Marjorie Jane Thompson Tulinsky

May 31, 1928October 21, 2011

Marjorie Jane (Thompson) Tulinsky East Lansing

Age 83, passed away at the Burcham Hills Retirement Community on October 21, 2011. Preceded in death by her son William, she is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Alexander Tulinsky; her sons Thomas, Alexander, and John; a granddaughter Grace; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Born May 31, 1928 in Royal Oak, Michigan, during her childhood she also lived in California and New Jersey. She attended Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating in 1950 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in music. Music was her first love; her instrument was voice, and she was a soprano. After college she worked for G. Schirmer, the New York sheet music publisher, and for Educational Testing Service in Princeton. In 1955 she married and ten years later the family moved to the Lansing area when her husband accepted a position at Michigan State University. She attended River Terrace Church in East Lansing and participated in many church activities there. Throughout her life she enjoyed music and gardening. Marjorie will be remembered by her family and many friends as much for her lively, engaging conversation as for her warmth and kindness, and will be greatly missed by all.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m.Thursday, October 27, at River Terrace Church, 1509 River Terrace Dr., East Lansing. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River, East Lansing. Memorial contributions may be made to DevCorps International, 1402 Stillman Rd, Mason, MI 48854 in memory of Marjorie. On line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 26, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, October 27, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 27, 2011

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thomas tulinsky

October 27, 2011

Remembrance given at Funeral Service

Marjorie Tulinsky my mother loved and was loved by many people.
She was a very giving person.
My dad even made a scrapbook for her on her 70th birthday called 'Everyone loves marge'
For example- she took on job of giving their dog affection. He was an outdoor dog, stayed in pen in backyard—he developed a problem of scratching himself too much, to the point were he was rubbing himself raw. The vet said he probably needed more human contact, affection. So my mom took over the job of loving him, taking him out on runs each day and petting him. He smelled a lot so she would put a blanket over him and rub him through it. The scratching problem went away.
One of the hardest things about moving to Burcham Hills for her was giving up their dog, Amber. He went to a good home but she missed him a lot.
She raised 4 boys. We ran around the house like wild Indians – jumping up and down on the sofa and their queen bed like trampolines.
She was good mother , helping us, nursing us , encouraging us, catering to our food whims , making 4 lunches each school day
She was not lazy—when the kids took less time she did not sit around watching daytime TV- always working on something – garden, reading Christian books, cleaning, cooking
Maybe she should have taken more time for fun and relaxation for herself
She liked sophisticated and exotic foods- limited by dads taste- though in recent years she got to try more
I remember she liked avocados, artichokes, giblets when rest of family thought they were yucky
She was strong- her strength was usually hidden but showed at times- she demanded change from my dad at some crucial times and got it- and it made him a better person
She loved music and art –she had an intellectual bent. After college she worked for NY publishing houses and Educational Testing Service (who do the SAT test)
In Music, she was a soprano and took 10 years of voice lessons, had a music minor in college.
She had sophisticated taste in music, liking opera, Broadway musicals, classical instrumental music
I remember many times hearing the Texaco Met opera on Saturdays and WKAR's afternoon Broadway shows
She adapted to my dad's tastes too—she learned to fish and pilot his boat.
She and my dad loved the Jan Karen/Mitford books , my dad would read them to her
She worked hard on Gardening and had many beautiful flowers growing in our yard, always battling against the weeds that grow so quickly

These are some glimpses of my mother's life, a good life that blessed many people.