Dorothy, daughter of Richard Herschel and Mabel Pearl (Richards) Coldren, was born on April 15, 1925, in Walnut Grove, Mo. She married Harold Sessler in Fort Scott, Kan., on June 15, 1944.
She raised four children during difficult times, as well as working full time for most of her life. She was employed as a factory worker in Kansas; upon moving to Wisconsin in 1964, she worked at the Amplifone Corporation and the Burdick Corporation until her retirement. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed adding flower plantings to her home on the Rock River. She also loved dogs and could never be without a beagle, always named Dixie. During her retirement she also enjoyed traveling to visit grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Scotland, Alaska, Florida and Arkansas.
Survivors include her four children; Harvey (Clarice) Sessler of Milton Wis., Lon (Sandra) Sessler of Mena, Ark., Dan (Bobbie) Sessler of Baraboo, Wis., and Linda (Rick) Koehler of Linesville, Pa.; a brother, Calvin (Frances) Coldren of Edwardsville, Ill.; nine grandchildren; Doug Sessler of Neshkoro, Wis., Dennis (Dena) Sessler of Eagle River, Alaska, Michelle (Chris) Lopez of Milton, Wis., Shayna Sessler of Little Rock, Ark., Anderson (Charlotte) Sessler of Mena, Ark., Aaron (Ruth) Sessler of Kaukauna, Wis., Molly (fiancÚ Vyshak Nagappala) of Madison, Wis., Patrick Bennett of Johnstown, Pa., and Carmen Doerr of Orlando, Fla.; nine great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dean, Norman Duane and Marlin Coldren; sisters-in-law Gladys and Sue Coldren; and three grandchildren, Tamara, Randy and Christopher.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 741 E. High St., Milton, Wis., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, with Pastor Matthew Arndt officiating. Visitation will be at church on Saturday from noon until the time of services. Interment will be at a later date at Green Lawn Cemetery in Walnut Grove, Mo. Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo, Wis., is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dorothy loved her animals, and she loved to help the less fortunate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local food bank or humane society.