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Dorothy Evelyn Kittleson

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Dorothy Evelyn Kittleson Notice
Kittleson, Dorothy Evelyn (Nee Sukanen) Went home to our Lord on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at age 85. Preceded in death by her loving husband Earl Kittleson. Survived by her son, Mark, and daughter, Kristi (Tom Cornett) Kittleson. Also survived by her brother Harold Sukanen, niece Bonnie (nee Otto) and James "Butch" Lynch and their children James, Jeffrey and John and their families, nephew George "Butch" and Cherie Otto and their children Amber and Brandon and their families, cousin Arlove (nee Hillman) and Ken Diges , sister-in-law Shirley Murphy and her children Joanne, Robert, Ronald and Mary and their families. Born in Ironwood, MI, 1928, and then grew up in Marengo, WI. Dorothy graduated from Northland College, Ashland, WI, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.A. degree. She taught high school level English at Black River Falls, Whitewater, and Two Rivers. Then went on to teach English at Shorewood High School and also headed the Theatre Department, producing and directing many incredible plays and musicals. She and her husband, Earl, were active and long standing members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Dorothy co-founded the Brown Deer Library. She was also founder of the Brown Deer Historical Society; she spearheaded saving, relocating and restoring the Little White School House. She then created a program called The Living White Schoolhouse Classes which were an abbreviated 1884 school day that would include arithmetic at the blackboard and using McGuffey readers and Webster spellers. She was a key lead volunteer teacher in this program for 35 years. Over 20,000 4th grade students attended from schools in and around the Brown Deer area. Dorothy's awards included Volunteer in Education Award - American Association of University Women, Outstanding Citizen of the Year - Brown Deer Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year Award - Village of Brown Deer, Distinguished Alumni Award - Northland College and many more. She wrote many publications including Brown Deer Then and Now - Commemorating Wisconsin's Sesquicentennial, the Brown Deer Almanac and the Little White School House brochure. A great patron of the arts, she was a long time season ticket holder of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in addition to being a member of the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend and Milwaukee Art Museum. She was also an active member and participant in Brown Deer Senior Citizens, American Association of University Women, Friends of the Library - Village of Brown Deer, and the Brown Deer Historical Society. Visitation at KRAUSE FUNERAL HOME, 7001 W. Brown Deer Rd., Thursday, October 17, 3-6 PM. Visitation at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 3022 W. Wisconsin Ave., Friday, October 18, 10-11 AM, Funeral Service at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church. "We love you mom."
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Oct. 16, 2013
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