Dorothy Marie Roraff
I Corinthians 13:13 “Now abideth Faith, Hope, and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.” Alzheimers may have robbed our mom of many things, but it never took away her love of her God and her family. After a visit with mom, she would always say “I love you, I love you”. She once told her granddaughters “I love you, I love you – I like loving you” through closed sleepy eyes. We always knew she loved us and we could feel it. Dorothy Marie Amundson Roraff was born in Cashton, WI on May 06, 1934 and passed away on April 22, 2021.
Mom had a huge heart which she shared not only with the people she loved, but with the children she babysat and did foster care for. She also loved all animals and especially her pet cat, Moosie. We had animals all through our growing up years, but Moosie held a special place because that is who was with her day in and day out when she was caring for our father when he was sick and eventally passed. Music filled our home and she loved to be entertained by her children, grandchildren, and great – grandchildren. We will always remember her as a great cook and not giving us options if we wanted seconds or thirds as she plopped another helping of mashed potatoes and gravy on our plates. She loved telling stories of growing up on a farm in the Cashton area. She was known for her beautiful flower garden on the side of her driveway on Losey Boulevard. It was very important for mom and dad that we receive a Christian education and worked hard to make that happen. That legacy continues today as grandchildren and great-grandchildren are learning about Jesus as their Savior and committing their lives to doing His work as missionaries and in everything they do in their daily lives. Mom worked for twenty-six years at La Crosse Footwear/Rubber Mills. She still is in contact with some of her co-workers and loves them dearly.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Kathryn (John) Olson, son, Brian (Mary) Roraff, her grandchildren, Bethany (Kevin) Henry, Natalie (Timothy) Johnson, Laura (Jonathan) Oebser, Micah (Andrea) Roraff, Grayson (Britany) Roraff, Joseph (Kendal) Roraff, Katrina (Carel) Latagan, Daniel (Treasure) Roraff, and Faith Roraff. She is also survived by 24 great- grandchildren who lovingly called her “Grandma Ro-Ro”. She is further survived by three beloved sister-in-laws, Jane Amundson, Lena Amundson, and Ruby Wunnecke and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Joseph Aaron Roraff, her parents, Knut and Katrina Amundson, her 6 brothers and their wives, Alf (Margaret) Amundson, Elmer (Alice) Amundson, Erling Amundson, Victor (Ella Mae) Amundson, Rueben (Violet) Amundson, Donald Amundson, three sisters, Evelyn (Ray) Currier, Selma (Oscar) Hendrickson, and Gladys (Earl) Pralle, and brother-in-law Harold Wunnecke.
Dorothy has already been laid to rest beside her husband, Aaron at Mormon Coulee Cemetery and we invite those who knew her to a celebration of her life on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI 54650 at 11:00am with visitation beginning at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, we ask that memorials be given in Dorothy’s name to Christ/St. Johns in West Salem and/or Coulee Region Christian School in West Salem. Dorothy’s family would also like to thank the hospice team at Mayo Healthcare Systems and the staff at Traditions Assisted Care/Memory Care Facility in La Crescent, MN for their compassionate and understanding care of our mom during her time with them. Her favorite hymn was “I know that my Redeemer Lives”, and now she gets to see Him face to face, but her love lives on.
Please follow this link to watch a recording of Dorothy’s memorial service:https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/TEGA2SuiwkKhU_UPJuwEbzhmRHSDB9MWweldE7ifzA8peVg7HighmL1_yA1AsQOM.kayX_CO1V6HNZmfd