Dorothy Orlowski


Dorothy May Orlowski

1915 - 2013

Dorothy May Orlowski was born Sept. 21, 1915, and grew up in Wausau, Wis. She was the only child of May (nee: Jubert) and James Gocha. At the age of thirteen she befriended some Catholic school mates and fell in love with the Catholic faith. At the age of twenty four, in the course of one year, she lost her grandmother, mother and father.

During the following years, she developed a great relationship with St Anthony while working as a book keeper, asking for help looking for lost numbers that wouldnt add up. Churches were open all the time back then, making it possible for Dorothy to regularly light a candle and ask Mother Mary for help when things got hard. When she married Stanley Orlowski, who she was introduced to by some of her new Catholic friends, she requested Ave Maria was sung at their wedding. Which by a chance change in plans caused the wedding to end up at the Church where she lit candles for help.

Dorothy moved to Kenosha with her new husband Stan, who worked at AMC on the engine line. Dorothy worked as a real-estate broker for over thirty years, retiring at the age of 85.

She was well known and respected for her regular writings in the Kenosha News Voice of the People.

One of Dorothys great joys was her role in helping raise awareness in creating the Veterans Memorial Fountain by having a Mass said on the rock brought back from Japan.

She was blessed with four children, twin sisters, Jean and Joan, who passed away as infants. Joseph who passed away in 1990 at the early age of 35, and her daughter, Judith Towle who is married to Brent Towle.

Dorothy passed peacefully at the age of 97 on June 29, 2013, at Hospice House following a sudden decline in health in the presence of her daughter Judith, son-in-law Brent and grandson Michael.

She is and always will be loved and missed. Dorothy was a member of St. James Parish of Kenosha under the loving care of Father Dominic Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 5804 Sheridan Rd. Relatives and friends are invited to meet at the church for the Mass. Entombment will follow in All Saints Mausoleum.

Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home & Cremation Services

3720 39th Avenue

Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144


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Published online at on June 29, 2013