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William DeVette Astronomy Education Center c/o The Muskegon Astronomical Society
Life Story / Obituary
A loving daughter, sibling, wife, and mother, Doris DeVette lived a life devoted to her family. As a young adult, she eagerly looked forward to her Sunday visits with her parents and siblings, and as a wife and mother she dedicated her life to her family’s care and happiness. Doris selflessly worked nights so she could be involved in the family’s day-to-day activities. In turn, her sons lovingly cared for her in her later years, allowing her to remain in her home for as long as possible. She will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed.
With unemployment rates reaching 25%, 1933 was the worst year of the Great Depression. However, Americans found simple ways to find joy during these trying times. The first drive-in opened in New Jersey allowing patrons to escape reality for a few hours for a mere 25 cents per car. The first chocolate chip cookie was baked, prohibition was repealed and the World’s Fair opened in Chicago. For John & Tillie (Mileschowsky) Bohach, the birth of their daughter, Doris Lorene on Saturday, November 18, 1933 brought joy to their growing family. She was born in Muskegon, joining brothers William "Willy" and John. The family was later completed with the addition of sisters Erma and Anne "Tootsie"
Through the Great Depression, Doris’ father was fortunate to be able to support his family as tool & die maker while her mother cared for the family while tending the house, the chicken coop, and the vegetable garden. The family made their first home in North Muskegon in the Lakeside neighborhood on Letart Avenue, later moving to Laketon Township. A lifelong resident of the Muskegon area, Doris attended North Muskegon schools. She graduated with Honors (and perfect attendance!) in 1952 from North Muskegon High School where she highly enjoyed participating in the Marching Band and Choir.
Upon graduation, Doris enrolled at the Hackley School of Nursing, a three year program which included a practicum working in the Emergency Room at Cook County General Hospital in Chicago. She subsequently graduated with the HSN Class of 1955, passed her Board Exams and began a career as a Registered Nurse, spanning some 35 years, first at Hackley Hospital, then Mercy, and finally with Community Mental Health Oasis Program where she provided nursing services to geriatric mental health patients.
As luck would have it, while at Hackley, Doris met a young man by the name of William John DeVette through his mother who was also a nurse. "He dined & wined me," she would often humorously remark. Doris and Bill hit it off and, after dating for a while, they were married June 15, 1956. After a romantic honeymoon in Niagara Falls, New York, the young couple returned to their home in Norton Shores. Their family soon grew to include their sons Glenn who was born in 1957 followed by Wayne in 1962. As a young mother and nurse, Doris worked 2nd & 3rd shift to spend time with her family during the day. She was involved with the PTA at Lincoln Park Elementary School and as Den Mother for Cub Scouts where she served as the "un-official" troop nurse for Boy Scouts Troop 252 in Norton Shores.
After Bill’s parents passed away in the mid 1970’s, Doris and her family moved into their house on Mona Lake. They stayed there, enjoying all lake-life had to offer, until downsizing to their current home on Carol Street.
The family traveled extensively on summer vacations; camping and visiting historical sites and monuments, with an especially memorable drive to Florida in December of 1968 to watch the launch of Apollo 8. Doris was very family oriented and nothing made her happier than visiting with her parents and siblings on Sunday drives. Although not a fan of flying, on Doris' first ever flight to Florida, the jet encountered substantial turbulence and dropped several hundred feet, injuring a number of passengers. Doris subsequently volunteered to render first-aid and comfort. That cured her of flying for some time. A second flight, this time to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico in 1993, went infinitely smoother and she and Bill witnessed a total eclipse of the sun.
In her retirement, Doris enjoyed attending college football in East Lansing & Ann Arbor with friends Peggy and Gerry Lafferty, and Patricia and Mike Harris. Doris was an avid fan of Tiger's baseball, Red Wing Hockey, and local high school football on Friday nights.
After Bill’s death in 2015, Doris was fortunate to be able to remain in her home on Carol Street with the help and care of her sons and under the watchful eye of her lap-cat, Spook. After battling Dementia and Parkinson’s, the years began to take a toll on Doris’ body. Sadly, she passed away on March 2, 2019. Deeply loved, she will be forever missed by her loved ones.
Mrs. Doris Lorene DeVette, age 85, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 after a long battle with Dementia & Parkinson's while at a local nursing facility receiving hospice services.
She is survived by sons, Glenn and Wayne and her faithful cat, Spook; sisters; Anne Scheiber-Engleman, Erma Cass; brother William (Pam) Bohach; numerous nieces and nephews. Doris is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William J. DeVette, and brother John & sister-in-Law Marryanne.
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior to the service at the Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Rev. Carlos Ramos officiating. Internment in Mona View Cemetery. MEMORIAL: In lieu of flowers, the Family requests any memorials be directed to the William DeVette Astronomy Education Center c/o The Muskegon Astronomical Society www.stargazing.net/mas/.