Doris Stanley, 1945-2021


Doris Jean Stanley, 75, of Michigan City, Ind., passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Baroda, Mich., on May 26, 1945, to Edwin W. and Leona Elinore (Kizer) Schmaltz.

Doris was a school cook and babysitter for many years. She enjoyed gardening, bowling and painting. Doris was a member of the La Porte WBA Hall of Fame.

On Dec. 4, 1964, in La Porte, Ind., she married Don Harold Stanley, who preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, David M. Stanley; sister, Joyce Elaine Allison; grandson, Ronnie Bodenheimer, and brother-in-law, Ron Hampsten.

Surviving Doris are her son, James “Jim” Stanley of Michigan City; 5 granddaughters, Krystle (Trevor) Beals, Andrea Stanley, Heather Stanley, Amanda (Kylle) Arnold and Jamie Stanley; 5 great-grandsons; siblings, Mary Jo Hampsten of San Antonio, Tex., Jerry (Sue) Schmaltz of West Lafayette, Ind., and Penny (Don) Nelson of La Porte; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 16, at La Porte Missionary Church with Pastor Steve Galloway officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the service Friday at the church.

Anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, Ind. 46209-4830.

Messages of condolence may be posted below.

3 Responses to “Doris Stanley, 1945-2021”

  1. Mark and Justine

    Apr 13. 2021

    Jim and Family,
    We are sorry to hear about Mom. She was so fortunate to have you close by during this time. We extend our most sincere condolences.

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  2. Carol Hatton-Williamson

    Apr 13. 2021

    Doris was my dearest friend for the last 62 years since we met on the school bus the first day of our freshmen year at La Porte High. A lifetime of memories that always somehow manage to include Doris or Doris & Don and my deceased husband George will be in my heart forever. Thank you for being my friend all these years thru the good times and bad. I don’t recall you and I ever having a fight. A friendship like ours is rare. I’ll miss you terribly. Tell Don, David, and Joyce i said “Hi” and if you happen to pass by George in your journey, tell him he’d better greet me with open arms when I arrive or he’s going to be in real trouble! Rest well dear Doris for a little while but then go exploring Heaven while you are waiting for the rest of the people on earth you love. Don’t worry. I’ll find you when I get there. You,’ll be the short one with the big smile and i”ll be the tall one giving you the big hug. Your friend then, now and always…Carol

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    Apr 14. 2021

    Doris was a great grade school friend and we
    Had so many good times, bowling at the Parish
    Hall and slumber parties come to mind I was
    In Doris and Don’s wedding then lost track of her
    due to my moving away from town but would run
    Into her sometimes when I was in LaPorte. I’m
    So sorry to hear of her passing. Rest in God’s
    peace, Doris. Dianne (Struss) Kessler

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