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Dorothy Neumann

February 23, 1925 - August 10, 2019

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Dorothy A. Neumann, age 94, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at The Waterford under the tender care of hospice. Dorothy was born on February 23, 1925, the daughter of William and Clara (Riedel) Borchers in Chicago, IL. She received an education degree from Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL, in 1946 and was among the first women to graduate from that institution. Dorothy was united in marriage to George Neumann on December 28, 1946, in Chicago, after a three-year correspondence during WW2.

Dorothy (“Mom” and “Oma”) is remembered for her infectious laughter, especially during games of Uno with her grandchildren and celebrating unbirthdays. Mom loved chocolate and ice cream. She was a compassionate teacher, who saw the potential in every child who came through her classrooms in Illinois and California. Dorothy and George (“Schatzie”) were avid travelers and loved to craft jewelry together. Her relationship with Jesus was the center of her life, expressed through involvement in small group Bible studies, teaching confirmation classes for special needs students, and her generosity to others.

Dorothy is survived by her four sons: Paul (Jenny) of Spokane, WA, Rev. Mark (Joan) of Colby, WI, Joel (Brenda) of Chicago, IL, and Philip (Rosalyn Voget) of Mill Valley, CA; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Herb; and three grandchildren.

The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is entrusted with the local arrangements. A graveside service will be held in Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Family and friends may express condolences online at