Born On: October 28, 1943

Passed On: May 26, 2020

Barbara Dorsey

Barbara Dorsey, age76, of Norton Shores, Michigan went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday evening, May 26, 2020. Barbara was born on October 28, 1943 in Zanesville, Ohio to Albert and Garnett {Woods} Stigler. Barbara graduated from Roseville High School in 1961. While there, she was active in band and chorus. She was an outstanding student and was inducted into the National Honor Society in 1962, Barbara married Rodrick Dorsey and moved to Zanesville Ohio and  went to work for Rose Furniture Co. where she handled both sales and office duties. Later that year Barbara gave birth to her first son, Roderick Dorsey Jr. In 1963, Barbara moved to Dallas, Texas and went to work for Kadane and Sons. That same year Barbara gave birth to her second son, Theodore Dorsey. After a couple months, Barbara went to work for Collins Radio Co. as an Executive Assistant in the Export Division. In September of 1964, Barbara moved to Columbus, Ohio where she spent the next eight years raising her two sons, In 1972, Barbara and her family moved to Norton Shores, where she continued raising her family. In 1974, after  bearing her third son, Jon Dorsey, Barbara felt the urge to go back to school. She enrolled at  M.C.C. Where she got her nursing degree becoming an RN and winning the prestigious “Hadden Award” as the outstanding nursing student in her class. Barbara would go on to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Western Michigan University in 1993. Barbara started her nursing career in 1986 working for Dr. Raymond Cooper as an OB-GYN Nurse. She worked there for six years. Barbara then left private practice and hired on at Hackley Hospital where she eventually wound up working at Northwood and fell in love with Psychiatric Nursing. Barbara continued working for Hackley Hospital next at Westwood then at an off-site counseling campus in Grand Haven. Being told that she had a real gift for counseling, Barbara decided she needed to further her education so enrolled at Western Michigan University this time earning an M.A. with a major in Psychology, After a short internship and successfully earning her LLP license, Barbara spent the next eight years counseling people at “New Focus” a part of Gerber Hospital in Fremont Michigan. Barbara spent two of her favorite years, starting in 2016, as an Adjunct Professor teaching Psychology at Northpointe Bible College in Grand Rapids Michigan. Barbara, even though she liked her private time, was a fun-loving person always looking for new adventures. She loved traveling, shopping, theater, polka dancing, books, parties, games getting together with friends, working out, walking, but most important to her were her faith, her family, her friends and helping struggling people. Two  of Barbara’s very favorite things to do were leading “Shelter from the Storm” groups for sexually abused women and doing pro-bono counseling for  hurting women. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Garnett Stigler, her sister, Ruth Ann Stigler, her brother Roger Stigler and her sister-in-law, Linda Stigler. Barbara is survived by her husband; Rodrick Dorsey; her three sons; Roderick Dorsey Jr., Theodore Dorsey and Jon Dorsey; her three daughters-in-law Iris Dorsey, Cindy Dorsey and Pam Dorsey; Grandchildren Thea Dorsey, Benjamin Dorsey, Joshua Dorsey, Noah Dorsey, Owen Dorsey and William Dorsey plus several nieces and nephews. Barbara was active in her Church teaching Sunday School and serving as Secretary of the Board of Deacons. She loved going on missions trips. Barbara also loved singing and was active in the Church Choir and Celebration Community Choir. Barbara loved people and will be greatly missed by her family and all the people whose lives she touched. Memorial donations may be given in her name to either Harbor Hospice or Central Assembly of God Missions Fund. Due to Covid-19 restrictions only a small service for the family will be held at this time. When restrictions are eased, a memorial service will follow.


10 thoughts on “Barbara Dorsey

  1. Nancy Wittkopp

    I recently saw Barb at the Lakeshore Fitness Center and we talked and remembered our years as members of Celebration Singers. I was shocked to see her obituary. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.

  2. Chris Jansen-Yee

    My deepest sympathies to Rod, Ted, and all of Barb’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Barb as a colleague at Hackley’s Westwood program, and later as her clinical supervisor when she worked as a limited licensed psychologist. Her kind, thoughtful approach to all people she worked with, and great compassion will be missed. She was a blessing to all that she touched with her kindness, wisdom and grace. I am truly saddened by her loss.

  3. Lisa Jahr

    Barb was the most beautiful person inside and out. I will truly miss our talks and dinner together! My heart is broken!

  4. Patsy Fortenbacher

    Rod,Ted, and the entire Dorsey family,
    I’m saddened to hear that Barb has passed,and I want to offer my heartfelt condolences. Knowing Barb she is ecstatic to be in His presence now. I can’t say enough good things about your mother, wife, and grandmother. Barb was a wonderful woman whom I thoroughly enjoyed knowing as a coworker and friend. I will always remember her smile,laughter, kindness, and sweet voice. God Be with you all and shine His blessings on you now and forever.

  5. eric seifert

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss of your wonderful mother. Sending good vibes your way.

  6. Marva Riggs

    So sorry for your loss . May God give you peace,strength,and comfort in the days ahead. Romans 8:38-39

  7. Galdeen's

    Ted and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve. May you remember all the good times!

    -The Galdeen Family
    Todd, Kelly, Kari, Kali and Brett

  8. Linda Bouwman

    Barb will be greatly missed. We shared the joy of singing in Celebration Community Choir and had a lot of fun. She was such a happy person and I have thought of her many times over the years.

  9. Denise Brown

    Our Condolence to the family of Barbara Dorsey and specially P J and Pam Dorsey and Noah,Owen and William Dorsey. Your mother will be greatly miss. Love Denise and Derek Brown –Central Assembly of God and at one time from Lakeside Assembly of God.


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