Dorothy May Stumpe
1918 - 2012
Dorothy May Stumpe, nee Horstick, 93, Washington, lost her battle with acute leukemia Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, and leaves a legacy in community service.

Born on Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice Day, marking the ending of World War I, in Richmond, Kan., where she also attended grammar school and high school. Her B.S. home economics degree was received at Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (1942) and her M.S. home economics degree was received at the University of Missouri (1970).

Mrs. Stumpe had been an environmentalist for most of her 93 years. At 15 she created a windbreak, by relocating invasive cedar saplings from a cemetery to the north side of her family's farm, which is credited for saving that farm from a tornado. She received the 4-H Best Conservation Award, State of Kansas (1933).

During the Depression in 1933, she was the first woman to ever receive the American Grand Championship for her calf at the American Royal. Selling the calf for "an unheard of price of $1/lb." she bought a college education and a gold watch now on display at the Richmond, Kan., Museum.

Her master's thesis was titled, "Acquisition, Utilization, and Disposition of Used Clothing." In 1984-1985 she was an interviewer for the University of Missouri Center for Aging Studies on effects of flooding and dioxin contamination on Missourians located in east central Missouri. And, she raised two children to be environmentalists.

Just as her mother created the 4-H Club, Mrs. Stumpe began to pay back to 4-H and her community by starting the Washington 4-H Club for her children in 1960. She was a club leader and/or project leader for over 50 years.

Her youth work focused on herbs, knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, electricity, crafts, home improvement, conservation and community service.

She was honored by her induction to Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, University of Missouri (1998), Naomi Crouch 4-H Leadership Award (2000), and the Missouri 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame (2008).

For community betterment, she was servant, steward and leader. Organizations included the Professional Home Economics Club of Franklin County; co-chairman of the Home Economics Department at the Washington Town and Country Fair (1960-1985); president of Washington Preservation, Inc. (where she helped restore the freight depot, Kohmueller homestead, hosted a living history day with re-enactors of the Civil War, planted an herb garden and organized annual Christmas house tours); and president for three years of the American Association of University Women.

In addition, she belonged to Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1944 and its church organizations, where she is known for her presentations on "Herbs of the Bible," "Women's Veils" and "The Life of Martin Luther."

Her farm girl work ethic was demonstrated throughout her life. She was a waitress at the Toddle House in Omaha, Neb. (1940), teacher at Prescott Rural High School (1942-1944), investigator for insurance claims in Washington (1960s), teacher at R-7 East Franklin Elementary (1956-1966), teacher of homebound children (1969), teacher of home economics and social studies at the Meramec Valley School System (1966-1980), substitute teacher in several local schools (1980-1985), surveyor of home accidents in Franklin County for a MU Ph.D. student (circa 1980), licensed real estate agent with Coldwell Banker (1982-1985), in-home service employee with the North East Community Action Corporation (1991-2000), and was manager and bookkeeper for the family businesses of Washington Excavating and Hauling, Inc., Stumpe Motor, Stumpe Development and Dorothy Stumpe Business (1972-2012).

Mrs. Stumpe was ambitious and talented in personal activities and crafts. She traveled to Europe with a University of Missouri group in 1970 and was an avid reader of books from the public library. Her favorite book was "Three Cups of Tea." She also enjoyed the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Missouri Conservationist, Mother Earth and Quilter's Newsletter.

She made handcrafted prairie dolls, potholders and annual Christmas ornaments as gifts to friends. Baking, sewing, quilting and gardening brought joy to many. Grandchildren think she is famous for her onion bread. Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren each adore their quilt.

Mrs. Stumpe retained a strong national patriotism. She married Cpl. Clarence Frank Stumpe June 5, 1944, in Richmond, Kan., the day before D-Day of the Normandy Landing in World War II. While Clarence was in the service, they lived in Galena, Kan., and Camp Crowder as she got a job sewing chevrons on Army uniforms, patches on olive green heavy-torn comforters and changing uniforms into an Eisenhower style.

After Clarence's active duty, they made their home in Washington. She worked at voting polls beginning in 1955, was active in the Republican Women's Organization and won the first-place Bicentennial Award for her needlepoint sampler displaying U.S. flags.

She was a U.S. census worker in three phases of the 1990 census and two phases of the 2000 census. She is listed in "Who's Who of American Women" (Marquis 18th Edition) and was the featured cover story in the Washington Missourian's Senior LifeTimes, July 2011.

Mrs. Stumpe is the daughter of Myrtle Wagner (12/6/1887 - 9/7/1987, born in Muscatine, Iowa) and Harry Cornelius Horstick (8/11/1883 - 7/5/1959, born in Harrisburg, Pa.). She was born in the same farmhouse, where her parents were married in Richmond, Kan. - the home of grandparents John and Julia Wagner.

