Dolores passed away surrounded by her family, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. She was born December 28, 1931 in Plainwell the daughter of Wendell and Irene (Kelso) Stephenson. For more than 30 years Dolores was the secretary to the superintendent of Plainwell Community Schools until her retirement in 1996. In her spare time she enjoyed doing crosswords puzzles, reading historic novels, following sports, watching old movies, visiting with her friends, working with the election committees and area blood drives and making her famous potato soup for the Christian Neighbors soup suppers. Dolores was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Plainwell. On September 8, 1951 in Plainwell she married Phillip Buffenbarger who passed away in 2005. Surviving are her children, Sue Needham-Wood (Terry Wood)of Kalamazoo, Stephen (Terri) Buffenbarger of Plainwell and Martin (Carolyn) Buffenbarger of Texas; 7 grandchildren, Matthew Needham, Erica Needham-Rausch, Megan (Nick) Salazar, Molly (Nathan Root) Buffenbarger, Bryce (Elyse) Buffenbarger, Kelsey (Drew) Zahn-Melton and Forrest Buffenbarger and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Stan Needham; brother, Robert Stephenson along with many aunts and cousins. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Dolores' life will take place from 2-5 P.M., Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the United Methodist Church of Plainwell in the Fellowship Hall. Contributions in memory of Dolores may be made to Christian Neighbors. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.