Waneeta Marie Clack
Died: Sunday, February 03, 2013
“Her children rise up and call her blessed…”
Waneeta Marie Clack, of East Lansing, our beloved mother and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on February 3, 2013 at the age of 91. Waneeta was born September 1, 1921 on a farm in Metamora, Michigan to William and Minnie Olds. She taught 8 grades in a one-room country school house before she married the love of her life, Bryce Lee Clack in 1945. Together they shared 65 years of marriage until he died in 2011. Bryce’s career as a naval officer took her to many places around the world, including San Diego, Japan, France, Italy, Rhode Island, Key West and the Washington D.C. area. They retired to Michigan in 1972 and spent most of their winters in Ft. Myers, where they enjoyed playing golf. When Waneeta began to show symptoms of dementia in the late 90’s, Bryce made the decision to live year-round in Michigan, closer to family.
Waneeta had a quiet, confident faith in Jesus Christ which translated itself into many hidden selfless acts of love. She was passionately devoted to her husband and family, and her greatest joy was having all of them together for dinner or special celebrations. She loved to dance (cheek to cheek) with Bryce and play cards, especially bridge, pinochle and cut-throat hearts at the family get-togethers. She was a wonderful cook and no one on earth could make a better pie. She had a keen sense of humor, loved to laugh and have fun, and made our home a place of acceptance and love.
Alzheimer’s Disease robbed her of many wonderful memories, but it did not destroy who she was at the core: a woman of incredible strength, courage, beauty kindness and love. Her blue eyes grew dim, but they never lost that mischievous twinkle.
Rest in peace, Mom. You loved us well, and you will be deeply missed.
Waneeta is survived by her children, Bill (Beverly) of East Lansing, Bryce (Midge) of Okemos, Bob (Mitzi) of Burbank, CA, and Carol Clack of East Lansing, MI; her grandchildren, Leah, Micah, Tim, Eric, Emily, Melissa and Sarah, and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Helen Olds.
The family wishes to thank the following: Dennis Perry, M.D., McLaren Hospice, and Comfort Keepers of Lansing, with special thanks to long-term caregiver, Brenda Lowe. The compassionate care each of you provided, enable both Bryce and Waneeta to live in their own home until the day they died. We are truly grateful.
The funeral services will be held Friday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Okemos Community Church, 4734 Okemos Rd, Okemos with the Rev. Jeanne M. Randels and Rev George Grettenberger officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions in Waneeta’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 310 N. Main, Ste 100, Chelsea, MI 48118 or Lansing City Rescue Mission, 607 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com