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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

JoEllen Marie Kazmierski

May 2, 1952August 10, 2019
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JoEllen M. Kazmierski was born in Detroit, Michigan to parents Joseph and Helen Grill on May 2, 1952 and died on August 10, 2019 at the age of 67.

She was the beloved wife of Philip F. Kazmierski. JoEllen was predeceased by her parents and sister, Marie Grill. JoEllen is survived by her husband, Philip; brother, Tom Grill (Karilyn); two children, Michael (Jessica) Kazmierski and Scott (Stephanie) Kazmierski; and grandchildren, Jackson, Alexander, and Chloe.

JoEllen worked for Okemos Public Schools for many years and retired in 2015. JoEllen enjoyed shopping with her friends and taking day trips. When JoEllen’s mom relocated to Okemos, it provided endless opportunities to spend quality time together. She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. JoEllen loved supporting Wayne State Football and University of Michigan athletics.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at St. Martha Parish, 1100 West Grand River Ave., Okemos with Father Michael Murray, Pastor, presiding.

The family will receive friends from 3:00-8:00 with a Rosary at 7:00 on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing and also one hour prior to the Mass at church.

Burial will be at East Lawn Memory Gardens in Okemos.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Michigan Chapter, 1471 E. Twelve Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071.

The family wishes to thank all of the people at The University of Michigan Hospital for the wonderful care and support they provided JoEllen and her family.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.greastlansing.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2019

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JoEllen Marie Kazmierski

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Frank DeWald

August 14, 2019

JoEllen was part of the lifeblood of Chippewa Middle School! She cared deeply about the kids but also about the staff. I couldn't imagine a day without talking to her as I passed by her desk (which I did often!). She is an indelible part of my memories there. I will always remember her spirit, her wit and her smile. She had a way of calming you down whenever you were upset about something (yes, I speak from personal experience!). Condolences to all of JoEllen's family. You wife/mother/grandmother was one in a million!

Bruce and Wendy Kushion

August 14, 2019

JoEllen was first a presence in our lives due to her dedication and care during her duties as secretary at Kinawa middle school. Our son Steve had a serious illness during seventh grade and missed a month of school. JoEllen was responsible for getting all his homework assignments and made it possible for him to keep up in school. She was wonderful! Later Steve and her son Scott became friends and football teammates , and Steve was in Scott’s wedding.
We will miss her.

Mary Passage

August 14, 2019

My heart breaks for Phil, Mike and Scott. Your wife/mother was a giant. I consider myself lucky to have encountered her. I know that she will be watching over us all and surely guiding the lives of Jackson, Alexander and Chloe. I will always look up to find her star shinning down.

Darlene Vagnozzi

August 14, 2019

I never worked in the same building as JoEllen, but talked almost daily on the phone with her and felt like we worked together. She was a wonderful person and a tremendous worker.

I will always remember the day she called me to say that she thought I was the perfect fit for a job opening in the district, and I should apply for it. It was so thoughtful of her and meant the world to me.

My heart goes out to her family. You've lost someone who was one in a million. May your memories sustain you during this time of grief.




Beth Meyer

August 13, 2019

We want to send our deepest condolences to Phil, Scott and Mike. Loved your wife and mother. She will be missed, thankful to call her a friend.

Beth Meyer

August 13, 2019

I worked with JoEllen for 19 years at Chippewa Middle School. She was not only a wonderful person to work for but a precious friend. We may not have seen each other everyday, but I knew she was always there for me. I will miss her terribly.
Rest In Peace my dear friend.

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