TRAVERSE CITY — Dorothy Patricia Sudol Sterling, 88, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2014, at Traverse Manor Assisted Living. She was born Nov. 12, 1925, in Detroit, to the late Stanley and Emilia (Studinska) Sudol.
Dorothy was proud of her Polish heritage and had a strong Catholic faith.
She enjoyed spending time with and watching her granddaughters grow, was an avid golfer and played well into her 80s. She enjoyed fishing and walking her dogs on the shores of her Lake Michigan home, playing golf with her children and played a good game of Bridge.
Dorothy was a member of St. Francis Church and a past volunteer at Munson Medical Center.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Jim (Kathy) Sterling, Stephanie (Mike) Dow and Ian (Michelle) Sterling; two granddaughters, Stella and Bronwyn; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Helen, Albert, Stanley and Emilia.
Visitation will be held at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 5 p.m., with recitation of the rosary at 5 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Oakwood Catholic Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a thank you to those who assisted Dorothy along her journey with dementia and a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Traverse Manor, Bay Area Medical Family Care, the Medicine Shoppe and Munson Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be directed to Traverse Manor Assisted Living, 1899 Dracka Road, Traverse City, MI 49685; or St. Francis Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union, Traverse City, MI 49684.
To share your memories of Dorothy visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.