HANCOCK - Rose Marie "Dodie" Taucher, 86, of Hancock, died on Tuesday morning, February 14, 2012, at Portage Pointe in Hancock.
She was born in Painesdale on June 6, 1925, to the late John and Mary (Ovcharich) Zorich.
She attended Isle Royale School in Dodgeville, later attending Houghton High School.
On November 7, 1942, she married Frank Taucher at St. Joseph Church in Waycross, Ga. Following World War II, the couple made their home in Hancock, moving into their current residence that Frank built for his famly in 1954.
She and her husband owned and operated Coast-to-Coast Store in Hancock for many years until their retirement, passing the business to their son.
Dodie loved her sum er cottage on the Hancock Canal for 42 years, enjoying family gatherings, meals and hosting parties for their many friends.
The couple traveled to many countries abroad on numerous occasions, including visiting family in Yugoslavia several times.
She was a very generous person who loved children and babies. She had a great love of family, keeping them close to her with her cooking and baking, known for her special "Potica". She passed down her recipes for ethnic foods to her family so the traditions carry on, especially during the holiday celebrations.
She passed away on St. Valentine's Day and was called "Sweetheart" by her loving husband, Frank, being married over 69 years.
She was a faithful member of the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock where she belonged to the Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella and served on the funeral lunch committee. She prayed the Rosary daily as part of her strong faith.
She also belonged to the Hancock American Legion Auxiliary, the South Range VFW Auxiliary and the Knights of Columbus.
She enjoyed dancing, singing, reading and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her husband, Frank of Hancock; her children: Frank (Susan) Taucher of Hancock, Judi (Bill) Sleeman of Houghton, Marilyn (Paul) Heinonen of Hancock, Rosalie Taucher of Crystal Falls and Sandi Taucher (Arnold Goossen) of Plover, Wis.; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Josephine Marshall of Hancock; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by a grandson, Tristan Michael; sisters, Julia, Kay, Ann and Mary; brothers, Michael, Joseph and John.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Fr. Brian Gerber to officiate. Spring burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.
Friends may call for an hour before the funeral at the church on Thursday.
The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with arrangements.
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