North Lima-Dorothy A. Michal passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, February 25, 2021 at the Marian Assisted Living Center, surrounded by the love of family near and far.
Dorothy was born February 6, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the second daughter of the late Edward J. and Helen (Brodnicki) Ginski. Dorothy grew up in a loving home with her parents and sisters, the late Mary (Ginski) Miklusak and Eleanor (Ginski) Rapken. Dorothy graduated from St. Casimir High School and attended DePaul University. With great shorthand and typing skills, Dorothy enjoyed working as a secretary in several Chicago companies.
Dorothy met her beautiful 68-year-old husband, the late Harold J. Michal, in Chicago; together they raised three children, Donna, Jim and Nancy. Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother, fully involved in the lives of her growing family through cooking, baking, sewing and volunteering at her children’s school, scouting and sporting activities. She and Harold enjoyed family vacations each year, usually in the great outdoors with fishing as an activity. After all the kids had gone to school, Dorothy returned to work as a school secretary at Morgan Park Academy, a job she loved.
Dorothy loved to try new things, meet new people and always gave generously of her time. When the family moved to Youngstown, they quilted with the women of St. Christine’s, learned to play golf and joined leagues and still had a project or two in the works. She also worked part-time at the Hoover Company. Dorothy liked people and made friends easily. She was kind and supported everyone, always helping those who were housebound, sick, or just needed to talk to someone.
During 28 years of their retirement, Dorothy and Harold wintered in Loreto, Baja Mexico, where they continued to fish in the Sea of ââCortez and became members of the local community. Dorothy brushed up on her Spanish in high school, enjoyed shopping at local fruit and veg stores, and volunteered at Internado School, helping with a weekly craft day for the kids. She hosted her family and friends at âCasa Michalâ.
After 19 years in Youngstown, Dorothy and Harold moved into a condo in Boardman. Dorothy loved being so close to the YMCA, where she streamed in the therapy pool several times a week, making new friends while exercising. As a member of the Marian Center community, Dorothy was always keen to participate in the activities. She especially enjoyed musical events, parades, outdoor walks and bingo games. Dorothy had a good sense of humor and was always positive and uplifting as she shared her smiles with the other residents.
Dorothy’s positive attitude and unwavering faith have guided her throughout her life. Many will remember her for her sweet smile, kindness, patience and generosity.
She is survived by her two daughters, Donna (Ray Lazanik) Michal of Victoria, British Columbia and Nancy (Steve) Cole of Durham, North Carolina; son, James E. Michal of Youngstown; granddaughter, Naomi Lazanik of Victoria, British Columbia; sister, Eleanor (Russ) Rapken of Chicago; and was a loving aunt of nine nieces and nephews.
The family expresses their sincere thanks to the staff at the Marian Assisted Living Center and the Hospice of the Valley for their loving care of Dorothy.
The family requests that any memorial tribute take the form of contributions on behalf of Dorothy A. Michal at the Marian Assisted Living Center, 9802 Market St., North Lima, OH 44452.
Interment took place at the Resurrection Cemetery on March 3, 2021.
A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life is scheduled for Dorothy and Harold on Saturday October 30, 2021 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman at 11:00 am. Family and friends will be received at the church from 10:30 a.m. until mass time.
Arrangements are made by Davis-Becker Funeral Home. Please visit www.beckerobits.com to share your memories and condolences with the family.