Dorothy Wilson, 98

Dorothy M. Wilson, age 98, of Sturgis, Mich., and winter resident of Venice, Fla., passed away on March 29, 2009. 

She was born on Feb. 15, 1911, in Chicago.  Dorothy resided most of her life in Oak Park, Ill. 

She was active in many organizations including Infant Welfare, Friends of American Writers, of which she served a term as president, and several book clubs and garden clubs.  Dorothy had a love of words and was very well read. 

Dorothy moved to her beloved Klinger Lake, Mich., in 1980.  She was her happiest when she was with friends and family.  Dorothy was a wonderful cook and many people were invited to her table where interesting conversation and laughter reigned.  Dorothy was an avid bridge player and played in several groups including a duplicate bridge group.  Dorothy was a member of the St. Joseph Historical Association, the Sturgis Garden Club and St. John’s Episcopal Church. 

Dorothy had a special interest in Lawrence University which she attended and the University of Illinois Medical School where Larry, her son, had been a professor.  Dorothy possessed a loving and wonderful passion for life.  Her family and many friends will miss her enthusiasm, wisdom and graciousness. 

She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Reed of Williamsport, Maryland; four grandchildren, Karl Wilson, Courtney Pena, Cheryl Landa, Kristin Sheffler and six great-grandchildren, Logan and Laira Wilson, Raquelle Landa and Andrew, Lauren and Elizabeth Sheffler.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Laird and her beloved son, Larry. 

A service for the family was held privately in Venice and there will be a memorial service in Sturgis at a later date. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 110 S. Clay Street, Sturgis, Michigan 49091. 

Farley Funeral Home in Venice is handling the arrangements.

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