Dorothea D. (Klitzke) Frank

Dorothea D. Klitzke Frank age 83 was called home to be with the Lord on January 18th 2023 after a short courageous battle with cancer.  Dorothea was born February 14,1939 at home on the farm where she grew up in the township of Reedsburg Sauk County Wisconsin.  Daughter of Elmer & Edna (Schulze) Klitzke was baptized and confirmation of faith at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Reedsburg Wisconsin.  She attended a one-room country school for primary school, then attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School.  She graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1956.  She married Philip Frank Nov 7, 1959 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Reedsburg.  They were blessed with five children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

Dorothea worked for many years at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.  She enjoyed gardening, reading, needlework, & jigsaw puzzles.  She loved listening to music & playing piano & organ.  She enjoyed traveling especially to many national parks & beautiful places in our country.  Dorothea appreciated drives in the mountains, hiking and enjoying the beauty of nature.  She always missed beautiful Wisconsin and her family & friends there.  Spending time with her family was her greatest joy-hosting family dinners, picnics, holidays as well as grand-children’s activities.

Dorothea had a deep relationship with God.   Her faith in the Lord brought her through many trials and joys in life.  She was an active and faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church since moving to Laramie in 1965.  She served in many capacities at Zion over the years. 

Dorothea was preceded in death by her husband Philip December 24, 2014 after 55 years of marriage; her parents Elmer & Edna Klitzke, Brother David, nieces, nephew, and many other relatives & friends. 

She is survived by her five children Kevin (Wendi) Frank, Laurie (Tony) Sanchez, Wendy Frank, Jody Frank, Darcie (Kris) Valstad, five Grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, sisters Evelyn Culles, Ellyn Thompson, nieces, nephews & friends.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Zion Lutheran Church Laramie WY or St Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Condolences (11)

  • Verda Shingleton

    Such a wonderful soul Dorthea was. She was an excellent mom to her own children, and lovingly looked after & cared for all children in the entire neighborhood, me included! Will miss her beautiful smile, & caring words. My heart goes out to the Frank family.

  • Katherine Klein

    Sorry for the passiang of your mom. Always had a smile on her face and always stopped for a quick fun visit. Dorothea will be missed!

  • Nina Kercher Williams

    Prayers for you and your family! May God surround you with his Love and Peace!

  • Beth Hulett Fly

    Dorothea always had a smile for me and was extraordinary kind and caring. I met her when I was a new nurse and she also worked at IMH. I’m so sorry for your loss. My Dad passed recently and it sure leaves an emptiness. Another bright light has gone out. Rest In Peace Dorothea. All my love to her family.

  • Amy Elizabeth Eubanks

    Amy Eubanks sends love and condolences to her family in the passing of this wonderful woman. Her legacy lives on.

  • Sherry Goetz

    Dorothea was a wonderful person and a strong Christian. She will be dearly missed. I will miss our talks. Sherry Goetz

  • Kay Kohler

    Laurie, Wendy, Jody, and family, your Mom was always a ray of sunshine! I enjoyed working with her over all those years. May happy memories help to heal your broken hearts.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Wendy and Jody and all the family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing. How blessed she is now to be with your dad and her other family. May God bless you all. Love Ellen Hicks.

  • Anonymous

    Phil and Dorthea were not only my neighbors they were both dear friends for many years. I will miss that beautiful smile, rest in peace my friend, until we meet again. Dudley Stevenson

  • Carolyn Meyer

    Dorothea was my mom's godchild. (Elva Klitzke Ninnemann Acton). I am very sorry for your loss. Carolyn Meyer


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