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Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI

OBITUARY

Dolores Horvat

17 January , 193020 June , 2019
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Dolores Theresa Szyniszewski was born on January 17th, 1930 in Detroit Michigan; the youngest child of Frank and Francis Szyniszewski. Her siblings were Arthur, Eleanor, Harry, Rita and Edna. Raised as a devout Polish Catholic, she attended St. Florian school in Hamtramck, Michigan.

On August 13, 1949 she married John Richard Horvat. A year later she became pregnant with her first child. During her pregnancy she was stricken with polio, but went on to have a healthy baby. Lindsay, her first born, was followed by Christopher and Marianne. After a nine year break, she gave birth to three more children; Nancy, John and Janet. She had six children just like her beloved mother Francis, who she missed every day and is now joined with in heaven. She also had six grandchildren; Kyle, Eric and Jason Scott; Kristen Methven and Andrew and Tyler Totin. She loved and was proud of each one.

Sadly, in 1979, her husband John passed away. With small children yet to raise, she went back to work and started taking college courses, eventually earning a Master’s with honors in psychology. She became a licensed psychologist in 1986 and worked in a clinical setting for many years. In this capacity, she touched the lives of many; not only her clients, but also her associates and colleagues.

Throughout her life, Dolores suffered from post-polio syndrome and, in 2002, had another medical set-back from a fall. Although left with more physical complications she continued to work until 2011. When she retired from practicing psychology; she started anew and began training as a Stephen Ministry volunteer at her church, St. Patrick’s in White Lake.

Her determination influenced us all. She was never handicapped because she never let her physical limitations dictate what she could accomplish. Her spirit and resolve were legendary.

Affectionately known as “Dolly” to her family and close friends, she will be dearly missed.

It was always mom’s intention not to miss out on any social gathering or event; after her beloved brother Harry died in 2005, she continued to hold a party on his birthday, December 27th in his honor. Her last birthday in January was celebrated in style by a 1930's Art Deco-themed party. In May, she attended the high school graduation of her youngest grandchildren, a goal she had set for herself when they were born. Aunt Dolly wanted to be the last to leave any party and life was no exception. She was the last survivor of her generation – the proverbial last man standing!

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 2:00pm until 8:00pm (Rosary 7:00pm) at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:00am (In State 10:00am) at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Road, White Lake. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Those wishing to make a donation in her memory may do so to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott Street in Detroit. Dolores was a proud supporter of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and very pleased with the help and care they offered to the community.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, 25 June , 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, 25 June , 2019
  • In State Wednesday, 26 June , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, 26 June , 2019
  • Burial Thursday, 27 June , 2019

Memories

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Sharon Strus

29 September 2019

Wish I had known of Dolores' passing. She was among other titles a trailblazer. How many she inspired throughout her life are countless. I am one of them who was gifted to have had her at my side.
I don't know how I would have survived my eight years as principal without her toughness and guidance. I was called to fill my position and within weeks was audited through the
archdiocese. I had no handle at all of the school's finances. Dolores did and prepared the school's budgets for those eight years and I didn't blink before signing off on them.
She was a friend and confidant throughout and forever after.
She shared her home in Eastpointe to host my baby shower in '80.
She was my travel companion when I was to attend a science conference in CO.
I was oh so pleased when she made the effort to celebrate my 75th birthday in 2018. She was truly a gift to me and I thank her yet again for all she did while at Patronage of St. Joseph.
I will reflect often on her courage, determination and kindness.

Gary Janusz

25 June 2019

Prayer for Aunt Dolly
Heavenly Father, welcome Aunt Dolly into your heavenly kingdom with a loving hug. As Catholics we believe she now lives without the constrictions of polio, pain and illness.She can now walk and share with her family. As Jesus said, "Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you shall not have life within you." She truly believed and loved the Eucharist.
Aunt Dolly was all about love and unity of family and faith, shown by her hospitality at the Christmas season party and never missing a family event.
Grant your graces and blessings on her family as we deal with her loss.
We ask this prayer through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
Love, Gary

Beverly Bauser

24 June 2019

Aunt Dolly was one special lady. Her energy, love of life, caring nature were legendary , and of course she loved a good party🥰.
I am glad I was able to see her last month at my mom’s funeral.
She managed to lead a wonderful, fulfilling life beyond any obstacle thrown her way.
My sincerest condolences.
Her loving niece,
Beverly Bauser

Mark Sylvester

23 June 2019

Aunt Dolly was an inspiration to all she met...
I doubt I’ve ever known a more gentle woman or do I think I ever will.
She raised the bar in many ways...
Love you Aunt Dolly.
You will be missed!

Tim Totin

22 June 2019

Dolly was an amazing person and touched everyone she encountered. She will be greatly missed but her impression she left on our lives will remain forever.

Pat Sexton

22 June 2019

Dolly was one of the finest representing her generation. Resilient, gracious, sassy, independent, giving, intelligent, loving, rock solid, and the epitome of integrity.
Her gift to me was who she was. Dolly will forever hold a place in my heart.

Lisa Cusmano

22 June 2019

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Biography

Dolores Theresa Szyniszewski was born on January 17th, 1930 in Detroit Michigan; the youngest child of Frank and Francis Szyniszewski. Her siblings were Arthur, Eleanor, Harry, Rita and Edna. Raised as a devout Polish Catholic, she attended St. Florian school in Hamtramck, Michigan.

On August 13, 1949 she married John Richard Horvat. A year later she became pregnant with her first child. During her pregnancy she was stricken with polio, but went on to have a healthy baby. Lindsay, her first born, was followed by Christopher and Marianne. After a nine year break, she gave birth to three more children; Nancy, John and Janet. She had six children just like her beloved mother Francis, who she missed every day and is now joined with in heaven. She also had six grandchildren; Kyle, Eric and Jason Scott; Kristen Methven and Andrew and Tyler Totin. She loved and was proud of each one.

Sadly, in 1979, her husband John passed away. With small children yet to raise, she went back to work and started taking college courses, eventually earning a Master’s with honors in psychology. She became a licensed psychologist in 1986 and worked in a clinical setting for many years. In this capacity, she touched the lives of many; not only her clients, but also her associates and colleagues.

Throughout her life, Dolores suffered from post-polio syndrome and, in 2002, had another medical set-back from a fall. Although left with more physical complications she continued to work until 2011. When she retired from practicing psychology; she started anew and began training as a Stephen Ministry volunteer at her church, St. Patrick’s in White Lake.

Her determination influenced us all. She was never handicapped because she never let her physical limitations dictate what she could accomplish. Her spirit and resolve were legendary.

Affectionately known as “Dolly” to her family and close friends, she will be dearly missed.

It was always mom’s intention not to miss out on any social gathering or event; after her beloved brother Harry died in 2005, she continued to hold a party on his birthday, December 27th in his honor. Her last birthday in January was celebrated in style by a 1930's Art Deco-themed party. In May, she attended the high school graduation of her youngest grandchildren, a goal she had set for herself when they were born. Aunt Dolly wanted to be the last to leave any party and life was no exception. She was the last survivor of her generation – the proverbial last man standing!

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 2:00pm until 8:00pm (Rosary 7:00pm) at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:00am (In State 10:00am) at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Road, White Lake. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Those wishing to make a donation in her memory may do so to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott Street in Detroit. Dolores was a proud supporter of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and very pleased with the help and care they offered to the community.