Dorothy Whitteker, a lifetime resident of the Williamsburg area, passed away at the Township of Osgoode Care Centre on Wed., Oct. 16,2013. She was 94.
Dorothy was born on March 7, 1919, on a farm in the Township of Williamsburg to her parents, William Levi and Allie Flo Casselman. She was the eldest of four siblings, Orval, Gertrude, and Bill.
Dorothy’s family was the most important in her life. Over the years, she had told her family many stories about her family, and her childhood days. She worked hard on the farm, always helping others. She preferred working outside with her Dad, but also helped her Mom in the house a lot because her Mom was small and sometimes in poor health.
She grew up in a very large extended family home. Dorothy’s Aunt Della, and her four daughters, lived with them for many years. They were like older sisters to her, and she still could name them and talk about them this summer past when she looked at pictures. Her grandparents lived with them, too. So there were three families with three wood stoves, and 13 people eating meals together. Then, on Sundays, other relatives would come to visit. What a wonderful way to grow up as a child.
On Sept. 6, 1939, Dorothy married Paul Whitteker, and from this union came three children: Isla, Garry and Jim; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She had a loving, caring, giving, unconditional-love for her family that could only come from the heart of God.
She was an excellent cook and baker, and she always made sure that her entire family was well fed at all times, whether she was making them bologna sandwiches, cake, cookies, pickles, or one of her other tasty treats. She loved cats, and she enjoyed gardening, playing cards, fishing, and knitting. All of her family members have benefitted from her abilities as a seamstress because they all have her hand knit dishcloths, scarves, mittens, socks, and afghans. Next to her love for her family was her love for the farm. She helped Paul deliver the mail, but she loved the farm, and nothing touched her heart more than being on her farm. It was not just a place where she grew up, but it was where she was supposed to be, and wanted to be all her life. She loved to go to the barn to milk the cows.
Dorothy always put the needs of her family ahead of her own. She was a very generous lady, and she provided a very positive influence on the lives of all of the members of her family.
She is survived by her children, Isla Whitteker of Orleans and Garry (Mary) of RR #3 Williamsburg; her brother, Bill Casselman of Williamsburg; and her sister-in-law Audrey A. Casselman of Williamsburg. She will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Shelley (Vince) Cousineau, Tracy (Geoff) Hare, Shaw (Suzanne) Knelsen, Tammy (Dan) McIntosh, Stacey (Raymond) Lee, and great-grandchildren Brooke, Brandon, Tyrnan, Ivy Grace, Ryan, Samuel, Michael, and Jordan. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul, her infant daughter, Julie, her son, James Paul, her sister, Gertrude Strader, her brother, Orval Casselman, her sister-in-law, Audrey H. Casselman, and her brother-in-law, Lyell “Sib” Strader.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sun., Oct. 20 from noon until the time of the funeral service at 2 pm conducted by Rev. Norine Gullons. Following the service, interment was at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston. The pallbearers were Shaw Knelsen, Dale Casselman, Alan Casselman, Dan McIntosh, Vince Cousineau, and Geoff Hare.
Donations to the Township of Osgoode Care Centre or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com