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Dorthea Vivian Ball
Birth: Sep. 13, 1918
Death: Jan. 21, 1946

Dorthea passed when I was a baby so my memories are family stories. She spent a lot of time in the hospital as she suffered from complications of diabetes. My two older sisters remember us children playing near a pond located on the hospital grounds. I have many occasions to drive past this hospital and view the pond and I can visualize our playing there.

One of my treasures is a little brown leather autograph book signed by many of her doctors and other caregivers.

"Dear Dorothy, I hope you have no dislike for doctors who are always poking needles into your veins - Good luck! Dr D.A. Guthiel"

"Dear Dorothy, To the sweatest pt 2 West has ever had. I hope she stays that way. Annemarie"

"Dear Dorothy, Now that we've gotten you out of coma I hope we can keep you (that) way - so that you can visit us as a friend instead of as a patient. Joseph S. Dewitte, M.D."

Most of these entries are from 1939 and 1940. For doctors and other hospital staff to take the time and write with such meaning shows me what kind of a person I never got to meet.

Dorthea won ribbons for her sewing and crocheting.

Her grave remained unmarked for many years, but circumstances allowed me to have a marker made with scrap granite some 50 years after her death.

She was much loved and missed by her sister Janice. 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Ball (1894 - 1991)
  Tassie May Parsons Ball (1893 - 1920)
 
 Siblings:
  Woodrow Wilfred Ball (1915 - 2009)*
  Janice A Ball Haessly (1917 - 1995)*
  Dorthea Vivian Ball (1918 - 1946)
  Adolph H Ball (1921 - 2006)**
  Susanna Lillian Ball Stachera (1923 - 2012)**
  Ruth M Ball Luethi (1926 - 2001)**
  Joseph William Ball (1929 - 2009)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum
Milwaukee
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Blk 1 Sec 4 Row 6 Grave 12
 
Created by: Judy H
Record added: Feb 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24838183
Dorthea Vivian Ball
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Dorthea Vivian Ball
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Dorthea Vivian Ball
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- Lora Peppers
 Added: Aug. 6, 2013
I lost my mother also due to complications from diabetes. Rest in peace Dorthea.
- ValSG
 Added: Aug. 5, 2013

- gm33
 Added: Aug. 5, 2013
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