Dorothy Duroux Hansmann

Dorothy Duroux Hansmann Our mother, Dorothy Duroux Hansmann, 94, passed away tranquilly at home on August 20th. Dorothy was generous of heart and spirit, devoted to her family, and beloved by all who knew her. We will miss the joy and blessing of her company every day, never having known a more endearing or peaceable person. Dorothy was a long-time resident of Racine, WI, recently living in Seattle, WA, with her daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne Duroux and Barry Stoner, since the death of her husband, Arthur Hansmann, in 2011. Born in New York, N.Y., Dorothy was a graduate of Hunter College of New York City. She earned her Master's Degree in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1941, then taught Physics at Bryn Mawr College, PA. In 1942, she was called by the U.S. Army to serve in the Signal Corps, Red Bank, N.J. Dorothy enrolled in the Physics PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1943, and taught the U.S. Navy V-12 and Army Specialist Officer Training Programs there from 1943-46. The Hansmanns met at a dance in Great Hall at UW-Madison during the summer of 1946, just prior to Dorothy's departure for Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to fulfill a two-year teaching post. Friends brought them together again at a dinner, which sparked a two-year long-distance correspondence and eventual marriage engagement. Art and Dorothy married on April 17, 1948, at Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie. Their three children were born between 1949 and 1952. In 1953, the family took the North Shore train from their home in Chicago to Racine, where Art opened the first private patent law practice in southeastern Wisconsin. Dorothy taught Physics and Math at UW-Racine Extension, 1956-61, and Dominican College, 1961- 63. She served as President of Lawyers' Wives of Racine, 1983; and treasurer of Lawyers' Wives of Wisconsin, 1984. Dorothy had an inquisitive mind and active interest in a wide range of subjects, from math and sciences, to languages and the humanities. As Art's law practice grew, Dorothy became actively involved there, serving as accountant and foreign- language translator for international patents. Dorothy's love of music and dance flourished when she and Art took up ballroom dancing in 1964. They became members of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, earning international teacher certification in London in 1986. They served as judges in championship dance competitions across the U.S., and in 1984, they were awarded second place in the Married Couples' National Dance Competition in Miami, FL. They shared their enthusiasm for ballroom and Latin dance by teaching and sponsoring dance clubs in Racine and Milwaukee for over 40 years. Dorothy's identical twin sister, June Rose Foster, with whom she shared a lifetime of adventures, passed away in March, 2007. Dorothy is also predeceased by her brother, Joseph Duroux, in 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Duroux (Barry) Stoner of Seattle, WA; son, Doug (Denise Thornton) Hans- mann of Ridgeway, WI; and daughter, Alice (Michael) Williams of Houston, TX; and six grandchildren: Caroline Stoner; Della and Kellia Hansmann; and Keith, Matthew, and Stephanie Williams. A Catholic memorial service for Dorothy will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Mound Cemetery Chapel, 1147 West Blvd in Racine, Wisconsin. Visitation will be held at the chapel from 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at nearby Calvary Cemetery. While living in Seattle, it was Dorothy's great joy to visit the parks and greet all canine passersby. Her gentleness earned her a reputation as the local dog-whisperer. Donations to support the valuable work of the ASPCA would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Art and Dorothy were members of St. Richard of Chichester Parish in Racine. Donations can also be made to St. Richard Parish for memorial masses. Please contact Suzanne Duroux Stoner with any questions, condolences, or remembrances at 127 N 76th St, Seattle, WA 98103, 206-789-7750 suzirox@aol.com


Published in Racine Journal Times from Sept. 4 to Sept. 11, 2013