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November 14, 1934 - February 24, 2020

Doris Warnick’s cremains will be interred at the Fort Custer National Cemetery where private services will occur on Friday March 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, a gift be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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85, lost a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She passed in the arms of her daughter, Erin, at North Woods Village Memory Care in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Just prior to her passing, she was visited by her grandchildren, Derek and Amanda. They greatly assisted Erin in the days leading up to her passing. At the beginning of February, her daughter-in-law, Nancy visited Doris for several days and comforted her as she began her descent from wakefulness.

She is survived by her daughters, Erin Warnick of Carmel, IN; Katherine Warnick (Charles Prentiss) of Orlando, FL; her grandchildren, Derek Warnick (Shikha Warnick) of Natick, MA; Amanda Warnick of Walnut Creek, CA; Evan Warnick of Midland, TX; and Megan Warnick of Austin, TX; her great-grandsons, Rohin and Ravi, children of Derek and Shikha; and her daughter-in-law, Derek and Amanda’s mother, Nancy Warnick of Marietta, GA.

The middle child and the oldest daughter of the five children of Karl and Katarina Mohrbacher, she is survived by her sister, Brigitte Marvin (David Marvin) and their daughters Juanita and Desiree of Kalamazoo, MI; she is also survived by her sisters-in-law; Margaret “Peg” Chambers of Winter Park, FL; and Carolyn Thomson of Churchville, MD; her brothers-in law; Harry Warnick of Mt. Storm, WV, Richard “Dick” Warnick of New Creek, WV, and Ralph Warnick of New Creek, WV; their spouses and significant others. Her sister-in-law, Joyce Warnick of Oakland, MD; Her cousin, Bill Warnick of Keyser, WV; and many nieces & nephews.

Doris is predeceased by her parents; Karl Mohrbacher of Kalamazoo, MI and Katarina Mohrbacher of Lorsbach am Taunus, Germany; her husband Thomas “Tom” Warnick of Kalamazoo, MI; her son Stanley “Stan” Warnick of Marietta, GA; her brothers Helmut Mohrbacher of Frankfurt am Main, Franz Mohrbacher of Lorsbach am Taunus, and a baby brother who died in or around his birth in Lorsbach am Taunus; sisters-in-law Betty Warnick of Morgantown, WV, and Emma “Sis” White of Bedford, OH; her brothers-in-law; Donald Warnick of Oakland, MD, and Ronald Warnick of Ravenna, OH. She met the love of her life, Tom Warnick, in Germany in the early 50s. They were married in Germany. Doris moved to the United States and became a naturalized US citizen. She gave birth to three children in Virginia and the family traveled between Europe and the United States for the following twenty years. Doris raised their children alone when Tom had assignments in Vietnam & Thailand. When stationed in West Germany and Italy, she enjoyed playing Bingo. She seemed to have a sixth sense about what numbers were more commonly called and would pick the best cards. She could play 16-20 cards and never miss a number. Although well liked, others would cringe when she arrived, and they realized that their chance of winning the jackpots had just dropped dramatically. Doris and Tom never had the opportunity to attend an institution of higher learning, it was their primary goal to ensure that their children could. All their children and grandchildren graduated from Ivy League and high-quality public universities, and the youngest granddaughter is enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and intends to graduate with a BBA, in Human Resource Management. Upon Tom’s retirement from the US Army, they moved to Kalamazoo, MI. Doris continued as a homemaker until she decided to get a job at the Kalamazoo Gazette. Doris worked for about 20 years and eventually managed much of the mailroom! She will be dearly missed by both family and friends. Thanks for teaching us that love comes in many forms, whether it be a hug or kiss, to words of encouragement, to a hot breakfast at 5:00 AM. Doris was an excellent cook and never left her family in need of anything!