OBITUARY

Dorothy Irene Tolan

December 28, 1925September 5, 2021
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Dorothy Tolan, age 95, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, September 5, 2021 while surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Tolan; parents Andrew and Anna Mlynarchek; brothers Andrew Mlynarchek Jr., Joseph Mlynarchek, Frank Mlynarchek, Charles Mlynarchek, Edward Mlynarchek; sisters Annie Hastidt, Mary Cigler, Sister Diana Mlynarchek, Agnes Hawthorne, Helen Napper, Cecila Cisler; and grandsons William and Patrick. She will be deeply missed by her children Richard (Sharon) Tolan, Larry (Carrie) Tolan, Patricia Carpenter; grandchildren Evan (Brittany Gengle) Tolan; great-grandson, Porter Jack Tolan; step-grandchildren Kim (Tom), Kelli, Benjamin, Callie; step-great-grandchildren Taylor, Christian, Jackson, Chase; sister, Frances Mlynarchek; sister-in-law, Shirley Tolan; special friend, Stella Schmidt; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bri Peplinski and Hospice of Michigan.

Dorothy worked at Lear Siegler, Smith Industries for 46 years. She also volunteered for 20 years at Metropolitan Hospital. Dorothy also enjoyed many years of golfing.

A funeral Mass will be held 1 p.m. Monday, September 13, 2021 at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church - 159 131st Ave., Wayland, MI 49348, with visitation one hour prior. In memory of Dorothy and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to West Michigan Humane Society or West Michigan Meals on Wheels. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.kubiakcookwayland.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 13, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, September 13, 2021

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Vonnie Dewey

September 14, 2021

So sorry for your loss Rich and Sharon!!! We know how hard it is to lose someone that is close to us no matter their age. Hope you both are healthy and that God will give you peace during this difficult time. 😢

DJ Provo

September 13, 2021

Pat Carpenter is a close friend of mind and I met her mother many times over the years and I remember her as a lady of strength!
She did an excellent job caring for her family and was a strong Catholic example.
Her family must be reassured that Mom will be seeing dad and many others and is now in the arms of the Angels.
Love to you all

Nancy Hammond

September 13, 2021

Patty Tolan (Carpenter) and I grew up together as best friends. Although I lived across town, it only took minutes to ride my bike to the Tolan's house. I always felt welcomed there by Mrs. Tolan, who as teenagers we lovingly referred to as "Dortinka" but never to her face! While most mom's back then stayed at home and the dad's worked outside the home, I knew Mrs. Tolan did not have that option and yet she seemed to do it all. Growing up in her household, I noticed things even as a kid. She had a sense of calm, she always took care of her family and her hair was always beautiful! What an incredibly strong and selfless woman she was and I know she passed these traits on to her children. I will always remember her kindness and her beautiful heart. Thank you, Dortinka xoxo

Kimberley B Smith

September 12, 2021

I met Dorothy through my friend Cathy Schmidt who's mother is Stella Schmidt, friend of Dorothy. The four of us went to the Soap Opera Convention in Mackinaw City in 1995. We had so much fun and it made such wonderful memories. I am so glad I got to know Dorothy and how special she was for Stella.

Kimberley B Patterson-Smith

Barb Wingard

September 11, 2021

I knew Dorothy through the volunteer program at Metro. She was a kind and helpful person and had many friends at the hospital. My condolences to Dorothy's family.

Barb Wingard
Retired Volunteer Director
Metro Health Hospital

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