TROY - Dorothea J. Henne, age 93, of Troy, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at her residence. She was born at her family farm in Houston, Ohio, on May 7, 1919, to the late Edward J. and Charlotte (Fessler) Lyons. She married John Louis Eberhart Henne on April 17, 1947, and they were married for 49 years and he preceded her in death on March 14, 1997. She previously was married to Dr. Clifford Fredrick Blacke on March 16, 1941, and he was killed in the military service in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II on Dec. 23, 1944.
Dorothea is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford and Jena Blacke of Piqua, and William and Terri Henne of Covington; one daughter and son-in-law, MaryAnn and Michael Burns of Chicago, Ill.; one sister, Jeanne Brandon of Versailles; 14 grandchildren, Atalie Gagnet, James Gagnet, Nicole (Chris) Rall, Tracy (Sid) Sosa, Thomas Burns, Andrew Burns, Zachary (Michelle) Henne, Nicholas (Jessica) Henne, Peter (Julie) Henne, Katrina (Thomas) Richard, Jerrod (Regina) Blacke, Carson (Jamie) Blacke, Graham Blacke and Katie Blacke; and 11 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters. Her many nieces and nephews fondly called her "Aunt Dot."
Dorothea was a 1937 graduate of Houston High School and enjoyed being on the girl's basketball team at the school. She was employed at the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, and later worked at the Miami County Court House in Troy. She was an active member at St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was a Girl Scout leader and den mother and was a long-time volunteer at Dettmer Hospital and the Upper Valley Medical Center. She loved to dance and laugh and had a passion for gardening.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy, with the Rev. Fr. James Duell officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Troy.
A visitation service will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, with a Rosary service at 5 p.m. at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy.
Contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy; or to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Condolences may be left for the family at www.