Dorothy M. (Seitz) Koepke, 91, of Oak Harbor, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. She was born in Wapakoneta on May 11, 1923, a daughter of Otto and Amanda (Keller) Seitz.
A lady of great faith, Dorothy was an active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Oak Harbor, where she was the first female member of the church council and elder. She was a youth fellowship adviser and Sunday school teacher for many years, was a member of the senior choir and several guilds, and coordinated the living nativity presented by the church during the Christmas season. In 1981, Dorothy originated and directed the church’s living portrayal of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, which has continued ever since. It is now directed by her daughters.
On Sept. 5, 1959, Dorothy married Grayson Koepke at St. Paul Church. Over the years, they enjoyed traveling and camping, and made many friends along their way. Dorothy’s greatest joy in life was her family — her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant everything to her. From family gatherings at the farm to her children’s and grandchildren's school and sports events, she loved being a part of their lives.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Grayson; children, Douglas (Faye) Sorensen, of Wapakoneta, Chad Sorensen, of Oak Harbor, Jan (Lee) Harder, of Oak Harbor, Galen (Katja) Koepke, of Oak Harbor, Randy (Debbie) Koepke, of Fort Wayne, Ind., Keith (Rhonda) Koepke, of Allentown, P.a, and Kathy (Barry) Cochran, of Oak Harbor. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Mildred Brunn and Florence Preaser, and brothers, Cletus Seitz and Donald Seitz.
Friends are invited to call from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Crosser Funeral Home, Oak Harbor. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Oak Harbor, with the Rev. David A. Voll officiating. Interment will be in Salem Township Union Cemetery, Oak Harbor.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 165 Toussaint St., Oak Harbor, OH 43449 or the Congenital Heart Center of Mott Children’s Hospital, 1540 East Hospital Drive, Floor 11, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Online condolences may be shared with Dorothy’s family at crosserfuneralhome.com.