Dorothy R. Schuemann, 100, Kokomo, formerly of Hobart, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in her home at North Woods Commons, Kokomo. Born Nov. 22, 1912, in Des Plaines, Ill., to Josephine (Geils) and Emil Rittmueller, Dorothy was blessed in celebrating her 100th birthday this past Thanksgiving Day with her loving family.
Dorothy graduated from Maine Township High School in Illinois and then attended business school at Northwestern University. On Aug. 25, 1940, she became the beloved wife of Virgil Schuemann, also of Des Plaines, Ill., who preceded her in death in 1983. She worked in Chicago as well as Gary for many years. Following Virgil’s service to the U.S. Navy in World War II, Dorothy and Virgil settled in Hobart, where Dorothy lived for more than 60 years, moving to Kokomo almost seven years ago. She was a charter member of the Hobart Presbyterian Church, an organist and choir member for that same church, was a hospital auxiliary member for over 35 years, and was an active member of the Hobart Garden Club. She was interested in community beautification through flower gardening, and enjoyed music, painting, sewing, needleworking and all forms of church work. Here in Kokomo she was a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church and was proud to be a member of The Kokomo Great Banquet No. 2.
Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Susan Burnett, Kokomo, and Jo Anne Collins (Cliff), Springfield, Va.; her grandchildren, Peter Collins (Audra), Carolyn Elliott (Mark), Bradley Burnett (Sheri), and Jennifer Ruiz (Carlos); her seven great-grandchildren, Jake Elliott, Brooke Elliott, Caleb Collins, Brayden Collins, Avery Collins, Marco Ruiz and William Burnett; her sister, Jeanette Brungess; and brother, James Rittmueller.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Marjorie.
A Christian memorial service, followed by a reception, celebrating Dorothy’s life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 W. Jefferson St. Pastor Joyce Harris will be officiating.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church or the charity of one’s choice. The family also wishes to give special thanks to all the Northwoods Commons staff members who have given their love and care so willingly to our cherished mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to be known forever as DeeDee, or The Deeds. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel is handling arrangements.