Dorothea Louisa Burns

June 5, 1932September 22, 2020

Dorothea (Dottie) Louisa Sauer Burns went to her eternal home on September 22, 2020. Dottie was born on June 5, 1932 to Louisa Winstel Sauer and Herman Sauer, Sr in Philadelphia, PA. She grew up in Quintin and Salem, NJ. She joined the Air Force in 1951. While in the Air Force she was stationed in several places including Illinois, Colorado and Hawaii. While stationed in Hawaii she married Hobart Burns on Nov. 15, 1954. They moved to Kokomo, IN in 1957.

Dottie was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was very active in many activities and groups at the church including; The Altar Rosery Society, Ladies of Charity, Daughters of Isabella and Serra Club. She retired from Delco, after 27 years, in 1994. After her retirement she continued to volunteer at the church in many different groups and activities. She also volunteered at CAM and the Literacy Coalition. While working at Delco Dottie attended Indiana University Kokomo. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts in 1984.

She is survived by one son; Steven Burns, two daughters; Pam (Jeff) Dillman and Barb (Lee) Davenport, and one daughter in law, Denise Burns. She was preceded in death by one son, Bruce Burns. She has six grandchildren: Jeffrey (Jennifer) Dillman, Jackie (Derek) Dillman Irick, Andrew Burns, Stacy (Patrick Littlewood) Burns, Lee Davenport and Ariel Davenport. She has one great grandchild; Jackson Dillman. She is survived by one sister, Barbara Hyson. She was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 25, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church 1204 N. Armstrong St., Kokomo, IN 46901. A rosary service will be at 11:30 AM at the church on Friday. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at the church on Friday.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 25, 2020


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Ruth Lawson

September 27, 2020

Part of Newspaper article sent in:
Many years ago, Dottie had just retired from Delco in 1994, and soon after began her journey with CAM.
Dottie was a Volunteer, who greeted Clients. Churches had days they served and Dottie brought in two more people to help fill the day for St. Patrick.
Then, Dottie moved into being a Supervisor for CAM. With her soft heart, she would spend much of her days talking to people who came into the Drop-In. Many Clients came by on Thursdays, especially to see and talk with Dottie.
Dottie would leave us, at times, to go on trips and visit family. I remember her traveling the three missionary journeys of St. Paul. She told me, "It just brings the scripture to life, making these pilgrimages." Dottie's faith and family were very important to her.
Christmas needed some help with organizing food and Dottie was a master at calling and gathering food and Volunteers to serve.
Dottie served on the CAM Board of Directors for many years.
Birthdays are a special day in every person's life. As time goes on, this task grew and Dottie organized many women from St Pats and St Joan to bake cakes.
As age and memory wore on, Dottie moved from Supervisor to Table Top Ministry. In this ministry, Volunteers came in and visit and talk with Clients as they wait to see the Supervisors. Dottie would print off a poem or scripture or a devotion to hand to people. Dottie was always welcome to be at CAM and loved so many people - and we loved her.
We'll miss you, Dottie. You were such a blessing to CAM, your Church, your family, and other organizations. Kokomo homeless, former homeless, rich and poor, have lost a dear friend.

Emily Vancuren

September 24, 2020

Dottie I remember the first time we met in Ohio for a graduation. I enjoyed talking to you about our children and grandchildren and so much that had happen in our life . We had a lot of things in common. We talked about the next time we would meet . I’m so sorry that didn’t happen .
Until we meet again ! God Bless.

Sheila Soringer

September 23, 2020

Dottie you shall be greatly missed. No more messages saying “this is Dottie begging again” for desserts to be consumed by CAM, Serra Club & St. Patrick’s funeral meals, etc... She assisted many a grade schooler with reading, inspired me with walking to daily mass, assisted with the Bays family & others with BINGO in the Parish Hall, and made the best chocolate & blondie Texas sheet cakes. Thank you Dottie for sharing you life with our Parish & that I got to be a small part of it. Love & prayers.

Lynn Knowles

September 23, 2020

Aunt Dottie was such a sweetheart, I am heartbroken at her passing. It was always so nice spending time with her. She will certainly be missed by many.


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