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Dolores A. Rose

February 4, 1929 September 22, 2020
Dolores A. Rose
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Dolores A. Rose, age 91 of Metamora, September 22, 2020.

The Mother’s Song (an excerpt from a poem written by Jean Auel)

“Her life-force was gone, the Mother was spent.
To pass on life’s spirit had been Her intent.
She caused all Her children to create life anew,
Each one was blessed to bring forth life, too.

They all were Her children, they filled Her with pride,
but they used up the life-force She carried inside.
She had enough left for a last innovation,
a family who’d remember her creation.

Before She was through,
Her children loved too.
Earth’s Children were blessed.
The Mother could rest.”

I’ve always said you can never kill a rose! Our Rose was so courageous and graceful  she lay herself to rest on the first day of Fall, to give way before the frost took even a petal of her beauty and joy.  Dolores Ann (Lauinger) Rose. The eldest of five, born February 4, 1929 to Anthony and Effie (Fischer) Lauinger in Pontiac Michigan; she was known affectionately by most who knew her as Laurrie Rose. But she was known by many other loving names as well: Mom, Grammy, The Grateful Mammie, Great-Great Grandma, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, friend, exotic traveling companion, drinking  socialite, fancy car lady, a stranger to no one; and in the words of her grandson Jesse “the most bad-ass Grandma the world ever saw!”  I’m lucky enough to have called her Grammy too - yes like the treasured award!  Because she always referred to me as her dramatic little Sarah Heartburn, and so I began to call her my prized Grammy!! 

Grammy was a matriarch to be celebrated! Few humans in this world could match the fire, exuberance, untainted delight, or sharp intensity she could express every moment of her waking experience. She showered each of her generations with brilliance and energetic connection.  She was strong with independence through the confidence of her courage, joy and the ability to give no slack, but gracefully when it counted!

The only rival for the best laugh in this world was her sister Loretta Slee (Aunt Retta)... and her brothers, Uncle Chuck, Uncle Mike and Uncle Fred Lauinger who when they were all together you couldn’t help but be infected with the joy and love they shared for each other and for life.  They are now all together again ringing the heavens with their laughter while singing cheers and having fun.  I am blessed to be a branch on such a strong family tree.  

It’s with profound sadness we announce the passing of Dolores Ann (Lauinger) Rose, while sleeping peacefully in her home, September 22, 2020 in Hadley, Michigan. We are also joyous in celebrating her life and knowing she passed over into the heavens to be once again with her family and friends who preceded her into their everlasting lives. Specifically her late husband James E Rose, Sr; her sister Loretta Slee, and brothers, Mike Lauinger, Fred Lauinger, Chuck Lauinger and their parents Tony and Effie. Nephews William Rosebush, Jimmy Lauinger, James Leo Rose, Daniel Decker, and Frances Keith Rosebush Jr. Her niece Denise (Lauinger) Bivens Anthony; and her many cousins, aunts and uncles, her long-time friends. At 91, she has the blessings of many who will greet her.

She is survived by her 6 children, Janice (Rose) Dustin (spouse James) of Traverse City, MI; James E Rose Jr. (spouse Deborah Noble) of Wailuku, HI; David Rose (spouse Leslie Harold) of Lake Orion, MI, William E. Rose an earth wondering sole, Laura (Rose) Noble (spouse Joseph) of Hadley, MI, and Mark Rose of Elba, MI. 

Her 13 grandchildren, are spread throughout Michigan and the world; Jennifer Dustin Burnham (spouse Robert), Janna (Dustin) Kolodziejczak  (spouse David), Jaclyn Dustin (and Ronny Wolgemuth), Mathew Rose, Joseph Rose, James E Rose III, Elizabeth Marie Rose, Robert M Rose (and Amber Woodworth), Ashley (Rose) Grundner (spouse Kory), David M Rose II, James George Rose (spouse Elizabeth); Kaycie Noble (and Daniel Roland) and Jesse Noble.

16 great grandchildren, Justin Raines (spouse Bree), Jasmine Rose, Miranda Rose, Solan Lewis, Noah Rose, Jonathan Burnham, Abigail Burnham, Annabel Burnham, Parker Rose Noble, Oliver Digby Roland, Comella StHenry, Nolan D Goleski, Koltyn Grundner, Kason Grundner, Asher Grundner, Eleanor Margaret Rose, with the blessing of another great grandchild expected December 2020.

Two (2) great, great grandchildren Cosmo Sterling Raines, Rhiannon Raines, with a 3rd on the way due March 2021.

And her dearest sweet sister-in-law Kathleen (Dennen) Lauinger, she’s now the last remaining torch for that generation. (Keep it glowing strong Aunt Kathy); along with her many, many surviving nieces and nephews, their children and their children’s children. All part of her legacy.

Laurie was a longtime resident of Lake Orion, Michigan. In her earlier years she attended gourmet cooking classes and became quite the gourmet chef. Many people were the beneficiaries of her delicious creations and her teachings of good foods. She was always looking for ways to enrich her life with creativity the focus.  

In her young married life Laurrie was involved with The Child Guidance Club in Lake Orion, Michigan. This organization was part of a trial blazing group of local women (housewives with lots of kids) who were organized and focused on enrichment for children; activities like swimming lessons at Greens Park and youth sports. An annual fashion show pulled in local merchants and volunteers to help raise money for local community programs and helped kids with special needs to attend summer camps; this was years before “special needs” was even in anyone’s vocabulary.  

She loved to travel and she saw the world at large; even ventured out and studied in England for a semester after becoming widowed in 1982; in those years that was a courageous move for a woman. Snow skiing, boating and dabbling in her flowers were things she loved to share with her kids and grandkids. She was devoted to wanting her family to enjoy life and accept people for who they were. She was dedicated in embracing each day with a “happy hour” when afternoon came to call. We simply thought we’d have a few more years of those happy hours with you. You will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. Your love for this life will live on in those you touched. Until we meet again, cheers!

Her wishes were to be cremated. A memorial stone will be placed at the Square Lake Cemetery in Lake Orion next to her late husband Jim.


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