Doris J. Dorshorst

Doris J. Dorshorst, 93, Columbus, passed away Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.

She was born Jan. 26, 1924, at her parents’ farm in Hubbleton, the youngest child of Ervin and Christine (George) Haberman. She married Donald J. “Bud” Dorshorst Sept. 30, 1944, and was a true and loyal partner to him until his death in 1992. They farmed, first in Deerfield then, in 1954, moving to their own farm in Columbus. Together they raised 11 children.

To say that family was important to Doris is an understatement. She spent her life providing unending love and support to her husband, children, 28 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Her patience knew no limits as she somehow made each child feel as if they were a blessing and were her most treasured favorite.

Even with such a large family, Doris made time to volunteer in the schools, with hospice organizations, area nursing homes and St. Jerome Parish. Beyond that, Doris unselfishly and compassionately provided care to any in the community who needed help. Doris was a devoted member of St. Jerome Parish since 1954 and truly lived her faith. For the last 25 years of her life, Doris lived in a wonderfully supportive apartment community where she enjoyed playing cards, watching the Badgers or Packers games and socializing with those she considered to be her second family. Recently she moved to Home Again in Cambridge, where she quickly made additional friends.

Doris was a talented seamstress, sewing clothes and quilts for all her children. She was a wonderful cook who loved sharing her cookies or a dish of custard with family and friends. She was also an artist, leaving us with many beautiful and cherished paintings and works of art.

Doris is survived by 10 of her children: Sharon (Bill) Stickford, Sue (Dave) Ebert, John (Angie) Dorshorst, Becky (Roger) Weisensel, Jean (Jerry) Kaminski, Yvonne (Dennis) Lindl, Peggy (Mark) Roessler, Chris Dorshorst, Dawn Rottinghaus and Jim (Christine) Dorshorst; and by her son-in-law, Joe Fry. She is further survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sister, Marion Stuntebeck; many sisters- and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her husband; parents; daughter, Gail Fry; sisters, Bernadine Skalitzky and Angela Gmeinder; and brother, Gerald Haberman.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at St. Jerome Church. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jerome Parish or to the Columbus Senior Center. Rest in peace, dear mother. You’re an angel now.