Harry J. Will Funeral Home

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI


Dorothy L. Kovac

February 15, 1923July 9, 2019

Dorothy Louise Kovac was born on February 15, 1923 in Youngstown, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Nicholas P. Kovac, siblings: Helen, Margaret, Walter, Frank and Richard. She is survived by her four children: Caroline (Jeffrey) Kressler, Nicholas (Diane) Kovac, David (Mary) Kovac and Elaine (Daniel) Malone, eight grandchildren: Maria, Matthew, Carrie, Nicholas, Andrea, Kevin, Joseph and Dana and ten great grandchildren and her sister, Carol Storch.

Dorothy graduated in 1941 from Gerard High School in Gerard, Ohio, where she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Caroline and Joseph Licht. After graduation, she moved to Highland Park, Michigan, where she met her husband Nick.

After raising her children, Dorothy and Nick traveled extensively in Europe with a particular love of Croatia, their ancestral home. In addition to providing for their children’s education, Dorothy and Nick also generously supported their grandchildren’s college educations. Dorothy was an excellent cook and baker which was reflective of her ethnic heritage. Dorothy was a passionate reader who shared her love of books with family and friends.

Above all, Dorothy will be remembered for her total devotion and commitment to her family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org/givehope) 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, Michigan 48076 (800) 227-2345 or Angela Hospice (www.angelahospice.org) 14100 Newburgh Road, Livonia, Michigan 48154-5010 (866) 464-7810.

Please leave condolences or a memory of Dorothy at her online guest book.


  • Visitation Friday Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday at Church Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 13, 2019


Dorothy L. Kovac

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Loring Gillespie

July 10, 2019

After leaving the Detroit area many years ago I lost touch with my Aunt Dorothy. I was fortunate to re-connect with a few hand written cards over the years and hear how she and her family were doing. I also shared photos of her Great Nephew, my son Matthew. Aunt Dorothy seemed so pleased to 'meet' Matthew through correspondence and he was equally pleased to make a connection with family and get to know his Great Aunt a little.

I know how much Dorothy loved her beautiful family and appreciated each of them. She was such a gracious women and will be missed. Blessings to you all in your time of sorrow.

Cathy Edinger

July 10, 2019

Dorothy was a woman who knew no strangers! She had a kind, loving and gentle manner and people gravitated toward her warm, humorous and loving personality!
I was introduced to her by my good friend Elaine, (Dorothy’s loving daughter).
We had an occasional opportunity to cheer on the MSU Spartans together and share the best books we had recently read. She was so easy to know and love and we saw how proud she was the day Kevin and Dana married. I’m thankful she was there to witness those beautiful events, but I know that she will be looking down and celebrating the many more awesome family gatherings and special occasions this family will continue to have.
God Bless her beautiful soul. To the entire family, may her beautiful memories sustain you during this sad time. Lifting you up in prayer and holding you close to our hearts.
Cathy and Jack Edinger