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Arleen Marie Crocker Obituary
CROCKER, ARLEEN MARIE (Doletzky); passed into God's care on May 11, 2013 at the age of 97. She was born on October 11, 1915, the 10th child of 11 born to Frank and Anna (Miller) Doletzky, and was the last of her siblings to join their heavenly family. In 1942 she married Francis (Pete) X. Crocker and he preceded her death in 1994. Arleen is survived by her three sons, Thomas (Janice) Crocker, Jon (Catherine) Crocker, and Dean (Debra) Crocker; grandchildren, Kimberly (Mike) Feiwell, Tami (Ryan) VanOeveren, Todd Crocker, Brian (Beth) Crocker, Alicia (Mark) Gregory, Melissa (Michael) Brower, Jason Crocker, Joshua (Nicole) Crocker and Joseph Crocker; and great grandchildren, Jay Thomas Feiwell, Jordyn Marie Feiwell, Hailey VanOeveren, Andrew VanOeveren, Cameron Crocker, Landon Crocker, Allyson Crocker, and Olivia Crocker, with another expected soon. Arleen is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including Lavonne Devlin who was very devoted to her throughout her life. Arleen moved with her family to Dexter as a young girl where they established a family farm. She was a Dexter High School graduate, long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church (corner of Dover & Fourth) in Dexter, and was active in Knights of Columbus Women's Auxiliary. Believing in community service she was a member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary, and Antiquarians of Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum. Her life vocations involved serving people and she worked as a nurse's aide and a cosmetologist. Never one to ignore life's pleasures, she enjoyed her participation in a bowling league for many years, and hosted an annual Christmas party for her team. The only regret Arleen ever voiced was that she did not continue golfing. Arleen organized the annual Doletzky family reunions which began in 1964 and are still held today. She never missed a family reunion and was present at the 2012 event. Arleen was a vibrant person who loved life. Some of her greatest assets were her love of people and her ability to make everyone feel welcome and included. Family holiday celebrations were a time of happiness albeit a little chaotic with nine grandchildren running through the house. All the grandkids looked forward to these gatherings, especially Christmas Eve, loving to visit with grandma and their cousins.Arleen was all about her great grandchildren and while she was able, visited them all. Her day was always brightened by their stories, no matter how difficult things became a story about the great grandkids would bring a genuine smile to her face. Arleen was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by family and friends but all the wonderful memories make it easy to celebrate her life. Please join the family in her celebration. Visitation is on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. at the Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Dexter. The the Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Village Catholic Church, (corner of Dover & Fourth) Dexter. Burial will follow service at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action Inc.-Meals on Wheels Program, 603 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118 or South Lyon Senior Center, 700 Reynolds Sweet Pkwy., South Lyon, MI 48178-1816.
Published in Heritage on May 16, 2013
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