Dorothy Ann Glus Himick was born on November 1, 1919 in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Prokup and Mary Warian Glus had emigrated to America from Austria with four children. They settled on a farm in Edinboro, Pennsylvania where they had seven more children, including Dorothy. They worshiped at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in nearby Pageville. At home, they all spoke their native Slavish language. Dorothy learned English when she started school. In 1938 she graduated from High School which was unusual for a farm girl of her time. During the war years, she worked at an aluminum plant making airplane wings. She was a real “Rosie the Riveter”. She met the love of her life when her brother Paul brought his best friend, Edward Himick, home to the farm for a visit. Dorothy and Ed married in Detroit on February 9, 1946. They lived in Allen Park, Michigan, where Ed was employed by the city, working his way up to Superintendent of Public Works. There, they raised their three sons, Edward, Jr., Brian, and Bruce. After 30 years there, Ed retired in 1974. Sadly, they only had only a short time to enjoy Ed’s retirement. He passed away suddenly on July 10, 1976 In 1984, Dorothy, now known to all as Baba (Russian for Grandmother) moved to Harrisville, Michigan to be close to her son, Brian and his family. He built a house for her next door to his on Stockton Road. There she gardened, took care of her own lawn, and helped raise four of her grandchildren, teaching them the importance of “knowing their prices” and using coupons. When she was no longer able to live on her own, she moved into Lincoln Haven in Lincoln, Michigan where the staff took great care of her, and her family, now including eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, would visit often. After 101 years of a full and happy life, her stubborn and generous heart stopped beating on December 16, 2020. Her granddaughter Anna Himick was by her side holding her hand. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Prokop and Mary Glus, all 10 of her brothers and sisters, and her husband, Edward Louis Himick. Surviving are her sons, Edward Himick, Jr. (Linda) of Savoy, Il., Brian John Himick (Valerie) of Traverse City, Michigan, Bruce Robert Himick (Debra) of Royal Oak, Michigan. Eight Grandchildren, Michael and James Himick: Brian Jr., Meghan, and Anna Himick, Rebecca DeSmet: Tanya Grasl and Bruce HImick, Jr. Twelve Great Grandchildren, Kate HImick, Luke and Tatiana Himick, Damion Stewart, Carson Spears, Max, Henry, and Noah DeSmet, Evelyn and Abel Grasl, Carter and Leland Himick and two Great Great Grandchildren Kaiden and Aubrey She will be buried next to her beloved husband, Ed, in Michigan Memorial Cemetery in Flat Rock, Michigan, on Monday, December 21st at 11:30 AM. Sharing the plot are her brother Paul Glus and his wife, Helen. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering later next Spring or Summer.
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