Born July 11, 1917, in Barrington, Illinois, the daughter of August C. and Dora (Lyon) Schwemm she was united in marriage to Frank Sandmire Willard on June 19, 1937 in Boone County, Illinois.
The couple lived in the Barrington area until moving to Iowa in 1970. Dorothy became a resident of Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake in February 1992. She was a homemaker most of her life, but during the 1950's she worked for Barrington Vending Co. and Jewel Tea Co. - mail order division. As Frank's retirement approached, the adventurous spirit in Dorothy led them west. On the return trip, they stopped to visit old neighbors in Spirit Lake, which changed the course of their lives.
After moving to Spirit Lake, Dorothy joined in fellowship the United Methodist Woman's Society, holding various offices. Sharing homemade crafts, flowers from her garden and baked goods is what kept Dorothy's hands busy. She found beauty in each swan she added to her collection.
Surviving family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Ruthann and Jim Lukes of Spirit Lake; grandson Jeffrey Lukes, and Jeff and Amy Ondler of Spirit Lake; granddaughter, Denise Tuinstra and Hayley, Kortney and Dylan of Lake Park; brothers and sisters-in-law: Clifford and Hazel Schwemm of Cary, Kenneth and Elizabeth Schwemm of Fox River Grove; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank in 1995; her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Frank and Dorothy Schwemm Willard on their honeymoon.