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OBITUARY

Dorothy V. (Kluckman) Erickson

August 26, 1928July 17, 2020
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Springfield, IL-Dorothy V. (Kluckman) Erickson 91, of Springfield, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020, at 7:53 P.M. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Dorothy (also known to family and friends as DoDo ... pronounced doe-doe) was born in Lowder, Illinois on August 26, 1928, the daughter of Albert and Marie (Bean) Hays. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1946.

On May 8, 1949, Dorothy married Paul E. Kluckman, with whom she had three children. Paul preceded her in death on Friday, April 13, 1973. She married Charles R. Erickson, Sr. (also known to family and friends as Duby) on July 2, 1976; and, he preceded her in death on Halloween 2007. Also preceding her in death were her five brothers: Paul, Wayne, Oscar, Bob and Ed Hays, and two sisters: Mary Doolen and Helen Chism.

Shortly following the death of her first husband, Paul, Dorothy rejoined the workforce, taking a job right across the street from home as a bookkeeper at Hennessy’s Flower Shop. She continued working in that capacity as that business changed ownership; and, finally retired at the age of 83 from Flowers with Love when they closed their doors in 2011, having worked for 20 years as their office manager.

Dorothy’s love for flowers extended beyond her work in the floral industry. She developed a passion for flowers years earlier. She loved to work in her flower garden or just sit on her front porch and enjoy all the beautiful flowers around her Fair Hills Residence community. She was devoted to taking care of the flowers around the community apartments … planting, feeding, weeding and watering. Sunday afternoon she was doing what she loved at the time of her unfortunate accident, watering flowers.

Not only a passion for flowers, but Dorothy loved looking for four-leaf clovers; and, she was the luckiest and best at finding them. Each one she found she dated and kept in a protective page binder … going back a number of years. She loved showing them to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends as well; and, loved looking in her yard with the kids hoping they would find one too. Year 2020, there are over a hundred four-leaf clovers she had found. She’s just about as lucky at the gambling boats, loved those slot machines … and scratch-off lottery cards too.

Dorothy was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church ELCA. She was also very involved in her community at Fair Hills Residence of the Illinois Presbyterian Home in Springfield, where she attended bible studies, enjoyed musical performances provided for the community residents, loved playing bingo, tackling those challenging jigsaw puzzles with friends, and just enjoyed talking with others only to find out, while sharing stories about their individual life experiences, there was someone or something they had in common.

Dorothy was an avid bowler; and, up until the COVID-19 pandemic, she bowled on average about 4 times a week in various leagues. She rolled a pretty mean left hook into the pocket and carried anywhere from a 140 to a 165 average. February 2018 Jacksonville newspaper ‘Spare Notes’ article by Dottie Konrad reported on the Springfield Lincoln Land Senior League, writing ‘Dorothy Erickson may be 89 years old, but you would never know it by the way she bowls. Last week she had a 224 game and a 504 series. She carries a 140 average in the league.’ She was so looking forward to getting back to the bowling alley to see all her pals.

Dorothy’s family was second only to her faith in God … she was a daughter, sister, wife, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Her family grew when she married Duby Erickson to also include stepchildren/grandchildren/great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children: Connie (Larry) Golembeck of Petersburg, Illinois; Larry (Diana) Kluckman of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; and, Gary (Jewell) Kluckman of Worden, Illinois. Grandchildren: Jeffrey (Chloe) Kluckman of Pleasant Plains, Illinois; Chad (Mandy) Golembeck of Petersburg, Illinois; Lauren (Andrew) Meneghetti of Glenarm, Illinois. Great-Granddaughter Hailey Kluckman serving in the U.S. Army (Fayetteville, North Carolina) and several younger great-grandchildren. Also, many nieces and nephews, step children, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

The family will greet family and friends on Wednesday, July 22nd, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2477 West Washington in Springfield, observing church COVID-19 protocols (wearing of masks at all times/social distancing will be enforced). Visitation in the Parish Life Center (please use the north entrance under the portico off the main parking lot) from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., with a private family service immediately following visitation. Family and friends are welcome to join the procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery for burial service. Pastor Pam Mitcham will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Fair Hills Residence of the Illinois Presbyterian Home. Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 217-544-5424

