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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Ruth Ann "Boots" LaPerriere

May 10, 1933January 11, 2020
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Ruth Ann LaPerriere May 10, 1933 – January 11, 2020 Ruth “Boots” Ann LaPerriere, of East Lansing, MI passed away peacefully into eternal life on January 11, 2020 at the age of 86. Boots was born in Marinette, Wisconsin on May 10, 1933.

She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Helen Behnke, and Sister Shirley Larson. Boots was a lifelong dedicated parishioner and served on several committees at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing. Boots received her business degree from Green Bay Badger Business School in 1952 and went to work at the Marathon Paper Mill in Menominee, Michigan. She met the love of her life, Paul LaPerriere, and they were married on July 9, 1955. They moved to East Lansing where she went to work at Oldsmobile while Paul earned his bachelor degree at Michigan State. Boots was a Spartan through and through and followed Spartan football, basketball, and hockey being a season ticket holder for over 40 years, attending most every game. Never known for idles hands, Boots dedicated the next 10 years of her life working in the MSU athletic ticket office after raising her 3 boys before retiring.

Boots and Paul travelled the world together well into her late 70’s. They also travelled the United States from coast to coast, including Hawaii and Alaska with friends and family. Boots was an elite seamstress, quilter, homemaker, and was very talented with needlepoint. She hand quilted all of her quilts and each were given away to those she loved. One of her favorite places to vacation was Sanibel Island, Florida where she and Paul visited annually, always hosting family and friends for the last 40 years. She especially cherished having her grandchildren share the experience of Sanibel Island with her. Boots also spent many visits to The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island and shared her love for the Island by hosting her family many times.

She loved inviting friends into her home and hosting parties, especially after an MSU victory! She was known as a second mom to many of her sons’ friends. She was a mother to her 3 daughters-in-law and a matriarch of the LaPerriere family.

Boots will be missed dearly by her husband of nearly 65 years. Boots lived life to the fullest and loved all who crossed her path. Go Green, Go White! She is survived by her husband Paul LaPerriere; sons, Stephan (Carol) LaPerriere of Walled Lake, MI, Gary (Wendi) LaPerriere of Sanford, ME, and Todd (Lori) LaPerriere of Mason, MI; Sister, Helen “Pidgey” (Joe) Brisinte of Marinette, WI; Grandchildren, Alex and Will LaPerriere of Sanford, ME and Madison and Ethan LaPerriere of Mason, MI.

The family would also like to recognize her caregiver Raya. Raya became a friend to Boots and Paul who provided the care that families pray for. Raya was compassionate, loving, and became family to us all. Thank you Raya for loving Boots as much as we do.

A Memorial will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 5pm at the Gorsline Runciman East Lansing Chapel, with visitation from 3pm to 5pm. A celebration of life will follow at Coral Gables.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association in memory of Boots.

  • DONATIONS

  • American Heart Association
  • American Diabetes Association

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 19, 2020

Memories

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Chris Thomson

January 17, 2020

To Paul and family,
Our thoughts are with you at this time. I enjoyed many a Y day with you both and loved running into you at basketball games. Our Maui Invitational trips were a particular joy. Boots was a wonderful lady and friend.
Chris Thomson and Jim McCombs

Sean Joyce

January 16, 2020

Growing up on Colony Drive in the 1960s and 1970s with the LaPerrieres was awesome. Boots always welcomed all of us into her house. Our childhood was so much better because of the loving and caring parents on our street. I will always remember her fondness for MSU, flags, banners, apparel, travel to away games - She was definitely a "Spartan for Life."

"He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."
Proverbs 11:25

Diane "Goodrich" Fitzgerald

January 15, 2020

Dear Paul, Steve, Gary & Todd,
Please accept our sympathy and love . I will always remember the wonderful times our families had together, whether up north along the lake or down in East Lansing. I don't believe there was ever a group of friends who laughed so much together over the years and produced so many stories for their children to hear. I always felt welcomed by Boots and Paul and will miss Boots' beautiful smile.
Love to you, Diane and Peter.

john greenslit

January 15, 2020

LaPerriere Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of "Boots". Her smiles brightened each day, as our Spartan paths crossed frequently. Her faith, family and friendship were always a role model of pride, dignity and compassion. She will be missed, Go Green.
John/Pat Greenslit
Lansing.

Carole Davis

January 15, 2020

A wonderful, caring and fun loving lady. We will miss her.
Neighbors, Carole and Bob Davis

Robert Stehlin

January 14, 2020

🙏R. I. P. “BOOTS”🙏 💚GO GREEN! GO WHITE! GO SPARTANS!💚

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JILL Mcquinn

January 14, 2020

Boots was truely a beautiful person. Growing up across the street from the LaPerrieres, she was always interested in what was going on in your life no matter your age. Some of my fondest memories are of heading across the street after a football game for a party, or dropping by when home for a holiday to say hello. You were always welcomed with open arms. So glad I was able to briefly visit with her last fall while she was sitting on her front porch with Carol enjoying the sun shine. In spite of her ailments I was greeted with her radiant smile and of course as always open arms. She will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Holly Maes

January 14, 2020

I always loved visiting Boots and Paul when I was a young child in the 60's. She was a loving aunt who had a beautiful home and treated us girls like queens when we visited. I loved going to her home, where she always made us feel like we were part of t home and family. What a wonderful aunt!
Holly Maes (Shirley's youngest daughter)

Patrick Frantz

January 13, 2020

Boots was our next door neighbor growing up. She and Paul were always a great presence in our neighborhood. Definitely a true Spartan- I will always remember how proud she was to show us kids the MSU toilet seat they added in their guest bathroom 👍

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Biography

Ruth Ann LaPerriere
May 10, 1933 – January 11, 2020
Ruth “Boots” Ann LaPerriere, of East Lansing, MI passed away peacefully into eternal life on January 11, 2020 at the age of 86. Boots was born in Marinette, Wisconsin on May 10, 1933. She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Helen Behnke, and Sister Shirley Larson. Boots was a lifelong dedicated parishioner and served on several committees at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing.
Boots received her business degree from Green Bay Badger Business School in 1952 and went to work at the Marathon Paper Mill in Menominee, Michigan. She met the love of her life, Paul LaPerriere, and they were married on July 9, 1955. They moved to East Lansing where she went to work at Oldsmobile while Paul earned his bachelor degree at Michigan State. Boots was a Spartan through and through and followed Spartan football, basketball, and hockey being a season ticket holder for over 40 years, attending most every game. Never known for idles hands, Boots dedicated the next 10 years of her life working in the MSU athletic ticket office after raising her 3 boys before retiring. Boots and Paul travelled the world together well into her late 70’s. They also travelled the United States from coast to coast, including Hawaii and Alaska with friends and family. Boots was an elite seamstress, quilter, homemaker, and was very talented with needlepoint. She hand quilted all of her quilts and each were given away to those she loved. One of her favorite places to vacation was Sanibel Island, Florida where she and Paul visited annually, always hosting family and friends for the last 40 years. She especially cherished having her grandchildren share the experience of Sanibel Island with her. Boots also spent many visits to The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island and shared her love for the Island by hosting her family many times. She loved inviting friends into her home and hosting parties, especially after an MSU victory! She was known as a second mom to many of her sons’ friends