OBITUARY

Clara Elizabeth Siebert

May 23, 1933November 30, 2018

Clara (Sally) E. Siebert

Beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor, Sally Siebert was called home November 30th. Preceded in death by her parents (Richard and Lillian Miller) and husband (Dr. George W. Siebert), she is survived by her daughters, Cathy J. Siebert (Muncie, Indiana), Sue Ann Siebert (Grand Haven, Michigan); grandson, Sammi G. Siebert (Grand Haven, Michigan); sister-in-law, Mili Siebert (Lansing, Michigan); niece, Lynn Vosburgh (Lansing, Michigan); nephew, Mike Siebert; and cousins Therese Haley (Harrison, Michigan) and Ces Soyring (Harrison, Michigan).

After retiring from General Motors Parts Division, Sally lived a busy life filled with friends and family. She enjoyed traveling and visited seven countries including Nepal where she accompanied Sue Ann to bring her much-loved grandson, Sammi, home to our family. Bus trips with friends were another enjoyable activity especially the “mystery” trips. She loved playing cards, going to movies, spending time with her good friends, Mary, Marlo, and Trudy, at their summer cabins (playing cards and eating!) and her visits with Therese and Ces at the farm. She considered her monthly lunches with Sue and Nancy a special treat. Sally felt immeasurably blessed by the friendship and help she received from David, Don, and Mac.

A strong woman, Sally never let anything get her down. This was especially evident over the past several years when health issues challenged her. She never complained and never gave up. Much thanks to all the health care professionals at The Willows of Lansing and Sparrow Hospital who took such good care of her. Her family also extends heart-felt thanks to Dr. Zaroukian, her family physician, who was with her throughout the last days of her life and provided such compassionate support not only to Sally but to her daughters as well.

Sally was a long-time member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lansing, Michigan and could often be found helping with soup and salad luncheons, garage sales, and funeral luncheons. Her faith was integral to her life, and we are comforted in knowing that she’s with her Lord and been reunited with loved ones in paradise.

There are simply no words for how much Sally will be missed by her family. Nothing will ever be the same—playing cards and laughing ourselves silly, celebrating life milestones at the Bavarian Inn, and sharing frequent meals at La Senorita to name just a few things. But we know she’ll be with us in spirit cheering and laughing with us.

Hunter S. Thompson has said that “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Sally’s ride may have ended here on earth but we know her journey continues in heaven.

A funeral service will be held at noon for Sally on Tuesday December 4, 2018 at Gorsline Runciman, Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912, with a visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Capital Area Humane Society or the Dorcas Guild at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grlansing.com for the Siebert family.

  • DONATIONS

  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Dorcas Guild at St. Luke Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

Clara Elizabeth Siebert

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Kevin Conley

December 4, 2018

Cathy and Sue Ann
I wish you nothing but peace at this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers always. Please let me know if you need anything. Kevin

David Roof

December 4, 2018

Dear Cathy and family, reading the obituary was very compelling. She seems like such a strong woman. I wish you all peace and solace in this difficult time. I hope you know that people care, and are thinking of you.

joseph soyring

December 4, 2018

So sorry for your loss in the Siebert family, Sally was a very inspiring lady to her family and friends she will be dearly missed. I remember Sally and her mother Lillian coming up to the farm to visit with my mother. Sally was always kind and caring and had a smile for everyone. Now she is at peace with family and friends.
She will be truly missed. Love Joe and Bonnie Soyring

Ces Soyring

December 3, 2018

Cathy Jo & Sue Ann,
Your mom was one of the GREATS! She had such a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. Her strength might be mistaken for 'stubborn' --but that was part of the MILLER genes in her! (I know, I have them too!) Sally was one of 24 first cousins from that Miller family and she leaves our generation with a giant hole in it; even though she is the tenth to go. Those of us left will miss her dearly.
One memory I will never forget was your mom's statement when she was about 55 years old, she told my mom: "One day I woke up and looked around: my house was full and I was fat!" I laughed so hard I though it was the funniest thing I ever heard; until I turned 55 and figured out what she meant!
May your loss be strengthened by the knowing she loves you still, just in another dimension. She is with her mom and dad, and your dad now; and she is not in any pain. When you see a butterfly, think of her.
~ Ces Soyring

