Dorothy M. StirewaltDorothy M. Stirewalt, 95 of Rhinelander, died peacefully on Sept. 29, 2013, at her home.
Dorothy M. Stirewalt, 95 of Rhinelander, died peacefully on Sept. 29, 2013, at her home. The photo above was taken on her 95th birthday.
She was born on May 5, 1918, in Duluth, to Arthur and Lydia (Helgemoe) Schletz.
Dorothy was no stranger to adversity and persevered through trials and tribulations throughout her life with a positive attitude, quick wit and deep faith. She cherished time spent caring for the elderly and for 17 foster children, two remained particularly close to her and always referred to her as their mom. For many years Dorothy regretted dropping out of high school, and when her three sisters returned to Duluth to participate in the Denfeld all school reunion, she completed high school graduation requirements so she could celebrate with them.
Dorothy was formerly a member of the Duluth Gospel Tabernacle, Bible Fellowship Church, Sebring, Fla., and more recently the Lakeland Assembly of God Church, Woodruff, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Alice (Ray) Teman; granddaughter Kristina; her husband of 17 years, Ray Stirewalt and husband of 48 years, Doran Swanson.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Robert Swanson of Duluth and daughter, Linda (David) Kunelius of Rhinelander; her grandchildren, David (Lisa) Kunelius, Michael (Julia) Kunelius; her great grandchildren, Jackson, Dillon, Kristiina and Dillon Kunelius. Dorothy is further survived by her sisters, Francis (Patrick) Lynch and Audrey (John) Pike, cousins, nieces and nephews, foster son, Emerick (Marlena) Hopp, and foster grandchildren Cindy and Billy Hopp.
The family is extremely appreciative of the loving care provided to Dorothy by the Rhinelander Ministry Home Care staff.
PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE: will be held. Cremation Society of Minnesota 218-624-5200
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