Dorothy Marie Gilmore

By on November 15, 2012

Dorothy Marie Gilmore, 89, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Dorothy was born at home on Jan. 30, 1923, in Wheaton, Ill., the daughter of Adam and Helen (Lambert) Klein. She attended local schools until the 10th grade.

On Jan. 30, 1940, she married the love of her life, Samuel Arthur Gilmore.

Over the years, Dorothy and Samuel made their home in Wheaton and a farm in Carol Stream before purchasing a farm near Elburn. In 1946, the two built their house, where they created many memories with their children until Samuel’s passing in 1991. Dorothy continued to live in their home until 2012, when she moved to Inspirations in St. Charles.

A spiritual woman, Dorothy was a parishioner at St. Gall Catholic Church, where she was active with their Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Kane County Home Extension.

Dorothy had many interests in life. She enjoyed passing her time working on all types of crafts including knitting, crocheting, or stitching together some quilts for the church’s annual raffle.

Dorothy was also no stranger to the kitchen. As you would enter her home, you were greeted with the smell of home cooking. If you were lucky, it would be her homemade coleslaw or baked beans.

Dorothy loved her family more than anything and devoted her entire life to them by attending to their needs as a homemaker. She especially enjoyed spending her time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy always made sure a birthday card was made to each and every one of them.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Sandy (Paul) Beyer of Arkdale, Wis., Dan (Karen) Gilmore of South Elgin, Ill., Mary Gilmore of Elburn and Kathy (Mike) Carney of Elburn; grandchildren, Anne (Dan) Carson, Peggy (Dave) Nelson, Betsy Beyer, Paula (Mark) Robitske, Laura (Paul) Ross, Chris (Jodee) Beyer, Kevin Gilmore, and Michelle (John Douglas) Gilmore; great-grandchildren, Sam, Emily, Sarah, Becky, Eric, Michael, Jacob, Cassie, Deidra, Aiden, Megan, Tyler, Jessica, CJ, Jerome, Sara and Grace; great-great-granddaughter, Anessa; sisters, Bernice (Bill) Graf and Eileen (Bob) Trescott; brother, Bob Klein; and brother-in-law, Don Stargardt.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Samuel Gilmore; infant daughter, Diane; sister, Betty Stargardt; daughter-in-law, Carol Gilmore; sister-in-law, Sharon Klein; and brother-in-law, Bill Graf.

Visitation was held on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral Mass celebrating her life was held on Monday at St. Gall Catholic Church. Rev. Tim Siegel, pastor of the church, officiated.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities: Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Gilmore Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at