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 three
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
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