A funeral service for Dorothy Smith was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Swea City. Visitation was 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday at the church.
Dorothy Helen (Junkermeier) Smith was the seventh of seven children of John and Lena (Kramersmeier). She was born Nov. 27, 1927, in Rembrandt in Buena Vista County, Iowa. Dorothy was baptized, confirmed, and married in the Lutheran church in Rembrandt. She attended Rembrandt School through the ninth grade. Then, her parents moved to a farm east of town where she attended and graduated in a class of three, the last class to graduate from Lincoln-Lee Township School in 1946. It was there she met her future husband, Omar Smith.
Dorothy and Omar married April 29, 1948. She joined Omar in the Methodist church in Sioux Rapids in March of 1951. Together they farmed and became the parents of two daughters: Patricia on May 9, 1951, and Louise on June 22, 1954. She enjoyed helping Omar in the field. They farmed near Rembrandt, Ledyard, and Bancroft. Dorothy and Omar loved traveling, riding horses, working together and music.
In Dorothy’s younger years, before moving to Bancroft, she was a nurse’s aide in the Storm Lake hospital and a waitress in addition to helping Omar in the fields. In February of 1974, Dorothy and Omar moved into Bancroft. She worked at Welp’s for a short time and then worked at Kennedy’s Department Store for many years. She was a detail-oriented seamstress and enjoyed alterations. She was on the Care Review Team at Heritage Home from 1981 to 2013.
Dorothy always had a large garden. She canned, froze and shared her extra produce with others. Dorothy was still canning and freezing vegetables until April of 2019 when she moved into Accura Healthcare in Bancroft.
Dorothy was an avid fan of sports and loved watching sports on television, no matter the event. She was a strong supporter of all state university athletics in Iowa. While she was devoted to ISU and UNI, it was the University of Iowa Hawkeyes of which she was most fond. She was part of the fan base of professional sports as well, especially the Kansas City Chiefs. She was thrilled to see them win the Super Bowl in 2020 for the first time in 50 years.
She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always looked forward to attending their sporting events and school activities.
Dorothy was a member of the Bancroft American Legion Auxiliary and Senior Citizens. She also enjoyed working in her church Bible school, Sunday school, and offices in United Methodist Women. She belonged to and enjoyed circle number one.
She died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Kossuth Regional Health Center. She was 92.
She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Malatek of Ely, Iowa, and Louise Fisher of Swea City, Iowa, and grandchildren, Theresa (Matt) Graham-Mineart of Cedar Rapids and their children, Megan and Alex, and Heather (John) Schiltz of Bancroft and their children, Madelyn, Andrew and Nicholas. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Margaret (Lee) Messenger of Des Moines, Iowa, and Glenna Jane (Francis) Miller of Rockford, Ill.; cousin Faye Boland of Swea City; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Omar in 2006; sons-in-law, Larry Fisher and Tom Malatek; grandsons, Mike Fisher and Marc Graham; and all her siblings, Nora, Luella, Evelyn, John Jr., Venetta, Louie and Alfred.
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