Dorothy M. Frye

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Dorothy Mae (Ramage) Frye, “Dottie” to her friends, died peacefully at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay at 86, surrounded by her loving family, early on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Hugh and Lela (McFarland) Ramage; siblings, Irene, Carol Jean, Le Roy and Betty, all from Kansas; and husband, George Frye, of Lena.

Survived by her brother, Eldon (Vi Gottstein) Ramage, of Tecumseh, Kansas; children, Charles (Diane) Frye, of Plymouth, Minnesota, Frances Frye (Mark Stoeger), of Appleton, Mary Ann (Richard) Glime, of Wisconsin Dells, and George William Frye, of Green Bay. Also survived by her grandchildren, April (Brian) Grogan, of New York City, Amanda (Casey) McGowan, of Wisconsin Dells, Alex Glime, of Madison, Kimberley Brzozowski, of Winneconne, and Jennifer Valeri, of Hortonville; great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Bennett Grogan, Megan and unborn baby McGowan, Evelyn Brzozowski, Tylor, Anna and Mya Valeri; and her best friend and sister-in-law, Ann Frye, of Green Bay.

Raised in Lyons, Kansas, Dottie met George Frye while both worked at Boeing in Wichita. Following marriage on May 16, 1951, they moved to Madison. They then moved and started a family in Bloomington, Minnesota, before moving to Lena in 1960. A cook at the Lena School District for over 30 years, she was active for many years in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a Cub Scout den mother and the knitting leader for the Lena Rocketeers 4-H Club, instructing all to know and love knitting. She loved Jesus as her Savior and, throughout life, found strength and comfort in her faith.

Dottie enjoyed puttering in her flower garden and solving crossword puzzles but above all loved to visit with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends across the state and across the country. All were welcome in her home.

Mom taught us to plan for every contingency, and showed us how to find the good in everything and everybody. She will be missed in those many ways, large and small, beyond words but that everybody does or will someday understand.

The family greeted relatives and friends Sunday, Oct. 1, at Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, 438 W. Main Street, Lena, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., when the funeral procession left for United Methodist Church, 165 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls. The funeral service was held at the church at 3 p.m. with Pastor David Henke officiating. Dorothy will be placed to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls.

Please visit to express online condolences.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Home Respite Care of Oconto County, whose volunteers were such help when she was caring for George in his final years, or to Oconto Falls United Methodist Church.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bellin Hospital for their care and compassion.