1935 Dorothy 2019

Dorothy Shields-Lawless

February 26, 1935 — August 29, 2019

Dorothy Shields-Lawless, 84, of Gibson City passed away at 5:43pm on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Gibson Area Hospital-Annex.

Her Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Strawn, Illinois. A Rosary will be said at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 13, 2019 followed by visitation from 5:00-7:00 pm at Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City.

Dorothy was born on February 26, 1935 in Farmer, South Dakota, a daughter of Louis and Fredericka Roth Friese. She married Richard Shields on August 5, 1956 at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. They were married for 54 years. He preceded her in death on August 28, 2010.

She and Richard lived and farmed in the Foosland area for 42 years. They retired in 1998 and moved to Gibson City. They joined the Gibson City United Methodist Church after the closing of the Foosland United Methodist Church in 2008 where Dorothy was a 51 year member.

In 2016, Dorothy joined the Catholic Church and married Jerome Lawless of Strawn on August 13,2016 they made their home in Gibson City.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Jerry Lawless of Gibson City; three children, Cheryl (Rob Longmire) Burk of Chandler, Arizona, Bryan (Sue) Shields of Gibson City, Tim Shields of Foosland; and six step children, Madalyn (Kurt) Sommer of Foosland, Bob (Lori) Lawless of Fairbury, Kathy Lawless of Strawn, Theresa (Paul) Volker of Foosland, Jennifer (Jeremy) Green of Sibley and Amy Bebout of Gibson City; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; twelve step-grandchildren; seventeen step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Eileen Smith and Ila Tyler and three brothers, Everett, Arland and Ray Friese.

Family always came first for Dorothy, she loved to cook and bake for her family and friends. Dorothy had a passion for gardening, loved animals and all kinds of music. Her friendly smile will be missed.

Memorial tributes may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital, Shriner's Children's Hospital or St. Rose Catholic Church in Strawn, IL.

Rosary

SEP 13. 4:00 PM (CDT)

Rosenbaum Funeral Home
925 North, IL-47 Rosenbaum Funeral Home
Gibson City, IL 60936

Visitation

SEP 13. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Rosenbaum Funeral Home
925 North, IL-47 Rosenbaum Funeral Home
Gibson City, IL 60936

Memorial Mass

SEP 14. 11:00 AM (CDT)

St. Rose Catholic Church
IL-47
Strawn, IL 61776

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