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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Fe Anselmo

August 19, 1928July 20, 2020
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Growing up as the fourth child in a family of nine daughters, Fe was the adventurous one. Whether it was climbing out onto the chicken coop, or leaving her family and birthplace for a new country, or learning how to swim in her mid-50’s, she always sought and welcomed a challenge. And now, Fe has earned her rest.

Fe Gaddi Anselmo passed away on July 20, 2020 at the age of 91. She was born in Manila, Philippines to Ramon and Emilia Gaddi. She married her high school sweetheart, Ricardo Anselmo, in 1958, with whom she raised a family and celebrated 56 years of marriage.

Fe held education in utmost regard. After graduating from Torres High School, she attended Philippine Normal College (Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education), followed by the University of Santo Tomas (Bachelor’s in Education). She then left the Philippines to attend Michigan State University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Counseling. Finally, while raising four children (the youngest less than 1 year old), Fe earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She continued her dedication to education as a professor of psychology at Lansing Community College for 24 years.

Outside of lecturing and teaching, Fe enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing. She was a volunteer at the MSU Wharton Center and a proud, long-time member and past president of the Lansing Woman’s Club. Fe and Ric travelled the world, reaching every continent except Antarctica. She was a proud MSU Spartan and dedicated fan of MSU football and basketball. One of her happiest moments was meeting Sparty in person in her own room. Her greatest joy was spending time with family, truly celebrating the mantra of “the more, the merrier”.

Fe relished living life to its fullest — travelling, learning, experiencing. As she said at her last of countless lunches at the Chinese restaurant, “There’s so many things that I did, because I don’t keep quiet. Who wants to keep quiet? So, I’m always on the run.”

Surviving are her daughters, Felicia (Tim) Ryan, Patricia (Greg) Sovitch, and Stella (Mike) Boldrick; grandchildren, Nate Sovitch, Delaney Ryan, Abbey (Sawyer) Dawe, Carly Ryan, Olivia Sovitch, and Patrick Boldrick; great-grandson, Desmond Dawe; sister, Priscilla Paguio; and many nieces and nephews.

Fe was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ricardo Anselmo; son, Edward Anselmo; sisters, Ursulina Franco, Maria Theresita Gaddi, Violeta Viray, Zeneida Macalincag, and infant sisters.

Fe was blessed with endless love, care, and support from the staff of Vista Springs Timber Ridge, Dr. Enrique Lopez and staff, Grace Gallardo, and many more dear friends.

Memorial services for Fe Anselmo will begin with visitation at 10:00 am, followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 am on Monday, July 27, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Wharton Center Seats 4Kids.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 27, 2020

  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Monday, July 27, 2020

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  • Rite of Committal

    Monday, July 27, 2020

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Howard Armitage

July 29, 2020

We ware deeply saddened to learn of Fe's death. It was a great privilege for us to be part of the entire Anselmo family. We enjoyed a 40 year friendship with Fe and Ric after they took us under their wings at MSU in 1977. Fe was always a generous and caring friend, an amazing hostess, wonderful cook and an inspiring woman.

We had a wonderful visit with Fe and Ric, at our 50th wedding anniversary in May 2014 and, as always, they helped to make our day extra special.

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Felicia, Patricia, Stella and all of your families.

With love - Phyllis and Howard Armitage

Marcia Anselmo

July 26, 2020

Auntie Fe was so gracious, kind, and welcoming. My family of seven arrived from the Philippines in 1971 and moved in with her family of six. We eventually lived directly across the street from each other. My fondest memory is when she looked after me in the mornings when everyone was at school and work. Every day I would sneak a handful of candied peanuts from the jar on the kitchen table that she always kept full. I’d like to think that is why throughout my life, every time she would see me, without fail, she would say “come eat.” But in reality, she was that way with everyone - warm, inviting and generous.
Felicia, Pat and Stella - my deepest condolences to you and your families. She was a lovely lady and will truly be missed.

Barbara Anselmo

July 26, 2020

Fe and I were sisters-in-law of sorts. Her husband Ricardo and my husband Marciano were brothers. We lived within walking distance of Fe and Ric, and we often stopped by to chat with them. Fe was the consummate hostess, inviting us in whether we had announced ourselves or not. I enjoyed Fe tremendously and will remember her intelligence, her vibrance, her kindness and her wisdom. I send my deep condolences to her daughters and their families.

Joseph Warren

July 25, 2020

Fe was a colleague at LCC. She was always open to mentor and help her younger colleagues and I benefited from her sage advice many times. Her warm and generous personality was open to nurture and befriend all who crossed her path. She was a treasured friend and will be missed.

Dan Anselmo

July 25, 2020

Fe Villanueva Anselmo (FVA) and I were graced with Auntie Fe's (FGA's) wit and charm. FVA's fondest memories involve her many humorous discussions with FGA regarding many instances when other persons would confuse FVA for FGA, given that thousands of Lansing Community College students and alumni had taken FGA's psychology courses. Even health care workers confused one Fe Anselmo for the other because both were under the care of the same physician and dentist at one point.

My own memories of FGA involve her generosity and hospitality, first displayed when my parents, siblings, and I landed in Lansing in 1971; it continued through the years even when I became peripatetic late in life, moving from Lansing to the West Coast and from there to the East Coast.

FVA and I will miss Auntie Fe. We extend our sincerest sympathy to her children, grandchildren, and sons-in-law.

Cecille Glatz

July 22, 2020

Oh Tita Fe! She was small but SPUNKY! We will miss her! Condolences to your family.

Michael Wiggins

July 22, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God bless you all.

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