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  • Memorial:  12-2 p.m.  Saturday, July 5, 2008 at Dorothy’s Home, 316 N. Olsen Street, Greenville

Mrs. Dorothy Lucille Forton, age 85, of Greenville, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, June 26, 2008 at her daughters home in Gowen. Born on Feb. 5, 1923, in Greenville, she was one of eight children born to Bert & Lavina Bauman.

While raising her family Dorothy had many jobs, including a donut maker at the Meijer quansethut store, a cook at the old Northside Inn, and later worked at Federal-Mogul from 1959 until retiring in 1985 as a line inspector. A long time member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan, she enjoyed reading and playing bingo, and was an excellent cook and baker. Above all, she delighted in spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, John Paul LaPar in 1950; her second husband, John D. Forton in 1981; a sister, Irene Varney; three brothers, Stan, Dan, and Earl Bauman; and a great grandson, Charles W. Kennedy.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Janice & Charles Hanna of Gowen; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gaylord LaPar of East Lansing, Duane & Shirley LaPar of Monument, Colorado, and John & Debbie LaPar of Coral; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet & Don Walston of Thompsonville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob & Arlene Bauman of Clare, and Tom & Arlene Bauman of Greenville, and; a special life-long friend, Mae Phillips of Saranac; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

The family invites relatives and friends to join them in food, fellowship, and memories from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at Dorothys home, 316 N. Olsen Street, Greenville.

Honoring her wishes, private family committal services will be held at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. Instead of flowers, Dorothy would have appreciated contributions in her memory to the Lester J. Sitts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5065.

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  1. Anonymous on June 26, 2008 at 12:00 am


    07/26/2008 –

    Ardice (Ecker) Toepfer

    Lavina’s maiden name was Ecker. Lavina & my father, Artie Ecker were sister & brother. Dorothy was my cousin.
    Dorothy knew my parents well, but hardly knew I existed -I am much younger and we rarely saw one another. Yet I remember my aunt Lavina & uncle Burt very well. Dorothy’s siblings names are quite familiar to me, but the only one that might recall specifically who I am might be Bob? I remember Tom & Janet, but doubt if they have a clue who I am or that I even exist. They might remember my older sister, Wynona? My half brother, Raymond Ecker, passed away approximately 2 & half yrs. ago. Out of the 3 surviving, Janet might be the only one to remember my brother Ernest who was killed at age 15 in a car accident in 1941?
    None of Dorothy’s children, -none of my aunt Lavina’s grandchildren would know me, nor my sister, Wynona. I live here in south east Michigan, next to U of M and Wynona lives down in the Ozarks, Missouri.
    For whatever itw value, just wanted to connect and show relativeness… Smile. My husband, Bill, and I were at aunt Lavina’s funeral (and before that we were there for her when uncle Burt passed away, too) but I cannot recall any other time that we may have been at any family gathering on that side. Nevertheless, I carry warm and cherished memories that go pretty far back. My condolences to your family.
    In blessing, Ardice

    07/26/2008 –

    Linda Miller

    Thank you for sending Dorothy’s obituary and info to me. we had been corresponding for many years and she had told me all about her early years. I wanted to know about her life and her geneology as related to me as I am Raymond Ecker’s daughter and Artie Ecker’s granddaughter. We enjoyed our correspondence even tho the last couple years it became just christmas cards. I do hve some earlier letters from her somewhere which I will save. My sympathies to her family all listed and Bob whom I know the best as Dad’s cousin and the funny man. I am sorry to hear that she passed but am glad to see that it was peacefully and she is with her Lord. Love, Linda

    06/28/2008 –

    Robert Reusser

    Gaylord, Our sympathies for you and your family.

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