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Dorothy Belle Sheffler

October 8, 1920 August 25, 2016
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Obituary for Dorothy Belle Sheffler

Dorothy Belle Sheffler (Ruggles), a lifelong resident of Milford, died on August 25, 2016 at the age of 95.
Born on October 8th, 1920, she was the only child of Thurman and Fannie (Long) Ruggles, one of the founding families of Milford. Their Centennial Farm on Rowe Road has been a fixture in the local landscape for generations. Dotty grew up on the farm, learning to drive trucks and tractors, and to see life as a miracle of seasons, nature, labor and God’s grace and love for creation. After graduating from Milford High School, it was at the family farm she married her high-school sweetheart, Clifford Sheffler, on January 20, 1940 and they moved just down Rowe Road to begin their life together and raise their own family, returning to the family farm after her parents’ deaths. She loved the birds and perennials, neighbors and community that life in the country, at the edge of their hometown gave her access to. They were long time and active members of Milford United Methodist Church. Cliff preceded her in death in 2004, after a long marriage, many travels and a long career with the General Motors Proving Grounds which took them to Arizona for many winters, always returning to the homeplace on Rowe Road and the family and community that was dear to them both.
Dorothy Belle Sheffler had a gift for making things better than the way she found them. She saw the best in people, was fiercely loyal to her family and friends, and always pitched in to do her part, living out her faith in the goodwill she bore towards others. Her smile and calm presence were comforts in good times and hard times. She had lived through them all and trusted in God’s will and her own hard work. Grace and gratitude were her style, and though she lived a long life in two centuries, and saw the generations grow up around her, she never seemed old or out of date.
She was dedicated to the restoration and care of Oak Grove Cemetery where so many of her family and neighbors were buried and served on the board of the Friends of Oak Grove Cemetery.

She is survived by sons, John (Carol) Sheffler and Tom Sheffler; her daughter, Marta (George Hopkins) Munroe-Hopkins; grandchildren, Jesse (Stephanie) Pinson, Jill (Doug) Rechsteiner, Jennifer (Ryan) Morris, Kelly (Todd) Philpott, Angie (Jeff) Mohr, Nicholas (Kristine) Sheffler, Matthew (Marla) Sheffler, Ryan (Tiffany) Dowd, Sarah (Michael) Corral, Grace (David) Splude; great grandchildren, Nolan, Dakota and Paytton Pinson, Logan and McKenna Rechsteiner, Tyler and Alec Philpott, Emma and Lydia Mohr, Kristine, Hadley, Joe, Roman and Niko Sheffler, Parker and Gavin Dowd, and Corbyn Splude, who join with a host of neighbors and friends in mourning the death of a dear woman and giving thanks to God for her long life among them.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Friday, August 26, from 3-9PM.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic St., Milford, on Saturday, August 27, at 10AM with The Rev. Doug McMunn officiating. Cremation will follow with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford, Sunday, August 28, at 11:30AM.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Milford United Methodist Church or to the Oak Grove Cemetery Fund. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

26

Aug

3:00 PM 8/26/2016 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 8/26/2016 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

27

Aug

10:00 AM 8/27/2016 10:00:00 AM
Milford United Methodist Church

1200 Atlantic Street
Milford, MI 48381

Milford United Methodist Church
1200 Atlantic Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Graveside

Sunday

28

Aug

11:30 AM 8/28/2016 11:30:00 AM
Oak Grove Cemetery

mont eagle
Milford, MI 48381

Oak Grove Cemetery
mont eagle Milford 48381 MI
United States

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Oak Grove Cemetery Final Resting Place

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Milford, MI 48381

mont eagle Milford 48381 MI
United States
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