Smith, Dorothy

Dorothy E. Smith, 90, of Morenci, Mich., died June 24, 2019, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

She was born on June 27, 1928, in Napoleon, Ohio, the daughter of Alvin and Helen (Quillman) Kraegel.  She graduated from Napoleon High School in 1946.

Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper in Napoleon before moving to Morenci, where she worked at M&S Manufacturing until the birth of her first child.  Dorothy and her former husband, Russ, owned and operated the Gulf Service station in the late 1960s.  She later returned to the work force with the former Sheridan Manufacturing in Wauseon, Ohio, where she retired after 25 years of service.   

Dorothy was a homemaker in the sense that she taught her daughters the finer points of sewing, cooking and baking. She enjoyed her time spent working in the vegetable garden with her family and canning the fruits of their labor. They made many memories during summer vacations at the lake with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Vickie (and Skip) Barnett of Munising, Mich., and Sue (and Kyle) Burk of Morenci; a brother Ron (and Madelyn) Kraegel of Arizona; four grandchildren, Bob (and Joanie) Long of Arizona, Ryan Long of Wisconsin, Riley Burk of Hudson, and Melissa Burk of Morenci; a great-grandson, Lukas Long; and cousins from Ohio along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Hilda “Marie” McDougle and Vera Mae Bezruczko. 

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastor Bill Van Valkenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.