HUNTERTOWN – Dorette J. Hess, 87, of Huntertown, Indiana, formerly of Kendallville, Indiana, passed away on Monday September 27, 2021 at her residence.
She was born on April 22, 1934 in Huntington, Indiana, to Jesse and Doris (Wiley) Dungan. They preceded her in death.
On June 8, 1952, Dorette married Merlyn Hess in Avilla. He predeceased her in death on February 10, 2009.
She graduated from Kendallville High School in 1951.
Dorette retired from Northwest Allen County schools as a teaching assistant after 20 years.
She was a member of the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.
Dorette loved painting, sewing, playing cards, puzzles, she especially loved her family.
She is survived by four sons, Dan (Cindy) Hess, Jeff (Lana) Hess, Matt (Mary) Hess and David (Teresa) Hess; two daughters, Julie (Gary) Striggle and Jennifer (Keith) Vilders; 25 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Randy (Wanda) Dungan and Michael Dungan; and a sister, Marilyn Rice.
Dorette was predeceased by two brothers, Bob and Jim Dungan.
Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Sheets and Childs Funeral Home, 16830 Lima Road, Huntertown, IN 46748, and one hour before the service.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 11228 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.
Interment will follow the service at Huntertown Cemetery.
Memorials can be made at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 11228 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.