Rev. Senia Taipale
1949 - 2018
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Charlotte, MI
Rev. Senia Taipale

Lansing - Rev. Senia J. Taipale, age 68, of Lansing MI died Thursday January 25th, 2018. She was born April 29, 1949, in Warren, Ohio the daughter of Taito and Janice (White) Taipale. She was proud to have been given the opportunity to be raised in a Finnish-American family. After attending Wittenberg University, she attained a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling and worked as a Financial Director in 3 Colleges. From 1983 -1987, Senia attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus Ohio. Graduating with a Master of Divinity, she then went on to pastor in Northeast Ohio for three years. Later she pursued 2 years of advanced training in Clinical Pastoral Care at Cleveland Clinic. From 1992-2010, she was Director of Pastoral Care at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. In 1986 Senia met Jo Hartwell and they have been together for 31 years. On December 6, 2015 they were married at All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing. Senia and Jo have lived in the Groesbeck area for 25 years. They enjoy sharing their home with their three poodles. Senia's main interests throughout her life have been reading, the Church, choir, and interacting with people.

Senia was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her spouse, Jo Hartwell; brother, Roger Taipale; and niece, Jenna Taipale.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday March 10, 2018 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 with Rt. Rev. Craig Satterlee Presider and Rev. Dr. Kit Carlson Preacher. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and at a reception following the service. Inurnment will take place at the All Saints Memorial Garden.

Those desiring may make contributions in Senia's memory to Samaritas, 1545 Keystone Ave., Lansing, MI 48911 or All Saints Operating Endowment, 800 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823.

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Published by Lansing State Journal on Jan. 28, 2018.
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All Saints Episcopal Church
800 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI
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All Saints Episcopal Church
800 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI
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I was saddened to hear of Senias death. As her first cousin born the same year, we were together a lot as children. Even though we have not been close for many years, i cherish memories from our shared childhoods.
The world has lost one of the best ones.
Sincerely, Karen Taipale Brendle
Karen Brendle
February 28, 2018
I was so sad to hear of senias passing. I know this must be very difficult for you jo. We shared the love of poodles and commitments. I hope to see you at the service.
Mary Davidson
February 9, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Linda and I enjoyed our few times together - great discussions - sharing in poodles. There are no right words for this. --Deb & Linda
Deborah Feltz
January 30, 2018
My friend. No truer or finer words can define her. Gone too soon, but will be remembered forever.
Marie Herncane
January 29, 2018
Pastor Senia was a sweet, kind and compassionate Chaplain. Her calming presence was a great comfort for many, many patients. I talked over some of my own sorrows with her while I was working at Sparrow Hospital. She seemed to always "have the time" to talk. Prayers for peace and comfort for all those who loved her. I have confidence that she is walking and talking with Jesus now...
Elnora Wallin, RN
January 28, 2018
I knew Sonia as a kind and compassionate chaplain at Sparrow. My condolences to her family and friends.
Suzanne Sorkin, M.D.
January 28, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Senia was a beautiful person. Both she and you have always been so welcoming and comforting to me. I am praying for you.
Jeanne Tippett
January 27, 2018
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