Dolores Louise Siran, a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed on January 3, 2022 surrounded in prayer with her nine children.
Dolores’s parents immigrated to Indiana from Poland in 1902, and lovingly raised their family in America incorporating their cherished Polish traditions. Born on January 1, 1927 in East Chicago, Indiana, to Louise and Joseph Piznarski, Dolores was the youngest of her six siblings: Ann, Edward, Frankie, Martha and Gene.
When she was eight months old, the family moved to Cicero, Illinois, where her father, a musician, and her mother a homemaker, owned a tavern. Her family home was always filled with love, laughter, prayer and a favorite memory… fresh homemade bread! As a child she was not allowed in the tavern, however, her mother taught Dolly, (as her family and friends affectionately came to call her) to value her education, cook, garden, take care of the rabbits they raised, sew, crochet, and most of all to be a devout Catholic and person of true faith. Dolly attended Saint Mary’s Elementary School in Cicero from first through eighth grade, and attended Morton High School in Berwyn, Illinois, where she graduated from in January of 1945. She enjoyed studying English, Math and History and participated in many Polish plays, which allowed her to utilize her ability to speak Polish. At age fifteen, Dolores’s mother passed away, and she became the main caretaker of her father and brothers. She put her dream of becoming a registered nurse on the backburner and took a position in telecommunications at Western Electric.
It wasn’t long after that in 1946, that she met the love of her life, John. Dolores and John were introduced through mutual friends at his uncle’s birthday party. After much pursuit by John, he proposed to Dolores on Easter Sunday, April 6th and they were married soon after on October 11, 1947. They lived in Cicero and began their family. Towards the end of their second year of marriage, John, who had served in WWII was called back to active military duty with the newly formed United States Air Force. Although it was very difficult to leave her family and friends in Cicero, Dolores embraced her new life as the wife of an air force pilot and all the adventures that lie ahead!
John and Dolores, welcomed three children Phillip, Georgette and John within the first few years of marriage, all while traveling to new temporary homes in Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma and Michigan where John trained. While the many moves and uprooting of family was challenging, Dolores rose to the occasion. She met each move with a spirit of adventure, an open mind and heart, always eager to support her husband’s career, meet new friends, and ready to create a welcoming and warm home for her family.
A move to Clovis, New Mexico, and Cannon Air Force Base brought three more children, Louise, Lynn and Eddie. Along with now being the loving mother of six children and the supportive wife of a busy instructor pilot, Dolores found joy in raising her children, fostering the family’s spiritual growth, keeping the home fires burning, and relishing in the fun of making new and soon to be, lifelong military friends.
In 1960, John was transferred to Germany and Dolores was charged with shepherding herself and their six children across two continents and an ocean, via a military transport plane, to their new home. Living abroad was a dream come true for Dolores as she greatly enjoyed traveling within Germany, Luxembourg and France, absorbing European culture, the friendly peoples and their delicious cuisines! The next four years saw two moves within Germany and the birth of two more children, JoAnn and Mark. In 1964, the family moved to Newport News, Virginia where they were able to purchase their first home. Dolores enjoyed the larger living quarters and even larger backyard where she often met her friendly neighbors for coffee and a chat over the fence. She filled her days volunteering at her children’s schools, overseeing their religious and academic educations, was a scout leader, enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, flower arranging, attending numerous dining ins and outs in support of her husband’s job at Langley AFB, learning to cook local seafood and visiting Virginia’s historic sites and beaches. She and John also welcomed their 9th child Holly in 1965. While Dolores loved Virginia, there were challenging times when she often found herself in the dual role of being both mother and father to their nine children. John was deployed unaccompanied twice overseas and was also sent to training for several months in Florida, before assuming a new command. This left Dolores in complete “command of her own troops” at the home front! Utilizing her strong faith and prayer, her wonderful sense of humor, her positive attitude as well as her practical approach toward problem solving, a dose of fair discipline when needed, and the steadfast love for her children, she maintained a safe and loving environment where family life flourished. Her rewards were the love and respect of her children, the pride she took in her own resiliency and confidence as a parent, a plethora of supportive friends and the love and devotion of her husband.
