Dorothy P. Wille 1924-2019

Dorothy P. Wille

Dorothy P. Wille, 95, of Medford, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 at her residence under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey with Rev. Gary Lodholz officiating. Visitation will take place that morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow the luncheon at Evergreen Cemetery I in Medford. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Guy Polacek, Kim Polacek, Lee Miller, Ryan Miller, Jessica Washburn and Jason Wille. Serving as honorary pallbears will be Neal Polacek and Robert Hanson.
Dorothy was born on June 29, 1924 in Rib Lake to Joseph and Ludmilla (Hein) Vlach. She attended Mud Lake Country School. When she was a young lady before marriage, she worked at Continental Can in Chicago making water canteens for the Army during World War II and also at Gimble’s in Milwaukee as a store clerk. Dorothy married Adolf Gustav Wille on April 7, 1945 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rib Lake and he proceeded her in death in 2004. Dorothy was a homemaker, raising her eight children. In her free time Dorothy enjoyed gardening, fishing, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards especially 500 Rummy with her grandchildren, or anyone that would like to play, and spending time with her family. Dorothy was head cook at the Chelsea Conservation Club for many years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey.
Left to cherish in Dorothy’s memory are her children, Linda Garrett of Port Orange, Fla. and Roger Wille, Nancy (Rich) Rohland, David (Chris) and Ralph Wille, all of Medford; her eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was also proceeded in death by her husband, Adolf; children, Dennis, Barbara and Alan; five sisters; six brothers; and grandchild, Michele. Dorothy truly was “the last of the Mohicans.”
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in honor of Dorothy can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Hemer Funeral Services of Medford and Rib Lake have been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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