Dorothy Gramberg

–  08/02/2018


Dorothy Gramberg age 99 of Villa Park. Cherished daughter of the late Paul and Bertha Gramberg. Dearest friend of the late Lillian Wardill. Beloved sister of the late Eleanor (John) Kerr and Charles (Catherine) Gramberg. Dear aunt of Edward (Corrine) Gramberg, Robert Gramberg, Patricia (late Joseph) Gaynor, the late Betty (Late Richard) Sullivan and the late Earl (Late Thea Nelle) Kerr. Also survived by several generations of nieces and nephews. Dorothy was a pioneer in women’s softball during the 1930s and 40s, predating the All American Professional Girls Baseball League. Born and raised in the south side neighborhood of Mt. Greenwood, Dorothy and her teammates traveled all over the city to play ball. She played first base for many prominent Chicago teams, including the Chicago Down Drafts, who were runners-up for the World Amateur Title at Soldier Field in 1938. The Down Drafts played many of their games at Schubert Field located at 74th and Aberdeen. The Down Drafts played many teams in 12 inch fast pitch, including their nemesis, the “Rivals”, sponsored by Rival Dog Food. Dorothy was also Benefits manager for Chicago Bridge and Iron.
The family appreciates the loving care of Ethel Diomanpo for 14 years.

Visitation on Saturday August 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. at Community Congregational Church 410 S. Cornell, Villa Park, IL. Interment Beverly Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to Community Congregational Church appreciated. Arrangements by Steuerle Funeral Home 630-832-4161 or



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