Dorothea Louise (Ehrat) Albright (1916 - 2015)

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Dorothea Louise Ehrat Albright, 99, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at her apartment at Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes in Vernon Hills.
Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Friday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia, followed by her funeral service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Holy Cross Lutheran Church would be appreciated. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia. Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
Dorothea was born on Feb. 14, 1916, at home in the farming community of Augsburg, near Shobonier. She was the eldest child of William and Sophia (Schmid) Ehrat. She married Victor Albright on June 26, 1940; he passed away in 1975.
Victor's job with J.C. Penney took them to Indiana, Ohio, and Dekalb, after which they moved back to Vandalia and owned and operated the "Shirley Shop," later changed to "Albright's Apparel." In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Dorothea worked at the clothing store on Gallatin Street for many years. Dorothea loved entertaining family and friends and was known for her baking, sewing, and gardening skills, as well as her cheerful disposition, even after suffering through nine years of post-stroke disability. She was a long-time active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Surviving Dorothea are daughters, Sandra Horsley of Plano, Texas, Susan (James) Williamson of Grayslake; brother, Walter (Shirley) Ehrat of Vandalia; sisters, Grace Albrecht of Cape Giradeau, Mo., and Berniece McCoy of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Craig (Nichy) Horsley, Lisa Saum, Mark (Jennifer) Williamson and Heather Williamson; and great-grandchildren, Randall and Jeffrey Horsley, Kyle, Colin and Carly Saum, Hope and Iris Williamson.
Preceding in death were her parents; her husband, Victor; sister, Ruth Pontious Ruprecht; brother, Arthur Ehrat; and brothers-in-law, Hilmer Albrecht, Bob McCoy and Aubrey Pontious.

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Published in The Leader-Union from July 21 to July 29, 2015