GRIDLEY — Dorothy Louise Stoller Ringger, 82, of Gridley, won her battle over cancer and entered into eternal life on Wednesday (April 26, 2017) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.
Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Gridley Apostolic Christian Church. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Gridley Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to wear bright colors to celebrate Dorothy’s bright love of colors and life.
Dorothy was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Eureka, to Ezra and Martha Martin Stoller. She married Alvin Ringger on Sept. 7, 1952, in Gridley. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2012.
Surviving are one son, Rodney (Laura) Ringger, Metamora; three daughters, Beverly (Howard Curtis) Ringger, Eugene, Ore.; Keri (Al) Hany, Gridley; and Beth (Tom) Schreiner, Golden Valley, Minn.; granddaughters, Rachael (Dan) Pearce, St. Peters, Mo., and Camille Schreiner, Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, Herb (Nancy) Stoller, East Peoria; sister, Doris (Robert) Meiss, Peoria; brother-in-law, Tom Leman, Aurora, Colo.; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Marjorie Meiss and Marlene Leman; and brother-in-law, Floyd Meiss.
Dorothy owned and operated the Chenoa Variety Store from 1962 to 1973. She also worked at Meadows Mennonite Home for five years and Harms Home Furnishings in Chenoa for 20 years. She was a volunteer at the Meadows Mennonite Home for many years.
She and her husband organized the Meadows Meadowlarks 4-H Club in 1965. It was the first club in McLean County to have both home ec and ag projects.
She was a member of Gridley Apostolic Christian Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and was a part of church choirs using her beautiful soprano voice. Her faith in Christ sustained her to the end of this life as she entered with blessed assurance into eternal life. She deeply loved her church family.
Dorothy was grateful to her doctors who encouraged her to live life to the fullest when she received her diagnosis in 2015. She took their advice and succeeded to “live in bliss” over the last two years. Her joy in life and acceptance of death was an example to all who knew her. She was deeply loved by family and many friends. She will be greatly missed.
The family wants to thank the staff at Advocate BroMenn Hospice Care and the Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke for their compassionate, professional and skilled care. Her hospice nurse, Shelley, and others became like family to her over the course of her care.
Memorials may be made to Advocate BroMenn Hospice Care, 303 N. Hershey Road, Suite C, Bloomington, IL 61704, or Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, P.O. Box 530, Roanoke, IL 61561.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.