Dorothy J. Esckilsen

January 31, 1933January 28, 2013


Dorothy J. Esckilsen, age 79, died January 28, 2012. She was born January 31, 1933 in Clinton County, MI to John and Lucy (Lang) Feldpausch.

Dorothy retired from the State of MI after 33 years of service. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and loved the casino. She also enjoyed hamburger night at the Dewitt VFW and Sunday breakfast at the Laingsburg American Legion with her friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Jack Esckilsen, Frank Keck; and son, Jack James Esckilsen.

Surviving are her daughter, Jean (Mike) Pingston; son, Mark Esckilsen; 8 grandchildren, Mark Joseph Eskilsen, John Matthew (Gina) Esckilsen, Daniel Edward Esckilsen, Andrew Jack Tolliver (Katie Oliver), Samantha Ann Tolliver, Jeremy Jay Tolliver, Samye Jo Lipscomb (Adam), Michael C.P. Pingston (Brittany); 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Dave) Folkens; and special friend, Dick Daymon.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington, DeWitt, MI 48820, with Rev. Dick Preston officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 – 1:00 PM.

Memories may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 1, 2013

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Norm and Renee Farnum

February 2, 2013

We wish to express our condolences to Dorothy's family. She was a part of our family for many years and we loved her.

Mark & Elaine Curtis

January 31, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Claudia Smith

January 31, 2013

Mark and Jean...We are loss for words when we heard about your mom. She was the Monarch of words and always had a laugh no matter where she was at. She was a wonderful woman and a good pie maker..We will deeply miss her...
Leon and Claudia

January 30, 2013

Gert was a great friend and I will miss her alot.I really loved her.

Linda Wise

tami ballard

January 29, 2013

Our sincere sympathy to you Jean and Mark and your family. Dorothy was a wonderful person- her laugh contagious (one she passed on to you "Jean Ann". Cherish and hold on to all the memories. I'm sure Jack and Jackie are hugging her now.
All our Love,
Tami and Robin Ballard

Andrea and Percival Prince

January 29, 2013

Dear Jean, and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy. May the happy memories of your Mom comfort you during this difficult time. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Donna (Powell) Brown

January 29, 2013

I am at a loss for adequate words to express my sadness for you. I had the blessed opportunity of knowing Dorothy and I know heaven just received one of the most special angels. It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you'll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. May the love of the people around you help you through your pain.

Teresa Pruden (Esckilsen)

January 29, 2013

Dear Jean and Mark, My deepest sympathy with the loss of your beautiful Mom. I have so many fun childhood memories of our families spending time together at your home in DeWitt and at Grandma and Grandpa Esckilsen's place in Roscommon. When I think of our Mom, she is always smiling or laughing. Jean, I loved seeing the photos of you and your Mom this past few years since we reconnected on FB. Hugs to you all during this tough time and know that you are all in our hearts and prayers. Love, Teresa and Jim Pruden

Karen Brown

January 29, 2013

To Dorothy's Family:

I am so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. She was such a fun person to be around. I worked with her at the Liquor Control Commission and have many great memories of her. I will miss her.