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Ruth  Elaine (Griffore) "Dolly" Brogger

Ruth Elaine (Griffore) "Dolly" Brogger
  • February 2, 1924 - April 5, 2019
  • Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), Michigan
  • Borgess Foundation
    1535 Gull Road, Suite 405
    Kalamazoo, MI 49048
  • Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
    222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Lakeside for Children Foundation
    3921 Oakland Dive
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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“Thinking of you, Mikee, and all of your family. Sending my condolences and love at this difficult time. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Marilee (Haiduk) Bryant - MI


2 of 16 | Posted by: Marilee (Haiduk) Bryant - MI

“Mikee sending you love and hugs and strength for the days..., it warmed my heart so much to read the wonderful tribute and pictures of your Mom and...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Patti Steffler Stoyanoff - MI

Family! “Oh, Dolly. I remember you singing at my bridal shower...soooo sweet! You are in good hands now and I am sending love and light to you and yours....Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Marianne LaDuke - Novi, MI

“Dear BroggersIt was good to see Dolly's smile in her Gazette photo. It lights up her face just as it did when she would sit on the dock on Oakdale...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara VanDyken - Delton, MI

“Joe and family,I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom. She was an inspiration to many. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers as...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Jacque Jennings-Carter - Portage, MI

“What a bright and beautiful light Dolly was..... I will miss her!!!And I will always giggle remembering our fun working together all those years......Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Susie Todd-Job - Kalamazoo, MI

“Joe,My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Your Mom was a wonderful person.Praying His peace surrounds you all!! Psalm 121 ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Glendening - Grand Rapids, MI

“Thinking of all the Broggers! Sending hugs and prayers for comfort. May all the treasured memories of your family's matriarch help you smile through...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Christine Broberg - Cortland, OH

“Oh Dear Brogger Kids, Grands, and Greats,You all have my sympathy and thoughts as you go forward in these next few months. I hold such superb...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Catherine Virgo-Marshall - Duluth, MN

“so sorry for your loss Mikee and family. Thinking of you during this difficult time. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Deb Brown Windover - Lawton, MI

“Joe, so sorry to hear about your mom. Sending hugs and prayers your way! ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Barb Wine - Kalamazoo, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweetheart, and I know she will be so missed by those that knew and loved her. Many prayers of...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Maureen Hada (English) - CO

“Our deepest sympathies to the Brogger family. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: The Tom Swiat Family - Kalamazoo, MI

“My condolences to all of the Broggers. I have such fond memories of the Waite Avenue-Winchell Rd area neighborhood. Dolly always had a smile, warm...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Lois Plantefaber - Ann Arbor, MI

“She was the nicest lady and will be truly missed! ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Peg Kornacker - Richland, MI


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Ruth Elaine (Griffore) "Dolly" Brogger of Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), MI

Dolly, age 95, went home to our Lord and Savior Friday evening, April 5, 2019.

Dolly, the daughter of Thomas and Tillie (DeCaire) Griffore, was born in Saginaw, MI on February 2, 1924 and moved to this area in 1957. She earned her BA degree in Speech and Drama from Mercy College in Detroit. Faith and family were her passions. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister and taught Religious Education. She was also very involved in the Kalamazoo Community serving on serval boards including: Lakeside for Children, Kalamazoo Junior League and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She sang and acted in many of the local theaters and had a passion for bridge. She also knew her way around the tennis court.

Dolly was united in marriage to John Joseph "Joe" Brogger Sr. in Saginaw on September 25, 1948 and he sadly preceded her in death on March 9, 2010 after 62 years of wedded bliss. Surviving are three daughters, Magee (Dan) Gordon of Grand Rapids, MI, Mikee Knoll of Northville, MI and Kelee (Claude) Majester of Dawsonville, GA; her son, Joe (Jane) Brogger II of Gull Lake; eleven precious grandchildren, Molly (Kevin) Guzniczak, Katybeth (Caleb) Halulko, Tommy (Kristy) Gordon, Chrisa (Josh) Butcher, Jackson (Emily) Knoll, Kathleen (Brian) Potts, Claude (Pauli) Majester II, Joe Majester, John (Kacie) Brogger, Bill Brogger and Jennifer Brogger and by her seven great grandchildren. Dolly was also preceded in death by her parents, six sisters and four brothers.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 10th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church, 12648 East D Avenue, Augusta, MI 49012 with Father Francis A, Marotti, Celebrant, Monsignor Michael Hazard, Concelebrant and Deacon Michael A. Carl, Assisting. Family and friends will continue Dolly's life celebration with a time of fellowship, visiting and a luncheon following the Mass in the Church Social Hall from 12:00 a 1:30 pm. Private, Family Interment will be in Yorkville Cemetery, Ross Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dolly's honor may be directed to the Borgess Foundation, the Lakeside for Children Foundation , Heritage Community of Kalamazoo or Hospice Care of Southwestern Michigan. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Dolly's family.