DeForest: Dorothy A. Schulz (Soderquist), born 4/10/30 in Aitkin, MN died 9/4/12 at University of Minnesota Medical Center - Minneapolis, MN after a sudden illness. Dorothy moved from Aitkin to Madison in 1962, working as assistant personnel director at Central Wis. Center and Mendota Mental Institute. Moving to DeForest in 1976 with husband Don, she was involved in the community. Her steadfast work and passion for handicrafts enhanced her home, her family and her neighbors. The Altar Guild of Christ Lutheran Church paired with the Quilting group and Lefse team became focal points in her retirement years.
Those who knew Dorothy will remember her wit, her creativity and her love of travel. Her passport shows Europe, Mexico and Japan entries. She mastered the Interstate system to attend the many hockey and dance team events of the "grandkids in Minnesota" and return to hometown Aitkin for the popular "All Class Reunions". She maneuvered the airports to reach her sister and family in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Washington. Deemed the official photographer of most events, Dorothy made a lasting memory with her family on a trip to Lake Tahoe in August 2011. She was known by her timely hand written notes to the many nieces, nephews and cousins –often sharing those wonderful photos- keeping the family connected.
Dorothy is survived by son, Chris Swanson of Madison; daughter, Vicki Swanson Lieske (Bob) of Eau Claire,WI; stepson, Clay Schulz (Pam) of San Jose, CA; sister, Bernice Boerner of Mt. Vernon, WA; brother , John (Betty) Soderquist of Aitkin, MN; grandchildren, Alyson (Tyler) Henrichs of Woodbury, MN; Rob ( Brianna Stelley) Dahl of Rochester, MN; Kelly Schulz ( Larry Norgaard) of Monroe,WA; and great-granddaughter, Lydia Dahl. Nieces/nephews: Julie ( Scott) Smith of Aitkin MN; Jane (Chris ) Hills of Edina, MN; Paula Soderquist of Aitkin, MN; Joann ( Bob ) Britten of Mt. Vernon, WA; Mike Boerner of Lynnwood, WA; Pat Boerner of Longview, WA.
Dorothy is preceded in death by husband, Donald Schulz; parents, Arthur and Runa (Williamson) Soderquist; sister, Lois Soderquist; and grandson, Russell Dahl.
On Thursday, September 13, 2012 friends and family are invited to a visitation beginning at 4pm and continuing until the service at 6:30 pm at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest, WI, 53532.
An additional memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1pm in Frederic, WI at the church her family heritage, Zion Lutheran Church of Trade Lake.