In her 95th year, Dorothy Salhaney, beloved mother and friend peacefully united with her heavenly Father on Monday, March 16, 2020.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, James Peter Salhaney (who referred to her as his “Queenie”), parents George & Nusra Salim and her seven siblings.
She will be remembered by her daughters: Bonnie Walker, Nancy Essebaggers Weinrich (Dick), Sandra Adams (John), Judy Welch (Jon) and Susi Salhaney. Her grandchildren, Brian, Jeffrey, Danielle, Tessa, Michael, Jordan, James, Jennifer, Christian, Talor, and 6 great grandchildren.
Her family called her “Sitto,” an Arabic name for Grandmother. Many who knew her looked up to her as a teacher and mentor. Dorothy (Dot or Dottie) had a generous and giving heart; an unselfish spirit, expressing love to everyone she met. She was extremely quick-witted, with a wonderful sense of humor. She loved to laugh, while sharing memories about her past. She taught her family the spirit of giving and unconditional love.
Dorothy was an example of a servant leader. She was a visionary and pioneer in many ways. A respected lifelong member, Board Member, Treasurer, Ladies Guild Member & Chair of St. Nicholas Church.
Board Member of the Grand Rapids Women’s City Club and, President of the Florence Hill Waters Guild at Blodgett Hospital. She was the first sitting woman Board Member of the Salvation’s Army Home for Unwanted Mothers: Board Member of Mary Catherine Guild of St Mary’s Hospital, and Board Member of the Grand Rapids Art Museums’ Exhibit Committee.
Dorothy held many professional roles. She was instrumental and played an active role in the family business (Uptown Cleaners), Promotion’s and Marketing Director at Breton Village Mall; a life-long and gifted designer and dressmaker.
Dottie loved to garden, she passed on her love of cooking to her family and community, an avid reader; always interested in learning something new, and played tennis until the age of 84.
Many thanks to those who cared for our Mother. With a grateful heart, we are thankful for Shirley Daniz her personal caregiver and to the dedicated staff at Heather Hills, Village Care and Faith Hospice.
A private funeral service will be held for immediate family members on March 21, 2020. There will be a Celebration of Dottie’s life in the near future. Donations can be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church or Faith Hospice.
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