NEW?ULM Dorothy St. John, 86, New Ulm, formerly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter, MN.
Dorothy (Janes) St. John, the daughter of John and Agnes (Foley) Janes, was born December 11, 1925, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. She attended St. Patrick's Convent High School of St. John's, where she earned a Certificate of Music from the Trinity College of Music, London, England. Dorothy traveled to the United States in 1947 where she was employed as a bookkeeper at a major department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She married John St. John on August 27, 1949 at St. Veronica Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Survived by daughters Paula Marti and her husband Georg of New Ulm, MN; Carmel Liberman and her husband Michael of Mukwonago, Wisconsin; Grandchildren G. Adam Marti and his wife Barbara, New Ulm, MN; Frieda Marti and her husband Christopher, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; John Marti, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and Benjamin Marti, Mankato, MN; Great-Grandchildren Toni Tauer, Griffin Marti, and Ava Marti all of New Ulm, MN; and siblings, Edward (Ned) Janes, Kavata, Ontario, Canada, Angela Burns, Dexter, Michigan, Marie Ryan and her husband John, of St. John's Newfoundland, John "Jack" Janes and his wife Rita of St. John's Newfoundland, and Carmel Olin and her husband, Richard of Arvada, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy retired from 20 years of service at Cooper Industries, Milwaukee and moved to New Ulm in 2000 where she began working in the family business, Morgan Creek Vineyards, helping in the kitchen until her health required her to reduce her physical activity. She continued bookkeeping at the winery until 2011. She enjoyed working with the winery staff immensely, everyone there called her "Grandma Dot." Dorothy loved playing the piano, singing - especially Irish Folk Songs - and she remembered the lyrics to every tune. She was an avid BBC News fan. Dorothy was feisty, fun and "tough as nails." Her strength and devotion to her family in the U.S. and overseas were a beautiful testament to her love of life and her faith. Her daily presence will be deeply missed, but her memory has sent its roots to all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Dermott and his wife "Peg" Dunn, who was also Dorothy's childhood best friend, St. John's Newfoundland; and nephew Gerard Janes, St. John's Newfoundland.
A private memorial service is planned for September 30, 2012 at Morgan Creek Vineyards, New Ulm, MN.
Schmucker Funeral Service of New Ulm assisted the family with arrangements.