ROANOKE – Dorothy Ann Isaia, 94, died at 10:50 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
She was born Feb. 11, 1923, in Minonk, the daughter of Carl and Viola Uphoff Schmidt. She married Barney Isaia on June 10, 1945, in Minonk. He died Jan. 26, 1967.
Survivors include four sons, Raymond (Jan) Isaia, San Antonio, Texas, Ronald (Susie Beening) Isaia, Peoria, Russell (Janice) Isaia, Brookline, Mass., and Richard Isaia, Roanoke; eight grandchildren, Melissa (Kurt) Sussman, Michael Isaia, Dr. Amy (Pedro) Padilla, Christopher Isaia, Kaitlyn (Josh) Ramsier, Landon (Katie) Isaia, Derek Isaia and Claire Isaia; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Alice Mae Koch and one daughter-in-law, Barb Isaia, Roanoke.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Robert Isaia, one brother, Franklin Uphoff, and one sister, Evelyn Sauvage.
Dorothy worked for many years in local restaurants in the Roanoke area. She was known as the “Barbie Doll” maker in the 1960’s and later was a cook and then head cook at Sowers Elementary in Roanoke for Roanoke-Benson School District No. 60. Dorothy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Roanoke. She loved to play cards and was a member of the Crazy 8’s Card Club. Dorothy was known for her needle work, crocheting and quilting. Her hands were never idle creating quilts for all of her family. Family always came first with Dorothy and her pride and joy were her sons who repeatedly surprised her with antics and many blessings. She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart and did all she could for them.
Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, with Frank Sauder officiating. Visitation will take place Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Roanoke Township Cemetery in Roanoke.
Memorials may be made to the Woodford County Relay for Life or to any charity.