OBITUARY

Samuel P DeRose

March 3, 1921March 31, 2013
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Samuel Paul DeRose East Lansing, Michigan

Age 92, passed away on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Sam attended Michigan State College, served in World War II, and returned home to run the family business, State Beverage Company/DeRose Distributing from 1939-1990. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Pasqualina; siblings, Frank, Edith, Mike, Jane and her husband Al; and daughter-in-law, Patti. Sam was married to the love of his life, Janet DeRose (Varano) for 49 years until her passing in 1997. Surviving are his siblings, Mary, Virginia, Paul (Ann), and sister-in-law, Pat. Sam was a man who loved his family. He is also survived by his two children, Paula Jane (Jerry) and Guy Samuel; six grandchildren, Lisa (Jeremy), Michael (Melanie), Samantha, Matthew (Rachel), Kris, and Alex; and five great-grandchildren, Samuel, Ella, Jackson, Patricia, and Lincoln. He was a hard-working man who devoted his time to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His family will receive visitors on Thursday, April 4 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing with the Rosary from 7:00 – 7:20 p.m. His life will be remembered and celebrated Friday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing with the Rev. Mark Inglot officiating. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions can be made in Sam’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 310 N. Main, Ste 100, Chelsea, MI 48118. On line condolences may be made at www.grlansing.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Rosary Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, April 5, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, April 5, 2013
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Martha

April 9, 2013

Paula, Guy and DeRose and Spagnulo Families,
Though saddened by the passing of your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he was blessed with a long and fulfilling life. May he rest in peace. God Bless.
Martha, Chuck, Alex and Abby Slager

Bob Varano

April 9, 2013

Guy and Paula:
I'm so sorry I missed the funeral. I didn't hear about it until the day of the funeral. I have a lot of fond memories of our times together. My favorite was attending the Spartan bash with him after their undefeated season in 1966.
Love,
Bob varano

Bob Varano

April 9, 2013

Guy and Paula:
I was in Meadville the day of the funeral getting my Mother's house ready for sale when I heard about Uncle Sam.
I feel bad I missed the funeral. I have a lot of fond memories of our time together. He was the first of my relatives that always treated me as an adult.
Let me know how I can get in touch with you.
Love,
Bob

Ken Galvin

April 8, 2013

Paula and Guy: Please accept the Galvin family's deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. Our thoughts are with you.

Ken and Family.

Patricia

April 8, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.

Jim DeRose

April 6, 2013

Uncle Sam will be dearly missed and he will now have the chance after many years to be reunited with his wife Janet, as well as with his brothers Mike and Frank, his sisters Edith and Jane, his brother-in-law Alfred, his daughter-in-law Patty, and his parents Pasqualina and Francesco.

We send our sincere condolences to his children and grandchildren and all our other cousins back in the Lansing area.

Jim and Véronik DeRose, Zurich area, Switzerland

April 4, 2013

Sam was a very congenial man that I knew through our wives. Billy Conn, Tucson, AZ

April 4, 2013

Sam will be greatly missed. My family always felt very lucky that he and Janet cames into our lives through his sister Jane. The Spagnuolo family's thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jane Fabiano-Turner

April 4, 2013

Paula, Guy and families,

So sorry to hear of your loss. May you have comfort in the thought that he is with his beloved Janet now.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jane Fabiano-Turner
Rockford, MI

Frank & Renee Spagnuolo

April 3, 2013

Sam was a warm hearted soul, we will miss him.I am sure my dad (Alfred) and Jane will be looking for him in Heaven.