Dorothy L Ross, 93, a resident of The Vines Senior Home, Elgin, IL (formerly of Addison, IL) passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 surrounded by family.
Dorothy was born August 28, 1920 in Batavia, IL to parents Irvin Sorenson and Emma (David) Sorenson. She had one brother, Irvin (Bud) Sorenson, and two sisters, Millie Hildenberg and Delores Biggerstaff. They resided in Maywood and Bellwood growing up. She graduated Proviso High School in Maywood in 1937. She then attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier in Chicago from 1953 to 1955.
Dorothy married William Seaman in 1943. Together they raised his 11 year old son, Raymond J. Seaman. William passed away in 1956.
She worked a variety of jobs throughout her life. William and Dorothy owned three restaurants in the 1940’s. Bill’s Diner, Dewey’s Hamburger, both in Forest Park, and The Lobby Restaurant in Chicago. She was an executive secretary for W.W. Grainger, Inc. from 1950 to 1961. She was an Executive Receptionist from 1961 to 1965. From there she worked until retirement in 1988 at GTE Automatic Electric.
Dorothy has always had religion in her life. She attended St Peters Church in Antioch from 1946-1972. She also was an active member of the Addison Bible Church until it resolved. She then found 1st Baptist Church of Wooddale, which she was a member of until her death. She was an active prayer warrior in her church.
Dorothy enjoyed traveling. Her favorite place she visited was Washington State. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and canning.
She met the love of her life, Robert Ross and they married on May 26, 1973. Together they enjoyed camping trips, gardening, and scouting. Dorothy was proud to be recognized as the first female leader in the Co-Ed Explorer post in 1972. She had 6 step children.
Dorothy was known as a loving, caring, prayerful, thoughtful woman, who was often invited to lead prayer at The Vines. She loved to laugh and touched the hearts of those who knew her.
She is survived by her 2 Granddaughters, Sharon Seaman and Cathy (Darrell) Vaden, and her 3 great grandchildren, Kelly (Jose) Robles, Adam Sorenson, and Shane Seaman. She is also survived by Bob’s children Barbara Resendez, James (Nancy) Ross, Debra (Marty) Coe, Mary Anne (Jeff) Nora, David (Melanie) Ross, and Suzan (John) Eckberg. Dorothy was also blessed by 13 Grandchildren, Scott Resendez, Lisa Resendez, Courtney Ostrowski, Sara Dinardo, Sarah Lawyer, Nancy Sue Ross, Robert Ross, Michael Ross, Shane Nora, Nicole Nora, Alyssa Eckberg, Shelby Eckberg, Allison Eckberg and 10 Great Grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ross, her son Raymond Seaman, both of her parents, and all of her siblings.
Visitation will be on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard from 3pm to 6pm. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 4 at Corman Memorial Home in Roseville, IL at 1pm, with burial following at 2pm at Roseville Cemetery.
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