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Dorothy P. Brucker

Dorothy P. Brucker

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CROPSEY - Dorothy P. Brucker, 92, died on Thursday (April 6, 2006) at Martin Health Center.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Dorothy's funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Cropsey United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Tim Lembke and the Rev. Peggy Vogelsinger officiating. Burial will follow at Cropsey Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Suggestions are Cropsey United Methodist Church (Operating Fund), Second Presbyterian Church of Bloomington (Operating Fund) and American Cancer Society (Research Programs).

Dorothy was born at Arrowsmith, on Aug. 19, 1913, a daughter of Raymond and Litta Richardson Webber. She married Bernell Brucker in 1937. Dorothy and Bernell lived near Cropsey on a farm, the homestead where Bernell was born, for many years and raised three sons there.

Dorothy is survived by sons, Dorrence (Gloria), Mason City, and Robert (Sandra), Bloomington. She also is survived by a brother, Warren Webber, Peoria; daughter-in-law, Beverly Brucker, Bloomington; sister-in-law, June Webber, Bloomington; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The grandchildren are Elizabeth (Bruce) Paton, Springfield; Sarah (Lee) Benner, Broadwell; Martha (Dennis) Crum, Carleton, Mich.; Douglas Brucker, Grayslake; Daniel (Beth) Brucker, Ellsworth; Rebecca Brucker and Steven (Kim) Brucker, both of Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by Bernell in 1986; her son, John of Ellsworth; and her brother, Robert Webber of Bloomington.

After graduating from Arrowsmith High School, Dorothy attended Illinois State Normal University and obtained an Illinois state elementary teaching certificate. She left college in 1933 during the Great Depression and began teaching in a one-room school, Cornell School, near Arrowsmith. After two years, she took a better job, teaching at Cropsey Grade School. She did much substitute teaching during the years when her sons were in elementary and high school and then returned to full-time teaching in various schools within what is now the Prairie Central district. During her 25 years of teaching, she was known as a person who took much interest in the lives of her students.

For more than 30 years, Dorothy was a director of the Arrowsmith State Bank. She also was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution Society as well as the McLean County Historical Society.

Dorothy was a member of the Cropsey United Methodist Church and participated in many committees and projects there. In later years, she was associated with the Second Presbyterian Church of Bloomington.

Some of her favorite activities included stitching needlepoint, gardening, preparing large family dinners, learning continuously, traveling and appreciating genealogy, history and antiques. Her family was both her pride and her joy.

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