OBITUARY

Bernice "Bea" Kochanski

September 1, 1922June 6, 2019
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Bernice “Bea” Virginia Kochanski, extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and woman of faith, went to be with her Lord on June 6, 2019 at 96 years of age. Born September 1, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan, Bea was the daughter of Roman and Julia (Swicikowska) Klach. Bea joined her husband of 48 years, Frank Ven Kochanski, and son, Alan. She is survived by her son, Ron (Siiri); daughter-in-law, Ann; grandchildren, Michael (Meagan), Bryan, Nathan, Cara (CJ), and Andrew; and great grandchildren, Cameron, Connor, Mako, and Morris.

Throughout her life Bea demonstrated incredible selflessness, warmth, acceptance and devotion to her loved ones, refraining from unkind words, complaints, and judgement, while maintaining a strength of spirit, quiet depth, and steadfast service to those who knew her. Among her many talents were sewing and cooking, which she freely shared with others. Bea’s ability to unconditionally love those she encountered was truly her trademark and a gift that will be greatly missed.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am on Saturday June 22, 2019 at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing, MI. The family will welcome guests one hour prior to the service. Visitation will be Friday, June 21 from 5-8pm at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home in Lansing, MI. A scripture service will be held Friday at 7:15pm.

The family would like to extend our gratitude to the staff at Tender Hearts Personal Care and Great Lakes Hospice for their attentiveness, skillfulness and loving care. Memorials may be made in Bea’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Solanus Casey Center.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Nathan Kochanski
  • Andrew Kochanski
  • Michael Kochanski
  • Bryan Kochanski
  • CJ Majeski
  • Robert Surman(ski)

Services

21 June

Visitation

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48912

21 June

Scripture Service

7:15 pm

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48912

22 June

Funeral Mass

10:30 am

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

455 Alton Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal

Memories

Bernice "Bea" Kochanski

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Joe & Fran Kanske

June 16, 2019

Our deepest sympathy. Always a great lady. We missed Bea when she moved from Shelby Township ... Heritage Place North wasn't the same without her. May she rest in peace.

Sincerely,

Joe (Nativity Man) & Fran Kanske

MaryAnn McDonnell

June 9, 2019

I will always remember my Second cousin Bea's beautiful voice, kindness, sense of refinement and style. She was dearly loved by many and will be missed.
Mary Ann

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Biography

Bernice "Bea" Kochanski was born on September 4, 1922 and passed away on June 6, 2019 at the age of 96.

Bea is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank and her son, Alan.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Ron (Siiri) Kochanski; daughter-in-law, Ann Kochanski; grandchildren, Nathan Kochanski, Cara (C.J. Majeski) Kochanski, Andrew Kochanski, Michael (Meagan) Kochanski, Bryan Kochanski; great-grandchildren, Cameron Kochanski, Connor Kochanski, Mako Majeski, and Morris Majeski.