Dorothy M. Koenig

Funeral services were held on Oct. 20 at First Congregational Church in Port Washington for Dorothy M. Koenig (nee Kuhn), formerly of Port Washington. Dorothy passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006 at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Washington, where she had been a resident for the past few years. The Rev. Jeff Suddendorf officiated the funeral service. Visitation was held last Friday at the church, prior to the service, and interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington. Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington assisted the family.

Dorothy was born on Feb. 12, 1924, the daughter of Alfred and Marguerite (nee Thiele) Kuhn of Port Washington. She grew up on Garfield Street around the corner from her father’s Pattern Works on Lincoln Avenue. A class of ‘42 graduate of Port High, she worked for Bell Telephone as an office manager.

On Jan. 30, 1949, Dorothy married William "Bill" Koenig at First Congregational Church in Port Washington. After the birth of their four children, she was a homemaker and secretary to Bill’s manufacturer’s representative business - Koenig Associates. Bill and Dorothy raised their family on Powers Street in Port Washington. In the ‘70s, Dorothy became corporate secretary for the auction and appraisal business of David S. Gronik & Co in Mequon.

Dorothy and Bill enjoyed traveling to Europe and Mexico. While they spent many winter months in the warmth and sun of Acapulco, she preferred the comforts of her Port Washington home to be with family and friends.

Dorothy had an appreciation for music and the arts at an early age and nurtured that passion with her children. She was a member of Eastern Star, a Girl Scout troop leader, an avid bridge player and a founding member of the Port Dinner Dance Club. She loved to sit at the piano and could be heard playing Debussy’s "Clare de Lune" into her later years.

Dorothy’s legacy is one of unconditional love and compassion for family and friends. She was a loving and caring woman who cherished her family above all else. Her home was open to all.

She is survived by her children Robin Koenig of Baltimore, Md., Debbe Horgan of Glendale, Mark (Nina) Koenig of Cedarburg and Julie (Charlie) Pfrang of Port Washington; grandchildren Brianna (Nathan) Simon of Port Washington, Christopher (Jennifer) Horgan of Seattle, Wash., Amanda Horgan of Glendale, Claudia and Lydia Koenig of Cedarburg and Will and Hans Pfrang of Port Washington; great-grandchildren Walter, Hannah, Isaac, Elijah, Natalie and Alex; and her brother Charles Kuhn of Muncie, Ind. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Bill (Aug. 14, 1996) and an infant brother Frederick Kuhn.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Nursing Home and the Harbor Club in Port Washington who so lovingly cared for Dorothy after her stroke. For online condolences and further information, please visit www.poolefh.com.