Dorothy M. Sloss, 94


Dorothy Marilyn (Benning) Prange Sloss of Raymond, died Friday, April 12, 2024, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 23, at 12 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel. Burial will follow in Harvel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Mrs. Sloss was born and given life by her Creator on Feb. 26, 1930, one of eight, the daughter of Louis and Emma (Hudson) Benning in Raymond. She received the gift of Holy Baptism on Sept. 3, 1930, becoming a child of God and publicly confessed her faith being confirmed on May 20, 1945, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel.
Mrs. Sloss attended Lakeside #2 country grade school and graduated from Raymond High School with the class of 1949. She then attended Brown’s Business College in Springfield and lived and worked in Springfield. She and Charles W. Prange were married July 20, 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel, and resided on the Prange family farm north of Harvel. Upon the death of her parents, she raised her youngest sister, Virginia, and youngest brother, Ivan.
On Oct. 26, 1995, she and George A. Sloss were married and resided in Raymond.
Mrs. Sloss was very active at Trinity Lutheran Church teaching Bible studies and Sunday school for over 50 years, as well as Walther League Counselor, church outreach program and serving on various other committees. She also served as the Harvel Post Office Mistress for many years. Mrs. Sloss was an accomplished artist painting barns, birds and cats on canvas and rocks. She received correspondence from all over the United States with pictures of their pets to paint on a rock. She conducted a Bible Study at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro for over 30 years.
Mrs. Sloss’ green thumb and many hours of work lent to a beautiful yard producing flowers that she shared with the church, weddings and her any friends and relatives. She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds, caring for baby birds that were brought to her or fell out of their nests.
Mrs. Sloss is survived by a sister, Virginia Rinella of Carbondale and a brother, Ivan (Karen) Benning of Harvel; sister-in-law Ruth Benning of Raymond; and many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; brothers Russell, Harold, Ralph, Paul and David and sister, Joyce Weihe.
Per her request, in lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, memorials are to be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel, or to Unity Lutheran School in East St. Louis. Plummer Funeral and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements. Obituary courtesy of Plummer Funeral Services. To sign the online guest book, light a virtual candle, or for more information, please visit