Dorothy Floto Kohl
Dorothy Floto Kohl, known to friends and family as Dottie or Dot, passed away on June 2, 2016, at her home in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Dottie was a four-time ovarian cancer survivor for 29 years, originally diagnosed in 1988. She "fought the good fight" and enjoyed many years of good health while the cancer would be in remission. The cancer returned for the fifth time in February 2016, and she faced it again with courage, strength, dignity and tremendous class.
Dorothy married her love, Ralph Anson Kohl, on June 7, 1952. Ralph passed on June 11, 1997. They were married 45 years. During their life together, Dorothy was the wife of a high school and college football coach and then the wife of a football scout with BLESTO VIII and the Minnesota Vikings.
While Dad was scouting for pro football players, Dottie was winning golf club championships at Clearbrook Country Club in Saugatuck, where they resided in the summer months.
Dottie was an avid golfer (had a hole-in-one on #17!), loved Clearbrook, and was an excellent swimmer and all around athlete. In the winter months in Florida, she volunteered for 30-plus years at the Coral Door with monies raised to benefit North Broward Hospital District.
In the summers in Saugatuck she worked diligently to raise money benefiting the American Cancer Society and the Lynn Schreiber Cancer Foundation.
Dorothy was born on July 2, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., to Dorothy Ross and John Walter Floto. Raised in Chicago, Ill., Dorothy attended Girls Latin School of Chicago and graduated in Saugatuck at Saugatuck High School. In her early years of marriage, she modeled in Milwaukee and Chicago.
Dorothy is survived by her loving daughter, Jacqueline Floto Kohl of Pompano Beach, Fla.; her beloved sister Susan Sission Gardner of Holland; her special friend Tom Rakers of Pompano Beach; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at a future date at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.
Dorothy is now reunited with her husband Ralph; her precious son Christopher who passed away prematurely; her beloved parents; and sisters, Patsy Heller and Caroline Stephenson.
In Dorothy's memory, donations can be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, P.O. Box 32141, New York, NY 10087-2141. Phone (212) 268-1002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special thank you to the men who assisted with preserving my mother's life as she fought the cancer, Dr. James Dawsey, Dr. Manuel Penalver, Dr. Albert Begas, Dr. Mark Licht and Dr. Fernando Recio. God bless you all. A special thank you to Trustbridge Hospice and her loving aides, Yva and Patricia.
Until we are together again, my dearest mother, I will love you and daddy throughout eternity. Rest in peace, enjoy some great golf, and please save a spot close to you and daddy for me and the schnauzers. As you always said, "Live, Love, Laugh" and "Love heals."