Dolores “DORIE” Kessler Lederer

Dolores Lederer

DOLORES “DORIE” KESSLER LEDERER, age 86, passed away on October 14, 2020 from complications due to type 1 diabetes. Dorie was the epitome of a caretaker to herself and others, always giving and never expecting a thank you or anything in return. She lived with type 1 diabetes for over 55 years, taking the best care of herself to combat a terrible disease. Dorie worked full-time as a registered nurse until she became a full-time mother. Later she worked together with her husband, Dr. Herbert A. Lederer, D.V.M., at Berwyn Veterinary Associates, their business where they served their community with a passion for helping others and their pets.

When Dorie wasn’t helping others, you could find her in one of her many beautiful gardens. She was an avid gardener at her own homes and implemented organic farming long before it was popular. Dorie was a Master Landscape Design Consultant and a Master Gardener. She also served as an Illinois State Landscape Design School Chairperson, sharing her passions by teaching others about gardening. Dorie was a member of the Garden Club of Illinois, the Riverside Garden Club, and the South Barrington Garden Club.

Dorie’s creativity did not end with her love of all things botanical. She was an amazing cook, host, and entertainer for family and friends, making everyone feel at home and cared for. She also shared a love of antique cars with her husband, traveling many miles together around the country on old car tours. They developed long lasting friendships along the many routes of their antique car adventures.

A remarkable, classy woman and role model, she leaves her legacy as a caring mentor and matriarch of the family. Self-motivated and strong, she conquered new tasks and problems that most wouldn’t dare to attempt.

Dorie leaves behind her husband of 63 years, Herbert A. Lederer, her children: Robert (Jacqueline) Lederer, James (Jacqueline) Lederer, and Ann Field (Rick McCarthy); grandchildren: Paul and Alissa Lederer; Madeline, Emma, and Haley Lederer; Ella, Olivia, and Charles Field; siblings: Kathryn Kessler, John Kessler, and Martha (William) Gilmer. Dorie was like a mother to Martha Gilmer and held a grandmother role for the Gilmer children: David (Stacy), Matthew, and Jonathan.

There will be no immediate memorial service or funeral. Donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF, PO BOX 37920, Boone IA 50037-0920 in her memory.

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services 9445 W. 31st Street Brookfield, IL 60513

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  1. Jen Lederer condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dorie was such a sweet and interesting person. I always enjoyed talking with her on family visits, and her guided tours with me through her gardens. I am so glad to have those memories with her. My thoughts are with you all.

  2. Lisa/Tim Avers condolence:

    Thank you Dori for all the labor and love you gave the Glen! Your work is amazing and beautiful! We will think of you on all our walks; there is so much to enjoy thanks to your vision and passion. Rest in peace.

  3. Tim & Leanne Johnson condolence:

    Thank You Dori for all your efforts in gracing every corner of our beautiful neighborhood! We will support all efforts to continue your great legacy moving forward. Gods blessings!!

  4. Lynette and Colin Muter condolence:

    So sorry to hear about Dorie. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Lots of love, Lynette and Colin Muter

  5. Dolores Siok condolence:

    Dear Herb, We had the honor of meeting you and Dorie when you moved in across the street from us on Wescott. We are saddened to hear of Dorie’s passing She was a wonderful wife, mother and gardener. The Glen also shares in your loss.
    Tom and Dolores Siok

  6. Samer Hallab condolence:

    May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace Mom
    You were and will forever be very dear to my heart.

    You were one of the softest I have ever met. Always giving without expecting anything in advance; active in the AFS.

    We still use you your recipes cooking book in our house, you cross our minds everyday dear mom.

    Thank you for all the love and care you have given me and my son Walid all along.

    You will forever be in our hearts and always in our prayers.

  7. John S. Maxson condolence:

    All who knew Dorie will miss her. Jennifer and I had the opportunity to see her several times, most recently at the last VSC banquet where we sat next to her for dinner. She was extremely welcoming and conversed as though we were old friends, making us feel very comfortable in a group where we actually knew few people. Prayers for her family and many, many friends.

  8. June Vandervest condolence:

    Dear Herb, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What an honor it was knowing your dear wife. I met Dorie in 2007 through the Garden Clubs of IL Landscape Design School where she was the school Chairman. As for all such jobs, no one realizes all the work that goes on behind the scenes in order to run a two day program that is held twice yearly. Finding a location to hold the classes and then getting 7 or 8 qualified instructors to teach the classes and also having a complimentary field trip to go with it is no small feat. Then grading test papers for 30 or more people and submitting those names to the GCI for recognition that the people qualified for becoming a Master Landscape Designer over the specified series of classes is real dedication. Dorie even provided many of her delicious homemade bakery treats for our lunch breaks! She was working this year to pass the baton for that job on to another GCI member, although because of this pandemic, the class had to be postponed twice and now may not be held until 2021. Dorie certainly laid a good foundation, but her shoes will be hard to fill. She will be missed by so many of us.

  9. Bonnie and Bob Hutchison condolence:

    Dear Herb, Ann and family, We send our condolences and love to you at this time. We remember Dorie as many have expressed as a warm, generous, intelligent, creative and thoughtful woman. She was like Mother Earth and could just wrap her arms around you with a conversation. Dorie was always quick to share whatever one needed, whether it was sound words, a recipe, an idea or her knowledge. She will be missed but always remembered in so many ways. Bonnie and Bob

  10. Rosa and John Hovey condolence:

    Dear Dorie, We are so sad to learn about your death… We remember all those old car trips; specially the one when you helped John when his car broke down in one of our first tours… so many memories!! you were a lovely lady and many of us will miss you. May you rest in peace, love, Rosa and John

  11. walter uebele condolence:

    Dear Herb,

    Sue and I were very saddened to hear that Dorie had passed away. We will hope to extend our deepest sympathies in person at some point in the future.


