Dorothy Virginia Girgis

Dorothy Virginia Girgis, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away May 4, 2023, in her California home with family at her side.

Her romance with the love of her life never faded during her 63-year marriage to Dr. Tawfik F. Girgis. They met in 1957 when Dorothy took her mother to see Dr. Girgis for treatment and then ended up as his patient herself. Dorothy was the epitome of devotion and support for her marriage, their three children and her husband's medical practice.

Even so, Jesus was her first love. Her family takes comfort in her strong faith, love for Bible study and church and her longing to be with her parents, Adolf and Margaret Amundson, and her brother, Robert (Virginia) Amundson, in heaven.

She had a strong Norwegian Viking spirit that was lively, funny and tenacious. Dorothy was an accomplished pianist, had a love for cooking international dishes (especially Egyptian and Norwegian), hosting parties, fellowshipping with girlfriends in Bible study, antiquing, and in earlier years tennis and serving as a member of the Infant Welfare. She loved, appreciated and enjoyed the friends and staff at her golf clubs in California and Illinois. She was very proud of her putting when she rode in the golf cart with her hubby.

A high school graduate of Glenbard West, she attended McMurray College for Women and took secretarial classes. She went on to work for NBC for two years and then became an executive of Standard Oil Co.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Tawfik F. Girgis; her children Margaret (Eric) Umsted, Robert (Laura) Girgis and John (Michele) Girgis; her grandchildren, JT (Allie) Sandstedt, Alyssa Girgis, Ali (Brent) Phillip, Robert Girgis, Emily Girgis, Ellie Girgis, Madeleine Girgis, Mimi Girgis, Ashley (Brad) Stollberg, Kevin Umsted and Cara (Aaron) Foster; her great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Tawfik Phillip, James Ben and Madeline Stollberg, Eloise Foster; and her niece and nephews, Mary (Bryan) Hartman, Robert (Josie) Amundson and Steven (Amy) Amundson.

A family burial will take place at the end of May. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to Christ Church of Oak Brook at or Alzheimer's Association at

Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.