HERMAN, Mich. - Hiltrud Lanczy, 86, of Herman, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, November 22, 2013, at Bayside Village, with family at her side.
The cause of death was congestive heart failure.
She was born in Luneburg, Germany, on December 10, 1926, the daughter of the late Fritz and Hannah (Brese) Sehlmeyer.
She married Dr. Tamas Lanczy in 1948 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1952. He preceded her in death. She spent 46 years of her life in Herman, but prior to that she had also lived in Morristown, N.J., North Eaton, Ohio, and Baraga.
Hiltrud was affectionately known as "Mamu" by those closest to her. Hiltrud "Mamu" had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed. She will be remembered for many things, but her kindness, compassion for others, love of nature, and love for family will carry on in the hearts of those who knew her. Warm and comforting, her blue eyes and friendly smile made everyone feel important and loved. She liked to crochet and many of her neighbors, friends, and family have her beautifully crocheted blankets to remember her as well.
Hiltrud was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church.
Hiltrud is survived by her five children, 15 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren; Barbara (George) LaTendresse of Herman, Mich., and their children, Phil (Kathryn) LaTendresse (Jordan, Evelyn, Thomas) of Tapiola, Maj. Joe (Ivy) LaTendresse (Charlotte) of Watertown N.Y., Morgan (Jamie) LaTendresse (Arianna) of Volo, Ill.; Dr. Bela (Lisa) Lanczy of Herman, Mich. and their children, Kerstina (Mick) Wirtz (Mickey, Maddi, Saige) of Green Bay, Wis., Bela (Jennifer) Lanczy (Ava, Jaron) of Green Bay, Wis., Cpt. Lucas (Jamie) Lanczy (Lucas, Tessa, Mea) of L'Anse; Zoltan Lanczy of Grand Rapids, Mich. and his children, Dr. Maija (Dr. John) Fish (Marian) of Milwaukee, Katie (Thomas) Wiesnewski of Milwaukee,Zachary Lanczy of Houghton, Emily (Cameron Rose) Lanczy of Manchester, United Kingdom; Col. (R) Tibor (Taryn) Lanczy of Salida, Colo., and their children, Bernie (Annie Overlin) LaForest (Melina, Rio) of Truckee, Calif., Carol (Eli) Hooper (Leona) of Santa Fe, N.M., Sarah (Pierson Grider) Lanczy of Lansing; Geza (Mary Pilotte) Lanczy of LaFayette, Ind., Alec (Katie Sullivan) Marin of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Clark Lanczy of Ishpeming, Honorary grandson, Dr. Mischa Doman of Arnheim; nephews, Col. (R) Gerhard (Ingeborg) Lauenstein of Oldenburg, Germany, and Detlev (Birgit) Lauenstein of Winsen, Germany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 23, 2014, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L'Anse with Father James Ziminski, celebrant.
The family will greet friends at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Autism Speaks, a cause that Hiltrud strongly supported. Donations in her honor may be made by going to the website autismspeaks.org or can be mailed to: Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd. 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Mrs. Lanczy's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at rfsc.net.
The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L'Anse has been entrusted with the arrangements.