Dorothy Lillian Cruse (nee Brandt) of Oak Brook, formerly Broadview

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 12th, 2018

cruse-dorothyDOROTHY LILLIAN CRUSE (1923-2018)

Dorothy Lillian Cruse (nee Brandt) of Oak Brook, formerly Broadview, passed away May 12, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, S. Earl Cruse. Loving mother to Janice (Charles) Lasch, Susan (William) Richards, the late Gerald (Mary) Cruse, the late Judy (Rudy) Zablocki, Shirley (John) Handy and the late David S. Cruse. Proud grandmother of Chris (Molly) Lasch, Jessica Lasch, Carlene (Michael) Adams, Scott Richards, Caitlyn Cruse, David (Pamela) Pater, Lindsay (Eric) Caughlin, Joseph (Katrina) Handy, Amy (Samuel) Slennett. Great-grandmother of Caroline and Thomas Lasch; Nate and Logan Adams; Maddie and Jordyn Pater; Isabelle, Isaac and Chloe Slennett and aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Dorothea and Jacob Brandt and her ten brothers and sisters.

Dorothy worked for many years at Berco Floral Company in Broadview. Setting a high standard, she worked full time until age 78 because she enjoyed the work but mostly because she enjoyed visiting with the customers who came into the shop. She only retired because the business closed.

She learned to sew at an early age out of necessity but became a talented seamstress. For years she made most of her children’s play clothes, school clothes, Easter dresses and graduation dresses. She even made her husband a tailored suit.

Raising five children, Dorothy cooked many meals for her family. Each meal featured vegetables from her husband’s extensive garden. The overflow of garden abundance Dorothy canned and preserved for winter meals. She even tried her hand at making wine one year from the grape arbors. That venture turned into pretty good vinegar. Even in retirement when she could have easily put away her pots and pans, she was always trying out new recipes. Her picky eaters, now grown-up, were happy to encourage her experiments.

She loved her family, but she adored her grandchildren and spoiled them as much as she could get away with. Her legacy lives on in her examples of hard work, taking care of family and every time a grandchild is slipped a piece of candy when his/her parents are not looking.

Interment private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.


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  1. Rudy Zablocki says:

    Dear Cruse Family,
    I will truly miss Dorothy my mother-in-law. As time took her health and she took up residence at the Oakbrook nursing home,I enjoyed many visits with her just enjoying the time talking about her family.I was blessed to be married to her beautiful daughter,Judy. Thank-you for treating me like a son…..Now you are enjoying your daughter Judy and sons Gerry and David in heaven in the presence of our Lord Jesus.
    Rudy Zablocki(Judy)

  2. Barbara and Bill Cragg says:

    We got to know Dorothy and her family thorough Jan and Chuck. When we attended her 90th birthday it was evident how much she meant to her family and how much the meant to her. She was blessed to have such a loving and caring family. May she rest in peace. God’s blessing on you all.

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