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“Mark & Family, our condolences on the loss of your Mom, she will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers! Vince & Val ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Val Scola - Ft. Myers, FL

“Mark and Family, Our deepest sympathy. It has been a long time, but Mon has kept us up to date on your family. I can still remember the conversation...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Laurie Alisat

“Mark, Janet & Family You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Dottie &...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Georgeann Morrone

“Mark and Janet, We've been thinking about you today as you have services for your mother. We extend our sympathy and offer prayers for your comfort....Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Wayne Maley - Las Cruces, NM

“Mark, Linda and I were sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our condolences. Daryl & Linda Godke ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Daryl & Linda Godke - St. Joseph, MI

“Mark, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my condolences. I hope your children were able to make it home safely. Regards, Ron...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Ron McAllister - New Holland , PA

“Mark, Janet, Mark and Elizabeth, We share your sorrow on the death of your loved one. We have so many happy memories of good times spent together. ...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Gerry and Marlene Hornung

“Mark, Janet and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will always hold such fond memories of your parents...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Sandy Zielke-Jackson - Niles, MI

“Mark, Janet, Mark and Biz, So sorry to hear the passing of your mother and grandmother. Even though she lived a good long life, it is still hard to...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Mike Ryan - St Joseph, MI

“Mark, Janet and family: John and I want to extend our personal condolences in the passing of your mother. Aunt Dorothy was a wonderful person who we...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy Zielke - Kansas City, KS


Dorothy Eleanor Menchinger Zielke, 88, formerly of Benton Harbor and Fort Myers, Florida, died Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at the Whitcomb Towers, with her son, Mark, by her side.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held, Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., at First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 2001 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph, with the Rev. Robert Braman, Ph.D., officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, February 5, 2010 from 5 to 8 pm at Starks –Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorial donations may be made to First Congregation Church United Church of Christ, St. Joseph.

Dorothy was born April 10, 1921, to Adolph and Helen (Hetke) Menchinger in Benton Harbor. On June 20, 1948, she married Amiel W. Zielke. Dorothy and Amiel made their home in the same Fairplain residence in which Dorothy was raised. In later years they wintered in Fort Myers, FL. After Amiel’s death, in 2006, Dorothy continued to maintain her family home and to spend the winter months in Florida.

Dorothy and Amiel shared a blessed life together and were devoted to their family: son Mark, daughter-in-law Janet Lee, and beloved grandchildren Mark, Jr., and Elizabeth. The couple never missed an opportunity to cheer on Mark and Elizabeth at their sporting and school events, and they enjoyed having the family visit them in Florida annually and also playing Mom and Dad while Janet and Mark traveled. Dorothy enjoyed travels and was an avid golfer, bowler, and gardener and enjoyed socializing with all her friends. She was an elegant, gracious, proud and kind woman who touched many lives. She will be dearly missed.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Mark (Janet Lee Globensky) of St. Joseph, and grandchildren, Mark, Jr., of Monterey, CA, and Elizabeth, of Carmel-by-the Sea, CA. Two brothers and two sisters also survive: Edwin (Clara) of Sarasota, FL; Ernest (Irene), of Chapin, SC; Mildred Pfeifer of Sartell, MN; and Beverly (Hazen) Harner, of Eau Claire, MI.

In addition to her husband, Amiel, Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Helen Menchinger, grandparents, Joseph and Catherine Menchinger, and a sister, Marian.