Dorthy Mary “Dodie” Kroupa-Anderson, age 43, of Gwinn and formerly of AuTrain, died unexpectedly, Saturday, July 7, 2018 at UP Health Systems in Marquette following a chronic illness, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Pontiac, Michigan on February 20, 1975 to the late Zane and Mary (Reffruchinni) Kroupa. Dodie grew up in AuTrain and then spent her teenage years in Negaunee and Marquette, graduating from Marquette Senior High School in 1993. On December 29, 1996, she married Robert “Bob” Anderson and started a family. She spent several years at home raising and home schooling the kids. In 2009, Dodie went back to school and earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology - Behavioral Analysis from NMU. She was also active in the Native American studies at NMU and made some amazing friends along the way. To know Dodie, was to love her. From her infectious laugh, to her sly wit and sharp sarcasm. Her personality and spirit surrounded you. She had a love of everything in nature, from hiking, swimming, exploring waterfalls, camping and simply sitting around a bonfire sharing laughs and stories with friends and loved ones. Dodie enjoyed reading, writing, music, travel and sometimes a good political debate. Family was everything to her. She considered her children, who were her pride and joy, her greatest achievement. She raised them to be caring and loving individuals and to respect their Ojibwa heritage which she celebrated with them by attending pow-wows and teaching them Native traditions.
Dodie is survived by her four children – Cheyenne Patron-Anderson of Gwinn, Willow Anderson of Gwinn, Faith Anderson of Marquette, and Zane Anderson of Gwinn; special friend – Mike Gleason; lifelong best friend – Tracey Symons; brothers – Steve Kroupa and Zane “Butch” Kroupa; sister – Julie Mattson; brother-in-law – Gary Mattson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and special niece Katie Murray-Beeman. She was preceded in death by her parents – Zane and Mary; beloved twin brother with whom she is now reunited – David Kroupa; sisters – Renee Kroupa and Veronica Murray; and brother - Robert Neely
Dodie’s visitation will be on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Bowerman Funeral Home in Munising from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Pastor Ann Gonyea will conduct Dodie’s service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any of the Honor Credit Union locations or mailed to the Gwinn branch at 145 East State Highway M35, Gwinn, MI 49841 in Cheyenne Patron-Anderson's name for the Dorthy "Dodie" Memorial fund to help Dodie's children and offset funeral costs.
In Cheyenne Patron-Anderson's Name - for the Dorthy "Dodie" Anderson Memorial Fund
145 East State Highway M-35, Gwinn MI 49841