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Dorothy Joan (Pillatzke) Foley

April 7, 1965 ~ October 25, 2017 (age 52)

Dorothy Joan (Pillatzke) Foley, 52, died on October 25, 2017.  She was born April 7, 1965 to John and Niki Pillatzke in Minot, ND.  She grew up enjoying the wide-open spaces of Anamoose, ND, farm country.   Dorothy graduated salutatorian from Anamoose High School in 1983 and went on to pursue a degree in pharmacy from North Dakota State University. 

At NDSU she met her future husband, Gary Foley, and they married July 9, 1988, in Fargo, ND.  After graduating from NDSU in 1989, she moved to St. Paul where she enjoyed traveling in her job as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines.  In 1993 she moved to Kalamazoo, MI, and started to work as a pharmaceutical representative for McNeil Pharmaceuticals.  Duluth became their beloved new home in 1997, where Dorothy started her extensive involvement in volunteering. 

Dorothy’s volunteerism included working at the Tweed Museum, singing in the Cathedral choirs, and teaching catechism for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  She loved to travel and be outdoors in her beautiful, adopted hometown.  Dorothy enjoyed walking and playing in Chester Park with her dogs, Chester and Amelia.  She loved her Lord and spent many hours in adoration at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel in St. Mary’s Star of the Sea.  She frequently read Christian authors and felt that praying the rosary was important, calming and strengthening.  Her many years of involvement in the Catholic movement of Communion and Liberation enriched her knowledge of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Elizabeth Pillatzke, Anamoose, ND, Martin and Marjorie Gulson, Bottineau, ND; and parents, John and Niki Pillatzke, Anamoose, ND. 

She is survived by her husband, Gary; siblings, Veronica Pillatzke, Las Vegas, NV, Damian (Ellen Faifer) Pillatzke, Socorro, TX, David (Nancy) Pillatzke, Ingram, TX, Deborah (Stephen) Barrick, Harker Heights, TX, Nathan (Anika) Pillatzke, Longmont, CO; 35 nieces and nephews; her dog, Amelia; and cats, Princess and Tigger; and many friends.

Visitation will be 5-7PM, Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in the Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55805, visitation will continue Thursday from 10AM until the 11AM Mass of Christian Burial, in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E 4th St, Duluth, MN 55812, Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial can be directed to the Adoration Chapel at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea.

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555


 Service Information

Visitation
Wednesday
November 1, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dougherty Funeral Home Duluth
600 East Second Street
Duluth, MN 55805

Visitation
Thursday
November 2, 2017

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
2801 E 4th St
Duluth, MN 55812-1599

Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday
November 2, 2017

11:00 AM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
2801 E 4th St
Duluth, MN 55812-1599


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