Dorothy A. Borup passed away Jan. 29, 2018, at Skyline Place. Dorothy Anna Szezesny (Chesney) was born on May 3, 1928, in Muskegon, Michigan to parents originally from Wisconsin. She loved music and dancing, and was voted "best dancer" in her class at Muskegon Heights High in 1946.
In 1948 she went on a road trip to New Orleans, where she met Howard Borup at a tea dance. He courted her by mail while he was in the Navy and never lost touch. They married April 13, 1950, in El Monte, California. The Navy life was one of moving around the USA while Howard was at sea on aircraft carriers or going to Navy technical training.
In 1957, Howard was assigned to Moffett Field Naval Air Station, then retired and worked for Lockheed. After 41 years of marriage, Howard passed away, and Dorothy moved to Pine Mountain Lake, where her daughter-in-law, Lauree, designed and helped her build a new home. She loved it there and had many happy days with family and friends. She was a member of the "28ers" social club in Groveland, and attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
Dorothy is survived by her sons, Thomas, of Groveland, and Timothy, of Modesto; six grandchildren, Anna and Kristen Borup, of Hollister, Eve Borup, of Sacramento, Peter Borup and Marlaina Manson, of San Jose, Timothy Borup, of San Bruno (with three great-grandchildren;) and her niece, Pamela McKellar, of Grandville, Michigan.
Dorothy was preceded in death by sons, Peter, Christopher and Gregory; siblings, Caroline Moore, of Mobile, Alabama, and Richard Szezesny, of Muskegon.
She was always smiling and cheerful to all who knew her. She is now at peace and in heaven.
A private graveside service will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Big Oak Flat.
A special thank you to the wonderful people at Skyline Place and Avalon Care in Sonora, and Bristol Hospice of Merced.