Michiana remembering Dorothy 'Dot' Wiekamp
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - The St. Joseph County community is remembering the life of a local icon.
Dorothy “Dot” Wiekamp, a Mishawaka native and philanthropist, passed away at the age of 103 on Wednesday.
Thursday, ABC 57 talked to people whose lives were touched by Dots’.
With the help of her husband, Dar, the Wiekamps donated millions of dollars to organizations across Michiana.
One of Dot’s final acts of generosity was directed towards the Educational Commons at IUSB.
In a statement to ABC 57 News, Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood said in part:
“Dot's impact on her community is evident everywhere you look, from the buildings that bare her name to the multitudes of people that she touched with her generosity, infectious enthusiasm and friendly disposition. Mishawaka is a better place because of her.”
“Over the last few years when dot came to events know she is coming look forward to her walking into the room she always had her hair always beautiful you could tell going out for special event the opportunity to give her a hug, always so gracious and such an honor when she was on campus for one our events,” said Steve Matteson, an official with Bethel College.
Dot’s funeral is scheduled for this Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Mishawaka.