|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 2008|
January 22, 1919- January 21, 2008 Dorothy Brownsberger passed to eternal life at her residence at The Rose Estates in Overland Park, Kansas, on January 21, 2008. . one day shy of her 89th birthday. She was a woman who loved deeply and was deeply loved in return. She lived her faith.
Dorothy (nee Duewel) was born January 22, 1919, to Minnie Lillian Wally and Wallace Carl Duewel in Kansas City. She was raised in and spent most of her life in the Montrose, Missouri area. Minnie, her mother, was a homemaker and Carl, her father, operated a mechanic shop and was an accomplished Harley Davidson motorcycle racer. Dorothy's father passed when she was only six years old and she treasured her memories of him. Dorothy attended Montrose grade school and high school. Dorothy loved to dance and she met her future husband one rainy evening at a Montrose dance. Since it was raining, LeRoy Brownsberger, a farmer, did not have to work and was able to attend the dance. The story goes that Dorothy was trying to sit on the edge of a table, started to fall and LeRoy caught her and reassured her, "I won't let you fall." They fell in love and married on February 22, 1941. They were blessed with two children, Marsha and Walt. Dorothy and LeRoy enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Dorothy may have been small in stature but she was strong and never ceased to amaze her family. During this last year's Christmas celebration, Walt asked Dorothy to bless us and the meal the family was about to share. She promptly said the blessing in German, then she repeated it in English. She was so proud to have been given that honor and her family was so proud to have her as their "Queen Bee." Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband on October 7, 2004. Dorothy will be missed by her daughter, Marsha Thornburg of Appleton City, Missouri, and son, Walt Brownsberger and his wife Penny of Overland Park, Kansas. She is also survived by her six grandchildren Edie, Brenda, John, Bill, Donna, and Nick. There are nine great- grandchildren, Jon, Nicole, Madeline, Joseph, Noah, Marcello, Mariella, Christopher and Francesca. She is also survived by her brother, Wally Duewel and his wife Mary of Kansas City, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Martin Brownsberger of Montrose, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2008, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Montrose, Missouri. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church. The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care she received from Catholic Community Hospice and also the loving and nurturing care and friends she made at The Rose Estates in Overland Park, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Ludger's Historical Fund in Germantown, Missouri.
Published in the Kansas City Star on 1/23/2008.
Wallace Carl Duewel (1895 - 1924)
LeRoy Lawrence Brownsberger (1917 - 2004)*
Saint Mary's Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 23, 2008
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Added: Jan. 23, 2008