Dorothy Teesdale


February 5, 1931 - May 4, 2014

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Teesdale, Mrs. Dorothy, age 83 of Lowell, died on May 4, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Sadie Fox, husbands, Robert Leasure, Gerald Steinfort, and Bill Teesdale, and daughter, Martha Louise Leasure. Surviving are her children, Frank (Laura) Leasure, Scott (Jocelyn) Leasure, Joan (Terry) Cheeseman, Ann (John) Teesdale, Sally Lowe, Scott (Debra) Teesdale; grandchildren, Teresa (Lyle) Goldner, Patti Leasure, Mary Leasure, Angela (Wayne) Baatz, Jeremy Smith, Mike (Kelly) Smith, Tony Leasure, Jacob Leasure, Scott Zukowski, Nathan Zukowski, Lindsey Lowe, Greg Lowe, Andrew Lowe, Sarah Teesdale, Ian Teesdale; 4 great grandchildren, Elisabeth, Logan, Jack and Celes; her brother, Edgar (Christine) Fox; many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was very active with Senior Neighbors, Audubon Club, National Parks Conservation Association, Lowell Arts, YMCA, the Neuropathy Association, St. Paulís Anglican Catholic Church, American Red Cross, Michigan Blood, Warm Up America Program. She graduated from Bishop Clarkson School of Nursing, Omaha NE in 1951 and from St. Josephís College with a degree in Health Care Administration in 1984. Dorothy worked at Booth Hospital for 7 years, then Blodgett Hospital for 18 years, during which time she was the head of Labor and Delivery, and designed the first birthing rooms in the Grand Rapids area. Together with her first husband, Robert Leasure, she ran Timberline Kennels in Lowell. She trained hunting dogs and showed them in Field Trials. With Bill Teesdale, she visited 53 National Parks and all of the United States including Hawaii. She loved hunting and fishing, knitting, crocheting, bird watching, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Michigan football teams, as well as the White Caps and Detroit Tigers. The Requiem Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Paulís Anglican Catholic Church, 2560 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504. Father Richard Bowyer celebrant. Visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4:00 and 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell and one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to Senior Neighbors, 820 Monroe Ave NW #460, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 and St. Paulís Anglican Catholic Church.