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Doris Martha Olsen (Bine) Hetmanski, better known as "Dorie," passed on into her heavenly home, "Safe in the arms of Jesus," March 28, 2017.
Doris had a full 95 years of life filled with the challenges of the Great Depression, World War II, balancing a modeling career as a wife and mother and serving the war effort in the Civil Air Patrol.
She was a certified member of the "Rosie the Riveter" Sorority. Later she became a key-punch operator, professional clown, and so much more to those around her. Her purpose in life was to love others, glorify Jesus as a powerful "Prayer Warrior," and try to make at least five people laugh each day.
Doris is survived by her brother, David A. Olsen, of Platte City, Missouri; and her two daughters, Patricia Ann Thoms, of Bloomfield Hills, and Carol Joy Sullivan, of Moriarty, New Mexico. Dorie was grandmother (Bestamore) to eight grandchildren, Michael C. Balavich, Patricia "Lynn" Cardiel, Stephen A. Sullivan, Michalene Gallardo, Tara Hodgkins, Amy M. Gallardo, Melisa K. Gilbreath and David J. Sullivan. Doris was great-grandmother to 10 and great-great-grandmother to Noah Stewart, whom she called her "little King."
Any donation in her honor should be sent to Bayview Wesleyan Church, 720 Wayne St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
The family is being compassionately cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on April 7, 2017
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