Dorothy Philomena Halbleib

30 July, 194012 May, 2020

Our beloved mother, Dorothy (Dot) P. Willett Halbleib of LaGrange, Kentucky, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the age of 79. Born July 30, 1940 in Stanley, Kentucky. Her late parents were Harvey and Mary Ben Willett. Dorothy was the oldest of 4 children, and is survived by sisters Marianna Robinson, Faye Wilkerson and brother Ben Willett. Dorothy graduated form Owensboro Catholic High School in 1958 and attended Brescia College. She graduated from the former St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Louisville. Her nursing career started at Our Lady of Peace Hospital mental health facility. She expanded her career by working at the Kentucky State Reformatory, KCPC in LaGrange, Kentucky. She rose to the position of Supervisor in the Psychiatric Department and retired after many years. After retirement, Dorothy enjoyed her time with family and friends. An avid gardener, she also enjoyed traveling, reading, jazz music, her cats, wine and cooking. She had a deep passion for the arts attending many local theatrical performances and art fairs. Holidays always presented an opportunity for her to tastefully decorate her home and share her hospitality with family and friends. She was a member of the Veach Historical Society, Crystal Lake Committee, and various associations. Dorothy is survived by her children, James Patrick (Lisa), Joseph Kevin (Melody) and Amy Marie Halbleib. Her grandchildren are Conor Isaacs Halbleib, Katherine Patricia Halbleib, Sean Patrick Halbleib and Jonathan Moseley and her great grandchildren, Jordan Cole Halbleib, Jayden Bryce Halbleib, Kayleigh Nicole Halbleib and Zachary Patrick Halbleib. Her loving family and many friends will miss her fun, zest for life and bright smile. Due to the constraints caused by the Corona Virus a Celebration of Life gathering will be postponed until a later date, to be posted at the appropriate time. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the American Cancer Society or the Kentucky Humane Society, Dorothy would have liked that.


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Janice Finnegan

May 30, 2020

Dot, I will always remember all of our good times together and the friendship that we shared! I love you! I will miss our talks but most of all I will miss your kind gentle spirit! Rest In Peace! Your friend Jan Finnegan

Benjamin Willett

May 20, 2020

Many thanks to all for sharing your condolences; my eldest sister will be dearly missed.

Dorothy loved her family, circle of friends, traveling (especially Europe), her English garden, wine, jazz, reading and staying busy; sitting around wasn't part of her "modus operandi." She could do more in one day than her brother could in one month.

Special thanks to Sister Ruth and the Ursuline community for the kind words and prayers. Enclosed pic is from the holidays of 1995.


diane bennett

May 18, 2020

Dot was a good friend and one of my favorite supervisors at kcpc my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time i will always treasure my memories and how much fun she was i have nothing but the highest respect and admiration for her,

Sister Ruth Gehres

May 18, 2020

Dear Marianna, Faye, Ben, and all of Dorothy's family . . . I send my love and sympathy to you as you mourn the loss of your dear sister. May our loving God bless you in the anticipation of a joyous reunion with Dorothy and all your loved ones in the embrace of our loving God. Our love and prayers are with you . . . Sister Ruth and Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph

Sylvia Duff-Kremer

May 18, 2020

Jim and Lisa -

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this great loss. May your happy and loving memories carry you through this special time.

Bert and Sylvia Kremer

Norma Smith

May 17, 2020

I am so saddened for your loss. Dorthy was a very dear & longtime friend of mine. I will miss her very much.
With love & Sympathy,
Norma Smith- El. Reno, Okla.

Linda Ballard

May 17, 2020

Marianna, Ben, and Faye,
Just wanted you to know how sorry I am to hear about Dorothy. I haven't seen her in years, but remember her smile. Such a lovely person. She chose a path in nursing that was not the easiest, but she was good at those harder choices.
God bless all of you.
Linda Mills Ballard

helen kraus

May 17, 2020

Dear Jim, Kevin ,Amy and families; I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother Dorothy. My husband (Dr. Robert Kraus) was an attendant in your Mother and Father's wedding 60yrs. ago. It has been such a long time ago that we last saw them. We moved and lost contact but still have wonderful memories of the Halblieb family. Sorry I cannot attend the funeral since I now live in Calhoun, ky. near Owensboro. You have my sympathy.

Nanci McAtee

May 16, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman, always sharing her beautiful garden to brighten my day, and was a terrific host when the VHS held our reunion in Louisville KY. She will he missed. Love, Nanci McAtee

Lonny Veach

May 16, 2020

We at the Veitch Historical Society are all saddened for your family. We've ENJOYED Dorothy at so many VHS Reunions in different cities . . . and especially the VHS Tour to Scotland with Sue Johnson. We enjoyed meeting Kevin, his wife & the GrandKids in Crawfordsville, IN. Our thoughts and Prayers are with your Family. We will be placing her obit in the October 2020 issue of THE VEITCH CHRONICLE. #VeitchHistorical
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