Dorothy Gramberg

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She was a very strong and accomplished woman. She was my boss at Chicago Bridge and Iron for several years. I can say that through her encouragement I attended college and pursued a fulfilling career in Technology. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She will be in my prayers.

I am sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with you during your time of mourning. Isaiah 61:1,2 ; Matthew 5:4

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She was a lovely women! Loved to hear her stories of playing baseball! It truly was an honor to know her!

My deepest Condolences to the family of the late Dorothy Gramberg. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Dorothy's Obituaries

Dorothy Gramberg age 99 of Villa Park. Cherished daughter of the late Paul and Bertha Gramberg. Dearest friend of the late Lillian Wardill. Beloved sister of the late Eleanor (John) Kerr and Charles (Catherine) Gramberg. Dear aunt of Edward (Corrine) Gramberg, Robert Gramberg, Patricia (Joseph) Gaynor, the late Betty (Late Richard) Sullivan and the late Earl (Late Thea Nelle) Kerr. Also survived by several generations of nieces and nephews. Dorothy was a pioneer in women’s softball during the 1930s and 40s, predating the All American Professional Girls Baseball League. Born and raised in the south side neighborhood of Mt. Greenwood, Dorothy and her teammates traveled all over the city to play ball. She played first base for many prominent Chicago teams, including the Chicago Down Drafts, who were runners-up for the World Amateur Title at Soldier Field in 1938. The Down Drafts played many of their games at Schubert Field located at 74th and Aberdeen. The Down Drafts played many teams in 12 inch fast pitch, including their nemesis, the “Rivals”, sponsored by Rival Dog Food.  The family appreciates the loving care of Ethel Diomanpo for 14 years.Visitation on Saturday August 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. at Community Congregational Church 410 S. Cornell, Villa Park, IL. Interment Beverly Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to Community Congregational Church appreciated. Arrangements by Steuerle Funeral Home 630-832-4161 or

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