Dorothy Vernier

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Dorothy Marie Vernier, nee Skrob, 87, of Millstadt, IL, born April 29, 1936, in St. Louis, MO, joined the angels in heaven on April 8, 2024, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Dorothy graduated from DePaul Nursing School in May 1957, and soon after, married the love of her life on August 31, 1957. Together they raised five loving children and spent many summers boating, water skiing, and vacationing. Her family was very important to her and she always put them before herself. She made every holiday and birthday extra special. She was a devout Catholic which gave her strength and guidance. Dorothy had a true gift for cooking and always made extras to share with others. She also had a passion for gardening and growing flowers all throughout their farm. Dorothy was an amazing seamstress, making clothes for her children, grandchildren, and their dolls. She was an avid reader and shared words of inspiration to her loved ones. She loved playing cards with her friends and family. “Dottie” had a reputation for a mean game of Sequence. She also loved getting together with her 57 Club from nursing school and the St. Luke’s Card Club.

Dorothy and Ken loved spending time on their farm. They enjoyed taking walks in the woods, warming up by the fireplace and sitting on the dock. They were always ready for weekend adventures to St. Genevieve or Grafton to go antiquing and taking scenic drives along the river. The love that they had was admired by everyone, a true inspiration for anyone that knew them. They were married for 66 years and were the perfect love story.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth W. Vernier; her parents, Frank and Marie (Wiesbecher) Skrob; and a brother, William F. Skrob.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth L. Vernier; three daughters, Julie Sousan and her children, Dru, Jordan, and Sarah Marie, Linda (Mark) Heckman and children, Ryan (Candice) Mueller, and Kristen Mueller, Beth (Eric) Hotter and their children, Elyse McClure and Steven (Emily) Gass; a son, Tim (Sheri) Vernier and their son Jake; a grandson, Dawson Vernier (son of Kenneth W.), and his brother Dustin Stone; seven great-grandchildren, Aldo, Kenji, Jude, Jadyn, Elijah, Kai, and Vivian; and a sister, Arlene (Ron) Seymour.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Church of Millstadt. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends and family may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2024, at St. James Catholic Church, (405 W Madison St, Millstadt, IL 62260).

Funeral:  Catholic Mass services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2024, at St. James Catholic Church, with Msgr. Marvin Volk officiating, (405 W Madison St, Millstadt, IL 62260).


12 Comments on Dorothy Vernier

Marilyn Louise Scheff said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2024 at 7:22 AM

To Ken, Julie, Linda, Beth and truly had the most beautiful wife and mother. Dorothy was always smiling and ready to make everyone feel so special. My twin sister Marsha and I loved to visit with your family every Saturday night. Playing with your sweet girls Julie and Linda was a highlights of my childhood. Your family was so loving!! So sorry for your tremendous loss. You have a special angel in heaven, smiling with her dear son Ken!! God bless you all!!

  • Newark
  • Delaware
Karen Lynn Fries said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2024 at 2:29 PM


  • Belleville
  • IL
Marsha Daudelin said : Guest Report Apr 15, 2024 at 4:58 PM

Ken and your special family. We are so sad for the loss of sweet Dottie. She was God blessing to all of the Vernier family. My twin Marilyn and I would sneak upstairs to your apartment above Gramma's home and we would play with Julie and Linda. Ken and Dottie always welcomed us and I am so sorry for your loss. She was a true angel. God bless you all. Love Marsha Daudelin

  • Naperville
  • IL
Lou Ann Branz said : Guest Report Apr 15, 2024 at 2:17 PM

Mrs. Vernier was such a loving and creative woman, a wonderful role model to me. Thank you for the beauty you spread❤️ Prayers and healing for the family🫂

  • Grafton
  • Il
Jim Vernier said : Guest Report Apr 14, 2024 at 6:53 AM

Ken & family, Very sorry for your loss, prayers.

  • Shiloh
  • IL.
Barbara hesch said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2024 at 12:50 PM

Ken & deepest condolences to everyone.iam so very sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing.

  • Millstadt
  • Il.Ken &fa.m.
Barbara hesch said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2024 at 12:43 PM

DEAR KEN &Family :iam so sorry to here of Dorothy's passing. You have my deepest condolences. Iam so very sorry. She was an Angel on earth. &a caring & wonderful woman. Big hugs to the family

  • Millstadt
  • Il.
Judy Saeger said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2024 at 7:05 PM

Please accept my sympathy Ken and family. I very much enjoyed being in the Y water aerobics class with Dorothy. Several times some of us went to lunch at Saigon's. I still read the daily devotional book Dorothy gave me. " God Calling" I know you and the family have many fond memories to comfort you! Blessings to all.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jeff Wright said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2024 at 6:54 PM

To the whole Vernier family, we are so sorry for your loss and have nothing but great memories of Dorothy and the whole Vernier family from the many years on Cardinal Dr., as well as after the move to Millstadt. She was such a great person who was so proud of all her kids, for good reason. She will be missed by so many.

  • Denver
  • CO
Marybeth McAteer said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2024 at 5:57 PM

Oh how I adored Mrs. Vernier. Walking in your house in Belleville was like walking into a bakery. The bonus was the warm welcome from my best friends’s mother. More recently I got to have my grandson experience the same thing out on the farm. Love and hugs to all. She was a wonderful human. We need more like her.

  • Oro Valley
  • AZ
Vickie and Mike Hellmann said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2024 at 11:11 AM

Dear Ken and family, Mike and I are so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. We are sending our sincere condolences and a big hug to all of you.

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois
Rita Swettenham Uhl said : Guest Report Apr 11, 2024 at 1:25 PM

Dear Ken and family Ken I’m sure you remember that Swettenham name from long time ago back in the 70s and you were my buddy at Oliver Joseph’s before that even at the YMCA and I got to know you guys and Dorothy and the kids well during that time. And have always thought so much of you and still talk about you to so Many people. Then last Friday, April 5 I was distributing holy communion at Memorial Hospital and I saw Dorothy‘s name on my list. I couldn’t wait to get to her room to her and talk.. she was in the best of spirits the best of moods and totally taken in by our Lord, and in fact, she gave me the rosary. They had given her in surgery when they put in the pacemaker. It was just one of those little plastic things, but it was so beautiful to me because it came from Dorothy and I was hoping that Ken would come while I was there and said he would be in a little later , I got your phone number from Dorothy and then strangely enough the pastor of my church Fr Bill McGhee from St. Augustine Of Canterbury got the call to come in and give Dorothy the last rites on Monday evening. Fr McGhee had no idea that I knew Dorothy and after our Tuesday night mass, I was talking to Bonnie Rujawitz And Fr. mentioned Dorothy‘s name that he had gotten this call and I just by chance overheard it and I said not Dorothy please not Dorothy and it just broke me down. God bless you all. You have the most beautiful, beautiful mother and I am sure she has occupied her special place in heaven. Love Rita UHL

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il

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