Dorothy Elaine Weick, of Lake City, passed away on October 19. Memorial service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, December 28, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lake City. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the funeral at church.
Dorothy was born in Mt. Morris, Waushara County, WI in October 1935 to Martin and Margaret Priebe. She was so tiny when she was born that her grandmother kept her warm in the oven. She was the eldest of 6 children growing up on a farm and learning all there is from raising crops, animals, and driving machinery. She attended a Lutheran high school, Winnebago Academy. After graduating high school, she attended a teacher’s college in Concordia, Illinois. Because of the shortage of teachers, she was put into an accelerated program and graduated early. She went to Lake City, MN in 1954 where she taught at St. John’s in a one room schoolhouse. Many of her students are still living in the Lake City area today.
She met and married Harold Weick of Lake City in 1955 and stopped teaching in order to raise her quickly growing family. After her children started school at St. Johns, Dorothy worked at the Sears office in Lake City as the teletypist, handling the orders that were sent out. After Sears closed, Dorothy went back to school for nutrition and was hired by the Lake City hospital where she worked as a dietary assistant until her retirement.
Dorothy was very strong in her Lutheran faith and was involved in many areas of church life including volunteering at the school as the treasurer, Ladies Aid, Altar Guild, Lutheran Girl Pioneers, and many other aspects that are too numerous to list. She was also very involved throughout her years in the Lake City community including her many card clubs, Sportsman’s Club, bowling leagues - typically in some type of leadership position.
She was a second mom to all of her children’s friends and remains beloved by them. Dorothy spent her latter years tending to others who needed rides to doctor appointments, checking in on the residents at the nursing home and playing bingo, membership in the Sr. Citizen’s club in town, and just checking with people over the telephone because she had thought of them. She loved sending cards to all and she loved receiving them. She was close with her family members living in Wisconsin and drove regularly to attend confirmations, weddings, funerals, and just to visit, especially with her two sisters with whom she had a very close relationship.
Dorothy was an adventurous traveler. The family went on numerous camping trips and later, she traveled around the states with her family, and also with her sisters and their spouses, seeing practically every state, including Hawaii and Alaska. She visited Ecuador, Canada, and various countries in Europe and the Caribbean.
She is survived by her daughter Lisa McKay of Owatonna, MN, son Harold (Joanne) of Louisville, KY, and Mary Brady (Bill Chalmers) of Key West, FL. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Ryan McKay of Bozeman, MT, Kyle McKay of Ankeny, IA, Katherine McKay of Mechanicsburg, PA, Olivia Brady of Arlington, VA, and Sam Weick (Dalisha) of Fayetteville, NC, and one great grandchild, John Edward Weick. She is survived by two sisters: Audrey Kelma and Gerri Kono, both of Ripon, WI; and her sister-in-law Dorothy Kostuch of Menomonie, WI. She is survived by numerous extended family and friends who love her dearly and will miss her tremendously. Her husband Harold Weick Sr. and daughter Wendy Weick preceded her in death, along with her parents, a brother, two sisters, and her brothers-in-law.
Donations in Dorothy’s name are appreciated for St. John’s Lutheran elementary school and the St. Johns Ladies Aid in Lake City. The address is 520 W. Chestnut, Lake City, MN 55041. Or, a donation to Homestead Hospice at 2350 NW 26th St in Owatonna, MN 55060 is also appreciated.
And the Lord said “Well done my faithful servant”.
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