Life Story / Obituary


Dorene M. Gross, 73, (of Interlochen) a long-time resident of Northport, passed away June 3, 2024. Affectionately known as "Doe" to her friends and family, she was born to Otto and Laurel Engelke in Saginaw, MI, where she grew up and attended school.

Doe touched the lives of a generation of students with her generosity, kindness & patience at Northport Public School where she recently retired. All who knew her will remember copious cookies, delicious cakes and homemade bread. Baking and cooking came naturally to her. Anyone who knew her well could easily name a favorite treat that Doe would have on hand for their next visit or gift box.

Dorene was preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald Lee Gross; her parents; and sisters, Jean Ritchey and Sheila Engleke.

She leaves behind her two sons, Don Jr. (Leah) and Dennis, as well as her adoring grandchildren, Myles & Kaya.

Please join us for an informal celebration of Doe's life from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, June 24th, 2024 at Life Story Funeral Home. Share your stories and thoughts with the family at www.lifestorytc.com.