Dorothy Saari

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died May 13, 2012

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.

22 Tributes for “Dorothy Saari

    Our sympathy to all of you. Dorothy was such a great friend and neighbor to mom, Vera Kickbusch, in the park, and was still visiting her at Christian Park Village. I visited with Dorothy just a couple weeks ago when we were in town. Our prayers go out to all of you. Sharon and Jim Ellisor

    I was so saddened by the news of Dorothy’s passing. She has been a great friend to me here at the center. I will miss her fiestiness and laugh. She was one of the best people I have known. God be with you and help you with your loss. She is with him.

    You have my deepest sympathy. Doroth was such a wonderful neighbor to my folks (Don & Vera) and such a friend. She continued to visit mom at the Village even when she didn’t know people any more.

    Just met Dorothy (Dottie) at Esc. Senior Center and we WII bowled on my birthday. My Aunt Naomi befriended her when she started WII bowling last year. She was a sweet lady that will be greatly missed. My sympathy & prayers for her and her entire family.

    Dorothy was a very lovely lady. She was a good friend to my mother (Mary Lark) when she lived next door to her in the trailer park. They played alot of cards together. She was an excellent baker, and we enjoyed her “treats” She will be missed.

    To Dorothys’ family, We extend sympathy in the passing of Dorothy and wish you strength during this time. We are the family of Ty Kivela (Toivis”) sister who also passed a few months ago. Our condolences. Fay Kivela

    I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Dorothy passing away. I would really have liked to be with you at this time of remembering her life but Chuck is not well today and travel would be difficult.

    To the Saari girls: I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember her when I was in High School——-what a sweet lady she was. My deepest sympathy to all of you…God Bless. Jan Sczytko

    To Sherry and family: my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have great memories of your Mom during our high school years and talking with her at your house. Celebrate her life and everything she gave to you…it was a Gift. Rest in Peace to your dear Mother.

    Frank was a honary Ritter and part of our family. He truly loved Mary and she will deeply miss him. He loved reading, puzzle books and was so great with little children our family will miss him.

    Mary, at this time of loss may you know his compassion, his grace, and his love. May the love of God surround you during this time of sorrow. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. With Sympathy

    Richard and Carol

    Frank was a great guy with a great personality. I’m very sorry for your family’s loss. Special hugs to Mary Ritter. Love you Mary!

    Bill that is what I always called him because he never called me the right name. When I first met Frank I instantly liked him. Frank had a personality that was like no other. He always made you smile whenever he had the chance. Mary my thoughts and prayers go out to you, he will be missed by many. Hugs to all of you!!!

    Much to say and so little time…. I love you Frank. You will be missed tremendously! I know we’ll see you when it’s our time to move on. 🙂
    Mom, you are always surrounded in love and always lifted up in prayer. You ARE the strongest woman I know and have been through more trials than many have in a lifetime. You always manage to rise up and press on. This is just one more for the books to say I’ve been there, done that. You have so much encouragement to offer others. You’re an amazing woman! I thank God for these trials that helped shape you into this caring, compassionate and loving woman. I’m very proud to call you mom. Though Frank is missed, he is not far and for that we are so blessed. 🙂 xoxoxo Thank God this is NOT the end. Love you all!

    Homer, I am sorry to read about the loss of your wife. We were neighbors in Flat Rock and went to grade school together. Over the years I have wondered where you and your siblings have re-located. Again my sympathy. Ada Richer Knauf

    Homer, I hope you may remember me. I was sorry to hear of your wife, Shirley, passing away. I will keep her and all your family in my prayers.John Coyne

    Maggie, very sorry to hear about Dennis was very shocked. Thank you for putting his passing in the Chicago paper. Will miss speaking with him. God Bless you and all Family. Edith Carr, forest glen garage. 5215 N Austin, Chicago, IL 60630

    Dear Maggie, I just heard about Dennis passing today. I drove a bus at F. glen during the 70’s with Dennis. He was a great guy and an excellent bus operator. I enjoyed his and John Weiss stories so much. Dennis came to visit me a few years ago and it was a great visit. My deepest condolences.
    Walt Thomas

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