Dorothy Lora Deffke

Deffke, Dorothy Lora

Dorothy Lora Deffke, age 90, of Chilton, formerly of Brillion, died on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. She was born September 8, 1923 in the Town of Schleswig, daughter of the late Arthur & Anida (Rosenbauer) Jochmann.

Dorothy married Donald Deffke on May 23, 1942 in New Holstein. She assisted her husband in cheese making at the School Grove Dairy in Forest Junction, making award winning cheddar cheese and cheese curds. She was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Brillion where she also belonged to the Women's Guild. For over 50 years, she was a member of the Bloedern-Becker-Jensen American Legion Post #126 Auxiliary in Brillion. Dorothy enjoyed playing Sheepshead, polka dancing, bowling, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 71 years Donald; her children: Carole Mae of Long Boat Key, FL, Barbara (Dennis) Kesler of Chilton, and Thomas (Kathleen) Deffke of Shorewood, WI; 7 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a sister: Audrey Steenport. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister: Mildred Kotsch; and a brother: Gordon Jochmann. Visitation will be Friday March 7 from 4-7pm at Peace United Church of Christ in Brillion and Sat. from 10-10:45 am at the church. Funeral services will be Sat. At 11am at Peace United Church of Christ. Rev. Kris Borns will officiate. Burial will be in the Brillion Community Cemetery.

Memorials given in the name of Dorothy Lora Deffke are greatly appreciated.

Dorothy's family would like to thank county nurse, Carol Pritzl and the entire staff of Century Ridge for all of the wonderful care that was given to Dorothy. They would also like to thank Rev. Kris Borns for the prayers and visits as well as Dorothy & Donald's grandchild, Kristin Bushman for lovingly watching over her grandparents during the past several weeks.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Mar. 5, 2014