Hear about Dolly's experience in her own words through the Grand Valley State Oral history project.
An auto accident in 1952 sent Dolly into early retirement. Before that, she spent the 1949 season barn storming the country with the Springfield Sallies and then was picked up by the Grand Rapids chicks. A gifted athlete, she became a professional bowler after leaving the league. She coached her sons' Little League teams and also umpired high school baseball & softball games.
Dolores “Dolly” Lorraine Konwinski, age 87, of Caledonia, MI, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 22, 2018. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 63 years; two daughters; two sons; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Dolly was a member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League spending the majority of her career with the Grand Rapids, MI, Chicks. She was also a member of the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame, the Grand Rapids Bowling Hall of Fame, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Dolly consulted on, and appeared in, the movie, A League of Their Own.
A mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, September 27, 11:00 am at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 1253 52nd St. SE, with Father Phong Pham Celebrant. Interment was at Pine Hill Cemetery. Relatives and friends met with the family Wednesday, September 26, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-9:00 pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Kentwood, MI), 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, and also on Thursday for one hour prior to the service at church. A Rosary took place on Wednesday at 8:30 pm, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Author: Robert Konwinski
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler
Copyright: Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Kentwood),