John’s final military assignment in 1971 took him, Dolores and their family to the high desert of southern California and George Air Force Base. With their youngest child beginning Kindergarten, Dolores found herself free to explore her own interests. She took art lessons and began painting still life pictures, joined a bowling league, volunteered at her children’s school, the base thrift shop and their church. She became a voracious reader of all type of genre, and enjoyed long walks and shopping excursions with friends. On their journey from Virginia to California, Dolores and John drove through Colorado Springs and fell in love with its natural beauty. When they retired from military service in 1974, it was there they decided to make their final home.
Dolores’s 48 years at their home in Colorado Springs set the stage for some of her favorite memories: She made lifelong friends of all her neighbors and became known as the “moon cookie mom” for all the Christmas treats she gave away! As her children headed off to college, jobs and marriage, Dolores continued to make their home a center of love, friends and family. She enjoyed hosting holiday gatherings, being an active member of the Rocky Mountain Pedals and Chords Organ Club, cheering on her children and grandchildren at their sporting events, graduations, and sharing in their joy when they were accepted to a favorite college, found a great job or that special someone! She welcomed each new spouse of her children and made them instantly feel a part of the family. So much so, that they felt at ease calling her “mom”! Each new grandchild was welcomed like it was her and John’s very first! She was soon “Grandma” to 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Yet even as her family continued to more than double in size, when asked by her children or a grandchild if they could bring a friend to dinner or home for the holidays… Dolores, always unfazed, would reply “Sure! What’s one more around our dinner table? The more the merrier!” While happy times are often tempered by trials, disappointment and sorrow, Dolores was sure to be there to offer a listening ear, guidance, a warm homemade cookie and of course the best hugs!
Dolores and John were active members of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and School in Colorado Springs for 48 years and married for 72 years before his passing in 2020. Dolores kept her unconditional love for John burning bright throughout the remainder of her life. She was also predeceased by her sister Anne, brothers Frank, Eddie and Gene, great grandson Landon, and her first born child in 1948.
She is survived by her nine children, Phillip Siran of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Georgette Hester and husband Ken of Georgetown, Texas, John Siran and wife Bonnie of Colorado Springs, Louise Bos and husband David of Monument, Colorado, Lynn Lane and husband David of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Edward Siran and wife Sonya of Colorado Springs, JoAnn Barnes and husband Michael of Edmond, Oklahoma, Mark of Bend, Oregon and Holly Jessop and husband Richard of Williamsburg, Virginia, her sixteen grand children: Phillip John and wife Charissa , Benjamin and wife Paige, Tyler, Kelsey and husband Patrick, Nathan and wife April, Meaghan, Marti and husband Andy, Josh and wife Melissa, Jennifer, Morgan, John and wife Melody, Brian, Joshua and wife Vallan, Nikki and husband Brandon, Thomas, and Michael, 12 great grandchildren: Gunner, Rylan, Skylar, Falyn, Olivia, Jude, Reid, Lucille, Callynn, Jack, Breck and Sutton, and her sister, Martha Stolarski of Cicero, Illinois.
“ MOM AND GRANDMA WE WILL MISS YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE, SPARKLING BLUE EYES, ANGEL SOFT HAIR, WARM LAUGHTER, BIGGER THAN LIFE HEART, AND GENTLE AND CARING HANDS. THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR MOTHER, NURSE, TEACHER, SPIRITUAL LEADER AND CONFIDANTE. THANK YOU FOR TEACHING US HOW TO PRAY, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG AND HOW TO BE GENUINE CHILDREN OF GOD. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR SWEET PATIENCE, HOW YOU LED BY EXAMPLE AND MOST OF ALL THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE YOU ALWAYS SHOWED US. THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR MOM AND GRANDMA. WE LOVE YOU AND WE WILL HOLD YOU IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER!”
The Siran Family would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for those who loved and cared for Dolores and assisted the family in our time of need.
Friends and Neighbors on Bull Hill Court
Rev. Brian Roeseler
Deacon Rudy Gonzales
Cappadona Funeral Home
During a time like this we realize how much our family and friends mean to us, Thank you for all your love, prayers, support and sympathy.
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