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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Jeannette "Jett" Elaine Rice

September 11, 1933June 20, 2020

Jeannette “Jett” E. Rice, 86, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Jett was born September 11, 1933 in Lansing to Victor and Opal (Harte) Wildt. She was a longtime employee at Michigan Beef in DeWitt before starting a twenty year career with the State of Michigan, working in the Department of Education’s personnel office. She loved bowling and was a member of the Lansing Bowling Hall of Fame. Jett was also an avid MSU fan.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dana O’Shesky; her husband, John “Jack” Rice; her sister, Jeanne Carver; and her parents.

Jett will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Debra (Michael) Reed, Roxane (Ronald) Ver Planck, and Kari (Paul) Ferri; her son-in-law, Thomas O’Shesky; her 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and her special friend, Larry Atkinson.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held with interment to follow at DeWitt City Cemetery in DeWitt.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jett's honor to the MSU Athletic Dept, "Spartan Fund", 550 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823, givingto.msu.edu or the Susan G. Komen Foundation Michigan, P.O. Box 4368, East Lansing, MI, ww5.komen.org.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Nicole McKinney
  • Jason Ver Planck
  • Stacey London
  • Heather Hicks
  • Neil Ver Planck
  • Ryan O’Shesky
  • Nathan Reed
  • Danielle Mikek
  • Monica Canfield
  • Kali Dombrowski
  • Natalya Ferri

Services

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Linda Best

June 28, 2020

Jett was a great person and friend. I can't say I ever remember her saying a bad word about anyone. She always had the infectious smile and her laugh. Enjoyed my years bowling with her.
To Deb and Kari and the rest of her family, sending prayers to all of you...

Lewetta Harte

June 26, 2020

Saddened to learn of the loss of Jeanette. Always enjoyed her warm smile and infectious laughter. She was a truly devoted Mother and was so very proud of her daughters and grandchildren!

Fond memories of summer family reunions on the Wildt farm, spending time fishing for bullheads on the creek or milking cows in barn.

Jeanette was always so kind and thoughtful to her Aunt Hazel, always remembering her at birthdays and holidays

Let all those wonderful memories she created sustain you during your loss. She was a special lady!

Love
Lewetta

Chris Felton (Hall)

June 25, 2020

To Deb, Roxanne, Kari And your families.
We are truly sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.
We have lots of fond memories of your Mom.
We would like to be there with You in this Time of sorrow.
But Just know we are thinking of you.
Our prayers to you and your families
Chris, Marcia and Tomme

Sue Herring

June 25, 2020

I am truly sorry to hear of Jett’s passing. I have such great memories of her from the Department of Education as well as bowling. I am keeping your family in my thoughts during this incredibly difficult journey in your lives.

Pam Beach

June 24, 2020

Roxanne I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have many fond memories of your mom. From going to the lake with you to bowling with her in Vegas. My prayers are with you and your family.

meredith hines

June 24, 2020

Deb and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jet was working in MDE Personnel during my early days in the Department of Education. She was always so helpful and brought grace and humor to her job.

Michael Ramsey

June 22, 2020

To the entire Rice family, Theresa and I are deeply saddened to hear of Jett's passing. She was a wonderful person. We always enjoyed seeing her at the bowing alley where we shared a lot of laughter and fun times together. We will truly miss her great smile, her sense of humor and kindness. God bless

Doug Klaver

June 22, 2020

Always loved bowling with Jett! Always made me a better bowler! She had a special laugh that I’ll never forget. Prayers to the girls and their families! Will never forget you Jett❤️❤️

Cozette Oxley

June 22, 2020

Dear Deb, Roxane, Kari & Family,
So very sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful friend of mine for 48 years! I will miss her beautiful smile & the great times we had together. May God Bless her soul. "Sleep in Heavenly Peace" my sweet Jettster. Blessings & Love Always, Coz

Dianne Easterling

June 22, 2020

Deb and Mike. So very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dianne and Jim

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Jeannette “Jett” E. Rice, 86, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Jett was born September 11, 1933 in Lansing to Victor and Opal (Harte) Wildt. She was a longtime employee at Michigan Beef in DeWitt before starting a twenty year career with the State of Michigan, working in the Department of Education’s personnel office. She loved bowling and was a member of the Lansing Bowling Hall of Fame. Jett was also an avid MSU fan.