Obituary: Dorothy Elizabeth Berch

December 29, 1961 ~ January 19, 2021

Dorothy E. Berch, 59 years of Sister Bay, WI, formerly of Downers Grove, IL died January 19, 2021 at her home with family at her side.

She was born December 29, 1961 in Chicago, IL the daughter of the late Theodore and Margaret (Heidecker) Berch. Dorothy attended Downers Grove North High School. She was employed for 18 years and wore many hats at Robert Bair Plumbing, Heating and Air in Downers Grove. She moved to Sister Bay three years ago after being diagnosed with cancer. Dorothy was interested in archeology, watching classic films and World War II history. One of her favorite activities was going to the beach especially in Anna Maria Island, Florida. Dorothy loved dogs and her companion, Khloe was a blessing as she battled cancer.

Surviving family members include her ten siblings, Mary Ann (Richard) Johnson of Ellison Bay, WI, Caroline (John) Harsh of Plainfield, IL, Elaine (Brian) Hamilton of Glen Ellyn, IL, Helen (Eugene) Berch-Kenny of Ellison Bay, WI, Margaret (Gary) Sutherland of Wautoma, WI, Stephen (Joan) Berch of Arvada, CO, Elizabeth (Tim) Zikeli of Delafield, WI, Nick (Ann) Berch of Raleigh, NC, Christopher (Kim) Berch of Downers Grove, IL, Katherine Kellum of Lehi, UT; Uncle Joseph Heidecker, Fort Meyers FL; many Heidecker and Prescott cousins; many dear nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Teddy; and brother-in-law, Kaye Kellum.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Door County Cancer Center, especially Dr. Jaslowski and PA Eric Danihel for their amazing care. And Door County Medical Center, especially Dr. Rebhan.

DOOR CANcer provided invaluable support adding significantly to her quality of life. Please send any memorial gifts to DOOR CANcer, Inc. (PO Box 423, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235 or call Kris at 920-493-7673).

A celebration in her memory is planned for later this year.

Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sister Bay is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Dorothy may be shared with her family through her tribute page at