Dorothy L. (Anderson) Heisler, 94, of Crystal Lake, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Hospice of Northeastern Illinois in Woodstock.
Dorothy suffered a stroke November 12.
She was born March 16, 1918, to Ella and Arthur Anderson.
She started out as a farm girl living on West Hillside Road north of Crystal Lake. She attended Ridgefield School District 48. When the family farm was sold, the Anderson family moved into town to a house on the corner of Woodstock and Caroline streets, just a three block walk to Crystal Lake Community High School.
She loved to dance and so did Leonard, the love of her the love of her life. They were married May 19th, 1940.
Dorothy was the last of the founding members of Bethany Lutheran Church. She was an avid golfer and bowler, and a big part of the family shoe business, Heisler's Bootery. Anything to do to support her four boys and husband, she was right there.
Dorothy had a green thumb. One could hardly see out all the back porch windows because of her morning glories. Many rooms in the house had start-up plants growing, or somebody else's plants recovering. Her hobby was collecting different small souvenir shoes from her travels and gifts from others in the family – totaling in the hundreds.
The last several years of her life were busy at Heisler's Bootery, holding court up front with the customers, reminiscing, reading her morning Crystal Lake Herald with coffee, and being a part of the daily activity. She will be greatly missed.
Dorothy is survived by sons Jim (Rebecca), John (Wilma), Jeff (Carol Ann), Jack (Linda), all of Crystal Lake; grandchildren Jody, Jason, Johnny, Jill, Cindy (Kevin), Tracy (Charles), Courtney, Tim (Lindsay), Brian; and great-grandchildren Kyle, Matt, Kaleigh, Charlie, Declan, and Ryan.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father and three older siblings, Art, Alice, and Howard. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Leonard J. Heisler, on Dec. 31, 2000 and her daughter-in-law, Carol Lee Heisler, on April 3, 2006.
Her family would like to thank all those who cared for her at home, at Centegra ICU, and the many staff at Hospice of Northeastern Illinois-Woodstock.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake. Visitation will continue on Monday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, Dec, 10 at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Interment will follow at McHenry County Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made in Dorothy's name to Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 or to Sheltered Village, 600 Borden St., Woodstock, IL 60098.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.querhammerandflagg.com. Please call the funeral home at 815-459-1760 for additional information.