Dorothy K. Stimac

SOUTH RANGE -Dorothy K. Stimac, 95, of South Range, died late Friday evening, Mar. 22, 2013, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where she has been a patient for the past two years.

She was born in Greenland, Mich., on April 24, 1917, a daughter of the late Joseph and Antonia (Koschmus) Pintar and attended the Painesdale High School.

Dorothy worked in a factory in Detroit, and after returning to the area, married John “Strummer” Stimac in Trimountain. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1987. Dorothy also worked in the kitchen at Wadsworth Hall at Michigan Tech and later worked at the South Range Elementary School in the hot lunch program as a cook, retiring from there.

Dorothy was a devoted Catholic. She was a member of Holy Family Parish of South Range and the Altar Society of the church. She had a strong faith and adored her church, praying daily to the Blessed Mother.

Dorothy loved caring for her family and was a wonderful homemaker. She enjoyed baking and cooking and would go all out preparing holiday meals. Easter was a favorite time in her home as she prepared all the traditional Croatian foods, Easter sausage, povitica and cabbage rolls. Dorothy also enjoyed watching the Detroit Red Wings hockey games on TV. She also followed her grandsons when they played Junior hockey, attending as many of their games as she could. Dorothy enjoyed her many dear friends but her grandchildren were the highlight of her life and spending time with them brought great joy to her. She will be dearly missed by her family who will cherish her memory in their hearts forever.

Surviving are a son, Paul (Mary) Stimac of the Houghton Canal area; a daughter, Patricia (Pete) Pakkala of South Range; five grandchildren, Sherri (Mark) Wiitanen of the Houghton Canal area, Anthony “Tony” Stimac of South Range, Craig (Cassie) Pakkala of Green Bay, Wis., Cheryl Pakkala of South Range, Carrie (Ryan) DeForge of Houghton; eight great-grandchildren; one great- great- granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents and husband, Dorothy was also preceded in death by a brother, Tony “Pinky” Pintar; and two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Taucher and Josephine Olson.

The family would like to thank the third-floor staff at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility for the wonderful care and kindness given to Dorothy. You all are very much appreciated.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013, at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Range, with Fr. John Martignon as celebrant. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday at the church. Spring burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range. Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at