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In Memory of Dorothy DeHaven


May 26, 1925 - September 18, 2019

Dorothy Jean DeHaven, 94 years of age, passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Barron Care & Rehab. 

Dorothy was born May 26, 1925 in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin to Archie and Marie Wells.  She married Harold Putzke in 1946 and raised their two children in Barron.  In 1980, she married William DeHaven and enjoyed her life with Bill in Florida.  She worked as a secretary for the Wisconsin and Florida school systems.  She enjoyed sharing her stories about growing up in Centuria, Wisconsin where her family owned the town laundromat.  Dorothy moved back to Barron in 2004 to be closer to her family and spoil her great-grandchildren. 

Her two greatest loves were her faith in God and visiting with her family and friends.  In her 80’s, Dorothy was proficient at using her computer to forward uplifting Christian emails.  Dorothy was active helping at church functions, walking on the beach in Florida, admiring her beautiful flowers and playing with Dude, her dog.  She also enjoyed crocheting everyone that she knew, afghans, hats or scarves - Dorothy was excited to get yarn and try a new pattern.

She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say.  Dorothy loved people, especially those most in need.  She was always the champion for the underdog and would encourage them every chance she could. 

Dorothy leaves many to cherish her loving memory, her children, Hal Putzke and Sharon (Al) Larson; step-family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her church family.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and her older brother, Lawrence. 

Funeral services for Dorothy DeHaven will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Foursquare Gospel Church in Barron with Rev. Wayne Espeseth, Rev. Chad Halverson and Rev. David Smith officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.  Burial will be at Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

Arrangements are being handled by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron.  


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