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Dorothy "Dottie" Rolf

January 9, 1928 - August 17, 2021
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Dorothy “Dottie” Fay Rolf, 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 17, 2021, at Boardman Lake Glens.

Born in Evansville, Indiana on Jan. 9, 1928 to Dr. Welker C. Connor and Geneva (Strickland) Connor, Dottie was an only child, doted on by her parents, aunts and uncles. Her family taught her to treat everyone with kindness, and instilled in her a lifelong love of animals. No stray or injured animal was ever turned away. Dogs, cats, parakeets, white rats, and even a tiny alligator were among the animals taken in by Dot. “Fred” the crow and a neighbor’s raccoon were also frequent visitors.

Dottie attended MacMurry College; and on April 22, 1950, she and Ramon (“Ray”) Rolf married in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They moved to Midland, Michigan, where Ray worked at Dow Chemical, and had four children: Fred, Karen, Laura and Bill. As a longtime resident of Midland, Dottie belonged to the Midland Garden Club, Curling Club, A.A.U.W, was a Brownie Leader and member of the Presbyterian Church.

Dorothy and Ray travelled the world including many trips to Europe, Asia, Latin America and other destinations. In retirement, they wintered in Bonita Springs Florida and spent summers at their beloved Torch Lake Cottage.

She was also a wonderful cook, whose dinners, along with her presence, will be greatly missed by her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, and daughter, Laura. She is survived by her sons, Fred (Carolee) and Bill; daughter, Karen; grandsons, Christopher (Lori) Rolf, and Zakary Rolf, along with great-grandson Thaddeus Rolf.

The family would like to thank the staff at Boardman Lake Glens Inverness for taking such great care of our mother.

An informal Celebration and reception will be held 1 pm to 3pm, Saturday, November 6th, at Life Story Funeral Home in Traverse City. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to either a Traverse City or Midland Animal shelter.

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