  • FAMILY

  • Albert Hays, Father (deceased)
  • Marie (Bean) Hays, Mother (deceased)
  • Paul Edward Kluckman, Husband (deceased)
  • Charles R. Erickson Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Connie Golembeck (Larry), Daughter
  • Larry Kluckman (Diana), Son
  • Gary Kluckman (Jewell), Son
  • Jeffrey Kluckman (Chloe), Grandson
  • Chad Golembeck (Mandy), Grandson
  • Lauren Meneghetti (Andrew), Granddaughter
  • Hailey Kluckman, Great Granddaughter
  • Paul Hays, Brother (deceased)
  • Wayne Hays, Brother (deceased)
  • Oscar Hays, Brother (deceased)
  • Bob Hays, Brother (deceased)
  • Ed Hays, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Doolen, Sister (deceased)
  • Helen Chism, Sister (deceased)
  • There are several younger great grandchildren. Also many nieces and nephews, step children, step grandchildren, and step great-grandchildren
  • DONATIONS

  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Fair Hills Residence of the Illinois Presbyterian Home

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Memories

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Douglas Riefler

July 26, 2020

Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Douglas Riefler & Family

Pat Pagliara

July 25, 2020

Sorry for the loss of your loved one. I bowled in a day league(around 1998) with Dorthy, always enjoyed bowling against her and teammates, she was one of the nicest ladies and she sure enjoyed bowling and going to the gambling boat.

Linda (Piper) Charles

July 24, 2020

Our whole family loved DoDo. She had a beautiful soul. An infectious laugh and was my Mom’s best friend. She was so much fun to hang around with. I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone.
Connie, Larry, Gary and the rest of the family, I am so sorry for the loss you must be feeling. Your Mom was such a special lady. She brought joy and happiness to all. I am so Blessed to have known and loved her.
God Bless you all. With much love, Linda

Pat Creviston

July 22, 2020

I watched the tribute video for Dorothy,
and what a wonderful way to remember her. I met Dorothy at The Fairhills Residence where I could count on her watering the flowers, or sweeping up the sidewalk in front of her apartment, when I arrived early in the morning. She was always so friendly, and a joy to talk to. I stopped to say hello to Dorothy just a few days before her passing. She always had a smile, as she did that day I stopped.
Her beautiful garden in front of her apartment is definately her legacy. I will miss Doroth. May She Rest In Peace.

Cindy Appenzeller

July 22, 2020

Dodo was the happiest, most positive people to have ever walked this earth! She loved life and her family more than anything. A loving mom, sister, daughter, aunt, grandma, great-grandma and friend. She had a way of making everyone feel special! It was actually her who was the special one, even though she never thought so. Without a doubt, she has reunited with her beloved mom, dad, brothers, sisters, Paul and Bob and and they are having a huge party with lots of laughter!! Dodo, you will be missed and never forgotten. I, for one, will be forever grateful having had you in my life! 😘

Linda Moser

July 21, 2020

Dorothy was a friend of my Mom Bernice Davis from Enos School , PTA, Brownies and Cub Scout circus. She was a very sweet and kind lady. She made a difference in this world. Always had a smile. RIP Dorothy. Love Linda Davis Moser

Janet Reynolds

July 21, 2020

So sorry for the loss of Dorothy. I was a Bunco Bessie friend of hers. She was always so positive and happy. Always wanted to know how you were doing and about your kids. She sure did love her family and talked about them and all their accomplishments every time we got together. I hope your wonderful memories of her fill you with some comfort at this difficult time. Peace to all her family and friends.

Janet Reynolds

Karen Rees Kerber

July 21, 2020

What a sweet lady. My first memory of Dorothy was many years ago when I cut through her yard walking home from Brownies on 2 nd Street. Many years passed and Our lives came together again. I bowled with her on Wednesday mornings and also she ate lunch with my Sister at Fairhills / IPH. My Sis and I both will miss her wonderful smile , her thoughtful and caring attitude, and her concern for others, She had so much energy. From the Rees and Kerber families I send our sincere condolences. We will be keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers. God bless the entire famiy.

Jerry Sample

July 20, 2020

So sorry to hear that Dorothy has passed away. She was a dear friend of mine. We bowled together for several years. I always looked forward to seeing her each week . We had a lot of fun bowling together and even managed to win the Senior League a few years ago. She will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Dorothy and her family.

