Born On: December 29, 1922

Passed On: July 10, 2019

Doris J. Rickert (Wysozan)

Doris J. Rickert, age 96 passed away peacefully from the arms of her family, into the arms of the Lord on July 10, 2019.  She was born on December 29, 1922 to the late Joseph and Mary Mangione on their ninth wedding anniversary.   She is survived by two children, Marilyn Fisk and Robert Wysozan Sr.; several grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren along with a large extended family, including stepchildren.

Doris had two children from her first marriage of 20 plus years, to John Wysozan.  Doris and John joined John’s parents and sister, Anna Beckley and her family, on the farm, for about 10 years.  Dlris was a good homemaker, pretty good farm hand, became a great cook and outstanding mother, Occasionally she would help out in her fathers grocery store.  One of the fun things the family did after Sunday dinner, was go for a ride in the car and stop for an ice cream cone. 

Doris’ second husband, Clyde F. Rickert, married for about 20 years, and step-mother to his four grown children.  Clyde was a very successful small businessman with Tool and Die shops in Detroit and northern Michigan, and did business throughout the United States.  When needed she was always willing to help out in the office.  They lived in Elk Rapids, Michigan and later moved to south of Alpena, Michigan. Business and pleasure took them to many cities throughout the U.S. and a pleasure trip to Italy.  Attended many sporting events, including the Indianapolis 500 many times and went many times to their very small island in Canada for some great fishing. 

Doris was retired when she met Robert Root (also retired), and was welcomed by his family, Bill, Tom, Rick, Randy, Ken and Deb.  Doris and Robert were companions for 15 plus years,  They enjoyed their summer in Michigan, enjoying family and friends time, then spent the winters in Florida, enjoying family and friends there.

Doris acquired a great net work of family connections, that were very important to her, the Mangione’s, Girocco’s. Tardani’s, Zorziglio’s, Wysozan’s, Beckley’s, DeMarco’s, Pronick’s, SanAngelo’s, Fisk’s, Furman’s, Rickert’s, Krutlin’s, Root’s, and Hoffman’s.

Doris became a Licenses Practical Nurse at age 35.  She was part of the first LPN class graduated from Muskegon Community College at that time, 1962. As a LPN, she worked in Muskegon and later in Detroit,  There she held 2 LPN jobs,  She also did homecare, in Muskegon and Montague, in her first few year of retirements.

Doris spent her first 40 years in Muskegon, moved to Detroit in 195, Elk Rapids in 1970, Alpena in 1975  and back to Muskegon in 1985.

Doris always loved to be around all her family and friends, Gathering like birthdays, holiday or just visits were always fun and happy times for her.  Doris loved to be around new born babies. Loved to hold and cuddle them and help in their care.  In recent years, she especially enjoyed her great-grandchildren.

She loved Italian foods, enjoyed a good seafood restaurant, a good steakhouse, occasionally Chinese and Eastern European cuisine.  A Vodka martini or two, in her younger years, was very much enjoyed with a great meal.

Doris was well known for her sense of humor.  Anyone that knew her can attest to that.  it is difficult to pick just one story to share because there are so many to choose from .

Doris was an all around wonderful person.  She was a  natural care-taker at home and professionally.  She lived a very long and healthy life, was strong-willed and tough.  She was never one to ask for help, yet she would help others any way she could.

Each of us have our own personal memories of Doris.  We each get to remember her exactly as we’d most like to.  Let us be thankful for the time we had with her, the lessons we learned from her and the memories that were created.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Shriner’s Hospital. Private family services will be held.



One thought on “Doris J. Rickert (Wysozan)

  1. Danelle Mangione Hutcheson

    I miss you already. You brought me great courage to reach beyond what I was comfortable doing. Because of you I became a nurse. A profession I loved for many years and allowed me to see a lot of this world. I will never forget the memorable fun times we spent together through child and adulthood. Love you


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