Dorothy Cordes

Obituary of Dorothy Jane Cordes

Dorothy Jane Cordes, 86, of Girard, passed away Monday morning, January 21, 2019 at her residence in Girard, IL.

Dorothy was born on September 22, 1932 to Ernst and Clara (Kirchenberg) Dorband in Chicago, IL.

She graduated from Danville High School with the class of 1950.

Dorothy married Leo W. Cordes on June 7, 1953 in Charleston, IL and he preceded her in death on April 5, 2013. She and Leo were married for nearly 60 years.

After teaching in Mattoon for 3 years and Mowequea for 1 year, she and Leo made the decision in 1959 to moved to Girard where they both continued to teach. Dorothy was a 5th and 6th grade teacher. She had the opportunity to teach multiple generations over her career. Dorothy retired in 1990. She became a member of Girard First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in 1959. Dorothy was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Macoupin County Association for Home and Community Education, Macoupin County Retired Teachers Association, and the Girard Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, card making and spending time with the Fab 5 luncheon group.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Rick (Valerie) Cordes of Litchfield, IL; daughter, Lynn (Brian) Noel of Anchorage, AK; 6 grandchildren, Steffanie Richardson, Heather Barrick, Jeff Cordes, Caroline Ben, Laura Chartkunchand, and Sarah Kintzele; 7 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Girard, IL with funeral services conducted at 6:00 pm at the funeral home with Rev. Marty Nagel officiating.

Burial will be conducted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:00 am, in Cochran Grove Cemetery, Windsor, IL.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or Girard Library.

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Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Girard is in charge of arrangements.

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Visitation 1

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday, January 28, 2019
Davis-Anderson Funeral Home
226 North 3rd Street
Girard, Illinois, United States

Service Information

6:00 pm
Monday, January 28, 2019
Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Girard
226 North 3rd Street
Girard, Illinois, United States


10:00 am
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Cochran Grove Cemetery
Address not given
Windsor, Illinois, United States
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