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Ellajane Sloan Rundles
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Obituary for Ellajane Sloan Rundles

EJ Rundles, born Ellajane Sloan on October 27, 1926 in Wyandotte, MI, passed away on Friday September 22, 2017 just a month shy of her 91 birthday. The story goes that the mother of a high school beau dubbed her “EJ” as a “more proper” name for a grown woman, and the name stuck (except with her mother, Mary Kerr Sloan). EJ grew up in Wyandotte, MI with her parents, older brother Dale, and younger brother Dean. Upon graduation from high school, she entered nurses training at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, where she was awarded her R.N. in 1947. Later that year, on November 28, 1947, she married Walter Z. Rundles, a young physician she met on a blind date while they were both in training at U of M. The couple resided in Ann Arbor, MI for a few years while Walter completed training, and while there, welcomed daughter Karen in 1948 and daughter Janice in 1950. In 1951 they moved to Flint, MI, Walter’s home town, where the new doctor began his practice as an ophthalmologist, and subsequently had three more children, Jeff in 1952, Chris in 1953, and Lindsay in 1956. While being a busy wife and mother was her primary occupation, EJ nevertheless found the time over the ensuing 60+ years to engage in numerous civic endeavors for which she was highly respected for her intelligence, wit and acumen, and will long be remembered. The most prominent among these was helping to found and serving on the board of directors for nearly 40 years of the Cedar Street Children’s Center in Flint, one of the first organizations of its kind in the state that provided child care services for children in the Flint and Genesee County area. EJ also served many years on the board of directors of the YWCA of Greater Flint, where she was president from 1980 to 1981, and on the board of directors, and treasurer, of the McFarlane Home. For the last 17 years of her life, EJ resided in Fenton, MI and also maintained a home in Petoskey, MI, where she and her husband enjoyed many years of cross-country skiing, golf (EJ was a wicked golfer), and entertaining numerous family and friends. EJ was preceded in death by: her husband, Dr. Walter Z. Rundles, her daughter Karen Piper, and her son Christopher Rundles. She is survived by: daughter, Janice Rundles of Fenton, son, Jeff Rundles of Denver, and daughter Lindsay Tatum of Fenton; her brother, Dean Sloan and his wife Jeanne Sloan of Fallon, Nevada; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Bay View, MI. Arrangements entrusted to Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Tributes may be shared on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com


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