Anna LeFort, 8/27/2004 - 4/5/2017, A celebration of life service for Anna Alexandra LeFort, 12, a seventh-grader at Forsythe Middle School, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh St., Ann Arbor. The Rev. Terry Rhine of Chesterton, Ind., who baptized Anna, will lead the service, along with the Rev. Tim Ziegler of West Side United Methodist Church. Anna was born on August 27, 2004, as Yana Alexandrovna Turchinovich, in the Novosibirsk (Cherepanovo), Siberia, region of Russia. On October 26, 2006, Anna, along with her brother, Alexander, and parents, Fran (Dickey) and Michael LeFort, formed a family and established their home in Rapid City, S.D. The family recently moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where Anna passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, following complications from influenza and pneumonia. Anna waged a courageous six-week battle against the disease, a fight indicative of her spirit throughout her all-too-brief life. Funeral and burial services were recently held in McComb, Miss., at Hartman-Jones Funeral Home and Hollywood Cemetery. Anna attended Children's House Montessori School, Corral Drive Elementary, and Southwest Middle School in Rapid City and Forsythe Middle School in Ann Arbor. She was an honor student at both of her middle schools and was active in team sports. At Forsythe, she was a member of the Vikings soccer team and synchronized swimming team. Anna also played on travel soccer and softball teams. She loved attending her first University of Michigan football, women's softball, and women's gymnastics meets last fall. Beyond her athletic ability, Anna may have been best known for her compassion for others. While in Rapid City, Anna was a regular volunteer at the Humane Society of the Black Hills, where she walked dogs and cuddled cats. She also served others as a member of Southwest Middle School's student council. In Ann Arbor, she had registered to become a mentor for her disabled peers as an eighth-grader next year at Forsythe Middle School and was looking forward to becoming a WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) leader to help her younger middle school classmates. It is Anna's caring, giving spirit that has prompted Forsythe Middle School to graciously create an annual award in Anna's name, which will celebrate middle school students who show similar compassion and kindness toward others in their school and their community. Anna was creative and artistic, and left her family with countless homemade treasures as daily, tangible remembrances of her thoughtfulness. We will forever cherish her intricate drawings, delicate watercolors, sweet cards, notes, and letters, glittery picture frames, machine-sewn pillows, photos of her elaborate fingernail designs, and the untold number of gifts she made with love. She was also very imaginative in the kitchen, loved baking, and created a birthday cake from scratch for her mother just days before her illness. Anna had come to understand at a young age that true joy and happiness could be found in giving to others. In addition to her parents and brother, Anna is survived by her maternal grandparents, Mary Frances (Hewitt) and Bobby Dickey of McComb, Miss.; uncle Bobby (Donny) Dickey, Jr., aunt Tiffany Dickey, and cousins Peyton Dickey and Jordynne Dickey, of Huntersville, N.C.; aunt Kim Cooley, uncle Bobby Moreno, and cousins Jayde (Cooley) Fortenberry, Jace Fortenberry, and Brock Moreno and Baylor Moreno of McComb, Miss.; aunt Maureen (LeFort) and uncle Paul Paruta and cousins Megan Paruta and Rachel Paruta of Canton, Mich.; and numerous extended relatives. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert LeFort and Patricia (Jaye) LeFort of Taylor, Mich.; paternal great-grandparents, Margaret and ""Frenchy"" LeFort of Lexington, Mich.; paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jaye of Ryde, Isle of Wight, England; maternal great-grandparents, James E. and Mary Margaret (McRaney) Hewitt of Summit, Miss.; and maternal great-grandparents, Bobby Harold and Lavelle Evelyn (Stewart) Dickey of McComb, Miss. Anna is now reunited with her devoted Keeshond, Shreve. In lieu of flowers, donations for a memorial fund in Anna's name may be made to www.gofundme.com/annas-medical-expenses .
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