Dorothy E. Tice, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday morning, January 9, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services surrounded by her family.
She was born January 23, 1923 in Portage County near Stevens Point, the daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude (Kieliszewski) Wnuk. Dorothy graduated from Stevens Point PJ Jacobs High School in 1940 before attending beauty school in Milwaukee.
During WWII she worked for the war effort at Cutler & Hammer Electric Company in Milwaukee. On June 8, 1946 she married Robert G. Tice in Stevens Point and they were blessed with 7 children. He preceded her in death on January 7, 2011. They operated a small cherry orchard until the late 50’s. Dorothy also helped with finish work for Robert in the Tice Cabinet Shop.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was active in Christian Mothers. An avid homemaker, she participated in the Apple Polishers Homemakers Club for many years. Dorothy was an excellent seamstress, and a wonderful cook. She loved baking in her kitchen and also working in her large garden. Dorothy was creative and very talented with her handiwork over the years, which included quilting, crocheting, rug-making, upholstery, painting, and ceramics.
Our mother was an incredibly strong woman, never complaining, looking out for others, especially those in her family. She was a natural caregiver, nursing and caring for her daughter, Judy as she battled cancer until her passing, and her parents and in-laws as they aged. She was admired by her family for that loyal, caring, and unfailing spirit.
Survivors include her six children, Larry (Diane) Tice, Chuck (Jean) Tice, Tom (Nancy Delsart) Tice, Bob (Gail) Tice, Jon (Laura) Tice, Betty (Scott) Rockendorf; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Dorothy loved her family and enjoyed family celebrations, including weddings and births, and she welcomed new members to the family. There was always room in her heart, and at her table, for one more. Children brought a smile to her face and she loved their visits and time spent with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Gertrude Wnuk; husband, Robert G. Tice; two children, an infant son at birth, and her daughter, Judy Kannenberg; two granddaughters, Paula Ann Shiver and Jennifer Tice; great-grandson, Jacob Kroll; three brothers, Valerian “Pepper” (Elinore) Wnuk, Ray (Helen) Wnuk, Gerald (Juanita) Wnuk; three sisters, Evelyn Anderson, Marcine (Frank) Wilfrath, Jean (Ervin) Houck.
The family wishes to thank Dorothy’s caregivers at Sturgeon Bay Health Services, Unity Hospice, and Door County Medical Center.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.
Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with the Rosary to be prayed at 3:45 p.m. and a parish wake service to be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Dorothy may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.