Lanette Gezahegne

Nov 15, 1953 - Jan 8, 2017


Lanette Gezahegne was born on November 15th, 1953 in Stockton California to Lacey Cravens Jr. and Oleta Cravens. She was the oldest of four children. Preceding her in death are her Father Lacey, and her sister Elaine Williams. She graduated from Edison High School in 1971 and attended San Jose State University. Lanette was a long-time resident of Stockton California and then moved to Elk Grove in 2004.
On April 16th 1976, Lanette married Yemane Daniel Gezahegne to which two daughters were born Leah Sapp and Kristina Gezahegne. She had a forty-three year career in banking holding serval positions throughout the years. She finished her career with Golden 1 Credit Union.
Lanette was a loving, loyal, compassionate, kind hearted, amazing human being. She gave unconditional love to everyone she encountered. It was not uncommon for Lanette to strike up conversations with strangers or provide hugs to anyone who needed one. She was loved by and has touched the lives of many people.
Lanette is survived by her two daughters, Leah Sapp (Charles Sapp), Kristina Gezahegne (Louis Jackson) and their father, Y. Daniel Gezahegne. Her mother Oleta Cravens, brothers Michael and Brian Cravens, several nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Bob Russo says:

    Kristina and Leah, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mom.

  • Mary Knight says:

    So very sorry to hear of Lanette’s passing. I worked with your mom at WAMU. My deepest sysmpathy for your family.

  • Sheila and Mae Watson says:

    To cravens family so sorry for the loss of lanette we all went to school together she will be deeply missed

  • Natascha thornton &family; says:

    Ill see you again auntie.loveing you always in this life and the next.

  • Carlos Perez says:

    Lanette your smile, love and compassion will always be instill in our Hearts and Minds… Thank You for your Frienship and the time shared together… Blessings to your new path… Condolences to the Family for your loss

  • Lucretia says:

    Wow!!!! She will be truly missed!!!!! I still rember her smile and hug she gave me at the Jazz concert at the waterfront standing there talking about the old days!!!!!you just never know.we need to hug and love each other more often when we see each other!!!!!! Rest in paradise Beautiful!!!!!!

  • Tamara Bankowski says:

    Such a beautiful, kind, loving woman who will be truly missed by many!!!! I wish I could of made the date to hook up with her when she last asked me….now, it will be in a much happier place in Heaven. God could not have chosen a more beautiful angel!!! My heart aches for you and you always will feel her presence…she has touched many and be proud to call her Mother!!! All my prayers and love to you!!! Till we meet again, Lenny!!

  • Tom Catanio #62 says:

    What a wonderful, lovely and kind young woman my Soul Vike Sister Lanette Cravens was at our Edison High in Stockton, CA back in 1970. My condolences and prayers to the Cravens’ family and to the Gezahegne family; husband Yemane & their two daughters. Much love for you and our family from all of us who knew you. Rest in Peace in Heaven Lanette!

  • sonia jhao says:

    God Bless. The last time I saw Lanette was many years ago at San Jose State. She was kind and had a great smile. Rest in peace. My condolences to all of her family and friends.

  • Robert Arong says:

    My memories of Lanette were watching her cheer at the football and basketball games attending homecoming when she was crowned Homecoming Queen and Seeing her in Toal Hall and remembering that beautiful smile. RIP Lanette

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