Jean (Imogene) Audrey Federeau-Christie-Liebel Okemos Jean (Imogene) Audrey Federeau-Christie-Liebel passed away Sunday, September 1st from Alzheimer's disease in her daughter's home in Grayslake, IL. Jean was born on January 20, 1928 in Lansing, Michigan and resided in Okemos, Michigan and Avon Park, Florida until she moved to Grayslake, Illinois in 2011. While Jean lived in Okemos and Avon Park, Florida she spent her summers at Crystal Lake in Michigan. Jean was preceded in death by husbands Clarence J. Christie 6/91 and George Liebel 3/06; her parents Marvin Robert (Vic) Federau (12/71) and Chrystal Mae Holmes-Closson-Federau (8/81) and Charles A. Holmes (2/65), her grandparents Clarabelle Turner-Holmes-Vantyle-Closson, William Federau, Albertine Federau, Fred Closson, children Kirk Christie (2/75) and Wendy Erb (9/94) and brother Richard Federau (12/49). Surviving children Diane (Joshua) Stark, Clarence Britt (Sandy) Christie, Cynthia (Ray) Tierney, Victor (Lori) Christie and her bothers Doug (Bev) Federau, David (Jackie) Federau and Ric (Nancy) Federau. Jean was a grandmother to 21, great grandmother to 49 and great great grandmother to 9. Jean was a graduate of Everett High School in 1946 and took many management and secretarial courses learning skills which she used extensively as a Secretary at Voss Sales & Service and again as she climbed the ladder at Lansing Community College where she retired as Office Manager of Evening College. In her retirement she was very active in American Legion Post 69 and Women's Auxiliary for many years. She was also a member of the VFW in Avon Park, Florida. Jean was known for her quick wit and great sense of humor. She had great rapport with friends and family and she touched people wherever she was. One of the most notable things about Jean was her dancing ability; she was light on her feet and had great rhythm. Perhaps you saw Jean and Clarence doing the jitterbug-oh what a dancing delight. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, Michigan 48912. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 6:00 ~ 8:00 PM at the funeral home. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Sept. 4, 2013