Dorothy Sophie Wehr

Dorothy Sophie Wehr departed quietly for heaven on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 surrounded by family. Dorothy was born September 15, 1927 in Lansing, Michigan, to Karl and Sophie Wildeman. She graduated from Eastern High School in Lansing and worked at the Style Shop in East Lansing, where she met her husband, Max. They were married in 1947 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lansing. She was a stay-at-home mom who was very involved in her children’s lives, serving as room mother and Girl Scout and Campfire Girls leader, having hot lunches ready when they came home from school at noon, and baking lots of homemade cookies. Family was everything to Mom. She was never happier than when her family could get together!
Max and Dot, as he called her, loved to travel. They visited nearly all of the 50 states in their motor home and went to Germany with a church group in 1996. Dorothy loved to paint and was an accomplished watercolor artist and past member of the Eaton Art League. Her children are the proud owners of many of her paintings, which hang in their homes. She was a faithful and active member of First Lutheran Church of Charlotte, having served on the altar guild and decorating committee. She also enjoyed golf and playing Scrabble, cards, and other games with family and friends.
She is survived by four daughters: Judith (Phil) Hooper of Big Rapids and Grand Haven, MI; Kay (Darwin) Mahar of Reed City, MI; Mary Jo (Brian) Huver of Charlotte; and Polly Burns of Reed City; six grandchildren: Erin Mahar, Matthew (Kim) Mahar, Dr. Gretchen (Hooper) (Dr. Jonathan) Winters, Ryan Converse, Elliana Burns, and Mason Huver, and six great-grandchildren: Taylor, Emily, Julian, Tristan, Drew, and Max, as well as four nieces and four nephews.
Dorothy was preceded to heaven by her husband of 71 years, Max, in 2019; son, Mark and son-in-law, Paul Burns in 2018, parents; brothers, Alfred and Ernest; and sister, Elsie.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 550 E. Shepherd St., Charlotte, MI 48813 with Rev. Mark Gawura officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church of Charlotte.
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The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.