Dorothy J. Schaake

Graveside services for Dorothy J. Schaake, 83, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Jeni Anderson officiating. Masking and social distancing will be observed. Dorothy passed away Monday, December 7, 2020, at LMH Health.

She was born July 26, 1937, in Jefferson County, Kansas, the daughter of Frank and Mattie Tarpy Black. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School and shortly thereafter began working as a secretary for the Reuter Organ Co., a career that would last for 62 years, finally retiring in 2016. She was also a farm wife, and in her spare time she enjoyed being a 4-H leader, sewing, and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church.

Dorothy married Dwane C. Schaake on April 29, 1956, in Oskaloosa. He preceded her in death in 2004. Two siblings, Alberta Pike and Merle Black also preceded her in death. Survivors include two children, Mark Schaake, Bonner Springs, and Jill Schaake Morgison and husband Kevin, Eudora; five grandchildren, Bronson & Chandler (Helen) Schaake, Kyle and Jamie Morgison, and Courtney Hunt; and two great grandchildren, Sterling and Mae Schaake.

Dorothy will lie in state from 9 am to 8 pm Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Douglas County 4-H Foundation, link:, First United Methodist Church Organ Fund, or the charity of the donor’s choice, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.