Amelia Place

Amelia (Marie) Place, a dearly loved woman, who devoted her life to the Lord, passed away on February 24, 2022. Marie, 91, was born on August 1, 1930, to Stephen and Elizabeth (Dumont) Gasper in Wyandotte, Michigan. While cheerleading a Hillsdale High School basketball game in 1946 she met her husband to be, Lyle Place and they married on her birthday, August 1, 1948, in Hillsdale, Michigan. Together, Marie and Lyle raised four children, three daughters and one son, in Hillsdale and later in Charlotte. Lyle and Marie owned and operated two businesses in Charlotte, a stained-glass door company called Charlotte Art Glass and Goosebumps, where they made ceramic and stoneware pieces as well as porcelain collector dolls. Additionally, they owned a stained-glass retail store in Lansing. Marie’s loving heart was clearly visible in the organizations she volunteered in. She volunteered with Charlotte Hospice, Meals on Wheels and Charlotte Helping Hands. She was active at: Ann Arbor Baptist Church; Gladwin Cornerstone Baptist Church; Bellevue First Baptist; First Baptist Church, Charlotte; New Hope Baptist Church, Ellington, Florida; College Baptist Church Hillsdale; and Bankers Baptist Church. Marie was active with her church, she started many prayer groups, participated with multiple prayer partners and was a witness to many non-Christians. Marie went on a medical mission trip to Haiti with her daughter, Rita, and her granddaughter, Crystal. Traveling was a big part of Marie’s life: Turkey, Alaska, and Hawaii were a few of her big trips.
Marie is survived by her children, Linda Place, and Lyle (Mary) Place II; grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark Zsoter) Lynch, Nathan Grove, Jeremy (Megan) Grove, Crystal (Patrick) Galivan, and Ryan (Amanda) Burcham; great-grandchildren, Austin, Liam, and Marielle Lynch, August Grove, Rainer, Preston, and Hadley Grove, Brielle Galivan, Elijah and Edwin Burcham. Marie was preceded by her husband, Lyle; daughters, Marcia Feldpausch and Rita Place; grandson, Ricky Burcham; brother, Louie Gasper; and her parents.
The Funeral service was held Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastors Jonathan Barber of Ann Arbor Baptist Church and Pastor Don Francis of Bellevue Baptist Church officiating. The funeral service was webcast live so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to, click on Marie’s (Amelia’s) tribute, then click on photos & videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). A link will appear on this page to watch the webcast.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to American Kidney Fund. Family and friends are encouraged to share remembrances and condolences online in Marie’s (Amelia’s) Tribute Page at The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.