Dorothy Bracher Fitz was born to Fredrick and Amanda Huebner on June 12, 1920 at Isabel, KS and was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Isabel on June 27, 1920. She was confirmed April 9, 1932 at St John's Lutheran Church by Rev. P.G. Krause at Nashville, KS and attended school at Social Plains, near Isabel, and received her G.E.D in 1969 in Coffeyville, KS. She went to meet her Heavenly Father on July 10, 2015.
She married Martin Bracher on Christmas Day, 1941 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Nashville. Their children are daughter Janice Moeller (Pete) of Lompoc, CA and grandsons Eric Moeller (Stephanie) of Keller, TX and Jeff Moeller (Jill) of El Segundo, CA; daughter Phyllis Jenkins (Dale) of Coffeyville, and grandchildren Kelly Stout (John) of Coffeyville and Will Jenkins of Vienna, Austria; and son Dwayne Bracher of Tyro, KS and grandson Brian Bracher of Grove, OK. She was preceded in death by son David, husband Martin, parents Fredrick and Amanda Huebner, brothers Ed, Arnold, and Ernest Huebner, and sisters Frieda Honeman and Minnie Schuetz. She married Albert Fitz on August 4, 1984 and he preceded her in death. Survivors also include step-daughters Joan Siler (Andy) of Lawrence, KS; Carol Haberstock (Cliff ), Edmonton, Canada; Rose Wilson (Greg) of Wichita, KS; and Karen Homan (Steve), Lee Summit, MO and step-sons Al Fitz Jr. of Wichita, and Rev. Julius Fitz (deceased.) Other survivors include great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Dorothy worked at a factory in Los Angeles which built armament supporting the war effort and then at Sears Roebuck in Riverside, CA while her husband Martin served in the Army during WWII. When Martin was sent overseas, she returned to Coffeyville and cared for new mothers and their infants in their homes. She later cared for her own mother in her home for over 20 years.
Dorothy was very active at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Coffeyville, holding many offices in the Ladies Aid Group, Priscilla Guild and Lutheran Women Missionary League. She served 30 years as Chairwoman for the funeral dinners held at the church. She quilted for over 60 years, making hundreds of quilts. Every child for generations born in her extended family received her hand-made quilt.
While she was never employed full-time outside of her home, she was a tireless worker. In earlier years, she took in laundry and did baby sitting. In addition to raising her own family, she was always hosting large family holiday gatherings since her mother lived with her. For decades, she drove her elderly aunts to the grocery store, church, and other errands plus drove her immediate relatives to Bartlesville and Wichita for numerous extended medical treatments.
Funeral services will be held at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 510 West 9th in Coffeyville on July 17th at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, from 1-8 PM on Thursday, July 16th for the public and family visitation will be from 6-8 PM. Memorials may be given to St Paul's Lutheran Church, United Singers, or American Diabetes Association, a disease which has affected several family members. They may be left with the funeral home or at the church service. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com