Dorothy Fern Wright
NORMAL - Dorothy Fern Wright, 80, of 509 N. Adelaide St., Normal, died at 7:55 p.m. Monday (Aug. 21, 2006) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Normal.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, with Father Thomas Shea officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with a prayer service at the start of visitation Thursday. A visitation also will be for one-half hour prior to the service at the church Friday.
Memorials may be made to Salvation Army Safe Harbor Building Campaign, Bloomington.
She was born March 12, 1926, at Oswego, N.Y., the daughter of Frances and Dorothy Smith Serow. She married Robert J. Wright on Jan. 31, 1948, at Oswego, N.Y. He died Aug. 18, 2005.
Surviving are one daughter, Christine A. (Lawrence) Eggan, Normal; four sons, Robert J. Wright, Jacksonville, Fla.; Peter J. Wright, Kenosha, Wis.; Timothy J. (Janet) Wright, Oak Park; and Michael J. (Carolyn) Wright, St. Mary's , Ga.; two brothers, Francis (Elena) Serow, Elsa, Texas, and Arthur (Ginny) Stewart, Buck Hill Falls, Pa.; one stepbrother, John Fink, Oswego, N.Y.; and five grandchildren, Laura A. Wright, Los Angeles, Calif.; Dr. Kevin C. Eggan, Boston, Mass.; Emily E. Eggan, Los Angeles, Calif.; Maxwell R. Wright, Oak Park; and Jacob E. Wright, St. Mary's, Ga.
Her parents and her stepmother, Nora, preceded her in death.
She was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church, Rockford.
Fern graduated from Oswego High School in 1944 and continued her education in the cadet nursing program at Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y. She earned her B.S. from the College of St. Francis and M.S. degree in public health nursing from George Williams College. She retired from nursing after 20 years with the Rockford public school system.
She loved bridge, reading, crafts, sewing and travel. In her 50th high school class reunion journal she described her life as "Blessed." It is her family and many children she cared for during her career who were blessed to have been touched by her. Thank you to the many caring doctors, nurses and aides who cared for Fern.