OBITUARY

Janice Ellen Smith

December 4, 1945September 10, 2020

Janice (Jan) Ellen Smith, beloved wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed into eternal life after a short and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 74, September 10, 2020.

She was born in Ludington, MI, as the second daughter of Paul and Phyllis Ruzgis, and raised in Scottville, MI. Jan graduated high school from Grand Ledge HS in 1966. She married the love of her life, Donald "Don" LeRoy Smith, April 23, 1977. She enjoyed working as a server at the Frontier Inn in Lansing, MI. She later enjoyed a career as secretary for International Trucks & Buses and retired from there in June of 2012.

In her "spare time", Jan enjoyed playing marbles and dice, scrapbooking, organizing, cooking and being a PROUD grandmother.

Janice is survived by her parents; husband, Don; children, Scott ,Tammy, and Richard Pike; step-sons, Joel, Brendon, Bryan, and Paul Smith; 14 very loved grand children; 12 great-grand children; siblings, Jack Ruzgis, Jim Ruzgis, Joe Ruzgis, and Jean Lynch; and many nieces and nephews. Janice was preceded in death by siblings, Julie, Jerry, Jill and Joyce.

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

  • FAMILY

  • Donald "Don" LeRoy Smith, Husband
  • Paul Ruzgis, Father
  • Phyllis Ruzgis, Mother
  • Scott Pike, Son
  • Tammy Pike, Daughter
  • Richard Pike, Son
  • Joel Smith, step-son
  • Brendon Smith, step-son
  • Bryan Smith, step-son
  • Paul Smith, step-son
  • Julie, Sister (deceased)
  • Jerry, Brother (deceased)
  • Jill, Sister (deceased)
  • Joyce, Sister (deceased)

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Services

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

Memories

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Lori Schumacher

September 20, 2020

To Don and your immediate family. I am so sorry to hear about Janice and want you all to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I am so lucky to have known all of you and the whole Ruzgis clan.
Your family is one I will always cherish. I have very fond memories of the time spent with all of you over the years.

Janice was a wonderful women with a beautiful smile and am so sorry for your loss. Love you all.

Lori Schumacher



Kay Nederveld

September 16, 2020

Don and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of Jan's passing. Bruce and I worked with Jan at CCIT for many years. She always had the biggest smile and such a sweet personality. We would often share stories of our favorite subject...grandchildren!
I pray that your many great memories will comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Steve & Cindy Figgins

September 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of your families loss. She was always so nice and welcoming whenever we saw her. She will be greatly missed.

Yvonne Nederveld

September 15, 2020

Don and family, We were saddened to hear about Jan's passing. It does not seem possible. We have so many memories of Jan. (Mostly, at Capital City International.) She was a wonderful and fun person to be around. She will be missed. Sending our love and prayers, Dave and Yvonne Nederveld

Brittney Pike

September 15, 2020

Violet Ellen sure loved you so much, and I know you loved her something fierce. You two had such a special bond.

Brittney Pike

September 15, 2020

You are the BEST Grandma!! That was one thing that always brought you joy. Thank you for being the most amazing person. Everyone loves you so much.

Brittney Pike

September 15, 2020

Grandma Jan & Grandpa Don ❤️ An everlasting love.

Brittney Pike

September 15, 2020

You were the most fun at any family gathering. You were always there. Always laughing, playing with the girls. You made a mean Dinner for any Holiday, Thanksgiving was especially your forte!! You loved to go antiquing, and shopping, especially looking and NOT buying anything! Haha! I love you with everything in me. I miss you, Grandma Jan. I don’t know how I’m going to do this without you 💔🙏🏼

Brittney Pike

September 15, 2020

We ALL miss you so incredibly much, Janice Ellen. You will forever be in our hearts.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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