Dorothy C. Green, 94, of Kankakee, passed away Tuesday (May 29, 2018) at Riverside Senior Citizens’ Living Memory Care, Bourbonnais.
She was born March 28, 1924, to John and Lena (Wopat) Cisar, in Plymouth, Juneau County, Wis. Dorothy grew to adulthood in the rural Elroy area and graduated from Royall High School, Elroy, in 1941. While in high school, she played clarinet in the band, acted in plays and was prom queen.
Dorothy went on to nurses’ training, St. Mary’s, Madison (1946); public health nurse training, University of Minnesota (1947); and then worked as Wood County, Wis., public health nurse (1947-49). She married James P. “Jim” Green Aug. 2, 1948, in Wisconsin Rapids. The couple subsequently purchased a weekly newspaper, The Brooklyn Teller, in Brooklyn, Wis., which they ran for eight years (1949-55). With Jim as her editor, Dorothy quickly learned to do interviews and write articles, along with all the other tasks needed to put together a weekly newspaper using a Linotype machine.
Three children later — Sarah Ellen, James Ellery and Carrie Ann — the couple purchased a 20-acre gentleman’s farm outside Verona (1957-68). Not only did Dorothy work part time as a nurse — Dane County Public Health Department, Madison (1958-59;); psychiatric and geriatric RN at Dane County Hospital and Home, Verona (1962-68) and two summers at a Girl Scout camp — she was an active mother serving as a Cub Scout den leader, a Girl Scout leader, a 4-H leader with the 4-H Fireballs Club and chairman of the craft leaders committee for the Dane County 4-H Club Council. She belonged to the League of Women Voters, was a poll worker and sang in the St. William’s Church Choir in Paoli.
When Jim found new employment as an editor for a book publisher in Waukesha, they settled in Wales, Wis. Dorothy worked as a psychiatric RN at Northview Hospital and Home in Waukesha (1969-73). Higher aspirations awakened and Dorothy returned to school: AA, UW Waukesha (1974); BS (summa cum laude, English major, psychology minor), UW Whitewater (1975); and master’s degree in the School of Social Welfare, UW Milwaukee (1977). She became a social worker in the foster care unit of the Waukesha County Department of Social Services (1977-87). At UW Waukesha, Dorothy was a tutor, academic counselor at registrations and served as president and secretary of the Friends of Alumni of UW Waukesha, receiving its 1989 Outstanding Alumni Award.
Retirement brought time to focus on their home, the village of Wales and the Welsh Women’s Club. After research showed the house had been built by the farmer Hugh Elias (who sold off land for a water tower for the CNW railroad and subsequently led to settlement of the village of Wales), the couple named it the “Ty Mar House.” Owned in the 1940s by George Webb (of Wisconsin restaurant fame), the house is now Pedal’rs Inn Bed and Breakfast. The house was opened up for events (including “A Day at Wales,” which featured Welsh tenor Geraint Wilkes, who sang at Prince Charles’ investiture as the Prince of Wales) and tours. Jim and Dorothy Green won the Village of Wales’ Volunteer of the Year Award.
In 2000, the couple moved to Riverside Senior Citizens’ Living’s Westwood Oaks, Kankakee, and Dorothy began her 18-year involvement with local activities, including Kankakee County Historical Society Museum, the Art League, Kankakee Kultivators, Kankakee Public Library programs, Kankakee Valley Civil War Roundtable, The Second Friday of the Month Club and Tai Chi with Gary Paruszkiewicz. She audited art classes at KCC and won the 2004 Kankakee County Volunteer of the Year Award in Arts and Culture. She worked with the Literacy Program to help women prisoners create cassette tapes of books to give to their children. In fact, everywhere Dorothy lived throughout her whole life, she helped others, served on committees, held offices and won awards for her service.
Preceding her in death were her husband; parents; infant brother, John Cisar; sisters and their spouses, Mildred (Joe) Goodman and Sylvia (Armin) Wirth; and son-in-law, John M. Wick.
Surviving are her son, James E. (Barbara Ann Martin) Green, Palos Hills; two daughters, Sarah E. Green, Madison, Wis., and Carrie Ann Wick, Peotone; two grandsons, John A. (Corryne) Wick, Bremen, Ind., and Andrew (Brenda) Wick, Manteno; and four great-grandsons, Cadwallen, Ansel, Ian and Owen Wick; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at St. George Catholic Church, St. George, until the 11 a.m. memorial service. Deacon Joe Cotugno will officiate. A buffet lunch will follow at Riverside Westwood Oaks Independent Living, 100 Westwood Oaks Court, Kankakee. Inurnment will be at a later date in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Longest Day Alzheimer fundraiser for Riverside Senior Citizens’ Life Communities, 815-935-3332.
Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.