Doreen Louise (Good) Bartoszek

ESCANABA – Doreen Louise (Good) Bartoszek passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 2:17 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

Doreen was born on July 25, 1930, in Escanaba. She was the oldest of nine children born to Chester and Helen (Sundquist) Good. She was raised on the “Good Farm” in Harris, graduated from Harris High School in 1948, and then went on to study home economics at Northern Michigan University.

In October 1949, Doreen married Thomas Bartoszek, who passed away on Jan. 15, 2010. Throughout their 60-year marriage, they lived in Perronville where they owned and operated the Red Owl grocery store.

Doreen was a skilled seamstress. As a 4-H leader, she taught sewing and knitting to girls in the Perronville community. She also taught adult education courses in the Bishop Sewing Technique and spent many years judging sewing and knitting projects at the Dickinson County Fair. She was an excellent cook and outstanding baker, making Swedish recipes handed down from her mother. Doreen expressed her love of beauty and nature in the warm and charming dcor of her home and her carefully tended garden, sharing her “garden tour” with family and friends.

For ten years of her retirement, Doreen wintered with her husband, Tom, in El Jobean, Fla. in the Vizcaya Lake Community. She enjoyed golfing, community events, story-telling, and visits with neighbors and family.

Doreen was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Highland Golf Club, and Bark River Ladies Bridge Club.

Doreen’s friends, many of whom she had known all her life, were very important to her. She was always curious and asked many questions, often with a smile. She loved her family, was know as the “family historian,” and expressed her love through food preparation and attention to details of each event and homecoming. We will all dearly miss being welcomed home by her.

Doreen was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, James Good; and her sister, Lois (Good) Anderson. She is survived by sisters and brothers, Jean McDonough of Escanaba, Janet (Lee) Hanson of Port Huron, Mich., William (Joann) Good of Harris, Arthur (Dee) Good of Overland Park, Kansas; Karen (Barry) Berquist of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Bonnie (Robert) Barr of Skandia.

She is survived by four daughters, Janet Bartoszek (Jeffrey) Usow of Chicago, Lynn Bartoszek of Port Charlotte, Fla.; Beth Bartoszek of Evanston, Ill.; and Joan Bartoszek Feather of Bay Village, Ohio.

She is also survived by three grandchildren, Katherine Feather of Columbia, S.C., Hillary Feather of Akron, Ohio, and Sophia Usow of Ann Arbor.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Doreen L. Bartoszek will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Paul Strom officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services at Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River. Burial will take place at the Harris Township Cemetery in Perronville.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Doreen and Thomas Bartoszek Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Bark River-Harris School District. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.