Margaret Doris Sikora

A photo of Margaret Doris Sikora

Margaret Doris Sikora,  passed away on November 9, 2021, at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.   She was born in Chatham, Ontario on November 8, 1942 to Dr. Arthur and Mary (McMillan) Huffman.

Doris worked in many occupations throughout her life,  but her favorite was when she graduated from Wayne County Community College in Detroit, MI and became a Registered Nurse.   While she enjoyed taking care of patients at many of metro Detroit’s hospitals,  Doris found her true calling when she was hired at Detroit’s all AIDS Hospice.  Her kind and caring heart was perfect for this position and she stayed there through the end of her nursing career.
After retirement,  Doris continued being a Hospice nurse but with a different population, she started rescuing Rottweilers. Doris fostered and adopted abused dogs that were terminally ill,  giving them a good home for the short amount of time they had left.  Additionally, she worked tirelessly to get dogs out of bad homes, kill shelters, and puppy mills all over North America.  Doris was still working on helping dogs up until the day she passed.
Even though Doris turned her energy to rescuing Rottweilers that did not mean she lost her interest in people.  According to her, no one was a stranger, she only had to start a conversation. There wasn’t anyone Doris would not talk to, and she was truly interested in you, and wanted to know you.  Doris did not want to talk about herself, your story was far more interesting.  With her disarming way and truly caring manner, within five minutes she would know your life story and you would walk away with a new friend.
Doris loved her family and friends and nothing made her happier than hosting parties or spending time with them at her home in Erieau.  There was nowhere else in the world that made her happier. Having bbqs in the summer or packing as many people as she could into her small house in the winter brought her so much joy.  Regardless of whether it was family, old friends or new, Doris’ love of Erieau and people shown through every gathering she had.
She is predeceased by her husband Hank,  her son John Lane, her daughter-in-law Suzy Lane, her brothers Joseph and Bruce Huffman and her sister-in-law Jane Huffman.  She is survived by her children Steve Lane (Suzy), Henry Sikora,  Natasha Sikora,  and York Sikora (Vanessa); her three beloved grandchildren Hank, Blake and Hazel Sikora; her sister Annabelle Salter (Charles), her brother Arthur Huffman (Margaret), and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held in spring 2022.  Memorial contributions can be made to Rottweiler Rescue at https://donate.rescueme.org/rottweiler or to the Erieau Fire Department Association.  The family is deeply grateful for the care given by the nursing staff of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance 4th Floor, Med A., Dr. Andrew Lanz-O’Brien and Dr. Martha Clendenning.

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Natasha, Henry & York I just came across the news that your mom has passed. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have sooooo many memories of your mom. I mean, I was practically part of your family there for a few years when we were kids! As Natasha was part of mine. I am so sad for this change in your life. Your mom was a firecracker with a great spirit & I know she will be missed greatly. My love to you all.

York & family: I met your mother years ago and was welcomed many times with open arms to her many gatherings in Erieau. I remember a lot of fun times with Doris. Special memories are the bbqs. Lots of her family and friends would gather at your Mum's and there was always lively conversation, great food, "wobbly pops" and bonfires while watching the sun go down on the bay !! We shared a bond over our love of dogs. A couple of times, I came to babysit her Rottis in her home if Doris had to go stateside for a few days. Doris was an amazing, caring, compassionate person and I was blessed to know such a goodhearted woman. Doris: R.I.P. my friend. Karen Ouellette

So sorry for loss

Natasha, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending heartfelt condolences to you and to your family, I’ll be thinking about you in the days ahead. ❤️

M y deepest sympathies to Doris' family and fur babies. I have known Doris since early high school days. May she Rest In Peace! Rose

I never met Doris in person and only knew Doris thru her work in saving Rottweilers. We had a few things in common, being brought up in Detroit and our love of dogs. This is such a terrible loss. My condolences to all who knew her. She will be missed by so many.

Doris was truly an inspiration to me. We just met this summer and spent many evenings visiting with each other. I was an RN in Detroit as well and we shared many stories. I met her rescue dogs and really bonded with Doris in our short time knowing one another. My heart goes out to Doris’s family. I know she is in heaven at peace, but it is sad to lose such a beautiful person. Sorry for your loss.

Prayers and condolences to Doris's family. I got to know ur mother from fb and for the love of Rottweilers. I have 5. The world needs more people like ur mom. RIH Doris

My condolences to Doris family, she will truly be missed. What a great life she has had.

My sincere condolences. Such a kind, special lady with a huge heart. The animal world has lost a dear friend.

My sincere condolences to Doris’ family and loved ones. How fortunate and blessed I am to have met this precious woman through Rottie rescue and Facebook. May you Rest In Peace and power my sweet friend, I know she is now surrounded by our shared beloved Rottweilers and all the lives she saved.

Doris was a wonderful lady and we will miss her dearly..........our condolences to her family

We want to send our prayers to the Sikora and Huffman family at this time.

I was blessed to have become a friend to Doris. Many a great chat was had over tea and tiny beers. I will forever hold a special place in my heart filled with her presence, in all it's beautiful intensity. Much love to Doris' family and to everyone who will miss her.

So very sorry to hear of Doris’ passing. She will be dearly missed by many. Our sincere condolences.

An amazing lady, going to miss her. My condolences to the family. Becky

Henry and family… So sorry to hear of Doris passing. She was such a spunky lady, it was a pleasure to meet her! My heartfelt condolences! Andrea, Bayshore PSW

Art, so sorry for your loss, what a wonderful story she leaves behind.