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Obituary: Loretta M. “Dolly” Rowe

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home:

Loretta M. Rowe, 87, known to her family and friends as “Dolly”, of Albion Location in Calumet, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Omega House in Houghton, Michigan.

              Dolly was born June 2, 1934, to Leo and Gladys (Johnson) Baranowski, in Swedetown location in Calumet, and attended school in Calumet.

              She worked at Calumet Theatre and as a waitress and store cashier locally and in Detroit prior to her marriage. In March 1955 she married John C. “Jack” Rowe in Garden City, Michigan. Her husband became a Michigan State Trooper, and she and her children followed him to his posts in Erie, Monroe, Munising, Calumet and Flat Rock, Michigan. Upon the family’s returning to Calumet, she was hired by Calumet Electronics Corporation where she worked for over 20 years before retiring.

              Dolly dearly loved her family and friends and was dearly loved in return. She was an active member of the Hancock congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved the outdoors, bowling, reading, flower gardening, and was an excellent cook. Dolly had a great sense of humor. She had an “adoptive’ personality and was known to host Sunday dinners with her family and a variety of her children’s families and friends who came to the table and enjoyed the warm, inviting atmosphere of her home which she generously shared when needed, and couldn’t help but take in an assortment of pets whose owners were no longer able to care for them.   

              She was preceded in death by her husband and parents, brothers Jerome, Richard, Philip, Jake, and Robert; and sisters June Lewandowski, Bernice Raedeke, and Deena Jarve.

              Dolly is survived by her children: Kathleen (Ronald) Atwood of Calumet, Colleen (Bill) Hereford of Ishpeming, Jack Rowe of Calumet, and Philip (Jane) Rowe of Baraga. Grandchildren: Adrienne Schmitt of Midland, MI, Stephanie (Cameron) Hatzenbuhler of Ridley, MN; Amanda (Jon) Olson of Waterford, WI, Jordan (Amanda Sue) Hereford of Appleton, WI, Cameron Hereford of Marquette, MI, Reaghan Hereford of Waterford, WI. Jessica (Travis) Thoreen of Exeter, NH, Laura (Josh) Grovogel of Wausau, WI, David (Brooke) Rowe of Hendersonville, NC. Jason Hereford; Stacy (Jim) Flood. Great- grandchildren: Jayden, Teagan, Isla, Hayden, Sawyer, Gary, Katarina, Mercedes, Jazlyn, and Azaria. Sister-in-law Sharon Baranowski, Several step-great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and lifelong friends, all special to her.

A memorial service will be held in Late May or early June (to be announced at a later date). In lieu of flowers, friends may send cards or letters of remembrance in care of Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home, 26090 Pine Street, Calumet MI 49913.

Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.ericksoncrowley.com

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