Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI


Marjorie Joyce Lippe

Passed away on August 28, 2020

Marjorie Joyce Lippe, age 75, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 28. Marj was born on October 6, 1944 to Howard and Lucy Frisch and grew up in several towns throughout Pennsylvania. At age 17, she enrolled at Huntington College in Indiana. It is there that she was introduced to the first love of her life, Jesus Christ. She asked Him to come into her life and from that point forward her commitment and love for Jesus lead her every word and action. While at Huntington, she went on a blind date that ended in holding hands and skipping though campus with her future husband of 55 years, Emmett Lippe. Marj earned her bachelor’s degree in Education at Huntington College and later pursued her master’s degree at Michigan State. Teaching 1st Grade was her passion. She loved the interaction with young children and deeply cared for each child she taught. Her class motto was “Love is Spoken Here” and she lived that motto every day; even beyond retirement from Okemos Schools in 2003. Her other passion was her family and friends. Marj was a light to everyone she met and cherished the deep friendships that were formed. She treasured her children and grandchildren and was the sweetest, kindest, and most loving mom, grandma and aunt you can imagine. The love of her life was her husband Emmett, whom she married on June 12, 1965. He was her Guy and she was his Gal and they would tell each other each night. The love and commitment they shared for more than five decades is truly inspirational. They spent their retirement years in Harrison, MI and Tavares, FL. Marj was preceded in death by her parents Howard and Lucy Frisch, her brother Gary Frisch and her beloved son, Matthew Lippe. She is survived by her husband Emmett Lippe, sister Lolly (Ken) Frued, brother George (Donna) Frisch, Sister in law Susan Mead, and sons Marc (Mary Ann) Lippe and Justin (Wendy) Lippe. She has 7 grandchildren: Melissa (Kevin) Foss, Sarah (Connor) McDevitt, Jacob, Hannah, Michael, Annie and James Lippe. She has 5 great-grandchildren: Delaney, Charlie, Parker, Sloane and Cillian. Due to Covid-19, no public service will he held. Family and Friends can share memories at www.grwilliamston.com Marj will be laid to rest in Summit Cemetery in Williamston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Huntington University, Williamston Schools Foundation, Okemos Education Foundation or the Novi Educational Foundation in her memory.


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Sandy Worthington

September 15, 2020

How saddened I was to hear of the passing of Marj. I was an Aide to her for a couple of years when she taught at Bennett Woods. She was a teacher that was loved by all her students. A beautiful, caring, loving, human being that I will always remember. Sandy Worthington

Issie Nielsen

September 4, 2020

We met when Marj was in a stretch and sew class I was teaching, then took our kids to a swimming classes in Williamston.............eventually Marj wanted to return to teaching and signed up to sub in Okemos. I looked out for her as I was the sub caller for Okemos at the time. One year later she was an Okemos teacher, a kind, caring, excellent teacher. We kept in touch over the years with our most recent conversation while I was headed north through Harrison in July........I like to picture her as singing with the angels now......

Gayle McCracken

September 4, 2020

Dear Family of Marj-
I hesitate to use only her first name, as she'll always be Mrs. Lippe to our family. I feel however, that I've gotten to know your family...if only through updates in Christmas cards to us for well over 24+ years. Like all who have left beautiful, heart-warming memories I was so saddened & shocked to learn of her passing last week. Little did we know how lucky we were to have her as our daughter Courtney's, First Grade Teacher (the first year that Bennett Woods was open). At "Meet the Teacher Night" that first year, she told us how it was easier for her to sit in front of her classroom kids talking than to us, "the parents"! It didn't take long for us to feel very fortunate, and our love & admiration for her grew when Courtney had her again in Second Grade followed by our son (Gregory) who also had her for 1st & 2nd Grade. I vividly remember talking with her on the phone shortly after the birth of our youngest ('95). Marj insisted we should call her classroom directly to let Greg know!! I have saved every card, letter & personal notes from her & even her hand-written recipes for Choc. Fudge & Peanut Butter Fudge from 1994. Marj came to our home for a HS Grad party & called after birth of our 1st Grandchild. Lots of special memories of undoubtedly the sweetest, kindest lady that I'm honored to call my friend. Knowing that Matt has been reunited with his mom eases the loss. Bless you all. Gayle & Family

