‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send FlowersHand delivered by a local florist
Send a Sympathy Card
Plant Memorial Trees

Memorial Visitation

St. Mary Nativity
Saturday July 23rd, 2022
10:00am - 10:45am

View Details

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

St. Mary Nativity
Saturday July 23rd, 2022

View Details


St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
Saturday July 23rd, 2022

View Details

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Dolores 's visitation.

Dolores M. "Smitty" Ambrozich

Dolores M “Smitty” Ambrozich

Age 94, passed away on May 23, 2022 at her home in Vista, California, where she lived with her daughter and grandson since 2020.

Born on March 12, 1928 in Joliet, Dolores was the daughter of Vincent and Clara (Née Dolosinski) Smith. She was raised in the Joliet area and married Joseph F. Ambrozich on June 29, 1947 in Holy Cross Catholic Church. 

Dolores was a lifelong resident of Joliet. In 2020, she made her new home in Vista, CA where she enjoyed the last eighteen months spending time with her daughter, grandson, her brother and family.

She enjoyed cruise vacations, knitting, playing bunco with her “Bunco Babes”, Friday night dinners with her Elks group and casinos. Most of all, Dolores loved and enjoyed all of her family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Joseph (Terri) Ambrozich of Shorewood, IL; her daughter, Claire Ambrozich Lopez of Vista, CA; grandchildren, Amy (Derek) Knapp, Michael Lopez and Joseph Ambrozich; great grandchildren, Elliot Ambrozich (Samatha) and Lillian Knapp; great great grandson, Elias Ambrozich, and her brother, Gerald “Sonny” Smith.

Dolores was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Joseph F. (Jova) Ambrozich (2010); parents, Vincent and Clara Smith, and her in-laws; Joseph and Mary (Née Skoff) Ambrozich.                

A Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church, 706 N. Broadway Street, Joliet, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Chris Groh officiating.

Dolores will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Joliet.   

Relatives and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book by logging onto: www.PleseFuneralservices.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the genuine care and direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dolores Ambrozich, please visit our flower store.


Wishing I could be with you on Saturday. I will be there in my heart.

Carol Anderson Jul 19 2022 1:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dolores Ambrozich

(Ron will be waiting for Her to kiss him on the top of his head) we will love you both forever Jul 15 2022 4:43 PM

2 photos were added for Dolores M. "Smitty" Ambrozich

JACKI SMITH Jun 15 2022 12:15 PM

Love you and miss you already from your Friday night traveling buddies❤️

Karen Dernulc Jun 15 2022 9:13 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed playing Bunco with Smitty. She always had a smile on her face. You are all in my prayers.

Sylvia Zepeda Jun 15 2022 9:10 AM

So sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my prayers.

Diane Morgan Jun 14 2022 11:32 PM