Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Carolyn Louise Nowak

August 17, 1943February 6, 2020

Carol passed away on Thursday, February 6 at Stoneleigh Residence & Hospice of Lansing in Lansing, MI.

Carolyn Louise Luttrell Nowak was born August 17, 1943 in Greenville, MI to James and Helen (Arthur) Luttrell. They relocated from Greenville to Cheboygan in 1946. Carol graduated from Cheboygan High School in 1960. She worked for many doctors over the years doing medical billing and finished after 25 years working for North Country Community Mental Health in Petoskey in 2014.

Carol was preceded in death by her Mother in 1985, her Dad in 1987 and her sister Patricia in 2003.

She is survived by her son Jim Nowak (Cortney) of DeWitt; her grandsons Kaden Nowak, Matthew Craig, and Carter Craig; her brother James Luttrell (Joann) of Cheboygan; many nieces and nephews and dear friends, including Gail & Kirk, Sharon & Joe, Sandy & Tony and so many others who have helped so much during her struggles of the last year.

A Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 15 at BJ's Catering, Rental & Event Center in Gaylord, MI, to laugh and remember the good times. The gathering will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served around 12 noon. All who knew Carol are welcome to attend.

Please consider any donations to her favorite charity, The Ronald McDonald House of Mid Michigan, 121 S Holmes, Lansing, MI 48912, or to your local Salvation Army.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020


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Marlene Richards

February 12, 2020

I remember Carol fondly from the years we worked together at CMH. I especially remember her kindness and how much she dearly loved her family. She will be missed.

Jennifer Cassidy

February 12, 2020

I'm so sorry to know of her struggle and passing! Carol was a dear friend with whom I worked for several years. She was funny, honest, kind, and such a hard worker. Her quilts and charity work were as important to us as to her! And oh how she loved her son and grandchildren! I'll miss her so much and hope that the good memories of her become a comfort to her loved ones. XOXO

Ruth Mankowski

February 11, 2020

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of being around Carol while I was growing up; she and my mom were such dear friends, and I loved being around all of the laughter and fun when they got together! Your mom's loyalty and generous spirit were truly remarkable. After my mom passed away, I was fortunate to continue being part of Carol's circle, and she became a treasured and important part of my life. I will miss her sense of humor, her laughter, her frank and honest opinions, and her friendship. Sending my sincere condolences and my love to all of you. ❤️💔❤️

Sandra Bushard-Rizer

February 10, 2020

You will be missed, my friend. And thanks for the donuts.

David Baker

February 8, 2020

Dear Jim, Even though you and I never met, your Mom spoke of you so endearingly, not only as her beloved son, but as a major Tiger fan. I swapped out some of my stuff with your Mom a couple of years ago cause I wanted to pass it on to you through her. She repaired a pillow for me once and I swapped her something then even though she didn't ask for anything in return. I was really blessed when I bid on one of her Tiger throws she donated to a CMH function. Your Mom was a major trooper for North Country CMH, and helped me negotiate through our bureaucracy, as a social worker, I was lousy at. I loved her frankness, and her get up and go. She drove with her buddies to Detroit long after I gave up doing so. I am sorry for your loss of your Mom. This news on line stopped me in my tracks. Please accept my condolences now as I am living out of state. I would expect her memorial will bring some smiles and tears as you honor her. Sincerely, David Baker

Alexis Kaczynski

February 8, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. I was Carol’s co-worker for her whole career with Community Mental Health. She was a hard worker and we had a lot of laughs together. We all have many fond memories of her. I was very sorry to hear that her illness was so serious over the past year. Rest In Peace, Carol. We will miss you!

Jan Scott

February 8, 2020

with sincere sympathy. Carol was such a big help and mentor to me when the agency made the big change to IBM computers. She came over to Gaylord to spend the day and help me, and her first comment was, "Two computers! Do you have enough hands?" we had to input all the info again, no program to convert. Was sorry when the day ended, and always enjoyed visiting when we met up again. Rest in peace, dear friend.