Dorothy Elaine Haag (nee Komen)

Written by Brust Funeral Home on October 13th, 2018

HaagDorothy Elaine Haag (nee Komen) was born to Olive and Harry Komen December 5, 1926, in Cicero, IL.  Dorothy married Paul E. Haag December 6, 1947.  After 63 years of marriage, Paul passed May 17, 2011.

“Dorie” is survived by two children, Carolyn (Haag) Biossat (Bay) and Alan Paul Haag (Lisa), and six grandchildren, Adam Biossat, David Biossat, Alison Haag, Matt Wilhelm, Jackie Wilhelm Anderson (Cody), and Emily Wilhelm.  She was preceded in death by her sister Harriet Michel and brother-in-law Burton Michel, and daughter-in-law Vickie Haag.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 22, with a Memorial Gathering from 10 AM until the time of a Memorial Service at 11:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Interment will be private.

Dorie and Paul filled their years together with family activities around bicycling, power boating, water skiing, travel and camping. But their favorite activity together was ballroom dancing. Crowds wowed whenever they danced together…even in the street at Disney World, and through 2011 when Paul could barely dance two bars of music. While they loved many styles of music, and would dance to nearly anything, they favored Traditional Jazz and both were longtime officers and enthusiastic members of the Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz.

They loved to make music together, as well.  Dorie sang vocals while Paul was drummer in a small local band.  Singing most of her life, Dorie sang in church choirs, a local women’s group, and even taking part in the Hilltoppers at Beacon Hill, where she most recently resided.  Sometimes Dorie would sing just during the course of a day or she and Paul would break out in song together in the car.

Church activities were high on Dorie’s priority list during many seasons of her life, belonging to Trinity Evangelical Church as a child and young adult; the longest period was as a member of the Village Church in LaGrange Park.  Dorie put her trust in Jesus as Savior.

Though they chose to do many fun activities together, Paul and Dorie also worked together continually on house projects.  Any given weekend, they both could be found painting the house, planting a tree, shoveling snow, fixing or refinishing something, selecting new furniture or carpet… Dorie could be found in old paint-spattered clothes with a shower cap on her head painting a ceiling, while Paul meticulously cut in the doorways and windows.  They were also the inventors of “torture weekend”, affectionately named by their children whose help was solicited for two solid days of raking leaves, trimming plantings and outside cleanups about twice a year.  They both attribute a good work ethic to enjoyable family work time.

In the work world, Dorothy was a superb secretary, and as such served the medical staff at the LaGrange Hospital for twenty years. Upon retirement, one of the doctors wrote “…I want you to know that I really appreciated your efficiency but more than your ability it was your courtesies and graciousness at all times.  You made my job so much easier…”  Dorie was named or elected secretary in whatever group she joined, as her organizational skills were top notch.  Her children both gained much from her in that department. For many years Paul’s advertising business also benefited from her organization and secretarial skills.

Dorie’s stay-at-home mom years were marked particularly by her skill as homemaker and seamstress.  She made all her own clothes and much of what was worn by her children, as well.  Rarely was there a time when a project was not in evidence in the home.  She shared friendships with neighbors, who also had the same hobbies and interests.

In her later years, Dorie remained actively involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives.  She and Paul attended sporting events, filled in for working parents as needed, taught her granddaughters how to sew, and made many of her trademark casseroles. Until the end, Dorie wanted to know the details of all six of her grandchildren’s comings and goings.

By age 91, Dorie impacted so many throughout her life.  She had belonged to groups related to her elementary and high school years, and even a group of girls who began monthly meetings when they were 16 years old.  Dorie was the last member of that group, which called themselves the Circle Thirteen and then just the “Circle”.  This group met for over 70 years.

Yes, Dorie impacted many, many lives, not the least of which was her family. She exemplified a strong, positive and loving character throughout her life, and towards the end when she relied on family as her strength and health declined, she expressed gratefulness for all the help received.

Thank you, Mom, for being such a wonderful influence on us.  We love you and miss you.

Memorials to Community House, 415 W. 8th Street, Hinsdale, IL  60521,  or Jeremiah House, P.O. Box 44, Green Forest, Arkansas 72638, are appreciated.

Call 888-629-0094 for information.

 

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