Dorothy M. Sobotka

Nov. 8, 1925 — May 27, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Seward, NE


  •   Starts:
    Sun, June 9 2019, 11 a.m.
  •   Location:
    Redeemer Lutheran

Memorial Service

  •   Starts:
    Sun, June 9 2019, 12:30 p.m.
  •   Location:
    Redeemer Lutheran

Dorothy M. Sobotka, age 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, May 27, 2019. Dorothy was born November 8, 1925 in Seward, Nebraska to Karl and Emily Greiner. She met the love of her life when she was four and Duane was six, playing under their mothers’ quilting table. She graduated from Seward high School in 1943 then attended the Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1946. Dorothy joined the nurse cadet program during World War II but did not serve due to the end of the war. She married Duane Sobotka September 14, 1947. They lived in Aberdeen, Maryland where she worked as a nurse for 2 years then, moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1949 where their two daughters Joette and Judy were born. In 1952 they moved to the Tri-Cities when Duane was hired by GE at the Hanford Nuclear site. They had three more children, Jeff, Jon, and Jill.

During her 40 years as a registered nurse she worked at Kennewick General Hospital then the Richland Clinic for Dr. M. Peterson and several other doctors. In 1975 she went to work for HEHF, retiring in 1986. After retirement she and Duane spent many years traveling in their motorhome. They also traveled for a few months through Europe and Africa as well as enjoying many winters in Florence, Arizona. Dorothy and Duane were very dedicated to their family, spending a great deal of their time actively involved with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Dorothy was an excellent seamstress and cook. There was always homemade bread, cookies, and pies in the home. She lovingly cooked delicious meals for most holidays and family gatherings.

Dorothy was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Lydia Guild for over 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Helen and Harriet, and their husbands, Donald and Shelton, her daughter Jill Hillmer, great granddaughter Ameliah, and two years ago, by her loving devoted husband of 69 1/2 years, Duane.

Dorothy is survived by her four children, Joette Sheeley, Judy Drinkwalter (Robert) Jeff Sobotka (Ramona) and Dr. Jon Sobotka (Roberta), 9 grandchildren; John, Lisa, Lori, Jennifer, Matthew, Clare, Nina, Elise, and Alec, 12 great grandchildren, her sister-in-law Marie Braun of Lincoln, Nebraska and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 9 at Redeemer Lutheran Church 920 Thayer Dr., Richland at 12:30. A luncheon will be served at 11 am preceding the service. Private family internment will follow the Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, the American Heart Association, and Chaplaincy Hospice. The family would like to thank Dr. Zuroske and his staff, Dr. Ayee and her staff, Dorothy’s caregivers over the last two years, the late Coleen Loboto , Lynn, Chat, Misti, Diane, Visiting Angels, Homecare Solutions, the staff at Prestige Assisted Living Facility, and Chaplaincy Hospice, for the expert and loving care they gave Dorothy.


Guestbook for

Dorothy M. Sobotka

  • I am so very sorry to learn of Dorothy's passing. She was a good friend to our neighborhood and she raised a wonderful family. My condolences to her family.

    Joe Holt
    June 5, 2019
  • We were saddened to learn of Dorothy's passing. She and Duane were our first neighbors as we started our married life on Cottonwood Dr in Richland. We moved around the country for years but returned to the Tri CIties a few years ago. We would see often them at Columbia Basin Racquet and would spend a few minutes chatting about the "good old days". They were both special people and they will be missed.

    Tony & Kristy Umek
    June 5, 2019
    West Richland, WA
  • Dorothy, Duane and Gene and I became friends before Gene and I were married m 1953. We socialized a lot, attending ISA Society functions and always looking forward to the pinochle games amongst church friends. Dorothy was always helping us with medical questions, gave good advice, and was very caring. As we all aged, they would visit us in Arizona, as well as a visit to Fairbanks, where where our daughter lives, and we were visiting. (I now live in Fairbanks, AK) We also shared many fantastic times, both in Florence, AZ, where they would winter, and within in the church and socially. I will truly miss her. God has always been here guide, and now she and Duane are in the same place. My love to each of you.

    Doreen Waldkoetter
    June 3, 2019
    Fairbanks, AK

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