OBITUARY

Lauren Kay Rosenthal Esq.

June 17, 1991April 30, 2021
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Lauren Kay Rosenthal, age 29, of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021. Lauren was born on June 17, 1991 in Lansing. Lauren’s passion for justice and strong desire to advocate for those marginalized in society led her to earn her Juris Doctor from Stetson College of Law and to return to her alma mater, Kalamazoo College, where she had obtained a degree in psychology, to become the Director of the Office of Gender Equity and Title IX Coordinator in July of 2020. She enjoyed articulately discussing issues relating to social justice and how to be more accepting and welcoming to all. While working mostly on behalf of younger people, she had many older friends and always found time for her favorite TV show, “The Golden Girls”. Her hobbies included drawing, calligraphy, reading voraciously, playing her violin, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. A friend to many, she will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Lauren was educated in the Okemos public schools, graduating from the high school in 2009, where she had played basketball, volleyball and soccer. She was a member of the school’s orchestras, the National Honor Society and may be the only alumnus to make first chair of second violins and score double figures in a basketball game. She received the Presidential Scholarship, Student Leadership award and the Xarifa Greenquist Memorial Psychology Department Award as a student at Kalamazoo while playing on the women’s basketball team and in the community orchestra. She received the Certificate of Concentration in Social Justice Advocacy, the Judge John M. Scheb Excellence in Appellate award and the Pride award at Stetson. In furtherance of her career in service to others, Lauren worked for the 8th District Court Young Adult Diversion Court in Kalamazoo, AmeriCorps VISTA, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Residential Opportunities Inc. as a direct care professional, interned at Gulfcoast Legal Services and served as a teaching assistant for several of her instructors.

Lauren is survived by her parents, Jeffrey Rosenthal and Kay Carroll; sister, Rachel (Luke) Wisniewski; maternal grandparents, Dorian and Shirley Carroll; paternal step-grandmother, Judith Rosenthal; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and her two cats Sonny and Tobi. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Richard Rosenthal and Ursula Striebel; uncle, Brad Lockwood; and “Aunt” Gail Striebel.

Visitation for Lauren will be held Thursday, May 6th, 4-8 PM at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing. Due to Covid-19, there is a limit of 25 visitors in the room at any given time.

A celebration of Lauren’s life will be held on Friday, May 7th at 11 AM, officiated by Pastor Matthew Smith of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lansing and held at the Williamston Free Methodist Church, 4400 N. Williamston Rd. in Williamston. A meal will be served afterwards. Lauren’s burial will be held at 2 PM at East Lawn Memory Gardens, 2400 Bennett Rd. in Okemos following the meal. A funeral procession will not occur and social distancing protocols will be in place at all times. Thank you to Pastor Matt and Williamston Free Methodist for your assistance in these difficult times.

Donations in behalf of Lauren’s memory may be made to Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries https://www.kzoogospel.org/ or NAMI Michigan https://namimi.org/

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” — Dr. Seuss

A livestream of the service can be viewed at http://facebook.com/laurenkay.rosenthal

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Haley Mangette

May 13, 2021

To the family,
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Lauren and I worked closely together throughout her time at K. Whenever we met, although we had an agenda to get to, most often we were scrambling to get to the last points in the few minutes we had after discussing life or ideas that were probably aspirational, but we were determined to get off the ground. She was an easy person to popcorn ideas with. Often a quick message of "Hey, do you have minute to run through an idea with me?" would turn into a 30 minute/hour long conversation of laughing or discussion of how we could do better for community we worked with.

Her memory, her passion, and her way of thinking critically about the issues many survivors face with forever inspire me. She is missed and so very much appreciated.

Obi Nnebedum

May 12, 2021

To the Family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Lauren was an incredible person who brought so much grace and light to those who knew her. I met her through the Kalamazoo College peer leader program and would always feel uplifted seeing her bright smile and energetic wave across campus. She enriched our lives and will be deeply missed.

Michele Glinn

May 9, 2021

Jeff and Kay, I am so very sorry. I have not seen her since our kids' school days but she was a beautiful bright young lady. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. All my love to you and your family. Michele Glinn.

