Dorothy Wittlinger, Age :91
Aug 12,1928---May 07,2020

Dorothy D. Wittlinger, 91, of Lenexa, KS passed away peacefully and went home to the Lord on Thursday, May 7, 2020. 

Dorothy was born Dorothy Dean Santus on August 12, 1928 in Marceline, MO.  She grew up in Marceline and graduated from Marceline High School in 1946.   After attending Chillicothe Business College, she briefly worked in Kansas City before moving to Los Angeles, CA in Aug. 1951.  Once there, she worked as a secretary at Universal Studios in Hollywood for a number of years.   While at a pool party on July 4, 1952 she met a coworker who built sets for movies named Ray Wittlinger. They would go on a date that night and later marry on Nov. 28, 1953.  Dorothy and Ray later moved to the Kansas City area and raised their three children:  Rick, Mary, and Mark. 

Dorothy devoted her life to taking care of her family and persevered as the strongest woman we know after losing her husband, son, and daughter at early ages.  Every single day she was the most loving and caring grandmother to Crystal, Ray and Jackie.  She was the most kind and optimistic person every day of her life. 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her mother and father, Joseph and Mary Santus; her loving husband of 22 years, Ray Wittlinger; her children, Rick Wittlinger and Mary Wittlinger; her sister, Norma Hawkins and brother-in-law Howard Hawkins.  She will be greatly missed by her son, Mark Wittlinger; grandchildren: Crystal Wittlinger and her companion K.C. Hilgenkamp, Ray Wittlinger, and Jackie Wittlinger; their mother Linda Bergant; nieces and nephews: Jeff Hawkins, Pam Romine and her husband Harry, Jenny Moore and her husband Chris, and Bobby Hawkins and his wife Stacy. 

Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 10:30am Wednesday, May 13 at Resurrection Cemetery, 8300 Quivira Road, Lenexa, KS 66215.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Olathe Hospice House Charitable Foundation.


Janet M Caul May 08 ,2020

Niece ,Blair ,Nebraska

I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Dorothy's passing. May she RIP. Janet

Carolyn Gerety May 08 ,2020

family friend ,lansing ,Kansas

Tim and I are very sorry to hear that Dorothy has passed away...we are glad to have known her. May she rest in peace...sweet memories.

Cynthia and Craig May 08 ,2020

We are so very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed

Kellie Dworkin May 09 ,2020

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

What a beautiful picture of your mom, Mark! She was such a kind, loving person. May she Rest In Peace.

Chad Herriman May 09 ,2020

So sad to hear the passing of Dorothy Dean. My family and I will keep everyone in our prayers.

Brendan & Joan Wittlinger May 09 ,2020

Brother in Law ,Williamsburg ,Virginia

A dearly beloved sister in law whom we are grateful to have know for over 60 years. She will be missed in our lives. Joni, Brendan Wittlinger and family

Bill & Cheryl Nachbar May 10 ,2020

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Bless her heart! Mrs. Wittlinger (Dorothy) was always as nice as a person could be and were sure she'll be sorely missed. Please accept our deepest sympathies at the passing of your Mom and Grandmother. Rest In Peace.

The Sime Family May 12 ,2020

Neighbor ,Lenexa ,Kansas

We are sorry of Dorothy's passing, our prayers go out to Mark and his relatives.