On the morning of November 28, 2017 Divinity “Vinny” Jeanette Dolecheck passed away after a very brave 20-month long battle with Leukemia while surrounded by family and friends at St. Peter’s Hospital. Vinny was 15 years old.
Vinny was born on May 22, 2002 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Montana. She was the first child of Dustin Dolecheck.
Vinny entered our lives a bright eyed beautiful blessing with the most contagious smile. She had the ability to find beauty in things the rest of us would take for granted and could always find a silver lining in any situation.
Vinny discovered her love of the outdoors at an early age with the help of her dad and grandpa. She enjoyed fishing trips and was an exceptional hunter. Winter was her favorite time of year when she could admire the beauty of the snow and frost.
Vinny had a love for makeup, nail polish, and all things purple. She took great pride in the makeovers and manicures that she gave to her friends and family. She had a gift of making everyone around her look and feel beautiful.
Hanging out with her friends was a favorite pastime of Vin’s because she was the only lady in a house with three men, whom she adored. She enjoyed watching hockey games with her family and rooting for her favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In April 2016, Vin tossed her gloves to the ice and put on a barn burner of a scrap against cancer. During this toe-to-toe scrap she never looked back. Her only concern was always the well-being of her friends and family.
Vinny had a love for all animals, especially her beloved cat Franklin and dog Flynn. Franklin would spend countless hours by her side comforting and keeping her company, even visiting Vinny in the hospital. Flynn would spend time letting Vinny dress him up in women’s clothes and getting his nails painted.
During frequent stays at St. Peters Hospital she made friends with everyone she met. The staff would become a second family to her making it feel less like a hospital stay and more like home.
She was preceded in death by her sister Hazel Dolecheck, her grandma Sheryl Stovall, and her great-grandpa Frank Dolecheck.
She is survived by her dad, Dustin Dolecheck, her brother, Ace Dolecheck, her sister, Lexington Schoenborne, her grandpa Terry Dolecheck, and countless other family members and friends.
Vinny will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery next to her sister Hazel. Her family asks that any memorials in Divinity’s name can be made at Rocky Mountain Credit Union, 3400 N. Montana Ave., Helena, MT 59602.
The Family of Vinny would like to thank the community of Helena including Super 1 Foods and Helena School District for their support and monetary donations.
A huge thank you to Vin’s friends that visited and had sleep-overs at the hospital to make Vinny feel more comfortable.
Another big thank you to the Helena Bighorns hockey team for giving Vinny and her family and friends an awesome night out to remember.
Most of all, a very special thank you to Dr. Weiner and the entire staff at St. Peters Hospital for all the love and support they have given to Vinny and her family. You are all angels and your kindness and compassion will not be forgotten.
Our Vinny was a princess and a warrior. Her kindness, wit, and love of life touched everyone that had the privilege of meeting her. Most of all she was the best sister ever! She will be missed greatly by everyone.
A public viewing will be held on Sunday, December 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 4th at the funeral home. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Committal will take place at Resurrection Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Divinity.