In memory of
Dolores "Dee" Fialka
FIALKA, DOLORES JANE "DEE" Flint Dolores Jane "Dee" Fialka, of Flint, age 89, died Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the home of her son, John Fialka surrounded by her family singing "You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine." A "Celebration of Life" Service will be held 11am Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint. Visitation Saturday 3-8pm with Reflections at 7pm. Visitation 10-11am Sunday at the funeral home prior to the "Celebration of Life" service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Flint Institute of Arts; Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF); or TASH (an advocacy organization for people with disabilities). Dolores was born in Flint on March 8, 1925. She married Albert "Al" Fialka on September 11, 1948. Dolores attended Northern High School. She proudly received her nursing degree from St. Camillus School of Nursing at Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, MI. She went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources from The University of Detroit. She was a Registered Nurse (R.N.) and worked for 25 years with Dr. Arthur Tuuri, where she was known for her compassion and the dedication to children and families. Later she enjoyed teaching Medical Terminology and Medical Assistance at Mott Community College for over 10 years. Her passion to work with people continued in her volunteer work at a hospice program and at an elementary school reading to children. Mrs. Fialka had a lifelong love to learn and discover new ideas. She and her husband attended over 26 Elder Hostels and later became representative for these education opportunities. Mrs. Fialka enriched her life and those around her through her cooking, conversations and reading. One of her greatest joys was listening to her grandchildren share their lives. Family and friends loved watching her graceful dancing with her husband of 66 years. Mrs. Fialka was the cornerstone to keeping the family together by planning many celebrations. Her favorite quote was "Life is a process of growth and change." Surviving are loving husband, Albert "Al;" four children, Janice Fialka and husband Rich Feldman, Gerry and wife Suzy Williams, Nancy and husband Mike Chilcutt and John Fialka and partner, Donna Thomas;7 grandchildren, Micah, Emma, Leah, Kyle, Steven, Andrew and Alison; two sisters, Mary Ann Crossley, Joanne MacKinnon.She was preceded in death by her son, James; and two brothers, Donald and Charles Lefanowicz. Your reflections and stories about Dolores may be shared with the family at swartzfuneralhomeinc.com
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