PRINCEVILLE - Dorothy Elizabeth Kappes, 91, of Princeville passed away at 11:10 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria.
Dorothy was born July 9, 1922, in Dunlap to Frank and Grace (Heinz) German. She married Valentine "Butch" Kappes on July 5, 1947, in Princeville. He preceded her in death, along with her parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are her son, Joseph (Patricia) Kappes of Brimfield; three grandchildren, Brian (Lisa) Kappes of Peoria, Chris (Katie) Kappes of Edwards and Jonathan (Jamie Harwood) Kappes of Peoria; and four great-grandchildren.
Dorothy graduated from Princeville High School in 1940 and then attended the University of Illinois for two years.
In 1943, she returned to Princeville to teach in a one-room country schoolhouse. The next year she was one of the first women employed by Caterpillar to work in the factory during World War II. She later worked as a telephone operator and then for the Princeville School District in the cafeteria until retiring at age 78. During this time she was also one of the first dispatchers for the Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service, but is best known for owning and operating the Princeville Whip for 20 years. She always enjoyed the group of teenagers that worked for her throughout those years.
She was a kind and generous person, always willing to help her friends. Her greatest love was her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and relatives and was always ready to go out to eat. Everyone was always welcome on her front porch. Her family and friends were blessed to have her in their lives. She will be dearly missed by many.
Dorothy was a lifelong member of St. Mary of the Woods Church in Princeville, where her funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014. Father Donald R. Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, June 4, 2014, at St. Mary of the Woods Church hall in Princeville, with a rosary being said at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery in Princeville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service or PAWS.
Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.