Dorothy Phyllis DeRosia

Birth: January 12th, 1929
Death: November 13th, 2016
Age: 87 years
Residence:East Tawas, Michigan

Dorothy Phyllis DeRosia, 87, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on November 13, 2016. Born to Elmer and Delema McCoy in Black River, MI, on January 12, 1929, Dorothy was the third of ten children. Dorothy remained close with her siblings, Geneva Curl (deceased), Bernice Miller, Louise Gauthier (deceased), Marjorie Cotter, Bill McCoy, Patricia Walchak, Tom McCoy (deceased), Ann Sommers, and Sandra Klinger, throughout her life. Her early life was one of few resources but was enriched with qualities that matter most. In 1950, Dorothy married the love of her life, James O. DeRosia. Jim won the lottery when he met Dorothy – she was Ms. Wendland 1950, Miss Black River 1948, and also competed in the Ms. Bay City and Alcona High School beauty pageants.
Needless to say, Dorothy was a beautiful person inside and out. She faithfully attended Holy Family Catholic Church every Saturday. Dorothy loved the outdoors and was very fit, walking anywhere from three to five miles a day, until she was no longer physically able. She also enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and gardening, keeping arguably one of the most beautiful yards in Tawas.  Except for the birds, which Dorothy loved to watch, she tried tirelessly to keep the woodland creatures from eating her beloved flowers. She once spanked a squirrel and many times chased deer with her broom. She also was known to tell the howling coyotes to “shut up”…and they would. Her humor was boundless. Dorothy had an infectious laugh and the sweetest disposition; a cruel word never left her lips. She has traveled across country and continent, but her love of family and community always brought her home to East Tawas.
She loved her family dearly, as they love her. Her husband of 66 years, James DeRosia; her children, Daniel (Mariann) DeRosia, Katharine (Geoffrey) Hinman, and Jacqueline (Tom) Auch, were the apples of her eye. The mention of her grandchildren, Heather (Ed) Bellinger, Heidi (Joel) Kerbleski, Danielle DeRosia Faccio, Abby (Ben) Wales, and Julian Vandenberg, would always bring a smile to her face. She was proud of her family, including her great grandchildren, Brayden, Sophia, Landen, Lillian, James, Alex, and Drew.
She will live forever in the hearts of all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
The family will receive visitors at the Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Fr. Lawrence Boks will officiate and interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Online condolences may be offered at

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