British Columbia, Canada
As you all know “Lyra, Madame Chipmunk” passed away peacefully Tuesday morning.
Some of you may be wishing to either send a card, flowers, or as she herself had preferred, a small donation to an environmental organization in your own area in her name, (this she suggested before she died, and it is shown in the obituary notice below.) It became obvious that you should be apprised of Lyra’s legal name for your donations, etc. and it was:
Renay Sharon PIERCEY-NESIUS
(better known to us as the sweet Lyra, Madame Chipmunk)
Below is her obituary, as it will appear in tomorrow’s paper in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After speaking with David a few things came up this evening, and one was that he suggested with her being such an activist for environmental causes, if anyone wished to make a donation in her name, (within their own community in Renay's name,) that would probably be very much appreciated by her, and the entire family in lieu of flowers.
There is a link at the bottom of the obituary where you can, after tomorrow sometime, view her life story, make donations, order flowers, or leave a memory. You will notice that David and family have put a link in the printed obituary to her site here at netpoets.net for members of her family, and friends at the service and burial, plus those sitting Shiva to view if they wished, so I hope you have all signed her book to show how much she truly was loved within this community but if not here is the link to the visitor's page at Madame Chipmunk's site: http://chipmunk.netpoets.net
PIERCEY-NESIUS, Renay Sharon
Died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on March 18, 2003. Renay was born April 13, 1944 in the Bronx, NY the daughter of David and Lillian (Platt) Schwartz. The family moved to Yonkers, NY where she spent her younger years. She attended Boston University where she earned a degree in Education in 1965. Later that year she married Monty Piercey who preceded her in death on May 22, 1999. Renay owned and operated The Culinary Shoppe in Kalamazoo before closing the business in the late 80’s. She then attended Western Michigan University where she received a Master’s Degree in Education. She was a founding member of the Asylum Lake Preservation Association and was a member of the Environmental Concerns Committee of Kalamazoo where she was a tireless advocate for a better Kalamazoo. Renay was an avid poet and was published both on-line http://chipmunk.netpoets.net and in print. Preceding her in death along with her first husband Monty was her son Eric Piercey and father David Schwartz. On October 23, 2001 she was united in marriage with David Philip Nesius who survives. Also surviving is a son Victor (Courtney) Piercey of East Lansing, step-son Joshua Nesius of Battle Creek, step-daughter Cristin (James) Hastings of Kalamazoo, 2 daughters-in-law, Joanne Piercey Franklin of Gobles and Tara Kramer of Kalamazoo, 5 grandchildren, Dasha Piercey, Valerie Hirsch, Rose Smith, Aurora Nesius and James Hastings IV, her mother Lillian Schwartz of Miami Beach, FL, a sister, Marlys (Dean) Abrams of White Plains, NY, 2 nieces Vicki and Brooke and many loving cousins nationwide. Services will be held Thursday 11am at:
Stadium Drive, West of US 131
with Rabbi Harvey Spivak of the Congregation of Moses, officiating. Interment will follow at Genessee Prairie Cemetery. Shiva will begin at the family home immediately following the interment. Renay left the world a better place than she found it and suggested that memorials be made to organizations that benefit the environment. Please visit Renay’s personal web page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can read her life story, share a memory that would be appreciated by the family, make a memorial contribution, or order flowers online (read below on family wishes).
MAY SHE REST IN PEACE
Please be aware that in lieu of flowers the family wishes for those who would like to do something in Renay's memory to donate to an organization that benefits the environment or the local hospice in your own particular area, in her name. Thank you.
[This message has been edited by Sunshine (03-21-2003 03:46 PM).]