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Obituary: Danielle Joyce Slanker

Danielle Joyce Slanker- Our Queen, Tootie, Little momma, went to tend the gardens in heaven on January 26, 2024. She lived in Farwell with her husband Darrel Slanker. They married on June 14, 1980. He was the love of her life, and the absolute best bonus Dad to her children. He was so devoted to her when her health began to decline. Danielle loved to garden. Gardening was her happy place; out playing in the dirt. Her yard was beautiful. She loved MSU sports. If there was a football or basketball game on, you knew she would be cheering them on. She was a proud alumnus of Haslett High School and maintained friendships from her time there. She loved the beautiful homes that Darrel built for them. She had an amazing eye for design. Her home was as beautiful inside as it was outside. Her love for her family was immeasurable. She always wanted to know what her family members were up to. She adored her grandchildren and great grandbaby. She lit up when they walked into the room. Her passing has left a huge void in our lives, but we all know she will be watching over us from her garden in heaven. Danielle was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Tim Longpre and Bobby Ridenour. She is survived by her husband Darrel Slanker, her children; Melinda Sue (Jim) Lard, Kris (Wendy) Ridenour, Kerrie (Russell) Lang, Kurt Ridenour, Dawn (David) Faverman, grandchildren; Chelsea (Zachary Madejek, Justin Lard, Josh Crampton, great-grandchild Myla Madejek, sister and brothers; Pat (Ron) Smith, Carol Ridenour, Dick (Eileen) Ridenour, Terry (Sue) Longpre and DeeDee Van Douser. A funeral service is planned for Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at the Campbell Funeral Home in Farwell at 1PM. Family and friends may visit on Wednesday from 11AM until the time of service at 1PM. Danielle’s family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for the amazing help and comfort they provided, particularly her nurse Denise and aid Nikki. They were beside us all the way. They were our angels. Please direct memorial considerations to Heartland Hospice. Memorial envelopes will be made available at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Campbell Funeral Home, 408 W. Main Street, Farwell, Michigan. Memories and condolences may be shared online at

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