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Dorothy Plansek, age 90, died Monday, August 28, 2017 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan. She was born January 5, 1927 in Hamtramck, daughter of the late Joseph and the late Helen (nee; Gakon) Majocha.

In sharing some of the favorite things that captured Dorothy's heart, one would have to look no farther than in her backyard where she poured the better parts of her tender-loving-care into nurturing her beautiful flower garden. Possessing an incredible and creative green thumb, Dorothy's painstaking efforts and talents produced some of the most stunning floral displays, the likes of which you'd easily espy in any arboretum. She found great enjoyment in simply losing herself amidst the flowers, and tending to them with the same care as a mother to a child. Each petal, each bouquet, each were an expression of her heart. The ground was her canvass, and her gardening tools the brush,…and together they made for a thing of splendor for the eyes of family, friends, and neighbors alike.

Another of Dorothy's highlights in life were enjoyed on the road, each time she headed out on one of the many travel excursions that adorned her portfolio. She loved to travel, especially when it was "reunion time" for husband Eddie and his comrades from the Army. Following the war, Eddie and his service mates made a pact that they would reunite each year, a pact that they upheld and enjoyed with each year's reunion being hosted by a different member at their residence. For Dorothy, it not only meant having another venue to anticipate,…but it afforded another opportunity of "hittin' the road" on a new and exciting travel experience.

For those who knew this great lady, it'll come as no surprise that she was devout in her beliefs and held strong and true to her Catholic faith. A longtime member and parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Detroit, she was truly a child of God who lived out her life in reverence and touched the lives of many with the heart of a servant. It was at this church that Dorothy celebrated many Masses growing up and into adulthood,…so it was merely poignant that it is there where she chose to have her Funeral Liturgy extended.

And who can forget one of Dorothy's immense passions in life,…her love of sweets! Cookies, doughnuts, pies, cakes, etc.,…it didn't really matter, she wasn't picky. But without question, Dorothy's favorite sweet treat of all was found in those delectable, crème-filled cones-of-delight, the cannoli. Life just didn't get much sweeter than when sinking her teeth into one of these precious pastries,…unless, of course, she was enjoying them in multiples.

Ah,…but there was a different kind of sweetness that filled her soul, and that was found in the hearts and lives of her treasured nieces and nephews. Never having children of her own, Dorothy poured her life into caring and nurturing the little ones that God brought her way through her siblings,…and enjoyed their company right through to adulthood. As for her nieces and nephews, a favorite memory shared with their Aunt Dorothy will forever be the annual trips made to the Michigan State Fair and all the fun that ensued. These yearly jaunts meant the world to the kids,…and equally so to Aunt Dorothy as well.

A loving wife, sister and aunt, Dorothy possessed a heart of gold that always put others' needs ahead of her own, as witnessed through the compassion she extended in taking care of her Mom at home. When the golden years turned into the challenging years, Dorothy was there to make a difference,…and what a wonderful difference she made for her Mom, and everybody else with whom she came into contact. There was a warmth and brightness to her countenance, and it reflected in the hearts and souls she touched along the way. She leaves a legacy of love to be cherished, and she'll be missed immensely.

Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late Edward, and dearest aunt of Shirley, Bernadine, Chester, Marsha, Charlotte, Gary, Denise, Janice, and Michelle. She was preceded in death by siblings, Steve (the late Sophie) Majocha, John (the late Eleanor) Majocha, and Delphine (the late Michael) Pocialik.

Dorothy will lie in state on Wednesday, August 30th from 10:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Detroit. Her Committal Service & Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Capuchin Society, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

Please share memories of Dorothy at her memory book above.