THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Dorothy L. McCorkle
Issue Date: July 18, 2019
Dorothy Louise (Hendricks) McCorkle, 97, a longtime resident of Pembine, passed away Sunday, July 14 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara after a long battle with dementia.
Born March 8, 1922, on their small family farm, to Theodore and Louise (Heyer) Hendricks, they were immigrants from Holland and Germany. She graduated from Pembine High School in 1939 and married Chester McCorkle at Grace Lutheran Church on Nov. 29, 1941, one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
When he was drafted, she went to California to wait for his return from the Pacific Theater. After the war, they returned to Pembine where he built their lifelong home.
She was involved in many community activities including an officer in the PTA, a member of the Legion Auxiliary, the Cemetery Association and the Lutheran Ladies Aid. She worked for 26 years at the U.S. Post Office and enjoyed the many people and interactions she had. Her children's education was important and she supported their activities, often bragging about their accomplishments.
She enjoyed Sunday afternoon car rides, usually ending with eating out, spoiling the grandchildren, attending their events and traveling to Holland to visit relatives, Washington D.C. for a grandson's graduation and trips to both coasts to see her brother in the Air Force.
She is survived by two daughters, Patrice (Tom) and Denise (Michael); a son, Mark; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester; two brothers, Edward and Theodore (Geraldine) Hendricks; three brothers-in-law, Donald (Evelyn), James (Helen) and Raymond (Yvonne) and a sister-in-law, Hazel McCorkle.
Family and friends called at Grace Lutheran Church in Pembine on Tuesday, July 16 from noon until time of the funeral at 2 p.m. Pastor Doug Johnson and Pastor Gene Wickman officiated with burial in Pembine Cemetery, next to her husband. Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee assisted the family with arrangements.