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Doloris L. Gebhardt

Visitation Date: Friday, June 14, 2024
Visitation Time: 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Funeral Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Funeral Time: 10:00 am
Place of Funeral: Corpus Christi Church
Funeral Notes: Prayers and final viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Funeral Home.
Interment: Private

On June 8th, Doloris Gebhardt graced this earth for the final time at age 91.

Born January 15, 1933 in Pana, IL, Doloris moved to Chicago at age 10, settling in the Andersonville neighborhood where she was raised by her loving parents Edith and Glenn Watson. She would go on to be a fixture and beloved figure in the Andersonville neighborhood being recognized as its citizen of the year in 1997.

At age 19, she married Jim, a banker, who later passed away in 1977. Doloris enjoyed a long career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, retiring in 1995.

Doloris was a catholic, attending the St. Anthony Padua Chapel, where she tended to the garden. Doloris loved animals, caring for many cats and dogs over her lifetime. She would even carry dog treats in her purse on the off chance she would run into a pup on her daily walk around town. Doloris loved photography and always had her camera on hand to capture the things that brought her happiness. She had a keen eye for art, fashion and held a deep appreciation for Native American culture.

Far and away, her greatest joy in life was being a mother to Mike (Linda) Gebhardt, Mary (John) Fuller, Sue (Jack) Renaghan and step-daughter Linda (Chuck) Sauer. Ma would beam with pride anytime she spoke about her children.

Being a grandmother to Jessie (Hugo) Hoerdeman, Jim Renaghan, Ellen (Brad) Fisler, Erin Gebhardt, Evan Gebhardt, Samantha Sauer, Cate Sauer and great grandmother to Adi Hoerdeman and Greta Hoerdeman was a close second. Grandma Doloris loved taking her grandchildren on adventures all over the city and making priceless memories.

Doloris was truly one of a kind. From the waggle of a finger, to the raising of an eye brow, even her expressions were uniquely hers. She had a positive impact on everyone she met and was always willing to help others in any way she could. She will be remembered as a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, but also for her beauty, kindness, wit and infectious personality. She was our angel on earth.

Funeral Home

Salerno's Rosedale Chapels

Phone: (630) 889-1700
Address: 450 W. Lake Street Roselle IL, 60172

Church Details

Corpus Christi Church

Phone: (630) 483-4673
Address: 1415 Lies Road Carol Stream IL, 60188
Service Date: June 15th 2024
Funeral Time: 10:00 am

Interment Details



Posted by:
Cate Sauer

Posted on:
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Though not related by blood, Grandma Dolores was my granddaughter. She was my mom’s step-mother (Linda Morgan-Sauer), who she endearingly would call “Linny”, and always was treated her like family. Dolores always made my sister and me feel cherished, hosting us for city adventures and sleepovers, even journeying to exotic Sycamore, Illinois. Her presence was a treasure, and our time together holds dear memories. In loving tribute, a few memories: - She gifted me my first CD, the Mama Mia soundtrack in 1998. - Advocating for animals, she'd call out cars with dogs in hot weather in Andersonville. - she would flirt with attractive men at stores, and had the best sounds to match her energy and vivaciousness including “a-woof” and “va-va-boom” when someone particularly tickled her fancy. - Known and loved by neighbors and Calo's staff for her special coffee blends and discreet bill payments (cornering the waiter near the bathroom with a wad of cash). - Her birthday and Christmas presents were the best, and my entire family looked forward to Mary dropping off goodies at the end of Christmas Day, direct from grandma. Dolores's deep love made me feel truly seen, with her empathy and infectious laughter. I deeply mourn her loss, but I know she is at peace. I'm unable to attend the service as I am in Morocco, but well wishes to all and she would want us to celebrate her wonderful life together.

Posted by:
Gary Johnson

Posted on:
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

What a special aunt! She was always a blast to be around. She really cared for all her family and relatives. I really enjoyed her smile and joy-filled laughs! May God comfort and provide great loving peace to my cousins Mike, Mary, and Sue and their families. Gary & Susie

Posted by:
Allen Frank (Pat Frank niece)

Posted on:
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

On behalf of the Frank family we personally offer our sincere and deep sympathy to all the Gebhardt family members. Its always a difficult time when losing a loved one, especially your mother Delores. We all know that someday we will also face this in our own lives, a day you can't prepare yourself for. Please cherish and hold on to all those wonderful memories that we all have. My family certainly remembers the dinners or BBQ: s we had at your mom's home and the many other family events. I always thought your mom had an infectious smile Please take time to grieve which.is so important. God Bless, Allen Frank (Patricia Frank Delores niece) and family (Randy, David and Tricia)