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Dorothy Dognaux

April 16, 2017

Dorothy “Dot” Opell Dognaux, 91, of Vincennes, passed away at 5:00 A.M. on Easter Sunday morning at the Bridgepointe Health Campus and was taken into heaven by the risen Lord. Born July 3, 1925 in Vincennes, she was the daughter of Clarence and Merna (McKnight) Opell. She graduated from Lincoln High school in 1943 and attended Indiana State Teachers College. She married Rene J. Dognaux Jr. on September 2, 1948. They spent 68 years together having raised 6 children. She was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church until joining her husband later in the Catholic faith. After becoming Catholic she received the honor of the Brute Society award from the Old Cathedral parish. Her first job was working as a clerk in her mother and father’s pastry shop on North Second Street (Opell’s Pastry Shop). From there she worked as a telephone operator until her marriage. After her youngest child was in school she worked as a cook at Franklin Elementary School. She was a member of the PSI IOTA XI, Knights of Columbus Auxillary, St. Francis Xavier Altar Society and a Pink Lady volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital. She enjoyed playing bridge, baking, cooking, and taking care of her family. Surviving are her husband, Rene J. “Bud” Dognaux Jr. and their six children; Kay Zeigler and husband Jim of Vincennes, Dick Dognaux and wife Chandra of Lawrenceville, Jeff Dognaux and wife Kim of Indianapolis, Julie Stocker and husband Keith of Lawrenceville, John Dognaux and wife Angie of Jeffersonville and Susan Beasley and husband Derrick of Louisville. Fourteen Grandchildren; Jerry Ziegler and wife Kara, Jill Williams and husband Kent, J.D., Dillon, Daniel, James, and Jordon Dognaux; Ryan Dognaux and wife Sydnye and Seth Dognaux; Shelby Stocker; Zoe and Vivian Dognaux; Lola and Tess Beasley; two great-grandchildren; Kade Williams and Finnigan Dognaux. Also surviving are a sister Norma Phillips and husband the late Sam Phillips of Indianapolis and a brother Don Opell and wife Marilyn of Vincennes. Funeral Services will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 with a Mass of Christian Burial from the Old Catheral Catholic Church with the Rev. Benny Chacko officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery following the Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, St. Vincent De Paul Society, or Generations. Online condolences may be made at

 Service Information

April 20, 2017

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Funeral Mass
April 20, 2017

12:30 PM

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