Elisa Leanor (Solis) Dorsett, 96, of Kingsford Heights, Indiana, passed away on January 27th, 2023, at Miller's Health and Rehab Nursing Home, La Porte, Indiana, surrounded by family.
Born on November 6th, 1926, in Brownsville, Texas, Elisa was the daughter of the late Julian F. Solis and Refugia (Martinez) Solis.
On February 11th, 1944, in Brownsville, Texas, she married Henry (Poncho) Dorsett. Elisa, Henry and their first born Maria de Lourdes moved from Texas to Indiana in 1946 settling in Kingsford Heights.
Elisa is preceded in death by her husband, Henry of 50 years of marriage in 1994. Elisa is also preceded in death by her brothers, Ernesto Solis of Brownsville, Texas KIA in World War II and Julian M. Solis of Brownsville, Texas; daughter, Elizabeth (Dorsett) Ackerson of Kingsford Heights, Indiana; son-in-law, John W. O'Quinn of Beaufort, South Carolina; and great grandson, Skyler Joseph Kliene of La Porte, Indiana.
Elisa is survived by her three daughters, Maria "Mary" O'Quinn of La Porte, Indiana; Ella Dorsett of Kingsford Heights, Indiana; Diane Dorsett (Mark) Kendall of La Porte, Indiana; her two sons; Henry (Yvonne) Dorsett of Spotsylvania, Virginia and Jeffrey Dorsett of La Porte, Indiana; as well as 14 grandchildren Jon Baldwin of La Porte, Indiana, Kari Baldwin of Bluffton, South Carolina, Devony Arvin of Kingsford Heights, Indiana, Katherine (Scott) Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia, Karen (Andrew) Murphy of Rockville, Maryland, Jason Crum of Jacksonville, Florida, Nichole (Christopher) Krueger of Newport News, Virginia, Scott (Lindsey) Kendall of Warren, Michigan, Michael Kendall of Chicago, Illinois, Justin Nutter of Michigan City, Indiana, Jamison (Kayt) Dorsett of Mishawaka, Indiana, Jennifer Samm of La Porte, Indiana, Jeffrey (Shannon) Girard of Kingsford Heights, Indiana, and Julian (Andoreni) Dorsett of Chicago, Illinois; as well as 15 great grandchildren; Misty (Francisco) Acevedo, Connor Murphy, Brendan Murphy, Jayden Crum, Victoria Crum, Breanna Crum, Esme' Krueger, Jasper Krueger, Trent Samm, Caleb Girard, Emily Girard, Morgan Maynard, Gabriel Dorsett, Clare Dorsett, Anthony Dorsett, and 1 great-great granddaughter Elisa Marie Acevedo. She is also survived by special sister-in-law Esther Solis and niece, Sylvia (John) Glass and nephew Richard (Penny) Solis.
A loving mother and devoted wife Elisa spent much of her life raising her six children, as well as helping with her grandchildren. She loved to make home cooked meals and her special tortillas in which she was known for in the neighborhood - hand made, tossed on the stove top grill with butter and coffee or cocoa. Her family loved her "soupy spaghetti and homemade rice and beans" and many more homemade dishes. There was a period that she volunteered at the Kingsford Heights Community Center to assist in serving meals to the community, in which she enjoyed. She loved to go on long country drives with our father and her children to the movies. She loved to shop for hours and to attend church, dance with her friends and watch her White Sox, Cubbies, Tigers, Notre Dame, CNN, MSNBC and Spanish Soaps. She also loved to embroider, patch clothing and read. Mom was very dedicated to her Catholic faith.
Elisa wishes were to be laid to rest in the Spring. Arrangements for this Spring Service, Celebration of Life and private Family Burial will be announced at a later date.
At this time we would like to thank Joe Coyer and Cathy Baxley, Real Services, Help at Home - special thanks to, Earl Calahan and Eartha Coleman. Also, Miller's Health and Rehab Center, Tonya, Jenna, Penny, Melissa, Marliza, Karina, Dana and Paula (s); Center for Hospice, Diana, Candice, Kendyll, and Kari. Chaplain Arlin, Andrew Paton and Reverend Nate Edquist for all their prayers.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at JDRF.org.
Arrangements are under the direction of Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services 602 Maple Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350.
Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.