We’ve Moved! 400 Hammond Road West

Karen Dorvinen

February 3, 1936 - September 6, 2018
Traverse City, MI



Saturday, September 29, 2018
11:00 AM EDT
Traverse City Life Story Funeral Home
Traverse City Location
400 Hammond Road West
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-9034

The family will greet friends starting at 10 am.

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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-5761
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Blossom Shop
1023 E. Eighth St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 932-9470
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Flower Station
341 W. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-1742
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Lilies Of The Alley
227 E. State St - Alley
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 360-3620
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Life Story / Obituary


Karen Euphemia Dorvinen, age 82 of Traverse City, died September 6, 2018. Karen was born on February 3, 1936 in Calumet, Michigan to Theodore and Milga Hook.

She married Francis Carlisle Dorvinen in January, 1957 and followed his career across country in the US Coast Guard from the Sault to Alaska, and everywhere in between before eventually moving to Traverse City in 1976.

While raising her children, she held various office jobs until their graduation from high school and then went to work for Chef Pierre (Sara Lee) for 34 years. Karen regularly enjoyed Bethlehem Lutheran Church, particularly the Saturday night service music. She was an avid bargain hunter who visited craft shows, garage sales with her friends and enthusiastically sought collectables. She celebrated Christmas with a passion, decorating her tree every year with items found during a lifetime of travel. She loved her Finnish heritage and often traveled back to the Copper Country for high school reunions and any other excuses to travel back to the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Karen is survived by her sons; Michael (Roberta Werkema), Dorvinen Randall (Becky Savage), Dorvinen, Dale (Cheryl Bellinger) Dorvinen; grandchildren; Zachary Dorvinen, Tate Dorvinen, all living in the Grand Traverse Area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister; Carole Hoffman.

Memorial service will be held 11 am, Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the new location of Life Story Funeral Home, 400 Hammond Rd. W., Traverse City. The family will greet friends starting at 10 am. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family.