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Obituary: Dorothy Mae "Dottie" Stern, North Vernon

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Dorothy Mae “Dottie” Stern, 93, of North Vernon, died on Tuesday, October 10, 2012, at the Jennings Health Care Center.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in North Vernon with Father Jonathon Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, October 14, 2012, at the Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Services in North Vernon from 4 until 8 p.m., with a Rosary being prayed at 3:30 p.m.

Born July 19, 1919, in Elihu, Kentucky, Dottie was the youngest of seven children of Pearl and Thomas Lewis. She married Marion W. Stern on Jan. 14, 1942, and they moved to North Vernon in 1956.

Dottie worked at Stoner’s Department Store in North Vernon for over 20 years and, after her retirement from full-time work, she continued to work part time at Stoner’s Dress Shop in Seymour. A longtime member of St. Mary’s Parish, she was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society, served on the St. Mary’s food committee and was also a member of the philanthropic sorority of Delta Theta Tau. Dottie loved to knit and crochet and she was an avid (and rabid) University of Kentucky basketball fan.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Raymond Gauger of Arab, Alabama; four grandchildren, Mandy (and Rick) Creech of North Vernon, Paul (and Julie) Gauger of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, Kaylee Ezzo of Indianapolis and Gabe Ezzo of North Vernon; four great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Marina Sigmund of North Vernon, and Emily and Madeline Gauger of Williams Bay, Wisconsin; and nieces, Susan McPherson of Tucson, Arizona, and Reenie Bontrager of Indianapolis.

Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Marion; a daughter, Lori (Stern) Ezzo; her parents, Pearl and Thomas Lewis; brothers, Thomas Lewis, Edward Lewis and Carl Lewis; and sisters, Mary Katherine Maple, Maude Chadwel, and Jewel Flippin.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to St. Mary’s Project Share.

We invite family and friends to sign Dottie’s online guestbook and light a candle in her remembrance at


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