OBITUARY

Helen Claire Vlasin

Helen Claire Vlasin East Lansing

Formerly of Nebraska, beloved wife of Raymond D. Vlasin, loving mother to 5, mother-in-law to 3, Grandmother to 8, relative to many, and beloved of her friends. We will cherish her memory, mourn her passing, and celebrate her life and her varied and extensive legacies. A graduate of the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing at Lincoln, Nebraska and of Central Michigan University, and holding a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. She was a stellar vocational educational advocate and professional for the Eaton Intermediate School District and Lansing Community College. As a second career and primary avocation, Claire was a judge, preserver, designer and maker of quilts, and a helper, inspiration and friend to her quilter colleagues. She was a long-time member, reader and Eucharistic Minister at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where her life and loving contributions will be celebrated on December 4th at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home at 1730 East Grand River, East Lansing from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3rd, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Diocese of Lansing Outreach Mass,228 N. Walnut St, Lansing, MI 48933 or to the St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Rosary Altar Society, 955 Alton Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2012
  • Rosary Service Monday, December 3, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 4, 2012
REMEMBERING

Helen Claire Vlasin

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December 5, 2012

I met Claire at the Capitol City Quilt Guild but really didn't get to know her until we started to hold Scrap Fever meetings in her home. Talk about a gracious, talented woman! I will miss her greatly. Rest in peace, Claire.

Louise Mueller

December 4, 2012

Dr, V:
Mike Thomas sent me word with regard to the passing of Claire. Gary and I think of you often. Keep wanting to make a trip to MI one of these days.
Fondly,
Pat Friday

Julie Eddy

December 4, 2012

I worked with Claire at the EISD Career Center for many years. She was a caring, thoughtful person who always put the students first.

December 4, 2012

Dear Uncle Ray and Family:

Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with each of you. We remember Aunt Claire as a very caring and loving person. She will be greatly missed. May you find peace during this difficult time with the strength and love of family and friends.

Love,

Your sister Rose, Lorie & Jim Artz

Peter Kakela

December 3, 2012

Ray:

Mary and I are so sorry about Claire's passing. You two were such a strong couple. I know she will be greatly, greatly missed.

Peter Kakela

December 3, 2012

Dear Ray,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope you find peace and comfort in your memories of Claire. My deepest sympathy, Kristin Shelley

December 3, 2012

Ray:

We're very sorry to hear of Claire's passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

Scott and Karen Witter

Cathy Thomas

December 3, 2012

Although I had only known Claire about a year through quilting her beautiful quilt tops, it was easy to see that she was a woman of intelligence and dignity. It was an honor to have a part in her creative process and I will miss her quiet grace.

December 3, 2012

Our heartfelt sympathies to the Pritchard & Vlasin families. It's hard to believe that that we lost such a inspiration, joy, & gift to our family. We wish we could be there to hug & cry with all of you, we feel your pain. Much love, Rita, Tony & Luke Lauby - Colorado

December 2, 2012

Ray,
My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. I am blessed to have known Claire through her quilting. I will cherish the times that she taught quilting classes for me at Quilting Memories in Bath, Mi. Also, being in a small quilt with group with her. I have learned from her and enjoys her skills.

Dorothy Mills Shaw - St. Johns, Mi