Born in Detroit, MI, Doreen graduated from Utica-Eisenhower High School and Oakland University with a B.S. in Microbiology. She began her career as a Medical Technologist at Harper Hospital in Detroit. Later in life, her travels to the Amazon rainforest with each of her children and her love for animals led her to become the owner of the Casa La Parrot pet shop in Wyoming, MI. There she was Mom to everyone from the many staff she helped nurture, to the customers, and of course, the birds. Her home is filled with “wounded warriors’’ that she nurtured back to health and then could just not let go. She took great pride in continuing to employ the entire Casa staff throughout the Covid emergency. Throughout her life Doreen opened her heart, her life, and her home to many in need of support and a welcoming place. She is most proud of the wonderful people that her children have become and how wonderful they are as parents to their own children. She is survived by her husband of 37 years Paul; children Alex (Andrea) Plotkowski, Jessica (Phil) Oegema; and grandchildren Natalie, Olivia, Spencer and James.
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