Dorothy Olson Pauletti was almost 103 years old when she departed from all of us. She spent 100 of those years playing the piano, 84 of them in Chicago as a musician and entertainer, for which she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Federation of Musicians.
She played such iconic venues as The Drake Hotel, The Pick Congress, and her favorite, The Empire Room of the Palmer House.
During World War II she volunteered more than 1,000 performances through the National Red Cross, entertaining wounded soldiers, " playing and singing for them---happy songs, love songs, anything they wanted to hear," for which she was awarded a commendation by President Truman.
She considered this time to be "the most wonderful thing I've ever done musically." Indeed, Dorothy was a Celebrity for a Century.