Dolores "Dodie" Gaydo, 78, of Cherokee, Iowa passed away Monday morning, July 16, 2012 at Cherokee Villa Nursing & Rehab Center.
Dodie was born July 25, 1933 in Chicago, Ill. to William and Irene (Rudnick) Schoemaker. She graduated from Glenbard High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. in 1951. She was married to John William Gaydo on May 16, 1953 in Chicago, Ill. The couple lived in Rolling Meadows, Ill. from 1960 until 1973, Albert Lea, Minn. from 1973 until 1977 when they moved to the Cherokee area. She was a great mother raising two children. She and her husband went into the bowling business in 1973 with her family owning Bob's Lanes in Albert Lea, Minn. until purchasing the Cherokee Bowl in 1977. Dodie also worked at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute for several years, retiring in 2004. She was a member of the Catholic Church. She was a former member of the Chicago Women's Bowling Association and the Albert Lea Mixed League Bowling Association. She was a member of the Cherokee Women's Bowling Association. She enjoyed time spent with her family, bowling, boating, sledding, word finds, puzzles and old movies.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John on Dec. 25, 1997, a brother Charles Schoemaker, mother-in-law and father-in-law Helen and John A. Gaydo, a nephew Richard Quan.
She is survived by two sons: William John "Bill" Gaydo and his wife Cindy of Schaumburg, Ill.; Timothy Paul "Tim" Gaydo and his wife Jennifer of Cherokee; five grandchildren Bill and Amy; Kyle, Kody and Bailey; one great-grandson Connor; one brother William (Lena) Schoemaker of San Diego, Calif.; sisters Marsha Hedberg (Bill) Klinger of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Mary (John) Connolly of Schaumberg, Illinois; Tom (Jean) Quan of Tulsa, Okla.; nephews and nieces Katie, Johnny, Andrea, Kelly, Maureen, Erin, Mike, Jennifer, Mark, Willy, Lorene and Aileen