She and Clarence Frank Stumpe (12/13/08 - 5/7/1992, born in Washington) were married for nearly 48 years and blessed with two children and their spouses, the late Lester Allen Stumpe (11/11/1949 - 3/7/2010) and wife Marcia Mauter, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Ruth Brent Tofle and husband Marvin Tofle, Columbia.

Mrs. Stumpe is survived by five grandchildren, Meagan Stumpe Mauter and husband Daniel Colvard, Melissa Stumpe Mauter, Justin Stumpe Mauter, Jessica Brent Breed and husband Tom Breed and Jonathan Edward Brent and wife Alicia Bridges Brent; and five great-grandchildren, Laura Anne Breed, John Edward Breed, Mark Lester Breed, Mae Josephine Brent and Jane Leona Brent.

She was the sister of the late William Wagner Horstick, and leaves her brother, Edwin Harry Horstick, Richmond, Kan. Her nephews and nieces and their spouses are Arthur and Kathy Winters, Walter and Belva Winters, Mary Jane and Richard Brinker, Grace and Tim Bertholdi, Jerry and Linda Horstick, Tom and Linda Horstick and Kathleen Horstick. She will be missed by generations of 4-H children.

In lieu of flowers, suggested charitable contributions may be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 214 W. Fifth Street, Washington, MO 63090; Washington Historical Society, P.O. Box 146, Washington, MO 63090; Missouri 4-H Foundation, Stumpe-Tofle Endowment, 819 Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211; University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences, Stumpe-Tofle Fund, 137 Stanley Hall, Columbia, MO 65211; Richmond Community Museum Association, P.O. Box 284, Richmond, KS 66080, or a fund to support women in need or environmentalism.

Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 3, from 4-8 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church narthex, 214 W. Fifth St., Washington.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the church with a graveside service and luncheon following.
Published by The Missourian on Feb. 1, 2012.
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I remember her well but did not kknow of all her fine accomplishments. I knew she was a hard worker and I knew her for many years. If more people were like her possibly this would be a better world for all. Lets take her as an example of how to live our lives. God bless u my friend. We shall meet again ojala ..Rex Schmidt Costa Rica
Rex Schmidt
March 1, 2012
I had Miss Stumpe for 8th grade Home economics. Too this day the only knit stitch I know is the one she taught. RIP. Janet Lubbers Higgins
Janet Lubbers-Higgins
February 22, 2012
Mrs. Stumpe was my teacher in 1967 at pacific jr high. She was extremely different, she wanted and cared about teaching and us learning. unlike some today.
Belinda West
February 10, 2012
"70 years is our life span--80 years with special mightiness." (Psalms 90:10) Dorothy had 93 years of special mightiness. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of the times you spent together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Patricia Jenkins
February 10, 2012
Mrs. Stumpe was my Grandmother's best friend (Alice Sands). I remember going to see Mrs. Stumpe at her home on 5th street, she always dug up flowers and herbs to send home with us. I think that is the start of my love for gardening. She will be missed by many.
Joyce Schnarr
February 9, 2012
stephen miller
February 8, 2012
I learned to sew and cook in her Home Economics class at Pacific Jr. High. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed.
Cindy (Stallings) Koppelmann
February 8, 2012
My grandpa Clarence Stumpe used to say it was important to work hard and have a lot of "pep." He certainly married the right woman when he picked Dorothy. I will miss so much about her: the warm breads, infinite art projects, unflagging work ethic (we were never bored at her house!) and her knack for telling great stories. I know she'll continue to figure in our family stories for generations to come.
Jessica Breed
February 7, 2012
Gary Steen
February 7, 2012
Thank you for your beautiful responses regarding my mother's passing. She was an amazing teacher with qualities beyond what can be listed in an obit. She grew up on a farm during the Depression-- so hard work and being resourceful were practiced out of necessity. But even when funds were more available, she continued to take these lessons and values to a heightened level. Her world view was to "live in concert with nature" and to treat individuals with diverse customs and cultures and economic means with respect. In particular, she saw education as the way to advance. For those of us who she has touched, our challenge is to "pay it forward"--and this would make her very happy. Thank you.
Ruth Tofle (nee Stumpe)
February 5, 2012
Clearly, her granddaughter Meagan is following in her steps.
David & Lynn Colvard
February 5, 2012
WOW! What a truly Amazing Lady.
wish you would have shared some of these stories with us. My Home Economics
teacher. You always made us smile, class was always fun and filled with laughter. I will never forget the fun ways you had us to rember things, " when the ships go out to sea...", and the
Great Sweing Machine Threading Races.
You will be missed. I am honored to have had you as one of my teachers.
Thank you for all you have done.
Chris Herbst
February 5, 2012
A great lady for sure, she will be missed. I remember her from high school.
She was so kind.
Steve Mooney
February 4, 2012
Mrs. Stumpe taught me many years ago in Pacific. If one could be only part of a person that she was, we would be amazing.
La Vette Cone
February 3, 2012
My husband, Doug, and I met Dorothy in 1992. She and I were roomates at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis County. She had a small tumor in her spine and I was being treated for MS. A few years after, we moved from St. Louis County to Franklin County. We continued to have contact with her for years. She was the most wonderful hostess, making us always feel as if we were such treasured guests. I think maybe this was her secret. She valued people and made them feel important. She is precious and will be missed!
Toni and Doug Randall
Toni Randall
February 2, 2012
Mrs. Stumpe was my eight grade english teacher. She had her work cut out, to just get english thru our thick heads. Somehow, she did it. She knew how to control the class and was very good at it. She was an amazing woman.
Mark Coleman
February 2, 2012
Ruth--I am so sorry that I was out of town. My visit at the hospital with your mother was most precious! To hear her proclaim Jesus as her Saviour (as I already knew He was), was confirming to me that He lives, and that we can all look forward to the Grand Reunion someday with God and our families in heaven. Love and Prayers to all of you. Sincerely,

