Doris M. Gantzer, 91, of Valparaiso, formerly of Kenosha,
Wis. passed away peacefully Friday, January 2, 2009 at the VNA Hospice with
her son Jeff and “daughter” in-law Terry at her side.
She was born March 16, 1917 in Kenosha, Wis. the daughter of
George C. and Mary (Leuck) Friedl, both of whom preceded her in
On August 22, 1942 at Mt. Horeb, Wis. she married Verne
Gantzer who preceded her in death on April 4, 1980.
Doris is survived by two sons, Jim (YangXiao Li) Gantzer of
Sheboygan, Wis. and Jeff (Terry) Gantzer of Valparaiso; three grandchildren,
Andrea (Dr. Jeff) Wright of Fishers, Dan of Cincinnati, Ohio and Greg of
Valparaiso; special friend, Ann Fogel and lifelong friend Vene Cermack,
numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Timothy; four
brothers, Cletus, Carl, George and Jack Friedl and two sisters, Mariel White
and Jane Dreibillia.
Doris was a lifelong resident of Kenosha until she relocated
to Valparaiso in 2005 to be with her family. She resided at the Pines
Village Retirement Center where she was an active resident with many senior
friends. Doris graduated with a Nursing Degree from St. Therese School of
Nursing in Waukegan, Ill. and continued with a BS from DePaul University in
Chicago. Doris was the director of Nursing of the Kenosha County VNA where
she proudly retired in 1979. She was a member of the St. Therese Alumni, the
St. Mary’s Church Friendly Center and Senior Citizens in Kenosha.
She enjoyed volunteering when ever needed at the Shalom
Center and INNS program in Kenosha. Doris loved to travel with friends and
took many vacations with her son Jeff and his family. They went river
rafting down the Rio Grande at Big Bend N.P. and went through Everglade N.P.
on an air boat. Doris would challenge anything once and spent 29 years of
retirement enjoying bridge, earning Bridge Master Status, knitting, reading,
ceramics, crossword puzzles, cooking and baking for friends and family. Her
three grandchildren were her pride and joy, spending time with school events
and many milestones.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 10, from 9 until 11 a.m.
with the Funeral Service at 11 a.m. both at Hansen-Landman Funeral Home in
A Celebration of Life Service will be from 1-2 p.m. Sunday,
Jan. 11 at the Pines Retirement Center, 3307 Pines Village Circle,
Memorials may be made to the VNA Hospice Center of Porter