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Georgia “Dody” Dretske

Published October 15,2020

Obituary's Biography:

Georgia “Dody” Dretske, age 85, of Waukegan, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the Pavilion of Waukegan.  She was born May  9, 1935 in Waukegan to the late George and Pearl Teeling.  She was a lifelong resident of Waukegan, attending Whittier Grade School and Waukegan High School.  After graduation, she worked for the City of Waukegan where she met her late husband, Walter, who was a mail carrier at the time.  They married in Waukegan in 1956 and raised three children there.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish (Blessed Trinity). She was the business manager and an owner of Dretske Electric since 1976.  Dody will be remembered for her smiling Irish eyes and laughter, big celebratory dinners at the holidays, and for her love of Elvis Presley and word find puzzles.  Survivors are her three children Cindy (Bill) Kolanko; Dan Dretske, and Diana Lynn (Al Westerman) Dretske; two grandsons Danny and John Quinn Kolanko; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, her parents, and her sisters Marilyn (Jack) Bleck and Bonnie Marie Teeling.  The family thanks the home care services provided by Right at Home as well as the compassionate coordination of hospice care through Star Hospice of Gurnee.  Funeral services will be held 10:30am on Monday, October 19, 2020 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Friends may call from 9:30am until 10:30am at the church only.  Interment will be at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (stjude.org) or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please call 847-223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

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10 Comments

  1. Mrs. D you were a wonderful lady. Thank you for putting up with me in your home back in the day.
    My family will keep you and your family in our daily prayers.

  2. Bill and Cindy, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I can tell from her picture that she was a beautiful person inside and out. I will keep her in my prayers as well as your family. My deepest sympathies and hugs across the miles.

  3. Diana & family,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May your memories comfort you.

  4. Cindy, Dan, and Diana
    I was sorry to hear about your mom. I have many memories of her from our days on Muirfield. Sending love and prayers

    Amy Fields (Laube)

  5. Cindy, Bill, Danny and John, so very sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. She will be remembered as a woman who lived her faith, family, and friends. My prayers are with you all at this time.

  6. Bill and Cindy – so very sorry for your loss. Mom, (Ann Althoff Hammes) always spoke highly of Dody. You are in our prayers.

  7. Please except my sincere condolences on your Mom’s passing. Although it has been decades since I have been back to Waukegan I have fond memories of her from the days she baby sat me when my mom (Kathleen) and I lived with Uncle Herb and Aunt Stell (Miller). May your memories of her bring you much happiness and peace.

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