Dorothy Virginia Paffhouse, 99, of Hopkins, MI, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Briarwood Assisted Living in Allegan. The night before Dorothy died, her youngest son Greg’s children and wife read from her reflection journal. Within the pages Dorothy wrote about her beloved parents, her close-knit siblings, her love for her husband, Clarence. Details of growing up filled the pages, as did death anniversaries. It was a poetic reflection of how much family and roots meant to her. Dorothy was keyed into those she cared about, as well as those she had lost. She passed as she lived: in the context of love, family, and deep emotion. For those of us who outlive her, we will miss her spirited, card playing, dirty-joke-loving, highball-promoting, people-centric soul. Greg said we saw her off from the shore of the living to be greeted on the other shore by her much missed others. Dorothy has now answered the Big Question, likely with a lively sparkle in her eye. May you rejoice in this new part of your journey, Dort. And may we import the wisdom and endurance you modeled in your life into the journeys we continue to walk on earth.
Born April 4, 1921 in Salem Township, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Winifred (Struik) Brenner. She was the widow of Clarence Paffhouse with whom she celebrated sixty years of marriage prior to his passing in 2002. Dorothy spent her childhood in the Burnips area and then moved to Hopkins in 1946. She was a longtime member of Hopkins Community Church. Dorothy was also a member of the Hopkins VFW Post Auxiliary. She was honored to serve as Grand Marshal of the Hopkins Hometown Fourth of July Parade in 2015. Dorothy had worked for Keeler Brass for twenty-seven years as a Press Operator prior to retirement.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Gary Paffhouse and Greg (Karlene) Paffhouse; grandchildren, Stephanie (Karl) McGill, Laurel (Bilal) Paffhouse, Katie (Aaron) Bussey, Matthew Paffhouse, Amanda Kilian and Adam (Jessica) Paffhouse; great-grandchildren, Kieran, Brenner, Louise and Ashton; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by six siblings, LeRoy Brenner, Floyd Brenner, Eslyn Brenner, Howard Brenner, Elmer Brenner, Laura Brunke
In accordance with recent regulations regarding the pandemic, and in an effort to maintain the health and safety of loved ones, funeral services will be held privately at Hopkins Community Church. Interment will take place in Salem Township Cemetery. Anyone wishing to have a private moment to pay their final respects to Dorothy may visit Hopkins Community Church on Thursday, October 22 , 2020 between the hours of 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM; the family will not be present but extend their deepest appreciation for your care and concern during this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hopkins Community Church, P.O. Box 336, Hopkins, MI 49328. Gorden Funeral Residence, Hopkins Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.