Dorothy L. Arenz, 87, of Sparta, died Friday, April 1, 2022, at her home. She was born on March 15, 1935 in Sparta to Claude and Anna (Brudos) Cade. She grew up in Sparta.
Dorothy graduated from Sparta High School in 1953. She married Eugene Arenz on November 26, 1955 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta. She worked in the office at Northern Engraving in Sparta and in 1975, Gene and Dorothy purchased Arenz Shoe Store and she became Vice President and Secretary of E.A. Arenz Shoes, Inc. She retired in 1997.
She served as the PCCW president, Secretary of the Jaycettes, and the president of the St. Pat’s Parish Council. She enjoyed playing bridge, downhill skiing, golfing, and quilting. Dorothy was the world’s greatest pie baker. She also enjoyed travelling at home and abroad.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Eugene of Sparta; brother, Ledford Cade; children, Patricia (Paul) Bickerdyke, Jeanne (Ken Johnson) Arenz, Michael (Cynthia) Arenz, and Linda (Jake Hardin) Arenz-Shaffer; grandchildren, Sarah, Matthew, Amy, Cade, Ashley, Eric, and Austin; and 9 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Kathleen Freeman, Arlene Mudrey, Helen Moskonas, Xena Kenyon, Donald Cade, Charles Cade, and infant brother, Claude Jr.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father Eric Berns officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, with the following serving as honorary pallbearers: Sarah Sopiarz, Matthew Rhodenhizer, Amy Weninger, Cade Arenz, Ashley Khoja, Eric Bickerdyke, and Austin Hardin.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS).
Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com.
Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.