Service Date August 3, 2019
Funeral services honoring Dorothy’s life on Saturday, August 3, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:15 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4816 7th Ave. Interment will follow in St. George Cemetery. A visitation for Dorothy will be held on Saturday, August 3rd at the Piasecki Funeral Home from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the prayer service at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Academy, 2401 69th Street, Kenosha, WI, 53143 or Hospice Alliance, Inc. 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158, would be appreciated.
Dorothy A. Wasilevich, age 85 of Kenosha, died on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Hospice Alliance-Hospice House, Pleasant Prairie, WI with her family at her side.
Born in Kenosha on January 27, 1934, she was the daughter of Peter and Anna (Banasic) Wasilevich. Her dad passed away at a young age, leaving Dorothy and her five other siblings with their mother to run the Blossom Food Store. She attended St. Casmir Grade School and proudly graduated from St. Catherine’s High School, Racine, WI-Class of 1951. She then furthered her education with studies in accounting at Marquette University.
Dorothy was a long-time employee for the G. LeBlanc Corporation, Kenosha. Her career there expanded over 48 years starting out as an accounting assistant; eventually advancing to assistant controller; retiring in 2003. She cherished the “Dazzle” clarinet lamp she was awarded by Vito Passcuci for her dedication and service over the years.
She was avid bowler with the K.A.T. Kittens and enjoyed playing bridge with dear friends over the years. She also golfed and water skied in her younger years. She was proud of her Polish heritage and enjoyed travels to many countries; which included a trip to Poland. She cherished time in Eagle River where she would visit her sister, Mary Ann; her husband, Jim; their two daughters and their families.
A faith filled woman, Dorothy received the Vatican II Award in 2000, for her dedication to the parish community and was instrumental in helping the merger of St. Casimir and St. George Catholic Churches to form the parish of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church of today. She administered to her parish as a Eucharist minister, parish council member, trustee treasurer, and served on the finance and family life committees. She was a parish representative for the consolidation of all Kenosha Catholic Schools. She was an advocate for Catholic education and a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Dorothy would roll up her sleeves to help whether a fish fry, festival, bake sale, social Sundays and more. She volunteered at St. Joseph High School, now St Joseph Catholic Academy in the Development office and with their annual benefit auction along with her nieces for many years. She had a soft spot for helping others in need including as many young people as she could. She quietly assisted families with scholarships so that their children would be educated in Catholic Schools. Her life was dedicated to her Catholic faith and her family.
She was Aunt Dorothy, Auntie Dorothy or Aunt Dort to everyone!
Left to cherish her memory is her sister, Mary Ann McNeil; her brother, Mike (Terry) Wasilevich; sister in law, Luigina Wasilevich; nieces and nephews, Dr. Max (Jeanne) Walsh, Steve (Nancy) Wasilevich, Linda Wasilevich, Peter (Mary) Wasilevich, Anne Wasilevich, Kathy (Jim ) Tirabassi, Kathy (Gary) Binninger, Scott (Wendy) Wasilevich, Michele (John) Prue; Eileen (Burt) Wise and Katie (John) Hayes along with a host of great nieces, great nephews, and dear friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Max, Peter and John Wasilevich.
A special thank you to all those who helped care for Aunt Dorothy including Dr. Anna Silenzi, Dr. Mary Campagna-Gibson, Dr. Jawaid Quddus; the staff at Casa Del Mare, Brookside Care Center, Hospice Alliance, Inc. and caregiver, Kaliegh.