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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. 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 ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ

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

    Mom, I canโ€™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

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

    Nonny I love you I miss you

  4. 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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