Obituary for Dorothy J. Sousley
Dorothy J. Sousley died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the age of 88. She was born October 2, 1929 in St. Johns the daughter of L. Russell and Emily A. (Hoelzer) Steffens. Dorothy graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, Class of 1947. Dorothy was an active, lifelong member of First Congregational Church in St. Johns where she was a member of the church choir, was a member of the Doublets group at church and along with her husband was instrumental in starting the Stevens Ministry at the church. On July 9, 1950 she married Howard Sousley and when he was drafted into the Army, Dorothy followed him to Fort Jackson, SC where she worked in the motor pool on the base. Upon returning to Michigan, she was the Conference Desk Manager at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University while Howard was attending MSU and that is when she became an avid Spartan fan enjoying hockey, football and basketball. Dorothy was proud to be a stay at home mom taking care of her home and raising her family. Surviving is her husband of 67 years, Howard; two children, Sandra (William) Buyak of Dimondale and Scott (Rhonda) Sousley of Rochester Hills; three grandchildren, Benjamin (Heather) Buyak, Bailey Buyak and Evan Howard Sousley; a great grandson, William Buyak and a sister-in-law, Susan Steffens of DeWitt. She was preceded in death by a brother, L. Richard Steffens. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, January 29, 2018 at First Congregational Church 100 Maple Street, St. Johns with Rev. Matthew Olson officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church.