Sara Dora
1951 - 2015
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Dora, Dr. Sara M.; age 64; passed away Friday, May 1, 2015. Sara, along with her twin sister, Martha, was born February 18, 1951 to Frank and Ilah (Brunsvold) Myers in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She graduated from Central Michigan University and received her doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. On July 14, 1979 she married David Dora in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Sara was a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church where she has served in many capacities. Dr. Dora was employed as an emergency physician at Hackley and North Ottawa Community Hospitals, was board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care. She was active in the community; volunteering for numerous church, school activities and at Harbor Hospice. She enjoyed family and friends, traveling, working, cooking, reading history and walking. Sara is survived by her husband of 35 years, David; two children, Brian David Dora of Chicago, IL and Deanna Sara Dora of Muskegon; her brother, William D. Myers of Traverse City; twin sister, Martha Robb of Mt. Pleasant, sister, Meredee Conyers of Atlanta, GA; sister-in-law, Katie Myers; and nieces and nephews, Tawny and Mike Goodale, JoAnna Conyers, Garrett and Lynae Conyers, David and Jack Myers, Mark and Tara Dora, Tom and Brooke Dora; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Kathy Dora. A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Monday, May 11, 2015 at Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 937 W. Norton Ave. with Rev. Wally Coots officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 2015 at The Lee Chapel Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. 6291 S. Harvey Street, 231 798-1100. Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Hospice. Share memories with Sara’s family at their on-line guestbook at www.sytsemafh.com

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Published in Morning Sun from May 6 to May 7, 2015.
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April 27, 2020
Linda Felcyn
Friend
April 27, 2020
She to this day, I think about her often. She loved everyone. Always wanted to make sure others were happy. Although, I only knew her for a short time, she was an extraordinary woman. I will never forget her.
Linda Felcyn
Friend
September 7, 2015
The loss of Sara on this earth is beyond description. She was a wonderful friend during some of the most difficult times of my life. She loved her family so completely and with deepest dedication. She was able to truly engage with another human as few I've known. God gave Sara so many gifts as He does to all of us. Her crowning acheivement was that she maximized those talents through giving to others. She is a shining example of Christian faith in action. Life without her will be difficult but your life with her was a great gift. You will all be in my daily prayers. Much love and deepest sympathy.
Christine Sturm
June 15, 2015
David, I am behind the curve on recent news. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. A beautiful team has been broken up by her passing. You will now need to find the strength to carry on alone into the future.
Mark Cummings
May 14, 2015
I will always remember Sara's beautiful smile and her kindness to this tiny little underclassman from MPHS! She will truly be missed by many.
Patty (Zinn) Bunch
May 11, 2015
Dr. Dora

One phenomal lady. I just thought she was so outstanding.

Also a great care giver.
Linda Felcyn
May 11, 2015
Martha, Meredee, and Bill, you may or may not remember me, I grew up next door to you, but it has been many many years since we saw one another. I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear of the passing of your sister. It is definately hard to believe as I only have memories of all of you as kids when we were growing up on Vernon Drive, again so sorry to hear.
Kirchner Robert
May 10, 2015
Sara is an incredibly amazing person, one of the most gifted physicians I've ever known; especially her communication with patients and families. She knew what to say and how to say it. She continues to be an example to emulate. She was, and is, much loved by many, and will be deeply missed by all. A beautiful legacy for her family to cling on to. The daylight seems to be a bit dimmer without her presence in our lives. Prayers and thoughts are with her dear family and close friends.
Jerry Harriman
May 10, 2015
Working as a beginning RN in ED with Sara proved my steadiest rock in times of trouble and her faith in God nourished those around her. Many loved her aplomb, her caring, and her cooking, and sorely will we miss her smile. God Bless all she touched.
Brian Fox
May 10, 2015
Sara was a most wonderful mother, woman, friend. We hold such precious, happy memories of her in our hearts. Know that we keep you in our prayers, most especially today and in the weeks ahead.
Love and blessings,
Pat, Camille, Andrew & Cara
Camille Gabris
May 7, 2015
Martha, Meredee, and Bill, we are so sorry for your loss. Gordy and Pat
Pat & Gordy Schultz
May 7, 2015
Marian Fish
May 7, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Sara when I was an employee of Hackley's E.R. way back in 1980.I believe she was still an Intern or Resident at that time. I could tell back then that she was going to become an incredible physician. After reading all of these entries...she obviously was.
Joe Skocelas
May 6, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you Dr. Dora. Thinking of you during this difficult time. So sorry....
Kim Jensen
May 6, 2015
Sara will be greatly missed by many. She taught me so many things as a new hospice nurse. She embraced her patients, their families and co workers with great compassion, every day. She taught me about death and dying and that it can be a wonderful journey. Her journey here on earth may be complete but she will live in our hearts forever.
Christine Briggs
May 6, 2015
Dr. Dora,
We were so saddened to hear of Sara's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you during this very difficult time. All our love...
Kyle and Bonnie Pline
May 6, 2015
Praying for peace in the difficult days ahead.
Scott & Laurie Semlow
May 6, 2015
For the family, it's so devastating when their loved one passes away. Even though you all knew how special Sara was, isn't it truely amazing to read each & every note posted here and know that EVERYONE loved knowing and working with Sara! I learned so much from her and saw what a compassionate and GODLY woman she was every day she and I worked together! I will miss Sara greatly!
Cheryl Parker
May 6, 2015
Dave, Brian, and Deanna,

