Monday, April 8, 2013

Dorothy Bloom Creecy

Dorothy Bloom Creecy died at her home in Racine, Wisconsin, at the age of 92, after a long illness.

Throughout her life she was known for her interest in the arts and in literature. She was a fine-arts major at Washington University in St. Louis, but was persuaded to leave without finishing her degree by her ardent young suitor, John Creecy, then a newspaperman on the St. Louis Star. His career led the couple to the Detroit area, where their children, Tom and Catherine (Katie), were born.

Mrs. Creecy's interest in the arts, especially in Asian art, unusual for its time, expressed itself in the striking way she decorated her home, and in her large, beautiful garden, while her voracious reading made her, with her husband, a steadfast patron, supporter and eventual board member of the fledgling Southfield Public Library, now a large and flourishing institution. Perhaps the most important example of her work for this library was her longtime leadership of a popular reading and discussion group for seniors; they discussed authors ranging from Christopher Isherwood to Henry James.

In 2003, Mrs. Creecy moved to Racine, Wisconsin, to be closer to her son Tom and his family and to enjoy the beautiful lakeside city. She made abundant use of the excellent library facilities, enjoyed participating in a book club there, loved to visit the Racine Art Museum, and quickly adapted her talent for gardening to a new environment and climate. Her vivacious, witty and original personality will make her very much missed by her friends and by her family who mourn her.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Creecy; by her son, Tom Creecy of Racine; by her brother, Martin Bloom; and by her grandson and granddaughter, John and Rebecca Creecy.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday, April 12, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan, 48076; or to the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street, Racine, WI, 53403.

803 Main St., Racine    (262) 634-7888

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