Dorothy M. Jafferis

Middleton- Dorothy M (Pertzborn) Jafferis died on April 23, 2014 at Agrace HospiceCare following a long illness.

She was born at home on July 17, 1925, to Adolph M and Hedwig (Koch) Pertzborn. She attended St James Grade School and Madison Central High School, graduating in 1943. It was while at Madison Central High School that she met her husband and life partner, Tom. They were married on May 17, 1947 at St James Church.

Upon HS graduation, Dorothy was employed for five years at the old Industrial Commission (Unemployment and Workman's Compensation department). After the birth of her first child, she was a stay at home mother until her last child started school. During that time she worked at home typing many theses for UW students.

Dorothy re-entered the workforce, working for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union for 20 years. After retirement from the union, she worked in the office of then Gov. Anthony Earl. Her last employment was at American Girl.

A life-long Democrat and staunch union advocate, she volunteered for many Democratic political candidates at all levels of government. Dorothy also served the City of Madison on the Human Services Board for 9 years, Madison Youth Commission 2 years, Personnel Board 4 years and Hope Haven 2 years. Being very active in the labor movement, she served both as Vice President and President of the Office Employees Union. She was a board member and secretary of the Labor Temple Association, a delegate to Madison Federation of Labor (South Central Federation) and the Committee on Political Education Steering Committee.

Dorothy was an avid UW Badger fan. She and her family traveled to many Badger away and Bowl games. Dorothy and Tom were Badger ticket holders for 50 years. Baking, bingo, crossword puzzles and visiting with her grandchildren were her favorite past times.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Margaret and Esther; grandson Patrick Costello; two brothers-in-law, John Caruso and Jim Waters; a niece Susan Wilcox and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dorothy's generous spirit, devotion to her family, and her work ethic were inspirational to all those whose lives she touched.

In addition to her husband Tom, she is survived by her five children: Christine/Tina (David) Lund, Kathy (Kevin) Costello, JoAnne (Bob) Bradley, John (Kim) Jafferis, Bob (Marsha) Jafferis; sisters Rachel Caruso, Alice (Jim) Wilcox, Cathy Waters, and Barbara (Bill) Bougher; grandchildren Mandy (Erik) Monson, David J Lund, Chris Larson, Jenni (Chad) Anderson, Justin (fiancé Lindsey) Jafferis, Jeremy Jafferis, Max Costello, Antonia/Annie Costello; great-grandchildren- Michael and Ella Monson; Alexis Jafferis; Sylvia Anderson, step-grandchildren Jennifer Tredinnick and Erik Bradley, step-great-grandchildren Savana Halverson and Grace and Riley Bradley; in addition to many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation 1126 S. 70th St. Ste S423, Milwaukee, WI, 53214 (, or the Society of St Vincent De Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 28, at 11:00 am at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish at St. James Catholic Church, 1128 St James Ct, Madison WI 53715, with Msgr. Thomas Baxter presiding. Friends may greet the family 10:00–11:00 am prior to the service.

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