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In Memory of Dorene German (Chamberlin)


A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI

Funeral Services

Private family services will be held.

Dorene Ann German (Chamberlin), age 55, of North Hudson, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on October 11, 2017 at her residence.

Dorene was born on September 14, 1962, in Forest Lake, MN to parents, Dennis and MaryAnn (Carmella) Chamberlin. She grew up in Oakdale, MN and attended Tartan High School. For more than 14 years, Dorene worked as a supervisor for the Red Cross and was always involved with local blood drives and encouraging others to donate blood.

Dorene adored her family and loved spending time with them. She was especially fond of taking care of her many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Dorene cherished the time she spent nurturing the children and was very proud to know she babysat every single child in her family at one time or another. Dorene was always there if anyone needed help or someone to talk to. One of her favorite things she enjoyed was horseback riding with her Dad, Dennis, her sister, Denise and best friend, Tina.

Dorene will remain in the hearts of her daughters, Crystal (Dan) Braley, and Naomi McCoy; grandchildren:  Taylor, Jaxson, Carmella and Colton Braley, and Adriana McCoy; mother, Mary Ann and step-father Billy Yates; siblings, Debbie (Tom) Rowan, Rick (Robin) Chamberlin, Denise (Gary) Chaves, and Dan Chamberlin; step-siblings, Jennifer (Eric) Jerpbak, Melissa (Mike) Wilmes, and Patrick Yates; nieces and nephews, Jason, Joey, April, Justin, Kevin, Krystin, Tina, Tony, Chase, Jacquise, Brianna, Calleigh, and Josh; and many great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Dennis Chamberlin; grandparents, John and Mary Bartone; great-aunt, Virginia Ellis; best friend, Tina; and father to her children, Mark McCoy.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI.

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    • I grew up with Dorene as my next door neighbor. We were children together with her older sister Denise ,playmates, forever friend’s with memories too numerous to mention. Although we lost track of each other, we shared the same birthday and always wished each other a happy birthday sister message. I am sorry I didn’t get to see her and share memories and show our pics of our kids and grandkids to each other. But we shared our early lives. I know Dorene is watching over her family and will live on in our hearts! Miss you Red…love Elaine

    • This is sad news to hear… I knew Dorene from our Red Cross days… she was a wonderful person… and… a wonderful person to work with.

      You will be missed Dorene.. in many ways… this is how much, you have touched all of our lives!!

    • I am still trying to come to terms with all of this news. I knew Dorene from the ARC. I worked many a mobile with her, she was a feisty, wonderful woman. She always had a smile on her face and enjoyed working with all the coordinator’s and volunteer’s as well as the staff. She was such a joy to be around, she loved her kids and grandkids always talking about them. This is such a hard time for everyone who knew and loved her, our memories will always be there for us to take out and remember all the little things that made Dorene such a special person. I choose to think Dorene is looking over all of us and still has such a sparkle in her eye, Till we meet again! Much love sent to her family and know she was very much loved by everyone who was fortunate to know her.