Dorothy M. Daubach, nee Lehman, 94, of Belleville, IL, born July 13, 1918, in Belleville, IL, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Dorothy was the owner and operator of Daubach Realty in Belleville for 20 years. She later worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for 25 years, retiring at the age of 87.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish, where she served as a lector. She also “read for the blind” at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows radio station. Dorothy loved bowling, reading, roller-skating, and climbing trees as a child. She was a member of the first ladies’ softball team in Belleville and was proud to have danced with Gene Autry when she was 17. A devout Christian, she had a great love for God. She enjoyed playing the piano and spending time with her family. Dorothy was an amazing lady and a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 50 years, Ralph Julius Daubach, whom she married October 23, 1937, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, and who died on February 28, 1987; a daughter, Donna Lee Daubach, in infancy; a son, Ralph Dean Daubach; her parents, Joseph W. and Ida F., nee Benedick, Lehman; three brothers, Joseph, James, and Paul Lehman; a sister, Christine Lehr; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Ella Daubach; a son-in-law, Vernon R. Miller; and a great-grandson, Kyle Daubach, in infancy.
Surviving are three daughters and two sons, Patricia Miller,
Rick (Marlene) Daubach,
and Randy Daubach;
14 grandchildren, Tony (Maribel) Daubach, Tammy Jansen, Karen (Vince) Boden,
Joseph (Mena) Daubach, Lisa (David) Rook, Scott (Doreen) Miller,
Lori (Mark) LaBarba, Eric (Misty) Miller, Robert (Karen) Auer,
Donna (Joe) Buehler, Misty Luechtefeld (fiancé, Adam Johns),
Jamie (Brian) Kehl, Angela (Patrick) Varnum, and Sarah Daubach;
two sisters, Rita (Kenneth) Bruss and Virginia Bollinger;
a brother, Ted (Marilyn) Lehman;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Daubach family would like to offer special thanks to the nurses at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and at Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Monday, September 24, 2012, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.
Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.