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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI

OBITUARY

Eugenia "Jean" Orlando

November 19, 1931August 11, 2019

Eugenia “Jean” Ann Orlando passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on August 11, 2019.

She was born on November 19, 1931, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Gennaro and Serafina (Morrone) DeRosa. After graduating from Johnstown High School in 1949, she moved to Lansing, Michigan, where she married Francesco “Frank” Orlando on July 11, 1953. Along with her brother Valentino DeRosa and her husband, Jean owned several businesses in the Lansing area, including Mason Foodland and FunTyme Adventure Parks. As a devout Catholic, she was an active member of St. James Parish and took many religious pilgrimages to Italy, the Holy Land, Spain, Croatia, and France. She loved socializing through her involvement in numerous clubs and organizations. She enjoyed baking for her family and friends, and her legacy will live on through the countless recipes she passed down to them.

She is survived by her children: Gregory (Anna) Orlando, Annette (Harry) Stampler, Anthony (Gina) Orlando, Paul Orlando, and Valentino Orlando; 15 grandchildren: Francis, Matthew (Shannon), Jennifer (Tom), Andrew, Michelle, Jonathan, Emily, Olivia, Giorgio, Valentino, and Lucas Orlando, and Tyler (Kayli), Jordan, Brianna, and Christian Stampler; and two great-grandchildren: Aiden Orlando and Brooks Stampler, in addition to many beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and her brothers, Tony (Ida) DeRosa and Valentino DeRosa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, at St. James Catholic Church, 1010 S. Lansing St., Mason, MI 48854, with Father Kusitino Cobona officiating. A 9 a.m. visitation will precede it. On Friday, August 16, at St. James Catholic Church, a visitation will be held at 5 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Please continue to check the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes website for updates and to leave condolences.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Lori Elia-Tomovich

August 18, 2019

Our family lived in Delaware and as kids we would visit all of our cousins, aunts and uncles in Michigan . It was the highlight of the summer for all of us. We have such fond memories of swimming in the Orlando's lake and having a blast playing at their house with all of our cousins. "Aunt Jeannie" always welcomed us and made us feel so special. She always had enough food to feed a city and we still laugh how she used to call us "yins" to come to the table and eat. Her energy, laughter and generosity will never be forgotten.
Lori Elia-Tomovich

Missy (Cool) Finegan

August 17, 2019

Sending the Orlando-DeRosa family love, support and prayers from the Cool family.

I have so many memories while working at FunTyme, having fun, loving interactions with "momma Jeannie". She was always kind. Sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. She touched so many lives.

Colleen /Barb Casey/Ripper

August 16, 2019

We always loved seeing Jeannie at the many family functions and occasions we attended. She was such a kind lady and had such a sweet smile. We were so saddened to hear of Jeannie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad and difficult time.
Barb Ripper and Colleen Casey

Emilia and Davide Magliocco

August 16, 2019

Our sincere sympathies go out to all of you.

We are so sorry to hear of Jean’s passing, she was an amazing lady and will be missed by many.

Hoping that you will find comfort in the wonderful memories you have.

God Bless, we will be Keeping you all in prayers.

God Bless

Rest In Peace Jean

Susie Magliocco

August 16, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I have many fond memories of Jean. She would always tell me to bring my twins out to Mason to play miniature golf,and oh the skating with her children on the pond at there home. I have many pictures of the past with her and my mother and Zia Sarafina at Atlanta City Beach. She was a woman filled with hospitality and grace. And her heart was huge for giving to others. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family. May God Bless All The Orlando Family.

Micki Pasteur

August 15, 2019

Dear Orlando Family, Your mother was a very sweet and kind lady.
Her family meant everything to her. She will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss. Warm Regards, Micki Pasteur

Nancy Genco

August 15, 2019

I loved the things Jean taught us about life. Her kindness and generosity were always evident. We especially loved seeing her whenever we visited FunTyme with her contagious smile she was always full of joy and happiness. I enjoyed working with her at the church on many levels . So very sorry for your loss .

Marty Hoffman

August 14, 2019

Jean was such a sweet lady, she also was a very dear friend of my mother in law Madeline Hoffman. She was beyond just a friend they had many adventures over their years.
My daughter Sarah Armstrong Andritsis also worked at FunTyme in GL & she was very fond of Jean as well.
We are so sorry to hear of her passing she will be missed by many.
Keeping you all in prayer & hoping you will find comfort in the wonderful memories you have. God Bless.

Connie Ricci

August 14, 2019

May perpetual light shine upon you Jeannie! Thanks for always sharing your infectious laugh and smile, for raising such wonderful kids, being so devoted to family...a role model for sure. To her family: Wishing God’s peace to each of you.

Margie Courtney

August 14, 2019

Although I never met Eugenia, I have met some of her wonderful family. They were blessed to have had her for so long. My sincere sympathies go out to all of you.

May she rest in peace now in God's hands.

Love & Peace
Margie

FROM THE FAMILY