Ann Dillon

July 28th, 1939 to May 28th, 2017

Ann Dillon of Fort Gratiot, died May 28, 2017 in Round Rock Texas at the age of 77. She was born July 28, 1939 in Jeddo, the third child of Nicholas and Amelia Fekete Toodzio.

Her early childhood was centered around life on the family farm. As a first generation American, time was spent tending to the sometimes unpleasant but necessary tasks of farm life during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Despite the hard work, she would always find time to play in the woods with her brothers and sisters.

A true natural beauty with a keen sense of style, she caught the eye of a young GI. In 1961, she married James Walter Dillon. Together, they raised 7 children. She was a devout Catholic and hopeful with the direction Pope Francis is taking of her beloved faith.

Living on Lake Huron provided a beautiful backdrop for making family memories. Several nieces and nephews recall the good times they had with Aunt Ann. She was a legendary baker, fabulous gardener and a consummate recycler. She had a steadfast belief that EVERYTHING could be reused.

Although widowed at the age of 57, she was never alone, be it adult children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces and nephews stopping by. She was always available to lend an ear and give advice.

In 2013 Ann suffered a major stroke. Miraculously, she survived and survived well. During her recovery, she told us that the Virgin Mary appeared to her to lead her to Heaven, but she wasn’t ready. Her youngest daughter Shelly became her caregiver and amazing nurse for the last several years. They developed a mother daughter relationship that few experience. On May 28, 2017 Ann suffered another major stroke. We are all sure this time when she saw the Blessed Mother with her outstretched arm, mom took her hand decided her work here on earth was complete. We are comforted with the knowledge that she died gracefully and is now surrounded by the peace she so rightfully deserves.

She is survived by her 7 children, Rae Ann, Rhonda, Ressa (spouse James), James, Shelly (spouse Percy), John, and Peter. Her grandchildren, Lauren, Ashley, Shelly Sue, Riley, Reid, Jack, Gillian and Renee. Her siblings Olga Wright, Eva Mertz (spouse Bud), Nick (spouse Linda) and Emil (spouse Karen). She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving her is her dear childhood friend Pug (Frances) Bonkoske. She was preceded in death by her husband James, brother Leo, and her Godson Scott Mertz.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, June 10, 2017 in St. Edward on the Lake Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

May God Bless you Mom on your way to Heaven.

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