Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI


Linda Ann Janecke

June 16, 1938October 1, 2019

Linda Ann Janecke Williamston, Michigan

The Lord in His mercy called the soul of Linda Ann (Spear) Janecke to Himself in heaven on October 1st, 2019. Linda was born to Clara (Bredahl) and Russell Spear on June 16, 1938 at Miller’s Dairy Farm in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

She married the love of her life, Robert Janecke, on September 20, 1956 and he survives her. Four children were born from this union: Lori Zessin (Mark), Judy Kabodian (Aram), James, and Joseph (Sandra). She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters, Beverly Rose and Elaine Welbon, and is survived by her beloved sister, Marilyn Andrews.

Linda was a servant of the Lord and a dear friend to many. A teacher and musician to her very core, she taught Sunday School, Bible School, Lutheran Girl Pioneers, and piano for many years. She was the choir director at Memorial Lutheran church in Williamston for 50 years! Linda was creative and artistic. She was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and she let them know it often.

An optimistic person by nature, Linda was loved by everyone who knew her. We will miss her every day, but she is now singing with the angels in the heavenly choirs.

Please join the family at 11am Saturday October 5th 2019 at Memorial Lutheran Church, 1022 W. Grand River, Williamston to celebrate the life of Linda.

Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Williamston Chapel, 205 E. Middle St, and again one hour prior to the funeral at church.

Those desiring may share fond memories and expressions of sympathy by visiting www.grwilliamston.com


  • James Janecke
  • Joseph Janecke
  • Aaron Kabodian
  • Chad May
  • Robert Ross
  • Rex Welbon

  • Memorial Lutheran Church


  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 5, 2019


Linda Ann Janecke

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Jo Nichols

October 6, 2019

My Dear Cousin Linda, Bless your heart. I will miss you more than you will know. One of my favorite people - will miss our laughs, our dreams, our memories & strict parents (just kidding). Will miss our hours on the phone and our hours of accomplishing nothing but "small talk". Love you to the moon and back. Your Cuz Jo

Claudia Whitaker

October 4, 2019

Prayers to Linda's family. I was a classmate of Linda and remember the fun times we had together. She also participated in my wedding. So sorry for your loss. Claudia Hasty Whitaker

Marty Bennett

October 4, 2019

Linda taught my daughter, Jill , piano for a few years. Jill just loved her so much. Several years later Linda and I were talking and I told her that Jill wanted her famous sloppy joes recipe. Her face lit up. We ended up talking for a long time. That was the first time I realized how much she also loved Jill. That made me feel so blessed. I will miss her smile, and even more, her laugh.

Jean Jones

October 3, 2019

Linda was always happy. I remember visiting she and Bob in Williamston and camping near them at a reunion. She was talented beyond measure - her voice was uplifting and glorious. I will miss you Cousin Linda.