Dorothy M Ricker
Oct. 11, 1926 - Dec. 25, 2022
Chilton, WI
Dorothy M Ricker
Chilton, WI

Dorothy M. Ricker, age 96, of Chilton died on Sunday, December 25, 2022 at Caring Hands Assisted Living Center in New Holstein.  She was born October 11, 1926 in Fond du Lac, daughter of the late Howard & Edna (Steffes) Schucht.

Before marriage, Dorothy worked for The Cradle, an orphanage in Evanston, Illinois.  She married Henry Peters in 1949 and he preceded her in death in late 1950.  She married Raymond E. Ricker on December 29, 1956 in Chilton when he had returned home following his honorable service in the United States Army. He preceded her in death early this year.

Dorothy was a vibrant member of St. Mary Catholic Church, now Good Shepherd.  It was here that she taught CCD for many years and, until she was no longer able, was dedicated to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel since its inception.

Dorothy and Ray physically began building their country home in 1963 while residing in it in the Town of Chilton.  They completed the endeavor in 1984.  Her home and her meticulous detail to her yard were what brought her great joy in life.  She did quite a bit of needlework and always made sure there was home-made bread in the house.

She and Ray both loved to travel and did so with their kids, especially camping very primitively.  She certainly loved her children, but she adored her grandchildren the most.  Dorothy looked forward to time spent with them where she was able to impart her creative wisdom of crafts into their lives.

Dorothy will fondly be remembered as a caring generous woman who would lend a hand to anyone that needed it, especially making sure people who needed a ride to church were able to get one.  

Survivors include her children: John (Carol) Ricker, Joseph Ricker, Sarah (Matt) Strade, daughters-in-law Mary Ricker, Karen (Steve) Bruckner; 9 grandchildren: Leslie (Mark) Fields, Matt Ricker, Erin (Nate) Eldred, Jenny (Tony) Allen, Jane Ecker & her special friend: Mike Schmitz, Ben (Emily) Ricker, Jessica (Ryan) Wettstein, Jacob Kobriger, Abby (Tim) Schlosser; 18 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.    

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter: Mary; a son: Sam Peters; a sister: Ina Claire (Mike) Miller; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Bruce (Louise) Ricker.

Private family services are being held.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Chilton. 

To watch a memorial video in honor of Dorothy, please click HERE

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Dorothy M. Ricker.
To the Ricker Family,
I grew up down the road from the Rickers. Very hard workin people and just great neighbors. Cherish the wonderful memories. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ann Konen - Dec. 29, 2022

I remember my mom Virginia Coffeen being good friends with Dot. Sympathy to the family.

Shirley (Coffeen)Schneider (My parents were their friends) - Dec. 28, 2022

Dot was a kind,fun loving lady to know.her children should be proud of there in peace ,my friend.

Gene,colleen enneper (Friend) - Dec. 28, 2022

Dorothy was a great lady! She was my Aunt Alma's best friend since childhood. Her and Ray were both so special

DIANE ROSE SCHMAHL (friend) - Dec. 28, 2022

DOT and my mom had many, many great nights out. I understand why, both were spunky and full of fun and love. Welcome home Dorothy

Ann Rusch (Friend) - Dec. 27, 2022

Dot was a true example of love and humility all wrapped up together. For a little lady, she always had either a twinkle in her eyes or fire in them, or both. I was blessed for having a chance to get to know her. My condolences to the family.

Sandra Buhl (Friend) - Dec. 27, 2022

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