Dorothy Heinze

Dorothy Heinze

Thursday, July 15th, 1920 - Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
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July 15th, 1920-February 3, 2021

Dorothy was born in rural Greeley, Colorado to George and Elizabeth Wegelin. She had 4 siblings, Arthur, Isadore, Robert, and Margie all of whom preceded her in death. Dottie grew up on the farm and did the different back breaking chores of that life such as thinning sugar beets, milking cows, feeding livestock, and having to walk the 2 miles each way to school and back home. She attended and graduated from Greeley High School in 1938. Her stories of living through the great depression taught us all that we are very, very blessed. Through her growing up years she worked at S.S. Kresge, and Woolworth’s Department stores.

She met and eventually married Daniel Krieger in November of 1941. She related to us she was ironing on Sunday morning, December 7th, and heard the news on the radio of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Two months later, Dan went off to war after enlisting in the Navy.

Once the war was over, she and Dan worked on a farm, then moved into Greeley where Dan owned a barber shop and eventually became an insurance agent. They raised their 2 children Jeannette (born in 1946), and Kenneth (born in 1949) in Greeley. Dan suddenly passed away in 1965. During her time in Greeley, she worked as a receptionist for Dr Harold Smith, D.C. Because of her great health experiences of chiropractic, her son Kenneth eventually became a Doctor Of Chiropractic. Dottie worked for 18 years at the Weld County Clerk and Recorder’s office in the Motor Vehicle division. In 1967 she married Robert (Bob) Heinze also of Greeley. While in Greeley, Dottie and Bob were avid promoters and leaders of the 4-H. In 1985, they eventually retired and moved to Sun City, California. After Roberts death in 2004, Dottie moved to Camp Verde, Arizona near her daughter, and spent the remainder of her life there.

During the years in California and Arizona she volunteered at the local hospital and the senior center. She loved knitting and for years not only knit afghans, but also hundreds of small head coverings and blankets for the premature babies born in hospitals in northern Arizona. Dottie was a faithful Christian, and a real prayer warrior for her family, friends and our nation.

Dottie is survived by her daughter Jeannette Teets of Camp Verde, Arizona, a son Dr Kenneth Krieger of Peoria, Arizona, a step son Lynn R. Heinze of Chesapeake, Virginia along with 3 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Interment with graveside service will take place at 1:00PM on February 15, 2021 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 3400 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado. To leave condolences for Dorothy's family,
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Sandy Wiedeman Keegan

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Back in the day when 4-H clubs made floats for the 4th of July parade in Greeley I can remember working hours side by side with "Mrs. Heinze" stuffing napkins in chicken wire. So many wonderful memories of the Ashton 4-H club with Bob and Dorothy as our leaders.

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