Dorothy Ann Parsons, 85

Dorothy Ann Parsons, 85, of North Manchester, died at 10:59 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2020 at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. She was born March 20, 1934 in North Manchester to Hermann A and Klara A. (Friedrich) Breitkopf.

Dorothy was a 1952 graduate of Central High School in North Manchester, she married James M. Hapner on Feb. 12, 1954; he died May 17, 1972. She then married Charles R. Parsons on Oct. 31, 1975, and divorced on December 31, 1986. She was employed at Peabody Retirement Community from 1954 until 1998, working in a variety of positions including, secretary, bookkeeper, office manager, Assistant Executive Director, Director of Business Affairs, Relocation Coordinator, and concluding with Craig House Coordinator. Dorothy was a lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, active in many facets of church life, and twice having served on the church council. She completed the 7-year Bible Study Fellowship course in 2005. Dorothy was a former member of Business Professional Women, Epsilon Upsilon Sorority (Upsilon Chapter) and bowled for several years, going to both State and National tournaments. She lived at 609 W. 9th Street for 40 years before moving to Woodspoint in 2000, then to Peabody in Dec. 2013.

She is survived by her brother, James Breitkopf of Tucson, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Barbara Hapner of Coldwater, Mich.; nieces and nephews, Barbara L. Brehm of Wilson, N.C., Nancy Brehm Gilbert of Baton Rouge, La., Kathryn Prosen of Mason, Mich., Steve Hapner of Saginaw, Mich., Debra Hapner-Allen of Midland, Mich., Jill Hapner of West Bend, Wis., and Brad Hapner of Coldwater, Mich.; 15 great nieces and nephews; and 18 great great nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Aunt Dot, “The World’s Greatest Aunt” as the sign on her door at Peabody proclaimed, loved her family unconditionally, supported them in their life pursuits, and showed them how a loving, generous, strong woman could make wise decisions to provide for herself and others - at home and throughout the world. She was so proud of each of them and kept a “wall of love” showing photos of them through the many years of growing up and establishing their ways in life. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, her patience with the Cubs and the Pacers, her laugh like no one else’s, her kindness to the many people who came into her life, her generosity of spirit, and her thankful attitude that accepted everything as a blessing coming directly from the hand of God for her to share with others.

Aunt Dot was a treasured member of the family and no family gathering was complete without her presence.  She was actively interested in her family members lives and gave them sound advice, guidance, unconditional love, and reminded them to keep their senses of humor.  Her departure leaves a void in her loved one’s lives, but they take comfort that their wonderful memories of her will fill the void over time.

The family would like to extend special thanks to her very caring companions from Home Helpers, Donna, Alison, and Pat; the Zion Tuesday evening Bible Study friends, Mary, Sally, Eunice, and Sandy; the staff of Heart to Heart Hospice, especially Gretchen and Jaime; her beautician, Dana Pitts; and Linda and Jeanne for loving and adopting Alex.

Due to coronavirus preventative measures, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

Posted on 2020 Mar 18