×

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI

OBITUARY

Dorotha "Dotty" Caroline Pratt

July 28, 1936May 20, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Dotty was born July 28, 1936 in Shepherd, Michigan to the late Paul and Louise (Siefker) Chaney. She was our “Honeybabe”. Her priority, first and foremost, was her family. Her grandbabies and great-grandbabies always came first. Nothing brought her greater joy and happiness than spending time with them.

She took great pride in her beautiful flowers, and meticulous lawn. Honeybabe enjoyed traveling with her late husband Tom “Greene” Pratt, our Bumpa; especially to Florida, Paradise Michigan and Mackinac Island.

She is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Louise Chaney, husband Tom, son-in-law, David Palazzolo, brothers, Gordon, Kendal (Lynn), and Denny (Jo) Chaney.

Left to cherish her in memory are her children Christopher (Mary) Pratt and family, Jeff, Katonia, Frank and children Lilly and Katelynn; son Tom Pratt and fiancé Tammy and family, Tommy and Sylvia Pratt and children Tommy and Grace Lynn; Aimee and Jay Hobbins and children Madelyn, Eloise, Levon and Jude; Caroline Pratt and Cory and children Josiah and Coryel; daughter Lori Palazzolo and family son Matthew (Tracy) Palazzolo and children Caiden, Casmir; daughter Anne Palazzolo (Kevin), and children Ruby and Rosie; daughter, Mary (Juan) Mundaca and son Micah; daughter Collette (Bob) Palazzolo and family, Andrew, Christopher (Elise) and son Gasper Palazzolo, Angie (Scott) Fisher and children Vinny, Anthony, Max, Abel, Sophia and Foina; son Joe Palazzolo and son Michael; daughter Sarah Pratt-Spangler (Thomas) and family Emily Holder and children, Nolan and Raelyn, Jennafer (Travis) Bazzani and children, Teegan and Lexi, Jessica (Don) Spires and children, Kylie And Ryker; son John (Calise) Pratt and family, Molly (Alex) Hauenstein and children Danica Green, Alexa Green, Cooper Hauenstein and baby due Christmas!!! Johnny Pratt, and Collette Pratt and Matt House, and “adopted” children Gary and Rene’ Ungst and daughter Sarah.

She is also survived by siblings, Lynda (Jim) Nelson, Martin Chaney, RuthAnn (Joe) Strahan, brother James (Debby) Chaney and sister-in-law, Marge Chaney, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 24, 11 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 157 High Street, Williamston, MI with Rev. Mark Rutherford presiding. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing. The family will receive friends Thursday evening 5-8 p.m. at the church, and one hour prior to the service. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the amazing care mom received from The Willows of Okemos over the last 4 years. Especially Jennifer, Nisha, Billie, Sylvia, Elise, Tho, Karen, Chef Matt who made her the best whipped French Cheese cake ever! The list goes on and on! Executive Director Keith, Deb and all the office girls, you all meant the world to us. Thank you...

Those desiring may make contributions in memory of Dotty to St. Mary Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Being soft and strong with unshakable faith is a combination very few have ever mastered. Our Honeybabe did…

*** A story from the eyes of Joey...

Hello Family I am very sorry to hear that your mother passed. She was awesome!!! I hope it's ok that I send you this. If it's appropriate please send it to your brothers. I don't have their contacts. When I heard about her passing it made me think of Dave. That led me to a series of memories that led me back around to your mother. I would like to share my journey with you. God Bless!!

The Palazzolo family and the Pratt family have been a continuation of each other since I was about 10 or 12 years old. I am 56 now so to say all my life would not be stretching it too far. It is rare for me to have a clear memory of any event at 10 or 12. Yet all these years one memory has visited me from time to time and it visits me again today. It is even more strange because nothing major or life altering was happening during this memory or at least you would not have thought so at the time. It was just a sunny day riding in the back seat of a car at the corner of Grand River and Merridian road with Tommy Pratt driving and my brother Dave riding shotgun. I don't remember why I was in the car with them (not a normal occurrence at the time). But I remember my ears perked up because they were talking about a girl. The part of the conversation I remember went like this; Dave: Do you think she would go out with me? Tom: Oh ya, she really likes you. Dave: Why did she say something? Tom: ... Dave: .... Tom: ... Dave: ... Back and forth, back and forth and then finally Tom: Look just ask her out Dave. She'll go out with you. I'm telling you Lori really likes you.

