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Dorothy Decorah

April 22, 1919 May 4, 2019
Dorothy Decorah
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Obituary for Dorothy Decorah

Dorothy “Hįyųgįwį” Decorah, 100, passed away on May 4, 2019 at Atrium Senior Living in Black River Falls. She was born to Robert and Dora Greengrass April 22, 1919 at home in the Indian Mission. She married Ed Decorah and lived her entire life in the Black River Falls area.

Dorothy was a true Christian. She would drive 42 miles one-way on Sundays to Reaching Out ministries. She was a former member of Winnebago United Church of Christ, co-founder and lifetime member of the Andrew Blackhawk Legion Auxiliary, and also taught language for the Head Start program. In her mid-life, she spent time as a foster parent. Dorothy liked to do word puzzles, bead work, applique, and spent several years making traditional HoChunk crafts and baskets for Parsons Trading Post in Wisconsin Dells. Most of all Dorothy liked Pow Wows and loved to dance. She was a hard worker and once supervised a 5-man team who worked for the old “Green Thumb” project of Jackson County. Dorothy worked in the old pizza factory and sorted cranberries along the way. She did plenty of field work and also received the Women of History award for Jackson County in 1979.

She is survived by her children: Amos Kinglsey, Jr., Betty Kingsley, Nettie Kingsley, Wanda Mae Rose, Laverda Richter, Jouita Lynn Orozco and Richie (Tina) Brown; step-son Ed Decorah; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and special sister Velma Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Ed Decorah; infant daughter, Patricia; and son: Jerry “J.J.” Greengrass; brother: Donald I. Greengrass, Eugene Greengrass; sister: Dolly Greengrass; and half-brother: Norman Winnishiek.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at the Buswell Funeral Home with Reverand Allen Skroch officiating. Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Buswell Funeral Home and again on Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in the Decorah Cemetery. The Andrew Blackhawk Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a luncheon at the Mission Community Building for family and friends following the burial.

The Buswell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

6

May

5:00 PM 5/6/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/6/2019 7:00:00 PM
Buswell Funeral Home

106 S 2nd Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Buswell Funeral Home
106 S 2nd Street Black River Falls 54615 WI
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

7

May

10:00 AM 5/7/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 5/7/2019 12:00:00 PM
Buswell Funeral Home

106 S 2nd Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Buswell Funeral Home
106 S 2nd Street Black River Falls 54615 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Decorah Cemetery Final Resting Place

Black River Falls, WI 54615

Black River Falls 54615 WI
United States
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