Clara Savage Lansing Age 89, died peacefully after a brief illness on January 21, 2014; born May 31, 1924 in Schenectady, New York to parents, Stephen and Stella Mierzejewski. Clara moved to Detroit, MI as a child. During World War II, she worked as a B-29 Bomber inspector in 1943 at the Chrysler DeSoto plant on Warren Avenue, Detroit. Clara inspecting a B-29 Bomber noticed oil in the oxygen lines leading to the pilot's helmet. She flagged the B-29 Bomber taking it out of assembly and designated the bomber for repair. She received a letter of commendation from the Office of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Clara enjoyed volunteering with the St. Agnes Catholic Church Ladies Altar Society in Fowlerville, MI, then later at St. Vincent Home Catholic Charities in Lansing. Clara was a loving mother. She was happiest spending time with family especially all of her grandchildren and enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling, swimming, quilting, scrapbooking and travel. Clara's most memorable trip was to Poland with her husband, Frank in 1990 where they stayed with family in the birth town of her parents. This is where the stories of her parent's childhood came to life. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank, in 1997; three sisters, Jane, Helen and Carrie. Surviving are her daughters, Patricia (Robert) Murphy and Elizabeth (Duane Wilson) Savage; sons, Ron (Mitzi) Savage, Thomas (Karen) Savage, and Dave (Sondra) Savage; and grandchildren, Ronnie Savage, Claire Savage-Wilson and Luke Wilson, Seth and Elijah Savage, Shawn and Kevin Murphy, Laura Anne (Sean) Torongeau, Alyssa and Sean III. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, February 1, 11:00 AM at Church of the Resurrection, 1531 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912 with Rev. Mark Rutherford officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the church. Interment will be held at a later date in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 2520 W. Willow Highway, Lansing, beside her beloved husband. Those desiring may make contributions to the
or St. Vincent Catholic Charities, 2800 W. Willow St., Lansing, MI 48917. 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.
The Guest Book is expired.
Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 26, 2014