Dolores Chipman

Obituary of Dolores Chipman

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Dolores “Dee” Chipman was born on January 22, 1946, in Trenton, Michigan. She was born from the union of Stephen L. Kastura and Matilda (Csako) Kastura. Dolores received her high school diploma with the class of 1964, from Trenton High School.

Her professional life was as colorful as the cakes she decorated.  Her career blossomed at the Awrey Bakery in Livonia. It was there that she met her future husband, Duane Chipman.  She married Duane, the love of her life, on June 27, 1970.  The couple was blessed with the birth of two children.

An artist at heart, Dolores was renowned throughout her life for her beautifully crafted cakes. Whether it was creating intricate wedding cakes for family and friends or whimsical birthday cakes for many family members, her creations were always made with love and keen attention to detail.

As a mother, Dolores soon found joy in the togetherness of community service. Her journey of giving began with volunteering for the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts, where she made an impact for several decades. Her deep commitment to nurturing young minds was further demonstrated through her involvement with the 4H club, guiding the next generation with patience and wisdom in numerous agricultural and craft projects.


Dolores also played a significant role in the Jefferson education system, particularly in the art room of Miss Conner's class. Here, she earned her affectionate nickname 'Grandma Dee,' a testament to her warm, grandmotherly guidance to the many children whose lives she touched.

Dolores Chipman, age 78, of Monroe, passed away at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital on Thursday; May 2, 2024. Her passing was preceded by her parents; a brother: George Kastura; a sister: Mary Barbara (Richard) Vargo; her father and mother-in-law: Don and Lucille Chipman; a sister-in-law: Diane Stocking; and a great granddaughter.

To cherish her memory, she leaves her husband of fifty-four years: Duane; two children: Richard Kastura and Jennifer (Don) Dean; a sister: Kathleen (Richard) Johnston; nine grandchildren: Samantha (Justin) Davis, Cheyenne Kastura (Zachary Loughridge), Brandon (Mikalya) Williamson, Olivia Chipman, Kristina Hutton, Shawn (Heather) Dean, Chris Dean, Doug Dean, and James (Brigette) Dean: nine great grandchildren: Logan, Parker, Henry, Cole, Adele, Brylee, Olivia, Annie, Trevor, and Finnegan; and many others she called her kids.

Delores’ care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. Cremation has taken place through Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan, a division of Merkle Enterprises.


The family will hold a Celebration of Life on Sunday; May 19, 2024, at Amaya’s Fresh Mexican Grill: 29 South Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48161. A time has not yet been decided.


In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Merkle Funeral Service to Assist with Funeral Arrangements.  Online guests may visit to leave words of inspiration and comfort or to share a photo.