Dorothy Jean Streb, age 85, of Prescott, WI passed away at her home on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Dorothy Jean (Newsome) Streb was born March 26, 1933 in Battle Creek, MI to Genevieve Mildred (Welling) and David LeRoy Newsome, Sr. She attended school in Kalamazoo, MI and then managed an office at Western & Southern Life Insurance Co. Dorothy married Joseph Edward Streb on December 5, 1953 in Kalamazoo.
They moved to Wisconsin Rapids, WI in 1958 and to Port Huron, MI in 1973 and returned to the Wisconsin Rapids area in 1976, living in Port Edwards, WI and the town of Seneca, WI. They moved to Prescott, WI in 2004 during their retirement years.
Dorothy was an active volunteer over the years in their children’s schools, Girl Scouts, Hospital Auxiliary in Wisconsin Rapids and Port Huron, MI. She was co-chairman of Port Huron’s first Oktoberfest which raised funds for two hospitals. She was Gift Shop chairman for Riverview Hospital Auxiliary in Wisconsin Rapids for seven years and chairman for floral arranging for the hospital gift shop for twenty years.
In Wisconsin Rapids, Dorothy was a past member of Bulls Eye Country Club, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and Tri City Curling Club. She was a long time member and past president of Yard & Garden Club and Study and Recreation Club. Dorothy has been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Prescott, WI since 2004.
Dorothy loved children, organizing, reading, writing, gardening, decorating, flowers, tennis and traveling. She loved flower arranging whether it was a few wild flowers or a large arrangement. She regarded her family, her faith in God, her friends and her love of plants and flowers to be God’s greatest blessings in her life.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, David & Genevieve Newsome, Sr.; her dear husband, Joseph Edward Streb; brother, David Newsome, Jr and great-grandbaby, Riley Paige Maxwell.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Michael (Kathleen) Streb of Kansas City, KS, Barbara (Gary) Maxwell of Destin, FL, Teresa Hoffman of Oakdale, MN, Janet (Lee) Skaalrud of Minneapolis, MN; thirteen much loved grandchildren, Dr. Genevieve Streb Mathews, Joseph & Caroline Streb, Andrew, Thomas & Sydney Maxwell, Jessica Maxwell Johnson, Benjamin, Abigail, Hannah & Mitchell Hoffman, Natasha & Valerie Skaalrud; five great-grandchildren, Brecken & Rowan Maxwell, Vivian & Graham Johnson, and Amelia Mathews.
Mass of Christian Burial 11:00am Saturday, January 5, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Parish, 269 South Dakota Street, Prescott, WI. Visitation 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, January 4th at O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 1339 Orrin Road, Prescott and one hour prior to Mass on Saturday, at the church. Private interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Prescott, WI.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: St. Joseph Catholic Parish, 269 Dakota St. S, Prescott, WI 54021 – Prescott Foundation, PO Box 393, Prescott, WI 54021 – Assumption High School Foundation, 445 Chestnut St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Services have been entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott, WI.