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Ann B. Laper, age 73, of Greenville, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 25, 2014 at The Laurels of Kent in Lowell. She was born on August 5, 1940 to Everett Victor & Dorothy (Johnson) Hammer in St. Paul, Minnesota. On April 20, 1956, in St. Paul, she married Charles Robert Laper and together they enjoyed 58 years of marriage and raised six children, as well as being the “adopted” mother and grandmother to countless children.

A devoted wife and mother, she will be remembered by her family as an excellent cook, an imaginative storyteller, and as the best wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Ann was a voracious reader, enjoyed painting, playing board games with her family, her flower garden, and traveling the state of Michigan… with the Muskegon lakeshore being one of her favorite spots to visit.

Surviving are her husband, Charles R. “Chuck” Laper, Sr. of Greenville; their children, Charles R. & Jody Laper, Jr. of Gaylord, Brenda Lutes, Albert Laper, Patricia Laper, Kathleen Laper, all of Greenville, and Marnie & Mike Kronkowski of Ionia; seven grandchildren, Charles R. & Kayce Laper III of Belding, Marcie Laper, Rayne Kronkowski, Betsy Ann Laper, all of Greenville, Shelbi Frowein of Stanton, Shannon Irish of Greenville, Kaitlin & Bryan Grate of St. Charles, Mo.; two great grandsons, Aidan Slayton and Dominik Laper; and a special sister, Jan Miller of Greenville, whom she raised after their mother’s passing.

Also surviving are two brothers, Richard and Alan; two sisters, April and Kim; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as the many “adopted” children and grandchildren who held a special place in her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Betty and Dixie; and two brothers, Chuck and Jack.

Honoring Ann’s wishes, cremation will take place and no services will be held. Instead of flowers, Ann would have appreciated contributions in her memory to the Flat River Community Library to purchase books for others to enjoy.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ann’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on May 25, 2014 at 12:00 am


    06/04/2014 –

    larry a. petersen

    chuck and Jodie. thinking of you and sympathizing with your loss. moms are special.

    05/29/2014 –

    Charlene Laper

    05/29/2014 –

    Ginger Laper

    05/29/2014 –

    Randy & Tamie Christensen

    Chuck & Jodi, We are sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Randy and Tamie

    05/28/2014 –

    Amber Goetz (Butler)

    Ann will be missed! She was lucky to have such a close loving family to support her through this transition. I don’t know her well but feel as if her family is part of mine. I’ll keep u all in my thoughts as this must be very hard. Keep your head up.

    05/28/2014 –

    James A. Carter

    Ann, l first met you in 1976 and you were one of the people that made a big impression on me, over the year’s you gave me really good advice and saved me a lot of embarrassment, for that l say THANKS. Of course you were great friends with my Aunt Lil and through her my Mum came to be a friend too, and often heard them both refer to you as Annie Fanacker, l can imagine you all together in Heaven and having so much fun.R.I.P Ann l will miss you alway’s and one day l hope to see you again. love ya xxxxxxxx

    05/28/2014 –

    Jenna Bjordahl

    Although I did not know Ann well, I do know she was one very special lady with an amazing family. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her loved ones.

    05/28/2014 –

    Wendy Woods

    Ann you will be forever missed and in my heart. I see your personality in your children and grandchildren!! It is hard to see people you love struggle with the loss if someone they loved so deeply. My heart aches deeply for your children and grandchildren. I am happy I was able to spend some time with you and watch your face light up with happiness over all of the flowers and food at your party!!

    Much love to Dad Laper, Chuck & Jody, Albert, Brenda, Patty, Katie, Marnie & Mike, as well as all of the grandkids!

    05/28/2014 –

    Susan Hammer Rushing

    As I did not know Aunt Ann but she was still my family. She will be missed. My prayers go out to you all. May God give you the comfort in knowing that some day you will see her again some day. Love and prayers Susan

    05/28/2014 –

    Sanda (Hulbert) Hartway

    Dear Kathe & family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Whenever I think of her, I see her sitting in front of a canvas…just the way I met her the first time. Please find comfort in good memories of your mom!
    Sincerely, Sanda (Hulbert ) Hartway

    05/27/2014 –

    Rose Williams

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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