Dorothy left this earthly life to be with her daughter and husband on January 5, 2023 at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus, WI under the compassionate care of the doctors, nurses and staff on the 4th floor med/surgical unit.
She was born at the Pretz homestead in Markesan, WI on Sunday morning, July 20, 1930 to Frank and Clara (Moldenhauer) Pretz. She was baptized August 17, 1930 and confirmed March 25th, 1945 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Markesan. Her entire grade school education was completed in a one room schoolhouse. In June of 1948, she graduated from Markesan High. In September of that same year, she started working as a nurse’s aide at the old Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Beaver Dam.
On September 6, 1952, she married her life partner, Glen Linde. Together they were blessed with seven children.
In 1954, they moved back to the Linde homestead with Glen’s folks to help them manage their mini farm.
Upon coming to Beaver Dam, Dorothy joined St. Stephen’s Ev. Lutheran Church. She sang at the church’s weekly radio taping. She was also an avid blood donor, having donating over twenty gallons throughout the course of her life. She volunteered on spa day at Lakeview Hospital, styling the patients’ hair. She continued to do the same at Hillside Manor until retiring in 2014.
Dorothy enjoyed her monthly lunches with her classmates and her breakfasts with the “Low Voltage” club of Wisconsin Power and Light.
She loved doing needlework, Crewel embroidery and cross stitch. Many of her family members have a beautiful piece in remembrance of her. She and Glen enjoyed watching animal shows and listening to polka music together. She also enjoyed doing word searches.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her daughter Kay; her daughter-in-law Joan Linde; her husband, Glen (2015); her in-laws, Albert & Laura Linde; her parents, Frank & Clara Pretz; Glen’s sisters, Georgianna (Robert) Hampton and Lucille (James) Halloran and her brother, Alden (Marguerite) Pretz.
She is survived by her children: Roger (Maureen) of Orland Park, IL; Russell (Joni) of Beaver Dam; Douglas (Sandi) of Green Lake, WI; Thomas (Nan) of Sun Prairie, WI; Diane (Bruce Hanson) of Burnsville, MN and Cheryl (Jeff) Voigt of Horicon, WI. She leaves behind six grandchildren – Matt (Amy), Elizabeth (Derek), Samantha (Ken), Derek (Angie), Clair (Bob), Laura and two step-grandsons – Adam and Aaron (Monica) Hanson. She also leaves behind nine great grandchildren – Morgan, Lia, Jace, Harrison, Marshall, Warren, Jonah, Calla and Remy and four step-great grandchildren – Gracie, Kaitlyn, Blake, Lila and step-great great grandson, Isaac.
As Dorothy would say: “See you in the funny papers!”
Visitation for Dorothy will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at St. Stephen’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 300 West St., Beaver Dam from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow at church prior to the burial at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Beaver Dam.
If desired, memorials in Dorothy’s name to the St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church Restoration Fund would be appreciated.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.