Dorothy M. Bethel

January 23, 1930February 25, 2018
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Dorothy Mae Bethel, 88,of Peoria passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at OSF Hospital in Peoria.

Dorothy was born on January 23, 1930, in Peoria, IL, to Frieda and Fred Reichert. She married the love of her life, Frank Bethel on Feb. 3, 1951, in Peoria, IL. He preceded her in death on September 19, 2016 in Peoria . Also, preceding her in death were her two sisters, Florence Morrison and Pauline Traub.

Surviving are her children, David (Kris) Bethel of Belvidere, IL, Robert (Shirley) Bethel of Peoria, and Michael (Karen) Bethel of Peoria; 6 grandchildren, Matthew (Shawn) Bethel of Phoenix, AZ, Stephen (Krista) Bethel of Mundelein, IL, Mark (Falynne) Bethel of Wauwatosa, WI, Sarah (Steve) Nelson of Peoria, Vincent Bethel of Peoria, and Marisa Bethel of Peoria; 7 great grandchildren, Jenz Bethel, Ava Nelson, Liam Bethel, Tate Nelson, Alexander Bethel, Monroe Bethel, and Marlo Bethel.

Dorothy graduated from Manual High School in 1948. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville. Dorothy enjoyed collecting antiques and traveling around the world. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dorothy worked as a school librarian at Washington Gifted School in Peoria for over 25 years.

Sincere thanks to Lutheran Hillside Village of Peoria for their wonderful care of Dorothy during the past four years.

In honoring Dorothy’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or service. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Davison-Fulton Funeral Home, 1203 West Garfield Avenue in Bartonville. A private burial will take place at Swan Lake Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter, 612 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

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Denise Johnson

March 3, 2018

True heartfelt condolences go out to Dorothy's immediate family while she was a resident at LHV. Loved that lady ever so much.

Rosalyn Blair

March 1, 2018

Dorothy was a close friend of my Aunt and Uncle. She and my Aunt went to Manual together. My Mom is at LUTHERAN. While I live in Chicago area, every time I visited my Mom I checked in on Dorothy. I loved talking with her. My last visit was on Tuesday February 20. I am glad to have spent time with her that day. She was a wonderful lady. She missed Frank immensely. Now at last they are together again. My condolences to your family on your loss. Rosalyn Sue Blair

Shirl Bethel

February 28, 2018

Carol Brining/Mcelfresh

February 27, 2018

Mike and family I'm very sorry to hear about your mother may she rest in peace

Matthew Bethel

February 27, 2018

Ray and Jan Hassett

February 26, 2018

Dear Mike, Karen, and family;
Please accept our sincerest sympathy on the passing of your mother. May you feel God's love and find comfort knowing that friends care and are remembering you.
Ray and Jan Hassett