Dorothy B. Fuller (nee Kopshinsky)
April 1, 1930 – Feb. 8, 2011
B. Fuller, a lifelong resident of Waukesha, passed away peacefully
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at age 80 surrounded by her family.
Dorothy was born April 1, 1930, the daughter of
William and Adelia Kopshinsky. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical
Dorothy Kopshinsky was hired by the Waukesha State
Bank as a fresh Waukesha High School graduate in 1948. Her first job was
filing checks alphabetically. She hated it because it was boring and she
was all alone in the back room except when other employees passed through
to use the restroom. Her mother told her to stay with it and Dorothy
obeyed her mother. She soon grew to love her work, becoming an integral
part of the bank’s dozen full-time employees. Her lightning-fast fingers
and legendary accuracy made her the most proficient bookkeeper and
proofmachine operator during the bank’s first half-century. She was head
bookkeeper in 1969 when she was selected as the personal secretary to the
new president, Don Taylor. She became the bank’s corporate secretary, as
well, assuming control of the bank’s executive office. She was elected
assistant cashier in 1970, becoming the second female officer in the bank’s
history. Within a few years, she was elected a vice president and became
the bank’s cashier.
"As a vital part of the bank’s management
team for a quarter-century," said Don Taylor, "she contributed
greatly to its success as it became the dominant bank in the Waukesha
With the advent of personal computers, Dorothy’s
secretarial duties diminished as Don began writing his own documents and
letters. Dorothy remained the head of the executive office even as she
assumed the duties of preparing paperwork for home mortgages. Dorothy
retired from the bank in 1994 after nearly a half-century of helping the
Waukesha State Bank serve the financial needs of the community.
Dorothy will be sadly missed by her husband of 57
years, Kenneth, whom she married July 25, 1953; her son, William Fuller;
daughter, Judith Fuller; grandsons, Daniel C. Whiting, Kenneth A. Fuller
and Kyle A. Fuller, all of Waukesha; brothers, Charles (Shirley), Oscar
(Elvira) and Theodore (Judy); sister-in-law, Connie; and nieces and
nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her beloved son,
Robert; parents, William and Adelia; brothers, William "Boiyce"
and Paul; and her nephew, Robert Kopshinsky.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N.
Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Visitation continues from 10:30 a.m. until the
noon funeral service Saturday, Feb. 12, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran
Church, 1052 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Scott Oelhafen will be
officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery in
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to
the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, 701 Northview Road,
Waukesha, WI 53188.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home,
Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online
obituary or cards of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com,
or call the funeral home at 542-6609.