Dorothy Saric

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Dorothy Cecilia Saric, nee Friederich, 95, of Belleville, IL, died Monday, January 22, 2018, in Belleville, IL.

Dot came from good German stock.  She was born and raised in Mascoutah, IL, one of nine children of Arthur and Anna Friederich.  She often spoke of playing down by the “hog river” and riding her brother’s bicycle out into the countryside to pick berries along the side of the road.  Dot was a child of the Depression and came of age during WW II.

Her husband, Mike, always swore that, when he met Dot, it was love at first sight and he knew she was the girl he would marry.  He achieved his goal on August 26, 1947.  In later years, he would tell their children that — if he had it to do all over again – the only thing he would do differently would be that he would run down the aisle to meet her at the altar.

Dot was a great cook, but she was an even better baker and was known to bake the best pies with the flakiest crusts.  She was a devoted mother whose children have fond memories of her pulling them in a little red wagon to Jolley’s corner market and walking hand-in-hand to the Green Teapot for a soda on a lazy afternoon.  She was a doting grandmother and attended many a soccer game and hosted many a sleep-over on the living room floor.

Dot loved to dance, and she and Mike were truly a sight to behold on the dance floor.  She loved beautiful clothes – but especially when they were on sale.  And, she loved the St. Louis Cardinals through thick and thin but preferred it when they won.

After the children were raised and Mike retired, the two of them spent many evenings attending church picnics in the neighboring towns, playing bingo and winning quilts (to their delight and the dismay of other players).

She is now surrounded by her parents and siblings.  She is in the arms of her husband Mike – and they are dancing.

In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Arthur Friederich; sisters, Eugenia, Irma Angell, Elvira Alexander, Carmelita Bauer and Ann Nevenner.

Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Gregory M. and Timothy Saric, Carol Saric (Bruce King) and Jane (Jay) Rapp;
three grandchildren, Nicholas (Anna), Michael, and Thomas Rapp; a great-granddaughter, Lyla Rapp;
a sister, Marcella (Sally) Colone;
a sister-in-law, Helen Friederich;
and many nieces and nephews.

No one who loved her will ever forget her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Cathedral of St. Peter Ministers of Care, 200 West Harrison Street, Belleville, IL 62220, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


4 Comments on Dorothy Saric

Vicki Novak said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 4:18 PM

I am so sorry I never met Dorothy but for years we have had a friendship. Thank you Carol for bringing us together. I know you and everyone in your family will miss her terribly but I pray you will find comfort in the wonderful memories you have. She was obviously a very special lady and she and your Dad had an incredibly loving relationship. Now they are together again. All my love and prayers

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Daniel Lowe said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2018 at 6:18 PM

“Hey Sweetheart!” Tim, in a Clark Gable voice, is leaning out the car window and directing pick-up lines toward his mom, who at that moment is at the order window of a drive-in restaurant to get us some ice cream cones. Face blushing in palpable embarrassment she flashes him “the look”. His dad at the wheel, smiles in obvious amusement. I thought to myself what a cool family the Sarics are. With the passing of Dorothy Saric, always Mrs. Saric to me, I am honored to cherish some 50 years of such memories.

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Lillian Stone said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2018 at 5:18 PM

So sorry for your loss. Wonderful memories of your mom will always be in your hearts.

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Joan Peterson said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2018 at 2:59 AM

The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. May you find comfort in the memories of good times together to help you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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