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Dorothy Catherine SCHADEGG

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Dorothy Catherine SCHADEGG Obituary
October 30, 1909 ~ November 24, 2012 After living an amazing, vibrant 103 years, Dorothy Catherine (Murphy) Schadegg went home to be with the Lord on November 24, 2012, at United Hospital, St. Paul, following a stroke. Unbelievably, she was still driving, attending card club, volunteering and living independently. Dorothy was born in St. Paul, MN, to Edward and Antoinette (Mikesh) Murphy, attended St. James Elementary School and Central High School. With her secretarial training, she found work during the depth of the Depression and at 22 years of age provided the sole income for her widowed mother and 11-year-old sister, Arlene. She continued to work as an executive secretary for The Travelers, Smith-Dunn Company, Ford Motor Power and the Kraft-Dart Corporation, retiring while still youthful at 75 years of age. In 1952, Dorothy married Joseph F. Schadegg, enjoying over twenty years of happiness with him until his untimely death in 1973. While they had no children, they filled their life with work, family celebrations, friendships, square-dancing, card-playing, bird hunting, and building a lovely cabin on Gull Lake where they hosted many friends and enjoyed fishing and lake activities. At 75, Dorothy followed her heart and began her second career - volunteering at United Hospital, St. Paul, recording over 5,200 hours and 25 years working in the business office. Over those years, she famously sewed over 1700 Christmas stockings for the newborn holiday babies to go home tucked safely inside. One of the happiest times of her life was celebrating her 100th birthday "Mancini-style" with family and friends, and then a second time with the United Hospital community, as she was honored for her generous spirit and years of service to others. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe, and almost all of her early associates and friends. Dorothy is survived by her sister, Arlene Murphy Tauer; one niece, Stephanie Tauer Travis (Stuart), three nephews: John E. Tauer (Nancy), Greg J. Tauer, and Michael M. Tauer; 11 great-nieces and nephews, 9 great-great nieces and nephews. Dorothy was considered the grand matriarch of the extended Tauer and Travis families. Every shared meal included her fond, often tearful "And God Bless Family!" Friends are invited to attend the Visitation to be held at Kessler & Maguire Funeral Home, 640 W. 7th Street, St. Paul, on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4 - 8 PM. Visitation from 10 -11 AM will precede the Funeral Mass on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis de Sales, 650 Palace Avenue, St. Paul. After the Mass, burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, with a reception to follow in the St. Francis de Sales Social Hall. Memorials may be forwarded to The Little Sisters of the Poor, St Paul (651-227-0336). Arrangements by Kessler & Maguire Funeral Home, 640 W. 7th, St. Paul, 651-224-2341 or www.kesslermaguire.com.


Published in Pioneer Press from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2012
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