Hillsboro – Dorothy Scharenberg, 95, died January 14, 2018 at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro. She was born August 24, 1922 to Morgan and Mary (Warlen) Lewis in Marion. She married Leo Scharenberg January 11, 1943 in Youngstown, KS. Survivors include: son, Dr. Dennis (Phyllis) Scharenberg of Wichita; adopted sons, Richard (Bev) Heim of Hesston, Danny Heim of Pine Hill, New Mexico; daughters, Clarice “Charli” (Tom) Alexander of Lincoln, Nebraska, Millcine “Micki” (Jerry) Siebert of Cedar Point; 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, Leo Scharenberg in 2011, son Leon Scharenberg in 2017 and twin sister, Doris Louis. Celebration Service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Aulne United Methodist Church in Aulne, KS. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence. Memorials to Cottonwood Valley Baptist Church or Florence American Legion Post 308 in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Taken from the Life Sketch
Dorothy Lillian (Lewis) Scharenberg was born August 24, 1922 to Morgan L. and Mary (Warlen) Lewis. Dorothy lived with her parents and twin sister, Doris (Lewis) Louis on a farm east of Marion, KS in the Youngtown community. Doris Vivian preceded her in death on January 29, 2009.
Dorothy and Doris attended country grade school, District No. 56, for eight years. Their daddy died when they were ten years old during the Great Depression years of the 1930’s. They had to leave their home when they were 14 years old to live with and work for numerous families in Lincolnville so that they would be able to attend high school there. The summers of Dorothy’s high school years were spent living with and working for others in towns which included Burdick, El Dorado and Hutchinson so that she could earn enough money to return to high school for yet another year. While Doris was active in cheerleading, Dorothy played the snare drum in the high school band. It offered opportunities such as attending the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson and participation in other school functions. Both Dorothy and Doris graduated in the class of 1940.
After graduation, Dorothy returned to her home in the Youngtown community for a short time to be with her mother. She soon moved to Florence, KS where she took a job as a waitress at the Horner Hotel Restaurant. Florence was a thriving railroad town at that time, and Dorothy enjoyed living there where she made many friends.
Dorothy had attended classes during her high school years in Lincolnville with a young guy and classmate, Leo Scharenberg from Marion. The spark turned into a flame after their graduation years. WWII was in progress, and Leo was drafted into the United States Army in 1942. Leo and Dorothy were united in marriage January 11, 1943. They spent one week together before Leo was sent overseas to serve his Country.
At that time, Dorothy and her mother boarded the train for Chicago, IL in search of work. Dorothy got a job with Utah Radio Products Co. at the Defense Plant where she tested and inspected radio resistors in communications for the war effort of Defense. From there she was transferred to the department where she timed bomb releasers. Dorothy was definitely a real life “Rosie the Riveter” who was the symbol for all hard working American women in every job description who supported their country during the WWII years.
She worked nights and commuted by streetcar by which she experienced numerous, dangerous encounters. Throughout her life she related one story with absolute certainty about how the Lord sent an angel to deliver her out of one of the most specific, dangerous circumstances that ever confronted her. She persevered through her life’s journey from the time it was necessary for her to leave home as a child to go to work, until she completed her mission in the big city. She was hardworking, independent and self-sufficient.
Dorothy attended Billy Graham Youth for Christ Crusades every Saturday night in Chicago during the three years she resided there. One whom she grew to know and love dearly was George Beverly Shea. She was privileged to be a participant, as she and her best friend were selected to take the offering on stage every week. She spoke of it often and it remained a treasured memory for her.
When Leo returned home from the war after nearly three years, he and Dorothy moved to Fort Leonard Wood, MO where he was stationed until he was honorably
discharged from the army in 1945. They returned to Marion, KS where they began the business of farming and raising their four children.
In 1953 they moved to Cedar Point on the banks of the Cottonwood River where they operated a dairy business, along with farming. Dorothy loved to garden, often canning 300 quarts of fruit and vegetables in addition to filling the freezer with the same. She enjoyed sewing and made many of her children’s clothing as well as her own. They resided in the beautiful Flint Hills of Marion and Chase counties for 51 years. Upon occasional visits to the farm and ranch in her elder years, Dorothy still loved hearing the rush of the trains going past the old home place and savored the sounds of the whistle’s reminder.
On January 7, 1967 cousins, Richard and Danny Heim came to live with Dorothy and Leo. The boys remained with them for nearly five years until they were grown. They loved them as their children and cared for them as their own.
In the early 1970’s Dorothy and Leo entered into a partnership with their daughter and son-in-law in farming and ranching. This was the opportunity they always wanted which provided them with many years to travel the entire United States and to enjoy and experience its magnificence. These were some of the best years of their lives!
Dorothy and Leo were active members of the Youngtown EUB and Florence Christian Church. They had also attended Cedar Point Methodist Church. Dorothy taught Bible classes in church and also taught Bible study for the Cedar Point ladies community Bible class. She was a lifelong member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW.
With age becoming a factor, Dorothy and Leo moved to Hillsboro, KS in 2004. They bought a house on Grand Ave. and lived there for four years before it was necessary for them to move to Parkside Homes in 2008. Dorothy lost her beloved Leo of nearly 69 years of marriage on November 26, 2011. Dorothy loved the ones who cared for her at Parkside and made friends with many of them who dearly loved her as well.
Dorothy was a Christian woman bestowed with much wisdom. She had a profound faith in God which sustained her throughout her life… she loved her Lord! She was a patriot, kept up on current events and was politically motivated. She always exercised her right to vote until her departure. She educated herself and studied extensively, reading many books using her Envision machine as her eyesight progressively deteriorated over the years. She enjoyed learning how to use her iPad at age 90 so she could see and talk with her family every day to curb her loneliness. She commented that it was like having them there in person for a visit. Dorothy had a deep love for her family and prayed for them every day.
Dorothy departed from this life to her home in Heaven on January 14, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; son, Leon; great grandson, Issac Scharenberg; parents, Morgan L. Lewis and Mary Lewis-Flanery; step-dad, Morris Flanery; twin sister, Doris and husband, Laurence Louis; step brothers, Jack Flanery and Bob Flanery; step-sister, Ruby Flaney-Cole; brothers and sisters-in-law, June and Lois Jost, Herb and Fern Jost, and Orville and MaryAnna Scharenberg.
She is survived by her children, Clarice (Charli) and Tom Alexander, Lincoln, NE; Millcine (Micki) and Jerry Siebert, Cedar Point, KS; Dr. Dennis and Phyllis Scharenberg, Wichita, KS; brother cousins, Richard (Bev) Heim, Hesston, KS; Danny Heim, Pine Hill, NM; step sister, Ruth Flanery-Julson (Sid), Buffalo, WY; nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.