Dorothy Tuholski, 1937-2019

Dorothy Elaine Tuholski, 81, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. in her home surrounded by her husband and eight surviving children.

She was born in LaPorte, IN, on Dec. 27, 1937, to Byron and Mildred (O’Hara) Ward.

Dorothy was a homemaker and proud to be the mother of nine children. She enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, traveling, reading, solving puzzles, and playing scrabble. Dorothy loved having big family celebrations with lots of food, and summers were spent caring for her beautiful yard and flowers.

Dorothy was a longtime active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Alpha Omicron sorority, and played pinochle in a group every month since 1960. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and St. Vincent de Paul, and was a frequent blood donor. Together with her husband Richard, she traveled throughout the United States plus Canada, Australia, Germany and New Zealand.

Dorothy graduated from Union Mills High School in 1956 and attended Purdue University.

On July 5, 1958, at St. Joseph Church in LaPorte, she married Richard Tuholski, who survives.

Also surviving are seven daughters, Cheryl (Mike) Lynch of Louisville, KY, Jill Tuholski and Gail (Ed) Gemberling, both of LaPorte; Terri (Gaylord) Spencer and Patricia (Brent) Harrison, both of Woodstock, GA; Kay (Clayton-deceased) Younggreen of LaPorte; and Tracy (Karl) Bradford of South Bend, IN; and one son, Jason (Kaitlin) Tuholski of LaPorte. In addition, she is survived by her siblings Nancy Male of Utah, and Helen Brust and Byron Ward Jr. of Union Mills, IN.  She is also survived by grandchildren Nicole, Marcus, Lauren, Dane, Courtney, Emily, Taylor, Amanda, Linnea, Adam, Jacob, Jessica, Sophia, Audrey, Brandon, Nicholas, Matthew, Emma, Averee, Alayna, Gabriel, and Grace, as well as 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Eugene Tuholski, and grandson Kyle Tuholski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in LaPorte. Reverend Ian Williams will officiate. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the funeral home, where a Parish Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Door Village Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society ( and VNA hospice of Northwest Indiana (

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4 Responses to “Dorothy Tuholski, 1937-2019”

  1. Virginia Behenna

    Apr 14. 2019

    This woman was one of the best mothers and mother in laws I have ever known. She was kind, understanding, nonjudgmental, and loved unconditionally.
    I’m sure if you had met her you would say the same.
    She taught me so much in a short time, she will forever be in my heart.
    Mrs. T. I am confident you kindness will live on through your children and grandchildren.
    Deepest sympathy to all of the Tuholski family,

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  2. bob

    Apr 15. 2019

    To the Tuholski family, very sorry to hear about your loss. What I remember, she was a great lady, mother and wife. Rest in peace Dorothy.
    Bob, Karen and the boys

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  3. Darlene and Michael Hutten-Czapski’

    Apr 16. 2019

    We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a lovely lady. She is now at peace. Hold on to the beautiful memories. Sending much love and hugs. You are all in our thoughts and prayers ?

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  4. Kristi Grott Chadderdon

    Apr 16. 2019

    So many wonderful memories of my childhood revolve around spending time the the Tuholski girls and Mrs. Tuholski. I’m so sorry for your entire family’s loss.

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