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Dorothy Louise Roethe, formerly of Pinckneyville

updated: 11/27/2017 3:50 PM

Dorothy Louise Roethe, 89, passed peacefully to her eternal life Nov. 26, 2017.

Born June 29, 1928, in Pinckneyville, Dorothy was the oldest of four children born to Julius and Lydia Beck (née Brune). Siblings Lucille (Roger) Pyatt, Eileen Beck and Ronald (Ruth) Beck survive her. She married her life's love, Walter "Dutch" Roethe, Oct. 22, 1949. They were blessed with four children: Thomas, Robert, Sherry (Kerry) Blass and Steven (Cherie) Roethe; and six grandchildren, Nathan (Ashley) and Michael (Jessica) Roethe, Anna, April and Arnie Blass, and Johnathan Nichols. Six great-grandchildren joyously completed her family.

Dorothy was first and foremost a mother, grandmother and homemaker, but she was well known as a champion bowler, impressive cake baker, valedictorian of her class, and a magnet for babies and dogs.

She also assumed the role of caretaker for senior family members, faithfully spending many hours visiting, playing cards with, and taking on vacation those within her circle.

Although her exacting work ethic was in a class of its own, Dorothy enjoyed relaxing with a good mystery, hand embroidery, camping with her husband and sharing a jigsaw puzzle with a fellow aficionado. A firm believer in following the rules, Dorothy had a clean driving record when she left this world.

She was preceded in death by infant sons Tommy and Bobbie, her beloved husband, and her parents.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Du Quoin.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund, 227 Goodhaven, Columbia, IL, 62236; or Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA, 02481. For more information, please access our website at