Dorothy Lucille Kasparek

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Dorothy Lucille Kasparek, 97, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Bluff Haven, Prairie du Chien. 

She was born May 16, 1919 on a farm near Luana, Iowa. She was the daughter of Frank and Leta (Rennpage) Nagel. When Dorothy was still very young, her family moved from Iowa to Wisconsin, settling on a farm on Dutch Ridge in Crawford County.

After completing her education, Dorothy moved to Prairie du Chien, where she was employed as a maid in some of the wealthiest homes in the community. As a maid, Dorothy learned to prepare and serve delicious three course meals.

On Nov. 23, 1939, Dorothy married Donald Kasparek in Elkader, Iowa. To this union, one child, Bernice, was born in 1943.

Dorothy enjoyed traveling with Donald and they visited many national parks in the Eastern and Western United States, especially the Civil War battlefields. On one trip they spent a month in Europe, visiting historic sites there. On another occasion they made a genealogical trip to the Czech Republic. Dorothy became interested in macramé, crocheting and ceramics and all her homes were decorated with beautiful ceramic figures she had created. Dorothy used the skills she learned as a maid to prepare delicious meals for her family. Nothing pleased Dorothy so much as stopping to chat with friends or relatives she met along the way.

She is survived by her husband, companion and helpmate of seventy-six years; her daughter, Bernice (Bob) Norman of Prairie du Chien; and although never adopted, loved as her own Marie L. Bunders of Arena; two grandchildren, Bubba and Derek Bunders; two sisters, Gladys Ertel of Prairie du Chien and Doris Oswald of Verona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters and five brothers.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, with a visitation one hour before services from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home on Friday.

Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossing Rivers Hospice in Prairie du Chien or donor’s choice.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, is helping the family with the arrangements. 

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