Dolores Ann Ploessl


Dolores Ann Ploessl, 84, formerly of Bloomington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 17, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien surrounded by her loving family. 

Dolores was born to Leo and Anastasia (Bouzek) White on Sept. 5, 1929, in Prairie du Chien. She married Gerald “Jerry” L. Ploessl on Feb. 14, 1949. After raising ten children, she returned to the nursing profession as a CNA. She then became a teacher’s aide in the River Ridge School District. Dolores was also a member of the West Grant Rescue Squad for many years. She was honored to be one of the first women on the squad. She was a longstanding member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters Society.

Dolores’s deep love for her family meant they always came first. She dedicated herself to her husband, Jerry, of 58 years, which included caring for him during a long illness.

Dolores is survived by her children Carol (Tom) Mumm, Peggy (Doug) Vanderbilt, Marcia (Scott) Stilwell, Jane (Ernie) Dallam, Sheri Ott, Jerry Ploessl, Jeff Ploessl, Gene (Kate) Ploessl, Kevin (Michelle) Ploessl; daughter-in-law, Charlene Ploessl; and her sisters, Joyce Davidson and Teresa (Don) Heal; twenty-five grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dolores was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gerald “Jerry;” her son Bill; her son-in-law, Jim Kolman; her parents; and siblings Joan Lucille White (in infancy), Robert White, and Joan (Charlie) Dean.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington. Family and friends may call on Monday, July 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington where a 3:45 p.m. rosary will be held. Friends may also call on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to either the West Grant Rescue Squad or St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family.

Dolores’s family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who cared for her in her final years. They would also like to thank the caring and wonderful staffs of both Prairie Maison and Bluff Haven in Prairie du Chien. With their support, Dolores was able to handle her health challenges of the past year with grace and dignity.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneral 

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