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St. Catherines Catholic Church
Saturday August 7th, 2010
10:00am - 12:00pm

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St. Catherines Catholic Church
Saturday August 7th, 2010

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Dorothy J. Vander Laan Crowley

On August 4, 2010, Dorothy Vander Laan Crowley slipped away from those who loved her here on Earth and into the waiting arms of those who have gone before. Mrs. Crowley was born in Muskegon, Michigan July 11, 1917 to Henry Wortelboer and Lotta Mee Wortelboer. Her first husband, Bernard Vander Laan, preceded Dorothy in death in 1980. She married Wallace Crowley in 1986. After graduating from Ravenna High School in 1936, Dorothy worked several places over the years: Sealed Power, Ravenna Times and Hardy Herpolsheimers. In her working career, she always stood out. She was elected Moorland Township Clerk in 1956 and held that elected position for 32 years. The Muskegon Chapter of Michigan Township Association recognized Dorothy for her 28 years of service. In 1966 she started Dorothy’s Ceramics, teaching ceramics to young and old for over 13 years. She loved teaching and making friends with all her students. Dorothy was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, St. Catherine’s Alter Society, holding various offices and was an active member of Catholic Daughters Club. Joining the Macabbee years ago, she was the last living member of this local organization. She was a member of Farm Bureau and an active member of Trent Grange. After selling her residence in Ravenna, she and Wallace moved to Muskegon. There they have enjoyed being very active in several card clubs. They looked forward to those outings and enjoyed all the friends they have met. Dorothy was a kind, loving and generous woman. She loved her family and friends and was very loyal to them. Her Christian values were reflected in advocacy for any and all persons in need of help. Survivors include her husband Wallace Crowley, son Bernard “Jim” Vander Laan (Janet) of Ravenna, daughter Kay Darcy (Gary) of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Mary Ann Sierz (Mike) of Douglas, Wyoming. 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. 3 stepsons, David (Debbie) Crowley of Detroit, Donald (Roxanne) Crowley and Richard (Janet) Crowley of Ravenna. Survivors also include nephew Morris Wortelboer who lived in the Vander Laan home and many other nieces and nephews. Her parents, sisters, Nina Bacon and Virginia Wortelboer, brothers, Richard and Fred Wortelboer, granddaughter, Michelle Sierz and grandson, Joseph Sierz preceded her in death. Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be conducted on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 12:00pm at St. Catherines Catholic Church in Ravenna with Father Bill Zink celebrant. The family will be present at the church to greet friends on Saturday from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Burial will take place at St. Catherines Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to: St. Catherine's School Fund, The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association and Hospice of Michigan. The Throop Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements 231-853-6511.

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To the Vanderlaan/Crowley families, I did not know that Dorothy had died until I seen Kay at our 50th class reunion. I am so sorry for your loss and you all have my deepest sympathy. It is never easy and may God give you the strength to take each day at a time. Dorothy is now playing cards up in Heaven with her family and friends and with my folks too!! May God Bless all of you and hold you in His loving arms. Sincerely, Helen Omlor (Kass)

Helen Omlor (Kass) Aug 18 2010 7:05 PM

May God give you courage, strength, and support. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Kutchin Family Aug 9 2010 10:35 AM

I love you Grandma!!! Thanks for all the great memories we have. I set here and think of what a GREAT women you were to all of us Crowley grand kids. We all thank you for the great euchre games we had. I will never forget the yard sales we had and my yellow bike I got to ride around and around your driveway, while our kool-aid stand was out front. We never sold much but some how money always showed up in our jar. WE LOVE YOU GRANDMA!! I gave you a brand new deck of cards because I know you don't like sticky ones!!!!! LOVE YOU!! XOXOXOXOXOXO

Catherine Crowley Aug 8 2010 7:32 PM

I am so sorry to of your loss. I most fondly remember the nights mom and I were able to spend together in Dorothy's basement doing ceramics. It provided us great mother/daughter time. My prayers are with you as you celebrate her life.

Jackie (Pigors) Hampton Aug 7 2010 12:52 PM

I extend my sympathy to all of her family,near and extended.Cast your every care on the Lord For He Careth For You.

carolyn osborne,moe,raymond Aug 5 2010 2:59 PM

I will miss you grandma. Thank you for teaching me Euchre. I love you and you miss be missed, but I will always have the fondest of memories. I wish I could of visited more and seen you more. I know that the time we spent together will always and forever be in my heart. Rest in Peace Grandma Dorothy.

alison crowley Aug 5 2010 1:18 PM