Dora Jane Hetrick was born November 30, 1935 in Reynoldsville, PA to Albert and Grace Hetrick. Dora experienced pulmonary fibrosis in her later years and reached the end of her life journey on July 2, 2023 at age 87. She leaves behind two beloved daughters, Amy C. (Robert) McCormick and Connie C. (Greg Liepshutz) Christian; her dear sister, Mary (Alan) Vecchio; as well as cherished nieces, nephews, and their children (Wendy Wetherbee, Tara Greenblatt, Angella Scalise, Samuel Breene, Berry Breene, Aurora Wetherbee, Owen Hannah, Felix Hannah, and Lilliana Scalise). She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rev. Gary Hetrick and sister-in-law, Lois Hetrick, their daughters, Rebecca and Barbara Hetrick; sister, Martha Breene and brother-in-law, Charles Breene.
Dora loved and excelled in school, earning a B.S. in Elementary Education from Clarion State Teachers College (now PennWest Clarion) in 1957. After graduating, she was an elementary school teacher and took music courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Allegheny College during summers. Then, from 1960 to 1962, she attended West Virginia University where she completed a B.A. in Music and also earned a Masters in Music. Dora loved her work as an elementary school teacher and then as a music teacher, specializing in instrumental music. Over the course of her career, she taught in various school districts in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, and finally in Philadelphia.
In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Dora married David Christian in 1960, raised a family in Missouri and New Jersey, and eventually retired to Michigan in 1999 to be close to her daughters. Her greatest joys were spending time with her daughters and extended family, listening to music, and caring for her treasured pets.
As a younger woman, Dora volunteered with Meals on Wheels, sang in her church choir, and taught Sunday school classes. After retiring, she volunteered for a number of years as coordinator and tutor in her church’s tutoring program which reached out to Lansing grade school students in need. She loved these children and did everything she could to help them have a good chance in life. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for a number of years, building houses in the Lansing area until her health no longer permitted. Dora was a truly generous person who accepted and welcomed in her life people of all different backgrounds and circumstances.
Dora will be deeply missed for being the loving mother, sister, aunt, loyal friend, and generous, caring person that she was.
Her Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at Grace Lutheran Church, 528 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Lansing, Michigan. For those attending in person, the family will begin receiving visitors at 12:30 PM with the service to begin at 1:00 PM. For those who cannot attend in person, the service will be live-streamed at Grace Lutheran Church’s Facebook site: @GLCLANSING. All times refer to Eastern Daylight Time.
A private inurnment for the immediate family will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lansing, on another date.