Dorothy Emma Ella Wilke, 90

Dorothy Emma Ella Wilke, 90, of Beechwood, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1920, in West Bend, the seventh child of Albert and Emma (nee Voight) Luebke. Two weeks later her mother died from complications of Dorothyís birth. Another week later, Dorothy was adopted by Oscar and Clara (nee Klaus) Krahn. She attended Longfellow School in the town of Scott and three years of high school in Random Lake. Dorothy was confirmed at St. Johnís Evangelical and Reformed Church, later known as St. Johnís United Church of Christ, in Beechwood on Sept. 13, 1933. She was affiliated with this church all of her life.

On May 31, 1941, she was united in marriage to Eugene Degnitz. Together they had two children, Norbert Eugene and Janet May. Eugene passed away on April 3, 1968. On April 18, 1970, she married Lester Wilke. Lester passed away on Dec. 5, 1989.

Dorothy lived in the town of Scott until moving to Plymouth in 1972 and from Plymouth to West Bend in 1992. She was a member of New Horizon United Church of Christ in the town of Farmington.

Dorothy will fondly be remembered for the enjoyment she received from quilting, attending her grandchildrenís concerts and musicals, playing all kinds of card games, bowling, spending time with family and friends and attending church services and functions. She will be deeply missed by her family and by all who knew her.

Those Dorothy leaves behind to cherish her memory include her daughter in-law, Muriel Degnitz of Adell; five grandchildren, Dion (Patti) Degnitz, Delene Wallace, Dana (Jeff) Dahm, Cindy (Russ) Horning and Tim (Amy) Luft; 10 great-grandchildren, Derek (Jamie) Degnitz, Dustin Degnitz, Collin and Colton Wallace, Samantha, Zachary and Lukas Dahm, Justin and Peter Luft and Dylan Horning; a great-great-grandson, Brody Degnitz; a sister-in-law; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husbands, her birth parents, her adopted parents and both of her children, Dorothy was preceded in death by a great-grandson; three brothers, Elmer, Albert and Walter Luebke; and three sisters, Alice Anderson, Edna Spella and Erma Miller.

Funeral services for Dorothy will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at New Horizon United Church of Christ in the town of Farmington. The Rev. David Schlieter will officiate and burial will follow in St. Paul U.C.C. Cemetery in Silver Creek. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Dorothyís arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at

Special thanks to the staff at Cedar Community and Beechwood Rest Home for the care provided to Dorothy in the last months.