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Dorothy Schwinkendorf dies at 95

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Dorothy M. Schwinkendorf, 95, of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009 at Life Care Center of Willows, she was a long time resident of Pines Village Assisted Living.

She was born August 20, 1913 in Chicago, the daughter of William and Hilda (Hansen) Brady, both of whom preceded her in death.

On June 13, 1934 she married Harold Thorgren who preceded her in death in 1956. She then married Howard Schwinkendorf on July 15, 1959 in Valparaiso. He preceded her in death in 2000.

She is survived by five children, Judith Nagel of Chicago, Candy (Robert) Crone of Chesterton, Karen (Ray) Silhavy of Valparaiso, Laura Anderson of Fla. and Edward (Rosemary) Schwinkendorf of Valparaiso; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Schwinkendorf; son-in-law, Orval Anderson; two sisters and two brothers.

She graduated from Bowen High School in Chicago and went on to work at Indiana General as a steel inspector for 25 years, retiring in 1973. She was an active member of Heritage Lutheran Church and enjoyed going to Bible study at Liberty Bible Church.

She also enjoyed her family, traveling, dancing and pinochle.

Funerals services, Rev. Joseph Ostafinski officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19 at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with visitation before the service from 9-11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Pines Village Good Samaritan Fund.


Posted 3/16/2009