Mickie Weinert Obituary (2022) – Tucson, AZ

Mickie Dorch Weinert passed away July 10, 2022, 7:50 pm, at 98 years old. She was comfortable and conversational near to the end, and passed away peacefully at home supported by incredible Charter Hospice workers, her de ella dear friend Barb, and many family and friends. It was an incredible success to an incredible life. She remained vibrant till near the end, due to her deep kindness, incredible curiosity, and love of chocolate shakes. 1923 to 2022…a lot happened! Born in Illinois, poor by today’s standards, one of six kids. (When asked how he had 6 kids, her father de ella Rosco said “It was dark”.) College in Illinois, WWII from stateside, then re-met de ella husband Carl after the war, and married in Chicago. She moved to Los Angeles, and had four offspring in rapid succession. Ella survived the early child rearing, thanks to a generous neighbor Vel, who helped Mickie with the twins and fed her thirst for the intellectual. The family moved to Alamagordo, New Mexico for 4 years, Mickie having the snake bite kit ready as her 4 kids hiked obliviously across the desert landscape. Ella moved back to LA, and raised the family in Granada Hills, driving, driving, driving kids to this place and that. The Beach! Mickie loved the beach, with her family de ella and many, many friends. Tuna fish sandwiches and a magnetic cardboard. She had one helluva lot of friends. That’s says somethings, huh? Childrearing done, Carl and Mickie moved to Alabama for a year, then back to Hermosa Beach in LA, then to Mission Viejo, and in the mix into a 5th wheeler to travel the country (sending postcards punctuated with “pass the lobster”). They traveled to Australia with sister Dorothy and Dorothy’s husband Howard. They enjoyed their Mission Viejo abode. More friends, more life, and kept active with five grandkids. Moved from Mission Viejo to Tucson in 2004, experiencing yet more life and more family. Carl passed away in 2013, after 67 years of diabetes. Mickie knew a lot about blood sugar! And after his death of her, she continued to thrive, cause thriving was in her soul of her. Mickie slowed down some of her in her 90s… yet she had enough get up and go to travel to Europe to sing on beaches of Normandy in a choir selected to represent the US on D-Day, and do another trip to Italy with family and friends. In April 2022 she made her her last voyage, a trip to her granddaughter Jessie’s wedding, north of San Francisco. Her face de ella lit up with interest about almost everything, thriving on book clubs, playing the piano, clogging when she was younger. She loved to read and turned with great joy to audio books when her eyes could no longer do the job. She could text too! She inspired all and irritated a few (challenging a Trump supporter at a restaurant when she was 94). She played “scary bingo” on Sundays for 7 years with Peter, Grayson and Cameron-she enjoyed many aspects of life! She was the matriarch of the Weinert-Dorch clan that celebrated together and often. Husband Carl preceded her in dying 8 years earlier. She is survived by her last sibling Tom and his wife Kathy. Her legacy of her lives on; in daughter Lynn, sons Tommy, Larry and Teddy, grandchildren Alan, Jennifer, Corey, Colin, Jessie, great-granddaughter Astrid, born 5 days after Mickie’s exit, great-grandchildren Emily, Cameron, and Hayden, and daughters-in-law Alison, Bonnie and Wendi, and son-in-law Glenn. She would thank all those who befriended her. This obit, like her reach into other’s lives, should never end… A service will be held at some point, organized by Ted in Tucson.

Published by Arizona Daily Star on Aug. 7, 2022.

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