Dorothy M. Van Vuren

Dorothy M. (Pingel) Van Vuren, 97, of Beaver Dam, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, surrounded by family members. Dorothy was born on July 8, 1921, in Pulaski, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Pingel. She attended schools in Pulaski, Bonduel and Shawano, graduating from De Pere High School, where she was able to pursue ballet and dance. Dorothy attended University of Wisconsin-Madison for one year, where she studied music, played violin and studied classical ballet. On Nov. 8, 1941, Dorothy married Donald Van Vuren in Bonduel. She was a stay-at-home mom, raising six children. Dorothy excelled at sewing and designing clothes for her children. After her children were grown, Dorothy attended Green Bay Technical Institute to become a licensed real estate broker and a certified soil tester, working mainly in Menominee County. Later in retirement, embroidery became her favorite hobby; making many wonderful embroidered blankets, pillows and wall hangings for children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Knowing God as a God of love was the driving force in Dorothy’s life, prodding her to publish a book, at the age of 90, about God’s love. Our family has been so blessed to have her in our lives all these years.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Betty (Nick) Pierce, of Cecil, and Virginia (Wayne) Abel, of Kennan; one son, Terry (Marilee) Van Vuren, of Elgin, Illinois; son-in-law, Bob Kramer, of Butler; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; three daughters, Fay (Bob) Franz, Bonnie Kramer and Billie Van Vuren, all so loved by her.

In keeping with Dorothy’s wishes, private family services will be held.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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