Family Login:

Louise Dacey

Obituary for Louise Dacey

January 29, 1927 - April 19, 2020
Holland, Michigan | Age 93


Louise C Dacey 1927-2020

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength; I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"

"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here she comes!"

And that is dying. – Henry Van Dyke

Louise Cecile died of natural causes on April 19th, 2020. The last 10 years of her life she battled the effects of vascular dementia. She was 93 years of age.

She was survived by her husband Patrick (Rick) of over 71 years, and her children, Michael J Dacey, Patricia A (William) Fodor, David J (Cynthia) Dacey, Kathleen M Dacey (Alan Parker), four grandchildren; Carrie Fodor, Ryan Dacey, Katy (Dustin) Foster, and Dianna (Aaron Rietman) and 2 great grandchildren; Ayla and Brayden Foster. She was preceded in death by her parents, her only sibling, Donald and his wife Lois, two daughters Diane Marie (1952) and Mary Louise (1954).

Her parents were Cecile (nee Michelin) and James (Mack) Clune also of Cheboygan. She was born January 29th, 1927 on the second floor of the old Clune Building, where her parents had an apartment. Her father often said, "If I wasn't at the foot of the bed, she would've been born on Main Street!" She attended Cheboygan Public Schools until 1944, when the family united in the Detroit area in the pre-war boom. She graduated from Ferndale High School with her future sister in law, then attended University of Detroit for 2 years, pursuing bookkeeping, until the family returned to Cheboygan where they lived at 103 S Huron Street. She then began work at the "Mill".

She met her future husband, Rick, while he attended Cheboygan High School. Rick enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday. Upon his return, he moved from Detroit, living with his step-grandfather, William O'Brien, and grandmother Emma. Louise and Rick where married on September 18th, 1948 at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. The newlyweds moved into a converted upstairs apartment with her parents until 1955, when they built a home at 515 Cleveland Avenue on property sold to them from his grandparents. Rick eventually found work as an engineer on the Great Lakes oil tankers for Amoco (now BP). Louise took care of their four kids, and as they attended school, she became secretary of the rectory at St Charles. They both retired in 1983, and they wintered in Leesburg, Florida, close to her parents. They made many friends in their 27 winters there. In 2011 they sold both their homes and moved to Holland, Michigan. Louise spent her last 4 ½ years residing at Lakeside Vista.

Louise will be remembered for many things. Many remember her as the secretary at St Charles, from Father Imbault to Father Thomas, who became her neighbor in Leesburg. She was part of a pinochle club, a bowling league, played all sorts of cards, the piano and saxophone. She consumed books and was an inveterate lover of animals, especially dogs, the most infamous being Peppy and cat Snookie. She was the world's greatest hostess and made everyone feel welcome at the Dacey home. There were always company or relatives "dropping by the house" to see Louise. She loved laughter and the joy of a full house, including relatives, friends of the family and especially the neighborhood, which was her extended family. She liked her Jim Beam and water at cocktail hour. She seemingly never slept, always staying up for her kids, or talking to a friend or relative. She had a great sense of humor, even if it was at her expense. She demonstrated compassion, patience, and sacrifice.

Thank you for the friendship and love to Louise and her family over the years. A special thanks to the staff at Lakeside Vista, and Kindred Hospice. Please add your stories below.

Louise will be cremated. There will be a celebration of her life at a date to be determined. She will be interred in the James Clune family plot in Calvary Cemetery in Cheboygan, Michigan. In her memory, please donate to Bishop Baraga 623 W Lincoln Ave, Cheboygan MI 49721 or Harbor Humane Society, 14345 Bagley St, West Olive, MI 49460

Suggested Memorial Donations

Arrangements By

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
Map  | Profile

View Phone Number
Email Us