Gluvna Shimo Hromada Home
Family Owned and Operated since 1912 Lorain, Ohio
Dorothy M. Mihalcik
Founding Member of St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church; Worked at National Tube
Age 99
Born: December 6, 1922   Died: January 23, 2022

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Dorothy Marie Mihalcik (nee Silac) 99 a resident of Amherst Manor and formally of Sheffield Township passed away Sunday evening January 23, 2022  after a sudden and brief illness   Dorothy was born early in December 1922 to Croatian immigrants Stjepan (Stephen)  Siljac and Jelena (Helen)  Mlacak-Mihaljev at a tenement in the 1600 block of East 28th Street in South Lorain. She was the seventh of ten siblings and the last remaining. Early in her life her family moved out of Lorain to the Stop 7 (Vincent area) of Sheffield Township where she resided most of her life. Dorothy was a 1943 graduate of Clearview High School where she played a trumpet and the bass drum as part of the Drum and Bugle Corp in addition to girls softball. In October of 1944 she married Steve Mihalcik at St. Vitus Croatian Catholic Church in South Lorain; they celebrated almost 56 years of marriage together before Steve's passing in 2000. As her husband went into the 82nd Army Airborne during WWII Dorothy became a regular Rosie the Riveter at the former National Tube Steel Company retiring after almost 20 years due to disabilities. Dorothy and Steve were founding members of St. Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Parish in Elyria Township in 1949. She belonged to the Altar Rosary Society holding various positions and volunteered many a parish carnival or picnic. Until she was unable Dorothy enjoyed bowling at the now defunct Turnpike Lanes in Elyria Township, once picking up a seven ten split for her team's championship. She was a prior member of the Sheffield Township Fire Department Blazette’s; Clearview High School Athletic Boosters and Boy Scouts of America, Troop 318 Ladies Auxiliary. She also had Life Membership's to the American Croatian Club and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Auxiliary, Buckeye State #8 . What made her most proud was being the mother of two sons both multi-term Sheffield Township Trustees with one also being a former City of Amherst Councilman.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons, Timothy (Deborah, nee Baker) of Sheffield Township and current Trustee and Steven (Sue, nee Duda) of Amherst. Grandchildren Crystal Avalos (Fred), Thea Palos (Edward McGana), Michael Jason (Meghan), Karissa from Tim, with Haile Eibon (Matt) and Joseph from Steven. With thirteen great-grandchildren, twenty great great-grandchildren. And past caregivers Amber Brown and Meghan Stephens.  With Sister-in-law Helen Silac (Peter Deceased) of North Ridgeville along with many nieces and nephews. Including her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Steve, siblings John J., Carol Mauser (William deceased), Thersa Skryantz (John deceased),  George (Helen deceased) and Stephen. With John I, Joseph and Katherine in infancy.

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 The family will receive friends Thursday January 27, 2022 from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway, Lorain.  The family asks that all attendees wear masks.  Funeral services will be held Friday January 28, 2022 at 9:30 am in the funeral chapel followed by the mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church,  41295 N Ridge Rd Elyria Township.  The Rev Neil Walters, pastor, will preside.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain. 

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