  12. Leonora Siccardi condolence:

    Dear Ann,

    I am very sad to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Although I didn’t have the honour to meet your mum in person, I think I know her from your words. She was a fantastic person and an example for all of us. With love, Leonora

  13. The kinton family condolence:

    So sorry to hear about Dorie. She was such a nice lady. Always friendly and so helpful! She actually drove, in her golf cart, to our house to help map out our garden and gave me a tour of her garden.
    Such a beautiful lady leaving a great legacy in the glen.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. We are thinking about you and know that her beautiful memories will live on.
    Please let us know if you need anything.

  14. Margaret Lynn condolence:

    Oh what a sweet and giving soul. She was such a warm and welcoming neighbor and friend.
    From strawberry preserve-making to the garden club xmas luncheons to zipping around on her golf cart spreading beauty and brightening spirits everywhere she went.
    We will miss Dorie!
    The Lynn Family

  15. Katia Cruz condolence:

    I am so sad to hear about your loss. I was lucky to meet her such a wonderful person. My deapest condolences to the entire family. Send my thoughts specially to Herb and Bob.
    Love you prima

  16. jaynie falduto condolence:

    Jackie, Bob, Herb and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I too know from your words what a sweet lady she was. Sounds like you will have some wonderful memories and traditions in honor of her. Prayers and hugs, Jaynie

  17. Elizabeth Buccheri condolence:

    Dear Lederer and Gilmer families: I was blessed to know Dorie over many years and always looked forward to seeing Dorie and Herb, usually at CSO concerts. I also remember lovely parties in their previous home. To this day, I can see the pride she felt in Martha and all her professional attainments. Dorie was a very special person, and I know she will be missed by all of you. I will especially think of Herb as he adjusts to this profound loss. With love and sympathy. Bettie

  18. Tim Sierra condolence:

    Our condolences on the passing of Dorie. We have many fond memories of her touring in the big Packard.
    May she rest in peace.
    Tim & Pia Sierra

  19. Ellen Larson. condolence:

    Dear Herb and Family. You have my deepest sympathy. A few times I visited the beautiful Lake home with my friend Kathy. Dorie opened up her home to us so we could visit with her Always enjoyed chatting with Dorie she had so much to offer in the conversation It’s a difficult time and May she rest in piece. Ellen. Larson.

  20. Eric Weinmann condolence:

    Dear Herb, Bob, Jackie, and family: I am very sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of sitting next to Dorie and Herb at the Bears games for many years. My father and I would like to offer our condolences in this tough time. Eric Weinmann

  21. Joe and Sue Burlini condolence:

    Dear Herb and family, We are saddened to hear of Dorie’s death, and know that she will be missed by not only her adoring family but my the many friends who loved her as well. We hope that the family will find peace and comfort in the beautiful memories you hold deep in your hearts. Blessings to all of you.

    Joe and Sue Ellen Burlini

  22. Lee & Cindy Weaver condolence:

    Our deepest sympathies in your families loss.
    Lee & Cindy Weaver

  23. Erika Cisneros condolence:

    My condolences to the Lederer family. I am very sorry for your loss. I was very lucky to have met Dorie Lederer when she came to the office to see Bob & Jackie. She was a very kind & lovely person. I will always remember her amazing baking & the wonderful almond cookies that filled my heart with joy. May she rest in peace. Erika Cisneros

  24. Steve Grundy condolence:

    Herb & Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We have so many great memories of Dorie and all the Lederers on countless days riding around in the antique cars. Memories we’ll always cherish. Steve Grundy & family

  25. Chuck Krivanek condolence:

    I barely remember her name was Dorie. We always called her “mom”. If one can measure their life by the influence they have on others, Dorie was one in a million. I will cherish the too few memories we had.

  26. Leslie Roberts condolence:

    To Anne and her family,
    I only met Doris once… but what a fun, beautiful, happy woman. It was obvious that she was also a great Mom.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers !
    Leslie Roberts

  27. Betty D. Burgett (Piering)Dr. Russell E. Burgett condolence:

    Sorry to hear of Dorie’s passing. She was a wonderful person. Betty has many fond memories of Dorie. Peace be with you and yours.

  28. Yoko Tanaka condolence:

    Dear Mom,
    I can never thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me. You were a loving, caring, active, liberal, efficient, cheerful…well, in one word, perfect host mother to a foreign exchange student from Japan.
    You’ll always be in my heart as you’ve been in these past 45 years.

  29. Lynn Johnson condolence:

    Herb, K
    I just received your sad note. Please accept my condolences for the loss of Dorie. The two of you were very special, and I have never forgotten the friendship we had. Thank you for thinking of me.

  30. Kitty Moore condolence:

    Dear Dr Lederer and Ann
    Many years have passed since we last spent time together. But I will never forget the kindness and wisdom that you and Mrs Lederer shared with me during the time I was part of Berwyn Animal Hospital. I have thought of you often.

    I know how much your beautiful Dori meant to you and I am very sorry for loss. I apologize for the delay in reaching out to you. But I am just finding out the news of your loss. I live in northern Wisconsin though Chicago (and Berwyn) will always be home. I hope you receive this message though it’s late in coming. But I pray for your hearts to be at peace through this difficult time. Kitty Moore

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