Dorothy Peterson Krejci
January 29, 1925 - September 23, 2017
Krejci, Dorothy Mae “Dottee”
Age 92, a resident of Naperville since 1964 passed away on Saturday, September 23rd at her home. She was born on January 29, 1925 in Oak Park, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years Edward John “Jack” Krejci, who passed away in 1984.
Beloved mother of Karen (Bert) Grout of Wheaton, Illinois, John Krejci of Downing, Wisconsin, Donna (Randy Omasta) Krejci of Aurora, Colorado, and Michael (Nancy) Krejci of Naperville; Adored grandmother of Adam Grout, Amy Rooney, Abby England, Matthew and Michael Krejci, Daniel and Peter Omasta, Jack, Nicholas, Kurt and Madeline Krejci. Loving great grandmother of Nate, Luke, Ellie Grout, Liam, Lauren, Olivia Rooney and Grace, Katie, Reese, and Hadley England, Polly and Callen Krejci.
Dottee grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and graduated from Oak Park – River Forest High School. She graduated from the University of Illinois with B.S. in Education in 1946. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She met her husband Jack there and they married after she graduated. She was devoted to children and education her whole life. When she moved to Naperville in 1964 she started Hobson Cooperative Nursey School and was the school’s Director there until she left in 1971 to become the founding Director of Little Friends Inc. The organization has served Naperville and the surrounding communities and has grown into becoming one of the finest schools for special needs children in the State. She retired from Little Friends in 1990 and the school honored her for her years of dedication and service by renaming one of the buildings “Krejci Academy”.
After retirement she spent many hours of her time volunteering at the local schools by reading to children and tutoring them. She was an avid reader who read a book a week right up until she passed away. She also was part of a volunteer group called “the Weed Ladies” a charitable group who raised money for the Naper Settlement.
Dottee was a devoted sports fan who regularly followed the Bulls, Bears and her favorite World Series Champs the Cubs! She never missed an opportunity to attend one of her grandchildren’s sporting events. During the summer she spent many hours of the day working in her beloved garden. During the winter it was providing food for the birds.
She was known as “Grandma Dogs” to her grandchildren. She always had 2 or 3 “Labs” or “Goldens” living with her. After her husband Jack passed away in 1984 she decided to breed her dogs and they had a litter of 9 pups. She kept 7 of them only allowing 2 of the pups to go home with a close friend and family member.
She loved the holidays. Dressing up as the “Easter Bunny” to “Mrs. Claus” or a pilgrim at Thanksgiving was the norm. On St. Patrick’s Day she showed her love for the Irish by dying her childrens sandwiches green. She loved to cook and entertain. The neighborhood trick or treaters will miss her homemade Halloween cookies she passed out each year. She was extremely close with her sister Marion Flinn and her husband John and their 4 children, Lucy, Susan, Peter and Patti. The sisters shared fond memories of summers spent in Lake Geneva with their families. The sisters travelled the world together after their husbands died. Dottee was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church of Naperville. She loved life and will be missed by all. Dorothy requested that her body be donated to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, October 9th, from 4pm-8pm at the Meeting House at the Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster, in Naperville, on the corner of Webster St. and Porter Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dottee's Memory can be made to Krejci Academy, 619 E. Franklin Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540.