She was born on February 10, 1920 at 922 Paulina Avenue in Chicago, and spent most of her earlier years on Chicago’s Northwest side, namely the Original Six Corners.
Dorothy Schmidt married Jack Perz on May 8, 1945 which also happened to be VE day and said that it was the happiest day of her life. They moved to Mount Prospect in 1950. She was an avid bowler from her young years all the way into her mid 70’s when she won a battle against stage 4 breast cancer. She loved to read and worked both as a volunteer and regular employee at the Mount Prospect Library for a combined total of over 50 years, starting back in the mid 1960’s. She loved to play Scrabble and just about any type of card game. Like her Father before her, she was a die hard Cubs fan until the end and was fortunate enough to see them win the World Series.
Dorothy enjoyed life to the fullest and never had a bad thing to say about anybody. She was a beautiful example of a strong independent woman and drove until she was 95 years young.
Growing up during the depression tailored her to enjoy the finer parts of life which are people and moments not things. Once asked if she had any advice for the generations to come she replied “Spend time with your relations, not tomorrow or next week but right now.”
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Jack Perz, her parents, Arthur Schmidt and Elma Brandenburg Schmidt, two brothers Raymond and LeRoy Schmidt and many more.
Dorothy left behind three Children, Jack Perz (MaryLou), Jill Reuschel, Jim Perz (Frances), six Grandchildren, Brandi Sciortino (John), Victor Perz, Robby Perz (Michelle), Daryl Reuschel, Beth Reuschel and Jon Perz. She also had seven Great Grandchildren, Haley, Ana, Tyler, Carli, Taea, Allie and Adalyn.
Dorothy’s way of living gave meaning to the term “The Greatest Generation.” She was kind, witty, and incredibly open-minded until her last days, to know her truly was to love her.
Visitation Thursday, 9:00 A.M. until time of Funeral Service 11:00 A.M. at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Rd. at Northwest Highway, Mt. Prospect.
Interment Memory Gardens Cemetery.