Anna Schaberg Paterson

September 4, 2020

Love is spoken here, I vividly remember waking into Mrs. Lippes first grade classroom and instantly feeling her warmth and love. She made me feel confident and loved, and she remained the most loving teacher I ever had throughout my education. Thank you for sharing your light and love with so many, you are dearly missed, Mrs. Lippe. ❤️

Diane Harrison

September 3, 2020

This wonderful lady was my beautiful cousin, Marji. We lived far away from each other most of our growing up, but because of a family reunion a few years ago we were able to reintroduce ourselves as adults . My father, Merle Frisch always referred to his niece as his "bag of marshmallows", because of her sweetness! She was a person you could not help but love when you spoke to her only a short time. She will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege of knowing her.
Marji's loving cousin,
Diane(Frisch) Harrison

Jessica Roth (Glinsky)

September 3, 2020

I was blessed to have Mrs. Lippe as my 2nd grade teacher at Central Elementary! And my brother had her the following year for 1st grade. Our entire family has such fond memories of Mrs Lippe and know how lucky we are to have had her as a teacher at such formative ages. I just remember feeling loved every time I walked through her classroom door. With my own daughters in elementary school now, year after year I have compared their teachers to Mrs Lippe...for she is the best of all time. Sending love and prayers to your family during this difficult time. She will forever be in my heart!

Katie Blevins

September 2, 2020

Emmett and family,
I’m so saddened by Marj’s passing.
I remember one of the first times meeting
Marj, she was decorating a cake for “little” Marc’s birthday. She made that day so fun and special as only Marj could. Her listening ear, warmth, smile, and love was truly a gift.
Sending big hugs and love to you all.

Jill Schaberg

September 2, 2020

Both of our daughters, now ages 38 and 35, were blessed to have Mrs Lippe as their first grade teacher; and to this day, we still identify Mrs Lippe as our All Time Favorite!! We all recognize in an instant that “Love is Spoken Here” is Mrs Lippe, and that is what she lived and practiced. We mourn that this graceful, faithful , beautiful woman no longer graces this world, but agree that she is near God’s outstretched Arms. How Blessed were we to know and love her? Sincerest condolences from the SCHABERG family.

Julie Bohr

September 1, 2020

What a wonderful woman and teacher! She made my daughter feel loved every day in her classroom. Kindness, love, compassion, empathy..Mrs. Lippe you embraced them all. Our prayers go out to your family.
Julie and Steve Bohr

Jeri Mifflin

September 1, 2020

I feel so fortunate to have known Marj—and to have had her in my life—in so many different ways. First as Emmett’s wife when he hired me to teach in Williamston, later as the first grade teacher at Bennett Woods Elementary School when I became its principal, and even later as a “fellow retiree” and good friend. In every role and in every interaction with Marj I found myself continuously amazed— her kindness, patience, empathy, and love for others made her stand out, but it was her belief in the value and worth of every single child and adult that made me look to her as a personal role model. During a challenging day at school, I would find myself seeking her advice, appreciating her patience and gentle determination and, most of all, wanting to be a better person myself. Every child she worked with felt her warmth and light. Even the most cynical of people felt the inspiration and humility she offered. She literally NEVER gave up—whether it was with a student, a parent, a fellow teacher or her own family and friends. Few people are as blessed as we all have been to have someone like Marj in their life. She will be missed every day by Emmett, her family and her friends. She would want us to all remember her motto that “Love is Spoken Here” and to try our best to continue her wondrous example in our own daily lives.


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