Dorothy M. Vollbrecht

DeForest-Dorothy M. Vollbrecht, age 91, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg although she lived for the last 4 years of her life at Parkside Assisted Living in DeForest.

She was born on June 10, 1922 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Jorgen and Edna (Adams) Jorgensen. Dorothy met her husband Howard at Grace Lutheran Church of Highland Park, Michigan when they were teenagers. They dated for six years and were married on September 16, 1944.

Dorothy earned a Master's degree in teaching and reading from Michigan State. She believed that education was critical and that everyone could learn to read. After teaching in Monona, and then serving as a reading specialist, Dorothy became one of three female principals in the Wheaton/Warrenville school system in Illinois. She was the principal of Weisbrook Elementary for many years. She also taught in Port Charlotte, Florida and Alma, MI. (Dorothy was 90 when she tutored her last student.)

Dorothy was passionate about many things - her family, her church, all her dogs and sports…namely college and professional football…but she was also a huge fan of Tiger Woods. Dorothy loved boating with Howard, and she spent many happy hours on Lake Michigan.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Karen (Bob) West; grandchildren, Erik West and Samantha West, great-grandchild Adelaide Wahle; her sister Edna Gable.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard; and her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on at 11:15am on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest, with Rev. Gerry Kuhnke officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:30am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dorothy's name to Living in Community, c/o St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2126 N Sherman Ave, Madison (zip?).

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Windsor/DeForest Chapel 6924 Lake Road 608-846-4250

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