Dorothy Bell
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Obituary of Dorothy Helen Bell

Dorothy Helen Bell

(nee Krug)

Age 100, of Shorewood, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Alden Courts of Shorewood.  Born March 31, 1917 in the German community of Russell, KS, she was the daughter of German immigrants, Henry Jr. and Katherine (nee Schaat) Krug.

Dorothy married James R. Bell in 1937, and due to his work as a welder and construction foreman, they lived in 15 different states, as well as Papua, New Guinea in the Solomon Islands.  They moved to Illinois in 1976, and resided in Joliet, Minooka and Shorewood.  She was employed by the former Wieboldt’s Department Store and the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Dorothy joyfully celebrated her 100th birthday this past March with a party in her honor attended by five generations of her extended family and many friends from throughout the country.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.  She enjoyed bowling, watching TV and playing various card and board games.

Surviving are her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Ron Tucker of Shorewood, her loving son, Jerry Bell of Weed, CA; her beloved grandchildren, Parker (Rhonda) Tucker of Baton Rouge, LA, Tracey (Jonathan) Levine of Nashville, TN, Paige (Phil) Daniels of Shorewood, IL, Corey (Sarah) Tucker of Sacramento, CA, Leslie (Matt) Bonneau of Sacramento, CA, Dr. Jason Bell of Portland, OR, Kjerstin (Theodore) Hatch of Mill Valley, CA, Erika (Francis) Devlin of  Carlsbad, CA, and Curtis (Gina) Roen of Stevenson Ranch, CA; 16 dear great-grandchildren; and a precious great-great grandson.

Dorothy was preceded in death by a fond daughter-in-law, Rosemarie Bell; her husband, James R. Bell; her parents; and all five of her siblings.

The family would like to thank the staff of Alden Estates of Shorewood, and to everyone at Joliet Area Community Hospice for their kindness and care.

A Memorial Service for Dorothy H. Bell will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 1718 Avalon Ave., Joliet, with a Memorial Visitation one hour prior, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. 

Services in Kansas will be held Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 425 N. Main Street, Russell, Kansas.  Interment will follow in Russell City Cemetery, Russell, KS. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to Joliet Area Community Hospice or Grace United Methodist Church would be appreciated. 

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at