Dorothy M. Saari, 87 of Escanaba passed away Sunday May 13, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital following a short illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Dorothy was born June 29, 1924 in Perkins, daughter of Joseph and Adele (DeGrand) Demeuse and was raised in the St. Nicholas area and attended Perkins High School. Dorothy was married to Oscar G. Saari on November 10, 1945, who preceded her in death on August 3, 1997. Dorothy and Oscar lived and raised their daughters in Rock, MI and moved to Escanaba 26 years ago. Dorothy was employed at the Rock High School. She worked in the Head Start Program and also for the janitorial department. In 1997 she began volunteering at the Escanaba Senior Center. She was an active volunteer until a week before her passing. Dorothy was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and attended mass every Sunday. She enjoyed traveling in her earlier years, baking breads, pies and cinnamon rolls. She loved playing Bingo at the senior center, playing cards, going to the casino, and eating out with her dear friend Mary Alice. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family and Friends will remember Dorothy as a lady who liked to be on the go. She loved her family with a really big heart.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters Mary (Ray) Delmont, Bonnie Berube, Sherry (Mike) Delke, Cathy (Don) Valenta. Her sister Rose Burnard of Gladstone and brother Robert (Vangie) Demeuse of Gladstone. Grandchildren, Shannon (Mike) Dutkavich, Jodi (Matt) Berndt, Paula (Andy) Vitala, Tina Berube, Louie (Beth) Berube, Bobbie Jo (Jason) McDonough, Brandy (John) Shenberger, Michelle Delke, Jason (Tina) Trombley, Jeremy (Julie) Trombley, 13 great grandchildren and 3 more great grandchildren arriving in a few months and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, George, Norman, Joe and Ray Demeuse.
The family of Dorothy Saari will receive friends on Friday May 18th at The Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home, in Escanaba, Michigan between 2:30 and 4:30 PM. A mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life will be held at St. Thomas Church at 5:00PM with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating. Luncheon will follow services in the St. Thomas Church hall. Burial will be in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells, MI. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the family with arrangements.
Dorothy will be missed dearly by her daughters, family and friends. She will be in our hearts forever.