Obit: Harycki, Dorothy (1911? - 2001)

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Harycki, Dorothy (1911? - 28 JAN 2001)

Dorothy Tolford Harycki died peacefully in her home in Weslaco, Texas, on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at the age of 92.

The daughter of the late Ralph Herbert Tolford and Mary Ripplinger Tolford of Thorp, Clark County, Wis.. Dorothy Harycki was born and educated in Thorp. She received a degree of Ph. B. from Marquette University in 1930.

In April of 1932 she married John J. (Jim) Harycki in Gesu Church, Milwaukee, WI. Jim and his brothers, Ed and Stanley, had constructed the Riteway Service Station in Thorp, which then became the family business until Jim was stricken with spinal meningitis in the summer of 1935. A change of career was necessitated and Jim trained in Milwaukee to become a watchmaker. He and Dorothy opened the Harycki Jewelry Store in the late 1930's.

In 1958 Dorothy returned to school to update her teaching degree and earn a certificate in Library Science. She taught at Thorp High School in the English Department and then worked as Head Librarian until she and her husband retired to McAllen, and later, Weslaco, Texas.

Dorothy Harycki will be remembered fondly by her friends and family for her indomitable spirit, intelligence and devotion to her husband and family. She was predeceased by her husband, who died in 1989, by a granddaughter, Jane Tennessen, by three brothers: Frank, Ralph (Bud), and Joshua, and by sisters: Julia Mary (Mazie) Wilson and Frances Glamkowski. She is survived by sisters: Philomene Conway of Thorp and Josephine Tolford of Stanley, by her three children: John of Arlington, Texas, Tasia Young of Albuquerque, N.M. and Susan Tennessen of Minneapolis, MN, and by 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Plans are pending for a memorial service to be held in Thorp, WI in the spring.



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