Dorothy Cahak

Dorothy (Ehmann) Cahak, age 91, passed away on March 12, 2020, surrounded by her loving husband of 67 years and family.

Dorothy was born in Tomahawk, Wis., on Feb. 26, 1929, to Edna Elizabeth (Schultz) and Harry Joseph Ehmann. She was born the year of the stock market crash and grew up on a farm during the Great Depression and World War II.

After graduating from Rhinelander High School in 1947, she attended business school in Oshkosh, then took a job as a secretary at the State Capitol in Madison.

She married her brother Buzz’s best friend, Loren Cahak, on July 5, 1952. They lived most of their lives in Rhinelander, where they raised their 11 children.  She was very involved in St. Mary’s Nativity of Our Lord Church and school in Rhinelander and sang in the choir. She worked as a teacher’s aide and then a legal secretary for many years.  

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, cooking, soap making, painting and quilting. She and Loren enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. and abroad, where she also did extensive research on family genealogy.  

After retiring, they traveled the country in their RV to see their kids and stayed in Texas during the winters. They moved to Port Washington to be closer to family for the last few years.  

Dorothy is survived by her husband Loren of Port Washington; sister Jane (Jim) Roberts; and children Joe (Beth) of Ramona, Calif., Dave (Sheila) of Bishop, Calif., Cathy (Dennis) Angell of Coon Rapids, Minn., Mary (Glen) Kraetsch of Harshaw, Amy (Scott) Hagen of Reno, Nev., Susie McVicker of Cape Carteret, N.C., Patty (Dick) Martin of Colorado Springs, Colo., Peter (Lisa) of Fort Worth, Texas, Barb (Russ) Steinmetz of Port Washington, Paul (Heidi) of Menasha and Mark (Patty) of Oak Creek.  

She is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Harry (Buzz), Ron and Jim Ehmann.  

A future memorial service will be planned.



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