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05/28/1923 — 06/04/2009
From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Allenstein Germany
Maria Dorsch, 86, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother died June 4, 2009 at home in West Richland due to complications of Alzheimer's. She was born May 28, 1923 in Reuschagen, Germany to Joseph and Ottilia Otta. She married Joseph Dorsch October 26, 1942. In 1951 they, along with their young daughter and son immigrated to the United States and settled in St. Joseph, MN where she lived for 52 years before she moved to WA in 2003 to live with her daughter.
Maria was a very caring person and always looking for a reason to laugh. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, needlepoint, quilting, gardening and she made the best pickles. She is survived by her daughter Maria David Schwegel of West Richland; son Norbert Helen Dorsch of Monticello, MN; 6 grandchildren: Casey fiancee Jil Crosier, Lisa Sherman, Jaime Jenn and Mark ¬Stephen of West Richland, Michael Janey of Orange, TX and Tony Dorsch of Monticello, MN; 6 great-¬granddaughters: Naomi, Taya, Sophia, Emma, Bailee and Blaze; a great-grandson, Logan, due in October; sister Hedwig Balkau; sister-in-law Charlotte Otta and nephews, Walter Otta, Reinhard and Karl-heinz Balkau, all of Cappel, Germany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joseph in 1981; brother Franz; sister Hildegard; and son Joseph.
Thanks and appreciation to Visiting Angel, Jennifer Harden.
A mass will be held at 8:00 am Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Christ the King in Richland. Burial will be at a later date in Minnesota.
I have such lovely memories of dear, sweet Maria. She was an angel on earth and always had a place in her heart for my late husband, George, and for me. Whether it was her calls on the phone, tea at her kitchen table, shopping, driving in the car…..she always made me feel so very special.
Maria, I will miss you, and know that God has a very special place in heaven for his newest angel. Lovingly, Anita
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was one of the nicest people I remember while growing up in St. Joe. I had many good times with you at your house. And the German traditions were so neat…like the special sparklers on your Christmas tree. I’m sure you have lots of great memories too! I’m very fortunate to have a German sister-in-law who continues to carry on German traditions in her house. Sympathy and peace to you, Dave and your family.