Dorothy A. Stodola
Dorothy Agnes (Lesperance) Stodola, 100, of Kewaunee, formerly of Coleman, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
Born Aug. 16, 1917 in Coleman, the second of 18 children, to the late George and Mary (Paremski) Lesperance, at age 18, her father took her to Green Bay to find work as a live in maid where she worked for the Taylor's, a prominent family. She always brought a box of Holloway candy to her younger siblings and they waited for her at the train station for them.
She married J. Edwin Stodola on June 12, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Coleman and they owned and operated the Culligan Franchise for Kewaunee County and the Maytag Laundromat in Kewaunee. They were together for 25 years until his death on Oct. 15, 1994.
A member of Holy Rosary Church in Kewaunee, she belonged to the Holy Rosary Society, was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Robinson American Legion Auxiliary, the Catholic Knight Society, Sheepshead Marathon and the Senior Center Card Club. As a member of the Rosary Society, she headed many of the meals for funerals and helped with the annual Church dinners.
She volunteered for the American Red Cross, donating over 17 gallons of blood and delivered meals on wheels. She worked at Vollrath and retired after 13 years.
She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, including trips to Europe, Australia and the Holy Lands and spent many hours visiting with patrons of the Laundromat.
Survivors include four children, Thomas (Jeanette), Algoma, Jean (Otto) Robinson Jr. and Steven (Skizzy), both of Kewaunee and Daniel (Yvonne), Manitowoc; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all of Kewanuee; a brother, Bernard (Pat) Lesperance, Coleman; sisters, Joyce (Ralph) Seewald and Violet Kowalczyk, both of Lena, Betty Jane Lesperance, Peshtigo, Marie Boulanger, Two Rivers, Carol (Lyle) Ausloos and Marlene Kortbein, both of Menominee Falls and Janice (Gale) Wogsland, Pound; a brother-in-law, John Goetz, Oconto; sister-in-law, Joan Lesperance, Two Rivers and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; a daughter, Mary Ellen; five brothers, Lester (Evelyn) Lesperance (Saucier), Leonard (Sylvia) (Grimm) Lesperance, Clement, Francis and Donald Lesperance; four sisters, Lorraine (Carl) Hetue, Bernice Shallow (Goetz) and Joan and Shirley Lesperance; brothers-in-law, Francis Shallow, Thomas Kowalczyk and Camille Boulanger; in-laws, John and Mary Stodola; brothers-in-law, Elmer (Margie) Stodola, Otto (Emily) Stodola and Joey Stodola, sisters-in-law, Viola (Joseph Wanek), (Frank) Havlinek, Elsie (Otto) Karman, Olive (Fred) Lory and Bessie (Martin) Brezinski.
Friends called at Holy Rosary Church in Kewaunee on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Fr. Peter Stryker officiated with burial in the Parish Cemetery. A memorial has been established for the Rosary Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. Buchanan Funeral Home of Kewanuee assisted the family with arrangements.
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