Laurie A. Dolan, 71, of Wausau, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Wausau.
She was born on January 24, 1950, in Wausau, daughter of the late John “Jack” Spencer and Winifred (MacCormick) Spencer. On June 30, 2001, she married John Dolan in Wausau. He survives.
Laurie worked as a receptionist for many years for Dr. Robert Consentino, and later for the Bone and Joint Clinic, Wausau. She was a wonderful seamstress and loved to shop for clothing. Laurie also enjoyed flower gardening, cooking and baking. She was especially known for her chocolate chip cookies. She loved throwing birthday parties and getting together for holiday gatherings. She was a gentle and forgiving soul who never complained, even throughout her final difficult weeks. Laurie faced her challenges for many years with dignity, courage, and grace. Her family was most important to her and she loved her role as “Nana”.
Survivors include her husband, John Dolan of Wausau; her mother, Win Spencer, Wausau; two children, Sarah (Terry) Brown, and Ryan Plisch, both of Wausau; step-daughter, Catharine (Bret) Karow of Duluth, MN; her siblings, Kathy Spencer of Merrill, Evie Pellett of Wausau, Mary (John) Evans of Schofield, Patty (Jerry) Laridaen of Appleton, and Tom Spencer of Jackson; grandchildren, Patrick, Elise, and Anna Brown, and Ireland Plisch; step-grandson, Phin Karow; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, John “Jack” Spencer, sister-in-law, Melody Spencer, and nephew, Scott Ihlenfeldt.
Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at St. Anne Parish, 700 W. Bridge St. Wausau. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until the time of Mass at the church. The service will be live streamed and may be viewed by visiting brainardfuneral.com and clicking on her obituary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, 333 Pine Ridge Blvd. or a charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Palliative Care Unit for all the support shown not only to Laurie but also to her family during her stay. They were able to make her final week as peaceful as possible.
Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements