Dorothy Martha Aufdenkampe (nee: Hagedorn), 97 years of age, and a resident of Brownhelm Township, was called home to heaven Sunday, October 4, 2020, from Kingston Residence of Vermilion following a full and meaningful life.
She was born April 27, 1923, in Bay Village, Ohio. Dorothy was raised in Bay Village, graduating from Bay Village High School with the class of 1941. She had made her home in Brownhelm Township since 1946. At that time she and her husband Ray began their 100 acre fruit and vegetable farm which continues to this day.
Her primary focus in life was that of a homemaker. Dorothy was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermilion and former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst. She was active in both churches. She enjoyed attending the coffee club “face time with the pastor”. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Dorothy had a servant’s heart and was a member of the Altar Guild,Friendship Club, Willing Workers, Evangelism Visitation and served as a greeter and Telecard clerk. She was an associate member at Zion Lutheran Church in Ft. Myers, Florida where she was a volunteer of Educational Concerns and Hunger (ECHO).
Survivors include her husband of seventy-six years Raymond F. Aufdenkampe; her children Rev. Charles R. Aufdenkampe of Chicago, IL, Richard D. Aufdenkampe (Christine) and Sandra Dovala (Don) both of Vermilion, Bonnie Gohara (Sotaro) of Beaverton, OR and Susan Graham (Derrell) of New Albany, OH; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and her sister Rita Barnard of Columbia Township.
She was preceded in death by her sister Louise Mahnke and her parents Frederick and Bertha Hagedorn (nee: Wagner).
Graveside services will be held privately by the family at Brownhelm Cemetery. Rebroadcasting of services will be available after October 9th. at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
A Celebration of life for family and friends will be at a later date with a picnic on their farm, one of Dorothy’s favorite events.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church; ℅ Contemporary Worship Fund; 3747 Liberty Ave, Vermilion, OH 44089.
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