Dorothy Curran Hoholik
She was born March 5, 1923, in Manistique the daughter of Ellsworth and Lillian (Anderson) Curran and attended Manistique area schools. She graduated with honors from Manistique High School with the Class of 1941. While in high school, she worked at the First National Bank in Manistique.
During World War II, she moved to Detroit for three years where she worked at the Ford Motor Company, River Rouge Plant. There she worked as a chief clerk in the tool and die building as well as the head of the U.S. Savings Bond drive. Upon her return to Manistique, she worked at the State Savings Bank for two years.
On Feb. 14, 1945, the former Dorothy M. Curran married the love of her life, Roland B. Hoholik at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique. They made their home and raised their family in Manistique. Roland preceded her in death on April 14, 1996.
Community-minded, Dorothy always had a special cause. She received many honors for her volunteer services and covered publicity for several organizations that she belonged to throughout the years. She was one of the founders of Schoolcraft County’s CBC Fund Drive and participated in it until her death. She was also a member and chairperson of the Schoolcraft County Bay Cliff Committee for over 50 years, was a charter member of the Manistique Area Schools Scholarship Foundation where she served for 25 years, was a member of the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was a life member of the Schoolcraft County VFW Auxiliary. She spent 50 plus active years in the GFWC Manistique Women’s Club and promoted projects such as enriching the lives of the mentally disabled at the Manistique Manor in 1980. Through the Women’s Club, she launched the Mitten Tree Drive, co-founded the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility birthday party, and initiated the construction of the Suds and Duds building at Bay Cliff Health Camp. She served as the GFWC State of Michigan and UP District Bay Cliff Health Camp representative, was an officer of the Dodge and Island Lakes Property owners association for 25 years, and was on the advisory board for Northwoods Home Nursing and Hospice. A member of St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique, she was a past leader of its Bishop Baraga Circle. In 2005, she was honored as Schoolcraft County’s Folk Hero.
Dorothy’s hobbies included working with numbers, helping to organize, swimming, and socializing with family and friends. She enjoyed her regular Friday Coffee Club outings and writing with the Senior Writing Class. Dorothy and her late husband, Roland, traveled extensively abroad and throughout the United States during their lives and she was fortunate to have wintered for the past 17 years in Hawaii.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Richard (Mary) Hoholik of Madison, Wis.; daughter, Molly Hoholik of Milwaukee, Wis.; sister, Betty (the late Donald) DeSautel of Manistique; and her sister-in-law, Jean (the late Donald) Curran of Manistique. She is further survived by her nieces, MerryJo (Gary) Brandimore, Julie (Dennis) Cyrus, Patti (Keith) Polkinghorne, Cindy (Gary) Kayser, Lois (the late Conrad) Hoholik, and Donna (Dan) Malloy; nephews, James (Laurie) Curran, Chris (Mary) Curran, Michael (Sue) DeSautel, Thomas (Julie) Hoholik, Robert (Lauris) Barr and Donald (Marilyn) Barr; several grand nieces and nephews; along with many wonderful friends she has met over the years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Leo Curran and Donald Curran.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with Father Glenn Theoret officiating. A light lunch will be served following the mass at St. Francis de Sales parish center.
Burial will be in the Hiawatha Township Cemetery at Manistique for immediate family members at a later date.
Memorial donations may be directed to Bay Cliff Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 or to Manistique Area Schools Foundation, 100 N. Cedar Street, Manistique, MI 49854.
Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.