Dorothy Gonerka

Obituary of Dorothy Gonerka

ADRIAN – Dorothy E. Gonerka, age 96, of Adrian, passed away on October 12, 2017, at Charlotte Stephenson Manor. She was born on November 9, 1920, in Chicago, IL to Anthony and Katherine (Matthews) Kramer. On June 21, 1941, she married Theodore Gonerka in Chicago, IL and he preceded her in death on February 20, 2002.  Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She loved playing her oldies records, playing cards, especially poker, watching baseball and hockey, doing jigsaw puzzles, watching “Dancing with the Stars”, and decorating for the holidays.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Leonard (Linda) Gonerka of Somerset, Ronald (Jacqueline) Gonerka of Jackson, Gerald (Charlene) Gonerka of Hugo, MN, Constance Troop of Baldwin, and Virginia (Robert) Johnson of Adrian; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Theodore, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard (Peg) Kramer; sister, Loretta (Don) Jacka, and a daughter in infancy, Nancy.  The family would like to thank the staff at Charlotte Stephenson Manor and Hospice of Lenawee for the loving care Mom received.              

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral liturgy at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 415 Ormsby St., Adrian with Fr. Tom Murphy as Celebrant.  Burial will be on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Cemetery in Jackson.You may send condolences to the family at  In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to a charity of one’s choice or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian or St. Joseph Catholic Church, Adrian.