Dorothy C. Dyken,
Catherine Dyken (nee Breit), 75, died Jan. 6, 2011, at her residence.
Born to John and Agatha Breit (nee Wiedmeyer) on Nov. 28, 1935, in the
town of Farmington. She married Richard C. Dyken on June 1, 1957. They
lived in Ozaukee County for 45 years, most of them in Saukville, where
they raised their family of eight children. After the death of her
husband, she lived in West Bend for seven years. A graduate of the
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Dorothy taught high school social
studies for five years at West Bend High School. Her passion for helping
those in need led her to volunteer at the COPE Crisis Line of Ozaukee
County as a phone counselor. She went on to be the executive director of
that organization for 18 years, touching the lives of thousands of
people with her loving, compassionate heart, while expanding the size
and scope of the operation. A longtime community activist, she was a CCD
teacher and parish council member at Immaculate Conception church in
Saukville in the 1960s and 1970s. During that time she also served on
the Saukville Library Board and the Parks and Recreation Board. She was
instrumental in changing the Port Washington City School District to the
Port Washington/ Saukville Unified School District with area
representation. She served on that board for 23 years, from the late
1970s through the early 1990s, including six years as president. She was
appointed to the Governorís Advisory Council on Vocational Education and
served on the Milwaukee Area Technical College Board for five years in
the early 1990s. She ran for a State Assembly seat in 1984. She was
serving as president of the condo association where she lived in
Trenton. Despite her many community activities and accomplishments, she
was proudest of her family and spent most of her adult life as a
homemaker and stay-at-home mom. All who knew her were touched by her
kindness and warm loving presence.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Mark (Laura), Carl (Somer Moon),
Anne, Gary (Linda), Julie (Joe Normann), Leon, Greg (Candice Wong) and
Eric (Katie McCormick); grandchildren, Peta Dyken, Kiri Dyken, Suneca
Gonzales, Silas Dyken, Rose Dyken, Emily Selle, Sam Selle, Sylvan Dyken,
Isaiah Dyken, Hopi Dyken, Shana McGee, Kyle McGee, Sarah Fellion and
Sierra Lawson; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Dyken, Isabella Fedalizo,
Solomon Dyken, Skylar Gregory, Zarah Gonzales and Kai Gonzales, and one
on the way; siblings, Richard Breit, Roger Breit and Daniel Breit, Rosey
Phoenix and Sandy Hansen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband. Richard; her
brother. John Breit Jr.; and sisters. Joanne Kofler, Agnes Fellenz and
Mary Ann Lecher; and her grandson, Adom Dyken.
A memorial remembrance for Dorothy will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10,
at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend. Visitation will be at
the funeral home on Monday, Jan, 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers or gifts the family requests donations be made to
COPE or a local medical clinic.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.