Thursday, July 17, 2003

Obituary: Dorothy "Marion" (Hansen) Hines

MADISON - Dorothy "Marion" Hines, age 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at St. Marys Hospital, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. She was born on June 17, 1925, in Racine, Wis., the youngest of eight children, a daughter of Alfred and Thora (Petersen) Hansen. Marion became a part of Madison when she moved in with her sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Harold Gabbei. She graduated from Madison Central High School and has been an East Side Madison resident ever since. She enjoyed working for Allstate Insurance and the special friendships that developed there. Marion married George C. Hines and had four children, who she later raised as a single parent. She shared her values in raising her children to appreciate family and other social connections. We always said there was no such thing as a "dash" somewhere, because Mom knew everyone and had to stop to talk to each of them. Marion was a strong, independent woman of tradition and principle. As Frank Sinatra sang in the famous song, "My Way," Mom did it her way. It was always a joy to listen to her stories of her growing years and the life she dedicated to her children and grandchildren. Marion leaves behind many dear friends and family members. She is survived by four children, Charlene (Mike) Dolfen and children, Alyssa and Tyson, of Cottage Grove, Janet (Joseph) Orella and children, Bradley and Haley, of Marshfield, Roy (Joni) Hines and son, Lucas, of Marshall, and Christine (Craig) Pfister and daughter, Jennifer Hewuse, and stepchildren, Nick and Emily Pfister; a sister, Verna LaPlante; and nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special niece, Marlene (Gary) Markhardt and children, Paul and Karl. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at noon on Saturday, July 19, 2003, with the Rev. David Michael of Lake Edge United Church of Christ presiding. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2003. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704, or East Madison/Monona Coalition of Aging Senior Day Center, 4142 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53716. A special thank you to all of Marion's caregivers at Dean Clinic and St. Marys Hospital over the years. Gunderson East Funeral Home (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 17, 2003

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