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Theresa Marie Dignan

August 1, 1937 — December 3, 2023


Theresa Marie Dignan, 86, lifelong resident of Alpena, passed away at Besser Senior Living Community on December 3, 2023.  She was born Theresa Marie Stepanski on August 1, 1937 to the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Romel) Stepanski.  She attended St. Mary’s School, graduated from Catholic Central High School, and throughout her life was a devout Catholic and active member of St. Mary’s (later All Saints) and many of its organizations.  She worked for Mulvena Trucking, the law firm of Mack & Kelley, and the Michigan State Highway Department.  On October 4, 1958 she married Patrick Dignan at St. Mary’s Church.  Together they had one child.  Later in life she was an election worker, and in-home care provider.  She enjoyed bowling, sewing, bus tours, BINGO, shopping, and keeping a neat house.
Theresa is survived by her son, James (Caroline) Dignan of Fairport, New York; grandchildren Sarah and Anna; brother Joseph Stepanski Jr.; siblings-in-law Richard (Helen) Dignan of Verona, Wisconsin, and Joan (Sonny) Chrzan; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Pat, in 2020; siblings Clement Stepanski, Margaret Grambau, Raymond Stepanski, Arthur Stepanski, Alice Brousseau, Jeanette Stepanski, Elaine Olson, and Thomas Stepanski; foster-sibling Geraldine Kaiser; and sister-in-law Patricia Kreft.
Theresa has been taken for cremation from Karpus Hunter & Ross Funeral Home.  A memorial Mass will be celebrated in 2024, and will be announced in a future edition of The Alpena News.
Deepest thanks to everyone at Compassionate Care, Alpena Senior Citizens Center, MediLodge of Green View, Besser Senior Living Community, Hospice of Michigan, all the medical personnel, and the many loving family members and friends who cared for Theresa as her health failed.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Citizens Center, Hospice of Michigan, or All Saints Catholic School.
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