A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR Dorothy Troyer

August 10, 2018
Christ Community Church
602 E. Geneva Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

4:00-4:30 p.m. - visiting time
4:30-5:30 p.m. - service
5:30-7:00 p.m. - light supper

Donations in her honor should be directed to:
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
219 E. Cole Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187
or
Community of Christ Church in Plano
304 S. Center Street, Plano, IL 60545

 

 

Dorothy Troyer
Wife, Mother, Teacher and Philanthropist
November 25, 1931 - May 22, 2018

Dorothy grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. An avid musician, she graduated with honors from Duluth Central High School and went on to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, where she earned an associate of arts degree.

When Dorothy announced her engagement to Clarence Troyer at the age of 19, her mother encouraged her to wait and take some time to see the world. Dorothy ignored her mother, opting instead for the life of a wife and mother. In two years she had two daughters, Cindy and Joy. With their daughters, they traveled to 45 of the 50 states, Mexico, Canada, England, France and Germany. At the time of Clarence's passing, the pair had been married 57 years.

When her daughters were in junior high, Dorothy went back to school to earn her bachelor’s degree. She first attended Central Missouri State College, then Slippery Rock State College where she graduated with a BA in English. She worked as a librarian assistant and an ESL teacher before she returned to school. At the age of 55 she earned a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired from Northern Illinois University.

For the next 16 years Dorothy worked at Spectrios Institute (formerly the Deicke Center for Visual Rehabilitation), first as a rehabilitation teacher and then as director of development. She directed a capital campaign to build a new, more functional building and worked in the new building until she retired in 2005. After she retired, she continued to work as a volunteer and in 2007 was given the Clarence Troyer Volunteer Award. From November, 2009 through April, 2018, Dorothy served on the board of directors for Spectrios.

During the time she worked at the Deicke Center she continued to serve in the Community of Christ Church where she had been a life-long member. In 1988 she was called to be an elder in that church. From 1990 to 1994 she served her church in Plano, Illinois as its pastor.

Dorothy joined the Wheaton Lion’s Club in 1998. She served as the program chair for several years, always helped with the fundraisers, and in 2010 was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow for dedicated humanitarian service by Lion’s Club International.
Dorothy moved to Belmont Village assisted living community in 2016 where she enjoyed playing pinochle, reading with the drama group, attending the book club, helping with block parties and pitching in on the Alzheimer’s fund raisers.

After a series of falls and a Parkinson’s diagnosis, Dorothy said she was ready to join Clarence. So, it is fitting that she died peacefully on May 22, the day that would have been Clarence’s 89th birthday. She was a servant to the end.

This moving tribute was written by Dorothy's daughter, Joy Troyer. We thank her for her sharing her mother's story with our readers. Dorothy was a champion for our mission. Her kindness and warmth will be greatly missed.

"No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave."

– Calvin Coolidge

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