Dolores “Dode” Audrey Beaudette, age 88, of Chippewa Falls, formerly a Lester Prairie School principal, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Comforts of Home in Chippewa Falls.
She was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Chippewa Falls, and was adopted as a newborn by Louise and Alfred Beaudette of Irvine. Dolores was raised with her sisters, Clarise, Freda (Gregg), and Helen (Lott), and a brother Elmer.
Dolores graduated from McDonell High School in 1944, and from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. She received her master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
After graduation, Dolores taught in Holdingsford, Maiden Rock, WI, New Prague, Mapleton, and Lester Prairie from 1948-1965, serving as principal at Lester Prairie Schools in the ‘60s. She then returned to Wisconsin and taught in Bloomer, Colby, and St. Peter’s in Tilden.
Dolores taught high school instrumental and vocal music and also served as a principal at St. Peter’s in Tilden later in her career. She loved working with the drama students.
Her special interests were genealogy and the history of Chippewa Falls. Dolores wrote several volumes about Chippewa, including “Boots and Shoes,” “Flavor of the Times,” “From the River Northward,” “Memory’s Stream,” “Photographs by Bish,” “Postcard Views of Chippewa Falls,” “Thomas McBean’s Chippewa Falls;” and slide series, “Let us have a Park,” “Springs of Chippewa,” and “Chippewa Falls: Glimpses of her first 101 years.”
Dolores was a member of and a pianist for Notre Dame Catholic Church, a church that she loved. She was also active with the Chippewa County Historical Society.
She is survived by her niece, Roberta (Lott) and Richard Gale, their children Angela (Gale) and Darcy Duckart and daughter Justine (of Denmark) and Robert and Desiree Gale and son Logan (of Altoona); her great niece, Tanley McMullan of Albuquerque, NM; great nephew Andrew Gregg of Manchester, NH; and special friends Candi Anderson, Kay Gerrits and Fran Girard of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Priscilla Robinson of Rochester.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, Louise and Albert Beaudette; her sister, Clarise; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Freda and Burt Gregg, Helen and Robert Lott, and Elmer Beaudette; and her nephews, Andrew Gregg and James Lott.
A funeral service took place Thursday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church, with Msgr. Mark Pierce officiating. Interment followed at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls, served the family. Visit pedersonvolker.com to express online condolences.