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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Date set for Dottie Gutenkauf memorial

Dottie G. (seated) with Councilor Rebecca Williams
and Mother Carolyn Eklund at a Muhlenberg commemoration.

Longtime Plainfield
political and community activist Dottie Gutenkauf will be remembered at a memorial service set for Saturday, March 19 at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

As she was unique in life, her memorial will also be out of the ordinary. Dottie's son Jon is planning a multi-media event which will take place both in the church's sanctuary and in the parish hall.

Music being planned includes appearances by a Gilbert & Sullivan group from New York (Dottie and Joe were huge G&S fans), musicians from the Plainfield Symphony and the Plainfield High School Gospel Choir.

Dottie was also an accomplished poet and readings from her work will take place in the parish hall throughout the afternoon.

"We want to give people a variety of ways to honor my mother," Jon said Tuesday, while finalizing arrangements for the space.

Mark your calendars. I will post more details closer to the date itself.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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