Dorothy A. Stutz

Dec. 2, 1907 - July 29, 2008

Dorothy A. Stutz, 100, passed away peacefully at the Shawano hospital Tuesday, July 29, 2008, with her daughter, Elaine Geissel, at her side. Elaine had acted as her caretaker for several years. Dorothy was born on Dec. 2, 1907, in Waukesha, to John Baumgartner and Anne Klatt.

She had a brother, Earl Baumgartner, and a sister, Elsie Laudolff, all who preceded her in death. She was married to Ray Stutz of Waukesha on March 30, 1929. They met at a dance and danced through 50 years of marriage. After living several years in Pewaukee, they moved to Oconto and ran a tavern called the Beehive for 37 years.

Dorothy never grew old. She had a memory that outdid everyone. She never forgot a name, a birthday, an anniversary or a birth. She could amuse everyone by telling jokes for hours. She always remembered her friends and relatives with cards and notes. She filled a room with her smile and greetings and then promptly told a joke to make you laugh. She made friends very easily and accumulated many in her lifetime. Besides dancing, she roller-skated with her children and rode sleds in the snow after her 50th birthday. She also loved to play cards. After her husband died Dec. 13, 1979, she lived alone and still cooked great meals for everyone until she was in her late 90s. It was only after her knees became too fragile to support her that she went to a rehabilitation center and then decided she liked everyone there so she just stayed.

She was honored last year with a birthday party on her 100th year and two of her great-grandchildren even flew here from California to attend.

Dorothy had five children, two of whom are deceased, Roy and Eileen, but she is survived by three children, Carol Borgwordt of Waukesha, Jean (Don) Johnson of Pewaukee and Elaine Geissel of Shawano. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Swedberg Funeral Home, 518 W. Fifth St., Shawano, with Robert Brecken officiating. She will be interred next to her husband, Ray, and two children at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Pewaukee.

Swedberg Funeral Home, (715) 526-2631, is serving the family.