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The daughter of Michael and Mary (Hildebrandt) Messer, Dorothy Catherine was born and raised in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan. Her birth on December 27, 1920 was indeed a gift that holiday season as her parents welcomed her with open arms.

From the world of fashion to the world to politics, forces clashed in the 1920s to produce one of the most explosive decades of the century. It was an age of prohibition, and prosperity followed many new advancements, discoveries, and inventions of the day which greatly improved the American way of life. A sense of gaiety filled the air, and The Roaring Twenties challenged America’s once conservative nature all while bringing a sense of hope to the nation.

Dorothy lived through a multitude of changes throughout her life. Although she experienced a typical childhood for the times, the years of the Great Depression brought times of hardship for all. From several World Wars to technological advances, the landscape of her life flowed and ebbed like that of a changing tide.

No matter what was taking place in the world around her, Dorothy had her sights set on being a devoted wife and dedicated mother and grandmother to the family entrusted to her care. She made a good home for her husband, Frank, and their children as a homemaker. Above all, being a loving and nurturing mother was the most important thing to her.

When she suffered the loss of her husband in 1965, Dorothy surrounded herself with the love of family. There was no greater joy for her than sharing her love, talents and skills with those she loved through the generations. Deeply missed, Dorothy will be fondly remembered.

Dorothy C. Loduha, age 92, was born to eternal life on Friday, February 1, 2013 in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Loduha; loving mother of Michael (Marilee), Pauline, the late James (Bonnie), and Frank (Barbara); cherished grandmother of Katie, Adrienne (Paul), Ann, Joe (Meg), Benjamin, Peter, Andrew, David, and Philip. Dorothy was also the proud great-grandmother of August, Oliver, Greta, and Jimmy, and is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Visitation with her family will take place Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 12801 W. Fairmont Avenue, Butler, Wisconsin 53007 from 9:30 AM until the time of the funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Her family is being served by the Suminski Life Story Funeral Homes – Suminski / Weiss (414) 276-5122. To leave a memory of Dorothy and to sign her online guest book, please visit

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