May 20, 1934 - July 31, 2019
Doris Mae Tolle (Keiper), 85, passed away on July 31, 2019 in Traverse City. She was born May 20, 1934 in Burlington Iowa, daughter of Valentine and Anna (Schirm) Keiper. Doris is survived by her three children: Joel Tolle of Salt Lake City, Brian Tolle, of Traverse City and Barbara Tesarz of Cedar; Five grandchildren: Jansen, Morgan and Evan Tolle, Katherine Rochlitz and Jack Newton and one great-grand child, James Rochlitz; three sisters, Millie Musgrove and Lois Fisher of Bearsdstown, IL and Jean Cox of Shelbyville, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Y. Tolle, a brother Edward Keiper, and sister Gertie Phelps. Doris graduated from Passavant Hospital Nursing school and married her high school sweetheart, Jim in 1955. A Naval Officer and pilot, Jim and Doris were stationed at many naval bases, having three children born in three different states. In 1969, they moved the family to Traverse City where they raised three children. Doris loved her work as a psychiatric nurse for the State Hospital and later at Birchwood Medical. After Jim’s death in 1999, Doris spent her winters in Beardstown, close to her sisters and many nieces and nephews. She spent her summers at the cottage on Lake Leelanau, a beloved place where she welcomed and entertained family and friends to visit all summer long. Many of her nieces and nephews from Illinois were annual guests at the cottage. Doris loved fishing with Jim and being at the Lake. She had a keen eye for decorating and loved to shop for antiques, an avid tennis fan and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Per Doris’ wishes, a private service will be held. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug 17th at the family cottage 8330 S Lakeview Road from 1-4 p.m.
Doris Mae Tolle (Keiper), 85, passed away on July 31, 2019 in Traverse City. She was born May 20, 1934 in Burlington Iowa, daughter of Valentine and Anna (Schirm) Keiper. Doris is survived by her three children: Joel Tolle of Salt Lake City,... View Obituary & Service Information
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