That's it. The whole memory. I don't remember anything before or after. I kind of think I remember Dave warning me that he would kick my behind if I ever said a word about what was said in the car but can't be sure. But I never did say anything about it after that to any one. Until today. I love Dave and I miss him and I'm pretty sure he will forgive me for telling his secret after all these years. Most everyone knows the story from there. Dave and Lori got married then Bob and Collette. The Pratts became an inseparable part of the Palazolo story and visa versa. So why am I telling this story now? There is a part of the story that I am not sure even it's participants ever noticed or fully understood. But I saw it and I watched it unfold and again this is the first time I have ever shared it with anyone. Over time I learned that this part of the story was a gift from Mrs. Pratt (Dotty) that she never knew she gave. When Lori and Collette started dating my brothers we were a pretty hard core group. We were 7 boys who were about as rowdy as 7 boys could possibly be and we were being raised to survive and prosper in the world no matter what it tried to throw at us. In short we were tough, we were hard and always on guard. But Lori and Collette weren't like us in that respect. Not to say they weren't those things they just didn't live them the way we did. They did crazy things like try to hug you or compliment you or give you something when you didn't expect anything. Now don't take this wrong. There was never a doubt that our parents loved us completely. They did everything a parent does to show a child they are loved. And even the brothers for as much as we fought. We had each others backs in a second against the rest of the world. ( I can kick your butt cause your my brother but no one else can touch you or else ). We just showed love differently. So that being said I clearly remember the first time Lori hugged me. I froze. I was almost offended. Actually I think I was offended. How do you respond to something like that? And then Collette was hugging me too. It was all too weird. People don't do stuff like that! Right?? I mean other than your parents or grand parents... But the Pratts did. Apparently that stuff works because over time they became a permanent part of our family and our lives. Any way when my brothers started dating the "Pratt girls" I noticed a change in the family and it grew over time. There was less fighting and arguing. Some of which I guess you would expect once a couple of boys had real girl friends to keep them occupied. But we treated each other differently too. A little nicer and less combative I guess. But I could see my brothers changing to be a little bit more like Lori and Collette. So I told you all of this to get you here. One day I met Mrs. Pratt (Dotty) out at their farm on Williamston road while everyone was still in the dating stage. And within 10 seconds I knew where Lori and Collette got their spirits from. I could see them in her eyes and feel them in the room. It was obvious. Except that I kinda had it backwards. It was her I saw in Lori and Collette's eyes and it was her I felt in the room with them when they were around. Not just her of course but she was and is always there.

All those memories led me to this one truth. Your mom has a special kind of love and she gave it to her children. Her children gave it to my brothers. My brothers made it a part of us and our family. And now it's being passed down to every generation. And that's made all of us better people. What more than that could you hope to achieve in one life time. Thank you Mrs. Pratt.

JP Zolo

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Andy Palazzolo
  • Matthew Palazzolo
  • Johnny "Little Peanut" Pratt
  • Tommy "Putza" Pratt
  • Joseph Palazzolo
  • Christopher Palazzolo
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Mary Catholic Church
  • The American Cancer Society
  • St.Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Rosary Service Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, May 24, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 24, 2019

Memories

Dorotha "Dotty" Caroline Pratt

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Dewey Longuski

May 22, 2019

Pretty much every time I interacted with Dotty was around RCRB gigs and so I will always see her in my mind with that contagious smile and remember how she showed us such a sincere gratitude for the music we played, even when we sang off key! Go Rest High on That Mountain Dotty! !

Geoff Pratt

May 21, 2019

No words can or will ever express what an amazing, beautiful, caring, loving, and perfect Grammy you were/are to all of us! My heart hurts that I didn't get to see you one last time, but I am thankful that your in peace now so, I look forward to the day I get to see you again. I love you Grammy, to the moon, stars, and beyond!!!

Love Always
Geoffy

Jacklyn DeFeyter

May 21, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to family and friends during this time. ❤️

Teresa Pratt

May 20, 2019

I don't know how to share just one memory of one of the greatest heroes of my life. There are so many. All I can say is that she had a huge heart. She absolutely loved life. From her childhood farm life to big family adventures, she embraced each moment with passion. She loved her family and friends like there was no tomorrow. I learned so much from her about faith and love and the joy of having a family. A bright 🌟 has left this world today. Until we meet again...I love you!

FROM THE FAMILY

Reunited again!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Our sweet Honeybabe

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Reunited again!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Our sweet Honeybabe

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Dotty was born July 28, 1936 in Shepherd, Michigan to the late Paul and Louise
(Siefker) Chaney. She was our “Honeybabe”. Her priority, first and
foremost, was her family. Her grandbabies and great-grandbabies always came
first. Nothing brought her greater joy and happiness than
spending time with them.

She took great pride in her beautiful flowers, and meticulous lawn.
Honeybabe enjoyed traveling with her late husband Tom “Greene”
Pratt, our Bumpa; especially to Florida, Paradise Michigan and Mackinac Island.

Being soft and strong with unshakable faith is a combination very few have ever mastered.
Our Honeybabe did…