Dorothy Fell, 87, of La Crosse passed away peacefully on Feb. 27, 2019 at Clare Bridge Memory Care Facility, surrounded by her family.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 27, 1931 in Burlington to George and Agnes (Becker) Krueger. She attended school in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in 1949. She attended St. Theresa’s College in Winona, Minn. On Oct. 21, 1950 she married her high school boyfriend, Gene Fell.

Dorothy and Gene were married for 63 years. They made La Crosse their home where they raised their five children. Dorothy enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles, knitting mittens and afghans for her children and grandchildren and making beautiful braided rugs. She was an avid reader, a love she shared with her kids and grandkids. She worked for many years in the card and book area of Honig’s Gift and Book Shop. Dorothy and Gene enjoyed visiting Riverside and Pettibone Parks where they were often seen bird watching and walking along the river. They attended many Aquinas High School sporting events, especially basketball and football, even after their children graduated.

Dorothy’s family holds dear memories of family camping trips to Yellowstone, Glacier, Badlands as well as long driving trips to the east coast to visit relatives. Dorothy and Gene travelled abroad to England, Scotland, Spain, Portugal and Italy, often with Dorothy’s sister Rosemary and her husband, Jack.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Enid (Jerry) Heberlein, of Marshfield Mass., Tim (Caren Schurhammer) Fell of Faribault, Minn., Carole (David) Schoonover of La Crosse, Sue (Brian) Kennedy of Madison and Maggie (Bob) Braun of La Crosse; ten grandchildren, Emily (Eric Sevigny) Heberlein, Joel (Janine) Heberlein, Martha (Paul Jacobs) Heberlein, Stephanie Fell, Brian (Katie Pollak) Fell, Jennie (Jeremy) Melde, Katie (Steve) Barnes, Amanda Schoonover, Hannah Braun and Carina Braun; twelve great grandchildren, Jake, Max and Emma Heberlein; Neil and Alec Sevigny; Oscar and Ingrid Jacobs; Ethan and Tanner Melde; and Clara, Mira, and Mason Barnes. She is also survived by her in-laws Jan Krueger, Norma Krueger, Darrell and Shirley Fell, Donald and Shirley Fell and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Gene in 2013, her parents, and three siblings, Phillip, Rosemary and Robert.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday Mar. 7, 2019, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1333 South 13th Street in La Crosse. Rev. Rick Roberts and Rev. Larry Berger will celebrate with burial rites at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in La Crosse. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service in the church on Thursday.

All memorials will go for a bench at Riverside Park in honor of Gene and Dorothy Fell.

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