April 18, 1941 ~ August 26, 2020

Born in: Buffalo, NY
Resided in: Loganville, Ga

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Dorothy “Dottie” Ann Lauer, 79, of Loganville, Georgia, died peacefully surrounded by her family. She died at the hour of Divine Mercy after her grandchildren led the praying of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Dorothy’s life was one of joyful service and she was most proud being a loving wife to Keith for 57 years, mother to five treasured sons, and grandmother to twelve beloved grandchildren. Above all, Dorothy was devoted to her Catholic faith, having prayed her daily rosary to the end.

Dorothy was a tireless matriarch at the center of every family endeavor. Known affectionately as “Grandmom,” she visited her grandchildren across numerous states for every possible birthday, sacrament, concert, or anniversary. A great number of people across the country counted Dorothy as a loyal and dear friend.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Dorothy graduated from Kenmore West High School, and State University of New York, at Buffalo. After caring for her own sons, she spent many years in service to Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain as a secretary and coordinator of the parish funeral ministry. Dorothy was also a patriotic military wife, supporting her husband during his three-decade career in the Air Force, including juggling young babies during her husband’s four consecutive combat tours in Vietnam and many other missions and assignments.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 57 years, Col. Keith G. Lauer (Ret.) of Loganville, Georgia; her son Dan and his wife Courtney of Katy, Texas, and their children Olivia, Ryan, and Cameron; her son Timothy of Georgia, and his daughters Anne, Ava, and Sophia; her son Michael of Georgia; and her son Christopher and his wife Katherine of Charlotte, North Carolina, and their children John, Mary, Margaret, Joseph, Thomas, and David; as well as her siblings John Cousins, Joseph Cousins, Mary Nagel, Cathy Vitale, Sr. Agnes Cousins, Christine Perry, and Patricia McDonald. Dorothy was preceded in death by her son Brian; her three siblings Hugh, Michael, and William; and her parents Hugh and Frances Cousins.

Visitation will be at Wages and Sons Funeral Homes in Stone Mountain, GA, on Tuesday September 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, on Wednesday September 2 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a graveside internment at Melwood Cemetery. For those unable to attend the service it will be livestreamed at


Visitation: September 1, 2020 6:00 pm - September 1, 2020 8:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083


Funeral Mass: September 2, 2020 11:00 am - September 2, 2020 12:00 pm

Corpus Christi Catholic Church
600 Mountain View Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


Interment: September 2, 2020 12:30 pm - September 2, 2020 12:45 pm

Melwood Cemetery
5170 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


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  1. CandleImageA friend in need is a friend indeed. Dottie came to my rescue many years ago when I most needed a friend. She and her family became an integral part of my life. They strengthened my faith, my hope, and my ability to love. May she rest now in peace with her eternal reward, at her special seat at the Heavenly Banquet table, being served by the angels, as she so unselfishly served all of us.

  2. CandleImageKeith and Family. Along with our genuine Sorrow we express our sincere expressions of Love. Although it has been many years since being neighbors on Brookley Avenue our family has been Blessed by knowing each and every Lauer, especially Dottie, the Matriarch of the family. We believe God placed her at the center of your loving family to watch over everyone and guide their paths through Life. Our Joy has been to experience her caring Friendship and the obvious Love she had for Everyone…strangers and acquaintances alike. It has been our Privilege to call her Friend. Peace Upon You.

  3. CandleImageDottie was a great lady. God certainly needed her and we will keep her lessons of life in our memories. Sending love to all the family.

  4. CandleImageDottie and I shared office duties for a number of years at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. She was a good woman, friend and confidant. She’s gone home but I will miss knowing she’s on “this side”.

  5. CandleImageDottie is someone who you know will always have your back, ever giving, always loving and knew exactly how to make you smile! I will absolutely miss her; she was such pillar at Corpus Christi church. I know she will be even more so of a light to all from heaven!

  6. Sister Agnes, Chris and Patti, I am so very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. Patti thank you for keeping me informed. What a beautiful family she has. You all must be so proud. I remember when your family moved in across the street and shortly thereafter you lost your brother Hugh and how your mother’s faith sustained her. What a beautiful example you all had! It was continued in Dorothy and the rest of the family. Yes we kept Dorothy in prayer and now she can pray for us. I’m sure she is with Our Lord watching and feeling so much love for you all. My heart goes out to you all.

  7. To all the Cousins and Lauer families, my deepest sympathy in the lose of Dorothy. Remember they can never take away the memories. I have been praying for her during this Covid crisis and will continue to keep you all in my prayers. God bless you all. From the Cousins neighbor across the street …Another of the Wagner girls

  8. CandleImageMy dear, dear friend, Dottie. I miss you already and will continue to do so until we meet again on the other side.

  9. CandleImageDottie was a lovely woman and always a pleasure to talk to. She will be missed for her smile and graciousness.

  10. May God grant her gentle soul eternal rest and the surviving family the fortitude to bear the loss, Amen.

  11. CandleImageDear Keith and family. Having just lost my darling Dale I truly understand the pain of losing a loving spouse. Dottie was an amazing woman and a great friend to us fir all the years we lived in GA. I have many happy memories of both of you, always willing to help. She was a great cook too and your gatherings were always special. Know that you both have been in my daily prayers since she became ill. Know too that she is in a far better place. That is what I focus on daily in my own loss. You will always have the strong support of the CC and St Vincent de Paul families. I miss that being so far away now. Stay Strong and safe. Much love always, Mickey

  12. CandleImageKeith and family, may you be comforted by knowing that Dottie is resting in the arms of our Lord. Rest easy Dottie, rest easy until we meet again 🤎🙏🏽

  13. CandleImageDottie, was a genuine friend and sister in Christ. She was the most compassionate person that I have ever known. I will miss her so much and I am confident that she will be praying for me in Heaven.

