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Dorothy Elizabeth Christoffersen

August 12, 1925 February 7, 2019
Dorothy Elizabeth Christoffersen
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Dorothy Elizabeth Christoffersen, the daughter of Henry F. and Olga (Weller) Beermann, was born August 12, 1925, on her parents’ farm in Crawford County, Iowa and died February 7, 2019, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, Iowa at the age of 93 years, 5 months, and 25 days.
Dorothy was baptized September 30, 1925, in Buck Grove, Iowa and was confirmed on April 2, 1939, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. She attended Defiance High School graduating with the High School Class of 1942. After graduation Dorothy stayed busy on the family farm as her dad’s “hired man.”
On June 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to Lyle “Shorty” Christoffersen at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. They were blessed with four children: Diane, Dale, Neal, and Joni. Dorothy was a homemaker raising her children and helping Shorty on the farm. She cooked and baked not only for her family but also for numerous hired men, corn sorters and detasselers for many years.
Dorothy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Audubon and taught Sunday school for over 25 years. She was also active in the Ladies Guild, where she held many offices. Dorothy and Shorty enjoyed traveling and visited many places in the United States and several other countries. In her more recent years, she enjoyed entering items in the Audubon County Fair.
Preceding her in death was her husband Lyle "Shorty" Christoffersen; her son Dale Christoffersen; an infant son; her parents Henry and Olga; infant twin sisters, an infant brother Alvin Beermann, her brothers and sisters Walter and wife Leone Beermann, Edward Beermann, Alma and husband Clarence Denker, Harold and wife Joan Beermann, and Irene Boeck; her brothers-in-law Robert Christoffersen and Mervin Fink.
Survivors include her children: Diane and husband Jim Westervelt of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Neal and wife Janet Christoffersen of Audubon, Joni and husband Charles Hansen of Audubon; her daughter-in-law Julie Rasmussen of Exira, Iowa; her grandchildren: Clayton Westervelt of Los Angeles, California, Daniel Westervelt of Fate, Texas, Blaine Westervelt of Council Bluffs, Ann and husband Chad Henrichs of Des Moines, Iowa, Alicea and husband Ben Norton of Omaha, Nebraska, Eric and wife Hannah Christoffersen, Greg and wife Rachel Hansen, and Sara and husband Brad Slater all of Audubon, Iowa Jenny and husband Adam Peterson of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and Heidi Hansen of Omaha, Nebraska; her great grandchildren: Austin, Blake, Chloe, Mila, Eloise, Anna, Drake, Rylan, Colton, Dane, Grace, Ava, Layne, George, Henry, and Ada; her sister Lorena Fink of Loveland, Colorado; her sisters-in-law Carmen Beermann of Denison, Iowa and Mardell Christoffersen of Audubon, Iowa; her brother-in-law Gaylord Boeck of Schleswig, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family will be meeting with friends Thursday evening, February 14, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon, Iowa. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Gordon Buchholz on Friday, February 15, at 10:30 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The casket bearers will be Clayton Westervelt, Daniel Westervelt, Greg Hansen, Blaine Westervelt, Eric Christoffersen, and Dale Wegner.


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Visitation

Thursday

14

Feb

4:00 PM 2/14/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/14/2019 7:00:00 PM
Kessler Funeral Homes, Inc. - Audubon

515 South Division Street
Audubon, IA 50025

Kessler Funeral Homes, Inc. - Audubon
515 South Division Street Audubon 50025 IA
United States

Service

Friday

15

Feb

10:30 AM 2/15/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

815 East Division Street
Audubon, Iowa 50025

St. John's Lutheran Church
815 East Division Street Audubon 50025 Iowa
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Maple Grove Cemetery Final Resting Place

Audubon, Iowa 50025

Audubon 50025 Iowa
United States
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