Dorothy May (Haese) Schwantes
Worked with the Scott County Homemaker’s Program
Dorothy May (Haese) Schwantes died peacefully on May 15, 2020 at Sayre Christian Village in Lexington at the age of 92. Dorothy of Georgetown, and formerly Milwaukee, Wisconsin was preceded in her journey by her husband, LeRoy Frank Schwantes (Georgetown and formerly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin), her parents Paul and Elizabeth (Price) Haese of Wisconsin and her sister Carol (Haese) Arenz of Dousman,Wisconsin.
She is survived by her three daughters, Laura Thomas (Jerry) of Lexington, Linda McDaniel (Dennis) of Lexington and Louise Schwantes of Florence. Also survived by nieces and nephews Keith (Kathy) Arenz of Novi, Michigan, Kathy (Jack) Kiefert of Cumming, Georgia, Karen (Brian) Derge of Ixonia, Wisconsin, Kurt (Julie) Arenz of Verona, Wisconsin and Kraig (Karen) Arenz of Summit, Wisconsin.
Dorothy will best be remembered for her work with the Scott County Homemaker’s Program through the Scott County Extension Office. She served as President of her Homemaker’s Club, as the Scott County President and the Bluegrass President of the Homemaker’s Program. Dorothy was named along with five ladies to the Steering Committee for the formation of the Kentucky Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction Program. This organization formed a newsletter to communicate with the ever-growing number of persons in this new Program. Dorothy had a major role, which was to write a column named DOROTHY DO-RIGHT; that column remains today. However, she was the exclusive author for many years. The column was designed to focus on helpful sewing hints and reminders such as “Always remember to press as you sew.” “Fabrics are a lot like people, each has its own personality.” In the years that followed, Dorothy began to be fondly referred to as the “mother” of the Kentucky Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction Program.
Celebration of Life services will be scheduled at a later date at Faith Lutheran Church in Lexington. Interment will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Scott County Extension Homemaker’s Scholarship Program, 1130 Cincinnati Road, Georgetown Kentucky 40324 or Sayre Christian Village Coronavirus Relief Program, 3775 Belleau Wood Drive, Lexington Kentucky 40517.