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Dorothy M. Hartje

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 12:37 p.m. CDT

Dorothy M. “Dee Dee” Hartje, 82, Leaf River, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris.

Dorothy was born Dec. 6, 1931 in Freeport, the daughter of Cletus and Norvella (Eakle) Kuntzelman.

She graduated from Leaf River High School class of 1949.

Dorothy married William “Squirley” Hartje Jr. on Oct. 1, 1949 in Adeline.

She was owner of Dee Dee’s Café in Leaf River, and she also worked for Kable News Company, Mt. Morris.  She loved to camp, fish, her time with her family, and occasional trips to the casinos.

She was a member of the Leaf River United Methodist Church, Leaf River.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Connie Hartje, Leaf River; sons, William “Bill” (Anne) Hartje, Rockford, and Steven (Debra) Hartje, Leaf River; grandchildren, Heather (Bill) Wooten, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Will (Janell) Hartje, Winnebago, Brenda Rosenbalm, Forreston, Danny Rosenbalm, Mt. Morris, and Brian Rosenbalm, Leaf River; great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Juliana, Stephanie, Jessica, Desiree, Bristol, Chayse, and Hudson; brothers, Ronald Kuntzelman, Leaf River, Harold “Butch” (Judy) Kuntzelman, Stillman Valley, Thomas “Ted” Kuntzelman, Rockford, and James (Carol) Kuntzelman, Roscoe; sister: Sandra Lindstrom, Rockford; and her faithful dog “Buddy.”

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; brothers: Cletus Jr., Jerry, Robert, Alton “Sonny,” and Donald; sister, Betty Fogle, and Barbara Klapp.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris. Private burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport.

Visitation will be on Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. until service time at Finch Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Pinecrest Terrace at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home and Ogle County Hospice & Home.

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