Dorothy Birthrong, 91

Dorothy Mable Birthrong, 91, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 8, 2014.

Dorothy, the daughter of William and Mable Haefer, was born in Excelsior. She was united in marriage to John H. Birthrong in 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, and was a resident of Milwaukee for more than 50 years. A lifelong Wisconsin resident, John and Dorothy would split their time between Camp Delton (Lake Delton) and wintered in Florida. Since the death of her husband John in 2006, Dorothy had been living in West Bend and, most recently, at Cedar Community.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters Faith (Ted) Ave-Lallemant, Connie (Dale) Koehler, Joyce (Frank) Bliss and Jill (Mike) Kubczak; nine grandchildren: Danielle, Rachael, Trina, Rebecca, Steven, Philip, John, Nicholas and Nathan; and nine great-grandchildren: Addie, Alicia, Amira, Aurorah, Chase, Fred, Kaitlyn, Makiah and Taijen; and finally 3 grand-puppies: Shelby, Izzy and Abby. Dorothy is also survived by her remaining siblings: Evelyn Koscinski, Lester, Alan and Larry Haefer, and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Lynn, her husband John, and three brothers (Ernest, Willie and Arthur) and four sisters (Eunice, Virginia, Evelyn and Norma).

An avid reader and seamstress, Dorothy has left those who knew and loved her with a passion for the beauty of the world around us as well as many beautiful quilts which will remind us of her love as they keep us warm. Dorothy enjoyed history, traveling and camping. She was a dedicated fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. While her career was in the nursing field, Dorothy was always a mother first.

To those who have expressed their sorrow at our loss we say “thank you” but Dorothy is where she wanted to be, her eyes see clearly now and no more aches and pains. “While tears fill our eyes, our hearts rejoice that she is finally home with her Lord.”

A viewing will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Drive in West Bend, from 10-11:45 a.m., with the funeral service at noon. Schramka — Herrick Funeral Home of Menomonee Falls is honored to be assisting her family with funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Pilgrim Lutheran Church or Cedar Community.