Dorothy Mae Taddy Thoreson, 98, of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, passed away on April 29, 2014, in Kewaunee. She was born on December 28, 1915, in Kewaunee to Frank J. and Rose Cmejla Taddy. After graduating from Kewaunee High School in 1933 as valedictorian and as the recipient of the extra-curricular award for her work in music, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1937, where she was a member of Phi Mu Alpha. On June 11, 1938, she married Gordon Duane Thoreson of Ashland, Wisconsin, who was the band director and later principal of Kewaunee High School.
During the years of her marriage, Mrs. Thoreson taught K-8 music at the grade school and directed the high school chorus in Kewaunee. Later she also taught music education at the Algoma Normal School, a two-year teachers' college. In addition, she gave about 50 piano lessons a week and always had a long list of students waiting for an opening in her busy schedule. Mrs. Thoreson also directed the choir at the Community Congregational Church in Kewaunee and, after her husband passed away in 1970, she was very active in the same capacity at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Green Bay where she introduced and directed the bell choir. The Thoresons served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of the Kewaunee chapter of the Eastern Star in 1944. Mrs. Thoreson later also served as the Grand Organist of the Wisconsin Eastern Star. In addition to her music, Mrs. Thoreson was a life-long Packer fan, an avid reader, and an accomplished needlewoman, and the homes of her descendants are filled with the beautiful products of her needles and her patience. She also worked for her husband's business, The West Shore Manufacturing Company. For 24 years (1984-2007) she visited her daughter, a professor at the Florida State University School (Florida High), every spring in Tallahassee, Florida, and helped chaperone her Latin students to the State Latin Fora where she made many friends among the Florida Latin teachers. The students, who all called her "Mom," came to ask her for help with their costumes, to drape and pin their togas, to listen to their English and Latin speeches, to request bandages and salves for their cuts and bruises. She served as needlecraft judge for many years at the Forum and greatly enjoyed cheering on the Certamen teams. After her mother's death in 1987, Mrs. Thoreson moved to Albuquerque to be near her son who was a career Air Force officer and had retired there. She loved the high desert and made many cultural trips in the area. She loved to travel and during the 1970s visited many countries, including Morocco, Egypt, China, England, Scotland, Germany, France, and Spain. In 2007 she moved back to Kewaunee along with her son and daughter-in-law and made her home with them.
In 1940 there was born to the Thoresons a daughter, Karen Lee, and in 1943 a son, Paul Taddy. They both survive her with their spouses, Bawa S. Singh and Julie Thoreson. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Tavia Thoreson Wendlandt (Scott) of Austin, Texas; Shawn Thoreson of Austin, Texas; Robin Singh of Los Angeles, California; and Kevin Singh of Cumming, Georgia. In addition she has left behind 5 great-grandchildren: Morgan and Lindsay Wendlandt, Skylar Thoreson, and Caleb and Carter Singh.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Linden Manor assisted-living facility and that of Unity Hospice, Dr. Kurowski, and Pastor Randy Kohls, all of whom gave Dorothy such wonderful care.
Funeral services will be held at the Community Congregational Church in Kewaunee, Wisconsin on Tuesday, May 6, at 11 A.M. preceded at 10 A.M. by a visitation at the church. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery next to her husband and her parents. Arrangements are being provided by the Buchanan Funeral Home in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. Condolences can be made on line at www.buchananfh.com and memorial contributions given to the American Cancer Society in Dorothy's name.