    Dottie, we all most go home one day, however, it leaves an emptiness inside when I cannot see you or speak with you. Goodbye my friend!

  14. CandleImageI met Dottie in June, 2016. She helped me prepare for my mother’s Funeral mass and 6 months later when my brother died. I am thankful for all her support and assistance during those trying times.
    My condolence to her family she left behind. Eternal rest grant unto her soul, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. Rest In Peace, Dottie.

  15. CandleImageTo Keith and family blessed by the life of Dottie, my deepest condolences. I did not get to know Dottie very well, having just recently joined the Corpus Christi family. I remember though her quiet charm and felt the warmth of her smile on the few occasions we met. The Corpus Christi family will truly miss her presence with us. God’s peace and love be with to you and your family.

  16. CandleImageTO KEITH AND FAMILY



  17. CandleImageDottie was a light for so many people. I will miss seeing her smile,and watching her many ways of serving Corpus Christi. I remember her grace through the loss of Brian. I know that she comforted so many, many people in her funeral ministry. We are in a different city now, Dottie is one of those I think of most when I remember my parish friends at Corpus Christi! Keith, may you be comforted knowing the peace she is experiencing now.

  18. Deepest sympathy to Keith and his family. Blessings and Peace be with you.

    From: Brenda and Maurice Rowan, Jr. and Famliy

  19. CandleImageKeith, we are so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to believe she is gone. For so many years we saw her at Corpus Christi taking care of so many needs of the parish family. Dottie was a wonderful woman, always smiling and greeting you with love. She was such a warm hostess bring us together at her table. Now she is in heaven and watching over us all. She has seen the face of Jesus whom she loved deeply all the days of her life.
    God bless you and the boys.

  20. CandleImageDottie was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. She was so welcoming, caring, compassionate and fun. The laughs we shared over the years will always be in my heart. I’ll miss her smile, caring spirit and the way she made those close to her feel like family. To the Lauer family, I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you.

  21. CandleImageMy prayers for Keith and his family. So wishing I could hug you. She was such a lovely person. I am sure she is busy organizing things in Heaven.

  22. Hail Mary, “full of grace”… I think of Dottie as “full of grace” in the way she lived .She was always kind, smiling, and compassionate in her dealings with everyone. When she died I felt that Brian, her siblings, and her parents were there to welcome her to paradise. She fought the good fight…now she can rest.
    We will miss her.

  23. Dear Keith and family, my deepest sympathy. Dottie and I shared many memories and activities. She’ll be in my heart. Pat Hamilton

  24. CandleImageMay we honor Dottie by carrying on in her spirit of graciousness and giving. She taught us well. My deepest sympathies to you, Keith, and your family. May Dottie rest in peace in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior.

  25. There are so many beautiful tributes to the Lauer family. You all have made a difference in this world by the lives you touched. Dottie, you left many memories of fun times together but you also left footprints on my ❤️ heart. I will miss you and look forward to being together again some day.

  26. I have so many fond memories of Dorothy and Keith when we lived in Waco TX. I visited them in Corfu and again years later in Georgia. The lives she touched, her family, friends and complete strangers speak to her faith, love and goodness. Praying for you, Lauer family.

  27. CandleImageDear Keith and all the family, I remember Dottie so fondly. I was part of the RENEW group that met at your house many years ago. Dottie taught me something that I use daily and think of her each time – how to fill my coffee pot receptacle with water using the extension on my sink faucet. Such a small thing and yet so useful! Also, I remember how she worked so hard on those bulletin boards. She always wanted them to be perfect and felt she was not too good at it when she first started. We told her they were excellent and finally, I think, she believed it.
    Dottie was a kind and loving woman of God. Everyone will miss her very much. May God bless you all with peace and wonderful memories.
    Patricia Perret

  28. Dan,
    I watched the service live stream and I was thrilled to see you and hear your words. I remember our times in Waco . We were all excited when you arrived. You gave a great eulogy. I remember visiting in Corfu but am sad our paths didn’t cross more often. Much love to you and your family. Sally Rose Vickers

    • Sally, I read what you and Jenny wrote. I know how close you were with my parents, and they spoke/speak of you often. Pouring through pictures this past week my kids found ones with the Roses in there. I told them, you were my God Parents. Of course it led to more stories from my Dad. They soaked it up. Too many years have past for us not to have connected.
      I would love to visit sometime.

  29. Dottie’s loving touch will long be felt and remembered by myself and my family and so many at Corpus Christi. She was certainly an instrument of God’s presence, comforting aid, and peace. I will continue to pray for her, for Keith, for Michael, and for the entire family.

    Kathy Grissom

  30. Judy, Larrie and Brian Bates – Our memories of Dottie are mostly from earlier times in Warner-Robins, GA when we all had such good times and great fun. Dottie invited us to their Thanksgiving dinner, with all the family, when we had just moved to GA and we immediately felt that we, including our fifteen yr. old son, had made lifetime friends. We will miss Dottie so much but hope to keep
    up with Keith and the Lauer family’s escapades. We wish for the family, great memories of a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother!

  31. CandleImageSo sad and shock to hear of your passing, you were like a mother to my wife and I. You were very gracious,accommodating,loving and kind. You would go out of your way to be of help, your smile was so infectious. Your life here on earth was very impactful to those who came across you. I take solace on the fact that you’re in a better place,in the bosom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Adieu!!!!

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