Nissim; her aunt and uncle, Phyllis and Herb Kane; her cousins, Julie Kane, John Ortiz, Cydney Ortiz, Cara Ortiz, Eva Fellows, Justin Kane, and Rebecca Kane.

Audrey was a long-term member of Congregation Kehilat Israel in Lansing, Michigan. A virtual shiva led by Rabbi Rachel Weiss and Cantor Howard Friedland of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois was held on November 12th with hundreds of people in attendance. Attendees included members of both congregations, as well as extended family, friends, and colleagues; the gathering represented both the breadth and depth of Audrey’s beloved community.

Donations can be made in Audrey’s honor to the Lansing Area AIDS Network ( In the words of LAAN’s Executive Director, Jake Distel, who worked closely with Audrey for eighteen years, “Upon her retirement Audrey was honoured with the 2017 Red Ribbon Award which was subsequently renamed the Audrey Hope Matisoff Legacy Award.” It is given annually in her honor.

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Peter Heymann

November 24, 2020

Lois and I were so saddened to hear of Audrey's passing. We have such wonderful, special memories of 42 years ago when we all met, the Matisoffs, the Tabrys and the Heymanns, when the future Moms were very, very pregnant. What a special time as we were all getting ready for parenthood!
Audrey was one of those special people that you can't think about, no matter how many years go by, without smiling! Her smile and her laugh were engaging.
I see how meaningful and purposeful Audrey's professional life has surprises there.
We wish Dave and "the kids" all the best.
Peter & Lois Heymann
Nyack, NY

Mary Laing

November 23, 2020

Audrey was an extremely dedicated and caring professional. She was so kind and helpful to students at the Women's Resource Center at LCC. We were not just coworkers, but Audrey was a cherished friend as well. Her sense of humor was delightful, as was her laughter. Getting together with Audrey, on any occasion, always felt so special.

Above all, Audrey was very dedicated to her family. As a family, everyone was always so welcoming, and I was honored to share many family events with them. Audrey is someone I will always remember fondly for her kindness, her compassion and her warmth. I'll also remember the laughs and good times we shared. She was truly an exceptional person.

My condolences to David, Stacey and Craig and their families.

Sue Kamens

November 22, 2020

I remember Audrey as a gracious, caring person and was so sad to read that death came at age 68. In our last conversation, she spoke of a fall which was causing memory issues.

The interactions of our families over the years hold special memories....both of you trusting Lauren to care for Stacey and Craig, your sharing in special events in Alison’s life and our family sharing in the celebration of Stacey’s bat mitzvah.

The death of a life partner is such a profound loss, in some ways like an amputation. My heart is with you, David, also with Stacey and Craig and the four grandchildren who have lost a mother and grandmother.

With heartfelt sympathy, Sue Kamens

Marc Smyth

November 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Audrey when she was at the Women’s Resource Center at LCC. I knew her as a dedicated professional, a kind and caring colleague and a beautiful soul. She was always positive and made time to interact with students and staff in a way that would make a difference. The world was a better place because of Audrey. My deepest condolences to her family.

Marc Smyth

Cathy Tucker

November 22, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Audrey's passing. I got to know her as an extremely involved mom as her delightful son was a long time classmate of my daughter. I also appreciated her support as a mom to her wonderful daughter Stacy, one of my favorite students. I always enjoyed running into her at Schuler's and having long chats to catch up. Her devotion to the AIDS network with which she worked was so impressive, and her family can always take pride in her legacy of volunteerism and of loving parent. Her children are truly proof of her parental devotion.

Melissa Blood

November 19, 2020

I loved listening to Audrey share stories about her family. I felt like I knew them just because of how vivid her stories were. Her eyes sparkled when she spoke of them. I loved working with her, talking with her and sharing with her. She was an amazing soul. She is definitely missed by all of us here at LAAN. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

All My Love,

Melissa Blood (and Ally)

Barbara Hyatt

November 19, 2020

I remember Audrey from the start of Hospice of Lansing. I also knew her husband from taking care of my son. Wonderful people.

Dave I am so sorry to hear this. I am sure my Duane will great her and welcome her with open arms. God be with you. Richard and Barb Hyatt.

Yvette Collins

November 13, 2020

Audrey was such a wonderful soul. She and I belonged to the same book club group (she actually belonged to more than one as I recall) and I always appreciated her insights about what we read. More important than that though, I really enjoyed getting to know more about her. I will always remember her as having a great love of community. As a book club member I can attest that she was a voracious reader. I envied her ability to read as much as she did. We were sad to lose her as a member of our book club group as some of her health issues created difficulties for her, then, but I always thought we might have a future time to catch up. I am sorry that that won’t happen now. My condolences to Audrey’s family.


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