Dorothy E. Jirtle

January 24, 1937February 18, 2021

Dorothy Elizabeth Jirtle, age 84, was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Helen Bates; Mary Bates (birth mother); husband, Elmer Jirtle; and grandson, Eric Jirtle. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Steven and (Kim) Jirtle, Scott and (Tammy) Jirtle, and Todd Jirtle; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four siblings; nieces, nephews, and many cherished friends.

Dorothy was a lifelong educator, with a Master of Education from Grand Valley State University, and a retiree from Grand Rapids Public Schools. She dedicated her life to the Lord by serving her church in teaching, music, and the study of God's word.

A private family funeral service will be held in the near future. Additionally, the family wishes the public Celebration of Dorothy's Life to take place in the spring, with time and date to be announced. In honor of Dorothy and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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Mary & Ronald Van Dam

February 23, 2021

Dorothy was a very caring, loving wonderful example of a great wife, mother & grandmother that anyone could know. Dorothy was very dedicated to her Lord as an example of how to live her life. Dorothy enjoy Heaven for eternity. Love you. Until we meet again in Heaven. The Van Dam's.

Dot North

February 22, 2021

I Attended Adult Education at West Side Complex And Lexington School. Dorothy was one of my Teachers. Sorry to hear of her Passing. Dot North