Dolores Sykora

Dolores Sykora

Thursday, March 20th, 1930 - Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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Dolores Sykora, 89, of Bridgman, MI passed away January 12, 2020, at Woodland Terrace.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 914 Lane Drive, St. Joseph, Michigan on Saturday, January 18th at 11am. Friends may visit at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, Michigan on Friday, January 17th from 4pm to 6pm. In lieu of flowers, you may donate in Dee’s name to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 914 Lane, St. Joseph Michigan, or the Maude Preston Palenske Library, 500 Market St., St. Joseph, Michigan. Those who wish to leave an online condolence may do so at

Dolores “Dee” Sykora was born on March 20, 1930 to David and Doshia Oates in Wyandotte, Michigan. She grew up in Trenton, Michigan and graduated from Trenton High School at age 16, in 1946, after which she attended Albion College for one year. In her sophomore year she transferred to the University of Michigan to study music. She immediately joined the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority in her first semester. In the fall of 1949, her sorority worked with the fraternity Theta Chi to build a float for the upcoming homecoming celebration. The morning of the celebration she noticed a handsome guy outside the sorority house, inspecting the float. She immediately rolled up her pajama pants, covered her hair curlers with a scarf, and put on her coat to go out and talk to him. That handsome guy was Robert “Bob” Sykora, who had recently graduated in engineering and was working on his MBA.

One week after she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in music, she and Bob were married on June 23, 1951. They immediately moved to St. Joseph, Michigan. With Whirlpool, they lived in Marion, Ohio, back to St. Joseph, Findlay, Ohio, and then back to St. Joseph where she lived until moving to Woodland Terrace, Bridgman in 2014.

Dee was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Joseph, Michigan, where she was active as the Girls’ Choir Director and sang in the adult choir. She was a long time member of Monday Musical Club, as well as a volunteer for Hospice. In addition to her music, she enjoyed reading and watching her grandchildren play sports.

Dee is survived by her five children Ann (Victor)Palenske of Sodus Township, Robert D. (Carla) Sykora of St. Joseph, John (Michelle) Sykora of St. Joseph, Jane Sykora of St. Joseph, and Timothy Sykora of State Line, Pennsylvania, as well as sixteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert K. Sykora, her brother Kenn Oates, her sister in law Berenice Sykora Palmer, and her parents.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Woodland Terrace for their wonderful care for the last five plus years, especially Allison, Nicole, Lisbeth, Holly, Stacy, Gabby, Kari, Martha, and Tonya. They would also like to thank all of the nurses and staff at Lakeland Caring Circle for their support in her final days.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church - St. Joseph
    914 Lane Dr.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Interment

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church Garden
    914 Lane Drive
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Jim Catlin

Posted at 03:04pm
Extending deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this time of sorrow.
Jim and Linda, Phil and Dori, Mike and Julie.

Mark Sperlik

Posted at 01:46pm
Jane, I never knew your Mom, but I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and I am praying for you and all your family during this difficult time. Life is short and precious, and God loves us all so much. God bless you and all of yours. Jeremiah 31.3

Milissa Gomez

Posted at 10:38am
Sending our sincere condolences to Jane and her family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ~ JennAir Epicenter Team

Cindy Sillaway Miller

Posted at 07:08am
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Dee Sykora. She was the matriarch of a lovely family, and to them she has been a blessing they will so miss. Cindy and Les Miller


Posted at 03:12pm
Dear Sykora Family,
Our condolences to all of you. We met your mother almost 50 years ago when Lynn started working with your father. We also had the opportunity to meet and work with some of you. It was a great family atmosphere and we have many memories of of activities with them. She was a great lady and lived a long active life.

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