Dorothy Margaret May

Aug. 18, 2009

Dorothy Margaret May of Shorewood died July 30, 2009, at age 89.

Dorothy was the daughter of Nicholas H. and Anna B. (nee Steil) and was born the sixth of nine children on Jan. 14, 1920, in Mineral Point. She attended St. Mary's Grade School, Mineral Point High School, Edgewood College in Madison and graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Milwaukee. She received her bachelor's degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's degree at Marquette University.

She had served her country in the Navy Corps during World War II and in various U.S. Naval hospitals, retiring as a captain in the USNR. She taught pediatric nursing at Milwaukee's Children's Hospital and retired as the director of public health in Shorewood in 1989.

Following her retirement, she volunteered in Belize and St. Jude's Hospital in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, in the Caribbean. She traveled extensively through the years, many of the trips were visiting hospitals in Russia, Israel, China, and had made other trips to Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Europe, India and Mexico. In 1993 Dorothy received the honor of the Wisconsin League for Nursing for Service, Education and Citizen Participation.

Her interest in history was demonstrated by her memberships in the Mineral Point Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, Milwaukee County Historical Society and as a charter member of the Shorewood Historical Society, which she was a board member and president of for four years. The Shorewood Historical Society honored Dorothy in 2004 for her outstanding service.

In 2008 she was named outstanding alumni from Marquette University School of Nursing. She was a member of St. Robert Parish for many years.

She is survived by her sister, Clarita (Jim) Moe; sister-in-law, Olivia May; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Katherine May, Joan (John) Saunders, Clarence (Connie) May, Gilbert May, Harry May, Clarine May and Trudy (Al) Spevacek.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 4 at Milwaukee Catholic Home St. Anne Chapel. Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Mineral Point.

Memorials are suggested to St. Robert Parish, 2224 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, 53211; Milwaukee Art Museum, Office of Development, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, 53202; or the Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706.

Feerick Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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