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5/2/2013 11:30:00 AM
Dorothy Stempniak
Dorothy Stempniak
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Dorothy Stempniak

Dorothy Regina (Biagi) Stempniak, 80, of Fullerton, Calif., passed away peacefully Feb. 22, 2013.

A Mass in celebration of Dorothy’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Granville. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel of Granville will assist the family with arrangements.

In California, a rosary was said at McAulay and Wallace Mortuary on March 1. The funeral Mass was March 2 in St. Angela Merici Church, Brea, Calif.

She was born Feb. 4, 1933, and raised in Putnam County. Dorothy, the daughter of John and Margaret (Farnetti) Biagi, was the oldest of five children.

Dorothy graduated from Hopkins Township High School in Granville in 1951, and graduated from nursing school at St. Francis in Peoria in 1954. It was there that she met her husband, Henry Stempniak, a physical therapist from Chicago. They were married in June 1956 and moved to Anaheim, Calif. Henry (Hank) passed away in 2005. They had four sons, Stephen of Laughlin, Nev., (Bonnie Mose’, friend, of Anaheim); Stewart (Debbie) of Fullerton; and sons Stanley and Scott, now deceased.

Dorothy’s nursing went on hold while she raised her four boys. Later, Dorothy earned her real estate license and worked for Coldwell Bankers for many years. While her children were growing up, she was their No. 1 fan, cheering as they competed in sports. Dorothy enjoyed bus trips and traveling on cruise ships with her family.

She is survived by her two sons, Stephen, and Stewart; three grandchildren, Ryan, Jessica, and Brianna; two sisters, Clare (Bill) Lorton of Springfield and Mary (Denny) Roling of Mendota; one brother, John (Dee) Biagi of Granville; one aunt, Rosemary Biagi of Hennepin and many cousins, nieces and nephews from all sides of the families. Dorothy had many friends in the Putnam County area, but none closer than her childhood friend, Frances Weiss, “Toots.”

In addition to her parents and two sons, she was preceded in death by one brother Fred.          

Dorothy had a beautiful spirit; she believed in always looking on the bright side of what life threw her. She was a thoughtful wife, mother, sister and friend. Dorothy had stayed in close contact with her classmates of 1951. She will be sadly missed by all.

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