Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Roberta Glaser Carlsen

November 26, 1946October 29, 2019

On October 29, 2019, Roberta Glaser (Kley) Carlsen passed away in a tragic motor vehicle accident. Roberta grew up in Connersville, Indiana and later attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and further continued her studies overseas at the University of Vienna in Austria. She earned her doctorate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Roberta was married to Larry Carlsen who also passed away in the same motor vehicle accident. While their years together as a married couple were limited, they were still able to travel and enjoy many sights together. Roberta volunteered and joined the Peace Corps with a posting in Cameroon, West Africa. While teaching and becoming an established school administrator, she moved back to the United States and established roots in both Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. She accomplished decades of commitment to public school administration and was well respected in her field amongst her peers. She enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, entertaining, animal life- especially cats, quilting and exploring the world. Roberta spoke close to five languages fluently and had visited over 100 countries during her travels and adventures. Roberta retired and was living in East Lansing, Michigan at the time of her passing. Friends and family describe her as outgoing, compassionate, cultured, intelligent, devoted, caring and thoughtful. Roberta loved to live life to the fullest. Not only did she cherish time spent with family and friends but she also made a positive impact on many people she never knew through her volunteerism. Additionally, she made a difference in the political realm in many ways, specifically noting that she was indeed a pioneer for women’s rights. Whether she was entertaining family or friends or traveling around the world or volunteering for a good cause, she was doing it with an extraordinary zest for life. Roberta listed on her Facebook profile under the work category: RETIRED AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT! She was preceded in death by husband Ray Kley, her mother and father and her grandmother Loraine Offutt. She is survived by daughter Catherine Mimbimi Duckett, son Philip (Vellycya) Mimbimi, grandchildren Jacquelyn Duckett, AJ Mimbimi, Xzanders Mimbimi, Chleopatra Mimbimi, Paquita Mimbimi, and Roberta’s beloved brother John (Barbara) Avery as well as many more relatives and friends. A memorial service to celebrate Roberta’s life has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019 at The Presbyterian Church of Okemos, 2258 Bennett Rd, Okemos, MI 48864. Memorial contributions in Roberta’s name can be sent to The Presbyterian Church (address above) or the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI 48906 We are heartbroken in grief but pray that the pain of missing Roberta will be a beautiful reminder of the joy of loving her. “A blessed and spirited soul has ascended into the heavens above, may her light inspire positive love to all unconditionally.”


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 8, 2019


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Connir Donovan

November 10, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Roberta as a member of the Clinton County Curriculum Council. Roberta was passionate about education and was always looking for ways to enhance student's school experiences. She was compassionate, thoughtful and a skilled leader. Many students and teachers benefited from her wisdom & knowledge.
My condolences to her family and friends.

Sherry Wilson

November 9, 2019

We met as 9th graders and I was one of her besties in high school. We went to super club before ballgames and had sleepovers. We sold lightbulbs and peanuts so we senior Girl Scouts could go to the Worlds Fair in 1964. We have connected over the years at her home in E. Lansing, at the beach timeshare in HHI, and at our home in central Ohio. We met Roberta and Larry in E. Lansing for lunch in 2018 and in HHI January 2019 for dinner. I have now lived in S.C. for 14 years so I was really excited when they bought a home in HHI. Favorite memories....lots of giggling with friends in high school and my wedding where she was maid of honor (50 years ago).

Fowlerville Firefighters Association

November 7, 2019

We Would Like To Extend Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences On The Loss Of What Is Apparent To Have Been Such A Beautiful Couple. May You Find Peace In Your Time Of Mourning And God Bless This Family. Our Prayers Are With You!
-Fowlerville Firefighters

Terri Wilcox

November 7, 2019

Roberta was a very special lady. Roberta had a way of always making you feel special. I will miss seeing her comments on my posts, and her following her many travels. RIP Roberta, you are loved and I will miss you. Terri

Michelle Ferguson

November 6, 2019

I will miss you Roberta & Larry! You two were the only neighbors that showed up in your living room window to wave at me and my dogs.
Michelle, Ginger Ru & Macey.

Penny Hustins

November 6, 2019

As are many of you, I am devastated, with the news of Roberta & Larry's death. I don't know what happened to cause this accident so early in the morning. Like many of you, I will miss my close friendship with Roberta and Larry, as I was the person who introduced them, on a long Voyage. After 66 days, we all left the Ship more knowledgable and as closer friends. Roberta & Larry visited me, at my home, in Nova Scotia and Roberta spent a fabulous week with me in Sarasota. We had FUN ... Laughing, talking, eating & drinking ... ROBERTA & I ... Had FUN ...

Jayne and Bob Zucker

November 5, 2019

We send our heartfelt and deepest sympathy in the tragic loss of Roberta and Larry. Praying for God's peace and grace to enfold your family during this most difficult time. We will miss seeing them on Brewton Court in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Jayne & Bob Zucker
2 Brewton Court
Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Jan Cary

November 5, 2019

We were lucky to have Roberta and Larry live on our small street in Indigo Run, Hilton Head, SC and will sure miss our good neighbors.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families at this difficult time.

Jan and Jim Cary

Denise Clark

November 4, 2019

I first met Roberta through Larry and we became more than just professional associates. When my daughter-in-law was suffering through cancer treatments, Roberta donated a few wigs to Clarissa even though they had never even met. She provided many words of encouragement to me during that trying time. I knew her to be a very generous, caring, person and I will miss our conversations. Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain. May the Lord grant His Peace to her family and loved ones.