Dorothy H. Younger (nee Hackmann), of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at the age of 93. Loving wife of 53 yeas to the late Bryson Younger; beloved daughter of the late Della and Charles Hackmann; devoted mother of Nancy (Scott) Collier and Mark (Chrystal) Younger, and the late A. Joseph Younger; daughter-in-law, Ellen Younger; cherished grandmother of Andrew (Judith Rowland) Younger, Sarah Collier, Jeff (Cassie) Collier, Kelsey (Sam) Lohmeyer, Sydney (Ulysses) Romero, Hannah Younger, and Ian Younger; treasured great grandmother of Molly Younger, Clara Collier, and Isaiah Romero; and dear sister of David (Donna) Hackmann. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her siblings, Robert Hackmann, Lester Hackmann, and Mary Alice Jaspering.
Dorothy was born in 1929 and raised in Chamois, Missouri as the daughter of a depression-era farmer. Growing up, she learned the importance of family, church, hard work, and self-sufficiency. After graduating from high school, she moved to downtown St. Louis to work for the phone company. Despite living in the city during the week, she frequently returned home to Chamois to visit her parents.
During a church social event, Dorothy met her future husband Bryson, and they were married in 1956. Together, they had three children: Joe, Nancy, and Mark. Dorothy was a dedicated stay-at-home mom who later worked part-time at Sears, as her children grew older. After Bryson retired from McDonnell Douglas in 1988, they moved to Warrenton, Missouri, where they spent time with their grandchildren and made pies from apples grown in their orchard. In 2001 Bryson and Dorothy moved back to St. Charles to be closer to family.
Family was the center of Dorothy's life, and she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, attending their school and sporting events, and taking them on shopping trips. Dorothy was an unselfish caregiver through her son Joe’s 10-year battle with cancer, and Bryson’s long battle with a form of Parkinson’s disease.
Throughout her life, Dorothy demonstrated great strength and resilience, surviving four types of cancer and continuing to drive into her 90s. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and caregiver who touched the lives of many with her kindness and love.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Dorothy’s name to Emmaus House.
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