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Dawn Joy

Please Click here to view the service held on November 24, 2020 for Dawn Greathouse


  • Memorial Visitation
    • Tuesday, November 24th from 10am-12pm at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, 9200 S. 27th St, Oak Creek.
  • Memorial Service
    • Tuesday, November 24th at 12pm at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, 9200 S. 27th St, Oak Creek.


Greathouse, Dawn Joy

(nee Holdorff)  Welcomed home on November 20, 2020 at the age 73.  Loving wife of David for 46 years.  Cherished mom of Heidi (Ryan) Weed and Erin (Jimmy) Haubert.  Proud grandma of Jillian, Olivia, Silas, and Sloane.  Preceded in death by her parents Edwin and Joyce Holdorff.  Also survived by other relatives and friends.

Memorial visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 24th from 10am-12pm, followed by the memorial service at 12pm.  Covid precautions will be in place, and a recording of the service will be available for viewing at

Special thanks to the 3rd floor nurses from Ascension Hospital: Danielle, Noel, and Karen for their loving care and support.

Dawn grew up in Manitowoc Wisconsin, the only child of Edwin and Joyce Holdorff. She moved to Milwaukee and met the love of her life, David, and we’re married for 46 years.  They built a beautiful life together, raising two daughters, Heidi and Erin. Dawn dreamed of going to college and becoming a teacher and in her 40’s she made that dream a reality. She went to UW Parkside and graduated cum laude, and taught for many years in Oak Creek. Dawn loved crafting and reading, but most of all she loved spending time with family. The light of her life was her four grandchildren, Jillian, Olivia, Silas and Sloane. Dawn will be deeply missed by her family, but live forever in their hearts and memories.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a cause she was passionate about in honor of her memory is greatly appreciated by the family.


  1. Cindy and Chris November 22, 2020 at 8:28 am - Reply

    We are so grateful to have met both Dawn and Dave through our long friendship with the Weed family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of your Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Dawn will be missed by all who knew her and the lives she touched. Our sincerest condolences to all members of your family.. Chris and Cindy Celusta

  2. Jeff Spence November 23, 2020 at 10:22 am - Reply

    We at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District extend are sincerest condolences. We hope that you find comfort and relief in the communion of friends and family.

  3. Carole Burns November 24, 2020 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    We’ve been neighbors for over a quarter of a century. The girls babysat our boys and Dawn and Dave have always been the best. I remember talking to her about getting my teaching degree while she was in her senior year of college. We would both be considered ‘non-traditional’ students. Dave was so proud when she graduated. Dawn inspired me and I received my degree three years after she had graduated. My son had Dawn as a substitute teacher in OCFSD and said that he knew she was always looking out for him. That he remembers that is a testament to her dedication to teaching. One of my favorite memories is when the kids in the neighborhood would trick and treat – she would always be smiling and handing out candy – announcing each outfit and making sure each child felt special. That’s talent.

    It’s that energy and smile we will miss most, hoping the family knows we are here to help in any way they may need during this time and in the years that follow. Hold your memories close and know she is watching over you with pride and love.

  4. John Moch November 25, 2020 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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