Dorothy Sturtz, our precious mom, passed away peacefully at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona, WI, on Oct. 26, 2018.
Born July 6, 1930, in the town of York, WI, Dorothy grew up on the family farm with six brothers and sisters. She attended Loyal High School and met the love of her life, Howard Sturtz II. They married in September 1950 and lovingly raised six children. Dorothy supported and made possible Howie’s many business endeavors while patiently and unselfishly caring for their children.
Dorothy had little time to worry about herself. Providing meals, attending to the needs of the household, and developing a strong work ethic and responsible character in her children were her priorities. She spent many years working as a laboratory technician for the Neillsville Memorial Hospital, a job she loved and took great pride in. Volunteering for Red Cross Bloodmobiles was one of her favorite ways to give back to her community. Her caring never ended; it extended to her parents Margaret and Ray Hannan as they aged, to her adult children, and, joyfully, to the end, to her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was active in several community organizations, a member of PEO, an avid bridge player, and a ready traveler on numerous excursions that she and Howie organized for an enthusiastic public.
Mother, teacher, counselor and professional — Dorothy wore all these hats. All of the children learned and shared in cleaning house, preparing meals and other family duties. Dorothy was selfless in countless ways; for example, staying up until the wee hours of the morning sewing her daughters’ dresses for the next school day. Finished dresses would “magically” appear, pressed and hanging, ready to wear. A familiar scene was Dorothy standing at the ironing board pressing Howie’s white shirts or making freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Saturday mornings. Her love for her family manifested itself in all she did. She was often told what a pretty smile she had.
Dorothy and Howie lived their later years in assisted living at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona, WI, where they were both much loved.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband Howard of 67 years, parents Ray and Margaret (Garbisch) Hannan, brothers Jim Hannan, Bob Hannan, and sisters Terry (Chuck) Vesel, and Marcelene (Russell) Lyons.
Survivors include sisters Annette (Dick) deLormier and Rita (Bill) Meyer, sisters-in-law Caroline Hannan and Rita Hannan; her six children, Rick (Toni) Sturtz, Sherri (John Larson) Kliczak, Susan (Steve) Reusser, Candy Karlen, Judi (Sia) Kusha and Howard “Skip” (Tammy) Sturtz. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Sincere and heartfelt thanks are extended to the wonderful staff at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona and to Heartland Hospice of Eau Claire, WI. Dorothy’s family will be forever indebted to them for all the loving care with which they blessed her.
Funeral arrangements pending. For more information visit geschefh.com
Memorials in Dorothy’s memory may go to the following:
Neillsville Food Pantry
140 W 5th St
Neillsville, WI 54456
Loyal Food Pantry
228 N. Main St
P.O. Box 50
Loyal, WI 54446