Dexter lost a very special person in June Doletzkey (formerly Aiken) last Thursday. She passed away in her home, surrounded by her family.
She is survived by siblings Bob Aiken and Carmen Brey, as well as daughters Terry Stacey, Julie Knight, and Sharon Abrass. Due to her success as a mother, June’s daughters learned to love family just as much as she did, and so there are also 10 grand-children, 19 great grand-children and three great-great-grandchildren. By all accounts, June was overjoyed to life a long enough life to hold so many babies in her arms over nearly a century’s time.
Her daughters said late last week that it was hard to have their first Mother’s Day brunch without their mom there with them, although they took the day to celebrate her life, which was rich with happiness.
June’s also special to the WeLoveDexter team. Last December she was kind enough to sit down with Bob to discuss on camera her family’s connection to WWII. June was relatively quiet, deferring to her brother often and allowing him to get the majority of the words in while our cameras rolled, but she recalled a great deal of the time that her five brothers served overseas.
A reverence for service and responsibility ran in the Aiken and Doletzkey beyond her five brothers. June worked for Dexter Community Schools as a food service department worker for eight years. She was also a charter member of the Dexter American Legion Auxiliary Post 557, where she served as president and past president numerous times. She frequently volunteered at the VA Hospital, too.
June loved being out in the community. She was a figure in the local bowling league scene at Dexter Bowling Alley for 35 years, as well as a longstanding member and Faith Ladies Aid volunteer at Faith Lutheran Church. She loved camping at Riker and Four Mile Lake, traveling with her sister and the Senior Citizens’ group (they traveled to Egypt, Hawaii, Venezuela and Alaska), and just being out in the world with other people any chance she could get.
When she wasn’t helping others or on-the-go in the wide open world, she liked to quietly can home grown fruits and vegetables and bake traditional Swedish coffee cakes with family. Sometimes she’d just take in the flowers and bird watch on her rural property.
June was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Doletzkey, whom she met while he was working in the Upper Peninsula with the U of M Forestry School. They married in 1939 and lived a lifetime of a storybook happy ending on their family farm in Dexter Township for the entirety of their lives, right up until June’s final moments last week.
A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 9575 N. Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI on Monday, May 18 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 to 11. A luncheon will follow at the Dexter American Legion Hall. A private interment will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 557, American Cancer Society or Faith Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel.
For the full obituary published on Cole Funeral Chapel’s website, click here.
To view or sign the guestbook for June’s service, click here.