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this extremely difficult time.

Dan, Michele, Dana, Ryan, Jennifer, Brayden & Ella Buckley
May 6, 2015
Dave, Brian & Deanna, I am so thankful that our families met and became friends. Sara was a genuine sweetheart. Always smiling and kind words to say and a positive attitude. She was an inspiration to all. I will never forget working on school projects together for our children but mostly the fun we had dancing together at functions. Your grief won't go away but it will change over time. Rest assured she is at peace now. All our love
Melissa Jo, Ken & family Harris
May 5, 2015
I will miss my first Muskegon neighbor, favorite and trusted ER doc and adoption mentor.
Sara's brite eyes and genuine smile radiated her love for all those she touched
God's peace and eternal joy to the Dora family .
Lenny Kurello
May 5, 2015
Dr Sara always had a smile on her face and a song in her heart. I was fortunate to work and collaborate with her as a colleague and friend. May God speedily heal the hole in your hearts that she leaves... until you meet again.
Dr Michelle Condon
May 5, 2015
Each of the Meyers four was in my CMU lab school music classes. Sara like the others became people we admire. She made a difference in the lives of many including mine. Martha Smith (Mt Pleasant)
May 5, 2015
I worked with Sara for many years. She was kind and very good to the sick. May God cradle her.
Mike
May 5, 2015
Sara was so special -so loving and compassionate -she touched so many lives. Our caring sympathy to Dave,Brian and Deanna.she will be greatly missed.
Tom and Cheryl
cheryl veldman
May 5, 2015
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Thoughts & Prayers with your and your family:)
Dee Dee Drent
May 5, 2015
I was fortunate to have worked with and know Sara. She was a graceful beautiful person.
Shelly Wendling
May 5, 2015
I'm so filled with sadness at Sara's passing. Years ago when I was a student in the ER I met Sara and worked with her. She was such a warm and gentle spirit...I just loved her. I still have recipes she gave me and will always remember her sweet smile. When we would bump into each other she always asked about my family and we would just pick up where we left off. My prayers will be with her family.
Carrie Scott
May 5, 2015
May the Love of friends give you comfort.
May the Love of God bring you peace.
I met Sara years ago in Hackley E.R. she sewed up a cut on my arm. I joked with her about in years to come she would do my open heart bypass surgery!
What a Blessing to me, you and the entire World. My most heartfelt sympathy, May she rest in peace.
Walter Jend
May 5, 2015
To Dave, Brian, & Deanne,Our heart goes out to you for your loss. As members of Calvin Church and in the same small group for years, we knew and loved Sara. She was a special lady. We know she is in heaven singing with the Angels. She will be greatlymissed.Len & Marilyn Hartman
May 5, 2015
I met Dr. Dora many years ago when I was very young and my baby son was very sick. She put her hand on my shoulder and told me to have faith, he would be ok ....She was personally kind when all she needed to be was 'removed and tell me medical stuff'. She will be missed. My thoughts to her family
tamara holmberg
May 5, 2015
There's never been a doctor who made a new nurse feel more supported and encouraged in their career. She was a cherished diamond in our healthcare community! She will be sorely missed but fondly remembered. Peace to her family,
Angie Lindeman
May 5, 2015
Sincere sympathy, Dr.Dora.
Jan Sampson
May 4, 2015
My heart is saddened to hear of Sara' s passing, Dr. Dora. I send to you and your family my love and prayers. I pray that your broken hearts will feel some measure, no matter how small, of peace and comfort, knowing so many people love and care about you. May God hold you in the palm of His hand, and you feel His love surround you.
Jan Kolkema
May 4, 2015
Dave,
Such a tragic loss for all of us but especially for you and your family. Sara was special for what she did but more importantly for how she did it. The ER can be a very impersonal place but Sara treated her patients with compassion, respect and dedication. What made her different was the fact that she treated them all with love. A great person who will be missed and remembered fondly. Our prayers for comfort and peace to you and your family. It was an honor to know her and work with her
Dan and Margie Fett
May 4, 2015
Such loss. Loved working with her at Poppen. Learned so much from her. She set the bar for other doctors high. She was so full of compassion for patients, their families and staff. Prime example of what a doctor should be. Rest in the Lord.
