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In Memory of Dorothy A.  Mortenson

Dorothy A. Mortenson

February 06, 1931 - June 10, 2013


Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove.   


A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 13th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   


In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances to Easter Seals Wisconsin, 101 Nob Hill Rd., Suite 301, Madison, WI 53713 or to Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI  53158, would be appreciated by the family.




Dorothy A. Mortenson, age 82, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, June 10, 2013.

Born on February 6, 1931 in LaCrosse, WI, she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Marie (Burke) Karis.  Raised and educated in LaCrosse, Dorothy was united in marriage to Edward Mortenson on September 6, 1952.  Following their marriage, they relocated to St. Paul, MN for a short time before settling in Kenosha in 1962.  Sadly, Edward passed away on October 26, 2003.  Her family finds peace in knowing that she is reunited with her husband, dancing to their favorite song, "Because of You".

Dorothy was employed with Greene Manufacturing in Racine for 29 years before her retirement.  She also volunteered her time at Bain School, helping students learn to read.  She enjoyed taking care of her yard, flower gardening, shopping and making crafts.  Dorothy had a love of nature, an eye for design and an ear for music.  Always active and on the go, she treasured the time she spent with her family. 

She will be deeply missed by her two sons, Michael and James Mortenson both of Kenosha; five daughters, Mary (Ray) Castillo of Mt. Pleasant, Karen (Tony) Cline of Kenosha, Sandra (Todd) Herman of Mt. Pleasant, Renae (Jeffrey) Johnson of Racine and Barbara (Gregg) Jaeger of Kenosha; a sister, Marcella Olson of Minnesota.  She is further survived by 16 grandchildren, Tony (Carrie), Chris and Jenny Castillo, Michael (Nicole), Adam (Jennifer) Mortenson and Ellyn (Jereme) Arndt, Brian (Rachel), Cori and Garrett Ingram, Brynn, Alexandra, Britton and Addy Herman, Kyle, Casey and Kayla Jaeger; 10 great grandchildren and she was anticipating the arrival of her 11th great grandchild in August. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Cletus and Sylvester Karis; two sisters, Helen Tietze and Beverly Tolley and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Mortenson.





Posted on: June 13, 2013 | By: Tom and Sherry Russo

Renae, Jeff and family we are so sorry for your loss.

Posted on: June 12, 2013 | By: Jeff and Denise Byers

Renea, Jeff and Family, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Fill the void of her presence with memories of the times shared, and she will live forever in your hearts.

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