Dorothea Peper passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Agrace Hospice, Fitchburg after a short illness.
Dorothea was born December 25, 1925 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin to Albert and Lydia Steinweg. She was baptized at home on December 26, 1925 by Rev. Hardt. She attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Reedsburg High School.
Dorothea married Raymond Peper on May 27, 1945, the son of August and Anna Peper by Rev. John Mager. God blessed them with two daughters, Dolores and Sharon.
Sixteen years were spent operating the Ela Home Farm in Rochester. Dorothea started a career in the women’s wear department at the Big Store, Reedsburg. After moving to Rochester she continued her career as a buyer for Elsie’s Inc. in Burlington for over 30 years.
Ray and Dorothea were members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Waterford. Dorothea served as a member of Ladies Aid, LWML, and Friendship Group. She taught Sunday school and served on the Board of Education. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and sew quilts for missions and “Quilts for Kids”. For the past several years, Pastor Tim Anderson was Dorothea’s spiritual leader.
Survivors include her daughter Sharon (Dennis) Kolodziej; grandchildren Renee (Ray) Young, Amy (Chris) West, April (Kevin) Conkey, Ross (Miriam) Kolodziej, Ryan (DeAnn) Kolodziej, Robb (Britta) Kolodziej; great-grandchildren AJ (Erinn) Hayden, Austin (Emily Dunk) Hayden, Brittany West, Alex (Melina) West, Elizabeth, Taylor, Asher, Abram, Alek and Aldo Kolodziej; great-great-grandchildren Brody, Blake, and Hallie Hayden and Mae West.
Dorothea was preceded in death by her husband Ray; daughter Dolores; her parents; and siblings Bruno, Henry, Ernst, Albert, Connie; and sisters Alma, Ruth and Lydia.
Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at the Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg. A celebration of life service will be held at 4:00 P.M. with Pastor Kevin Conkey officiating.
Private family graveside service will be held on Monday at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Waterford, WI.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Rainbow Preschool of St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 145 S. 6th St., Waterford, WI 53185 or Agrace Hospice at Agrace Foundation, 5395 E Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.
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