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Life Story / Obituary
Dorothy Sushereba was a dedicated wife, a loving mother, and a treasured grandmother. Blessed with an abundant and loving family, she wanted nothing but the very best for each and every one of them. Her legacy of service and selflessness will be fondly cherished by her many special friends and family for generations to come.
Born Dorothy Lorinda, on May 24, 1928, in Homestead, Pennsylvania to John and Elva (Barnett) Stoffel. She was the oldest daughter of four children. Her younger siblings, Jean, John, and Donald followed her, and two siblings, Virginia and Jimmy, died in infancy.
Growing up in Homestead-Munhall, Dorothy lived a typical childhood of the times. Her father was an immigrant from Germany and her mother was born and raised in the area. Her father worked as a master baker and her mother was a cake decorator and cleaning maid at Hotel Webster-Hall. She and her siblings occasionally had special treats from Woolworth’s. Dorothy enjoyed taking piano and voice lessons, and played the xylophone in the marching band. After graduating from Munhall High School, she set off for West Penn School of Nursing. Dorothy was successful in anything she set out to accomplish and made a remarkable career in nursing for seventy years.
Not to be forgotten was the meeting of Tony Sushereba. The two of them enjoyed signing together, while having met at a Christian youth camp. Soon a romance ensued and they made plans to marry. The happy couple joined in marriage on November 22, 1950. Devoted to their faith, Dorothy and Tony traveled extensively reaching many people and lighting their hearts towards following Jesus. Together they raised five wonderful children; Tim, Beth, Linda, Jim, and Mark. They were loving parents and supported their children in many endeavors over their growing years. As a mother, Dorothy was endearing to her children. She enjoyed sharing many special memories with them and taught them a need for a Savior and led each of them to a life-long relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ . She never took for granted their special visits over the years. Any amount of time she was surrounded by her loved ones, her heart was content. Dorothy and Tony were abundantly blessed and thrilled to welcome grandchildren into their lives. As busy as their lives were with their careers and mission trips, they enjoyed their many travels visiting their grandchildren over the years.
Dorothy held many special interests. In addition to her love of nursing and her dedication to her family and mission work, she loved to bake. She also learned to knit, crochet, quilt, and weave. She found a love of crafting and decorating her home with many of her handmade items. She enjoyed listening to music especially country gospel, classical, and church hymns. Dorothy found great purpose in helping others, making new friends, participating in Bible studies, as well as singing in the choir. Highlights were the many international travels she shared with Tony including a trip to Africa as late as 2000. She modeled for her family a life of generosity, godliness, resourcefulness, fun and love of music.
Dorothy L. Sushereba, age 93, of Grand Rapids, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 2, 2022. Dorothy was born May 24, 1928, in Homestead, Pennsylvania, to the late John and Elva (Barnett) Stoffel. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Tony Sushereba; son, Tim Sushereba; siblings, John, Donald, James and Virginia Stoffel; son-in-law, Robert Young; and daughter-in-law, Martha (Schultz) Sushereba. Dorothy was a member of Northwest Gospel Hall and a resident of Rest Haven Homes. She is survived by her children, Beth Young, Linda (Ken) Madgwick, James (Sue) Sushereba, Mark (Elizabeth) Sushereba; daughter-in-law, Joanne Sushereba; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Cheberenchick; Tony's family; and several nieces and nephews. Interment will be in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 11 AM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 1833 Plainfield Ave NE. Friends may visit with her family beginning at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Christian Missions In Many Lands or Rest Haven Homes. To leave a memory or condolence please visit www.heritagelifestory.com.