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Dorothy Lorraine LeMay Crotteau

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Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother
Dorothy Lorraine LeMay Crotteau of Orogrande, died May 18, 2009. She was 87.
The second of 11 children, Dorothy was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., on Feb. 20, 1922, the daughter of Chester A. LeMay and Sophia Johnson LeMay. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Agnes Knuth and Lillian Enerson, and three brothers, James LeMay, Clarence "Chet" LeMay, and Chester "Fizzer" LeMay. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Donald O. "Bud" Crotteau of Orogrande, N.M., Donna Crotteau Brandl and her husband William of Crozet, Va., Patricia Crotteau Tomlinson and her husband Robert of Junction City, Wis., and Nancy R. Crotteau of Alamogordo. She is also survived by her grandchildren Krista K. Brandl, John T. Brandl, and Mary Beth Brandl all of Charlottesville, Va., Jeffery M. Tomlinson of Stevens Point, Wis., and great-grandchildren Samantha and Ben Griego and Ryan Brandl all of Charlottesville, Va. She is survived by her sisters Irene LeMay Gross Steinke, Darlene "Dolly" LeMay Sering and her husband Norman all of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., June LeMay Tomczyk and her husband Dennis "Kelly" of Mosinee, Wis., Marie Jane LeMay and her husband Theodore "Dick," Kenneth LeMay and his wife Carol all of Rudolph, Wis., and numerous nieces and nephews.
A childhood bout of rheumatic fever caused extensive damage to her heart. Despite her illness, she graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., in 1943. She attended nursing school in Marshfield, Wis., but a second bout of rheumatic fever forced her to withdraw. On May 3, 1947, she and Bud were married at St. Phillips Catholic Church in Rudolph, Wis. His military career took them to many places - Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Germany. In 1978, she underwent open-heart surgery and received two stainless steel heart valves. She far outlived the 15 years of projected life expectancy.
If Dorothy regretted not having finished nursing school, she never complained. She was a homemaker. Her hands were always busy. She was skilled at crocheting and embroidery and made many items for friends and loved-ones. She was a great traveler and an avid reader. She was a kind, gentle, and sweet person, much beloved by her large family and many friends.
Dorothy's life was celebrated with Mass on Sunday, May 24, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., White Sands Missile Range Catholic Chapel. A Memorial Celebration was held on Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel, 2301 First Street, Alamogordo. In addition, a Memorial Service will be held in Wisconsin in June 2009 at St. Phillips Catholic Church.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Good Samaritan-Betty Dare Center, Alamogordo, for their loving and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dorothy's name to the Good Samaritan Society-Betty Dare, 3101 N. Florida Avenue, Alamogordo, NM 88310 (or via their website
The Crotteau family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 21 to June 9, 2009
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