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February 19, 2018
I met Dorothy as a 4th grader who signed up to take piano lessons through the Milwaukee public schools. It was an odd arrangement in those days...what you would call group lessons with a twist. We all sat at tables and had wooden piano keyboards which were constructed by the students in the shop class at Hamilton high school. In the room was one piano. During the course of the lesson, we each "fingered" our songs on the wooden keyboards patiently waiting our one turn on the acoustic piano! After two years of this arrangement, Dorothy asked me to take private lessons at her home. I knew she took a classical approach to piano and I really wanted a teacher who let me play Disney, pop tunes, and music for church offertories, so I opted to take private lessons from my pastor's wife for two years. Then, I moved on to another teacher for an additional 2 years. Finally, I realized I was ready for Dorothy's classical approach, so I took private lessons from her in high school. I think I surprised her my senior year when I finally admitted to her that I was going to major in music. I kept it a secret from her because I was afraid she would work me too hard to get ready for the audition! I was accepted into the music program and got my degree in piano. At that time I decided I didn't want to teach piano, so I went forward and got a degree in elementary education as well as a masters in teaching. After 8 years teaching for Chicago Public Schools, I decided to stay home with my kids and become a private piano teacher. In my mid-30's and 40's I reconnected with Dorothy and took another 4 years of private lessons with her. I will treasure the time we spent together. Later when she stopped teaching, I would pick her up for lunch at Culver's. I am so grateful for Dorothy. She really invested so much in me. Her legacy really goes on through my piano teaching. Thanks, Dorothy!
February 18, 2018
Dorothy did influence me. She taught me piano while I was a student at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in the early 1960's. Before that, I watched Dorothy playing the organ and directing the choir at OLQP in which my mother sang for years. In 1966, Dorothy and I sat beside each other during summer rehearsals for the Fifth International Church Music Congress. Dorothy traveled with my aunt to Europe in late 1950's I think. Dorothy gave piano lessons to my nephews in her home during the 1980's and 90's. Thanks in part to Dorothy's influence, I became, not a piano player but a singer, singing first and foremost in church choir for the Latin Tridentine Community as well other local choruses.
I will have a Tridentine Mass said for the repose of Dorothy's soul. One can only imagine how many Masses including Nuptial Masses and Requiem Masses Dorothy played/sang for in her lifetime.
February 17, 2018
When I first moved to Milwaukee in 1959, I sought a church choir to sing in. Then 16 years old, I joined the choir at Our Lady Queen of Peace, directed by Dorothy. Although I had played organ in my small home town, I had never really been in a choir that had a "real" organist. Dorothy was an inspiration, and she accompanied part of my junior voice recital at UWM in 1963. I have seen Dorothy a couple of times over the years, and those brief meetings were always marked by her warmth and the twinkle in her eye. I know that she influenced many people with her skills, professionalism, and the quality of her life.