DANVILLE — Dorothy E. Dickelman, 99, of Danville, passed away on March 4, 2014.
She was born Aug. 11, 1914, in Danville, the daughter of Edward and Mayme Buy Atwood.
She married William “Bill” Dickelman on June 5, 1937, in Danville; he preceded her in death.
She is survived by her son, John E. (wife, Babs) Dickelman of Cement City, Mich.; her daughter, Carol A. (husband, Gary) Swank; her grandchildren, Michele (husband, Sel) Arocho of Gardenia, Calif., Tina (husband, Dave) Szarenski of Saginaw, Mich., and Andrea (Scott) Ligler of Noblesville, Ind.; her great-grandchildren, Hayden and Kaitlyn Szarenski, Rilee and Joshua Ligler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brother, Earl Atwood.
Dorothy attended Eastern Illinois University and later graduated from Indiana State. She was an elementary school teacher for 27 years in District 118; she taught third grade at Elmwood School. She belonged to The Business Professional Women’s Club, The Danville Garden Club and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Dorothy was a lifetime member of Central Christian Church, where she took part in the Co-Wed Class. She was a deacon, a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, and she also taught Sunday school classes. Dorothy volunteered at Provena United Samaritan’s gift shop and she served Meals on Wheels to people in need. She also enjoyed her down time where she would play bridge, sew, knit and work in her garden. Above all else, Dorothy loved her family, and she will be sorely missed by anyone who was fortunate enough to have known her.
Special thanks to Hawthorne Inn of Danville for all of their care and support. A sincere “thank you” to the four ladies from Hospice.
A private family service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, at Central Christian Church.
Memorial donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to The Central Christian Church Foundation. Please join the Dickelman Family in sharing memories, pictures and videos of Dorothy’s life on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.