Dorothy J. Riemer
Milwaukee - Passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the age of 92 years. Beloved Wife of the late Norman.
Dorothy Riemer (Bartelt) was born on May 5, 1928 to Arthur and Clara Bartelt of Thiensville, WI. She was the youngest of four children, Arthur, Robert, and Elizabeth (Robinson). Dorothy graduated from Cedarburg High School and attended Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL until she married Norm Riemer on August 21, 1948. Dorothy was a partner in ministry with Norm serving as a primary grade teacher, organist and secretary at Lutheran congregations throughout the Midwest including St. John in Racine, WI, Zion in Chebanse, IL, St. Paul in Napoleon, OH, Emmanuel in Ft. Wayne, IN, St. Martini in Milwaukee, WI, St. John in Mayville, WI, Pilgrim in Green Bay, WI and Trinity, Milwaukee. She also served as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Adult Education for Concordia University, Wisconsin.
After she and Norm retired, she complemented Norm's older adult ministry by playing piano and organ at various nursing homes in the Milwaukee area. After Norm's death in 2003, Dorothy continued to serve the Lord by volunteering at Alexian Village in Milwaukee performing secretarial duties for a variety of departments. She became a resident at Alexian Village in 2013 until her death.
Norm and Dorothy raised three children, Virginia (John) Oberdeck, Kathleen (Dan) Victorson, and Victoria (Jim) Holbrook. All three daughters graduated from Concordia University, River Forest, IL and pursued teaching careers in Lutheran education. Dorothy is survived by her three children and their spouses as well as seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Dorothy loved music, feeding and watching the birds, her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who referred to her as "Grandma Great." Most of all, Dorothy loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the FUNERAL HOME from 4PM-7PM and continues on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at MT. CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH (2862 N. 53rd St.) from 10AM until the time of service at 11AM. Interment to follow at Wisconsin Memorial Park Cemetery.
In honor of Dorothy's ministry in Lutheran Education, memorials may be directed to the Concordia University Wisconsin Foundation with "Church Work Endowment" noted on the memo line.
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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2021.