Arbutus  Durocher

Obituary of Arbutus Durocher


Arbutus (Arby) M. Durocher, 67, a resident of Dodgeville, passed away following a lengthy illness Thursday evening March 30, 2017, at the Omega House in Houghton with her family by her side.

She was born on October 27, 1949 in Hancock to the late Charles and Esther (Maki) Naasko. Arbutus was raised in Toivola and South Range and was a graduate of Jeffers High School.

On August 27, 1966, she was united in marriage to her soulmate Raymond Durocher, Jr. Together they raised four children in Painesdale, shared their lives with friends and family in Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, and for the past 3 years returned to their roots in the Copper Country. From the young age of 16 she devoted her life to raising her children the best she knew how, becoming more than a mother to them: sister and friend. Arbutus loved angels, poetry, baking, cooking and reading. Her beautiful and contagious smile shared love and compassion with all she met, imprinting a sweet and graceful memory. Arbutus is remembered. Muistatko. Nos Souvenirs.

Besides her parents, Arbutus was preceded in death by her daughter Karen and a sister Marjorie Wickstrom-Chapel.

She is survived by her husband; Raymond of Dodgeville,

Her children; Michael (Michelle Braden) of Lexington, IN

Patty (Jody) Abb of Atlantic Mine,

Matthew (Pamela Kotila) of Dodgeville,

Her grandchildren; Daniel Durocher and Joseph Abb,

Her Brothers; Charles Naasko Jr. of Chassell,

David (Jane) Naasko of Eaton Rapids, MI

Thomas (Janet Mattson) Naasko of Arnheim

Special Niece; Joy (Jerry) Anzalone of Dodgeville,

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins,

Special Friend; Mary Lou (Dave) Wisti of Houghton.

Funeral Services for Arbutus will be held 1pm Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Houghton with Pastor Bucky Beach to officiate.

Friends may call on Thursday, April 6, 2017 starting at 11am at the church.

Arbutus’s family would like to thank Aspirus Hospital, Aspirus Home Health & Hospice and the Omega House in Houghton for all of the wonderful care provided during her illness.

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The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock have been assisting the family with the arrangements.