Dorothy L. Rudolf, 76

Dorothy L. “Dotti” Rudolf (nee Taylor), 76, of West Bend, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Dotti went to her eternal home in the arms of the Lord. She was born June 6, 1939, in Milwaukee to Daniel and Clara (nee Manz) Taylor. She graduated from Custer High School in 1957 and went on to attend nursing school for one year, but left to have heart surgery. On June 20, 1959, she married the love of her life, Herb.

Dotti devoted her life to her family as a stay-at home mom. She proudly co-founded the Healing and Prison Ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend, where she was a member for nearly 50 years. Dotti was also a past member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and received the president’s award. In her free time she enjoyed sewing, gardening and had her own antique business, The Bear Cupboard. Dotti loved decorating and attending her grandchildren’s activities. In their free time, Dotti and Herb enjoyed taking long rides together in their Mustang convertible.

Dotti is survived by her husband of 56 years, Herbert; children, Robin (Randall) Abel, Wendy (John) Spartz, Lisa (David) Kaehny, Daniel (Cheryl) Rudolf and Pete (Peggy) Rudolf, all of West Bend; grandchildren, Mitchell and Arianna Abel, Aly and Drew Spartz, Erin (Steven) Ruplinger, Daniel, Megan and Natalie Kaehny, Trisha (Jay) Valind, Katelyn (Jake) Larson, Lexi (Nate) Jensen, Macki and Christian Rudolf, and Jake and Alex Rudolf; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Leah Ruplinger; and brothers, Denny (Mary) and Terry Taylor. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents; sisters- in-law, Jean and Kathe Taylor; mother-in-law Erna Rudolf and father-inlaw, Joseph Rudolf; brother- in-law, Al Zaupa; and nephew, John Zaupa.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at St. John’s Lutheran Church (809 S. 6th Ave. West Bend, WI 53095) with the Rev. Jeff Dorth presiding. Visitation will be held at the church Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Silver Springs of Germantown, especially Jackie Chiarelli; Serenity Hospice; and St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Rev. Jeff Dorth for all the care, compassion and support they provided Dotti and their family.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at