Born: January 13, 1927
Died: January 19, 2014
Dorothy Coletta, age 87, resident of West Chicago IL, died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Franciscan Court in West Chicago. She was born January 13, 1927 to George and Ester Meinhardt in Houston, TX.
Dorothy, fondly known as Dickey, grew up in Houston, where she considered a career in dress making, a key talent and interest. She became a “Donut Dolly” for the USO during WW2. She enjoyed dancing with young service men who were in Houston for training prior to their deployment. After the war she worked for Western Union, and traveled the country introducing the new Teletype technology. She particularly enjoyed her stint in the Bay Area of CA in the late 1940’s, where she lived with her older sister. She met her future husband Rudolph, a WW2 veteran, at a company outing in New Orleans. They eventually settled in the Boston and New York areas where they raised four children.
In later years, Dorothy worked as a secretary in the chemical industry. After retirement, she moved to the Chicago area to be close to her grandchildren.
She is survived by her sister Georgina House of Dallas, TX, and by her children Terance(Kathy) and Annette Coletta of Mahwah, NJ, and her daughter Nanda (Brian) Doyle, and grandchildren Keelia, Trevor, and Jarrett Doyle of Wheaton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her son Antony.
Memorial services will be private.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Franciscan Court Supportive Living, 1996 Franciscan Way, West Chicago, IL 60185.