Hathaway-Myers Chapel

1022 Pearl Street, Columbus, IN


Dorothy J. Kolopanis

July 1, 1927August 2, 2020

Dorothy Jean Kolopanis joined her heavenly family on August 2, 2020. She was born July 1, 1927 in Columbus, Indiana, where she lived most of her life with her beloved husband of 43 years, George John Kolopanis, who preceded her in death. Dorothy is survived by her son George Kolopanis (Phyllis), her son Gary Kolopanis, and daughter Karen Madson (Mike): grandchildren Heather Gotschall, Chris Kolopanis (Nikki), Gwen Tabor (Tom), Kendall Rau (Kevin), and Sean Madson: great-grandchildren Brookelynn Gotschall and Cheyenne Tabor. Dorothy was the school secretary at St. Peter’s Lutheran School for 15 years. Many students were privileged to know this sweet lady during their school days at St. Peter’s. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she volunteered in many different organizations. Dorothy and George both loved playing bridge at the Senior Center, where they also did volunteer work. They traveled extensively across the country in their RV during their retirement and Dorothy later took many trips with the Senior Center travel group. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her final resting place will be Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana. Due to the current pandemic situation, there will be a private, family funeral service at Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl Street. If desired, memorials can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or Mill Race Senior Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hathaway-myers.com.


  • George (Phyllis) Kolopanis, Son
  • Gary Kolopanis, Son
  • Karen (Mike) Madson, Daughter
  • Heather Gotschall, Grandchild
  • Chris (Nikki) Kolopanis, Grandchild
  • Gwen (Tom) Tabor, Grandchild
  • Kendall (Kevin) Rau, Grandchild
  • Sean Madson, Grandchild
  • Brookelynn Gotschall, Great Grandchild
  • Cheyenne Tabor, Great Grandchild

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  • St Peter's Lutheran Church
  • Mill Race Senior Center


  • Services are Private


Dorothy J. Kolopanis

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Don Meyer

August 11, 2020

My very favorite cousin. I used to go over to her house with a monopoly game and talk her into playing the game with me when I am sure she had more important things to do. Nevertheless, she was a sweet heart and would always consent. She considered me, 7 years younger than she, a real handful. I last saw her at Parkside Convalescent home in Columbus, Indiana when I was visiting another friend and we had a nice chat.

Our families would exchange names for Christmas presents in the 1940's , with a $2. limit. She received my name and I told her I want a wooden ack, ack gun that cost $1.95 and she could spend another 5 cents for a coke so I would not be short changed. She complied, but what a terrible thing for me to suggest.

A truly delightful lady.

Clifford Dietrich

August 10, 2020

Dorothy was secretary when I came to St. Peter's to be principal, Besides her help in my getting acclimated to the position, school congregation, and community, she gave invaluable service to St. Peter's. She was a godsend there (and to me). I value the time we worked together.

I pray that God gives the family comfort with the assurance that, as a firm believer in Jesus as our Savior, she is now in His presence forever.

John Kolopanis

August 6, 2020

Rest in Peace Aunt Dot. Finally reunited with Uncle George. We'll remember you in our prayers with all my love Jack.


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