CRYSTAL LAKE – Dorothy L. (Anderson) Heisler, 94, of Crystal Lake, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Hospice of Northeastern Illinois in Woodstock. She suffered a stroke Nov. 12.
Dorothy was born March 16, 1918, to Ella and Arthur Anderson.
She started out as a farm girl living on West Hillside Road, north of Crystal Lake and attending Ridgefield School, District 48. When the family farm was sold, the Anderson family moved into town to a house on the corner of Woodstock Street and Caroline Street, just a three-block walk to Crystal Lake Community High School. She loved to dance and so did Leonard, the love of her life. They were married May 19, 1940.
Dorothy was the last of the founding members of Bethany Lutheran Church. She was an avid golfer and bowler, and a big part of the family shoe business, Heisler's Bootery. Anything to do to support her four boys and husband, she was right there.
Dorothy had a green thumb. One could hardly see out all the back porch windows because of her morning glories. Many rooms in the house had startup plants growing, or somebody else's plants recovering. Her hobby was collecting different small souvenir shoes from her travels and gifts from others in the family – totaling in the 100s. The last several years of her life were busy at Heisler's Bootery, holding court up front with the customers, reminiscing, reading her morning Crystal Lake Herald with coffee, and being a part of the daily activity. She will be greatly missed.
Dorothy is survived by sons Jim (Rebecca), John (Wilma), Jeff (Carol Ann) and Jack (Linda), all of Crystal Lake; grandchildren Jody, Jason, Johnny, Jill, Cindy (Kevin), Tracy (Charles), Courtney, Tim (Lindsay) and Brian; and great-grandchildren Kyle, Matt, Kaleigh, Charlie, Declan and Ryan.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father and three older siblings, Art, Alice and Howard. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Leonard J. Heisler, on Dec. 31, 2000; and a daughter-in-law, Carol Lee Heisler, on April 3, 2006.
Her family would like to thank all those who cared for her at home and at Centegra ICU, and the many staff at Hospice of Northeastern Illinois in Woodstock.
The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Interment will follow in McHenry County Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made in Dorothy's name to Bethany Lutheran Church, or Sheltered Village, 600 Borden St., Woodstock, IL 60098.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760.