E. Charlene "Char" Berry Passed peacefully January 19, 2014. Born January 2, 1939, in Owensboro, KY, and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Char graduated from Michigan State University with her BA and MSW. She truly loved her career as a therapist in and around the Lansing area, and felt that she was one of the lucky people for whom her work was her heart's desire. Char truly was enriched by the lives and stories of her clients. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. and Mary Clarice Berry; brothers, Charles A. Berry Jr., and Thomas H. Berry; nephew, Thomas H. Berry, II; and her beloved son, Andrew Seiler. Char is survived by her husband, John McDonald, who had been her companion of 26 years, until they impulsively married on October 24, 2013; dog, Aki Bono; children, David Seiler, Carolyn (Tim) Peara, Stephen (Susan) Seiler; stepchildren, Colin (Marsha) McDonald, Shoshanah McDonald; and the coolest grandchildren on earth: Ashley, Max, Emily, Serena and Sadie Grace. Other survivors include her sister, Mary Ann (Robert) Finn, sister-in-law, Sydney Berry, and their children and grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Friday, January 31, 2:00 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, 855 Grove St., East Lansing, MI 48823. Memorial contributions may be directed to Stoneleigh Residence - Hospice of Lansing, 4052 Legacy Parkway, Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48911.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2014