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All Saints Catholic Parish - St/ Joseph Catholic Church
Tuesday February 2nd, 2021
10:00am - 10:00am

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Dorothy Kathryn Nemmers

Dorothy Kathryn Nemmers, age 103, passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at Park Place Estates Assisted Living in Le Mars, IA. 

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at All Saints Parish - St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with Father Bruce Lawler officiating and Deacon Paul Gengler assisting.  Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen, IA.  Visitation with family present will be 1 hour before the funeral on Tuesday at the church.  Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.  Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.  The funeral will be livestreamed at www.allsaintslemars.org 

Dorothy Kathryn Nothem, the daughter of Theodore and Ann (Peiffer) Nothem was born June 22, 1917. She was raised in Remsen, Iowa and graduated from St. Mary’s High School, class of 1935.  After graduation, she studied and graduated from the Samuel School of Cosmetology in 1938. Dorothy opened and operated one of the leading beauty shops in LeMars called Dot’s Vanity Shop.

Dorothy was united in marriage to the love of her life, Orville Joseph Nemmers at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen on June 6, 1940.  Dorothy continued to work in her shop until her first son was born and Orville left to join the Navy on the USS Yorktown.

They lived in Le Mars until 1973, then moved to Remsen to help care for Dorothy‘s mother. Dorothy returned to Le Mars in 2004. Dorothy spent many years with Orville and their family at their summer home on Ottertail Lake in Minnesota. So many great memories there. She loved sewing as can be demonstrated in the numerous quilts she made for her children and grandchildren, and occasionally for friends who discovered her talents. She loved her family, and always found time to help a neighbor, sew costumes for the school’s operettas, or send food to those who were in need.  Her kind spirit and happy nature will be missed by many.

She was a member of the All Saints Parish - St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars where she was active in the Christian Mothers and a member of the Catholic Daughters for over 50 years.

She is survived by six sons: Thomas of Burnsville, MN, Dennis (Angie) of LeMars, Nick (Linda) of LeMars, David (JoeAnn) of Bristol, IL, Jim, of Lincoln, NE, John (Mona) of Savage, MN. Three daughters: Carolyn (Joseph) Olson of Oelwein, IA, Marian (Rick) Langel, of Panora, IA and Kathryn (Tony) Loutsch of Remsen. Dorothy had 30 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville; daughter, Ann (Craig) Boetger; two daughters-in-laws Sheila and Vivian Nemmers; two grandchildren, Christopher Nemmers and Hayley Nemmers.

Casket bearers will be Scott Nemmers, Kevin Nemmers, Chad Willard, Todd Langel, Joseph Loutsch and Jacob Loutsch.

The family would like to thank the staff at Park Place Estates for the extraordinary care they provided for her while she was a resident there, and Care Initiatives Hospice.

In lieu of flowers Dorothy requests donations made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

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Dorothy was one of the best.. Always so kind, never a bad word about anyone.. she was so good to my mom, was a great friend and helped her in so many ways. She was always so loving to me as a child, and I loved to visit with her as an adult.. Her stories of surviving the...

Teresa Becker Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Kate,Tony,Siblings,Grandchildren, What a beautiful service for your Mother and Grandmother. Sending our sincere sympathies and blessings to all of you. May Dorothy Rest In Peace. Buzz and Mary Vermeer

Buzz and Mary Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dot was truly a wonderful woman and she truly brightened everyones day. It was a pleasure to know her for the time I did. My most deep and sincere condolences go to the family.

Sara Mageli Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for all family's loss...ill really miss see her...she was a really sweet lady...will miss our chats when I was out to park place to volunteer...loved her dearly...praying for all...

Shirley Burkard Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Nick, condolences for your loss, our prayers for your entire family. She was a loving, fun and kind lady. God blessed her with a long life , may He continue to bless her family. We will miss her at the cabin! Kevin and Maristel Conry

Maristel Conry Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sympathy is extended to each of the Nemmers family for the loss of dear Dorothy. You were blessed to have her for so many years; and must have tons of sweet memories! Ours are from years ago, but she never changed. Such a kind and fun-loving lady. Blessed be her legacy. ...

Helen Dykstra Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We were lucky enough to spend a week in Cancun with Dorothy shortly before her 90 th birthday. We went to a restaurant that had the conga line and the tequila ... both of which she participated. Her philosophy on life and on death are inspiring!! So enjoy that eternal c...

Lori Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM