Dorothea Jane Tschirgi age 75 passed away in her home on Monday, April 20, 2020, at 4:40 pm with a daughter and granddaughter by her side.
Dorothea was born to Lloyd and Lavina Wilkinson on July 12, 1944, in Ainsworth Nebraska.
She lived several years in Albany Missouri and West Des Moines, Iowa before coming to Clayton, IL.Dorothea was a member of Life Family Church in Beardstown and in the past, was a member of the Assembly God of Camp Point. She enjoyed spending time with her family, loved Christmas and gave way too many gifts, she enjoyed traveling and camping, boating, loved swimming in her back-yard swimming pool where her grandchildren learned to swim, riding in her 1964 Cutlass Convertible, music and dancing. She enjoyed meeting with her bible study group each week and dearly loved her dogs, Tinkerbell and Tweety.
Dorothea worked several jobs throughout her life including decorating cakes at Dahl’s Grocery Store, Preferred Risk Insurance Company, and JC Penny’s in West Des Moines Iowa. When she moved to Clayton, Illinois in 1984 she worked as a home health aide, and at the Stock Yard Inn in Coastsburg, IL.
Dorothea always dreamed of owning her own restaurant and that dream came true in 1989. She was the proud owner of DJ’s Country Inn in Clayton for 23 years. She employed her daughters, several grandchildren, her sister, niece, several high school students and other members of the community throughout those years.
Survivors include her daughters Kimberly (Larry, her favorite son in law) Stanley of Waukee Iowa, Cristina Tschirgi of Clayton, and Melissa Tschirgi of Clayton, a grandson Phillip Rousseau of Clayton, granddaughter’s Sarah (Mike) Volkens of Clive Iowa, Crystal Janssen of Camp Point, Karly (Matt) York of Grimes, Iowa, Jade Johnson of Quincy, and Amanda Smith of New Canton, great-grandchildren Brianna, Alexi, Mikey, Layney, Jackson, James, Benjamin and Timothy, her brother, Charles (Etta) Wilkinson of Albany MO, two sisters, Evelyn (Gene) Corporon of Kingsland, TX, Eunice Rose of Clayton and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dorothea had stepdaughters Shari, Christy, Kelly, and Carrie throughout her life, and she loved each one of them dearly.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Wilkinson and Lavina England, a sister Lois Carlson, a nephew David, and nieces Tracey and Tonya.
Upon Dorothea’s request, she will be cremated. Due to the current health situation under the direction of the CDC, local health authorities and the state of Illinois, a celebration of life will be held later with burial at Grandview Cemetery in Albany Missouri.
Dorothea’s family would like to thank Dr. Wilford from Blessing Physicians for his loving compassion and warm hugs during office visits and Dr. Somanna for managing her COPD, improving her quality of life for the past five years. We would also like to thank Nurse Keaton and the Blessing Hospice team for their help and support that allowed her to be at home when she passed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Life Family Church building fund, or Blessing Hospice, in care of Hamilton Funeral Home, PO Box 255, Camp Point, IL. 62320.
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The Hamilton Funeral Home in Clayton is handling the arrangements.
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