Dorothy Ann Roehrig completed her journey to God on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. She was surrounded by loving family and care givers at the Villa Loretto Nursing home in Mt. Calvary.

Dorothy was born Feb. 12, 1921, in St. Anna. Her parents were Alvis and Josephine (Steffes) Brandt.

She attended St. Ann Catholic School in St. Anna and was a 1938 graduate of Kiel High School.

When her fiancé Harold was called to fight in World War II, Dorothy waited four years for him to return so they could be married. On Aug. 16, 1945, they were joined in Holy Matrimony at St. Ann Church in St. Anna.

Dorothy stayed home and cared for her five children for many, many years. She loved being a mother and caring for her family.

Dorothy was employed at Bremer Manufacturing for 12 years and retired in 1983.

She was a member of the St. Ann Christian Mothers & Altar Society, a member of VFW Post 6707 Auxiliary, serving as President for one year and a member of the Catholic Knights Society.

Her love of children and caring nature was an ever present part of her life. She was a Den Mother for her Cub Scout sons and other area boys from 1957 until 1960. After her retirement she volunteered at the New Holstein Middle School for eight years. She read books and mentored to children who needed some TLC with their studies. She spread her caring wings again and volunteered at St. Nicholas Hospital to spend time and attend to seriously ill patients in need of extra care and love.

She was a member of the St. Ann Craft Group and enjoyed the Tuesday morning gatherings to do plastic canvas, counted cross stitch, knitting and crocheting. Coffee and time with the girls was something she looked forward to each week.

Dorothy proclaimed her faith in God in many ways during her life. She was a member of the choir for 20 years, was an active part of the Liturgy Committee and was a part of the group that cooked many church dinners and funeral dinners over the years.

At St. Ann Church, Dorothy became an active part of the liturgy, choosing the role of ” “Proclaimer”, where she used her reading abilities to proclaim her faith and share her love of God and his good news with the faith community in St. Anna. After suffering a stroke that affected her speech, Dorothy still continued her role as a Proclaimer until she was 95 years old.

Dorothy’s hands were always busy doing something. She loved to sew, crochet, knit, work on Cross Word puzzles and Find a Work books.

She cherished the visits and any time she could spend with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren up to the end of her life. They knew her as “great-grandma”, “great-nanny” and “nanna”.

Dorothy is survived by three sons, Gary (Kathy) Roehrig, Thomas (Mary) Roehrig and Joel (Patricia) Roehrig; a daughter Kathy (Richard) Pershing; 14 grandchildren, Terri Roehrig and special friend David Vick of Mondovi, Wisconsin, Beth (Tom) Roehl of St. Cloud, Tim (Crissy) Roehrig of Kaukauna, Michael Roehrig of Kiel, Mark Roehrig of Portland, Oregon, Melissa (Nathan) Doebert of Cape Coral, Florida, Stacy Roehrig of Kiel, Brad (Yun Hui) Roehrig of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Nathan ( Milagros) Roehrig of Falls Church, Virginia, Eric (Holly) Pershing of Neenah, Stephanie (Charles) Schwarz of St. Anna, Brett (Kristine) Pershing of Chilton, Shanda (Mike)Fitzgerald of Wausau, Justin Clairmore of Wausau, 24 great-grandchildren, Megan and Garrett Roehl, Lilly and Jonah Roehrig, Tyler (Katie) Oestreich, Ava Roehrig, McKenna and Kylin Doebert, Desirae Miley, Sierra Roehrig, Chase Lubbert, Matthew, Grace, Vanessa and Alicia Roehrig, Wyatt, Elliott, Delaney and Madilyn Pershing, Gretchen and Jack Schwarz, Sophie, Merry and Ruby Clairmore, three great-great-grandchildren, Rhea Oestreich, Aveline and Varah Miley. Dorothy is also survived by a brother Roger (Lillian) Brandt; sisters in law, Adeline Roehrig and Mae Klase; brother in law Dennis (Vivian) Roehrig; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvis and Josephine Brandt; husband of 58 years Harold; a son Greg; a grandchild Mitchell Roehrig.

Funeral Mass for Dorothy will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at St. Ann Catholic Church, St. Anna (N188 School St.,) Fr. Carl Diederichs will officiate assisted by Deacon Bernard Knier and Joe Zenk. A time of visitation for family and friends will take place on Monday Jan. 7 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home (815 6th St., Kiel). Visitation will continue on Tuesday at the funeral home from 9 until 10 a.m. when we will have family rites before the procession to St. Ann for Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Per Dorothy’s wishes, in lieu of flowers a memorial donation will be made to St. Ann Catholic Church in her name.

Gary, Tom, Kathy and Joel wish to thank the very special group of care givers at the Villa Loretto Nursing Home. All of the nurses, CNA’s, therapists, activity staff, housekeeping staff, and volunteers added a social component to Mom’s life every day. In the years that Mom lived there she was shown love, compassion, kindness and caring by the people that were with her each day. Her big smile told everyone she loved them all.

God Bless All of You.