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Nancy Ruth Sonfilippo Walker, age 73, of Lansing was called home on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at home with her family and friends by her side. The daughter of James William and Erma Ruth (Gates) Sonfilippo, was born on May 20, 1946, in Lansing and had worked for Lansing Public School District.

In retirement, Nancy loved to take care of her great grandchildren and travel to Arizona and Florida. Nancy loved antiquing. Nancy was a certified Reiki Healer and loved sharing her gift with others. Nancy’s friends and family were very important to her and she placed those she loved above all else. Nancy was a member of St. Therese Church and Lighthouse Chapel in Lansing.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are her husband of nearly fifty four years, Leland; her daughters, Michelle English and Danielle (Rick) Iacopelli; seven grandchildren: Ashlee (Noah) English, Corey English, Brittney (Kevin) Adkins and Logann (Jack) Adkins, Ricky (Alexis) Iacopelli, Julia (David) Iacopelli, and Daniel Iacopelli; nine great-grandchildren: Isabella and Kai Bennett, Marlee, Kaylee and Ellee Bolton, Tatum Cervantes, Patrick, Dominic and Trenton Iacopelli and special “grandchildren” Jayce, and Emersyn; her sisters: Mina (Rick) Bailey and Teresa (Allan) Sonfilippo Wilcox; nieces: Wendi (Rob), Kelli, Alli (Guillermo), Jimi,Niki (Chris) and Shallane; nephews: Tim (Carol), Bryan (Jill), Steve, Kevin, Scott (Marcie), Andrew (Fawnda) great nieces: Khala, Madison, Hanna, Taylor and great great nephews: Greyson and Jamison.

Nancy will be missed by her lifelong best friends, Susan and Ted Bucks, Jackie Davis and her special “Son” Mark Adkins.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Nancy’s caregivers Karen and Hillary of Sparrow Home Hospice and Nurses Kathryn and Mary Kay at Sparrow Hospital, 4 Foster and her special doctor, Milind Karve.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Therese Parish, 102 W. Randoph, Lansing. The funeral litergy will take place on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Fr. John Fain officiating.
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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.



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  1. Susan Bucks on January 31, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Nancy was my dearest friend. We shared too many wonderful times to even enumerate. She was quick to come to my side for anything I ever needed. We both decided to drive school bus in our forties which lead us to be together even more often. I will never be quite the same without her by my side.

  2. Angie and Don Foster and Family on January 31, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    We’re so very sorry…. Nancy was such a sweetheart and loved by many. Please except our condolences from our family. We will hold on to our memories from when we were younger in our hearts forever.
    Love all of you.

  3. Claudia and Melvin Freer on January 31, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Nancy was a very special cousin to me. We had a great friendship growing up. She always had the most beautiful smile. And when ever we would meet she always had the strongest hug.
    She will certainly be missed .
    And I know my sister Frances was there with open arms to welcome her into heaven with Nancy’s parents and a whole lot of relatives.
    Rest in peace my dear cousin.
    You will be forever in my heart❀

  4. Theresa Panetta on January 31, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Teresa,Nancy, and Mina were all friends of mine since we were just little kids! I remember every Summer walking to their house on Howe street and I lived just around the corner on Creston Ave and they had a pool we would always go swimming at their house! When I got married and this was when I was 21 years old Teresa,Mina,and Nsncy gave me a wedding shower at their house out back by the Pool !!! AMEN πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ PRAYERS FOR YOU ALL FOREVER! We were close friends and grew up together ❀❀❀!! We all worked together with our Mothers downtown at Capital Park Hotel right across from Reutter Park ! All of us girls were always very close! R.I.H. NANCY!!

  5. Linda Walker on February 1, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Nancy and I both attended the same schools and church. I used to spend a lot of time with her sister Mina. Nancy took a liking to me and later was instrumental in arranging a date with the most wonderful guy in the world, Barry. He was her brother in law. I owe a great debt to her for that. My heart goes out to Lee, their children and precious grands. She will be sorely missed. Barry has surely welcomed her in heaven.

  6. Elissa Faggion Greenburg on February 1, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Twelve years of Catholic education at St. Therese, Resurrection, Msgr. Gabriels we shared – but so much more! Nancy was enthusiastic and supportive of all endeavors related to her family and friends. She never hesitated to offer a helping hand. Her concern for others was the hallmark of her life and truly was her passion. It gave her direction in all she said and did. May her family, her extended family and her friends continue to know her presence and her love.

  7. Mike Lucker on February 1, 2020 at 11:30 am

    It is very hard to fully express my love, admiration and respect of Nancy, we shared wonderful memories in High School and beyond. She was always a thoughtful lady and confident to me, I will miss her chats, her laughter and her love of her family. It was my honor to know her, to love her and be my friend. To Lee and her extended family, how fortunate it must have been to have her in your lives. Nancy will be in my prayers always.

  8. Gina Gonzalez Heredia on February 1, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    I met Nancy threw my mom driving a school bus.. She told me some crazy stories about the kids lol. She would always say hello in the morning with her silly laugh.. She will be missed..

  9. Chris Walker on February 1, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I always remember Nancy as a very sweet woman. When I was a kid, I remember her driving my sister Carrie and I to school in the school bus and being surprised because she was both my school bus driver and my great Aunt. I am sad to hear of her passing and will always have good memories of how kind she was to us.

  10. Dawn Adkins on February 4, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Nancy was a dear friend to our family and “Nonny” to my kids. She had one of the biggest hearts I know and my family will be missing her for sure. My prayers go out to her husband, daughters and grandchildren at this time. I pray for peace and for the cherished memories they have to carry them through. All our love, Rickey and Dawn Adkins and family.

  11. Micki (Walker) English on February 5, 2020 at 10:23 am

    I love you so much Mom. You have always been the strongest and sweetest woman I know. I am truly blessed to have you as my Mom. You taught me how to be a great Mom, and Grammie. We will carry all of your beautiful traditions on and pass them down to each generation. I know you are always with me and I will be with you again someday. Thank you for the amazing life you gave ALL of us. I love you so much. Your loving Daughter, Micki. Xoxo πŸ˜˜πŸ’•β€οΈ

  12. Danielle Iacopelli on February 24, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Mom, I can’t thank you enough for your love, dedication and encouragement you have given to all of your babies. You are an amazing mother and Nonny. Nothing was ever too hard for you. You always showed up no matter where, when or how. You made it happen. We all have been so blessed to have such a wonderful, selfless, beautiful soul in our lives. I miss you so much it hurts. I know your pain is over and that brings me peace. It was so hard to see my beautiful strong mother struggle daily. If I could have saved you from the pain I would have a million times over. You will be forever missed and loved. Thank you for being our angel here on earth. I Love You Mom ….Dani

  13. Bella Bennett on March 15, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Nonny I love you I miss you

  14. Heather J Stringer on February 20, 2021 at 3:07 am

    Nancy was my dear friend. I will always treasure her memory. I just found out that she has passed away. I love you Nancy.

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