HUNTLEY – Dorothy M. Urben, 84, of Huntley, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the Apostolic Christian Resthaven in Elgin.|
She was born March 28, 1929, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of William and Clara (Hoesly) Engler.
Dorothy was raised in New Glarus, Wis., a small community south of Madison that is known as America's "Little Switzerland". She was co-valedictorian of her class when she graduated from New Glarus High School and went on to further her education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
While in college, she pursued both her love of music and her love of children.
Not only did she achieve the level of first chair saxophonist in the university's concert band, she was also an accomplished pianist and organist.
Her degree in preschool education was accomplished summa cum laude.
Dorothy and her husband, Leon, would have celebrated 64 years of marriage Aug. 21, 2013. They have known each other their entire lives … neighbors, fellow students and finally as husband and wife, raising their six children. Of Dorothy, Leon says, "She has never lost her beautiful smile."
She is survived by her beloved husband, Leon; her six loving children, Mark (Tracy) Urben, Eric (Brenda) Urben, Bruce (Angie) Urben, Daniel (Leesa) Urben, Lisa Urben and Stacy (James) Rechtin; 14 cherished grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The memorial visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, until the 11 a.m. memorial service at the First Congregational Church, 11628 E. Main St., Huntley, with the Rev. Lance Lackore officiating. Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in New Glarus Cemetery in New Glarus, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the
Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, or to the First Congregational Church Building Fund.
The James A. O'Connor Funeral Home is assisting the family. For information, call 847-669-5111 or visit www.jamesaoconnorfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on May 8, 2013