Amy Uber Haag

December 3, 2018

SueAnn,Sammi and Cathy
There are so many memories,and I will cherish each and every one...Grandma Sally was one of a kind. It’s been almost 30 years of memories, And as I decorate my Christmas tree, I realize that that Sally’s love of Christmas Ornaments are all around me. Sally gifted me many beautiful ornament from many beautiful places ,all of them are dated and have Siebert written on them.Who would’ve thought that Susann and I , two friends who became roommates and then became homeowners on the same street and by some miracle have two boys the same age, both of whom have some pretty AWESOME GRANDMOTHERS. Thanks Sally for always making my family yours. I believe you were one of the strongest people I know. You put up a valiant fight and NEVER complained, I would have gladly cared for you. I will gladly watch over SueAnn , Sammi and Cathy as you watch from above. They will truly miss you, but they have many good people to watch over them ...because of you Sally

Love you
DOOZER and Sammi and Cathy
Love,
Amy, Steven and Ryan Haag

Therese Haley

December 3, 2018

Sally was a very special cousin. When I was younger, I would drive my mom down to meet with Sally and have lunch. We would have Easter dinners, Christmas dinners, and "just because" dinners. Mom loved to visit with her favorite brother's daughter. After mom passed my sister and I continued the "let's go see Sally" tradition. She also made occasional visits to the family farm in Harrison where her father had grown up.

I was always inspired by Sally's spunk and grit. Whenever I told her that I was amazed at how she coped with whatever the difficulty, she would reply, "well.......what are ya gonna do?" She never gave up, she never gave in!!! When a problem presented itself, she figured out a way to cope!
I remember her telling me stories of her difficulties when she had to ride the bus to dialysis, getting down the stairs in her garage, then onto the bus, with her bag and bundled up in the winter........all while navigating with a walker because of a rod in her leg that prevented her from bending the leg!! Not only did she work through that, but "couldn't wait till (she) could drive again!" And drive, she did!! Amazement again, as told about sliding all the way across the seat until she could get her stiff leg around the door and down to the floorboard. Then driving herself to dialysis!! She seemed to think this was all a blessing because she didnt need to take the bus and could go on her own schedule!! The difficulties were overlooked in favor of the positives!
This women was a the epitome of strength and grit. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and leaves a big hole in my heart. Love you, Sally ❤

Marty and Alex Miller

December 2, 2018

My memories of Sally are so important to our lives. One of the best moments of our lives was when we became part of the Siebert family through the adoption of my son,Alex, who was Sammi’s ‘big brother’ in Nepal. Our chance meeting, or was it fate, began a 10 year friendship with all the Sieberts, visiting and vacationing together. I will always remember Sally, or Grandma Sally as Alex always called her, teaching us the best way to cook in a campfire or organizing the camper for optimum space. She always sent sweet letters to our family and especially to Alex. She always treated him like another Grandson and we loved her very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Siebert family.

Karen Ford

December 2, 2018

Dear Cathy and family --- I absolutely loved the picture your statement painted of your Mom sliding into the next phase of her journey; it made me smile (and write it down so as not to forget). I know it's been a stressful time for everyone involved. Please know that all of you are in the thoughts and prayers of those who work with, you, Cathy. I'll be thinking of you during the funeral and as you transition back into your University life. Be strong! Karen Ford.

Vickie Black

December 2, 2018

Sally was always there for our family. She was mom’s best friend and they did tons together. For Christmas, weddings, showers, and any other family function, she was always there to lend a hand and show her support. Sally was one of the busiest people I knew and somehow she always found the time to do something for someone or go someplace.

Sally and her family were more a part of our family than some actual family members. Her mother was our grandmother in all sense of the word. They will and are both missed greatly. We have lots and lots of memories for all the things we did together.

Theresa Anderson

December 1, 2018

Sally was so much a member of our family. She came to everything any of us girls or our children had, graduations, weddings, showers, etc. She was always there for our Mom, Trellis Schneider, even when we lost our Dad. All the wonderful Christmases we had together. Sally and Mom enjoyed so much together! I can't ever remember Sally not being in our life. Her German Sweet Chocolate Cake is still the best and has always been my favorite cake!! I know you are with Jesus now! We love you!