Stelzer, Doris "Dorie"
Doris (Dorie) Stelzer, age 81, passed into eternal life at Waukesha Memorial Hospital surrounded by family, following a stroke on June 7, 2014, joining her husband on the anniversary of her husband's death.
Dorie was a daughter of Ralph and Marcella (Grimm) Petri, born on May, 2, 1933, and was a life-long resident of Two Rivers. She attended St. Luke's Catholic grade school and graduated from Washington High School with the class of 1951. Many of her classmates remained her close friends throughout her life. After high school Dorie worked as an executive secretary at Hamilton Industries. On October 2,1954, Dorie married the love of her life and best friend, Charles (Chuck) Stelzer. They built a successful insurance business through service and by their unique gift of building lasting relationships. He preceded her in death on June 7, 2007.
Dorie was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Laudate Adult Choir, Coming Home Funeral Choir, the Ladies of St. Peter the Fisherman, and the Two Rivers Historical Society. She served as Eucharistic minister to those in nursing homes and assisted living homes and was an avid volunteer with a smile and kind word for everyone.
Dorie loved playing cards, camping, traveling, attending shows, spending time at Pigeon Lake, Little Sturgeon and Harbor Village, and serving others. Dorie loved spending time with her good friends. She loved with all her heart their 5 children, their spouses, her 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She loved traveling to support her family's activities and was the best, most gracious host who welcomed and esteemed all and cooked and baked and served in tireless fashion.
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law: Mary Kay and Randy Meissner (Two Rivers); Jayne and Tom Mueller (Two Rivers); Laurie and Dale Georgenson (Menomonee Falls, WI); Sally and Jeff Taddy (Cary, IL); one son and daughter-in-law: Gary and Debbie Stelzer (Howard, WI). Dorie is also survived by their 14 grandchildren: Lisa (Brian) Warner; Amy Meissner and fiancé Bryan Huerta; David Meissner and fiancé Becca Barber; Amanda (Phil) Dier; Jon Mueller ; Marcus Mueller; Don (Korri) Georgenson; Sheri Georgenson; Kyle Taddy and special friend Kelly Sutherland; Rachel Taddy and special friend Patrick Sifuentes; Susan Taddy; Jordan Stelzer, Jacob Stelzer, and Shelby Stelzer; 3 great grandsons: Malachi Dier and Judah Dier; Ashton Warner; 2 great granddaughters: Meara Mae Dier and Scarlett Warner. Dorie is also survived by 2 sisters-in-law: Kathryn Nowak (Milwaukee) and Anna Marie (Bob) Schleh (Fond du lac) ; 4 brothers-in-law: Joe (Judy) Stelzer (Glendale, AZ); Don (Jane) Stelzer (Ogema, WI); LeRoy (Karen) Stelzer (Greenwood, WI); Harold (Jean) Kabat (Oshkosh, WI). Many nieces, nephews, and dear friends also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Marcella Petri; her beloved husband, Chuck Stelzer, his parents, Joseph and Anna Stelzer, her sister and brother-in-law Marian and Bernard Detrie, her sister-in-law LaVerne Kabat and first husband Clinton Smith; and brother-in-law Gerald Nowak.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 12 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Two Rivers. Officiating at the mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Tom Reynebeau. Burial will be at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery, Two Rivers.
The family will greet relatives and friends at Klein & Stangel Funeral Home, Two Rivers, on Wednesday evening, June 11, 2014 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.kleinandstangel.com
Special thanks to the nursing staff and doctors at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for the care they gave Mom and for the support they gave her family.
Klein & Stangel Funeral Home
1420 22nd Street Two Rivers, WI 54241
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from June 9 to June 11, 2014