Mom with cross.
Dolores Bean
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 7, 1927
  • Date of passing: Oct 19, 2014
Let the memory of Dolores be with us forever

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Dolores Mary Bean, 87, of Escanaba, peacefully passed Sunday evening, October 19, 2014, at the Christian Park Village, where she had resided for the past two years.

Dolores was born April 7, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Herbert Gale and Yolanda Gagliardi. She was raised in Libertyville, Illinois, until age nine, and then moved to Maquoketa, Iowa to live with her mother and step-father, Stuart F. Cooper. Dolores graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1945.

Dolores married Gordon K. Bean on September 22, 1947, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque, Iowa. Together they resided: first in Dubuque, Iowa, then Chicago, Illinois and finally Escanaba, Michigan, since 1954. They were married for 55 years.

After high school, Dolores worked for Western Union, in Dubuque, Iowa. She worked as a homemaker following the births of her three daughters. Later she worked at Shoppers’ Town, Coast to Coast hardware and retired in 1991 after working twenty years at Woolworths.

She enjoyed knitting, cross-stitching, crossword puzzles, music, nature, storytelling and her passion, reading. She loved Escanaba and especially rides through the park and harbor. In her Five Wishes document Dolores said she would like to be remembered as “Somebody Special – a wonderful mother and a good wife.”

Survivors are: Three daughters, Charon (Scott) Porter of Marquette, Michigan, Merrily (Tom) Bauer of Williamsburg, Michigan and Lynn (Joe) Kelly of Gypsum, Colorado, and three grandchildren, Shawn Bauer (Carrie Sea) of Washington, Jenny (Josh) Bell of Washington and Kai Kelly of Colorado and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, husband, aunts and uncles, mother and father-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law and son-in-law, Joe Kelly.

There will be no funeral and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County.

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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Charon Porter on 19th October 2017

"Was thinking about you all day today. It has been three years, today, since you passed. You would have loved today. It was a beautiful Fall day and you and Dad loved to drive around and look at all the beautiful colors and I saw an orange truck!"

This tribute was added by Charon Porter on 7th April 2017

"Happy Birthday Mom! Today would have been your 90th birthday. I know you, Dad and the rest of our family and friends, that are with you, are having a big birthday party. You are missed... Charon"

This tribute was added by Jenny Bell on 7th April 2016

"Happy Birthday Grandma. I have been thinking today about what a special gift it was that you and Grandpa came all the way from Escanaba to attend my high school graduation. I'm sure it wasn't easy, but I am grateful that you made it and that you were always so supportive of me. Thank you, with eternal love~ Jenny"

This tribute was added by Charon Porter on 7th April 2015

"Happy Birthday, Mom!"

This tribute was added by Thomas Bauer on 11th November 2014

"My lovely Mother in law Dolores Bean has passed from this earthly realm into the beautiful heavenly kingdom with Jesus and all the angels, saints and souls of the departed. I know her joy is great at this reunion. I am blessed to know her. I never heard an unkind word from her. She was always gracious and would tell very amusing stories. She sent me a lovely card with a painting of Jesus and two disciples on the road to Emmaus after his death; and the Scriptures of how they did not recognize Him until they broke bread. I keep it in my Bible and her in my heart. We shared many golden days in and around Escanaba at the beach, lighthouse and natural places."

This tribute was added by Victoria Cammarata on 11th November 2014

"What a beautiful memorial. Her loving spirit shines through the pictures and words written of her. Hugs and prayers to you, Merrily,Tom,  Lynn, Charon, Jenny, Shawn and the rest of the family!"

This tribute was added by Dona Bell on 10th November 2014

"So sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  I know you will miss her, and she surely will be enjoying all the fall colors forever now."

This tribute was added by Jenny Bell on 9th November 2014

"I have the most wonderful memories of time spent with my Grandma Bean. She was always so caring and as her Grandchild she made me feel appreciated and loved. Both her and my Grandpa instilled in me a deep love of nature. When we visited them it was always a tradition to go on a drive and look for wildlife, whether it be waterfowl, foxes or seagulls at the marina; we always enjoyed ourselves. I am eternally grateful for the time we spent together and will always remember our special outings.  Grandma D will always be remembered as someone special. I'm sure she is glad to be reunited with her love- Grandpa, now.

Sending comfort and love to all my family- Jenny"

This tribute was added by Kitten Treichel on 28th October 2014

"Eric and I would like to extend our condolences.  I wish we could get together with all of you again as we did when your Dad passed.  Such a wonderful family you are.  Your Mom and Dad were so very special to our whole family!  Your Mom was always so sweet, pleasant and considerate to all she knew.  Such wonderful memories we have!  Forever will your parents remain in our hearts!!  Love to all of you from the Treichels."

This tribute was added by Jean Kopacz on 27th October 2014

"Charon and family    Our sympathy for your loss  - My mom passed away Wed so I feel for you   Hope your mom didn't suffer
love jean (breault) Kopacz"

This tribute was added by merrily bauer on 25th October 2014


This tribute was added by merrily bauer on 25th October 2014


This tribute was added by Betty Krause on 23rd October 2014

"My sympathies to Dolores family.  I met Dolores when I started working at Woolworth's in the late 80's.  She was a great lady to work with.  She took me under her wing went I started at the customer service desk.  We spent many lunch hours talking about family and life. Dolores will be missed. God Bless you all.  Betty (Christensen) Krause"

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