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Doris WOLLENBERG

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WOLLENBERG, Doris (Stocking)
Doris Stocking Wollenberg, 81, passed away May 22, 2012 at Aspen House Assisted Living in Loveland, Colorado after a long and courageous struggle. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Colonel William "Bill" Fripp Wollenberg, USA (Ret). She was born and raised in Hutchinson, MN by her parents Charles H. and Nellie O. Stocking. Doris was a descendant of George Stocking, the first Stocking that records show came to America in 1633 and along with the Reverend Thomas Hooker and others that subsequently reached the Connecticut River Valley and founded Hartford, CT. Doris received her bachelor's degree in art from Hamline University in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN and following that studied fine arts for two years at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. With a teacher's certificate, she took a position teaching art in an elementary school in the state of Washington. After one year she returned to Colorado and a position teaching art at Fort Carson (then Camp Carson) , CO. It was at Fort Carson that she met and subsequently married in Denver First Lieutenant Bill Wollenberg in June 1957. The following year took Doris to Fort Knox, KY where she taught 2nd Grade. After one year, she accompanied her husband who was transferred to West Germany where she taught 1st Grade to the children of US military personnel in Amberg, West Germany for the next three years. Upon return to the US Doris continued her teaching career with a position in Rosendale, WI teaching 1st Grade where she remained for two years. After a short break in her teaching career Doris reentered the working world with a position as a Welfare Case Worker in the Welfare Department of the state of Connecticut. (This while separated from her husband who was serving in Vietnam.) Doris resumed her teaching, again at the first grade level, at Fort Leavenworth, KS where she remained for three years. Another break in her teaching career allowed Doris to hone her sewing and tailoring skills which she had perfected while living and teaching in Germany. To cut her costs and gain access to the latest sewing techniques she took a part time job in a fabric store near their home just outside Washington, DC. Following a return to teaching at Fort Knox, KY and a summer school in graduate school in Las Vegas, NV to sharpen her teaching skills, Doris found her teaching niche in Virginia where she remained for almost eleven years, beginning in Hopewell, VA, followed by Hampton, VA, and finally back to Hopewell. Doris retired in 1992 after over 25 years of teaching. To Doris, retirement meant more time to travel and to resume projects in art. Travel would take her to Manaus on the Amazon River in South America; Denali National Park in Alaska; to the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), through the Strait of Magellan, and around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America; at least twice through the Panama Canal; to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania; to India, the Maldives, Seychelles and Kenya; to the Mediterranean, Italy, France and Spain; to Denmark; to the Danube and Eastern Europe countries once held under Soviet Communist control; and to China -- the second time in 2006 as an "exchange artist." As a teacher, artist and person Doris has had positive influences over the children/students in her care as well as her colleagues and friends she has established in each place that she lived and/or taught. She was predeceased by her sister Jo Schamberger. Doris will be missed by her neighbors, friends and cousins Marie, Karen, Peddy, Susan, Steven and Scott, by her nephews and nieces and especially by her "favorite" husband, Bill.
Funeral Services will be held Friday (June 1) at 2 p.m. in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville with Rev. Hope Eakins officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Donations in Doris Stocking Wollenberg's name can be made to the Art Department, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104-1204. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.




Published in The Hartford Courant on May 27, 2012
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