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Ruth A. LaPerriere

Issue Date: January 17, 2020

Ruth Ann "Boots" LaPerriere, 86, of East Lansing, Mi., passed away Saturday, Jan.11, 2020.

Born May 10, 1933 in Marinette, she received a Business Degree from Green Bay Badger Business School in 1952 and worked at Marathon Paper Mill in Menominee, Mi. She met her future husband, Paul LaPerriere, and they married on July 9, 1955. They moved to East Lansing where she worked at Oldsmobile, while he earned a Bachelor Degree at Michigan State.

She was a lifelong dedicated parishioner of First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, where she served on several committees. A Spartan fan, she followed Spartan football, basketball and hockey, was a season ticket holder for over 40 years, attending most every game and worked for 10 years in the MSU athletic ticket office after raising her three boys, before retiring.

Together they travelled the world into her late 70's and also the United States from coast to coast, including Hawaii and Alaska with friends and family. She was an excellent seamstress, quilter, homemaker, was talented at needlepoint, hand quilted all of her quilts, with each given away to loved ones.

Her favorite vacation place was Sanibel Island, Fla., where they visited annually and hosted family and friends for the last 40 years. She cherished her grandchildren sharing the experience of Sanibel Island with her.

She also visited The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island and shared her love for the Island by hosting her family many times. She loved inviting friends into her home, hosting parties, especially after an MSU victory and was known as a second mom to many of her sons' friends. She was a mother to her three daughters-in-law and a matriarch of the LaPerriere family. She lived life to the fullest and loved all who crossed her path.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Paul LaPerriere; three sons, Stephan (Carol) LaPerriere of Walled Lake, Mi., Gary (Wendi) LaPerriere of Sanford, Me. and Todd (Lori) LaPerriere of Mason, Mi.; a sister, Helen "Pidgey" (Joe) Brisinte of Marinette; four grandchildren and her caregiver Raya who became a friend to them and provided good care.

Along with her parents, Ralph and Helen Behnke, she was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Larson.

Visitation will be held at Gorsline Runciman East Lansing Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 3 p.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 5 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at Coral Gables. Donations are appreciated to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association in her memory.


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