Carol Lappin Lunsted

September 7, 1945July 15, 2021

Carol Joy Lappin Lunsted passed away on July 15, 2021 at the age of 75. Carol was born on September 7, 1945 in Battle Creek, MI to Samuel E. Lappin and Helen Roden Lappin. She is survived by her daughters, Erin Lunsted and Andrea (Tyler) Groskopf; grandson, Jacob Donald Groskopf; sister, Margie Mellen; brother, Alan (Gail) Lappin, as well as many other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Phillip Lunsted.

Carol graduated from Dondero High School in Royal Oak, MI in 1963 and Michigan State University in 1967 with a degree in Communication Arts. She earned three Master’s Degrees from Michigan State University as well. Carol worked as a speech and language pathologist in nursing homes and schools throughout mid-Michigan. She was a lifetime member of the American and Michigan Speech and Hearing Associations and loved helping people during her career.

Carol enjoyed antiquing, gardening, and living on the lake. She was a talented artist who could paint, sculpt, and decorate with ease. Throughout her life, Carol was a devoted mother and later a grandmother to Jacob. She was genuine, kind, attentive, smart, and witty. Carol was an active member of the Parkinson’s exercise classes at the MAC and fought Parkinson’s disease with determination and courage.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Avenue. Visitation will be held from 12-1 pm prior to the service at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Making the Turn Against Parkinson’s by using the link or by mail 1861 Rowley Road, Williamston, MI 48895. To leave a memory, photo or condolence for the family please visit

Kindly make note that Carol's services will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing located in downtown Lansing.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, July 22, 2021


  • Catered Reception

    Thursday, July 22, 2021


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Catherine Howery

July 22, 2021

On behalf of the Seymour family, you have my deepest sympathy. I was so hoping to visit with your Mom again. She was so welcoming and kind. Sharon and I felt almost like she and the house were embracing us. Thank you so much for loving the old homestead. You have my number. Please call me if you need anything or have questions about the house.

Bob Goodine

July 22, 2021

It was my great pleasure to get to know both Don and Carol. I will miss her wonderful insights, wit, humor and laughter. I am so sorry for the families loss. Carol chartered her own course in life with fearless determination and great courage. She is a role model for family and friends. Hers was a life well lived.

Brian Preston

July 19, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Carol's passing. We were classmates at Dondero High School where I thought of her as a dear friend. I have many fond memories of chats we shared over lunch or in classes together. My parents were born and raised in Battle Creek, but I never knew Carol was born there too. My condolences to all of you for whom she was a dear family member, mother and grandmother.