An educator for 42 years, Sister Dorothy Marie had long-lasting relationships with former pupils, and inspired some students to enter religious life. She loved to joke among other sisters, and tend to those who were ill.
She taught in Daviess County at St. Elizabeth School (1947-50), St. Raphael (1950-51), Sts. Joseph and Paul (1951-54, 1972-74), Precious Blood (1960-61), and Blessed Mother (1965-72). She taught in many other Kentucky schools and in Nebraska. She was assistant local superior at the Motherhouse (1985-1989), then provided personal and pastoral care until her retirement in 2001.
Survivors include two sisters, Kathleen Dunkel, Englewood, Ohio; and Doris Trapp, Mt. Carmel, Ill.; a brother, Vernon Willett, Evansville, Ind.; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.