Rodger Thomas Ederer

June 14, 1930March 15, 2013
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Born June 14, 1930 in Akron, Ohio to William John and Elizabeth (Bessie) Souverain Ederer, died on March 15, 2013. Rodger was a graduate of the University of Akron, served in the United States Army in Japan, and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He practiced law in the Lansing area from 1957 until retirement in 1998. He represented investor-owned gas, electric, and telephone companies, and oil and gas companies. He was a shareholder in the firm now known as The Loomis Group. Rodger was also a director of the Upper Peninsula Power Company, C.C.S. Systems, Inc., and Impressions 5 Musuem. He traveled to India, Iceland, Europe, East Africa, Central America, and Brazil. Historical, religious, and scientific texts influenced his inquiring mind. Rodger was a member of the Okemos Community Church. Rodger never ran out of things to do, and always wanted to learn something new. After practicing law for 40 years, Rodger began to build elegant furniture, including cabinets, dressers, tables, and a sofa. He also made beautiful hand-turned wooden bowls. He greatly enjoyed volunteering with the Capital Area Literacy Coalition in his retirement, and appreciated meeting individuals new to our country. Rodger was a long-time supporter of fine art and environmental groups. In recent years he took up life drawing, enjoying new friends and a new pastime. New York City, Chicago, and New Orleans were favorite cities to visit and explore. He is survived by his lovely family: wife Virginia, son Eric, and daughter Shana. Other survivors include brother Alan E. Ederer of Akron, Ohio; nieces Jill (Andy) Pressler, Janice Ederer, Erin Bethea, Patti DeMaio; nephews David (Helen) Ederer, Jack (Kim) Ederer, Jay Ederer, Robert (Kim) Ederer, Todd (Cindy) Ederer; brother-in-law, Joseph Rueth; cousins, Roseland and Mary Lou Ederer; and members of the next generation. Special in-laws include Carol and Rick Morrison of Navarre, Florida; Campbell and Connie Fowler of Great Falls, Montana; and Joyce and son Dean Schankin of Tampa, Florida. Rodger was predeceased by brothers Bill, James, and Howard Ederer; sisters, Helen and Dorothy Ederer; nieces Leslie Fass and Gretchen Rueth and sister-in-laws, Dorothy Jean Ederer, Inez Ederer and Mary Ann Ederer and cousin, Ruth Ederer. In addition to a supportive and caring family, Rodger had many good friends, and was especially grateful for the intellectual and spiritual companionship of Dr. K.S. Sripada Raju. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, March 21, 4 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes,1730 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing with Dr. Robert Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-4 pm and a reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harris Nature Center Foundation, 3998 Van Atta Road, Okemos, MI 48864, or the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, 1028 East Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48906-5518. Online condolences may be made to


  • Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Robert Ederer

March 22, 2013

He will be missed by all of us remaining.

Robert Ederer

March 22, 2013

I really will miss him, Virginia Eric and Shana. He said once that my father was the kindest of the boys but I beg to differ I felt he was. I remember years ago how he hated horses but looked after your horses when he had to since he knew you loved them. I remember him joking about the horses so I know this to be true. The mark of a loving father is that he will do what he does not want to do because he loves his children. The mark of a loving husband is that he stood with the same woman through a long lifetime that is so rare. He was a good looking man and successful he was there by your side Virginia because that is where he wanted to be. He was the one along with you Virginia, who reached out again and again to my sisters. I do so wish I could of been there today, I lit a candle in his memory today and my world is a little smaller with the thought of my wonderful uncle not being around. You are all in my thoughts today.

Uma Aggarwal

March 21, 2013

Dear Eric, Shana and Virginia: We have such wonderful memories of Roger and your family words cannot describe. If there is a true friendship then you and your family stands for it. We will miss Roger. May he rest in peace.

Tina Reddy

March 21, 2013

Dear Shana, Eric and Mrs. Ederer,
I have such wonderful memories of my childhood with your family. We spent every other day in kindergarten at your house alternating with mine. I grew up spending many weekends, holidays and sleepovers at the Ederers and these are memories that I will always cherish: watching Eric play Dungeons and Dragons, joking around with Mr. Ederer and hanging out in the basement for hours with Shana. Your Dad was a kind, warm and generous person. I looked up to him for his intellect and wonderful sense of humor. My parents have turned to your family for help and support over the past 30 years and you have always been there. We love you so much. Thank you for letting me speak with him in the hospital. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful man.

March 21, 2013

Dear Aunt Virginia, Eric and Shana, Sending love and sympathy on the loss of Uncle Rodger. Hoping memories help sustain all of you during this difficult time.
Todd, Cindy, Wiley, Grant and Grace

Renu Paul

March 20, 2013

Dear Eric and Shana: From India comes heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your beloved father, Mr. Ederer. Even though I did not know him personally, but through both of you, I know he was a humanitarian who cared for the world and those in it. Please convey my sympathies to your mother and the rest of the Ederer family. Shlomo wu shyno (Syriac translation: Peace and tranquility), Renu, INDIA

March 19, 2013

Dear Eric, Shana and Virgina: I was so sorry to read about the death of your Dad and husband. While I did not know him, he must have been a great Dad and husband to have such a nice family. My sympathy goes out to all three of you. Mrs. Dorothy Thomas ( Edgewood School)

March 19, 2013

I remember Mr. Ederer when he practised law before the Michigan Public Servicer Commission. I was a clerk in the Transportation Division. He had a great sense of humor. I was newly married and he came in to tell me if I ever got a divorce he wanted to represent me. When I asked him who would get the furniture and other property, he said "Oh, the attorney gets everything". Last month, we were married 50 years. Thank you Mr. Ederer, you knew how to keep married couples together.

My condolences to the family.

Sharon Davis Lantz, Leslie, Michigan

March 19, 2013

Dear Virginia,I am sending warm thoughts to you and want you to know that I am sorry for your loss. i won't forget Roger and am glad I saw him last summer in the bookstore.Raising you in prayer.Please express my thoughts to Eric and Shana. Fondly,Diane Bennett/Victor,NY

March 18, 2013

Gosh, we are going to miss our neighbor across the street. I loved seeing Rodger in his pjs and robe shuffling out to get the paper, teasing me when I was outside working, putting up his huge, old-fashioned Christmas tree lights on his prize tree in their front yard...He always made me smile. I'm sure TJ will be happy to see him again. xo