Dorothy W. Cowen, 96


A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, July 9, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1619 Washington St., Grafton, at noon for Dorothy W. Cowen of Grafton, who was born into eternal life on July 5, 2010, at the age of 96. Visitation will be held on Friday at  the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Memorials to the church are appreciated. Entombment will be Monday, July 12, at noon at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, Ill.

For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisting the family.

Dorothy was born in North Dakota on Nov. 15, 1913, the daughter of Henry and Ilva (nee Chance) Wittkopf. Dorothy was one of eight children.
Dorothy was united in marriage to Norbert E. Cowen and they were blessed with three children. Norbert died in 1972. She enjoyed gardening, canning and making quilts for her family. Dorothy retired from Western Electric Co. in Illinois after many years.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Richard, Donna (Joseph) Tinebra and Sandra Cowen; grandchildren, Richard Cowen, Christine Bergin, Paul (Susan) Tinebra, Tina (Thomas) Zausch, Donna (William) Wallock, JoMarie (Stanley) Dziewa, Joseph (Karla) Tinebra, Kenneth Voigt and Dawn Toy; great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Matthew, Maria, Christopher, Angela, Kathleen, Annie, Joseph, Laurie, Jacob, Adam, Haley, Josie, Jeffrey and Andrew; great-great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Lucy, Noah and Kammie; brother, Warren (Eileen) Wittkopf; and sister, Idalene (Woodrow) Hyatt. She is further survived by sisters-in-law, Genevieve and Betty Wittkopf; brother-in-law, Ted (Laurie) Cowen; and  many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, twin brother Durward, Bernard (the late Alice), James, Lillian (the late Frank) Roder, and Pearl Lentz.; and sisters-in-law, Betty (the late Tom) McShane and Trudy (the late Roland) Schaefer.