Dorothy Helen DiMasi(1923 - 2013)

Dorothy Helen DiMasi, 89, of Batavia, IL. Passed away on August 27, 2013. Dorothy Helen Altemueller was born to Emil and Lillian in Overland, MO on September 11, 1923. Asked of her legacy, she would surely respond with "My marriage and my children." Undying love best describes Dorothy's life with Paul. The early 1940's found Dorothy living with her mother in what is now known as Wrigleyville where she worked in a small beauty shop. Her walk each day to work took her past a Chicago Park District office where she caught the eye of Paul. Little did she know this chance meeting would ultimately bring so much joy into her life and to the lives of countless others. Like many of The Greatest Generation, Paul and Dorothy's lives were impacted by World War II. Paul enlisted in the U. S. Navy in June of 1942. Granted three days leave he returned to Chicago and married Dorothy on September 20, 1942 at St. Philip Benizi Church. Dorothy and Paul wasted no time in creating a legacy like no other. Between 1943 and 1963 Dorothy gave birth to ten children, seven girls and three boys. Through 1971 the family resided in the Edgewater/Lakewood-Balmoral neighborhood of Chicago. As she was until her passing, and aided by Paul's simultaneously working at several jobs, Dorothy was the consummate loving mother, homemaker, pillar of strength and family comic. She would not have traded these roles for all the world's riches. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Paul, by her grandchildren, Kara DiMasi and Jura Baltys and by her son-in-law, Glenn Steinberg. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Susan (James) Werner, Carol (James) Brouder, Ann Baltys, Mary Steinberg, Kathleen Clapper (Wayne Turus), Nancy (Craig ) Torosian, Jeanette (Robert) DiPasquantonio and her sons Timothy (Patricia), William (Susan) and John (Anne Marie) as well as by 25 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. A Visitation, followed by a Mass, will be held at 10 AM and 11 AM, respectively, on Friday, September 13 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2515 Palatine Rd., Inverness, IL 60067. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers tax-deductible donations to the Holmstad Benevolent Fund (700 W. Fabyan Pkwy, Batavia, IL 60510, Attn: Rosalie Jones) will be appreciated.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Sept. 9, 2013