Dolores L. Lenz

Born: Tuesday, May 1, 1934
Passed: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Dolores L. "Dee" Lenz, 82, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, in River Bluff Nursing Home. She was born May 1, 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri; the daughter of Winfred and Margie (Wright) Thomas. Dee's father died when she was 2 years old and her mother remarried James Collicot. When Dee was 12 she moved to Lake City, Iowa. She graduated from Lake City High School in 1952. She was active in Theater Arts and attended Drake University form 1952-1953. Dee was a longtime member of the Rockford Women's Club and a member of The Keith School Parent Teacher Association. Dee married Wayne Lenz on August 30, 1953 and they settled in Rockford. She enjoyed family time, especially around the holidays. She loved vacationing at her family cottage in Wisconsin, skiing in Colorado, and visiting friends in Fort Lauderdale. Dee enjoyed trips to New York along with Wayne to keep track of the progress Matt was making in the theatre world. Dee and Wayne would travel often to Austin, Texas for special time together with Val. She spent many days and hours playing bridge with her friends. She was a loving mother and loyal devoted friend.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne of Rockford and son, Matthew of New York. Predeceased by her son, Douglas in 1999 and daughter, Valerie in 2013.
A Celebration of Life in Dee's name will be held at a later date. Dee, Wayne and Matt would invite you to do something nice for a family member or a friend or donate to a charity of your choice.

Condolences & Shared Memories (4)

  1. Tiffany Corey (Colton)

    I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Dee. I have very fond memories of time spent with her family while my mom (Bonnie) was alive. I would like to attend the service if it is open to friends. Please contact me if possible 779-771-9838. Prayers for Wayne and Matt during this time.

  2. Mary Ann Wixom and Lisa Meade

    Wishing you peace to find comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  3. Kathleen Vecchio

    I'm sorry to hear of Dee's passing. She was a wonderful lady I enjoyed her sense of humor when she came in for her dental appointments. My sympathy to your family.

  4. Lisa Smolar

    My very deepest sympathies for your loss. As I think of her now, I am smiling through my tears because she was always smiling. She made you feel loved and happy just being in her presence. All my love to you Matt and Wayne.

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