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Dorothy C. DiGiorgio


November 6, 2017

WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Dorothy C. DiGiorgio, 90, of Hurley, Wis., died peacefully Thursday morning, Nov. 2, 2017, at Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, surrounded by her loving family.

The former Dorothy Nygard was born Aug. 5, 1927, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Amund and Verna (Hill) Nygard, attended Hurley schools and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945. She attended Gogebic Community College for one year and worked at the Hansen Glove Factory in Ironwood for one year. She then was employed as deputy treasurer/secretary at the Iron County Courthouse in Hurley for 22 and a half years, retiring in 1989.

Dorothy was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley and the Auxiliary to Iron County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1580. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing and loved to build dollhouses, rock bird houses and frames. She will be remembered daily for her generous gifting of her crafts. Her family and her grandchildren were the love of her life.

She was married to Victor D'Antonio at St. Mary's Church by the late Msgr. Michael Prock. Victor died in 1975.

She married Sam DiGiorgio at St. Mary's Church. He preceded Dorothy in death on Aug. 10, 2002.

Surviving are nine children, Kathy (Jim) Barry, Largo, Fla., Mary Vick Self, Columbia S.C., Susan (Gary) Gerber, Iron Mountain, Robert D'Antonio, Hurley, Carol (Chuck) Vitton, Ironwood, Norma (Richard) Kinnunen, Maple Grove, Minn., Elizabeth Hauer (Mark Tessier), Lino Lakes, Minn., Maureen (Roy) Foryan, Hurley, and Joye (Todd) Sippola, Bessemer; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four brothers, Gerald (Myong) Nygard, Fayetteville, N.C., Gustave Nygard, Princeton, Wis., Dana (Bonnie) Nygard, Alva, Fla., and John (JoAnn) Nygard, Green Bay, Wis .; three sisters, Eileen Stempihar, Wakefield, Sonja Mattick, Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Mary Vern (Frank) Genisot, Marinette, Wis .; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Nygard, Hurley; daughter-in-law, Roxanne DiGiorgio, Ironwood; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Julie.

Besides her parents and husbands, Dorothy was predeceased by a son, Joseph D'Antonio; daughter, Dorothy Ann D'Antonio, in infancy; grandson, Sam Michael Gerber (Amanda); brothers, Mickey and Ron Nygard; sister, Mildred Giovannini; sons-in-law, Joel Slivensky, Robert Levin, Davis Self, Joseph Hauer and Raymond DiGiorgio; sister-in-law, Doris Nygard; brothers-in-law, Richard Giovannini, Gerald Mattick and Frank Stempihar; and her special companion, her beloved shih tzu, Charlie.

Per Dorothy's wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

Private inurnment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hurley.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood assisted the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at

Special thanks to the staff at Gogebic Medical Care Facility for the outstanding care given to Dorothy over the past year.


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