Slattery, Dorothy R.
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Dorothy Rita Slattery, age 93, of Sheboygan, was embraced in the arms of the loving Savior, on October 17, 2012.
Dorothy was born on the home farm in the town of Herman, Marion, Wisconsin, to the late Joseph and Mary (Schweiger) Asenbrenner. It was on the home farm, along with her now deceased parents and siblings, Joe, Mary, Marcella, and George, that Dorothy learned the value of hard work, determination and a strong sense of family. Dorothy was a 1938 graduate of Marian High School and 1942 alumni of St. Anthony's School of Nursing in Rockford, Illinois. It was in Rockford where Dorothy met Robert J. Slattery and later married him on December 28,1946 in Marion. Born Bohemian and embracing Bob's Irish spirit, Bob and Dorothy would be united in marriage for 53 years, residing in Sheboygan
Dorothy supervised surgery at St. Anthony's in Rockford and worked for the Sheboygan Clinic for 39 years as a surgical nurse assisting the late Dr. Richard Windsor. She was also employed as a nursing supervisor at Sunny Ridge. Her nursing skills were best exemplified by the loving care she provided for Bob during his years at home following complications from strokes.
Dorothy shared Bob's love of Sheboygan County. At the age of 40, Dorothy was taught the game of golf by Bob. For the next 30 years, Riverdale Country Club was their home away from home. They enjoyed the friendships formed as members of the Guys and Dolls League. Dorothy loved teeing off early mornings with her golfing buddies, Leila, Marie, Joyce, Eris and Ginny. The highlight of her golfing experience was winning the 1974 Pressland Tournament,
Together Dorothy and Bob blazed the winter trails at Koher-Andrae State Park, cross country skiing with good friend, Ernie Eckhardt. Dorothy and Bob loved Wisconsin, enjoying camping and Elderhostel adventures. Both were involved in the NARFE organization, Maywood Environmental Center and Sheboygan Historical Society. Dorothy loved political discussions and was well read and knowledgeable about current events.
In her later years, Dorothy enjoyed gardening, oil painting, card playing and the music of Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra. Dorothy will be remembered as the loving caretaker of the generations, a classy lady with a sense of style, a person of hope and faith, and a friend to many. She was an extraordinary wife, mother, and grandparent and showed us what it meant to love, care and embrace life.
Survivors include her four children, Catherine (Peter) Slesar of Waukesha, Patrick (Therese) Slattery of LaCrosse, John (Susan) Slattery of Waldo, and Michael (Lynn) Slattery of Manitowoc, 15 grandchildren, Anne Johnson, Joe (Ana) Slesar, Kate (Kasey) Stapleton, Gabriel (Aurora), Robert (Nicole), Patrick, Raphael, Colleen, James, Mary and Clare Slattery, Zachary Slattery, and Jason, Brian, and Kevin Walesh and 14 great-grandchildren, David, Mary, Daniel, and Luke Johnson, Bridget, Olympia and Francisco Stapleton, Claire, Adeline, Thaddeus, Antonia and Lukas Slattery and Katrina and Matthew Walesh.
Michael Peter Slattery, beloved grandson and son of John and Susan, who preceded her in death welcomes Dorothy into eternal life.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy will be celebrated 11 a.m., Monday, October 22 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church with Rev. Richard Cerpich and Deacon Michael Burch as celebrants. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Mausoleum. Family and friends may gather at the church, 1444 S. 11th St. on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers contributions to St. Peter Claver Parish are appreciated.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is serving the family.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com
Published in Sheboygan Press from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2012