Laurie Helen Reisenauer

Laurie Helen Reisenauer – age 83, passed away peacefully in her home in Holly, on Monday, July 19, 2021. Laurie was an only child, born to her beloved mother, Helen Amelia Allinger and father, Benjamin James.  She had an amazing childhood roaming the Rocky Mountains with her many cousins, of which Jody Jacobshagen was like a sister to her. She married the first love of her life, Gerald Reisenauer, on June 9, 1956.  They raised three amazing children, Pamela Ruth, Gary Patrick and Sharon Laurie in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Laurie spent her early years as a traditional homemaker.  She enjoyed sewing and would often give her crafts to those in need.  Laurie grew beautiful flower gardens and freely shared her green thumb tips. Laurie met many people who quickly became friends before retiring from Jockey International in Kenosha where she supervised the sample department. After Gerald passed away in 1993, Laurie enjoyed going to Dinner theater events with her sister-in-law, Dorothy Reisenauer Thomas. In 1998 Laurie left Kenosha to join her youngest daughter, Sharon, in Holly, where she was blessed to meet the second love of her life, Leonard Bentley, and gained the love of Leonard’s three beautiful children, Jeff, Kimber and Jodi.  Together Len and Laurie had 23 wonderful years together.  Laurie loved her afternoon rides through the country and spending time at home with her cats and also with the help of Barb Stilwell, Laurie was welcomed into the Holly Dollies Red Hatters. Laurie is survived by her companion of 23 years, Leonard; son, Gary (Rachelle); daughter, Sharon (Brad Stilwell); son-in-law, James Zahringer; sister-in-law, Dorothy Reisenauer Thomas. Jeff (Krista) Bentley; Kimber (Bruce) Marshall; and Jodi (Mike) VonWihl. A beloved grandmother to April, Brian (Amber), Amy and Jeremiah (Ali), Amber, Mathew and Adam.  A great-grandmother to Gerald, Ashlee (Cody), Patrick, Autumn, Rodrigo, Jaime, Luis, Isabella and Maddox.  A great-great-grandmother to Enzo, Isabelle, Everlee and another on the way, Sophia. Special nephews and niece Daniel, Colleen and Jeff.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; and daughter, Pamela Zahringer. According to Laurie’s wishes no services will be held.  Memorial donations to the Michigan Humane Society.

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