Dorothy Wojtal

By on September 9, 2009

Dorothy M. Wojtal, 82, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, Ill.

She was born March 26, 1927 the daughter of Joseph (Angeline) Borek in Chicago.

Dorothy grew up on the northwest side of Chicago and attended local schools.

After graduating with the class of 1945, Dorothy worked at Avondale Savings and Loan as a teller. In January of 1950, she met the love of her life, Bill Wojtal, and following a whirlwind courtship, they were married on Oct. 14 that very same year.

They began their new life together in Chicago while Bill worked for two paint companies, and she continued to work for Avondale for a time before moving to Alliance Savings and Loan, which after several mergers became Bank of America. Dorothy retired as an assistant vice president in 1989. In 1991, Dorothy and Bill moved to Elburn behind Lions Park and made 18 years of memories, including the homecoming of their grandson, Peter, before Bill’s passing in February 2009. Declining health brought Dorothy into the care of Pine View Care Center in St. Charles until she moved to Apostolic Christian Resthaven in Elgin, where she would be closer to her family.

Dorothy was a devout Catholic and faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, as well as the Polish Women’s Club and Elburn Seniors Club.

Dorothy was a crafter at heart and spent her time meticulously making baby and doll clothes, knitting scarves, hats, and loved to cross-stitch dogs and flowers for friends and family alike.

There was never a puzzle that Dorothy couldn’t conquer. The more pieces it had, the more her eyes would light up, and the speed in which she completed dazzled her friends even into her last months.

When her hands weren’t busy with needles, hooks or pieces, Dorothy loved to fill in daily crossword puzzles, Sudoku and word search magazines. She also grew over the years an extensive Pipka collection that eventually numbered over 200 ceramic statues.

Dorothy now claims the promise of her Savior and joins her beloved husband only months after his passing. Although she leaves behind broken hearts and falling tears, her memories will help heal the hurt and her legacy will help dry the tears of her friends and family.

She now leaves one son, Eugene (Denise) Wojtal, and their son, Peter, all of Burlington, Ill.; seven nieces and nephews, Paul (Mary) Borek, Pam (Mike) McDonald, Jim Borek, Connie (Bill) Piotrowski, Barbara (Ken) Littel and Susan (Jay) Picone, and Mary Pilat; two sisters-in-law, Helen Borek of Chicago and Pauline “Aunt Lee” Borek of Phoenix, Ariz.; a very special family friend, Sharon (Ted) Gressick and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; husband, Bill; three brothers, Frank Borek, Walter (Bernice) Borek and Stanley Borek, who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7:45 p.m. with a wake service to conclude visitation beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A Mass to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at St Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Wojtal 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