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Dorothy Mae Socha (nee Ziemer), of Neenah, age 76, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Cherry Meadows Hospice. She was born March 27, 1938 in Oconto, WI, daughter of the late Emil and Marie Ziemer.
Dorothy graduated from Oconto High School. She married Lester Socha on April 7, 1958 in Oconto and had 6 beautiful children. Dorothy worked as a school bus driver and school cook for 10 years. She and Les operated Socha's Place for 20 years. Most recently she spent much of her time at St. Vincent DePaul's in Neenah.
Dorothy was active in the community and church, especially St. Patrick's, all her life. She volunteered at the Self Help Prison Program for 26 years and offered hospital communion for more than 25 years. Dorothy was a member of the Theda Clark Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed golf and attending all her grandchildren's events and activities. Besides visiting the elderly, her volunteer activities are too numerous to mention.
Survivors include her children: Rita (Jim) Haapapuro, Greg (Tracy) Socha, Theresa (Mike Beckerson) Tesch, Randy (Patti) Socha, Cindy (Dean) Rieckmann and son-in-law Tom Anderson; 16 grandchildren: Daniel, Ben, Stephen, Christina, Michael (Heather), Tim, Kelsey, Jason, Tate (Bridget), Nathan, Luke, Jenni, Jacob, Zach, Rebecca and Allison; great grandchildren, Turner and Liam (due in September); siblings Elaine Cullen, Joan Erieau, Ronny (Jan) Ziemer, Mary (Harold) Nehls, and Martha Ziemer; in-laws John Gallagher, Norma Socha, Lorraine Socha and Leroy (Marlene) Socha; and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, and daughter, Anita Anderson; siblings Robert Ziemer, Dolores Gallagher, Margaret (Arnie) Burkard; in-laws Bill Cullen, Richard Erieau, Louie Socha, Leo Socha, Jr., Leonard (Lorraine) Socha, Lawrence (Cora) Socha, Dave Socha, Leona (George) Miller.
Dorothy hosted many family holiday events in her caring style. Her family already misses her dearly.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 320 Nicolet Blvd., Menasha with Rev. Michael Ingold officiating. A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. until the hour of service. She will be interred at a later date, joining her husband at Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery at King.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a
Westgor Funeral Home
205 W. Doty Ave.
Neenah's Westgor Funeral Home - Neenah
205 W. Doty Avenue
Neenah, WI 54956
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from July 5 to July 7, 2014