Dorothy Josephine Bohnenkamp, 87 years old, of Remsen, IA passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Happy Siesta Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen with Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen, IA. Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday. There will be a parish rosary and vigil prayer service all at 5 p.m. at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visitation will resume 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.
Dorothy was born on Dec. 18, 1930 at home near Struble, IA, to Otto and Irene (Henrich) Kallsen. She graduated from high school at LeMars Central in 1948 and from Westmar College in 1949. She then taught at a Plymouth County rural school for 2 years.
On June 19, 1950, Dorothy married Richard Bohnenkamp in Struble, IA. They moved to a farm outside of Remsen where they raised 6 children and farmed for the next 50 years. In 2003 they retired and moved to Remsen.
Dorothy was a member of Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters, and St. Mary’s Guild. She enjoyed playing pinochle, ballroom dancing, shopping, and bowling. A special memory was when she and Dick won the Don Hoy dance contest . She made countless family gatherings possible due to her hard work in gardening, canning, cooking, baking, and raising chickens. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother- always placing faith and family first in her life.
Grateful for having shared her life include: 6 children, Julie (Dr. Dave) Elson of Sioux Falls, SD., Jerry (Ann) Bohnenkamp of Remsen, Suzanne (Dr. Rick) Rauschenbach of Sioux Falls, SD., Lori (Phil)Calvert of Lake Lotowana, MO., Roger ( Kay ) Bohnenkamp of Remsen, Jim (Susan) Bohnenkamp of Marion, IA; 13 grandchildren, Dr. Andrew (Dr. Celine) Elson, Michael (Claire) Elson, Jennifer (Jason) Ruba, Jason (Natalie) Bohnenkamp, Laura Bohnenkamp, Elise (Will) Brown, Dr. Olivia Rauschenbach, Anthony Rauschenbach, , Ryan Dolan, Christopher (Bree Ann) Bohnenkamp, Nicole (fiancé John) Bohnenkamp, Rachel and Connor Bohnenkamp.: 13 great-grandchildren; her brothers Vernon (Pat) and Duane (Joan) Kallsen, sisters-in-law Marjorie(Dave) Henrich, and Jeannette Bohnenkamp; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years , Richard, her parents , her sister Helen Kenaley and brother Ron Kallsen.
Casketbears will be Jason Bohnenkamp, Christopher Bohnenkamp, Ryan Dolan, Anthony Rauschenbach, Jason Ruba, and Michael Elson.