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Women's Division Chamber of Commerce Memorial Fund
PO Box 1665
Muskegon, MI 49443
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Life Story / Obituary
Dorace Marie Findorff was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a vibrant woman with a great sense of humor, a smile always on her face and the life of a party. Her time was rich in memories spent with many of her close friends and family who will truly miss her.
With banks still closing as a result of the Great Depression, the promise of a new election year awaiting, and during the midst of one of the greatest droughts in American history, John and Marie (Grilliot) Erickson had hope again with the arrival of their newborn daughter, Dorace Marie born on May 10,1931 in beautiful Muskegon, Michigan. Dorace brought light into an era of hard times.
Growing up a middle child between her brother, John and sister, Pat in The Jackson Hill neighborhood of Muskegon, Dorace was raised Catholic and attended Froebel Elementary School. A lover of music and the arts, Doris took tap and ballet lessons as a young girl. A favorite pastime was spending time at the beach and playing with her many friends. During high school she dated William Findorff and they were married in 1948. For the first two years as a married couple, they lived with Bill’s parents and welcomed their daughter, Cherie, into their home. After Bill finished college, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Michigan where he received a degree as an anesthesiologist. During his internship and for his several years with the U. S. Navy, the young family moved around. Through those years, they also welcomed two beautiful children, Rhonda and Dacia. The family finally settled back in Muskegon where their final child, a son, William was born. Dorace was a wonderful mother and loved to plan and organize for William and the children. However, after seventeen years together, their marriage ended.
Providing for her family, Dorace went to work with her mother and sister in their women’s clothing store called “MiLady’s.” Dorace was a classy lady who always was fashionably dressed. Eventually, she took over the operation of the store and was very successful for a number of years. She was also very active in the local Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce. Mixing a workload with family time and pleasure, Dorace enjoyed bowling on a league for a number of years. A true nature lover, she loved walking the sandy shores of Lake Michigan as well as gardening. Her gardens were the envy of the neighborhood with blooms for every season. She also grew vegetables and was a steadfast member of the Zonta Club. By the mid 80’s, when downtown shopping started to decline, she decided to close the store. For the rest of her career she worked in various sales positions for several different retailers including Vandevelde's and Art Van Furniture, and JCPenney. She also worked at Blue Lake Fine Arts camp for several summers.
Dorace was fond of travel and there were memorable vacations to the Bahamas with her daughter. But above all else, she absolutely loved being a grandmother. She babysat whenever she could and always had a whole set of toys for the grandkids ready for play whenever they came to visit. There were many sleepovers with the grandkids and she strived to teach them manners, too. Sadly, in 2003 she was involved in an auto accident, leaving her left arm never quite the same. Despite her injury, she kept up with her gardening, walking the beach and riding her bike, as well as visiting with her special friends. Eventually the years started to take their toll, and sadly, Dorace died on May 28, 2016. Her model of grace and fashion as well as her warm spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Dorace is survivied by her daughters, Cherie (Peter) Crosby of Ontario, Dacia (Max) Wait of Muskegon; son, William (Heidi) Findorff of Whitehall; grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick, Stephanie, Melanie, Amanda, Vanessa, Kirk, Rachel, Tyler, Christine, Ryan; 6 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; brothers, John (Carol) Erickson of St. Clair, Pat (Raymond) Wilder of FL; many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rhonda Drinnan in 2013.
A celebration of Dorace's life will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1:00 pm with visitation one hour prior to the service at the Clock Chapel - Muskegon. MEMORIAL: Women's Division Chamber of Commerce Memorial Fund.