Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI


Dorothy Jean Holeman

September 12, 1932February 2, 2020

Dorothy Jean Holeman, age 87, passed away at her home in Grand Blanc, Michigan, on February 2, 2020. Her loving husband, Howard Holeman, was at her side.

Dorothy was born September 12, 1932. In 1952 she married Charles Stark and had four children. In 1978 she married Howard Holeman.

She will be remembered with love by her children, Donald Stark, Deborah Malewski, and David (Roselle) Stark; her step-children, Michelle Gossman, Sandra (Chad) Labby, and Linda (Michael) Zusack; her grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah) Stark, Andrea (Adam) Bitely, Kathleen Stark, Jesse Stark, Meredith (Dustin) McLean, Kristine (Kyle) Fuselein, Karyn (Brent) Skiba, and eight great-grandchildren. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and loved to tell stories about them all.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Clessie Lois and Ara Belle (O’Neal) Tucker; her sister, Thelma Smith, and her son, Douglas Stark. Dorothy was in the Waterford Township High School Class of 1950.

Dorothy loved her life, her family, sewing, and clothes. She was very much a people person and would chat with anyone close by. She was a creative soul and was gifted with incredible sewing talents, and could make almost anything, from wedding dresses to men’s suits and ties.

In her early years she worked for Kroger as a cashier. Later, in Howell, where she raised her children, she became a school bus driver. She eventually became the Supervisor of Transportation in Howell, then in Hartland, and eventually in Bloomfield Hills where she worked until she retired.

Dorothy loved attending her sewing guild meetings and teaching others, including children, to sew. She volunteered at several thrift stores in Florida.

Dorothy and Howard enjoyed spending their winters in N. Fort Myers, Florida, for many years and eventually moved there full time. They loved their home and neighbors in Yacht Club Colony and the many creatures that visited their backyard and the canal behind them. They were active at the Elks Club and enjoyed their many friends there.

In 2016 they returned to Michigan to live at Tranquility Estates in Grand Blanc, to be closer to family. Dorothy will be cremated, and a private burial will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hill Funeral Home in Grand Blanc, Michigan. A memorial luncheon will be held for Dorothy at the Lions Den in Waterford, Michigan on Sunday, February 9th at 2pm.

For those desiring to make memorial contributions, they can be made to Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Florida, in Dorothy’s name.

Hope Development Department 9470 Health Park Circle Fort Myers, FL 33908


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Sandra Labby

February 7, 2020

Dorothy was my stepmother for a long time. Her and my dad spent so many wonderful years together. I have so many memories of our trips to North Fort Meyers, with our children, to visit grandma and grandpa. They always tried to make our visits so special. For so many years, Dorothy filled in the blanks when dad forgot. I know how much my dad will miss Dot and how lost he will be. He loved caring for her these last few years. For Deb, Dave, Don and family, I love you all and am so sorry for your and our loss.