2009-05-16 / Obituaries

Frederick 'Fritz' Bennetts

Frederick Bennetts Frederick Bennetts Frederick "Fritz" Bennetts, 90, of Lansing, formerly of East Lansing, was an Upper Peninsula native who enjoyed spending time on Mackinac Island and worked in education and public relations. Mr. Bennetts died April 12, 2009.

He was born February 27, 1919, to Douglas and Mildred Bennetts of Washington, D.C.

The first five years of Mr. Bennetts' life were spent in the "Copper Country," in Calumet, the land of pasties and thimbleberry jam, and the next 85 years in the Lansing area.

He was educated at three Michigan universities, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. He used his training to teach, coach, and administrate on both the secondary and college levels. He came to Michigan State University in 1953, working in educational placement under Jack Breslin. He also had an appointment as assistant professor in the School of Education.

In 1955, Mr. Bennetts entered the private sector, working as Public, Personnel, and Labor Relations Director with Howard Sober, a transportation company. In 1960, he joined GM's Oldsmobile Division in public relations, and enjoyed 23-year career there.

Mr. Bennetts could often be found on the basketball or tennis courts of East Lansing and Mackinac Island. His hole-inone at the Lansing Country Club was one of his greatest sports memories.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia; three children and their families, Stephanie Lee Kemp of Bloomfield Hills, William Frederic and Debra Bennetts Jr. of Annapolis, Maryland, and Christopher Carl and Kathrin Bennetts of Leipzig, Germany; eight grandchildren and their families, Kord and Carol Kutchins of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Todd and Denise Bennetts of Buenes Aires, Argentina, Josh and Alexis Bennetts of Los Angeles, California, Zach Bennetts of Denver, Colorado, Tracy and Timothy Hedstrom of Winettka, Illinois, Stephanie Kemp and Adam Blueming of Los Angeles, Virginia Kemp and Michael Biondi of Kensington, Maryland, and Carl Gregory Kessler Bennetts of Leipzig, Germany; 13 great-grandchildren, and special friends Linda and Peter Lopke of Harbor Springs.

Private services were held.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 865 South Cedar Street, Mason, MI 48854 or the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 West Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes in East Lansing.

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