Betty Rowe
May 4, 2015
I worked with Sara for many years in the E.R. She was one of the most compassionate, caring, and loving Drs. I have been blessed to work with. Mostly about Sara is her love for her Lord. Even though we're saddened by her loss, we can rejoice that she is home with her Lord and we'll see her again someday. My prayers for comfort and peace for the family.
Dave Weller
May 4, 2015
Dr Dora touched my heart many years ago she truely was. a wonderful Dr and a wonderful person. I know she will be missed.
May 4, 2015
Never in my life had I met such a gracious, generous woman until I met Sara Dora through her best friend Julie VanderMeulen. She had no reason to trust me, let alone like me or love me, yet she blessed me and my family far beyond expected. A true angel. A true woman of God who loved before she judged and laughed before she cried. I know she is with God and I know God blessed my family to know her. Rest in heavenly peace, Sara. May peace fall to your family and your lovely friends.
Kelly France
May 4, 2015
Dave,Brian & Deanna our heart goes out to you for your loss. As members of Calvin Church and in the same small group for years, we knew and loved Sara!!! We know she is in heaven singing with the Angels. She will be greatly missed. Len & Marilyn
May 4, 2015
Dear Dave and family~~Dan and I were so very, very sorry to read of Sara's death. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. She was one of the sweetest, most caring people we knew. She will be missed. Love you, Joyce and Dan Busman
May 4, 2015
Remembering days in the "old"Mercy ER and working with Sara. Also our daughters sharing time in their little girl years. She is a very treasured person and will be missed. Amy and Jeff Basch Shaun and Leah
Amy Basch
May 4, 2015
I am so sorry to see this. She was such a wonderful person and physician
Ginny Pitts
May 4, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Sara was a wonderful person to all who worked with her and were her patients. A true role model for other doctors. I'm glad to have known her.
Jim Walters
May 4, 2015
I loved working ER with Sara, such a loss for everyone. thoughts and prayers for your family!
Lynda Schmitt
May 4, 2015
Dr. Dora I am sad to hear of the loss of Sara. You are in my thoughts.
May 4, 2015
To the Dora Family,
My family is so very sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Sara as a mom who volunteered at the schools and cared so deeply for her children. She will truly be missed!
Terri Bullerman
May 4, 2015
Dave, Brian & Deanna,
They say everyone either adds to or takes away from peoples lives. Sara added to our's and we will miss a very fine person in our lives.
Bill & Janet Sabourin
May 4, 2015
If the world was given a model in which to live a life Dr. Sara would be a true fit, eager to teach, empower, embrace, and love! Dr. Dave my heart goes out to you and your children...your giving, patience, loyalty, and dedication to all of us and every life you continue you to touch will continue on the beautiful legacy of God's great story in the Dr's Dora. For certain a story forever in our hearts.
Darlene Henry
May 4, 2015
I was blessed to have known Sara for many years. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. We shared some of our happiest times together in the adoptions of our daughters. God blessed our community and so many people with her gifts of friendship, compassion and love. I love you Sara.
Laurie Mitchell
May 3, 2015
I am saddened to hear that the world has lost such a wonderful person. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her. I always admired her kindness and her grace. She will be missed.
Bonny Wood
May 3, 2015
I am sorry for your loss.
Cheryl Iverson
May 3, 2015
I am so saddened to learn of Sara's passing. She was a joy to work with and was always "Sara" not Dr.Dora.
Jan Moser
May 3, 2015
I am so very sorry for your loss as a family.. she was a joy and pleasure to work with and as a pt she cared for.. one of a kind..
Marlene Downing
May 3, 2015
I always will remember getting calls from Sara when she was working in ER. She was a wonderful , caring , and kmowledgable physician
Fred Levin
May 3, 2015
Dear Dave and Family~
We are saddened by this news. Sara touched my life in a great way with her loving personality and sincere care. She~ such an example of how we should live our lives in positivity nurturing one another and genuine love. We lift up your family in our prayers. Not many words can be said better but excellent servant of our Lord. Sad that this world is short someone so special to many. Glad she is residing in a better place where we know Sara is much loved.

