Dolores Telisky passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Dolores was born in 1923 to Marie and Fred Kogelschatz in Detroit, Michigan. After graduation from Northwestern High School, she worked for Burroughs Corporation until she married Paul Telisky, a handsome police officer she met while he directed traffic at a parade. Paul and Dolores had 3 children: Carol, Tim, and Marianne, and made their home in Detroit, Michigan. When Paul retired from the Detroit Police Dept in 1972, they moved to Lake Orion, Michigan where she lived until 2013 when she moved to Bellingham, WA. Dolores worked for the federal government administering civil service tests for 18 years until she retired in 1994. Dolores left a long legacy of community service. While in Michigan her community involvement spanned many years. This included 25+ years as an active member of the General Federation of Women Äôs Club of Lake Orion, founding member of the Lake Orion Historical Society, active volunteer of the Friends of the Orion Township Library, 25+ years as an American Red Cross volunteer, and performing with the Church Street Singers, a young-at-heart, fun-loving group that performed at retirement homes. In Bellingham, she remained active at the Leopold Retirement Community playing bridge, pinochle, Scrabble and working in the library to the very end of her life. Her gentle and fun-loving spirit will be greatly missed. The loving mother of Tim Telisky and his wife Leree, of Pontiac, Michigan, proud grandmother to Angelo Rondello and his wife Joy, Julian Rondello and his wife Brittany, and great-grandmother to Lachlan Rondello, son of Julian, as well as her son-in-law, Ron. Dolores also leaves many dear friends and relatives, including Claudia Callahan, who was like a daughter to her. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul; and daughters, Carol and Marianne. A memorial for Dolores will be held on the 2nd floor lounge of the Leopold Retirement Center on February 13th at noon. If you cannot attend, we hope you pause for a moment to recall a memory of Dolores that brings a smile to your face or warmth to your heart. She would like that.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Feb. 6, 2016