Lisa Rolstone

July 19, 2020

I loved bowling with you. Your smile could light up anyones bad day. Working with you at the flower shop was the best. Im deeply sad at your passing. I'll see you soon my friend. Till then rock those strikes and sound the thunder. RIP.

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Biography

Springfield, IL-Dorothy V. (Kluckman) Erickson 91, of Springfield, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020, at 7:53 P.M. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Dorothy (also known to family and friends as DoDo ... pronounced doe-doe) was born in Lowder, Illinois on August 26, 1928, the daughter of Albert and Marie (Bean) Hays. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1946.
On May 8, 1949, Dorothy married Paul E. Kluckman, with whom she had three children. Paul preceded her in death on Friday, April 13, 1973. She married Charles R. Erickson, Sr. (also known to family and friends as Duby) on July 2, 1976; and, he preceded her in death on Halloween 2007. Also preceding her in death were her five brothers: Paul, Wayne, Oscar, Bob and Ed Hays, and two sisters: Mary Doolen and Helen Chism.
Shortly following the death of her first husband, Paul, Dorothy rejoined the workforce, taking a job right across the street from home as a bookkeeper at Hennessy’s Flower Shop. She continued working in that capacity as that business changed ownership; and, finally retired at the age of 83 from Flowers with Love when they closed their doors in 2011, having worked for 20 years as their office manager.
Dorothy’s love for flowers extended beyond her work in the floral industry. She developed a passion for flowers years earlier. She loved to work in her flower garden or just sit on her front porch and enjoy all the beautiful flowers around her Fair Hills Residence community. She was devoted to taking care of the flowers around the community apartments … planting, feeding, weeding and watering. Sunday afternoon she was doing what she loved at the time of her unfortunate accident, watering flowers.
Not only a passion for flowers, but Dorothy loved looking for four-leaf clovers; and, she was the luckiest and best at finding them. Each one she found she dated and kept in a protective page binder … going back a number of years. She loved showing them to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends as well; and, loved looking in her yard with the kids hoping they would find one too. Year 2020, there are over a hundred four-leaf clovers she had found. She’s just about as lucky at the gambling boats, loved those slot machines … and scratch-off lottery cards too.
Dorothy was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church ELCA. She was also very involved in her community at Fair Hills Residence of the Illinois Presbyterian Home in Springfield, where she attended bible studies, enjoyed musical performances provided for the community residents, loved playing bingo, tackling those challenging jigsaw puzzles with friends, and just enjoyed talking with others only to find out, while sharing stories about their individual life experiences, there was someone or something they had in common.
Dorothy was an avid bowler; and, up until the COVID-19 pandemic, she bowled on average about 4 times a week in various leagues. She rolled a pretty mean left hook into the pocket and carried anywhere from a 140 to a 165 average. February 2018 Jacksonville newspaper ‘Spare Notes’ article by Dottie Konrad reported on the Springfield Lincoln Land Senior League, writing ‘Dorothy Erickson may be 89 years old, but you would never know it by the way she bowls. Last week she had a 224 game and a 504 series. She carries a 140 average in the league.’ She was so looking forward to getting back to the bowling alley to see all her pals.
Dorothy’s family was second only to her faith in God … she was a daughter, sister, wife, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Her family grew when she married Duby Erickson to also include stepchildren/grandchildren/great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Connie (Larry) Golembeck of Petersburg, Illinois; Larry (Diana) Kluckman of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; and, Gary (Jewell) Kluckman of Worden, Illinois. Grandchildren: Jeffrey (Chloe) Kluckman of Pleasant Plains, Illinois; Chad (Mandy) Golembeck of Petersburg, Illinois; Lauren (Andrew) Meneghetti of Glenarm, Illinois. Great-Granddaughter Hailey Kluckman serving in the U.S. Army (Fayetteville, North Carolina) and several younger great-grandchildren. Also, many nieces and nephews, stepchildren, stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
The family will greet family and friends on Wednesday, July 22nd, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2477 West Washington in Springfield, observing church COVID-19 protocols (wearing of masks at all times/social distancing will be enforced). Visitation in the Parish Hall (please use the north entrance under the portico off the main parking lot) from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., with a private family service immediately following visitation. Family and friends are welcome to join the procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery for burial service. Pastor Pam Mitcham will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Fair Hills Residence of the Illinois Presbyterian Home.
Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 217-544-5424