Ron Cowan
February 2, 2012
Dorothy Stumpe was a master teacher and beloved friend. Her dauntless pioneer spirit combined rare intelligence with true compassion and strong faith. Her remarkable talents were devoted to leading by personal example in generous service to others.

The gift of time shared with her was a true delight. Her energy and enthusiasm for our mutual intersts was contagious (herbs, gardening, sewing and history whether Biblical, familial, regional or national). We shared many cups of herb tea and pulled many weeds. Thank you, Dorothy, for bringing inspiration and joy to any task!

My sorrow at her passing is but a dim reflection of the love she gave. Prayers and deepest sympathy to her dear daughter and all her family who were ever the center of her great heart!
Carol Eichling
February 2, 2012
Mrs. Stumpe was my eighth grade teacher at EFCS, and I loved her. She made a shy kid feel special. What I didn't know until now is what a dynamic and interesting life she led. It is my privilege to say that I knew her. My sympathy to her family.
Linda Redeffer
February 2, 2012
My most heartfelt condolences on this sad loss. To put it simply, I loved Mrs. Stumpe. I work in the commercial lines department of the local insurance agency that took care of her business coverage. We worked side by side on many aspects of her coverage and became fast friends. I remember her coming into the office one day just to say "thank you" for some help I'd given her and she presented me with one of her wonderful hand-stitched prairie dolls. I'll treasure it as a reminder of this kind and thoughtful friend. Thank YOU, Mrs. Stumpe, for being such a wonderful example and friend to me.
Brenda Meyer
Brenda Meyer
February 1, 2012
Dear family,
I was just now reading the Missourian on-line--as I frequently do, having grown up in Franklin County--and noticed that Mrs. Stumpe had passed. I wanted to send condolences.
I have often thought of Mrs. Stumpe, for you see, she was my eighth grade teacher at East Franklin R-7. There are a number of memories, and I hope that I do not reduce you to boredom but wanted to share some with you.
Mrs. Stumpe was an outstanding teacher and she contributed to my expertise in English grammar and usage; I became an English teacher myself and taught for 25 years at Sikeston, Missouri, beginning in the eighth grade! She had this unique mannerism as she would work on our drills; if someone were to answer incorrectly after she had diligently reviewed with us, she would say something to the effect of "Kersplash, you go into the bear pit!" and possibly even playfully toss a chalkboard eraser in the direction of the offender.
I was very interested in the Spelling Bee competition during 7th and 8th grades, and one year she drove me and two or three female students to observe a regional-type contest, I believe at Warrenton.
Mrs. Stumpe made certain that we were knowledgeable of Missouri history and we created notebooks of many details; I believe that's probably the first time I had been made aware of the "Missouri Bootheel," which of course is pretty much where I now live. I'm thinking that there was some kind of state-required Missouri history exam for eighth graders to pass before being allowed to graduate and move on to high school--or, at least, that's what we were led to believe, ha!
Without a doubt, my most favorite memory was our group reading, aloud or at least some of it aloud, of Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol. We finished shorty before Christmas that year (I'm sure that was by design) and when we went home for Christmas break, the movie was shown on television. I absolutely loved it, and still do to this day!
To Mrs. Stumpe, to borrow the line, "Thanks for the memories!"
Stanley Bandermann
February 1, 2012
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