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Dolores L. Achtor

OREGON-Dolores L. Achtor, age 94, went into the presence of the Lord and into her heavenly home on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the Oregon Manor Skilled Nursing Facility. 

She was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Blue Mounds, the daughter of Otto and Mayme Heuser. 

Dolores married Elmer Achtor on March 11, 1944, in Milwaukee. 

Dolores grew up in a close-knit family and enjoyed helping out on the family farm.  Through the years, she enjoyed caring for children, keeping house, boating, swimming, camping, sewing, decorating the house and cooking.  She also taught Sunday school classes, co-directed holiday programs, sang in the choir, and led Bible studies for nearly 40 years.  While living at the Oregon Manor the last few years of her life here on this earth, she enjoyed reading the Bible and praying with loved ones, expertly coloring pictures in her room, or watching the birds out her window, as long as there wasn’t bingo, music, or a church service going on!

Dolores is survived by her sister, JoAnn Oldenburg of Brookfield; brother, Otis (Shirley) Heuser of DeSoto; three daughters, Mary Beth (Dave) Neubauer of St. Germain, Jane (Tim) Kaiser of Hudson, Florida and Nancy (Norm) Bakker of Oregon; six grandchildren, Brian (Lisa) Neubauer, Laurie (Tom) Hartmann, David (Michelle) Byron, Audra (Jon) Geving, Erin (Matt) Hawkinson, and Melanie (Kevin) Gagner; and eight great-grandchildren, Braden, Jerrett and Chase Neubauer, Kane and Kaylee Neubauer, Cecilia Byron, Charlotte Geving, and Aria Gagner.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings, Darwin Heuser, Leona Arn, Rachel Heins, and Rebecca Kloth. 

A memorial service will be held at GRACE EVANGELICAL CHURCH, 6925 East Buckeye Road, Madison, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, with the Rev. Paul Bawden presiding. A luncheon will follow the service.  The family will hold a Celebration of Life gathering in Brookfield, Wisconsin in summer, 2018. 

The family wishes to thank the staff at Oregon Manor for caring for Dolores as one of their own loved ones for the past almost five years.  She considered Oregon Manor her home and for that we are grateful.  “God bless you and make your face shine!”

Please read the Oregon Manor Resident Spotlight Story on Dolores:

Dolores Achtor was born to Otto and Mayme Heuser in Blue Mounds, WI.  She grew up in a close-knit family that did everything together; playing, imagining up wild adventures and helping on the farm! One of her favorite chores was feeding the chickens, but she also loved spending that time with her two brothers and four sisters.  She remembered taking the younger kids riding on her horse, Red, and playing games outside.  In the winter, she and her siblings would go on sleigh rides and sled on their property.  Overall, she described her family as a “happy bunch”.  By the time Dolores turned 19 she had moved to Madison to work as a maid and nanny to various families.  She loved caring for babies and helping to keep the houses beautiful. 

Dolores’ family moved to Milwaukee a year later, proving to be a life changing event.  Soon after arriving in Milwaukee she met her husband to be, Elmer.  Dolores spent two years at Zion Bible College in Zion, IL where she met her future father-in-law, Rev. Frank Achtor.  Elmer was the reverend’s son at Dolores’ family church; she met Elmer at a church picnic shortly after she arrived in Milwaukee.  Dolores’ sisters had been going to Elmer’s church for a while by that time, and he invited them to all go swimming after the picnic.  She must have made quite an impression in her black silk suit that afternoon because not long after they started to date.  Dolores said their first date was her favorite because they went boating on Lake Pewaukee.  Several years later they were married by Rev. Frank Achtor in Milwaukee. 

During the first years of their marriage, Dolores worked as a store clerk selling war supplies, but after their first child, Mary Beth, Elmer asked her to stay home with their growing family.  In the next seven years Elmer and Dolores welcomed two more daughters, Jane and Nancy.  They often went on small family trips to different lakes in the surrounding area where they would enjoy boating, swimming, and camping.  Her favorite memories included: sewing all of her girls’ clothes through the years, hosting dinner parties for friends and family and decorating the house.  As the kids grew older, Dolores took odd jobs like selling jewelry and cosmetics, and even working up to becoming a supervisor at the voting polls, however she always made time for her family and friends. 

Not only was Dolores devoted to her family, but throughout her life she had been a highly religious woman.  She spoke fondly about the 40 years she taught Sunday school classes, co-directed holiday programs, and sang in the choir.  Dolores’s daughter, Nancy, proudly reminisces about her mother leading a bible study at Menomonee Falls Nursing Home each month for years.  It was so popular they would have to add additional seating in the hallway, and Dolores would always bring baked goods to share!

Dolores had been a resident at Oregon Manor for the past nearly five years, and still loved to spend time with her family that has now grown to include six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren! She even doted on her two youngest great grand-children as she held them on Thanksgiving! You often would find Dolores expertly coloring pictures in her room or watching the birds out her window, as long as there wasn’t bingo, music, or a church service going on.  She even made the Resident Spotlight for Oregon Manor in October 2016! She will always be remembered for the legacy of faith she has passed on, and the way she loved her family so well.  “God bless you and make your little face shine!”


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