Ann Marie Orlando -- Rochester
A memorial mass for Ann Marie Orlando will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Park Ridge, Ill. A lunch will follow at the White Eagle in Niles, Ill.
Mrs. Orlando, 94, of Rochester, died Sunday July 23, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family. Her body has been given as an anatomical gift to Mayo Clinic for medical research.
Ann Marie Dorociak was born April 23, 1923, in Chicago, the fifth of 10 siblings born to Polish immigrants, Mary Kathryn and Vincent Dorociak. On Feb. 7, 1948, she married Martin Joseph Orlando III, a Marine during World War II, and the couple shared 40 years of marriage until his death in 1988. Ann worked at Colt Industries for almost 30 years as a draftswoman. She volunteered at her church, the convent, and the school. She had a green thumb and could grow anything.
Mrs. Orlando is survived by a daughter, Donna Marie (Daniel) Wilson of Rochester; two sons, Martin (Jeanne) Orlando IV of Park Ridge, Ill., and Kenneth Michael (Gert) Orlando of Indianapolis, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Ann (Vlad) Cretu, Rose USMC (Jake) Andrist, Martin (Aki) Orlando V, Paul (Leah) Orlando, Sarah Ann (Ryan) Bauer, Michelle (Dave) Kohanzo, Danielle (Craig) Kurtz, and Joe (Shannon) Orlando; 14 great-grandchildren, Daniel Jon, Will Daniel, Lukas, Martin VI, Alice, River, Emily, Connor, Henry, Everett, Nathan, Charlotte Ann, Griffin, and Annika; a godchild, Joan Marie Hlavaty; nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; eight sisters and brothers-in-law; her only brother Vincent and his wife; a granddaughter Tammy Joan; baby grandson Samuel; and recently, a niece, Patsy Ann Austin.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Henry Pitot of Mayo Clinic for his caring heart these past nine years, and the gentle, thorough staff of Mayo Hospice.
If so desired, memorials may be directed to Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester or to the St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D.