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“Mary, my heart goes out to you on the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Lynne Nolte - Toledo, OH

“Nancy, So sorry to hear about your mom. Mary always spoke so fondly of her. My sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Andra Green

“Such a dear sweet lady. I will always remember her from St Sylvesters Church at our Ladies Guild meetings. She was always greeting me with a smile...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Laura Goodman - Clinton TWP, MI

“I didn't know her well. But the few times we did meet, she was sweet and charming. Her life seemed a good example for others to learn from. To...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“She was special. My mom's BFF, my brother's godmother, and a heck of a writer, who brightened the pages of The Senior Living News (I can't find my...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: James Majkowski - Mount Clemens, MI

“Sorry to hear of the passing of my "gold" friend who was close to me from the 2d Grade at St Hyacinth's School in Detroit. You will be sorely...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Sylvia Majkowski - Redford, MI

“Mom...mere words could never express what you were and will always be to me. Rest assured, though, I will see ya later alligator.~Love & Peace~ ...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy Niepokuj - Fraser, MI

“Sorry for your loss. Call on God and he will answer. He will strengthen you and provide comfort. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: C F

“Grandma I'll never forget all the fun times we had making home made cookies... and you reading the Harry Potter books to me and william.... when we...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Bush - Eastpointe, MI

“I knew Dorothy and John at St. Sylvester Church as parishioners. Dorothy was such a classy lady! And she had quite the sense of humor. Condolences...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Elaine Drewek - Warren, MI


Dorothy Marie Niepokuj, age 87 of Warren, died Friday, June 30, 2017 at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born July 6, 1929 in Detroit, daughter of the late John and the late Mary (nee: Konkel) Strutzel.

There's always something endearing in life when you get assigned a nickname, especially from your peers, and Dorothy knew this well each time she heard them call out, "Struts." Partly sports related, and somewhat due to her maiden name of Strutzel, it was a term of endearment she embraced with affection. "Struts" would be her moniker throughout high school and beyond,…until a day in the future when her given name of Dorothy would be shortened to "Dots." It came about in her adult years and simply stuck throughout the remainder of her life.

The magic age for Dorothy came when she was 25, the year she promised herself in marriage to the dashing John Francis Niepokuj. It was truly a unique and touching love story that blossomed almost immediately after the two became acquainted. They met, felt the piercing of Cupid's arrow, fell in love, and were engaged within the 4th month of dating. The "I Do's" were shared on November 20, 1954, and the two began their journey together as husband & wife.

A consummate homemaker and caregiver, Dorothy poured the best parts of herself into the nurturing of her family and making sure the home fires were always burning bright and warm. Her responsibilities loomed large, but she handled it all with such strength and finesse that she made it look quite easy,…and we all know that keeping up with a house and family is no small task. Yet she always forged ahead with the care of her loved ones at the forefront of her heart and mind.

When the last "T" was crossed and the final "I" dotted, Dorothy enjoyed a few delights that helped to bring a bit of balance to this thing called life. For Dorothy, having her mind challenged through the solving of puzzles seemed to have a calming influence and was the perfect escape for a little "me time." Whether it was completing a crossword, enjoying a rousing game of Scrabble, or piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, it was surprising just how relaxing each could be in their own right and how Dorothy would always come back for more.

And if it wasn't solving a puzzle, then chances are you might have found Dorothy enjoying another of her favorite pastimes,…playin' a game of cards. Whether by herself in a game of solitaire, or bringing a group together for a little Poker, Pinochle, or the ever-popular Euchre, Dorothy really wasn't picky,…she simply loved unearthing a deck of cards and making memories with friends and loved ones.

In telling the story of Dorothy within this tiny Bio, scribing those things that stand out just wouldn't be replete without mentioning her deep and abiding faith in God. Dorothy was truly a devout Catholic, a prayerful woman who prayed her rosary daily and lifted others up with the compassion of a saint. She possessed the heart of a servant as evidenced through her caring and charitable outreach as a member of the Ladies Guild of St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Warren.

Dorothy was a great friend to all, and a loving Mom and Grandma to her little cherubs at home. She leaves a legacy of love to be embraced with each reflection shared, and a lesson on love to emulate as we walk this journey called life. She was a great Mom,…a great Grandma,…a great mentor to those who witnessed what she brought to the table. She truly made her mark and will be missed immensely.

Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late John. Dearest mother of Mary (Roger Scott) Niepokuj and Nancy A. Niepokuj. Loving grandmother of Alex (Valerie), Mary (Devin), William, Russell, and Claire. She is also survived by her precious great-grandchildren, Aidyn and Noah.

Visitation for Dorothy will be held Wednesday, July 5th from 3-9 pm, with a 7:00 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

She will lie in state on Thursday from 10:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 31555 Hoover Road in Warren. A Committal Service, preceding her entombment, will be held directly following the Mass at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to Special Olympics of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 (www.somi@somi.org)...or to the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, 26530 Eureka Road, Taylor, MI 48180 (www.penrickton.com).

Please share memories of Dorothy at her memory book above.