O'Toole, Doreen Lucille (Bigelow), Merrill, Michigan


A loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 11, 2013, at the age of 90. Doreen was born April 4, 1922 in St. John’s, MI to Merle and Ellen (Kohlschmidt) Bigelow. Doreen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Eston and Robert Bigelow, and sister JoAnn Wilson. She will be deeply missed by the family that gave her such great joy – husband of 67 years, Robert; children, Connie (Rick) Kettelhohn, Maureen O’Toole both of Saginaw, Terry O’Toole of Hemlock, Chris (Julie) O’Toole of Broomfield, CO, and Michelle (Marty) Lass of Eden Prairie, MN.; grandchildren, Carrie (Ken) Fox, Chad (Christine) Tolfree, Courtney (Bill) Johnson, Shawn (Catherine) O’Toole and Michael O’Toole, Molly and Brady Lass; great-grandchildren, Dawson, Carter, and Camden Fox, Drew, and Sara Tolfree, Liam and Quinn Johnson, and Elliot O’Toole, siblings; Jack, Don, Ron (Dee) Bigelow, Shirley (Marv) Hutfilz, Suzanne (Dick) Dougherty, “ like a brother” Doug Kohlschmidt, half-sister Kristy (Bigelow) Brooks; and many other loving family members and friends. Funeral liturgy and celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Merrill, Michigan. Fr. Craig Carolan will officiate with entombment to follow at St. Andrews Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, January 14, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at W. L. Case Funeral Home, Merrill, Michigan. The rosary will be said by the Merrill/Hemlock Knights of Columbus at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also visit with the family on Tuesday at church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Avalon Hospice, 2360 Stone Bridge Drive, Flint, MI 48532-5406 or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Merrill. www.casefuneralhome.com