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Dorothy M. (Erxleben) Droege, 91, of Decatur, passed away at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2011, in her residence.
She was born on February 16, 1920, in Adams County to Henry C. and Alma (Eickhoff) Miller, who are both deceased.
She was baptized on February 22, 1920, at Zion Lutheran Church - Friedheim by Rev. C.B. Preuss. She was confirmed on March 25, 1934, at Friedheim, also by Rev. C.B. Preuss.
Dorothy met Arnold Erxleben and they were married on June 29, 1941, at Friedheim; he passed away on June 4, 1978. Following Arnold’s death, she met Walter H. Droege and they were married on November 4, 1989, at Friedheim and he passed away on March 7, 2001.
Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Zion Lutheran Church – Friedheim where she was involved as a member of the Tabea Society (ladies aid) of the church and was a longtime chairwoman. In her community, she was also involved with the Preble Sunny Circle Home Economics Club for many years.
Dorothy enjoyed hand-sewing and making quilts. She also enjoyed the time she spent traveling and being with her family.
Dorothy was a homemaker who raised her family along with her husband, Arnold.
Dorothy is survived by a daughter, Diane (Jerry) Howard of New Berlin, New York; a son, Gary (Sue) Erxleben of Sarasota, Florida; a son, Dennis Erxleben of Edmond, Oklahoma; a daughter, Marsha (Tom) Schraffenberger of Batavia, Ohio; a son, Wayne Erxleben of Fort Wayne; a brother, Ben F. (Norma) Miller of Decatur, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Lorine Hoffman of Decatur; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will begin on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, with a 10:15 a.m. prayer service at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service at the Zion Lutheran Church – Friedheim, with Pastor Daniel Dahling officiating.
Following the services, burial will follow in the Friedheim Cemetery.
Friends and family will be received on Monday, October 17, 2011, from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. and from 9:30 a.m. until the prayer service on Tuesday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials in honor of Dorothy may be made to Zion Lutheran Church - Friedheim or to the donor’s choice.