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Dorothy Anita Gandt

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Dorothy Anita Gandt Visitation for Dorothy Anita Gandt, 86, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 148 E. Third St., Elmhurst. Born July 12, 1922, in Chicago, to Herman and Amanda (nee Huck) Klemm, she passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at Oak Park Place in Madison, Wis. Dorothy grew up on a farm in Hillside, Ill. and graduated from Proviso East High School. She worked for several years as a secretary at the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society in Chicago. Dorothy met her future husband, Karl O. Gandt, at a Walther League meeting at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillside and they were married on Aug. 10, 1945. Within a week they were on a train to California, heading to Karl's first teaching position. They returned to the Chicago area in 1949 to raise their family. While her children were in school, Dorothy worked part-time at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Melrose Park as a secretary to Pastor Streufert and later to Pastor Constien. In 1972, Dorothy began working in the education department at Concordia Teacher's College in River Forest. As a secretary in the placement office for many years, she touched the lives of countless students and faculty. After retirement, she continued caring for her husband and enjoyed visits from her children and grandchildren immensely. Her hobbies included quilting, baking and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Karl; her daughters, Lois and Eunice; her son Karl; her daughter-in-law, Barbara; her grandchildren, Anna and Christopher Graupner; and her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers, Bernard and Carl; and her sister, Ruth Lommatzsch. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concordia University, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL 60305. Arrangements were made by Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madison, 608-274-1000 or www.ryanfuneralservice.com
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 17, 2008
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