Chelsey Kay Romer

May 9, 2021

My heart is shattered at the loss of such a beautiful soul. Like many of the other memories shared, Lauren was my first friend at Stetson. Lauren had the most sweet and genuine way of making everyone she met feel comfortable and accepted.

I am so thankful that we were not only able to be classmates and TA’s together, but to build a friendship in the midst. I will miss your laugh and your smile deeply. I’m so saddened that more people in this world won’t get to experience your light.

Although my heart is broken, I am so truly blessed to have gotten to spend the past three years building a friendship with you. It is a friendship I will forever cherish. Rest in sweet paradise Lauren, the world will be dimmer without

Kim Stoken/Ballard

May 8, 2021

Hello Kay, I seen that your daughter had passed and just wanted you to know how incredibly sorry I am. I did not know her, but reading all the beautiful memories, she was a wonderful person. Hugs and prayers to you and you family. Kim

Lindsey Campbell

May 7, 2021

I met Lauren through basketball at Kalamazoo College. She was two years ahead of me and had left the team by the time I joined, but she still was good friends with the team and we spent a good deal of time together.

She had such a wonderful energy, it was always a good time to be with her. When I heard about her passing the first thing I thought of was how much she loved a photo I posted on Facebook of my grandparents when they were celebrating their 51st anniversary. She just gushed over it the next time we were together. She found joy in so many little things.

Reading the tributes to her just highlights the impact she had on the lives around her. She will be so incredibly missed.

My condolences to her family and friends.

Courtney Gogliormella

May 7, 2021

My name is Courtney K. Gogliormella. I had the great honor of sharing space with Lauren in zoom meetings. For the brief time I got to know her she was honest to the core and a sweetheart. She cared about others. We were becoming friends through zoom sharing with each other. I was actually so looking forward to seeing her on there today and was so sad an shocked by the news that she has passed onto a peaceful and all knowing space. I will miss her. She mattered to me. Even though we didn’t meet in person we understood each other and zoom made it possible for us to connect. The last thing she said to me was... “Thank you for always sharing. Your always a inspiration to me.” She was never alone and is so loved by so many. I am so thankful to have met Lauren and her sweet soul through zoom. She will always hold a beautiful space in my heart for being who she is a beautiful light in the world!
Thank you for letting me know Lauren God. You are so good and have a great plan for all of us. I don’t understand why these things happen but I trust in your will. You needed her more then us. Thank you for taking care of her as you always have.
Lauren you are so loved and I will miss seeing you an hearing your voice! Sending you all love and light during this time... be reminded of how lucky you all were to have each other and remember to celebrate the amazing soul she is. May we treasure our time with each other!
Thank you for allowing me the space to share my memory of her with you all! 🙏🏻

Amy Traud (Sheufelt)

May 7, 2021

One of the things I admired most about Lauren was her genuine kindness. It didn't matter what group you were part of or where you were, you knew you had a friend in Lauren. She radiated joy and her laughter was infectious. It was hard to be in a bad mood around her. She always seemed to know what to say to lift you up.

I'm so thankful for her friendship, and I will always cherish my memories of playing soccer together, being goofy in our middle classes/sports, and any time we got to catch up in high school and beyond. Like so many others, I know my life has been changed for the better for having known Lauren.

Jeff, Kay, and Rachel -- my love and prayers are with you.

James Middleton

May 7, 2021

Lauren was a close friend and confidante who I was fortunate enough to meet during law school. She was a beautiful person in every way; her kindness, intelligence, compassion, and conviction radiated from her like a ray of sunshine that transcended space and time. Her humility and grace were eclipsed only by her genuine authenticity and dedication to helping others. She was a citizen of the world, and an ambassador of peace, understanding, and inclusion. But most of all, she was a true friend in the purest sense, and I will miss her smile, laughter, sage advice, sense of humor, and uncanny ability to brighten any occasion.

India Hoskins

May 7, 2021

To the family and many friends of Lauren, I offer my condolences.

LoRo was such a bright light in this world and a true servant leader. I’m grateful to have called her my friend and teammate.

Rest easy.

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