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Obituary for Dorothy V. Schwartz

Dorothy V. Schwartz, 101, of Rockford, IL and formerly of Durand, IL died at 3:05 p.m., Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Wesley Willows.

Born February 15, 1916 in Rock County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer and Amelia (Zietz) Johnson. She graduated from Durand High School, Class of 1934 as the class valedictorian. She then took a two year teaching course in DeKalb, which at that time was enough to become a teacher. Dorothy then started her teaching career at Crow School, a one room schoolhouse south of Durand in 1936, where she was both teacher and custodian. She next served as principal at Buckbee School near Rockford. From 1945-1952 she served as both teacher and principal at Durand Grade School, which was located at the site of the now Durand American Legion. After attending classes at NIU in the summers, she received her BS in teaching in 1948. She married Dr. Isadore Schwartz in Durand, IL on August 28, 1948. In 1956 she and her husband “Doc” as she called him, moved to Loves Park. There, Dorothy was hired for the new position of curriculum coordinator for the Loves Park Harlem School District where she served from 1956-1966. Dorothy enjoyed handwork, especially knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch and Norwegian needlework. She was a member of the Durand’s Women’s Club, where she held offices, Durand High School Alumni Association, the Otter Creek Historical Society, Durand Educational Association, the Winnebago-Boone County Retired Teachers Association and Durand United Methodist Church.

She is survived by many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband “Doc” in 1992 and her only sibling, Helen Johnson in 2007.

Funeral Ceremonies will be held at 11:00 a.m, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in Durand United Methodist Church, 102 East Main Street, Durand, IL with Pastor Soon Sun Lee officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of ceremonies. Burial will be in Durand Township Cemetery.

McCorkle Funeral Home-Durand Chapel, 101 W Main Street, Durand, IL assisted the family.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Durand United Methodist Church

102 East Main Street
Durand, IL IL

Funeral Ceremony




11:00 AM
Durand United Methodist Church

102 East Main Street
Durand, IL IL

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Durand Township Cemetery

Durand Road
Durand, IL 61024


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