Our hearts go out to you and family

Gary and Natalie
Gary/Natalie Katerberg
May 3, 2015
Sara was one of my very favorite people. Love and hugs to her wonderful family. God Bless. Love, Louise Hvizdos.
Louise Hvizdos
May 3, 2015
Dr. Dora,

We are sending many thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

John and Tricia Mueller
May 3, 2015
words can not express the deep sense of loss we feel! She was an awesome person and a great Doctor. this must be awful for you Dave and family, you are in our prayers daily.
John&Virginia Dantuma
May 3, 2015
Dave and family,

So sad to hear of Sara's passing. What a great lady and wonderful person to have worked with. She will obviously be greatly missed by so many. Know that I have your family in my prayers as you cope through this difficult time. May God bless you all.
Ed Tennison
May 3, 2015
Dr. Dora,
My heart, love, and prayers go out to you and your children. I think about you and Dr. Dora often and so much more recently. Hard to know the right thing to say or the right time to say it, so sorry you weren't more aware of my prayers and concern for you lovely wife. She is such a beautiful spirit who gave to everyone she came in contact with. Truly served our Lord and cared for HIs people. Love, peace, and comfort to you and your family.
Karissa Tryska
May 3, 2015
Dave, I just read about Sara in the paper, and wanted to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss.
You certinally have been through a lot together . I wish I had wonderful words of wisdom and comfort for you, but I can't think of any that would make this an easier time for you and your kids.
Please know that you are in my heart and I am sending you much love and positive, healing energy.
Hugs , Lynn McMaster
Lynn McMaster
May 3, 2015
Miss you Dr. Dora. Thank you for all you did for everyone. God has #one agel
pam rudicil
May 3, 2015
One of the greatest and loving person and Dr. I have ever met.Worked with her at Hospice, she was always so caring, loving and truley sincere. She will be so missed by everyone that knew her. Thank you Sara Dora for being there for everyone. We will miss you so much. God has one special angel.
May 3, 2015
Sara was an amazing person , gentle , kind , full of beauty and love . I was so honored to have had her in my life in several capacities as a friend , as a co worker , as a physician helping one of my precious family members at Poppen house . She was so special & such a one of a kind lady . Our prayers for Dave & her children & other family who will miss her .
Lynn & Mike Addicott
May 3, 2015
We are deeply grieved by the death of such a lovely and spiritual lady. Our prayers for comfort from the Holy Spirit for the family will continue.
Cornie & Trudi VanTol
May 3, 2015
Dave,

We are so sorry to hear about your loss! Sara touched so many lives with her smile, compassion, gentle touch, knowledge and skills. I can not even begin to know the loss you and the kids are feeling but we are all here to help with anything you need.
Michelle and Rob Klanke
May 3, 2015
She fought a great battle. She will be remembered as a great friend and mother. My prayers to her family
Kayr Rasor
May 3, 2015
Sara was a kind, loving, gentle intelligent woman. She touched so many with her beautiful spirit. Heaven is rejoicing in her presence.
My prayers to all her family, may His peace be yours this day and in the days to come.
Rose Emmons
May 3, 2015
Dave, Brian, and Deanna,
We are so sorry for your loss. Sara is one of a kind; nobody better! I have never met one person that is not better for knowing her. She was kind, professional, caring, and fun. She was down to earth and truly cared for people; such a gem. We are so sorry for your loss but thankful she is in heaven now; free of the cares of this world. Sara adored her family and spoke of you all with joy. If we could see her now, we would be so happy for her; free of all sorrow, pain and cares.
We will be praying for you all. Much love to you all.
David and Judy Henry
May 3, 2015
Dave, Brian and Deanna
We are so sad to hear about Sara passing. She was a wonderful friend to both of us. So caring and kind to everyone and was a great friend who will missed by both of us. Our prays go out to all of you. Love Del & Jan Williamson
May 3, 2015
Dr. Dora,

