Dorothy Clara Nickel, the daughter of Paul and Anna Kutsche, was born on March 16th, 1918 in Milwaukee, WI. On May 15th, 1918, she became a child of God’s family through Holy Baptism at Ephrata Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI.
Dorothy attended Victor Berger Grade School and Riverside High School in Milwaukee, WI. Before the same altar where she was baptized, she stood on March 29th, 1931 and gave public confession of her Christian faith. Her confirmation verse was, “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed saith the Lord that hath mercy on me” (Isaiah 54:10). Dorothy started teaching Sunday School weeks after her confirmation until she was married in 1941. She returned to teaching Sunday School at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Glendale, WI where she was also secretary of the congregation and the PTL for a number of years.
On October 25th, 1941, the Lord joined Dorothy to Robert Charles Nickel in marriage at the same altar where she was baptized and confirmed. After one year of marriage, on November 10th, 1942, Robert was drafted to serve the US Army in the South Pacific war zone. After 3 years, he returned to the US, when he and Dorothy purchased their first home on 31st and Kilbourn Ave in Milwaukee. Through their marriage, the Lord blessed Dorothy with two children, Reverend Peter (Huntington Woods, MI) and Christine Bader (Northfield, MN) and seven grandchildren. She and Robert loved to travel and dance at the Moose Lodge with friends. Dorothy was also an avid gardener and an exceptional seamstress.
Dorothy was an influential member of the Milwaukee Association of Legal Secretaries as Committee Chairman and editor of their monthly newspaper, plus preparing and leading a seminar on becoming a professional Legal Secretary, which title she had obtained. Dorothy spent most of her working years as a Legal Secretary and wrote in shorthand, so after her retirement, she was a volunteer secretary for the North Shore chapter of the AARP for about 10 years. She was also an active member of the St. John’s Church Altar Guild for many years.
As daily reader of the Holy Bible, she and Robert started daily family devotions in their home in Bayside as soon as Christine was in 1st grade. These devotions continued in Dorothy’s life with Robert after their children left their home for marriage. After Robert’s death, she continued the daily Bible reading and devotions alone. Throughout her long life, she would always offer thanks to God for His blessings and cling to her faith and the comfort it provided her.
Dorothy remained faithful until her loving Father received her into glory on Monday, February 4th, 2019 after 100 years of grace on this earth. She eternally joins her husband, Robert, who preceded her in death in 1994.
Dorothy will be deeply missed and remembered by her two loving children, Rev. Peter (Donna) Nickel and Christine (Mark) Bader, as well as her seven cherished grandchildren Jeffrey (Brandy) Carlson, Craig Carlson, Anna (Tyler Bowen) Bader, Katrina (Brian) Foiles, Rebecca (Brandon) McManigle, Sara (Anthony) Pennella, and Samuel (Brita) Bader. As well as four treasured great-grandchildren, Lewis and Daniel Carlson, and Jonah and Nora Foiles.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 11th, 2019 from 9:30 until the 10:30 funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7877 N. Port Washington Rd. Glendale, WI 53217. Dorothy will be laid to rest with her husband at Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.
Memorials in Dorothy’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at https://alzfdn.org/ or to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
St. John's Lutheran Church
7877 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale WI 53217