Dave and I are holding you and your family close in our prayers. We are so sorry to hear this news.
Kelly and Dave Flynn
May 3, 2015
We were very sad to hear of Sara's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tony and Nathalie Izokaitis
May 3, 2015
Dave our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jose and Sue Infante
May 3, 2015
Our prayers are with the Dora Family during this difficult time.
Gerald and Beckie Baker
Gerald Baker
May 3, 2015
Dr. Dora
Michelle and I were so sad to hear this news. We are praying for you and your family.
Steve Speet
May 3, 2015
Losing Sara is a great sadness for all who knew her.....so I cannot even begin to imagine the impact of her loss on you and the kids. She was such a lovely and gracious person, and such a competent and caring doctor. Take comfort in your wonderful memories...I know I will, including her great smile. You and yours are in my prayers. Consider yourself hugged!
Patti Roy
May 3, 2015
The world has lost a truly extraordinary person. An unbelievable physician who was absolutely loved by all her patients and colleagues. Perhaps one of the kindest, sweetest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was so special.
Dave, Brian and Deanna.....you all know what a truly amazing person you had in your lives.

Pat and Judy Walsh
May 3, 2015
Dave,
You and your family have our prayers and sympathy. Sara was a lovely lady, caring physician and will be missed by many. Our love to you all.
Tim and JoAnn Beechnau
May 3, 2015
The core of Sara's love and laughter flowing to family, her recognized expertise as a doctor, and her genuine volunteerism was her incredible gift to connect with anyone she met. We will long for her during these days and as our grief ebbs, be glad she was our's for a little while. Love, Marc and Pam
Pam Sroufe
May 3, 2015
Dave, I was so sorry to hear this news. Know that I am praying for you, and your family. You have done so much for me, let me know if I can help you in any way. Sara was a kind and caring person and a great doctor. She cared in the ER for our kids at NOCH as they were growing up.... I will miss her,
Denny
Cherette
May 3, 2015
Very gentle doctor with her patients and their families.
Brenda DeWitt Hodson
May 3, 2015
Dave. So sorry for your loss. Sara was a great person, and an excellent doctor. Very pleasant at all times. And had a wonderful smile. I will never forget her. You are in my prayers
paul lomeo
May 3, 2015
One of my favorite people for over 40 years. So sorry for the loss of this great woman.
Jeff Kommit
May 3, 2015
lisa passage
May 3, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Dora in the Emergency room at NOCH several years ago. She was so much fun to work with. Very kind and caring. I can remember when you Dr. Dora called the ER one time and asked to talk to Dr. Sara Dora and I kindly told you Sara isn't working today thinking you were asking for a nurse named Sara and you had to call back and ask to talk to Dr. Dora. Dr. Dora and I laughed so hard about that. I hope you all find comfort in the memories you all shared with Dr. Dora. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jaime Cagle
May 2, 2015
i would like to say that I am sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with dr. Dora. She was wonderful to work with and the way she cared for her patients was extraordinary. She will be missed.
Ryan
May 2, 2015
Sorry for your loss Dr. Dave Dora, prayers for you and your family as you learn a new normal.
Kasandra Powlenko
May 2, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Dora's passing. My you find comfort in your memories of her. She was a great person to work with.
Tonya Alexander
May 2, 2015
Dr. Dora and family, we were saddened to read of your wife's passing. Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Dave & Lynn Knowles
May 2, 2015
Dr. Dora,
We are thinking of you at this sad time. So sorry for your loss.
Randy and Mary Carlson
May 2, 2015
Dave, Brian & Deanna,
We are so sorry for your loss - please know that you are in our prayers. We are going to miss Sara so much! She was such a great friend, mentor, colleague and just a pure-hearted, kind human being full of grace and integrity.
One of the good ones.
Dr. Robert and Hon. Kathy Hoogstra
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